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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

WWE Thursday Night Smackdown on a Tuesday

We had been looking forward to it since before Christmas - it was one of our main Christmas gifts, in fact. "It" being WWE's Thursday Night Smackdown, which if you are a WWE fanatic, like we are, then you know it is filmed on Tuesday. And so after a day packed with work and school, we zipped up the freeway to Portland.
The traffic wasn't bad at all, and so since we had a little extra time, we went to Red Robin for a quick bite to eat before finding out seats. However, we made it with only a few minutes to spare, because everyone from the WWE Universe decided to eat at Red Robin. It was so fun to see all the other fans in their shirts and gear. Brailey and Britt look absolutely darling, dressed as Charlotte Flair and Dean Ambrose! Aren't they the cutest fans ever?!
Brailey spent hours on her sign, while Britt threw his together in a flash - they both turned out fantastic! I saw their signs on the jumbotron several times, so I am sure we will be able to see ourselves on TV. If you are interested, Smackdown comes on USA at 5:PM on Thursday, PST.
We truly had a wonderful time, even though there were a few flies in the ointment. We had excellent seats, on the floor. However, the seats weren't where I anticipated they would be. I specifically called the box office to get good seats, and I told the representative I didn't want to be on the floor, but the first row up near the floor. So that was a bit frustrating. But they were still amazing seats, and Brady had a ton of leg room! It was worth it for his leg room, alone, and we were able to stand up and move around and had plenty of room for our signs. In other words, it worked out perfectly.
Brailey doesn't take a lot of selfies (thank goodness!), but I think selfies are definitely worth taking when you are at an event such as we were.
The WrestleMania sign was there! It was huge and incredible. WOW!
Brailey was on Cloud 9 the entire time we were there. Britt was, as well. The looks on their faces were so precious. Britt was rapt with attention while Brailey could not stop smiling.
Of course Brady had to talk to everyone there, including the security personnel. He doesn't love wrestling as much as the kids and I do, but he still managed to have a good time. And he looked dashing in his Macho Man shirt with his Broncos hat.
The first event included some NXTers. Carmela and her boys (their name escapes me - I will have to ask the kids and edit this part). There were good ! They wrestled a couple of local guys. 
And then came two of our favorite divas, Natalya and Alicia Fox! Brailey is one of Nattie's biggest fans - she loves her so much! We all do, actually, and it was a great match, because she WON! We cheered so hard for her! Her smile is infectious and she is an amazing personality. So cool!
Sadly, one of our most beloved wrestlers, Daniel Bryan, retired the night before on Monday Night RAW in Seattle. They played footage of this and it was very touching. I had to choke my tears down. These guys work so hard at what they do. It was heartwrenching to see him forced to retire at an early age. If you watch Total Divas, he is married to Brie Bella.
Brailey's sign was double-sided. Below, they are both holding them up. This time around, we were veteran fans! We knew how to dress, what to bring and how to act. It makes the experience even more fun when you get into it like that.
The star of the night was Chris Jericho, Y2J. I have always loved him! I wore my sparkly jacket in honor of his trademark jacket that lights up. It was way prettier in person - the camera takes the sparkle of the jacket away on TV, but in the ring, it is dazzling! He is such a class act, and it was fun to see a legend perform. So many of the big superstars are hurt right now, they had to bring him back out of retirement (we suspect). He isn't as fit and trim as he once was, but he still has it. He was on fire last night, and amazing in every way! I am positive he heard Brady cheering for him. And speaking of yelling, people were yelling out "Wooooooooooo!" before the show and in between segments. At one point, Brady's "Woooo!" started an entire round of it, and it was a good one, too! "Wooooooooo!" That is Ric Flair's trademark chant, and now his daughter Charlotte uses it, as well.
We saw the Wyatt Family... Creepy! But still fun. We were bummed we didn't get to see some of the bigger stars, like our favorites, Roman Reins, Dean Ambrose, Charlotte and a few others, but we still had the time of our lives. When we went a couple of years ago to RAW, we were so fortunate to see practically ever single character at that show. Next time we go, we'll make sure it is a Monday Night RAW event. And some day, WrestleMania is on all our bucket lists!
All good things must come to an end. We were sad to leave, but grateful we had such a good time. We will never forget our special night at Thursday Night Smackdown. Hopefully we will see ourselves on TV! Wooooooooo!

Monday, February 1, 2016

First of February - A Brand New Start

I love a fresh, clean start! Although I can't believe January has come and gone so quickly, I am happy to be at the start of a brand new month, and the first day on a Monday is icing on the cake! I feel like January went by so fast, I didn't get to settle in to my new goals and ideas. One of my goals was to be better about blogging... Bwahahahaha! Two posts for January, and I didn't even do an End-of-the-Year wrap up in December. What can I say? Life happened! These pictures of Britt playing basketball are from the day before my birthday, before Brady and I went to Denver.
He had a game while we were in Denver, also - thankfully, my parents were able to take him. It was super cool that they got to see him play, and Britt even made two free throws! But the Monday after, he came down with the flu, which turned into pneumonia, and so Britt's activities have been curtailed since then. He was so bummed to miss two weekends worth of basketball and this past weekend was a huge swim meet at Sheldon that he had to miss, as well.. For a healthy kid, he was certainly sick! It was scary how fast he went downhill. He seemed to be making a comeback after four days with a fever. The fever was going down, and we thought he was getting better, and then all of a sudden that evening, WHAM! - his fever spiked back up high, his nose started gushing blood, he was spitting blood up and felt weak, dizzy and couldn't see. The last time I made a trip to the doctor that fast was when Brady had gone into septic shock (although I didn't know it at the time). It was a relief to learn he had a serious case of pneumonia, because at least that is treatable, even though it is terrifying at the same time. Pneumonia is nothing to mess around with - it is scary stuff! We opted to try the antibiotic shots rather than go into the hospital, which was painful for Britt, but at least he was able to be at home. He ended up being allergic to the oral penicillin, though, which is why he had to have two more shots in his legs, for a grand total of five shots. It put him through the ringer, to say the least. But! There is always a silver lining... And for us, the silver lining is that he was able to tolerate the antibiotic injections (some people can't), he is over his pneumonia, and we were able to slow down from our busy schedules for a week. And despite Britt's pneumonia, it was a great week! On Monday, we were able to watch Monday Night RAW, and it was the best RAW we've ever seen! The Rock was on for an amazing commercial-free half hour segment, and we loved every second of watching it. The Rock is just incomparable and we were screaming and laughing and cheering like crazy - so much fun! (We are bummed Brady didn't get to see it, since he was on the road and his hotel didn't have that channel.) This weekend, instead of going to a swim meet all day, then to a basketball game, and then to a swim meet all day again, we got to relax at home. Brailey had her riding lesson on Saturday instead of Friday, which was nice. Britt got some much-needed rest, and he is looking like his perky self this First-Monday-of -February and First-Day-of-the-Month Morning. He started looking normal yesterday, and the extra rest could only have helped him. So although it was a bummer that he had to miss so much basketball and swimming, it was also good for him to recuperate and to appreciate his good health. In fact, it was good for all four of us B's. And now, we are at the start of a new month, and we are ready to roll back into our activities, one day at a time. Hello, February! We have big plans for you!

Friday, January 22, 2016

The WESA Denver Market Experience 2016

To say Denver Market was a blast would a huge understatement - Brady and I both had a wonderful time, and we are so grateful for the experience! It was nice for us to be there together, if only for a few days. Brady went down early for his Montana Silversmiths meetings and whatnot, and for the second year in a row, he was honored with the Sales Person of the Year Award and Buckle. We are so proud of him! He was shocked, because he didn't think it was possible to win it two years in a row, but he is more than deserving. He works so hard and gives everything he has to Montana Silversmiths. His family is, needless to say, super proud of him!
The first morning I was there, we ran into Katherine Merck, Miss Rodeo America 2016, right as we walked in the door. We met her last year in the Montana booth, and she remembered us both. She is such a class act!
Just a few minutes later, we got to see her live buckle presentation at the Montana Silversmiths booth, which was super cool. And then I got another picture of her and Brady, the two "winners." I'm so proud of them both! It was a special moment. Below, she signed her picture outside the booth.
And then they took a picture with all the Montana reps. I had a bad angle, but you can see it was a fun and special moment. I'm so glad I got to see it!
Below, Brady and his very first friend from Montana Silversmiths, fellow rep Brad Tucker. Brady and Brad talk every single day, and they are the best of friends.
And more good people! The Canadians, Scott and Donny and then Jake, Brady and Brad. Good guys, all of them!
While the permanent showrooms opened up on Thursday, the temporaries, like the one I work for, Ali Dee, were setting up. Below, my adorable boss Ali Dee herself and our girl from Oklahoma, McKenzie. I had the best time with these two beauties! And our booth turned out so nice - we were in love with it!
After the set up was complete, I headed back up to the Montana booth for the rest of the day, and I got to hang out with these two sweethearts from Oregon, The Vergets. They own Ace Hardware and Gypsy Crossing Boutique in Newberg, Oregon. They are such fun, wonderful people, and I ran in to them a few more times over the week. They practically feel like family, now! Their store is DARLING, and they are the nicest folks you will ever meet. Brady and I love them!
The next morning, we took a fun little selfie before the day started.
I loved having breakfast with this guy! And the food was so delicious. YUMMY!
And WAH-LAH! Day One of our Market. Ali and McKenzie looked so darling - it was a great day! 
That evening, Clint Corey made the drive with his beautiful wife Beverly and son Zane to Denver to see Brady and go to dinner with him. Once folks from Montana Silversmiths found out he was coming, the plans quickly changed to include everyone, and we all went out to CB Potts for a delicious dinner and a smashing good time! It was so nice for everyone to see Clint and to visit, even if it was for a short time. Best friends forever!
And then, the next day, Brady had to head home. So it was just me in Denver. He stopped by to tell me good bye before he left. I hated to see him go!

After he left, Miss Rodeo Idaho 2016, Heather Skovard, was near our booth, and I recognized her from the pictures. This is the girl Brady helped pick when he was judging the competition last summer. She and her chaperon were so bummed they didn't get to see Brady, but it was fun for us to meet, and we had a great time visiting. And right after she left, Miss Wyoming Collegiate stopped by and asked for a picture with me. Her crown was so gorgeous - I felt like royalty just standing next to her! 
That night, McKenzie and I went to our first ever Wrangler Party, the World Famous Get-Together at Market. Below, the Wrangler rep from Oregon, Anthony and I. I met him on the plane home from Denver Market last year. On the flight down, I followed him to baggage claim, because I had never been to the Denver airport before. Then, on the plane home, he was seated right behind me! So we started visiting, and I gave Brady his contact information, and now he is one of our dear friends! He and Brady have a big time together. Thanks to him, McKenzie and I were able to get in to the party.
And here we are, proof that Ali Dee was represented at the Wrangler party! I really didn't want to go, truth be told. It would have been fun with Brady there, and I'm not a drinker, so I was worried it would be a drag, but I'm super glad I went, because I had an amazing time! Below, our rep from South Dakota, Kayla, me, and McKenzie.

And this lady is my IDOL! She is a Montana Silversmiths rep, also - Jo Ann. And I love her so much! I fell in love with her last year, and it was so fun to see her again. She was having a wonderful time drinking Sassy Jo's and dancing with her husband. We sent these crazy shots to Brady, who was home with the kiddos and my parents.
The Stock Show is going on in Denver right now, and right as McKenzie and I walked in to the hotel after the party, who should appear but Trevor Brazile himself! I was so thrilled to meet this living legend, and shared with him that one of his decorators is my sister-in-law, Cindy Craighead. It was so sweet of him to let us get a picture.
And then another day at Market. These two cuties did an outstanding job!
On Monday, I made sure to go say good bye to my favorite Canadian rep from Montana, Daryl. I said, "Let's send a selfie to Brady," and this is what he did. He's a sweetheart! Both Brady and I adore him!
We got this fun picture on the last day with Rodeo Quincy herself and her adorable mama. I sent as much business as I could to her booth, because her product is absolutely DARLING. I am so thrilled with my new belt and got Brailey some darling spur straps. We had a fun chat session with them and got this fun Selfie Stick picture. (I am still trying to figure out the selfie stick angle.. Need more practice!)
We got the booth packed up in record time and made it to the airport in a flash, only to discover you can't check in until four hours before your flight. So we made the best of it and visited until it was time to part ways. And now I miss these two!

Brailey made this adorable arrangement of cupcakes for me, which is the first thing I saw when I got home. She is such a love, and she did a fantastic job on them! I was so happy to see my babies! Britt came down with a fever on Monday, so I was anxious to see how he was. He has been sick all week! Last night, we learned he has pneumonia. It was a scary evening, as he took a turn for the worse with a gushing bloody nose, dizziness, blurry vision and weakness. But he got a shot of antibiotics, which was very painful, and he is seeing the doctor today for a follow-up. Thankfully, he has been able to keep his antibiotics down, so he hopefully won't have to be hospitalized. I am so grateful to have made it home to take care of my baby! I had a fantastic time in Denver and made lasting memories, but there is just no place like home!