Thursday, April 30, 2009

California/Dancing With the Stars

What a weekend! I am so glad I got to go. We left last Friday night after Ryan got off work and drove to Vegas to stay at his grandparents house. We didn't get there until 2 am. He has the NICEST grandparents I have ever met! I just loved them. After they made us breakfast, we loaded up and headed to Cali! We got a little lost from not paying attention, despite the fact that we had a GPS (that was sitting in its box.) We finally got to the Clark's late that afternoon. Chelsie invited us to go to a UCLA scrimmage game with her friends that play football for them, but I opted to go shopping with Jeanine, Lauren, Ally and Taylor instead....Stacey and Ryan went to the game. I actually found out once I got home, that I ran into a friend I went to high school with in Flagstaff. She didn't say anything because she didn't know for sure if it were me. Sad. Small world! So onto the good part.....
Monday, we went to Chelsie's to pick up Laurie (her mom) before the show. She wasn't quite ready, so we took a few pictures around her house while we waited.
What and amazing experience. It's so strange to be there after watching it every week for so many weeks. One of the first things Stacey noticed when we got there was that Lance Bass was sitting just 20 feet away from us. (Stacey was OBSESSED with NSYNC.) She was really hoping we'd get a picture, but he was one of the first to leave after the show. They keep you entertained each night with an emcee who makes jokes during commercials and claps and cheers/boos real loud to get you to copy him. The first night was Cory....real nice, but not quite as entertaining as Gary Cannon, who was the emcee Tuesday night. He was hilarious! He does improv tours, so if he ever comes to your area, I would highly recommend him. Here are pictures we took with each emcee.

I was so impressed with the whole show. Thoroughly entertaining! Chelsie and Ty were amazing! After the show, they kick everyone out, excpet those that are there with the stars or dancers. For about an hour, they do a media circle where all the media such as Entertainment Tonight and other shows like that, interview each of the couples. We just stood around and watched and waited while they did their interviews. This is where I was able to get all my pictures of the other stars.
Shawn Johnson and Mark....only media were allowed on the front side of the circle, so most of these pictures and not the best.

Karina was there doing some of the interviews.

Gilles and Cheryl

Melissa and Toni (She was there on Tuesday night)

Lil' Kim....I never did see Derek. He disappeared both nights.

Chuck and Julianne

This is one of my favorites of Ty and Chelsie in the media circle. I love the way she is looking at him!

And the best part of the night for me........

I've been a fan of Jewel for a long time and it was really awesome meeting her! She is really nice....she told me she liked my dress! :)
After the media circle, we went back to Chelsie's trailer so she could change. She was actually REALLY sick. You couldn't even tell while she danced. She had cold and flu symptoms and had thrown her back out on top of it all. She felt really crappy, so we got take out and took it back to her house to eat. The show is taped at 5:00 CA time and doesn't air until 9:00 so we actually got to watch it when we got back to her house. I couldn't believe how often it showed us in the audience. I was surrounded by black in my red dress and there seemed to be a light shining right on Stacey so she was easy to pick out. Tuesday, Tom and Samantha did a segment right in front of us, so the camera was on us for a while.....everyone keeps giving me a hard time about leaning over to see around Tom....yes, I did it on purpose! :) He was blocking me! Monday night, we helped her move into her new house in Beverly Hills. It was an awesome house with incredible views! Yes, Stacey and I helped in our dresses and heels!
We actually headed straight for Vegas after the show (of course after picking up the babies....Jeanine and the girls babysat for us.....THANKS so much for that!) We didn't get to Vegas until 4 am! I am so glad I got to experience this! I really really enjoyed myself!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

My good deed for the day! :)

Kyle and I decided tonight that we didn't want to sit around the house. So despite the fact that it was already 8:00, we decided to drive down to Winchester Park, about a mile away from our house. Kyle's parents called to see if they could come visit for a bit, so they followed us to the park. Gradnpa was holding Spencer and Grandma Bunny was walking around with Kyah, looking at the ducks, so I just kind of followed behind Kyah. There was a man standing next to the pond with his little daughter and I overheard him tell another little girl there that her family would never find her if she stayed where she was at and just left her. I thought I must have heard him wrong. How could he just walk away from a lost little girl? I saw her walk over the the Jordan Walkway trail and sat down on the edge. So I went and asked her if she were lost. She was sitting there whimpering, obviously scared. She said she'd been riding her scooter with her dad and sister and had gotten way behind them. She got tired, so she had stopped at the park. I asked her if she lived nearby and she said she lived on Redwood Rd (nowhere near the park.) I asked her if there was someone she could call to tell them where she was at. She tried calling her dad's cell phone, despite her concern that he might not have it on him. I could hear through the phone how frantic he was. He'd already called the police and they were searching the walkway looking for her. I just kept thinking, what if this happens to Kyah someday. About 5 minutes later, a police man showed up and took her to the parking lot to wait for him. It was the sweetest reunion. He ran to her and scooped her up into his arms. I have to admit, it brought me to tears. I am grateful I was there to help this poor, scared, little girl.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

I want to know....

Today Stacey and I were discussing how we tap our fingers. Do you go pinky to thumb or thumb to pinky? It is definitely more natural for me to start with the pinky, but I also find myself doing a combination, where I start with thumb, then pinky, then index, then ring finger, then middle. I can start with thumb, but it is definitely more awkward for me. Stacey also starts with pinky and absolutely can't do it reversed. It's just one of those freak things that there is no explanation as to why we do some things they way we which arm is on top when you fold your arms across your chest, or when you interlace your fingers, which thumb is on top. I want to know which way you tap and see if there is one that is more dominant over the other!