Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Unfortunately, I've been under the weather since Friday and I'm only feeling about 50% of myself. Crossing my fingers I wake up tomorrow feeling better because I've got a long day ahead of me.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Go Bruins!

While we were home in California visiting family over the holidays, we took the kids up to UCLA and walked around. Wow - that campus is beautiful. I can't believe I walked that campus almost every day for five years without truly appreciating its beauty. My favorite moment was when we walked into the quad with buildings like Royce Hall and Powell Library. Bryn said, "Wow mommy, look at all the castles." She was right - they do look like castles!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Watch out for the lava!

I saw this on Facebook today and had to repost - brought back some pretty fun childhood memories. I hope it does the same for you!

"Trust that little voice in your head that says "Wouldn't it be interesting if..." And then do it." ~Duane Michals, "More Joy of Photography"

Autism Awareness - Please Watch

I have been very open about our autism battle. I came across this video today and it brought me to tears. Maybe because I can relate. Maybe because it gives me hope. Maybe because it reminds me I have to keep fighting. But please, take a few minutes to watch...

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Frisco Women's League Mother-Daughter Tea

I am beyond thrilled to the be the honorary chairperson for this year's Frisco Women's League Mother-Daughter tea! Anyone who knows me knows I'm a candy fiend - and when I found out this year's event was Candy Land-themed, I got even more excited!

2012 will be the 7th year for the FWL Mother & Daughter Tea, a popular luncheon for mothers and daughters, which sells out annually. Since 2006, the event has raised over $94,260 for area beneficiaries, including Cityhouse, CASA of Collin County, the Boys and Girls Club of Collin County, Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center and Heroes for Children.

The Tea takes place around Mother’s Day, making it the perfect way for ladies of all ages to reconnect with their favorite family and friends, while supporting worthy North Texas charities. The event features a tea-menu luncheon, a style show with latest fashions modeled for women and children, a silent auction, and crafts and activities for moms and daughters.

For more information, check out www.fwltea.org - there are plenty of sponsorship opportunities available, and the event always sells out, so get your tickets soon!

This year's beneficiary is none other than Hope Park of Frisco! Hope Park is dedicated to forever changing the landscape of Frisco, and I'm thrilled that it will be doing so right in my neighborhood. My homeowners association dedicated space in our subdivision to build an all-inclusive park to suit all children at any age, with a focused consideration for children with special needs. This 13,000 square foot play adventure will bring children together and help them build self-confidence, make friends and play as equals. Imagine a place where a child with special needs can play side by side with their brother, sister or peer. This parks design will be interactive invoking a sensory play experience that engages children at many developmental levels.

“All of our parks are ADA friendly, but this is more specialized,” Frisco Mayor Maher Maso said. “It’s a great concept. It’s one I support.” Maso said he liked that the park would be for all children, not just those with special needs. “This is just one more partnership that, frankly, I think, fits a need of the community,” he said.

For more information about Hope Park, visit www.hopeparkfrisco.org

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012

More pics from the Mrs. Texas pageant

As promised, here are some of the snapshots taken by Larry Wright...

Super Bowl Weekend 2012

What a difference a year makes! Last year we were slipping and sliding all over Dallas trying to get to various Super Bowl events in an ice storm the metroplex couldn't prepare for. Imagine my surprise when we got up to Indianapolis on Friday and it was sunny and 55! The weather was perfect!

We flew up for the NFLPA party Friday night. We would've loved to stay a bit longer because Indy was the biz-nass for Super Bowl, but we had to get back down to Texas. More on that in a minute.

We met up with one of Ryan's former teammates and his wife for dinner before the party. Getting there was a bit of a mess - my one complaint about Indy was the traffic control. We sat at a couple lights downtown for about 10 minutes each. Crazy thing is - you can see some pretty interesting stuff when you're sitting in Super Bowl traffic, like Jerry Jones and his entourage walking down the street...

We finally made it our dinner location - Shula's! Imagine our delight when Mr. Shula himself came into the restaurant!

We had a blast at the NFLPA party - always good times catching up with old friends. Jermaine Dupre deejayed, J Cole performed. It was a great night!

We were up early the next morning to head back to Texas. We had to head down to Houston to surprise another one of Ryan's former teammates for his birthday.

Back in 2007, I wrote about the devastating on-field injury suffered by Kevin Everett. On the first play of the second half, Kevin suffered a spinal injury that almost cost him his life. Last time we saw Kevin, he lay motionless in a hospital bed hooked up to machines and unable to move. Imagine the emotion when I watched him cut his own birthday cake. When I think about what could have been, watching him complete this simple task was amazing.

Nonetheless, it's always good to catch up with old friends, especially those from our football family.

We were back home on the couch in time to watch the big game! Congrats to the Giants on a phenomenal win. It was an exciting one for us - three of Ryan's NFL coaches coach for the Giants (Coughlin, Fewell and Gilbride). Super Bowl is in New Orleans next year - we'll be there!