Last night was the Morrison Ruritan's Little Miss Valentine Pageant. There were 29 little beauties and one of them was mine. Our little princess is now the 2008 Little Miss Valentine.
Arden has never been in a real pageant in her life. She has always said that they weren't for her and had no interest in them. But in the fall she and Andy Sliger were voted King and Queen by their Kindergarten class and I think this got her courage up a bit. So when the applications went out for this pageant, she insisted that she wanted to do it. I wasn't totally thrilled about it, but had decided that if she wanted to do it, then I wouldn't stop her.
Pageants have always made me nervous; even if I knew NO ONE in them. So I thought I would be a wreck before last night even got here. But much to my surprise, I held it together. Arden wasn't nervous at all and I think that helped me stay calm. I tried my best to make light of the whole thing and prepared her to go home empty handed. Each girl in the pageant received a goodie bag and a trophy, no matter what, so she wasn't concerned with winning, because in her eyes, everyone was a winner.
She did beautifully and was completely thrilled with just being in the top ten. Then when they began announcing the top 4, Mike and I got nervous...I mean really nervous!! And when they said contestant number 10, we almost passed out. WE COULDN'T BELIEVE IT!!! We are so proud of her and all of the little girls. It takes alot of courage to get up on a stage without your mommy and "perform". Congrats to all of the winners; you are beautiful!!!!
Here are a few pix from last night:
Arden and "her man" Andy
Arden and "The One and Only" ConMan
With her best friend Caylie
At home in her pj's