My Fancy Pants Weekend: A Pictorial

Alternately titled: A million pictures of me.

I took a walk and was all “What’s up 90210?!”  Thank goodness no one was around.

I spent a lot of time here.

We may or may not have eaten free cupcakes at Sprinkles (thank you social media) and then headed down the street to Crumbs and had another free cupcake…at 10:00 in the morning.  Don’t judge.

Talking with Don Hahn, producer of The Lion King.  The photo is blurry, I know.  I am dying to get my good camera back from her stint at the spa.

Because I might be the biggest nerd ever, I thought Robert Neuman’s presentation on how they took the original 2D animation and made it 3D was incredibly fascinating.  He used terms like Stereoscopic and Depth algorithms.  When Sloan started complaining about math today, I told him about Newman and told him stick with it, because he might be able to make cartoons someday.

Who knew math could be fun?!

We got an hour long African Dance lesson.  It was so fun!

My favorite part of the whole weekend was meeting Tony Bancroft (Pumbaa’s Supervising Animator) and Mark Henn (Simba’s Supervising Animator).  They were funny, amazingly talented and have drawn many of the most beloved Disney characters of the past 20 years.  Mark Henn drew Ariel, Tiana and Belle just to name a few.

We each got a signed picture to take home.

Who needs Valentino when you can bust out this rockin’ dress that cost less than ten dollars?!


What's with the face? I just don't know...

Meeting Moira Kelly, the voice of adult Nala.  She was so lovely and friendly and down to Earth.

Walking the red carpet green astroturf and smiling like a Cheshire Cat.

Listening to an Organist inside the El Capitan theater play Disney hits.


Headed into the After Party

Rick Schroder. Because I am a proper child of the ’80’s.

With Melissa Joan Hart and Jen. Notice the ridiculous amount of swag in my hands.  I collected all that I could to bring home to the kids so I wouldn’t have to buy gifts.  Thrifty, I am…


I ended the party with the obligatory self photo in front of the Hollywood sign. You see it, right? And again, I don't know why with the face...

I finished my day relaxing poolside at the Beverly Wilshire.  Not bad for a minivan mom from the midwest, eh?

It really was a fun, wonderful weekend and I felt totally in awe of the opportunity.  I’m also so glad it was to cover The Lion King.  I had forgotten what a wonderful (epic?) film that was.  I have seen it so many times, but there was something magical about seeing it on the big screen again, particularly with the 3D effects.  I will definately be taking my kids to see it.

My official post on the film and the movie will be posting live over at 5 Minutes for Mom in a couple of days.  Happy Wednesday, friends!

Disclaimer: Disney and Click Communications paid for my travel, hotel and food expenses for the three days I was in LA.  I was not compensated for this or any other posts.  Any and all opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I always wonder how people get their picture taken with “famous” people. What did you just walk up to them and ask for a picture? Pretty cool! Cory was jealous when I told him you were off to LA. He has always had a huge love for movies!!

    • Actually, we were at the after party and I wasn’t planning on asking for a picture because I thought that would be weird. But the PR rep with our group asked if he’d mind taking a few photos with us and he agreed so when I saw the ladies getting photos, I decided to jump in on it. Why not, right?! 🙂

      In general, though, I would NEVER ask for a picture in public. I imagine as a celebrity that would get old fast. Ha!

  2. mel cable says

    For some reason these pics crack me up. First of all, I love that you carry a wallet like back in the days of Baylor, is your student i.d and dorm key attached? And that face of yours, especially with the hollywood sign and mirror, is just so stinkin funny. Just smile for the camera you super model you!

    • It’s my Blue Steel – not working?! Huh… I think I was trying to avoid the double chin by keeping the face relaxed – I just ended up looking like I wanted to kill someone. 🙂

      And yes, I still carry my wallet around, slung across my chest. But for the premiere, I took the strap off and carried it like a cheap, ratty little clutch. I DO carry my car keys on it, but I gave up the Baylor student ID long ago.

  3. Aunt Pat says

    You had your sexy face on in this last photo. Thats what you did. When in Rome do as the Romans.
    Love Ya.

  4. Crazytown.

    You look great, btw.

    • Crazytown is right! It’s a totally different world out there – fun to visit, but couldn’t imagine living it! And thanks! 🙂

  5. I loved your Hollywood pictures!

    You look Amazing!!!


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