Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I've always remembered this landmark as a little girl when we would drive into town to visit my relatives back when we
traveled up from California to Idaho for vacations. It was the Meridian Watertower that stood out like a beacon in the night as if to say,
"Eureka! This is the Place!" after the long long grueling drive. I was always so excited to reach our destination after the long journey and time for vacation to begin! Now..after all these years, I am proud to be representing the great City of Meridian and be able to look at the "beacon" and know that I am proud to call Meridian my home and what a wonderful place it is! EUREKA!!!
We met at the Boys and Girls Club of Meridian and were dispersed throughout the city to homes of elderly folks that
needed our help with raking their leaves. My husband and I worked with a team from the Meridian Kiwanis Club and
were sent out to 2 homes. At our second home, we met the sweetest 80 yr old woman that was so thrilled to have us help her.
Her backyard was filled with beautiful plants and trees and MANY ...did I say MANY leaves! We left nearly 18 bags of leaves on her curb upon completion.
Several kids happily raked and bagged along with the cutest 8 yr old foster boy named Levi. He had such a great attitude and it
brought me much joy and a smile to my face knowing that there are so many wonderful people that are willing to drop whatever they are doing on a frosty Saturday morning to assist those in need.
On November 4, I was invited to a Wishing Star Foundation benefit breakfast where I MC'd for the morning. They are an amazing organization! They are wish makers in real life form!! Wishing Star's mission statement is to provide kids with hope through uplifting and rejuvenating experiences refocusing on the joys of life, to provide lasting support and memories for wish families, to treat families and associates with dignity and protect their privacy, and to inspire greater community participation in fulfilling Wishing Star's Mission. They are able to grant children wishes that are diagnosed with terminal or medical issues from ages 3 to 21. Pictured with Mandy Wood from ICON Credit Union (a sponsor the the organization) and Tracy Shaw (the director for the local Wishing Star) What a phenomenal organization!
The Veteran's Day Parade was a huge success on November 7! I enjoyed riding in a Corvette provided by the local corvette club! The driving was extremely kind and gracious. A HUGE "thank you!!!" to our Vet's who have served past and present, if it wasn't for them, freedom wouldn't be free for us. I was honored to be a part of the parade and feel blessed that there are those who place their lives above mine so I can be free. Picture is from the Idaho Statesman.
I was asked to participate with Protect Idaho Kids for the Idaho Steelheads game on Nov. 12 and 13. At Protect Idaho Kids they raise awareness on the rescourses that are already here and available for the state of Idaho such as the 211 line (pick up any phone, dial 211, and get any answers your looking for in terms of parenting and most other issues with families including counseling services, information on where to go and even class schedules for those who seek to improve). We were able to help spread the message to everyone about helping keep our kids safe here in Idaho and I got to drop the first puck as well as ride on the Zamboni! What an amazing couple of evenings! Also picutred is Miss Outstanding Teen Western Idaho, 2010, Ashley Stultz. She's a doll!
I was invited by my 6 year old, Madison, to attend her school's pumpkin patch field trip on October 22, 1010! They had such a blast, I was able to have a small group of kids and enjoy their company being a chaperone all day! We had a great time picking pumpkins, playing in corn, jumping on the HUGE pillow, riding in a cow ride and lots more! Thanks to Whitney Elementary for allowing me to be a part of such a fun filled day!
I also got the opportunity to do a photoshoot for the upcoming pageant! We went all over Boise shooting! My favorite spot was at the State Capital where First Lady Otter was handing out candy for the trick or treaters.
I celebrated with the local GOP for Election night on Nov. 2, 2010 and had such an AMAZING time! Most of the candidates I voted for won, so that was really exciting to see them all again and catch up on the campaign trail and how things have gone with them. Such a fun night and my husband enjoyed it more than I did!!!
#1) Mrs.Jefferson County Cookie Watts, speaking at the Chamber Form.They invited me back to be in the Christmas Parade.#2)Curves Health Fair #3)Explaining how important "self Exams" are in Breast Cancer.I spent over 2 months getting this event planned,vendors invited etc,etc.It was a great turn out.#4) Curves Team we are the glue that keep the ladies returning for more. #5) This little man is Greyson,(he made me a better person just by being himself.He was the guest of honor at the Make-A-Wish Halloween Carnival.#6-7) This is my booth at the Carnival,"IT WAS FIND THE PRINCESS",The afternoon was warm and sunny,so lots of kids. Thanks Cookie Mrs.Jefferson County
Shirlene and I had a wonderful time helping out with the College of Southern Idaho Great Pumpkin Race. We were able to help over 250 contestants get microchips for the race and cheered on some of the little kids that ran in the mile run. We loved spending our time helping the sports department raise money through this event, even though it was definitely colder than we expected.
Thanks for all the help with questions we have been sending your way,
Mrs. Twin Falls
One of Hailey's new neighborhood is trying to promote more family's to their condos. Knowing that I'm promoting active families in Sun Valley, they asked my family to take modeling photos for their marketing and advertisement. It was a day of play for my family and were happy to show off the fall colors.
It was so much fun seeing everyone at the St. Lukes Women's Fitness Celebration! I have done this race since I was 8 years old, so it is near to my heart. Now that I am married though, my husband and I have volunteered instead of actually racing. This year we were handing out tshirts for the race, and then Saturday morning we went and helped block off roads and cheer on everyone. I was impressed at how much dancing and cheering my husband did, and I was so happy to be standing by him doing the same thing! I enjoyed everything from getting a tshirt with Jared the Subway guys signature on it to posing for pictures for the Idaho Statesman. And this whole event is about a Celebration, and my Celebration this year is that I am healthy and living life how I want it to be!
Mrs. Twin Falls
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I had the most amazing experience being a part of the Extreme Makeover Home Edition and truly making a difference in the lives of fellow Idahoans. When I first arrived on location, I was in awe of the energy and love that was felt from all the volunteers and crew. It was exciting to get a tour of the house and see all the amazing details that were put into everything. I also meet Ty!!! He made an effort to talk to me despite his CRAZY recording schedule. He even signed the back of my Mrs. Idaho banner! I was a little star struck if you can image!!! He’s as good looking in person as he is on TV Wink, Wink!
It was exciting to get my hands dirty and help out with whatever I could for this amazing family in need! I felt official in my white hard hat and Bright Blue T shirt!!
I also had the opportunity to meet the on lookers and introduce myself and talk more about the amazing organization of Mrs. Idaho America. I was also lucky enough to get a behind the scenes tour of all the “TOP SECRET” projects! There, I was able to meet a few more stars of the show like Paul DiMeo, Ed Sanders, and Jillian Harris.
This experience has forever made an impression on my heart! I feel blessed to have been a part of something so unique and truly life changing!
Mrs. Idaho America 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I had the chance to go and celebrate with the Boise Rescue Mission and their City Lights, which is the women's and childrens shelter, 10 year anniversary! What an amazing, memorable evening! On October 2, there was a huge celebration including previous first lady of Idaho Patricia Kempthorne as the key note speaker, dinner, meeting the mothers and children the City Lights have helped and many touching moments through the evening. I was impressed with how many women have actually completed the program and moved on from the Mission, to raise their families in a healthy, happy home now! Picture here is Jason Billister and Rev. Roscoe from the Boise Rescue Mission and two of the lovely employees. The City Lights program helps those who need the help and are willing to consider changing their lives that will enable them to grow to be amazing mothers and give back to the community. What an amazing evening!!!
Here are some pictures from our fun Fall Pageant Workshop we just had last Saturday! There is still time to enter the 2011 Mrs. Idaho America Pageant. The deadline is January 1st. If you would like more information visit our website at www.mrsidahoamerica.com
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