The Trials of a Busy Mom

Pack the sunscreen, we’re going to Cancun!

Yesterday I won a trip to Cancun!
I can hardly believe it! KODJ is doing a contest where you have to guess the correct room number between 1 and 1000. I have been trying to get through 3 times a day, and writing down the incorrect guesses when I hear them. So, at 5:00 on Friday, there I am, dialing away (like usual), and it starts ringing. Rockin’ Rob answers and says “Hi, how are you?” and I’m thinking, Could I be the right caller? Wow! Because I’ve been calling for a week and a half and never gotten to guess. He asked if I had a guess ready, and I said, “Well, I didn’t hear the 2:00 guess, can you fill me in?” and he actually did! I knew it was around 435-455, from the previous guesses who had narrowed it down, so when he said the 2:00 guess was 442–too high. So, I told him my guess was 440. This was all off the air. I told my kids to listen, because mom was going to try to win something (nothing new there), and then he comes back on with “I’ve got Paige from Highland here, and she’s ready to guess.” So, I guess room 440 and he starts messing with me, with “Are you sure? That’s really the room you are picking?” So, yes, I stuck with 440, then he “knocks” on room 440 and instead of the crickets chirping or an elephant or whatever their other wrong guess sounders are, the party music starts to play, and he says, “Paige, you are going to Cancun!”

After all the excitement and information getting, I asked if he could tell me some details, and he said he didn’t really know the whole story, but all the winners are going as a group, and he thought it was the first week in December. Well, the 1st week in December is about the only time I could absolutely NOT go, since the Bells on Temple Square Concert is December 8th, and I CAN NOT miss it. So, all night I keep thinking “what ifs” and could someone else take the trip instead of me, blah, blah, blah (I’m such a worrier!). So, today I checked the KODJ website to see if there was specific information, and found out that it’s the 16-23 of December. I will have to miss the Tabernacle Choir Christmas concerts, which are the 14-16 of December, but since we haven’t started rehearsing that music yet, I’m hoping that it won’t be a huge pain to get a sub to ring for those concerts. I’m bummed that I will miss it, because it’s an absolutely amazing experience, but how can I turn down a FREE trip to Cancun?

Now the work starts. I’ll have to figure out childcare for my 5 children, get EVERYTHING Christmas related done early, figure out how many Christmas concerts, parties and other events I will be missing and how will I get my children there, and other things that the job of Mom requires. If any of you would like to take a day to watch my kids, go ahead and sign up now, as I’m looking for volunteers. Thankfully I have my parents and Ryan’s parents who are close, and we will *I hope, I hope* be able to work that all out.

Oh my gosh, I also need to lose 10-15 pounds!


  1. Janice from Book Club


  2. Mel

    Paul heard you! But did you use a different name?


  3. Sariah

    Wow, that is so exciting!!! Congratulations!!!

  4. Robin

    WOW!!!! I was just talking about you the other day…to someone…I can’t remember who, but I was telling all about the cool prizes you have won. That is so cool Paige… If by chance you can’t work it all out…I’ll go. :o)…That’s just the kind of friend I am… You could consider sending your kids down to sunny Arizona for a week… We’d love to have them!

  5. Kristina P.

    Paige, You are amazing! I brag about you to people all of the time. I just watched a movie called “The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio” and I thought about you. The movie is a true story about a mother of 10 who supported her family by entering jingle contests in the 50’s and 60’s. Even though your contests are different, your persistence and success are the same. Congrats and have lots of fun!!!

  6. Sharm

    YEEHAW!!!!! I’m thrilled for you. And, having been the recipient of a few of your radio-prizes – I say YOU deserve it. Hooray!!!

  7. The Wooden Porch

    Wow! That’s sooooo cool! Have fun. 🙂

  8. Lisa Adams

    How aweseome is that!!!!! What a great time of year to get away (weather wise). I love it there. I wonder where you will be staying? Are you sure you want to take Ryan? 🙂

  9. Charri Brummer

    Paige, that is fantastic. Go have a good time and don’t think about anything else. Just know that you deserve some down time!

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