Monday, March 31, 2008


I was honored to meet Lorene Rasmussen at last years Women's Fitness Challenge. She is a partner for business operations for "Leadership Advisors Group." She invited me to lunch for an interview for an article in their upcoming newsletter. She is a wonderful person and I completely enjoyed getting to know her better. Here is a link to their website and the article that she wrote about me and my experiences as Mrs. Idaho America 2007.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Fashion Show

Stacie, Jessica, Lauralyn, Sonya & Makaila

Susan G. Komen "Spring into Style Fashion Show"

Lisa Hamman, Miss Idaho International

Stacie & Sonya

Tonya Holton, Mrs. City of Trees

Sonya Hoadley, Mrs. Southern Idaho

Stacie Zenovich, Mrs. Capital City

Jackie Walker, Mrs. Snake River

Jessica Welch, Mrs. Western Idaho

Debby Gibson, Mrs. Eagle

Makaila Johnson, Mrs. Central Idaho

Today was the Susan G. Komen "Spring into Style" Fashion Show. This is an event that happens each year at Edward's Greenhouse in Boise. I was in charge of getting models so of course the Mrs. Idaho contestants were my first choice! Don't they look beautiful? The food was wonderful, the setting was beautiful (all of the spring flowers!!!) and the purpose was even better. Lots of money was earned for Komen. Even though my reign is over in four weeks, I plan to stay with Komen and support this great organization.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Guest Storyteller!!!

This morning I had the honor of being the guest "storyteller" at Alyson Feely's preschool. Alyson is the daughter of my state director Mandi. I read "Penelope The Princess" "Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots" and "Froggy's Sleepover." (had to have one for the boys!) I let the girls try on a real princess crown and was amazed that most of the boys wanted a turn also. We had fun getting our pictures taken. I took M'Kay and McCall with me since they didn't have school and M'Kay was my official photographer - - thanks to him I have pictures of the event. What a fun morning!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

KIVI Channel Six - - Good Morning Idaho

Good Morning Idaho! Promoting "Spring into Style" Fashion Show
The fashion show is this coming Saturday - - all proceeds to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Mellisa Paul, Morning show co-anchor, was Miss Idaho America 1999

Makaila Johnson, Mrs. Central Idaho, braved the early hours to go to the studio with me

One of Makaila's darling outfits that she will be modeling in the fashion show.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Mrs. Idaho International Pageant

With Mrs. International, Rebekah Negrete
Mandi Feely, Director, Mrs. Idaho America
Some of the Mrs. Idaho America Contestants
Angela Boyle, Mrs. Treasure Valley
Amanda Peterson, Mrs. Idaho America 2004
Jackie Walker, Mrs. Snake River
Congratulations to Brenda Mee, former Mrs. Idaho America, on becoming Mrs. Idaho International. It was fun to be there and cheer for several past Mrs. Idaho America contestants. Good Luck Breanda!

Friday, March 7, 2008

What a Week!

Business Professionals of America

Speaking to High School BPA students

Donna Hartley - - motivational speaker, plane crash survivor, Miss Hawaii 1970

With the High School BPA State Officer Team

BPA College State Officers

Angie Neal, Idaho BPA State Advisor

Speaking at the Awards Ceremony for BPA

Speaking to the Kuna Relief Society

Tally (former Mrs. Idaho Contestant), Jackie & Angela

Jackie Walker & Angela Boyle

OK - - This week was CRAZY!!! When I was asked to speak for a couple of different events a while back, I was really excited. Little did I know that it would turn out to be such a difficult week. M'Kay & McCall both missed two days of school because of sore throats and fevers. Nothing too major - - but sick. I spoke at the Business Professionals of America Conference (BPA) for College Students on Friday Night. I was very involved with this organization when I was in high school (it was called OEA - - Office Education Association) and competed in Public Speaking and Job Interview. I also ran for a National Office and won, so I had the honor of serving in that role my Senior Year. Anyway, it was really fun to return and speak to this great organization. When Marc & I got home our oldest son, Taylor, had a fever of 104. Over the weekend it was up to 106 and we spent hours in the Quick Care (never a quick place) & Emergency Room. Of course no one could tell us what was wrong and sent us home with Tylenol. Finally on Monday we saw our pediatrician and found out that he has pneumonia. I've never seen him so sick - - it was horrible! He still wasn't doing well on Tuesday, but I had committed to speak in Kuna at a women's event and was still planning to go. Spencer came home after school with a fever of 101, Marc took M'Kay to the dermatologist and found out that he had a terrible staph infection all over his face and Grant's basketball coaches arrived on my doorstep with Grant because he hurt his foot in practice. I'm supposed to be leaving in 15 minutes to "Be Uplifting" to other women. I can't even get a smile on my face at this point! But, I went - - and it was a beautiful evening. Tally Doty, former Mrs. Idaho America Contestant, was in charge of the evening and Jackie Walker & Angela Boyle came to listen to me speak. It was great to see all of them.

When the media reported from Mrs. America that I was an RN - - maybe they were right! I have been taking temperatures, administering meds, changing sheets, and disinfecting every inch of my house - - every day! Thursday night I still had sick children, but ran over to Boise State to speak at the BPA opening ceremonies for the high school level. There were hundreds of extremely enthusiastic students and I had a great time. Even though the week was stressful, I did enjoy being Mrs. Idaho and getting away for just a moment to share my message with others. By the way, even though Grant got injured, he was the only one that didn't get sick. Well, until today when the school nurse called to have him picked up because of a fever!! :) I'm sure I'll be next because mom always ends up sick. If I could just wait 5 weeks until the pageant is over!

Thanks for reading the Salinas Saga!!!