Thursday, May 26, 2011

End of spring activities

Bryn had her first dance recital this week. It was pretty informal which is just fine by me - I don't think I'm ready to spend exorbitant amounts on tutu outfits to see her do one dance. But I think this is just the beginning of many recitals to come. We've already got her signed up for the "Tangled" dance program being offered by her school this summer.







Will also had his last baseball game of the season with the Miracle League of Frisco. I was unable to attend the game because I was a guest on a t.v. show discussing autism awareness (fitting), but Ryan reports that Will hit the ball without having to use the tee! I hate I missed that.


There is a way for you to help the Miracle League of Frisco - Liberty Mutual is running a contest on Facebook. The group with the most votes will win $30,000! Please take the time to log on to Facebook and vote. You can vote every day now through sometime in August. Please cut and paste this link and help these amazing kiddos out!

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Go shawty, it's ya birthday!

Bryn celebrated her third birthday this weekend! She was so excited because she got the Dora birthday cake she'd been asking for. The things we do as parents for our kids - I had to go to four places to find a Dora cake (I won't EVER order a cake from Kroger again - this one came from Target). But Bryn loved it and was so happy she finally got her Dora birthday cake.



On Sunday, Bryn was in for a special birthday treat, but we had to take some time for a quick birthday photo shoot! Little mama loves getting dressed up - put her in a tutu dress and she's ready to go.



I decided instead of a big party this year, we'd do something smaller to celebrate Bryn's birthday. So we picked up her BFF Ava and went to the American Girl store in Dallas.

The girls had a blast browsing through the store and picking out their new dolls. Bryn wasn't too interested in playing with her doll, but she thought it was a hoot that the doll's eyes closed when she "went to sleep."


We wrapped up our adventure with lunch in the cafe complete with cake and ice cream! It truly was a special birthday!

Monday, May 9, 2011

SWEEP!

As lifelong Lakers fans, it has been unbelievably difficult to watch Los Angeles implode over the last couple of weeks. The good news is, having covered the Mavs for D210 over the last couple of years, I've grown to love my hometown team and I'm excited they are doing so well in the playoffs. During a recent game, I decided to have a little fun with Bryn - I may have a budding sports reporter on my hands, but we've got some work to do...

Weekend update

First of all, happy mother's day to all the moms out there! I often say being a mom is the hardest job there is when done right. I hope everyone had an awesome mom's day - you deserve it! Ryan spoiled me with some much needed R & R - after a long weekend, I got up long enough yesterday to eat lunch, then went back to bed and didn't roll out again until 4 p.m.! The perfect way to spend my day after a very long weekend! On Friday, we took Will to see the RoughRiders game in Frisco. I had to rush off because I was covering the Mavs v. Lakers game for D210. I got to the AAC a little late but was amazed at the sea of blue in the stands. The Mavs fan were pumped and thrilled to see their team take a 3-0 lead in the series against the defending world champs. The atmosphere was truly electric! After the game, we went to the locker room for interviews. Lamar Odom stood in the hall with a sea of reporters holding microphones in his face. One of the reporters from L.A. was peppering Lamar with questions - I've encountered this reporter before and he's pretty pushy. I'm not a fan. Anyway, the remarkable thing to me was that Lamar was speechless - literally speechless. The reporter would ask a question, Lamar would try to answer, and nothing came out. He just shook his head. That was the generally feeling around the locker room - everyone was pretty speechless. I have to give a shoot out to Tyson Chandler of the Mavs. During interviews, I asked a question at the same time as another reporter. Tyson answered the guy's question, then gave me an opportunity to answer mine. I really appreciated it. Female reporters often aren't given any respect behind the scenes - it's great when the players make us feel welcome. After the game, I had to rush off to Bella 32 where my Football Wives castmate Chanita Foster and I were headlining. Wish I had some pictures to share but my purse was too small for a camera. We had a blast and I didn't get home until around 3 in the morning. The folks at Bella 32 are a class act and we love hanging out over there! On Saturday morning, Football Wives castmate Melani Ismail and I joined fellow castmate Chanita Foster as she received an award. I was functioning off of very little sleep - surprised this pic came out so nice. I was thrilled to be one of the hosts for The Collections Fashion Show benefiting Children's Medical Center. The designers of Varela + Brooks hooked my co-host and I up with custom-made couture gowns. I felt like a princess! The show was amazing and I look forward to being a part of the event again next year.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Busy weekend!

And now I'm playing catch up - where to begin?!?!?

Let's start with last week's royal wedding. I'm one of those chicks who still believes in fairytales. I love that a young model strutting her stuff down the catwalk can catch the eye of a prince, and ten years later, she becomes the belle of the ball decked out in couture and sashaying down the ultimate runway - the wedding aisle.

I decided not to wake up at the butt crack of dawn to catch the royal nuptials as they happened. I need my sleep, and I figured with the constant media coverage and DVR, I wouldn't miss a thing, especially the one thing I was really waiting to see - the wedding dress. When I first saw Kate's gown, I thought it was pretty but unremarkable. I was hoping to be "wowed" and that certainly wasn't my first reaction. But, the dress has grown on me and I love it - classic "Grace Kelly" inspired fashion that will certainly stand the test of time, unlike Lady Di's dress which screams "80s ballgown."

Kate changed into another gown later in the evening, and I think I loved it even more! I love the look of the sweater over the dress with the casual hair. Perfection!

The event seemed to captivate the world. It was neat watching the millions of people descend on Buckingham Palace to catch the couples' first kiss. It was definitely memorable.

All daydreaming aside, this weekend was a busy and memorable one for personal reasons. After months of planning, the 4th annual Silver Dollar Ball took place Saturday night under a tent in the pasture at XO Ranch in Aubrey. The weather was perfect after having rain scares throughout the week. As the publicity chair for the event, it is always wonderful to see everything come together.


We raised a ton of money for the American Cancer Society and I even got to hang out with Football Wives castmate Amanda Davis who came to the event with hubby Leonard.

One of the highlights of the evening was when the band Free Reign took the stage. Leonard, our honorary chair Marc Colombo and teammate Cory Proctor have their own metal band. Headline entertainer Neal McCoy invited the guys to come on stage and do their thing. It was awesome!

Other Cowboy notables like Jason Witten were in the house to help celebrate the event. A fantastic time was had by all! Live auction chair Ashleigh and I even hammed it up a bit and played off of our Mission Possible: Find the Cure-theme.


Ryan was gone most of last week, so I was truly doing the super-mom thing last week - working, watching the kids, organizing and setting up for the event. By Sunday night, I was dead tired. I popped an Ambien and was out like a light around 9:30.

Around 10 o'clock, I woke up to a popping sound. I quickly realized it was hailing outside. I was a little concerned because of the record-breaking tornado outbreak that hit the south last week - hail usually indicates bad weather. I hopped on Twitter and tweeted about the hail, then quickly realized something was up - lots of people were tweeting that President Obama was going to make an announcement that evening. I quickly turned on CNN where it was being reported that the President was set to announce that we'd found and killed Osama Bin Laden. Sure enough, President Obama informed the nation that a team of Navy Seals infiltrated Bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan and killed him. I sat it stunned silence as I watched, and realized an incredible sense of relief had taken over. I remember where I was on 9.11.01 - I remember watching the Twin Towers fall. I remember crying and being scared to death of what the terrorists had done to our country. And finally, we'd caught and killed the mastermind behind it all. Justice.

I'm exhausted revisiting the weekend. And you know me - a busy weekend is usually my break from a hectic and chaotic week. I'm looking forward to an event coming up this weekend - the Collections Fashion Show benefiting Children's Medical Center here in Dallas. I'm a co-host of this event, and I was thrilled when I learned that one of the designers featured in the show - Varela & Brooks - were going to design a dress for me to wear! SCORE! We've done a couple of fittings and I'm looking forward to strutting my stuff in the gown this weekend. I bet I'll feel a little like a princess...