Frankfort witnessed its very own version of the parting of the red sea today as mothers, teachers, and advocates for autism flooded the capital(all wearing red).  Our very own versions of Moses, struggling mothers simply trying to get their tired voices heard, came forward once again to plead with close to thirty of our house and senate members to pass an Autism Insurance Reform Bill.  This bill, that many states have already passed, will help cover the outrageous costs it takes to treat this disease(which, contrary to popular belief, is treatable…I’ve seen it).  Since my platform is autism awareness(because of my three autistic first cousins and my families struggle with autism) I joined this movement long ago.  However, it is days like today that remind yet again of the joy of helping others and of the opportunity and responsibility I have to serve this year.  More to come on that.  Photo above of myself along with testimony leaders Lorri Unumb(with Autism Speaks), Anne Gregory, and others devoted to this cause. 
Last night was my final princess night and my last stand against the battle not to eat the new chick-fil-a peach milkshake.  I lost that battle last night.  Sorry dad.
 

And I’ll leave you with my second grade yearbook photo…as a snapshot of proof that natural beauty so does not exist and that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  See ya.

P.S. Happy Birthday Richie Farmer… 
My new bros Timmy and Dierks.

Lee Brice is cool as ice…

Coach Brooks

Keith Anderson and Coach Brooks Again(couldn’t get enough of him).

Race-car legend Kyle Petty was just dying to wear my crown, so we made a swap.

Lieutenant Governor Mongiardo and his niece and friends. 

Halfway 2 Hazard equalled halfway to heaven for me this weekend as I was invited to jump head first into complete country music bliss.  40,000 people crammed in their cars(at $20 a carload it’s amazing how many people can fit in one car) arrived early Saturday morning and prepared themselves for the Woodstock of country music.  The event was held to benefit abused children, a cause very close to my heart.  I opened the show then was invited back to the stage to sing “Here’s To Finding A Good Man” with Danielle Peck(one of the nicest, most beautiful girls I’ve ever met).  The line up included Me(haha), Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Danielle Peck, Krista Marie, Lee Brice, Halfway to Hazard(the two boys who made all this happen), Gabe Garcia, Keith Anderson…etc…with special guests Lt. Gov. Mongiardo, Coach Brooks(my new best bud), Kyle Petty(the recently crowned miss kentucky), and many many more.  They rolled in on their mini mansion tour buses and helicopters appearing to be typical stars, but were as far from that stereotype as we were from the closest town.  Big stars have big hearts.  The naive small town mentality of mine (that is going to get me stampeded) was in rare form as I decided to sign autographs and take photos in the crowd of 40,000…the state troopers saved my life…haha…I couldn’t believe how many wonderful people waited in line to have their shirts, jeans, cowboy hats, guitars, foreheads, and babies…yes babies signed.  I went through 6 sharpies of fun.  I love the people in east Kentucky.  I am so proud to represent those good, hard working, genuine people.  They embody all the reasons why I wanted this job so badly in the first place.  There is nothing like meeting so many of these great people every single day.  I’d sign their babies any day.
   





P.S. My right arm is going to be WAAAYYY bigger than my left one at Miss America…
P.S.S. Here’s a Friday update since i missed it…state fair…



The Kentucky State Fair Kick Off this morning(at 6:30am…left at 4:30) was not exactly the best diet kick of for me…but toooonnnnnnsssss of fun…tons tons tons.  The Commodities Breakfast this morning was flanked with media, politicians, and one(and shall i say the one and only) brand new basketball coach.  Coach Calipari certainly made a wildcat out of me.  There is a video clip on this website… http://www.fox41.com/global/story.asp?s=10962867 …you have to watch it…even though I am a goofball on it.  He told funny stories about people in Kentucky being so happy he’s here that he has women coming up and kissing him on the mouth, etc…I swear if Barack Obama had walked into that room not a soul would have turned around.  I’ve never seen anything like it.  I’m proud to call Coach Cal my new pal.  (Other friends there: Gov Brashear, Lt Gov Mongiardo, Comm Farmer, Jack Conway, etc.)
I am involved in all of the festivities because I am the new spokesperson for Kentucky Proud…a statewide campaign to eat locally grown and manufactured products(which I am very proud to take on since I grew up on a farm).  Thus I am placed into the hands(and I hear they’re quite the pair of hands to be in judging by how they handled a basketball a few years back) of my new boss and friend, Richie Farmer.  His three boys(and my three new best friends) and I walked around the fair for hours…petting goats with no ears, trying to con the rabbit salesman into letting us have free rabbits, signing autographs, eating (caramel) apples, trying to steal golf carts, etc.  I can’t wait to go back tomorrow!!
Then I raced back to my car to make it to a princess night in Lexington.  I am so tired my lazy eye has taken over.  Here are some shots…See ya latah!!




P.S. I’m sorry I broke my pinky swear to you…

Today is my final lull…the calm before the storm so to speak.  A single day where I can get things together before I jump back in the middle of the tornado(and leave at 4 am for the state fair).  I feel like the guys on Twister though…I love jumping into it…I live for it.  So since i want this blog to be daily updates on what I’ve done that day, I need to share just a few more things with you to catch you up on the past month(the boring black and white world that existed before I burst through the pearly gates into blogland)…
Nutshell(in the wrong order): Homecoming – Grand Openings – Showers – Back to School Kick Offs – Autism Golf Tournament – Highlands Autism Center Visit(autism is my platform for miss america, more to come on that) – Lexus Deal – A Few Photoshoot Shots(where i look about 12) – Richie Farmer(my favorite person in the state now) – Etc.


















P.S. I pinky swear to my trainers and everyone reading this blog that I won’t eat funnel cakes at the fair tomorrow…
Chick-Fil-A Princess Night…I am Santa Claus.  I love being Santa Claus.  Tiny princesses and their ‘too cool’ brothers plop down in my tiny lap for pictures and autographs.  I love love love love love love love it!!!  Santa is so lucky!!!  My favorite thing to do is put my lipstick on the little girls…haha…




P.S. I love Elizabeth (Cruse)…thanks for letting me wear the green ones even though they didn’t match…
On Madison’s head that is…oh well…she will be a great miss teen kentucky the rest of the year.  So Orlando…I still can’t stop rambling about it.  There’s so much I want to spill about it.  So here it is 1,000 times faster through pictures…since they speak 1,000 words…duh.









P.S. …i love Michigan.

No Way Jose’

At 1:31 am I realize that it has been a month.  A whole month.  I don’t want it to be a month…I don’t want it to be a minute.  I never want this year to go by.  I have never experienced anything like I experience every single day now…

Nutshell:  
July 18th – Dream of becoming Miss Kentucky comes true in a tornado-like experience at the Singletary Center in Lexington…followed by lots of cupcakes and prayers(the sole reason i got that crown, the prayers not the cupcakes).  
July 19th – 21st – Wake up and don’t believe it…followed by 46 hours of running to the other side of the state, throwing every belonging i own in huge black trash bags and beginning my journey to my new home in Lexington…stopped dead in my tracks by the most wonderful surprise homecoming ceremony a small town queen could ever ask for.
July 23ish -29ish – Move In and TV Interviews…followed by watching them and realizing that I am far to excited to do tv interviews yet…calmed down for a day…NOT!
July 28ish – August 10ish – Lots.
August 12th – 17th – Orlando!!…went to the teen pageant in orlando to cheer on my pretty little teen queen madison(aka my sister)…met the contestants(loved all 53 of them, really), filmed our interviews for the tv special, went to universal studios in matching red t-shirts and rode roller coasters, had meetings about MISS AMERICA(ahhhhhhh), received every single ‘as seen on tv’ product known to man(including zebra print snuggies), and got to know each others’ real names(so that we don’t have to call each other by our states anymore) over late night meals at ‘the deli’…it was more fun than Christmas.
I am just so excited!!  I’m not that great at blogging yet.  I’ll get better…I’ll bet my crown on it…
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