Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Mission Days Parade! Shawn got to drive the car, compliments of Shield's Motors of Chanute. Layla was tired of the hot sun, but she did great! More pictures to come. Last weekend, we participated in the Erie Old Soldiers and Salors Reunion and Parade. Next weekend we are off to Arma for Homecoming. Car show pics will also be up soon. :)

Monday, June 28, 2010


Over the past few weeks, I have made several appearances, including getting to hand out trophies at the second annual Taco Johns Car Show in Chanute. The weather was rainy nearly all day, but we still had a great turn out! I'm waiting for the files so that I can post the pictures. My family was in the newspaper with Lynn Jenkins for the St. Paul Parade, and the Chanute Tribune also featured a photo of me with Best of Show winner, Junior Perez (he claims he only won because I signed his T-Shirt before the judging :)) I was also able to volunteer for NCCC's Kids College, helping with 10-12 year olds in Cheer and Dance class. We had so much fun! Thanks to Katrina for allowing me to help her out.

Also, for those of you who missed my interview with KRPS, Pittsburg, KS, here is the link:

Stay tuned to www.pittstate.edu for my interview with the university.

For now, fundraisers are in the works, and I'm on a mission to find sponsors for Mrs. America! If you or your business is interested in sponsoring Mrs. Kansas, please email me at mrskansas2010@yahoo.com.

New pictures will be posted soon!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Mission Days

I just received a photo that was taken at the St. Paul Mission Days Parade last weekend. The photo was taken with Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins; she was wonderful! I will post more pictures soon :)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Busy, Busy!

Hello all! I know I have been slacking in the blog department lately, but things have been super busy here at the high school with the semester drawing to a close. Here is a quick update on what has been going on for Mrs. Kansas:

I met with a representative from PSU on the 20th to take photos for an article that will be posted on www.pittstate.edu in the next few days. The photographer came in to my classroom and took several shots of me working with my students. The article will feature general information about me as well as my time at Pitt State.

Saturday, we traveled to the PSU campus for my interview with KRPS, the university's radio station. It was my first radio interview, and I was a bit nervous, but it went really well! They are airing the interview on Friday at 3:50; it will also be posted on the PSU website. Enjoy!

This weekend, I will be riding in the St. Paul Mission Days Parade, in St. Paul, KS. I will be representing not only Mrs. Kansas, but also NCCC, where I earned my associates degree. This is going to be a very special appearance for me, as my husband, Shawn, and our daughter, Layla, will be in the parade with me. Because I will be working with the USO this year, Shawn has agreed to wear his military uniform for the parade :) I can't wait! If you get the chance, come down to St. Paul and join in the festivities!

One event I am extremely bummed that I will miss is the USO Fort Riley Grand Opening, which will be Tuesday at 2:00. I am so thankful to have been invited to take part; however, our school does not get out until Thursday. Manhattan is a three and a half hour drive for me and I simply wouldn't make it there in time. For those of you who will be attending, take pictures and have a great time! Thank you to the USO for all that you do for our Military and their families :)

For now, I should probably finish grading the pile of papers that has been glaring at me all afternoon (the only bad part about teaching). Students, don't forget that tonight the Fellowship of Christian Athletes will be hosting its final huddle meeting of the year. Kids, please be in my classroom at 6:30 to watch "Facing the Giants." The movie will be followed by a message by Minister DJ Dangerfield at 8:30. I'll see you all then!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Photos and Fort Riley Update

Thanks to my fabulous students at CHS, I will not only be mailing dozens of letters, but also EIGHT bags of non perishables, toiletries, and washcloths for our troops returning to Fort Riley. Way to go kiddos!
Also, here are a few photos from the Chanute Elementary School Carnival that was held on Saturday. Our booth (the third grade booth) was in charge of spraying hair. We had polka dots, stripes, half and half, and even a request to look like a ladybug! The kids were so adorable and the parents were great sports to allow us to get creative with their children's hair. It was cold and rainy, but the kids didn't seem to mind. What a fun afternoon! Enjoy :)

Friday, April 30, 2010


First and foremost, please continue to pray for Tamara Mathews, who was in a car accident yesterday morning. I don't know many details, but please pray for healing and comfort for her and her family. Tamara is an amazing woman, and an etremely talented makeup artist, nurse, and mother. She is the official makeup artist for several state pageants, including Mrs. Kansas. Her work can be seen at www.letmemakeyoubeautiful.com .

I met with a representative for Neosho County Community College on Wednesday afternoon to discuss ways I can become involved with college promotions. Several ideas were bounced around, all of which I am PUMPED for! A few ideas included billboards, throwing the opening pitch for a baseball game, helping at graduation, kids college, TV commercials, and even placing my picture on the back of a few semi trucks! I can't wait to get started :)

Mrs. Kansas will also be making an appearance at the Chanute Elementary School Carnival this weekend. I will be in the 3rd grade booth spraying hair! Shawn is going to bring Miss Layla down for some afternoon fun as well. I love children, and children (especially little girls) love sparkly crowns, so it should be a wonderful afternoon!

I have also heard back from the USO Fort Riley, and they will be working on different ideas for me to help them promote United Through Reading, an absolutely phenomenal program. United Through Reading provides military bases with equipment and books for soldiers to use to record themselves reading stories to their children while they are deployed. The video readings are then shipped back home for the children to watch. For children, actually seeing their mommy or daddy on TV is more comforting than hearing from someone else that they are okay. Not only does this program promote family and parental interaction, it also promotes literacy. I am proud to be involved with such a wonderful cause. More information (and an adorable video) is available at www.uso.org/whatwedo/usoprograms/unitedthroughreading/

Just a reminder, please help make a few Welcome Home/ Thank You cards for our troops returning to Fort Riley. We need 1,200 by May 9th! You can send them to the address in my last blog, or give them to me by Monday to add them to my shipment.

God bless you, and have a great weekend!

To my students (who hear this every Friday): Have a good weekend, be careful, wear your seatbelts, don't be stupid, wash your hands! :)

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

USO Fort Riley Needs Our Help

Mrs. Kansas has officially teamed with the USO, and we need your help! I received an email yesterday from the USO Fort Riley, and they are in need of about 1,000 cards to give to single soldiers in care packages upon their return from a recent deployment. Here is the information from the email:

All, we have a couple thousand single soldier homecoming kits to make between now and the end of summer. We need your help!

Our biggest need is with Thanks You/ Welcome Home cards--we are at least 1,200 short on these. If you can take time to write a little note, whether it be on a postcard, regular card, etc. to let our single soldiers know how much we appreciate them, that would be wonderful! We need more than 1,000 notes by May 9th. Every note counts!

Cards can be sent to or dropped off (between 10:00am and 5:00 pm Monday-Friday) at :

USO Fort Riley
6918 Trooper Drive
Fort Riley, KS 66442

I have my Fellowship of Christian Athletes kiddos working on a batch of these that I will mail out on Monday. I realize that this is crazy short notice, but we really need your help. As the message says, EVERY CARD HELPS! :) If you need additional information, let me know. Thanks everyone!