It's time to share another adventure with you, friends. I'm sure you're thinking, "What could they have possibly gotten into this time?!" That would be an acceptable response. HeeHee. I am confident that my choices may present some controversy to my fellow readers, but that's ok! Bring it on! :)
My girls have asked for awhile now to do a beauty pageant. Nothing glitzy or over the top, just a natural pageant. I admit, I have done a few in my day. I never even made the top ten when I was a kid. I don't think I even enjoyed them back then. But, when I was 13 I decided I wanted to give it another try. Much to my surprise, I was crowned the 1989 Miss Jefferson County Fair.....
Ok, you can stop laughing now!
I did it again a year or two later and failed miserably, for the record. LOL. In high school I participated in Junior Miss and got 2nd runner up & a congeniality award. It was less of a beauty pageant and more of a scholarship, talent, physical fitness, grades, combo deal. I will say that it was one of the more memorable experiences of my high school days. I truly enjoyed it. Several years later I helped choreograph the program and eventually directed the Knox County program.
I tell you all this to say that I do have some knowledge of how these things work. This was not an uninformed, uneducated decision. I weighed the pros and the cons.... And this jury voted in favor of the pageant!
So, we took off Saturday to our first pageant adventure, the Miss St. Patrick's Day Pageant. Maddie was not thrilled about it, but said she wanted to do it because her sister was. I quickly realized that this may not be the avenue for her, at least not right now. She totally reversed roles and played the bashful one - completely out of character for her. She looked absolutely beautiful in her outfits though. She ended up winning Most Beautiful Smile and 2nd Alternate.
Now, Audrey took me by surprise. Those of you that know Audrey understand her introverted personality. She is incredibly shy and isn't much of a talker. I saw a whole new side to my child this weekend! She was completely in her element. She modeled for the judges and the photographer beautifully! She was having so much fun. On the down times, she asked to go talk to her new friends. This is HUGE, people! She got 2nd Alternate in her division, too (it runs in the family). Sure, she was disappointed she didn't win, but she bounced back very quickly saying she was ready to do it again. I have never seen her so excited to do something. Ever. So, as long as she is having fun and building confidence, I will continue to encourage her and do everything I can to help her succeed in reaching her goals.
Haters, don't be hatin'. I know you wish you had tiara, too. Go on down to Claire's and buy yourself one. ;).
- Welcome to my little spot on the web. My name is Kim. I'm a mom of 2 precious girls - Audrey, 11 & Maddie, 8 1/2. I'm married to a fantastic man who I often refer to as "my walking encyclopedia". I love musical theater, singing, crafts with my kiddos, games, and colorguard. This blog is my outlet to share my journey through life. Hope you enjoy the ride with me! Please feel free to FOLLOW ME on this journey! =)
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