Kaleb, Dennis, Matt Austin (morning news anchor), and Me
Yesterday I read one of my friend's status' on Facebook (doesn't everything begin with FB nowadays??), which stated that one of the producers of Local 6 was looking for a family that they could come film in their kitchen the next morning. I commented and said I would be interested but wanted more information. She gave me the email for a woman who was in contact with the producer so I emailed her and then gave her my phone number. I was SURE they wouldn't be coming to my house but wanted to put myself out there. There are tons of people in Orlando who have cleaner homes than me that would surely volunteer...right? WRONG!
A couple of hours later (if that) I got a call from the Local 6 producer. I figured I would just pick her brain about what it was about and then I could turn it down. WRONG again. It turned out that she is insanely sweet and made me feel so comfortable about it. So I thought that I could use this as a chance to get Kaleb's story out there, even if it's not on air. Maybe it would open other doors, who knows? The producer told me even though I may be nervous about my home being on the news, not to go crazy with the cleaning. Yeah...okay. She also told me that the morning anchor, Matt Austin, would be the one covering the "story". Holy cow! Matt Austin is so good looking and a great reporter!
I was told the story was similar to investigative reporting where they go into restaurants and catch nastiness and all of that good stuff but I was assured they would not embarrass me and this was simply a learning experience not only for myself but for other normal families about what to do and not to do in the kitchen.
I called one of my best friends to see if she would come over last night to help with the kids or clean or even just to calm me down, and she agreed. Last night was a fury of cleaning, laundry, and organizing. I went to bed at 1am, had to get in Grey's Anatomy time!
The crew arrived around 9:30am and were SUPER nice. They calmed me down immediately. I stood in the kitchen with the anchor for about 15 minutes (really seemed like an eternity though) and he interviewed me about basic kitchen topics that happen in our home. Then the health inspector showed up. The first guy in the door was this muscular, deep voice, beast of a man and asked me if I was the homeowner. I said yes and then told him he was intimidating...something like that at least. Then he told me he wasn't the inspector, PHEW! Then the health inspector walked in, an older lady who looked a lot less intimidating! They shot video of her going through my kitchen and taking temperatures of food and other things, telling what was right and not so right with my kitchen.
All in all I'm pretty sure I passed! Afterwards while the camera men were packing up I got a chance to talk more with Matt and the producer and told them about Kaleb; his Trisomy 9, heart defects, hospitalization, my proclamation from the Mayor, and upcoming Trisomy get together in March. They were VERY interested and were talking about doing a story about Kaleb or putting him into one coming up about our local children's hospital.
They are coming back Monday night to take some video of us cooking as a family. Now the big question is WHAT DO I COOK? Seriously...any suggestions please give them to me!
I am truly blessed. I can't say enough great things about my life. I am so lucky to have my kids and my husband in my life. I didn't think today could get much better but my husband just called and said we are going out to dinner tonight! YAY!
BTW, the friend who posted the status update on FB is Victoria and she has a blog as well, which you can read here!