More videos from the trip! (Friday)

Check out Hannah’s navigational skills. Dad still doesn’t trust tomtom.

In this video we’ve just arrived at my uncle’s house in Oak Park. Watch my face, then watch my dad’s. It’s ridiculous. And HILARIOUS.

This is us getting all our application materials printed off and assembled for the race auditions!

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Brief Update

Ok, so it’s been a long day, so I’m going to be brief.

We didn’t get to try out. Since it was inside the actual casino, security refused to let us step on the carpet. We talked to one of the head guys at the casino and he said there was no way I could enter the room where the casting was because you had to go through the casino to get there. Also, there’s some kind of law that says no one under 21 can step foot in the place or they get fined $100,000.

So, bummer.

But, it’s ok, we had a great time planning this campaign, learned a lot, made a ton of great contacts, and new friends as a result, and are just happy we gave it a shot and actually went for it.

I mean, I said from the beginning that this was the craziest thing I’d ever done, and I definitely stick by that statement. But man, it’s been so fun and so exciting, an adventure all on its own. And what’s life without a little craziness and spontaneity once in a while?

So, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to everyone who helped us out with the campaign and supported us through it all! It’s been a real pleasure and we truly appreciate all the love and support.

And now, we get to spend the weekend in my favorite city! We already went to Millennium Park today, and Lake Michigan, and even went to a White Sox game! It’s been a blast, and we’re looking forward to the rest of the weekend with family!

Let me know if you have any suggestions for what we should do tomorrow! Thanks again guys. We couldn’t have done any of this without, and we’ve loved every minute of it.

Thanks for going on this adventure with us!

These videos cheered us up :)

Thanks Kristin and Kalyn! Your videos rock! You guys rock!

Thanks for making us smile. I love it.

It’s 3:38 a.m. and we’re worn out

Surprisingly, the Harrah’s in Joliet, Illinois (just outside Chicago it turns out) has free wi-fi 🙂

So, we’re coming to you live this morning. Hannah’s pretty wiped. Joel wussed out and slept in the van. Dad and I are sitting on the floor twiddling our thumbs. Ha ha.

We were the fourth group to get here. It’s so funny, this one guy has totally taken charge and made a sign in sheet for when a ton of people get here so that there’s not a mad rush to get to the front of the line. Clever. Seems to be working. People are going along with it. Everyone here is really chummy, but we haven’t really socialized much. (Well, Dad has, but he always makes new friends when we go places-poor guy, he’s such a trooper)

We’ve spent most of our time filling out our applications and figuring out what we’re going to say in our two minute audition. We’ve come up w/ a top 10 list of reasons why CBS should put us on the race. But I won’t share those now. Gotta save something for later.

The line doesn’t officially form until 6 a.m. and they don’t let us in the audition waiting area until 8 a.m. Actual auditions start at 10 a.m.

I’m not gonna lie, I’m getting a little worried they’re going to take one look at my birthday and tell us to peace out…

which is a very real possibility. And we knew that. I know that. But I just hope against hope that we at least get a shot at it. Oh! We might be lining up! Gotta go!!!!

ATTENTION! ONE LAST TIME! Everyone @reply @cbs2chicago Fri b/w 8am-2pm!

You guys did so great on Wednesday @replying @cbs2chicago making our case for The Amazing Race! But we need your help one more time! Tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. we need you to tweet it out like crazy one more time for us! And tell all your friends to retweet (RT) it also!

Y’all are the best fans EVER!

Thanks guys! Watch the video for more details.

Sample Tweets: (If you do your own, just be sure to include the hash tag #hg-race)

STORY IDEA-@cbs2chicago-While covering TAR15 auditions, talk to @gracekelso & @hboshart! Their story: http://bit.ly/QlqC2 #hg-race

Hey @cbs2chicago! Check out Hannah & Grace’s case to be on The Amazing Race! Find them at Harrah’s Joliet today-http://bit.ly/QlqC2 #hg-race

I’ve got a story for you @cbs2chicago-2 TX cousins auditioning for TAR15 today! Talk to @gracekelso & @hboshart-http://bit.ly/QlqC2 #hg-race

BREAKING NEWS @cbs2chicago-Cousins & PR guru’s audition for TAR15 today! They’ve got a story to tell! http://bit.ly/QlqC2 #hg-race

@cbs2chicago-Tell @PhilKeoghan and @cbsnews to put @hboshart & @gracekelso on TAR15! They’d make for great TV! http://bit.ly/QlqC2 #hg-race

And finally, here’s a video of Hannah and I together again 🙂

On the road! (Thursday videos)

Hannah is a morning person. Grace is not.

Hannah is amused. Grace is not.

Hannah and Joel want to see the Arch. Grace does not.

Joel trusts the tomtom. Dad does not.

AND….We’re OFF! (Wednesday night videos)

Joel is ready to go, but Hannah and I are not. Joel yells at us to hurry. (We didn’t actually leave until 12:16 a.m.)

In the car, leaving Hannah’s apartment with our awesome fans/friends Christa, John & Chris!