Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Transformations

Way back in September Brett told me about an event that one of his clients did and she thought I would be interested in doing it. It was called the Transformations Charity Gala. It is a pageant style competition (evening gown, talent, and question) for 10 local women to compete for a local charity of their choice. Who doesn't want to be in a pageant once in their life right?! And all for a good cause!
But the BEST part is...each of the 10 contestants were paired with a female impersonator (aka drag queen) coach! Each contestant would be put in full drag queen make up, hair, etc. This was right up my alley!! I applied and somehow I was chosen as one of the 10 lucky women!

We had our first meeting in October and I was paired up with the fabulously fierce Monique Hart. Over the next few months we had some fun photo shoots, I practiced my walk, talent, and learned my charity as best as I could.  We had no idea what the other contestants were doing for their talent until the day of, which added that much more pressure! 

The show had an opening number, then on to the evening gown, talent, final 5, question, and winner.  In between our coaches would perform for the audience. I can't even begin to tell you how fun the entire show was. We got there on Saturday morning and between the 10 contestants and 20 or so drag queens the entire day was hilarious! The real show was back stage! Queens, panty hose, wigs, make-up, high heels, dresses flying everywhere. The conversations were fantastic!

I think this sums up the dressing room pretty well...missing from the photo is all the wigs, dresses, and alcohol!
I loved being around every. single. person. Everyone was so encouraging, nice and helpful, it was like one big happy family all here for a good cause and we were happy no matter who won! I was so nervous every time I hit the stage but I would do the entire day again every year if I could! Amazing people, amazing charities, and amazing memories made. I hope to stay in contact with all the ladies!

Thank you to all my family and friends for the support, texts, calls, pictures, purchasing tickets, etc. You have no idea how much all of that means to me! I can't wait to be in the audience next year!

Thank you to OH SNAP! PHOTOGRAPHY for OH SNAP! photos below...All can be seen here!

Our opening number was disco theme...

before...


after!!

Ready to open the show and get started! How fabulous is my coach?!?!

 Another contestant, my fro twin. Her disco outfit was my favorite!

Ready to get it started!
After the opening number we changed into our evening gown. My gown was made by one of the other coaches...Mulan. I picked it because red is the color of Cooper's Cause and it reminded me of Dorothy's ruby red slippers! And my hair is a piece made specifically for me by my coach.

Fyi...the earrings were literally super glued to my ear. Yup. Super glued.



Pretty fabulous looking group of ladies!
Then came talent. My hidden talent is rapping. Random I know but for some reason I'm pretty good! Nobody in previous years had done it and so I obviously had to be the first! I did a mash up of Nicki Minaj's Super Bass and Iggy Azalea's Fancy.

I got a FANTASTIC intro from Monique!




Like a true diva I had to do an outfit change to convert from Nicki to Iggy...duh!


After our talent we changed back into our gown and hit the stage to have the top 5 announced.  I LOVED my hair (wig)! I told Monique she was going to have to fight me to get it back!


My favorite performance of the night...4 of the coaches including mine (2nd from the left)!



Somehow I made it in to the top 5! I couldn't believe it...and what I love about the pictures below is how excited the other girls are. I was the last of the 5 to be called and they are still so pumped. They are all truly awesome ladies!



We immediately had to answer a question about our charity from one of the judges. I was more nervous for this part than any of the others. I wanted to make sure that I represented Cooper's Cause well and got their message across. I think I did that!




I didn't bring home a win but another fantastic charity did and I had so much fun from start to finish. I got in the top 5 and that in itself is pretty awesome.  I had a fantastic support system and I cannot wait to continue my support of this amazing event! 





I promise I'm not pregnant, it's just the sleeve on my dress that makes it look that way!


Seriously considering going blonde :) 


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Christmas

I am honestly not sure how it is almost February already. December and January absolutely flew by! This year we (which of course means just me) were anxious to start Elf on the Shelf. Jaris named his elf Wiggins, after Andrew Wiggins (shocker).  I had a lot of fun putting him all over the house, although some nights I would almost forget and have to throw something together quickly! The last few days I was really grasping at straws for good ideas but below are some of my favorites.

Jaris didn't really understand that Wiggins could "see" him where ever he was, which prompted the "he can't even see me" or "we aren't even at home" responses when I would tell him Wiggins isn't going to have a good report for Santa. That is until Wiggins had a note about his behavior from the night before and after that conversation he finally believed he could see him all the time! On his last night at our house Wiggins left JT a bell from Santa's Sleigh!




Every year I try to take pictures of how I decorate for Christmas, that way I have a reference for next year handy.




This year was Christmas with Brett's family and so we hosted.  I took about 3 days off the week before they arrived to deep clean every inch of the house. Got rid of a lot of stuff, donated toys, and it was so therapeutic to have my headphones on, dance, and singing at the top of my lungs. 3 days of that was actually a nice vacation for me, crazy huh?

Brett's dad got in town first and then Kelly, Brett, and the kids got in Christmas eve. Jaris was so excited to see the boys he could hardly stand it. I loved that although it had been about 8 months since we'd seen them, they acted like no time had gone by at all.

Can you find Maisy? :)




Christmas eve consisted of church and chicken noodle soup at our house. Granny read A Night Before Christmas and the kiddos headed off to sleep.





Christmas morning...





Long story short: Brett found out what he was getting before xmas morning...punk. That is why he has the "sarcastic surprise" look on his face.

Santa obviously can't forget Maisy!
We had an awesome Christmas dinner...prime rib, mashed potatoes, and all the other fixin's. *No picture of my pretty Christmas table setting this year...I forgot!*  We all went to the KU practice court to play a little b-ball and after the kids went to sleep we played a game of Apples to Apples and enjoyed really yummy pie and ice cream!



The day after Christmas we celebrated at my parents house!






The day after Christmas Brett's grandma took a turn for the worse. Everyone decided to stay in town for a few extra days to see if anything happened. After a few days nothing did so everyone went home.  New Years eve JT woke up with a cough and pretty high fever.  We gave him meds and headed to work but he only got worse and his fever got higher.  I'm not one to run off to the doctor but we were at the nursing home a lot and they did have a lot of the flu going around, however JT's doctors office was closed that day. So after talking to a family friend who is a PA she told us to head to the ER in case it was the flu.  We spent NYE in the ER getting chest x-rays and nose swabs to finally find out he indeed does have influenza A. Awesome.


That night and for the next 3 days he was completely done. Laid on the couch and watched a lot of movies and Tom & Jerry. Here's what I look like after taking care of, cleaning after visitors, sanitizing the entire house 75 times, laundry, changing sheets, cleaning toilets, showers, cleaning up vomit, etc. I also took down all my Christmas stuff and tried to get my house back to normal.

**And I promise that's just water in my hand!**


Brett's dad and aunt came back up to be with his grandma and unfortunately on the 6th of January, we lost her. She was an incredible woman and if I am half of the wife and mother she was, I'll be in good shape. We will miss her greatly. This time Brett's aunts family stayed with us so we had a house full again! The funeral was beautiful and everyone came over afterwards.  The next day everyone went back home.  I had been a crazy cleaning lady the entire time they were staying with us because I knew we were going to have people over after the funeral so once it was over I was finally able to relax...and then they all went home lol and I missed the craziness! We got a couple of basketball games in and a nice dinner with everyone!


The sweetest dog in the world...always where everyone is.










After everyone left on Saturday we went out that night with my sister in law and friends to watch the best 80s/90s cover band...the THUNDERKATS! It was exactly what I needed after such a long few weeks. My favorite music...drinks...and dancing. Perfect.


Love him.