The next day the blue team had to get up early one more time to head to the studio to pack up the cake to head to The Reagan National Library. One funny moment was all four of them walking out of the hotel room, me waking up out of a deep sleep as they were walking out of the door, and saying “BYE LOSERS” and everyone giggling. Ha They were headed to the studio to pack up the cake and drive it about 45 minutes to Simi Valley, CA to the Reagan National Library. Ric and I got up a little bit later, got ready and headed to Simi Valley also. We stopped at a store to buy some wine, so that we could have it with the winning team later that evening, as well as stopped for lunch. We had JUST gotten our lunch when Mom called to let us know that they were going to be introducing the cake a little earlier than they thought, like in 10 minutes. We were about 15 minutes away, so we had to rush to get to go boxes, get in the car and get there. When we arrived we thought there was NO way that we were going to be able to make it there for the introduction of the cake, because the Fourth of July event that they were hosting there was CROWDED. So, instead we worked our magic and told the guards that we needed to get up closer because we were with the TLC people. It worked. I jumped out of the car while Ric parked, and made it literally RIGHT when they were wheeling the cake out to introduce it. PHEW, I did NOT want to miss that. Ric made it in just a few minutes later, he missed them wheeling it out, but made it for the actual introduction.
Then Mom stood there for a while and answered all the “fans'” questions. The little kids were asking question after question after question. It was so cute!
Camera crew. . .
Interviews of the little kids and other “fans”.
More detail shots. Yes, the “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” signs are different.
The rest of the team just chillin’.
More questions from the little kids.
They introduced the cake and Mom. I had been on the phone with Dad, so that he could hear all the commotion, since he wasn’t able to be there. :( More screaming and clapping for Mom. Then we had to do to “Take 2, 3 & 4”. (I’m not sure why they had to record it so many times. Haha) This is the part that we are missing on our home video that Ric had recorded at the event, as well as the video that I took on my camera, which is also missing. It is a mystery. . .I don’t get how they could just be GONE. :( Oh well, we have pictures, and the memories in our head. What an AMAZING experience! Nothing quite like it.
This is when Mom hit the trigger to make the BBQ grill smoke. . .all the people were “ooohing and aaahing”. haha
The President of the Raegan Library actually introduced the cake, and while he was standing there, he got just a LITTLE too close to the icing grass. haha
Group photos. . .
More cake recording. . .
Time to cut the cake. . .
Time to dig in! (Not really, the kids got in trouble for doing it. . .TL.C didn’t want any legal issues!)
Mom, Uncle Sam and I
(Ric was touring the National Library.)
Then Mom had to do even MORE interviews.
Bye Bye Uncle Sam!!!
After they introduced it, the crowd got to eat some cake. (Not the actual cake that they built, but just some sheet cakes that they were serving.) Then Mom cut her cake, while the camera crew was on her again. After all that excitement was over, the rest of the group had to wheel Uncle Sam to the dumpster and Mom had to go straight back to the hotel with the camera crew for some MORE interviews. She said that she has never talked so much about herself in her whole life! Ha Then we toured the Library, saw some amazing views of Simi Valley and headed back to the hotel to meet up with Mom. Then we all went to do some shopping in Glendale, as well as dinner at Cheesecake Factory. We were all pretty much Zombies by then. The team was tired from all the work that they had done that weekend, and Ric and I were tired from all the activities that we had done that weekend! Back to the hotel to pack up (:() and then more hanging out and chatting for our last night together.
The next morning Ric transported the team (except Mom) to the airport and then came back. Then we all got up and got ready. This is what our room looked like from all the trash and stuff that we left for the cleaning lady (sorry!)!! haha
I’m sure she LOVED us!
This really was an experience of a lifetime!! Even if Mom does get called back (there is word on the street that this is a possibility), it just won’t be the same!! The awesome people that we met, the experience itself, the event afterwards, etc.
I have made lifelong friends from this experience as well. Steven and Ruth of course, but mainly Eric and Patty (Eric’s wife, who I met when they were here for the practice run a few weekends before the show). I talk to them on-line all the time, it is great getting to know them better, even if it isn’t in person. And, I’m trying SOOOO hard to get them to move back to the good ol’ State of Illinois! ;)
DEFINITELY an experience of a lifetime!!!