August 30, 2009

final days until take off.


So, as I stated in my last quick post, it has been quite a while since my last blog. But, it has been on my to-do list 'to blog' for quite a while. Actually since the one month out marker, it has been sitting there on my to-do list. Is that weird/allowed? To put 'blog' on your to-do list. Well, either way I did it. Look what good it did -- it's been over a month now and I am finally getting around to it. But I guess that shows the importance of the items it has been sitting amongst on the list. All things that were imperative be done in order for us to leave on the trip. Speaking of, we are hitting the road THIS Tuesday.

Before I get into talking about the road trip, I just wanted to do a small re-cap on the past month or so. Thankfully, Lauren updated you on some of the exciting things that have been going on around here! August has been a busy month -- we found out that Tom was funding the project the same week we found out that we were going to be on Dr. Phil (and it happened to be my birthday week!) -- wow, that was a great week! Our excitement at this news was unreal. It was escalated to a degree of shock, surprise, and surreal-ness. Then, in the same weekend that we found out that Crown Toyota was donating us a Toyota Sienna to use for the duration of the road trip, we also found out that Chris Harrison (host of The Bachelor and TV Guide) and family wanted to sponsor the trip by providing the gasoline to fuel our newly donated van! I have said before that throughout this entire process, there have been so many moments that I just look at Lauren and want to pinch myself to make sure that this is all real. Ever since Lauren came to me with the initial idea, things have been spiraling out of control -- in an amazing way.

Now, bringing us back up to this past week. Tuesday morning we found ourselves sitting in a dressing room of the Dr. Phil Show, knowing that we were leaving exactly a week from that day to begin the journey of the documentary road trip, we were so elated and excited. Our families came out to support this momentous occasion, and we celebrated afterwards with a wonderful lunch surrounded by loved ones. I wanted to make a special note to thank Katie Krause for getting our name in front of the Dr. Phil producers -- check out her blog at Also, we so enjoyed meeting Rebekah Jeffries, one of the women featured on the Dr. Phil Show the day that we were on. She is going through some tough times right now in regards to female bullying, but she is being so strong and courageous by speaking out about her experience. Check out Rebekah's website:

We loved every second of the excitement of Dr. Phil Show, but we also knew that we could not sit still. We had to keep moving, working and preparing for our road trip departure. Thursday was an exciting day for the Kind Campaign Crew -- we headed out to Crown Toyota in Ontario, California to pick up the Toyota Sienna that they have donated to Kind Campaign for use throughout the road trip!!!!! We could not be more thrilled. From experience (my mom has rocked the Sienna minivan in her day) I know that this is a wonderful vehicle and couldn't be more perfect for our road trip! Just to plug the wonderful dealership that donated us the car, if you are thinking about purchasing a vehicle, definitely take a look at, they have been so KIND to us and I know they will do the same for you!

Once we had the car, we wanted to make sure that we would be noticed as we drove across the country, so we have spent the past few days in the process of getting the car wrapped. We fell into the arms of a wonderful company, Pro Lab Digital, (check them out at and they have made the impossible possible by getting it done in a matter of days! Specifically Joe at Pro Lab Digital has gone above and beyond to help us out!!! He is a kind man with a kind heart -- check out his newly founded non-profit, Rise Up! Help the Homeless! at!

Well, I think I covered the big events in the past couple of weeks -- of course Lauren and I have both been running all over the place, calling all over the place (literally all over the country), and loving all of it! Now it is down to the wire. We have two days until we hit the road on an adventure of a lifetime, and we are so excited for you to experience everything with us!

I want to share an example of how horrible I am with blogging. I started this blog while waiting for a trailer hitch to be put on the car, now a day later I am finishing it up in the short time that I have at home before heading over to Lauren's for a production meeting. I was going to put if off until later, but since I have been doing that for over a month I didn't allow it. Anyways, on that note -- I better be going -- my mom and I are heading over to Lauren's abode to meet up with her and her mom, and Chris, our cinematographer. We have a pretty intense production meeting ahead, but very exciting as well. Get ready for more regular blogs as Lauren and I are both making this a priority in order to share our experience on the road with you! I have a feeling that next time I blog, I will be on one of the most incredible adventures of my life with some of the most amazing wild!

love love love,

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