Monday, January 18, 2010

Brush with fame game Monday!!!! Ty Pennington, Paul DiMeo and Paige Hemmis!!!

In the spring of 2005, I heard that the t.v. show Extreme Home Makeover was building a home for a family in our city, it didn't take me long to find out where and when!!!!!The Okvath family's oldest daughter had written into the show asking for some colorful paint for the Children Cancer wing at the hospital in Tucson, AZ. Much to their surprise they got a NEW HOUSE!!!!!
I went over to watch 2 or 3 days and was amazed everyday at the progress they made!!!! I was there when the furniture truck pulled up and the Arizona Diamondback Baseball Players all helped unload it!!!!!Sadly, the family has the house up for sale according to the internet!!!! This family has 7 children, a few more since they had this house built for them, I thought they had 5!!!! And they are young!!!!The electric bill alone is $1200.00 per month and the water bill is $400.00 per month and they just cannot afford to keep it. Doing a little bit of research, I found that several Extreme Make over homes have been sold. I think they should build smaller more efficient homes for these families!!!!!This picture was taken with out a zoom lenses, so TY is there he is just small!!!! He did not interact with the crowds much at all.
Paul DiMeo did stop and talk and sign a few autographs each time he walked by.
How did this picture end up looking like this????
Sorry about that!!!!!Paige and Paul were in this shot!!!!
She always wore something Pink!!! It was a rainy cold week!!!!!So if you look close you can spot her!!! I don't think her jacket looks pink though!!!


zandra said...

Very cool! It is a shame that they can't afford to keep the homes. Have a great week!
Hugz, Z

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It is such a shame they can't keep the home. Seems like they should be able to afford these beautiful places, but I guess that is not always the case. Hugs, Marty

Krystal said...

I love all the V-day decor! When did you make the "xoxo"? So cute! I need to make some of those. I agree they should make homes that they can afford. The same thing happened to the one in Utah. My brother works for the city and he got to join in on the fun in Utah when they did it. Is amamzing what they do for these people, but come on help them out. It just seems like a lot of stress to afford the homes they do. Are you enjoying the rain today?! Have a good week

Terry said...

Oh how awesome .
Your my favorite game on Monday .
You are always so much fun to visit .
Never a dull moment at your place .
Love the changes to your blog :)
We had three straight days of rain last week ,boy was it needed .
We are going to get more this week Yippee !!!!!
Big Happy Hugs from Texas

Marydon Ford said...

Yes, I too have heard about too many of the recipients selling or losing the homes built for them ... it would make sense to give them a wonderful home that was cost effective, wouldn't it. Great pics tho.

TYSM for the warm wishes. I'll slowly get back into the swing of things.

Hugs, Marydon

Marydon Ford said...

Yuck! Clicks too soon ... we live in Maryland, Mimi. Haven't been to TX for a few years ... wonder where you thought that from?, altho I LOVE TX, particularly San Antonio.

OK now I am going to CLICK!
TTFN ~ Marydon

Oliva said...

It's so sad about the families not able to afford thses gorgeous...

BTW I would love to make labels/cards/invites for you. email me and let me know what you need! Thank you! Oliva

Cottage Rose said...

I remember watching that one,, I love to watch it... but how sad that they have to sell it... That is a lot of money for a heating bill,, and water.. wow... how exciting it must have been to see it all in person,, shame on Ty for not stopping by to say hello to his fans...... love the photos... have a great week.


Stella said...

I agree why give them something they can't afford to keep. I am sure they must be very disappointed. Stop by my blog to pick up an award when you have time. Stella

Audra said...

Thanks for asking... She was set with loads of food that I sent up with her as well as picking up bottled water and snack items. I also sent up a heating blanket which is a no-no in the dorms but it's so necessary in that drafty dorm room.

College Diva says there is a warning they may close campus for the week depending on the amount of snow fall, which has been considerable.

Your concern means so much to me as you know what it's like having daughters up there and not being able to just drop in without a 2 1/2 hour trip. Besides, I am not fond of blizzard conditions and do not drive in them unless it is VERY Necessary! geek husband love is going to be home tonight and will look at my issues. I know he can fix it!

Have a wonderful week...Enjoy the rain!

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Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Oh Jamie sweeetie...
I agree, these BIG beautiful homes are wonderful in thought, but they need to be thinking about these families and what they can afford. They have to be able to pay utilities and everything once they are finished. It saddens me to know that after all the love that was poured for this family, that they have to move somewhere else because it has become to expensive for them.

I so love your brush with fame. It is always so much fun. I thank you for sharing with me.

I loved your Flagstaff post also. So pretty. I loved the snow angel. It looks very cold though.

This Friday I will be spending with CeeKay. We are doing a craft day. I was ill with bronchitis, has kicked my butt this past week, but am feeling better, and back in the saddle this week.

Hope your birthday is spectacular just like you.

Country hugs sweetie and so much love, Sherry

nancygrayce said...

Every time I watch that show, I think why? Why don't they build an affordable home instead of all that fluff!? I have heard of others having to sell their homes built by makeover too. It's sad.

Anonymous said...

My SIL helped at the home built in Ky. and yes the folks are down on their luck, they don't need a house they can't afford. That was fun to watch though. I got to go by the Ky. one. Thanks for your wonderful visits.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Hi Jamie,
I know, I was reading in the newspaper a while back about how this AZ family could not afford to keep up all the luxuries that were put into their house. I was wondering if that ever became an issue once all the cameras packed up and left. Kinda sad.
I got such a kick out of your Flagstaff post below. Looks like you guys had a blast!! And little Camdyn looks SO HAPPY playing in the snow.
I also took a peek at your cute V-day decorations. Darling!!!
Take care, Jamie.
Mary Lou

Fifi Flowers said...

You're right they should make afford living for these families. Those utility bills are CRAZY! Interesting to know many extreme makeover homes are sold.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I just had to take another look of all you guys playing in the snow. Camdyn looks like she was having so much fun. Great pictures. I would love to go to Prescott with you guys. Just let me know when. You have my phone number. That would be a fun girls day. Hugs, Marty

Buttercup said...

Thanks so much for sharing and for all the sweet visits you make to Buttercup's. You are a dear blog friend. Love the snow pictures, especially of Camdyn and family enjoying it!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Hi Miss Mimi!

I have been DYING to try out Modern Steak! It has been a crazy week with me starting school, trying to finish up a project for a client and learning that my almost 88 yr old granny has finally decided to give up Minnesota for Phoenix so I am now trying to find a place for her to live. She will stay with me for awhile but is so independant wants to move by herself.
I am working my internship tomorrow and am going to try my best to come to lunch. Thank you so very much for the invite. Email me your phone number in the event I cannot attend.

someplace in thyme said...

Jamie, I am in for the 5th of Feb. that sounds like so much fun, Call me with the details, or here is my email,, Char

Rettabug said...

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y Dear Mimi/Jamie.........Happy Birthday to Yooooooou!!!!

I hope you have a wonderfully special day, filled with fun, family, friends & LOTS of presents!!


Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

They were in our area a few years back. I didn't even think to go over there. Silly me...

Hope you are out enjoying your birthday today. I'm sure that sweet hubby of yours has something special planned.