Wow! It's been 6 months since I've posted on my blog. There's been plenty I could share, and I hate that I didn't take the time to do it. There was Mere's performance at the Oyster Festival, Amelia's Pre-K trip to the strawberry patch, Si's baseball games, the girl's dance recital, Amelia's Pre-K graduation and more...much more.
I'm so glad summer is here. We can finally slow down and just enjoy doing whatever we feel like doing! Something I really want to work on is taking more time for myself. I think it's important for all of us moms to have "me" time - time to relax, recoup, and refocus! It will be easier this summer, but I'm going to have to really work at it in August!
The National American Miss (NAM) pageant was an awesome experience. I still consider myself a mom that "doesn't do pageants." Meredith and I were both out our element. We were busy for two days going to rehearsals and participating in some of the optional contests, as well as watching other contests. My mom joined us later Friday, and we watched the actress competition together. A few months before the pageant weekend, the girls who were going to participate in this competition were given a scripted list of commercials they could choose to perform. One that we wont forget any time soon is the Colgate commercial. More girls chose that than any other. Mere and I can recite it word for word! (My mom is always nagging me - do your chores, take out the trash, brush your teeth...blah, blah, blah.)
We met a lot of nice people, and I enjoyed watching Meredith make new friends. Andy and Amelia joined us Friday night. I wasn't sure how Amelia would react. I kind of expected her to be mad because she wasn't in the pageant, but she wasn't. She was so proud of her big sister! It made my heart smile :-)
Saturday wasn't quite as busy as Friday. The interview portion took place that morning. They rehearsed the dance that they were going to perform at the finale. They brought all 53 contestants back on stage while they announced the winners of each competition. I didn't care if Meredith won anything. I was just so proud of her for everything she'd done. She has a problem with anxiety sometimes, and her getting on that big stage in front of judges and everyone else and giving her personal introduction was a major accomplishment. Of course, Meredith was upset that she didn't place in the actual pageant, and I had to explain to her that getting 4th runner up in the Top Model competition was awesome. I know, in her eyes, it didn't compare to that big crown, but when I asked her if she wanted to do it again next year, she said, "Probably!"