Thursday, July 29, 2010

Becky in Wonderland



To say I had an interesting weekend would be a slight understatement.  Yep that's me with Ozzy Osbourne:)  Have you ever seen a more opposite pairing??  Sweet little Christian Becky with "the Prince of Darkness."  I'll explain everything in a minute, but I had to show you this picture first.  See the Ozzy tattoo on his fingers?  I couldn't take my eyes off it.  Apparently he did that with a sewing needle and pencil lead back in the day...ouch!





Met his lovely wife Sharon too, all decked out in her leather outfit:)  I had to scrunch down to her height for this pic.  I'm only 5'4", so I loved feeling tall next to her.  She is the equivalent of Paula Abdul from American Idol.  She's the nice judge on America's Got Talent.  What a fun job.  I used to watch episodes of The Osbournes too when it was on.  They are practically the only couple to allow a reality show to film them that has come out unscathed by divorce.  That's saying something. 





My beautiful friend Kristine was kind enough to ask me to be her date for Saturday night.  Her husband Brady works for the Starkey hearing foundation and is responsible for all the fund raising that enable teams to travel the world on mission trips fitting and donating hearing aids.  It's quite an amazing thing. 


Anyway she knew I would love this sort of thing and really couldn't wait to see my reaction.  So I got to keep her company while Brady worked:)  Lucky me!!




We parked in a lot nearby and a limo shuttle bus dropped us off at this red carpet.  This is Brady's boss' house, Bill Austin.  There were approximately 500 people there.  Can you imagine having 500 people at your house? 





They had a live band.



(Verne Troyer aka Mini Me in Austin Powers)

It was a gorgeous night, so people gathered all over the house.  His house is on the lake, so the back patio was teeming over with tables and people everywhere.  The garage was transformed into a Mad Hatter themed wonderland with black and white diamonds painted on the walls, funky furniture and chandeliers.  It was crazy!





Apparently when you are really really wealthy you collect things.  Brady's boss is an avid music lover and sports fan.  His walls were lined with autographed guitars, albums, shoes, baseballs etc...  The whole time I was looking at his collection I was trying to think of what I would collect if I could.  I'm still thinking:)




He's really good friends with Elton John and in his lower level sits this gorgeous red piano given to him by Elton John himself.   I thought I'd make myself at home:)


Oh and by the way...I felt so cute that night.  I found this dress at Kohl's for under $20 and then got 30% off that.  So amidst the fancy and famous I was decked out in my $12.00 dress.  SCORE!!





I can't forget to show you the art room.  In this room and scattered throughout the home were original Picasso's, Norman Rockwell, Walt Disney, John Lennon, Andy Warhol etc...  It was amazing.  I've always wondered about people who buy expensive paintings and artwork.  The reason they are so wealthy in the first place is because they understand money and I'm sure these works of art only increase in value, so there you have it...a good investment and it's art!
 

Top left to bottom right...John Sullivan (center for Minnesota Vikings), Michael Irvin (played for Cowboys and was on Season 9 of Dancing with the Stars), Larry Fitzgerald (wide receiver for Arizona Cardinals...went to Superbowl in 2008), Roy Williams (safety for Cincinnati Bengals)



Several years ago I had the chance to meet Mike Ditka.  I was in Chicago with my Honey.  He was at a seminar and I spent the days aimlessly wondering Michigan Avenue with Big Chick in tow.  She was just a baby at the time.  I was in the Walgreen's on Mike Ditka Parkway when low and behold he walked in.  I couldn't believe my eyes.  I knew my honey would be so impressed if I could get the Coach of the Chicago Bears to take a picture with me...so I rolled on up to him and kindly asked for a picture.  He didn't look to happy about it.  I remember feeling really foolish for impositioning him, but oh well.  Turns out my camera broke and I lost the picture so I couldn't really prove that I met him!


Anyway flash forward to Saturday night.  There were a lot of professional athletes, so I made up for it ten fold I think.  Do you think it's bad to say to them, I don't really know who you are, but my husband loves sports?? 



By far the best thing about the night was meeting some new friends.  This couple (Laura and Dermot Cowley) posing with Ozzy and Sharon were two of the nicest people.  Laura and I hit it off immediately.  She was just so sweet and it was a ball hanging out with her.  I mentioned to the Osbournes that it was her birthday and Ozzy sang Happy Birthday to her!  How cool is that??




This is Muhammed Ali.  He walked right through the kitchen with body guards surrounding him.  By the time I saw him and snapped my shot all I got was his back.  My camera has the worst delay!





This is Melissa.  We were kind of "stalkers" together.  We hung outside the VIP room and hoped to could get a glimpse of anyone coming in or out!  This is her face when she saw Ozzy come out to go to the bathroom:)





These are her parents Becky and Steve Chepokas.  Their son died several years ago of a rare form of cancer, so they have a cause that they are very active for now.  They run their own foundation called Miracles of Mitch.  Very nice people and he was just a character.  I love people that are fun to be around.





And of course my good friends Brady and Kristine.  I was a little nervous coming to this event.  I can feel lonely in a room full of people and I wasn't sure if Kristine would be fluttering around here and there and forget about me.  It was exactly the opposite.  She was the perfect date.  It seemed like she knew everyone and she introduced me to all of them.  Not once did I feel out of place or awkward.  She made me feel special:)  I am just so grateful for her friendship.




After I got home and showed Honey all my pics, I literally tossed and turned for hours.  I think I replayed every single part of the night over and over.  It was really fun to get dressed up and do something completely different.    It was a night right out of a fairy tale and one I will never ever forget.





Have a blessed day.

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67 comments:

  1. Wow! How cool is that? I love the picture of you at the piano that used to be Elton's. And Ozzy! How funny is that! And no, I can not imagine 500 people at my house. Eeks! Your Kohls dress was lovely. :)

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  2. what a riot!!!
    little christian becky with ozzy...OMG!
    sorry, i had to throw a little hannah montana in there to even things out!
    & look at you rocking the 12 frock!

    what a fun night. you have surely had quite the summer!

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  3. Your dress was perfect! I'm proud of you for being realistic and not feeling the need to go splurge on a more expensive, less useful outfit. Thanks for the pictures! I don't know what I was expecting when I logged in this morning, but that first picture definitely wasn't it! haha. Have a great day darlin! *hugs*

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  4. this looks so fun!!! And you did look great in your $12 dress:) ....What an amazing night and so so glad you shared all these pics!!

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  5. You look like a celebrity! That dress is amazing ($12?!!) and you look amazing in it- you tanned hot little thing.

    What an amazing night! I'm all amped up just reading about it!

    PS- love the blog header, I've been out of touch and I'll have to spend days catching up on your blog :)

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  6. You looked absolutely ADORABLE in your Kohl's dress!!!

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  7. Seriously cool. And even compared to all the awesome photos of celebrities, I'm most impressed by your $12.00 Kohl's dress. GIRL, YOU LOOKED GREAT!!! Victory for beautiful, thrifty moms everywhere! :)

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  8. You rocked that $12 dress! Love sales like that! How fun would it be to meet Sharon and Ozzy, they looked really nice! What an awesome evening to remember and share! Thanks Becky!

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  9. Wow!! That is the coolest evening ever! I love your dress and your hair...gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your photos superstar! :)

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  10. Wow!! What a great time :) You rocked your new dress too. How stinkin fun to meet all of those celebs/athletes! :) :)

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  11. WOW!!! What a lucky girl you are and I can't believe someone is throwing parties like that in MN...crazy! I love it and thanks for sharing with us.

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  12. You look so pretty!!! And your $12 Kohl's dress is way prettier than some of those dresses that are ten times the price. What an amazing opportunity it was to be able to attend this event!!! I would loooooove to meet the Osborne's! I have been a fan of Ozzy since my teens and I think Sharon just seems like such a sweet, caring woman! I just love how in love they are and how enduring their marriage is!!!

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  13. Wow, what a night.
    No wonder you couldn't sleep. You looked "cute"...those celebrities probably thought you were someone famous as well.

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  14. Thanks for sharing! What a great night. Loved all the pictures.

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  15. that is SOOOOO awesome! i *love* the osbournes, although my exposure to them has mainly been through AGT. LOVE sharon. she seems so genuinely sweet and loving--and loyal as anything to her husband and family. for all the bad rap they get, i think they're doing great things together :)

    YOU looked fantastic. i can't believe you were rocking a $12 dress! awesome :)

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  16. Oh Becky, what a night to remember! And you looked more than cute! Absolutely stunning!

    What a thrill to meet so many interesting people!! Ozzy and his wife must have one of the strongest celebrity marriages. And he must be a pretty strong guy to withstand all the stuff he's done over the years.

    I was so excited to see the theme of your party. If you've noticed the posts I've done on an event I'm planning soon...then I've just given you an inside hint. :)

    Thanks for sharing, hope you have a super day!!

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  17. HOW FUN!! I was going to say... that dress is adorable! You lucky gal. Why is it so fun to meet celebrities?? I have no idea, my hubby has sold a motorhome to one and it is really fun hanging out with them.

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  18. So glad everyone is commenting on your dress, it was really the first thing I noticed!!!! You looked so amazingly beautiful, fresh, and totally trendy! I am glad you felt good too, that makes it all the more fun! What a great evening!

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  19. Crazy... What a special opportunity!! You look amazing! :)

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  20. Wow, what a night!?! Truly was Becky in Hollywood Wonderland. Your dress is adorable and you look amazing. That red piano...wowsa! Loves.

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  21. What an exciting time!!! I LOVE the fact that you wore a $12 dress to such a big event. It was a fabulous dress. I adore it and you looked beautiful.
    -FringeGirl

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  22. SHUT UP!!!

    So much fun. And you look beautiful in that $12 dress!

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  23. That looks like sooo much fun!!! you look darling in your 12.00 dress, you go girl!!!

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  24. I about fell out of my chair when I saw that picture this morning!!! I can't beleive all that happened in Minnisota. You fit right in with Ozzy:)

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  25. That's too cool! Isn't it fun to get out and do something a little different?! Routines are great, but the excitement of a new experience always makes things a little brighter. This is making we wonder what I can do to change things up a bit. And, I agreee with everyone else - the dress is cute, cute, cute!

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  26. You were completely smokin in that dress! what a totally fun experience. Did you ever notice that your friend looks like brooke shields?

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  27. How absolutely awesome!! I love Sharon...she is a strong, focused woman and a loyal wife!

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  28. How AWESOME is that!!!!
    Totally made me smile when I read your bargain on that Dress! $12 that's a deal! And I would have to say that's keepin real! You go Becky!
    You looked marvelous! What a night to remember!
    WOW!
    Elizabeth

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  29. Loved LOVED LOOVED your dress. I love Kohls! And OMG!! How cool!! Mingling with all those celebs!! It IS nice getting out to do things that are out of the ordinary. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. I love that outfit!!!! You are darling and that little mini me guy? I would just have died to meet him... he cracks me up!!

    Adrain is going to be so jealous when I show him all the athletes you got to meet. That would be his dream! Thanks for sharing this with us girl!

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  31. WOWZA...I feel almost famous just knowing you! And you had Ozzy's arm around you? And Sharon is so pretty! I LOVED your dress too...that made me laugh right our loud...$12.00..amazing! It was so cute and you were radiant! :D

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  32. Wow what an amazing night out!!! Woo Hoo for you! You looked gorgeous in that black and white dress and you are so photogenic.

    I still am amazed at all of the famous posing pics you got of you and the famous ones. I would have said the very same thing to most of the professional athletes about "my husband loving sports" so I could get the picture without talking about who they were. I bet your hubby loved the pics. I could so see him wanting to show you and the prof. athlete photo off by putting it on his desk at work. I bet he does that.

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  33. Oh, what fun, Becky! I'm so happy for you that my cheeks hurt from smiling. You look just beautiful and that dress is so cute! My mom found a wonderful blouse for her high school reunion on sale at Kohl's for about $3.00....and then I wore it to Farm Chicks. Ha!

    Have a beautiful weekend!

    : )

    Julie M.

    ps Ever since seeing the Osbourne's reality show...I've had a bit of a soft spot for them. He actually reminds me of my fun preppy MN daddy (when he was going through radiation) and I'm pretty sure that the Osbourne kids went to Christian school when they were little.

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  34. Holy Cow Beckles (does anyone ever call you that?) If not, totally disregard that...

    I got creepy chills at the first pic! haha. Great pics though!

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  35. I love your dress its too cute and it looked great on you too.

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  36. You are too cool for us now ;) What an evening and you totally rocked that dress!

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  37. I am going to start by saying you look spectacular in your little $12 dress!! It is so cute ~ don't you just love Kohls! What an opportunity Becky and it looks like you had a blast. My favorite is the shot at the piano and again ~ looking sexy girl!

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  38. Looks like you had a wonderful time. I have to tell you, though, and I hope no one in your household if offended, but when I saw the first picture I thought it was you and your husband - dressed up like Ozzy Ozbourne.

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  39. Wow! 500 people. Wow! The Osbournes! Wow! That expensive, and classy looking $12 dress! Wow! Ali! The red piano, the art, the Wonderland!!!!! WOW!!! You looked right at home with everyone and were just as beautiful! Glad you had the opp and that you had a great time. Also glad that you had such a considerate date, I know what it's like to be left alone in a strange place full of strange people....good for her!

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  40. Oh my goodness! How crazy! You are famous now, huh?! :) I bet it was crazy!

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  41. OMG Becky.....I just never know what I am going to find out that you have been up to when I open your blog page!! You are a riot...always something new and fun to tell us!!! Boy, you brought back lots of memories when hubby and I were in our 30's and got invited to different events that were out of our norm! What fun!!!!!!!

    And that DRESS ~ you look BEAUTIFUL GIRL, THE PRETTIEST GIRL THERE! I seriously would have thought that was a designer dress. Goes to show how pretty you are ~ I always say the prettiest ones can wear a flour sack and look good! xo

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  42. I had to do a double take at that pic with Ozzy. Too cool. Sounds like you had a night to remember. Thanks for sharing the pics of your night out with a great friend and the new ones you met there.
    P.S. We just missed you at Mt. Rushmore. I read your blog post on that trip and realized we were just a day off! That would have been so fun to meet!

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  43. Wow - you're very lucky!!

    It looks like a great event : )

    Gemma x

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  44. Hi Becky- I'm a new reader/blogger...loving your blog!

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  45. Wow, how awesome for you! I can see why that huge grin never left your face! Loving the $12 dress what a score! I love Sharon so how cool to meet her, you are one lucky gal!

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  46. You look so beautiful in all of these photos! I have said it before but you and your friend Kristine look a lot alike. So glad you had fun...and I used to watch the Osbornes too (I wanted their kitchen):-)

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  47. LOOK at how
    gorgeous you looked!
    I bet a lot of the
    locals thought that
    YOU must be a celeb!!!
    I saw clips for the
    evening on TV; how
    fun to now know that
    my sweet friend was
    there, rubbing elbows
    with the rich & famous : )
    Happy Weekend!
    xx Suzanne

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  48. What a fun night! You looked like to fit right in!

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  49. Oh my gosh Becky. I'm way over here all excited looking at your photos and reading all about your night.The photo of you and Ozzy and then with Sharon just about made me fall out of my chair!You look so beautiful and I could feel the excitement that you were feeling at that time.I enjoyed all of your photos!!! Yay Becky,I am so hapy that you had such a wonderful night.

    Mary

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  50. What fun! I can't imagine ever being in a place like that. I love Sharon on AGT. I watch it all the time. That is just so cool that you got to go and had such a great time.

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  51. i'm totally starstruck just from looking at the pics! you are so sweet to share your fairytale evening with us! you looked stunning!

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  52. crazy night!!! love the adorable $12 dress in a room full of richy riches!! ;) he he!

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  53. Cute cute dress! What a fun night!

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  54. wow! how awesome was that! and they let you touch eltons piano! ha!

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  55. What FUN!
    You look like you fit right in with all the celebs, Becky! And your dress is just way cute, too. I wonder if they all knew what a fabulous blogging celebrity THEY had in THEIR midst, hmmm? :-)

    XO,
    Anne

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  56. Wow! Now that's what I call a date! How FUN! And... I was just thinking how cute your dress was & then read about your Kohl's score. You go, girl! :)

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  57. That's a riot -- all of those celebrities and you under one roof?! But I am most jealous of the red piano, since I am a pianist. I love me some Elton John. And girlfriend, you looked every bit as cute (and then some) as all those other partygoers in your $12 bargain!

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  58. I am just dying over you and Ozzy! I called HH and made him come look at the picture. I LOVE Elton John and oh, would I have loved to touch that red piano. Awesome girl!

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  59. Must have been an amazing night! And you look like a "million bucks" in your $12 dress:)

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  60. Wow! What a truly awesome event! Ozzy and Sharon always seem so down to earth on TV. I love how all the celebs were so willing to pose for pics!!
    Always love stopping by to catch up...loved the pics of Hawaii, by the way! I'm jealous!!

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  61. Wow, wow, wowie! Looks like a simply amazing opportunity that you lived up to the max!!! Your look was spot on beautiful, girl, well done!!

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  62. Oh my gosh that is SO awesome!!
    What a cool thing to get to do!
    Thank you so much for letting us follow along. :)

    And yeah, great deal on the dress, you really looked amazing!

    KareyEllen
    KareyEllenDesigns.blogspot.com

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  63. btw...love the $12 dress. You looked beautiful!
    Interesting blog post Becky. This is my dh's, ex boss. Jon used to be one of the designers of the hearing aids for this company. He and 2 others were given their pink slips with no forewarning. One of his co-workers had been there for 14 years, and in place of these 3 guys an Engineering VP was brought in. It was a rather tragic event in our lives and one wonders why things happen as they do.
    Fun to see you in your element with the VIP's. What a fun experience it must have been.

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