Sunday, April 27, 2014

A fun staycation with the fam and friends!

We spent the weekend at Rustic Creek Ranch, aka Jellystone, in Burleson this weekend.  Our good friends Sammy and Leslie Morris have a family reunion there every year and some of their friends (including us) tag along.  We absolutely love this place - the cabins are super nice with jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces.  It's perfect for those of us who prefer glamping to camping.  The water park was open this year and it's just for guests - NO LINES!  There's a bounce house area, laser tag and paintball, a catch & release lake and so much more!  We spent both nights hanging out in the outdoor theater watching Monster's University and Despicable Me 2.  And yeah... we stayed up until 2:30 a.m. playing games.  Good times.  We love this place and look forward to going back next year!





Thursday, April 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Me and my big sis circa 1978.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Special Thanks

I want to thank my pageant sponsors for their support.



Mrs. Texas 2014

c. Larry Wright
















30+ married women descended on Corsicana, Texas Easter weekend to compete in the Mrs. Texas America pageant.  About a month ago, I actually considered pulling out of the pageant.  I wasn't able to prepare like I had in year's past - health issues and an unbelievably crowded schedule made it difficult to spend time in the gym.  But after some inspirational motivation from Ryan, I showed up ten pounds heavier than usual ready to compete.  And have fun of course, because that's what we do at Mrs. Texas.  Good thing I made the trip - I secured a top-five finish and was there to watch and experience my pageant bestie Whitney Beseda (Mrs. Arlington) take home the crown.

Our girls' weekend started early Thursday afternoon with swimsuit and opening number photos and the must-have group shot above.  We then sat down for orientation - all of the contestants introduce themselves and we get a rundown of the weekend.  Following a quick rehearsal, we got our contestant gifts.  My favorite - the tiara cookie cutter of course!

c. Larry Wright
















Some new friends and old packed into a couple cars and went to the new Applebee's in Corsicana - we had to take a selfie and a pic to memorialize the fun.  The best part was watching beauty pageant contestants trying to order meals - more vegetables, no cheese, water, no cocktails. The struggle was real.


















After dinner, we had to take advantage of the gorgeous Texas state flower blue bonnets - this is one of my favorite pics from the weekend.














Friday morning, we made our way over to the theater for rehearsal.  Whitney and I raced over so we could mark our territory in the dressing room.  We were the first contestants there (always on time).  Then the work began - we practiced bathing suit and evening gown before breaking for lunch.  

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright
































I was the designated leader for Group 4.  I must say - I had the best group ever!  The ladies paid attention and rarely made mistakes.  It made my "job" easy.

Group Four! c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright












































After lunch, it was time to rehearse our opening number! The opening number is always fun - we never know what our choreographer Edrienne is going to come up with, but it's always adorable.  And she didn't disappoint this year.  When she pulled out pom-poms, me and a couple of other girls squealed with excitement and offered up our cheerleading skills.  There were plenty of shenanigans that went down that afternoon.

c. Larry Wright
















This happened...
c. Larry Wright
















After rehearsal, we got all dressed up for our cocktail reception at the Corsicana Country Club.  After dinner, I had to rush back to the hotel to figure out what evening gown I was going to wear in the competition the following day.  You read that right - the night before the pageant, I wasn't sure what I was going to wear.  It just goes that way sometimes.

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright



























































Saturday was competition day.  We woke up early for last minute rehearsals then raced back to the hotel to get ready for interviews.  The morning-of rehearsal is always stressful - the adrenaline is starting to flow and everyone is beginning to get a little anxious.  But how serious can one be with rollers in her hair playing with pom-poms?

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright














































Then it was time.  The competition was fierce this year - a lot of young, new girls who nailed it on stage.  But I rocked my curves - and barely squeezed into the dress I borrowed again from Whitney.  I'll spare you my bathing suit pic this year.

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright



























































And at the end of the night, I was thrilled to take home the fourth runner-up award.

c. Larry Wright























But hands down, the happiest moment of the night was watching Whitney win the crown.  This was her year.  She won the interview, swimsuit and evening gown awards.  Some would call that a sweep.  No doubt our friend Rich Robertson who passed away last year was looking down on Whitney smiling.  But this moment... I'm so glad Larry Wright was able to capture this moment on stage.  With tears flowing, I had to give my girl a big ol' hug.


























There is no doubt in my mind this girl will bring home the Mrs. America crown in August.

Another highlight from the night - Will and Bryn came to see the pageant for the first time.  They loved it.  Bryn was so excited to see mommy on the stage.
























It was a great night and I'm so glad I chose to compete.  Crazy thing is now I'm pumped about next year - maybe lucky number seven will be the year I win.

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright



Friday, April 4, 2014

House of DIFFA Masquerade Ball

I had the opportunity to attend House of DIFFA's masquerade ball last Saturday.  I can wrap the whole evening up in one word - WOW!!!!  My date for the night was Oh So Cynthia blogger Cynthia Smoot.  We had such a blast checking out all of the amazing outfits and masks.  DIFFA really does bring out the best and most creative folks in Dallas and this year, it did not disappoint.

Most importantly though, we were there to raise funds for organizations that aid the fight against HIV/AIDS.  And the folks of Dallas did so fabulously!
























Photo: Bob Manzano
























Photo: Sylvia Elzafon, Culture Map Dallas

What I didn't post from last week on The Broadcast...

I swear I'm gonna try to do better.

NFLer David Nelson and his brother stopped by the show to talk about their foundation I'm Me (imme.org) and all the great work they do in Haiti.  We had a great time at Tahari last Thursday night fundraising for the charity.






















Lucky me - the same day these good looking guys were on the show, we had two other very special guests in studio...

Brenda Strong from Dallas (and Desperate Housewives):






















And Olympic medalist Jordan Malone:






















I had to quickly rush out of the studio to interview Draft Day's Tom Welling (aka Super Man from Smallville), but before that I had to take a selfie with our guest host Marcus Spears:























We had another exciting show last Friday - we were talking Final Four with Rolando Blackman.  Gina Miller guest-hosted that day.











































After the show, Amy and I drove over to Pollo Tropical for a surfing competition.  We both designated charities - Amy was surfing for Wounded Warriors and I designated the Autism Treatment Center.  Earlier in the week, we had a segment on the show.  Amy kicked my butt... live on the air.


But when it counted, I stayed on the board a bit longer than Amy.  The good news - Pollo Tropical donated $1,000 to both of our charities.