So on the second day, I showed up at the same time as the first, right before noon. There were a lot more people this day, and I noticed that the tent had switched to handing out numbers instead of calling names. Just another day at the DMV, it seemed.
The morning of I had decided to alter my giant shirt down to make it fit. I did it really quickly and realized I had lost my bobbin cover, but hey, it fit. When I got up the counter to get my number, the volunteer coordinator asked me if I had a shirt. I replied, "Yeah, I'm wearing it." Then I added, "I made it fit" to a few chuckles from nearby volunteers drowning in their size-XL's.
|My "fitted" shirt and I in front of the house on Day 2|
|No free advertising for you, Wal-Mart!|
|My "construction" casualty, a day later.|
After waiting around for a while, seeing neighbors walk by with their "Neighbor" lanyard badges and giving water to the goose next door, we were all called to go up the street and participate in "the Braveheart March." We were so excited about this! And on our way up, we got some pretty good views of Ty standing next to the bus shouting into his megaphone. I have a hunch I heard him talking to a different family - I'm pretty sure they tape more than one show simultaneously and he travels back and forth.
|Holy cow, it's Tyyyyyy!|
|Gotta love the megaphone!|
We did the March twice, and the highlight of the first one was watching this refrigerator of a woman firefighter completely BITE THE DUST as she tripped on a root going down the small hill we all had to run down. I knew she was a tough woman, and her firefighter friends helped her up (I knew my 110-pound frame was helpless in this situation), and all I could do was laugh. She was laughing too, I promise! I'm pretty sure that's gonna end up on the cutting room floor, but I hope the editors enjoy it.
|The firefighters being cute with their Santa-hat-helmets|
In the scenes we filmed, the one I remember the most was when Ty had the people who nominated the family speak out why they did. It really was just as heart-warming as it is on TV! (I didn't expect this at all because there's a lot going on in the background during shooting and everything just seems so . . . staged.) But I think Ty really did sorta choke up as touching things were said about a family that nobody else in the crowd really knew. It was also nice having all 4 members of the Design Team in one place, because I think that was the only time that happened (not sure who was there for the reveal since we didn't go). It took us over 3 hours to get all those scenes, and it was definitely quittin' time by the time we were done. But I did get a good picture of Tracy on my way out!
|She's really pretty when she's not making this face|