Chevy Fan Day With Jeff Gordon at Texas Motor Speedway

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Yesterday, the Nerd and I headed to Texas Motor Speedway for Chevy Fan Day, courtesy of Chevy DFW.

I had never been to a NASCAR event, and I’m still processing a lot of what we saw and experienced. I have TONS of photos to go through and edit (and share with you all!)

But the coolest things we got to do was go on a hot lap with Jeff Gordon. I took along my video camera so you could experience it, too.

It was so much fun! Jeff told us that they asked him to stay at or below 90 mph during the lap, but then he wouldn’t say how fast he was going. Naughty, naughty.

Luckily, The Nerd was sitting in the back seat with a clear view of the speedometer — he said it passed 130 mph.

Have you ever been to a NASCAR race? Who’s your favorite driver?

I promise more pics (and stories) soon!

Spring In Texas Means One Thing…

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Ask any Texan mom (or, in my case, aunt) and they’ll tell you — Spring means days spent eyeing random fields and highway sides looking for the inky blue petals of our state flower.

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What is it about bluebonnets that makes us go crazy and dress up our children and try to make them sit still long enough to snap a few photos?

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It’s not like we haven’t taken these pictures every. single. year.

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It’s not like it’s *easy* for a toddler to sit still while there are so many pretty flower to touch.

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So many pretty flowers in which to frolic.

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So many pretty flowers in which to… check your e-mail? Yes, this is what Nerds do when you bring them along for “moral support.” He does this all. the. freaking. time.

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River had a great time running through the field of bluebonnets we found.

Such a great time, in fact, that she cried when it was time to go.

“But I wanna play in the pretty flowers,” she wailed, as Nanna carried her back to the car. “We can’t stay here all day,” Nanna replied. “But I don’t want to leave.”

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I guess we’ll just have to come back next year.

Do you like our field of bluebonnets? It’s the *perfect* spot if you live in North Dallas.

There are three huge field of bluebonnets right in front of the JCPenney headquarters in Plano. Here’s the address: 6501 Legacy Drive, Plano, Texas. If you turn right onto Corporate Drive from Legacy Drive, there are spots to park along the road. So awesome!

Do you take photos of your kids in the bluebonnets? Where are your favorite spots?



Claudia Gray Signing: Dallas, Texas

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Last night, I headed to our local Barnes and Noble to see Claudia Gray, author of Afterlife, the fourth book in the Evernight series.

I haven’t had the chance to read the series yet, but I’ve heard great things about it. And you know my obsession with author signings. This one was so close, I couldn’t miss it!

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Claudia was so wonderful — she took the time to chat with each of us in the line and she even asked me about the story behind my name.

That’s one I’ll have to share sometime. It’s a great one.

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I really loved how personable and nice Claudia was. I’m so often star-struck by the authors I meet, but she made me feel so comfortable.

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Isn’t she so great?

And…because I love you all so very much, I scored an extra *signed* copy of Afterlife to give away!

The winner will receive a *signed* hardcover copy of Afterlife by Claudia Gray!

The Rules:

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The contest is open to US and Canada residents only.

You *must* be a follower of my blog to enter. To become a follower, just click the “Join this Site” button on the right side of your screen and sign in with your Google, Twitter or Open ID account.

If you are a new follower, you will receive 1 entry.

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Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge: 2011

I have lived in Texas my whole life (except for a brief stint in Washington, DC for an internship). In that time, I’ve been to the State Fair, I’ve crossed the Rio Grande, I’ve seen the Come and Get It Canon and I’ve even been to Cowboys Stadium.

I think of myself as a true Texan, but until this weekend, I had never been to a rodeo. That’s right — no bullriding challenges for me.

So when the North Texas Chevy Dealers invited me to the 2011 Tuff Hedeman Championship bullriding challenge, I happily accepted!

April and Eric came up from Houston to go with us. It was a great chance to get to hang out for a while!


Of course, we *had* to stop by the Chevy booth when we arrived at the Will Rogers Coliseum.


It’s Truck Month at Chevy, so I made sure to stop by and check out the new Chevy Silverado. I just love this color of red.


And, of course, we had to check out the Chevy Volt!


Here’s the plug where you plug it in! I just think that’s *so* cool!


When it was time for the rodeo to start, the Silverado was front and center (as it should be!).


The show got started with a bang, and a tribute to CBR.


And then Tuff Hedeman himself rode in on a motorcycle!


Soon, the bull riding began.


These guys have *guts*.


Occasionally, a bull broke free once it had bucked off its rider. The errant bulls were quickly rounded up, though.


This bull was named Marshmallow. A cute name for a mean bull.


In true fashion, The Nerd wore his “bow chica bow wow” shirt to the event. You can be sure we stood out from the crowd.


After the riding was over, Cody Canada and the Departed played for the crowd.


I loved Cross Canadian Ragweed and was sad to learn of their split. But I really enjoyed the new music they played!

It was a really fun night and I’m so glad we had the chance to go.

Have you ever been to a rodeo? What’s your favorite part?



**Disclaimer** North Texas Chevy Dealers provided four tickets for us to attend this event. We really enjoyed ourselves!



The Pioneer Woman Book Signing: Dallas, Texas

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Last night, I got to meet one of my favorite bloggers: Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman.
She was in Dallas promoting her new book, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels: A Love Story.
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Ree first answered some questions from the audience.
She told us that the book had been optioned for a movie and that she’s currently working on her second cookbook.
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She asked her family to join her on the stage (after the audience requested it!). That’s the infamous Marlboro Man and her four “punks.”
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I love this photo of Ree and her family. I think it encapsulates her fun, spunky personality.
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Her oldest daughter, Alex, disagreed.
I can just feel the eye roll from here, can’t you?
Ah, to be young and a teenager.
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Here’s me and The Nerd. He puts up with me and my insane requests to attend author signings on Valentine’s Day.
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Just a small sampling of the line. It wrapped around the store.
And then…it was my turn.
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I gave Ree a copy of Firefly, an awesome sci-fi show that I have raved about more than once on this site.
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I really think she (and Marlboro Man) will enjoy the western feel of the show. At least I hope so!
She seemed interested…but she was probably just humoring me.
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We chatted a bit longer as she signed the massive stack of books I put in front of her.
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Yay! I *love* her!
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Marlboro Man even had his own signing line.
It was such a fun night and I’m so glad I had the chance to go!
And, just because I love you guys and couldn’t leave you out, I got a signed copy of each of her books to give away!
There will be two winners in this contest. 
Each winner will receive one of the books listed above.
The Rules:
Only one entry per person.

The contest is open to U.S. and Canada residents only!

You *must* be a follower of my blog to enter. To become a follower, just click the “Join this Site” button on the right side of your screen and sign in with your Google, Twitter or Open ID account.
If you are a new follower, you will receive 1 entry.
If you were a follower prior to the start of this contest, you will receive 2 entries.Fill out the form below to enter. Do not leave your entry in the comments.

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Updated: The winners have been chosen and notified. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Medieval Times: A Knight to Remember!

One of my favorite places in the whole wide world is Medieval Times.
I don’t know why, but I love to go see the show there. The Nerd knows my love of knights, jousting and eating with my bare hands, so he treated me to a dinner there for Valentine’s Day.
I was *so* excited!
I love the look and feel of the castle.
And the paper crowns. I’m a big fan of paper crowns.
We were cheering for the Green Knight.
Everything is color-coordinated.
It’s such a great atmosphere.
The napkins have all the info you need.
Including what’s for dinner.
Don’t expect a great meal, but hey, the chance to eat with your fingers with no societal backlash is worth it.
Oh noes! Is that the prince?
And who’s that dark stranger?
Something fishy is going on here…
Don’t whip the prince!
Here are all the squires and servants. I wonder what the going rate for a Medieval Servant is?
All hail the KING!
Knights in shining armor…
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The Princess was really whiney. I guess I’d be too, though, if a cloaked figure stole my husband and whipped him out of the arena.
Pretty horses.
He was pretty good in battle.
But my favorite part was the jousting!
WHACK! BAM! (I feel like I should be in an old-school episode of Batman)
But in the end, good always prevails over evil.
It was such a fun night.
And tonight, we’re headed to The Pioneer Woman’s book signing in Dallas. I really do have the best hubby ever!
What are your plans for the day of love?

Snowpocalypse 2011

This was our house on Friday morning.
We live in TEXAS. It is not supposed to snow like this in TEXAS.
You couldn’t see the SIDEWALK. You couldn’t find the STREET.
The Minions had no idea what TO DO in this fluffy white stuff.
Kaylee kept face-planting in the snow because she’d pull so hard on her leash, trip over the invisible sidewalk and eat it.
Georgie just suffered through it, as usual.
By Saturday afternoon, much of the snow had melted. Finally. After being SNOWED IN for FOUR DAYS, I was a little stir-crazy.
And so was The Nerd, apparently.
He decided to make use of the last little bit of snow by hurling snowballs at The Minions.
Kaylee was unsuspecting at first.
But not for long. I love that snowball flying through the air!
(Yay 7D!)
Hey, when you’ve been stuck inside due to extreme amounts of ice and snow (Ok, ok, not EXTREME. But SIX INCHES is A LOT OF SNOW in Texas! ESPECIALLY when it falls on a thick layer of ice) it’s the little things that count.
Oh, and guess what? Remember my photography getaway trip?
I’m SUPPOSED to leave on Wednesday. The forecast?
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