Sunday, June 28, 2009

More bumps... this time, with a name!

Poor Bryn. First she broke out in hives a couple weeks ago for no apparent reason. Now, the poor girl has hand, foot and mouth disease. Sounds worse than it is, but it's a viral infection that's highly contagious and can be easily transmitted. It's pretty harmless - it's not even treated with any sort of medication and should clear up this week. But that just goes to show you - IT'S ALWAYS SOMETHING!!!!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Bryn is working on her signature catwalk!!!

Here's a quick clip of baby girl on the move. Her signature walk is looking more like the Frankenstein walk, but I'll be sure to teach her how to work a runway, or even a hallway...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Things are picking up!

Sometimes I think I'm the busiest non-busy person I know! Yesterday was a prime example. I had an audition for a web program, a mixer at a downtown law firm hosted by the Texas Minority Counsel Program (a.k.a. a networking event), a callback audition for a movie, and my first night of a 4-night acting camp. I didn't get home until almost 11 p.m. People often ask how I manage to get it all done - I usually say "with very little sleep."

On to some fun news - little mama is starting to take her first steps. She's doing the frankenstein walk. Bryn has taken 7 or 8 steps on her own, so we're thinking she'll be upright any day now. Video to come soon!

Will is back in school - he started FISD's extended school year program this week, so Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays he's in school for three hours a day. He gets so excited when he sees the school bus roll up!

And it's hot here in Texas - like, "it's too hot to go outside" hot here in Texas. We'll hit the 100s again today, just like yesterday. It's about 10 degrees warmer than it should be. Oh well. Better than snow, right?

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day

I'm obsessed with taking photographs. I love taking pictures of Will and Bryn, of scenery, etc. In this day and age of digital photography, it's easy to take tons of pictures - and I do! A few weeks ago, I placed an online order for close to 500 prints! That includes any pics I've taken since January through May. Yes, photography is a bit of a hobby really.

I usually keep a compact camera in my purse just in case a photo op presents itself. I have two other cameras as well - one has an incredible zoom lens and I'd use it to take pictures of Ryan during his games. Unfortunately, it's not very fast. So, to make sure we catch our quick moving kids, we also have an SLR which is a must have for parents of little ones. It's my "go-to" camera whenever the kids are involved in one of my impromptu shoots.

Today, I was putting the prints I'd recently ordered in photo albums. I couldn't help pausing when I came upon certain pictures.

With it being father's day and all, I got a little emotional. You see, this is my twenty-third father's day without my dad. Dad died back in 1985 at the age of 43 from a massive heart attack. I was only 9. I think about him often, wondering how he's doing, if he's proud of me, if he's missing me as much as I miss him. But certain days - his birthday, father's day - are particularly difficult for me. I just can't help but to miss him and wish he was here.

Back to the photographs - seeing picture after picture of Ryan and the kids together made me smile. My kiddos will always have these pictures and they'll be able to remember so many special moments.

Of course, 20-30 years ago, there were no digital cameras - polaroids were the norm. Unfortunately, there just aren't that many pictures of me and my dad. That makes the few I have that much more important. I found this one today - I'm that cute cuddly baby mom is holding (and actually, as I look closer, I see a resemblance to Bryn).

Happy father's day dad. And a happy father's day to my mom, who had to fill the role of "dad" too as my sisters and I were growing up.

And to Ryan - happy father's day sweetheart. Here are some more of my favorites as a tribute to all you do!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Top 15!

After four weeks of preparing for the Mrs. Texas America pageant, I am happy to report that I placed in the top 15 out of 31 competitors. After a pretty solid semi-final performance, I was actually pretty hopeful that I'd make it into the top 5, but no luck. Maybe next year...

That's right - I said 'next year.' I thought this was going to be a one-time thing, but after getting great feedback from pageant organizers and judges, I just have to compete one more time now that I know the ropes and know what I need to do to step up my game and really compete. Now I have a whole year to prepare!!!

The experience really was a blast. And I've spent the last couple of days celebrating by eating anything and everything I want, including fried seafood platters and fast food. Of course, my stomach has been a mess - makes me appreciate how important eating good, natural food is. But I'm going to be careful - one of the fringe benefits of preparing for the pageant is finally being in awesome post-baby shape, and I've started wearing shorts and skirts for the first time in years!

Here are a couple of pictures from the pageant. The audience wasn't allowed to take pictures, but a friend was able to snap a few, and I got a couple backstage. Enjoy!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

It's game day!!!!

After weeks of preparation, today is the day of the Mrs. Texas America pageant. I'm going to do my best to compete against 30 other women, some of whom have been preparing for this event for the last year! Surprisingly, I'm not really nervous yet, though I'm sure the adrenaline will kick in soon and my heart will start racing a bit.

But here's my plan - I'm just going to be me. Well, I'll be me with stage make-up, chicken cutlets (ladies, you know what those are), spanx, spray on pantyhose, and double-sided sticky tape. But underneath all the glitz and glamour, the plan is to just be myself and hope that the judges can appreciate what I have to offer.

I spent some time last night doing my final wardrobe check and I'm a bit nervous. After feeling a bit, um, well, let's just say lacking in the chest area, I've decided to add some padding. I spent some time manipulating and tweaking my bikini top to see how this is all going to work out. And my evening gown - while I love it to death, it's not fitting like I'd hoped. From the waist down, it fits PERFECTLY! But I think I should've spent more time considering the alterations done up top. Hopefully some sticky tape will keep everything in place. But this I know - when I'm out on that stage tonight, I'll be walking with the confidence that the dress fits perfectly, that my boobs look perfectly round and perky in my bikini top, and I'm going to sashay and work it!

We had the night off yesterday after rehearsals and Ryan came to the hotel. We had an awesome dinner with one of the other contestants, Alice Anderson, and her husband. I think Alice is going to do big things in this competition - she's stunning, incredibly poised, and super fun. I'm certain I've made a new friend. All of the women have been incredible, and I have no doubt I will keep in touch with many of them.

I have my interview in front of the judges this morning, then it's off to the theater for lunch, rehearsals, and final pageant preparations before the pageant begins at 5:30p.m. I'll try to post an update this evening, but if not, tomorrow for sure.

Wish me luck! It's time to bring my A game and do this!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

This doesn't happen that often...

Today, I felt short. At 5'8" tall in flats with a 33" inseam, I rarely feel short. But there I was in a room full of lots of tall, beautiful women, and I felt short.

I made it to Southlake today (barely after getting cut off constantly by Texas drivers who were in a hurry to get nowhere because of the traffic) and checked into our pageant hotel. I had little time to get ready before heading downstairs for registration. It was fun meeting the other contestants. Of course, I was scoping out the competition, and let me tell you - I've got a fight on my hands for the crown. These women are smart, funny, beautiful, intelligent - lots of "total packages" in the room.

After a brief meeting, we had to change into our pageant bikinis for a photo shoot in front of the hotel. We were instant celebrities. I can't tell you how many people were out there with cameras taking pictures. A guy from London even asked to take a picture with the group! That was pretty funny!

Tomorrow is a long day of rehearsals! I'm going to decorate my People's Choice Award box that hit the sack! I need my beauty sleep!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The other princess in the house...

Sometimes I just can't stand her cuteness - it's just too much to handle! For smiles...

What an interesting night...

WOW - Texas weather. The fam and I were taking a dip in our community pool when the thunder starting rolling this evening. I figured we were okay as long as we didn't see any lightning. Well, within minutes the sky was ablaze! By the time we got home, the weatherman on the news was broadcasting about the fast moving storm in our area. Within minutes, we heard tornado sirens going off. So I did what every responsible person should do - I grabbed the video camera and headed outside!!!

A few minutes later, the winds picked up and the rain started. There's been damage reported throughout the damage area but we were spared. This was our first real tornado warning since being home and it was scary, and oddly exciting at the same time. I'm always in awe at mother nature's power!

Once things calmed down this evening, I was finally able to start packing up for my big pageant weekend - I think I'm going to need an entire suitcase just for shoes! We have to report to the hotel tomorrow evening. Friday is packed-full with rehearsals and such. I am really looking forward to this weekend. I'm sure it will be an amazing experience, and with any luck, I'll bring home that crown!!!

In the meantime, Will has officially started spring break. This week, he's attending vacation Bible school at our church - Prestonwood. Here he is all excited on the first day!