Friday, October 19, 2012

Wheel of Fortune

I have watched WOF for as long as I can remember. I think pretty much my entire life! I remember sitting in my Dad's lap as a child watching it with him...then in the chair next to him as a teenager...then as an adult going to visit him and solving puzzles while just visiting! I have always wanted to be on the show, and that dream came true on October 5th when I got to fly out to California and record a real show!!

 It was a looooong journey to get there sister, Lisa and I went to a Wheel Mobile audition at the casinos right after we had Abigail and Savana, so about 4 years ago. We didn't even get called on stage! We were bummed, but oh well. Then we went to another Wheel Mobile audition the spring of 2011. We went 2 days in a row and still not called on stage....then the last group of 5 people on the last day, they called me on stage!! Then a few months later I got my letter for the 2nd audition at The Peabody in Memphis. BUT I got the letter after the audition already happened!! So Sean persauded me to still call the number on the letter and tell them I missed it because I never got the letter. So I did and they said they would write my name down and if there was a 2nd audition near me in the future, I could automatically go to it. I really never thought anything else about it. A year later I got an email for an audition in Knoxville. So I persauded Lisa to go with me AGAIN, and we even picked up her best friend Jennifer in Nashville so she could go too. Everything was going great we were about an hour and a 1/2 from Knoxville, starving and ready to eat lunch. Then we realized that the DAMN time changed, and we almost missed the audition. Audition went great, I made it through every cut that day and was told that I would receive a letter within 2 weeks if I made it on the show. Two weeks came and went and no letter. So I accepted it and even told my close friends and family that it wasn't going to happen for me. Then week 3 the letter came! Sean and I decided to make a life change and move to AL.Weeks before our move, I got a call saying it was time to record my show. So during our move to AL, we stopped unpacking, unloaded the kids to the nearest family, and flew to Cali on a Thursday and back on Saturday. It was an awesome short trip for Sean and I. We have never been by ourselves for more than an evening out since the birth of Hayden, so about 6 1/2 years ago!! We enjoyed our time together. We went to see the Santa Monica Pier on Thursday. On Friday my childhood friends, Jodie and Sarah (who live in Cali now) came to watch the show. Then they took us sightseeing in Hollywood. It was so fun, and we really appreciated them taking us around!

Now for my show...I can't say how I did, But I will say that it was an awesome experience. The set was really cool, and Pat and Vanna are super nice. I did well but I didn't do as good as I wanted to. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Lots of bright lights and information and sensory overload!!!  It airs January 14th, so make sure you watch!

Thanks to everyone that made this possible and contributed to the many steps for me to be on the show---Mom, Dad, Lisa, Jennifer, Brian, Sarah, Jodie, and SEAN!!!! 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

It's been a while...

Well I haven't blogged in a long while, but it is time to start again for many reasons! The main reason is that we have moved AGAIN! We are not by my brother and sisters' and friends' families anymore, so I would like for them to be able to read my blog and keep up with us. Also all of Sean's family lives away, and I want them to be able to see pics and stories of the kids too! We made the move about 2 weeks ago to Spanish Fort, AL. Sean got a new job at a Toyota dealership just a mile from our apartment. We love having him so close. He can come home everyday for lunch or just to say hi! My parents and sister are in Gulf Shores, so we have enjoyed being able to go see them whenever we want. My brother and his family are in the next town over, Daphne. The cousins love to play together and us adults have enjoyed our time together too!. There are endless things to do here and the surrounding cities, so we are very excited about living her and raising our kids here. I have already started house looking, so hopefully we will move next spring into our forever home! We have taken our boat out in the Gulf every time Sean has been off work (I think this is Sean's favorite thing about being here, no more dirty lakes!), so I will leave you with a beautiful pic of Orange Beach, AL.