Wednesday, November 28, 2012

IT'S PAGEANT WEEK!!!!

I'll be heading to Corsicana on Thursday to get ready for this weekend's Mrs. Texas pageant.  I'll do my best to post updates throughout the weekend.  But any information about the actual pageant on Saturday will probably come from Ryan's Facebook page.

Without further ado, I must thank my pageant sponsors.  Without them, the total package would not come together.

Sheila’s Training – www.sheilasfitness.com
My real life football wife friend Sheila Stoutmire runs the best boot camp in Prosper.  Thanks to Sheila, I was able to shave of 10 pounds prior to the pageant.



















Avasiare Professional Skincare and Cosmetics - www.avasiare.com
The amazing Bonnie Benavidez and her partner Tanya have been wonderful supporters of my pageant endeavors.  They have an incredible skincare and makeup line.  Bonnie is the one that makes me beautiful on pageant night.  And a bonus for Bonnie - she usually gets to peep the unmentionables during the pageant as the contestants quickly change from bikinis to ballgowns.  Bless her heart!
 


2Q Salon/Lashes & Brows – www.2qsalon.com
I had an appointment this evening with Debbie Quintanilla who gave me a full set of individual lash extensions.  Little mama Bryn even remarked how pretty they looked.  Thanks Debbie!

2Q Salon






Katie Tellor Hairdressing – www.katietellor.com
Klix Hair, Inc. – www.klixhair.com
You can't be a successful pageant girl without long, big, flowing locks.  Katie Tellor has done my extensions for the last couple of years.  This year, she helped solidify a Klix Hair sponsorship for Team Neufeld.  I am so excited to have them both as part of this team.  Wait until you see amazing hair pics over the next couple of days.

Don't forget to vote in the Facebook Like contest.  Click the link below and "Like" my picture.  Now, here's the kicker.  In order for your vote to count, you will need to Like the Mrs. Texas Pageant page as well.  I sure do appreciate your votes!

Click Here

Thanks for your continued support!  Wish me luck in Corsicana!!!

Shots from previous years for inspiration...










Thursday, November 22, 2012

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

So, what does a girl do on Thanksgiving when she's got a pageant in a little over a week?  Well, play a little football of course.  And in a tutu no less!
 

 
 
We started out our turkey day with our annual neighborhood turkey bowl.  I decided to leave the bedazzled Neufeld jersey in the closet and pull out a tutu instead.  Not to be overshadowed, Bryn had to put a tutu on too, just like her mom.
 
 
And when she saw my pink gloves, Bryn just had to put on her "glubs" too.  She quickly realized they posed a problem them - there would be no thumbsucking with glubs on.  So, mommy made it all better.
 

 
 
During our turkey bowl halftime, I had to school Bryn on one of the most important things in life - football.
 


 
After the game, we rushed home to change so we could head down to Highland Park Village to have Thanksgiving at Marquee Bar & Grill.  I decided not to cook this year with the Mrs. Texas pageant next weekend.  I don't have the willpower to ignore Thanksgiving leftovers in the fridge.  But dinner was great!  Bryn even ate all of her turkey after vowing she wasn't hungry.
 


 
 
As if this day couldn't be more special, it's Ryan's birthday!  We have so much to be thankful for.
 
 
Hope everyone had an awesome turkey day!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Mrs. Texas is a little over a week away!

There is a new contest this year!  Head to Facebook and "Like" the Mrs. Texas page, then click on my contestant picture and "Like" me there too!
 
Here is the link:
 
 
You'll be able to check out this year's competition as well.  Looks like it's going to be a tough and competitive pageant!
 
I have to be honest - I HATE that the pageant is a week after Thanksgiving.  I love to cook Thanksgiving dinner.  Normally, I'd be standing in line today at Honeybaked to get my ham and turkey.  But not this year.  We'll be hitting up one of our favorite restaurants instead.  I figure we have can have a wonderful meal without having leftovers in the house for a week.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Thank you Little Rock!!!!

Last week I had the pleasure of attending and co-hosting Designing Hope in Little Rock, Arkansas. The amazing fashion show fundraiser is the brainchild of designer Linda Rowe Thomas. The event raises money for Camp Sunshine and the Burn Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital.
 
 
 First of all, I love Little Rock. Every time I fly into that city I can't sit still. The wonderful folks at the Capital Hotel always hook me up with an amazing room but I can hardly enjoy it because I can't help but get out and walk around the city. I haven't made it over to the Clinton library yet (maybe next time), but the revitalized downtown is a wonderful mix of history and innovation. From museums to a beautiful waterfront, there is a little something for everyone downtown.
 
But I digress. My trip to Little Rock was all about Designing Hope. Let me tell you a little bit about my friend Linda. Linda is originally from Douglassville, Texas. She is a self-taught designer and mother of two who lives with hand and facial scarring resulting from a house fire at the age of 2. She passionately uses her success in the fashion industry to give back and support young burn survivors. Linda created this annual event to not only raise funds for Camp Sunshine but also to bring awareness to an often unnoticed cause as well as aide in future lifesaving treatments and research for burn patients.
 
Linda has dressed me on several occasions - this woman is the real deal! Her designs have been featured at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York and on runways and celebrities all over the country.
 
The event beneficiary is Camp Sunshine. Camp Sunshine was founded in 1991 by a nurse who worked at the Burn Center who had the desire to develop a camp for children who survived burn injuries. The goal of the camp is to promote physical and emotional healing as well as growth and development of burned children. Camp Sunshine has given an opportunity for burn survivors across the state of Arkansas to establish lasting friendships, experience personal growth and develop life-long memories. In the past 18 years, the camp has grown from four campers to over 50 participants, not including approximately 70 volunteers and counselors.
 
With Linda and my beautiful co-host, Miss Alyse Eady of KTHV
 
A highlight of Designing Hope is the fashion show.  In addition to some of Little Rock’s beautiful models rocking the runway, local firefighters also get in on the action and model suits.  It was a great and fun evening and I look forward to heading back next year!
 
 
For more information, visit www.designing-hope.com and www.romasbylrt.com

Night of Superstars - Ft. Worth edition!

Ryan and I attended Night of Superstars this weekend at the Gaylord Texan.  Like the event we attended earlier this year that honored amazing kids facing all sorts of challenges from the Dallas area, last night's gala honored similar kiddos who live near Ft. Worth.
 
The event was simply magical.  We were honored to escort a young lady named Samantha down the red carpet.  Samantha has autism, and I hope we were able to put her mom at ease by letting her know we understood.  Samantha did remarkably well signing autographs and tolerating the loud cheers of her adoring fans.  We were so proud of her!



On an interesting note, I had the most interesting conversation with another one of the celebrities escorting the kids down the red carpet.  Dan Godwin and his superstar were standing behind us.  For starters, we recognized his superstar Abby - she is on Will's Miracle League baseball team!  She was very excited when we showed her pictures of Will on Ryan's phone.

After chatting with Abby, we began talking about the USC-UCLA football game.  Dan is a Bruin!  We instantly connecting over all things UCLA, including yesterday's win over the Trojans.  I asked where Dan was from.  He told me he was from a little town outside of L.A. called Calabasas.  I told him I was born in Thousand Oaks and that my dad taught and coached at Agoura High.  Dan then said he went to Agoura.  After we chatted a little more, we realized Dan went to Agoura while my dad was there.  Amazing!  A small world moment that brought me to tears.
 
Another fun night honoring some fabulous kids!  Congrats to founder Greg Johnson for creating such a phenomenal event.
 
Of course, it's always fun to run into friends too at these shindigs!




And let me send a special shout out to Watters for dressing me for the event.  I just love their gowns!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Shame on me...

It's been eight days since my last post - tsk tsk tsk.  Between pageant prep, work, family, etc., I'm falling a bit behind.  Updates coming soon!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

It's election day....

And I voted for this guy....

Friday, November 2, 2012

The beach...

Dockweiler - October 30th, 2012

Reunion


 I love reunions.  While some despise them, the whole idea of reuniting with old friends, professors and colleagues I haven't seen in a while makes me giddy.  So when it was time for the King Hall School of Law Class of 2002 to reunite on the campus of UC Davis, I didn't hesitate to book my trip to California.  It would be my first time back to the small college town right outside of Sacramento since I took the bar exam during the summer of 2002, so I was really looking forward to seeing how much has changed.


Goodness, things have changed alright.  When I first drove by the school on the 80, it was practically unrecognizable!  So many new state-of-the art buildings make up the school's skyline.  Some classmates had to point out that the new Mondavi Center was erected where we used to park.  It took me a while to figure out where the law school is.  It, too, has undergone a major renovation and expansion over the last couple of years and it looks great.  It was fun touring the school with old classmates.  Our little group spent several minutes in the antiquated (but soon to be updated) library stacks where we used to study for hours on end.  It's crazy how those three years in law school were probably three of the most stressful of my life, but being back in King Hall only brought back good memories.  I really enjoyed seeing the old mixed in with the new.  It's clear King Hall is working on securing it's position as a top-tier law school!
 
The old entrance to King Hall...
 

 
Davis is still an incredibly beautiful campus.  If it hadn't been almost 90 degrees last Saturday I would've spent more time walking around.  But here are a few shots of some of my favorite spots around the law school.
 

 
A definite highlight of the reunion was chatting with my professors including one of my favorites, Professor Sunder.  She started her teaching career during our first year.  We were her first class.  I love the fact that she is still at Davis!
 
 
I had a chance to catch up (quickly) with the school's dean, Kevin Johnson.  He was an associate dean while I was a student and was actually my Civil Procedure professor my first year.  I pointed out to a friend the seat I was sitting in when Dean Johnson called on me the first day of class.  He asked me if I thought the law was fair.  I replied, "Well, I was watching Ally McBeal last night..."  Dean Johnson gave me a look like, "Who let this chick in here?"  I'm glad to say I didn't disappoint - I passed that California bar exam the first time around thanks to him and the rest of the faculty at Davis.

 
A few things about Davis haven't changed though.  I was still able to find these guys on campus...


I got a little bummed though when I decided to drive by my Davis apartment.  I got off the freeway and was sad to see that a bunch of new apartments had gone up where my old apartment was.  Well, it only took me a couple of minutes to realize I'd gotten off at the wrong exit.  My little apartment was still there (bottom, left).



It was a tiny little one-bedroom that I lived in all three years in school.  My rent was $585/month!  But a lot of memories coincide with that little place.  9/11 happened while I lived there.  Ryan and I were newlyweds in that little apartment.  More Davis memories I'll have forever.

After official festivities concluded, we met up at a quaint little spot called "Our House."  Unfortunately, they were unable (or unwilling) to accommodate our group although I believe they had notice we were coming.  One of my classmates said she knew the owner of the Mexican restaurant across the street (unbeknownst to me, my favorite taco spot in Sacramento, Tres Hermanas, opened up a location in Davis) and after a few minutes, we were sitting down eating chips and sipping margaritas.  After that, we did a little Davis bar-hopping before parting ways.

 
 
It was great seeing my classmates and former professors - I'm looking forward to heading back in 5 years!