Monday, July 23, 2012

Whirlwind of a weekend

Hi friends, family and new followers, it is good to see you :). Thank you to everyone who tuned in to our House Hunters episode on Friday night, all I can say is wow! At one point, I looked around my living room and thought to myself, 'how did I get so lucky to have all these people in my life'. The texts, emails, tweets, Facebook and blog comments...we really felt the love! 

It was incredibly surreal seeing myself and Jon on TV. Watching it live, it didn't seem real and it flew by. We had people over until after 1am (and stayed up til 3 with my sister, record for us!) and it was on in the background throughout the night. It wasn't until late Saturday night Jon and I sat down and watched it again. I must say...Ernie stole the show. Was he not the cutest thing?

 1. Waiting on his friends to comeover
2. Sweet bloggers came to cheer me on
3. My sweet hubby

1. Getting swabbed for Be The Match (my girlfriend works there and swabbed almost all of our guests!)
2. Lots of screen shots but this is my favorite...sleeping Chunky
3. Hey I am on TV!

They showcased my blog quite a bit on the show (and disclaimer...they made me say "this would look great on my blog" a LOT! Cheesy yes but we had nothing to do with editing haha) and I wasn't sure what that would do for my blog. Like I said, the whole thing was surreal and people kept saying, check your blog stats! I love this picture Brittany caught of me looking at my blog. I am excited for what's to come for this little blog of mine!


I didn't have my camera but it was passed around during the night and it was fun looking through pictures people took. 


My 2 favorite pictures of the night



It was fun getting comments from people who happened to watch the show and search my blog. I hope you guys stick around :). I had a lot of questions about the show (and about my obsession with fixtures haha) so I thought I'd write a little about our experience...

  • Our producer and crew made us feel so comfortable in front of the camera!! It was never awkward or weird. I can see it being weird to film in front of an audience but we weren't having to do any dramatic acting. Our realtor also kicked butt, if you are in Austin and looking for a realtor, you'd be silly not to use Johnny Henion from Outlaw Real Estate.
  • I am not crazy. Lol! I mean guys come on, who doesn't want all their fixtures to match. They played up that story a LOT. Heck we bought the house with 3 different fixtures in the bathrooms and I am doing just fine with it. Funny thing is they filmed a lot about Jon hating pedestal sinks and it never made it to the show!
  • We did not see the episode before it aired, nor had any idea what the story line would be
  • Jon played competitive ping pong at Baylor in college and now plays at the Austin Table Tennis Club 
  • The timing didn't work out for us to film at our old house so we filmed a lot at my parents house. If you want to see a video from our old house, check out this post.
  • I wish they would have shown more of our house AFTER we moved in. Since they've filmed, we have done a LOT to the house. I am thinking of doing a video tour? Would you guys like that?
  • I work in marketing for a software company here in Austin. It was kind of weird how they cut that off?
  • Mine and Jon's faces are on our cornhole boards :-)
  • When they filmed us in the car in Belterra, our check engine light had just turned on and Jon was paranoid it would be shown on the show. And yep, it did. Don't worry we got an oil change!
  • Speaking of Belterra, it is about 45 minutes from Steiner Ranch to give you an idea of how far it was. It is kind of in the middle of nowhere. It would be an hour plus commute to work for me.
  • The 90's comment...hahahahahahah
I am happy to answer any more questions you have about our experience! Now we wanna get on yard crashers for our backyard and room crashers for our media room! 

The best part of the whole experience was sharing it with YOU. Thank you for the love, support and being so dang excited for us! We love you!
 

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43 comments:

Rissy said...

so I didn't get to watch the show, but can I just say I love seeing cool things happening to good people?! I love reading your tweets about your faith and just overall good nature. I need to catch a repeat of this show... any ideas when it might be on???

Or maybe you just have a vlog I can watch lol

Very cool experience girl! Glad you have such happy memories from it


CarissaExplainsItAll

Rissy said...

so I didn't get to watch the show, but can I just say I love seeing cool things happening to good people?! I love reading your tweets about your faith and just overall good nature. I need to catch a repeat of this show... any ideas when it might be on???

Or maybe you just have a vlog I can watch lol

Very cool experience girl! Glad you have such happy memories from it


CarissaExplainsItAll

Mrs. T said...

So glad it was so much fun for you!! We don't have cable so I haven't gotten to watch it yet! Hoping it appears online or hulu! :) This will be a cool thing for your kids to see the two of you as newlyweds. So sweet and great memories! Love you girl! :)
P.S. hubby and I want to live in Austin so bad! Hope I make it there someday

Jane {In the Pink and Green} said...

Your episode was so great Ruthie! Cam and I watched it and loved it :) But I totally agreed, I wish they would have showed more of your house "AFTER". I know you guys have put in a ton of work, and I would loved to see more of the finished product, especially that chevron wall! :)

Tomi Fanning said...

So glad I got to be there celebrating with you! Congratulations!

Rachel said...

You two are too stinkin cute! Loved the show. And your house, well it is to die for :)

Bevin said...

Long time follower, first time commenter here! My family and I enjoyed watching the show. I felt especially "cool" that I knew which house you picked, but my family did not until the big reveal.
You're right....Ernie is such a stud!

jaimie michelle said...

What a fun weekend! You guys were so adorbs on the show! Congrats on the house - enjoy it!!

Jaimie
www.jaimiehart.blogspot.com

Mallorie Owens said...

Such a fun night, we really had a blast celebrating with you two (and Ernie, hehe)! I love the pic from your camera of us blogger girls, can you send it to me? :)

Lindsey said...

You guys are so stinkin' cute and I love your blog! I'm the same way about fixtures having to match and our house has all gold and it is driving me crazy! We are trying to replace all the gold but there is so much it has to be an on going process!

McKenzie said...

The show was amazing! You picked beautiful home and I really hope you do a video tour to showcase everything that you have done to make the house your own. You guys are too cute!

Jessi said...

It was so fun watching you both on tv!! I felt like I got to know your personality just a little bit more.. and you came across just like you do on your blog, genuine! Glad you had a great time with friends and family too!

Brooke Houston said...

OMG I had the best time with y'all! It was soo awesome seeing y'all on TV! ha! My mom about died when she saw the second run at midnight haha I was cracking up when she told me. Anyways, it was so fun and I'm so happy for y'all. I loved catching up with everyone too. Your family rocks!

Katie {katie lately} said...

I'm sooo excited to watch today!! I asked Meg yesterday if she watched, she said she totally forgot but her hubby turned on HGTV and then "there was Ruthie!" so cool! I'm glad you had such a good experience with it :) yard crashers would be SO COOL

Renee said...

Hi ruthie, I'm one of those new followers! I'm 110%addicted to blogs and house hunters. My hubby and I have it on our DVR and watched the show Friday night. He went back and paused it so I could research ur blog and start following you, which I did. And I'm so glad I did. I think and ur little fam are too cute. I went back and read many, many of your old posts all weekend. We LOVED the home y'all picked and would love to see more after pics, I think a video would be great. So excited I found a new blog to follow.

Renee

PS not that mine is anywhere near as interesting as yours, you can read a little bit more about my family on our blog Reneedawkins.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

ahhah I am loving Micah and Drew in the background on the photo of us from ur camera! girl thanks for inviting us! we all loved being there!! were u a zombie on saturday like me? hah I would also love a copy of that picture! *mwah!*

Amy in Austin said...

New follower!! We live in Steiner too, so it was fun getting to watch your episode. Some friends of ours just moved into the house right across the street from the 3rd one you looked at on the show. Small world. Love your blog!

Lauren {at} Life.Love.Lauren said...

New follower from the House Hunters episode! Love your blog!!

<3 Lauren

Sar said...

I didn't see the episode (and don't watch House Hunters), but Sara Hinton sent me over here and y'all are adorable! Plus I love some Baylor friends (sic 'em), so I'm glad to be a new follower!

Mrs Independent said...

Yes, do a video tour! Austin was asking me 9384238 questions about things you've done to the house and did I see them on the blog.

Emilie said...

I found your blog from watching house hunters and pretty much spent the entire weekend reading all your blog posts. I am obsessed with Ernie and I am so excited to try out some of your recipes (crock pot wooo). Finding an awesome blog gives me the same joy as getting a pair of shoes or jeans on sale!

My husband and I are usually annoyed by some of the people's personalities on HH (probably editing) but we both LOVED you and the husband :) We knew you were both cool in our book the minute we saw the Frenchie!

Karen said...

I am a new follower also - courtesy of HH! I have been addicted to that show for a while and would love to hear more 'behind the scenes stuff'! Would also love to see more pics/video of your lovely new home.

Sammantha said...

Just found your blog, and come to this post! (No, sorry my dear, didn't see your episode, but definitely want to catch it now!) How freaking awesome! Love your blog :)

Stop by and say hi sometime!
www.dysfunctionaleverafter.com

Christina said...

How exciting! I got to watch it live! We got home just in time and I saw the record light on and sat down to watch :) You guys were too cute!

Girls Love Fried Pickles said...

I love knowing famous people! I am totally going to name drop. I didn't get to see it but hopeful there's a rerun.

marla said...

LOVE your blog and loved seeing you on HH. What an adorable couple you are and so awesome that you give all the glory to God. We have lived in Austin (Cedar Park) for the past 4 years and are relocating with our company soon. I will be watching your blog and wishing you all the very, very best of blessings always!

Briana said...

Can you tell us how you got on the show? Just a week before I came across your experience, I had gone on their site to see how to, but it didn't show up that they were accepting new people. Just curious. I have been addicted to that show as I lay here in the hospital.

I would love to see a home tour to see what you guys have done!

micahcha said...

Greetings from San Antonio!! I loved your spot on HG! Please do a house tour. Once I saw the chevron wall, I knew I had to check your blog. I am loving it so far!! Hopefully you get to be a part of more HGTV shows. Congratulations!

Allison said...

Absolutely loved the show!! I think yall are such a precious couple! I would love for you to do a video tour of your house but I would love more for you to come to mine and paint the dining room like yours :-) Can't wait to see where your blog goes!!

Babs said...

Hi Ruthie,

Glad you all had fun watching the show. Just wanted to say it was a pleasure for me to produce your episode. BTW, if anyone you know is interested in being the star of their own episode, give them my contact info. We're ALWAYS looking for couples and families to be on the show and as you know from watching House Hunters, we absolutely love the Austin area.

Thanks!
Babette

CeCe said...

I too found your blog b/c of the show. I watch it religiously!! You looked so cute on the show and seemed very natural and likable. We wanted to submit to go on the show when we bought our house 2 years ago but with wedding planning and everything else going on we were just to overwhelmed and didn't think we could fit in those days of filming. Congrats on getting onto this show and good luck on getting on more. BTW, your blog was not small! I think you had 700 something followers before the show but now it looks like you just got 100 more!

Tracy Tallent said...

Hi. My name is Tracy. I was watching House Hunters the night yours aired. I myself have a blog (that I just started) and wanted to check yours out. I love it. I have you listed on my "must reads" and am following you on bloglovin'. I have been a christian my whole life and actually just started going to church and trying to live life for jesus so reading your "faith" page inspired me to continue in my worship and faith. So...thank you.

Suzy said...

LOVE House Hunters and now I LOVE your Blog! :-)
We live in the DFW area....so cool that you guys are in Austin! I have become addicted to blogs and when my favorite show came on and I saw your blog...I pulled you right up and bookmarked you!
Would love to see more pics of your home..in addition to your recipes! :-)

Pamela said...

I watched it & was like 'oohhh my gosh I know her' haha I LOVED it! Gorgeous home!!

Memoirs of Me & Mine said...

I was out of town. But made sure to get it on dvr. I'm watching it now. Woohoo!

http://www.memoirsofmeandmine.com/

Clancy said...

What's the title of your episode??? I'm trying to look for it on HGTV! :)

Abbey said...

What a fun time! I enjoyed watching your episode and you guys looked great! You have such a great home!!

Dana said...

You can count me among the new readers from your House Hunters "22 Minutes of Fame!" Love the show and you and your hubby were super cute and totally not annoying (I hate the negative people they often have...never a good word to say about anything). Can't wait to read more...

Leilani @ Soleil Selene said...

I LOVED your episode! And your house is gorgeous! I wish they had houses like that and for the same price here in the SF Bay Area. I'm now trying to convince the hubs that he needs to get transferred to the EA in Austin just so we can become home owners. :)

Theresa said...

Admitted new follower here because of the show! So glad they highlighted your blog long enough to get a look at the name, so I could find you. Fun episode, and yes, I think a video tour would be great! Haven't read too many past posts, but loving what I have read so far :)

Betsy said...

Hi Ruthie-
We live a few houses down from you and were so excited to see our 'hood on TV. Welcome to the neighborhood and I hope we get to meet you soon!
Betsy

Tamara @ Everything Happens said...

I've followed your blog since y'all found out you were going to be on the show, but didn't get to watch it until last night. Thanks for posting on twitter that it was airing! Did they only show you 3 houses, or did you look at more that they didn't show? I've always wondered!

Julie Keller said...

Ruthie, do you know if the show can be wathed on YouTube, or HGTV at all? Can't wait to see it. I'd love to see a tour of your house - you have mad decorating skills!

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