The Music Man
Dana shares how proud she is of her stepson's songwriting skills and gives her thoughts on Kennedy's birthday party.
Conor Flynn is my son. He is the young cutie performing with Ace Young for Kennedy at her birthday. His title card said "musician" -- probably because "Dana's future stepson" would have looked awkward. I wanted to start my blog this week with that because I was so proud of him, and I want the world to know it.
My b-day present to Kennedy was a really intimate gift from our whole family, and I hope she enjoyed it. Ace Young and Conor worked very hard on the song for Kennedy and the staging and total performance turned out super. The song still makes me cry. You can download the "Birthday Song" on iTunes if you want to pick it up or listen to a sample of the produced version.
Not sure you can see him in the episode, but JC looked so cute in his red cowboy boots, hat, and shirt. We shopped like crazy together for our cowboy outfits before the big day. The best part of the day was when JC danced with me. We were laughing and spinning while Conor and Ace performed. It was a great moment.
My young son was obsessed with the word "America" at that age for some reason, and he kept saying it to everyone at the party. He even grabbed a flag in his cowboy outfit and was waving it around. It was hysterical! My daughter (future stepdaughter) Chloe was with me that day too. If you saw me standing next to a beautiful girl that's her. Love you Chloe!
All in all Kennedy had a great time. I was very proud of Taylor's effort at being an event coordinator. She had a rough start, but things went smashingly after that. I have never lifted so many tables and chairs in my life, but it was worth it for my girl.
I got really frustrated with Russell that day because he kept changing things without realizing the impact it had on all the people and vendors working (including my son). All of these people had worked so hard for Taylor to make everything perfect, and he seemed to only care about the impression of his big gift. At that time, I also had some internal resentment toward Russell for other reason, which you can see in my interview.
This episode really shows the ladies struggling to keep their friendships alive. There were so many alliance shifts, I was not really sure who was close to whom. I remember not being sure how to deal with it that day. I actually really wanted everyone to get along. I remember asking myself, "Where do I fit in with these women?" and not really having an answer. I wondered if they would ever want to get to know me? Taylor and I have always been close, and Kim always made an effort to share a personal story with me and give us something to really connect on -- but with the others it was much harder. I kept really wanting to connect in a meaningful way with them, but no one would try not even Brandi. . .
See you next week.
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