Mia had to fill out a questionnaire about some of her favorite things such as TV show (Wizards of Waverly Place), subject in school (art and math), hobbies (gymnastics, crafts, dress-up, and baking), and of course what she wanted to be when she grew up (artist). The only disagreement we had on this was on the hobby section, but after much explanation I convinced her that "glitter" was not a hobby.
A few days before the pageant they had practice. They each had to answer a question on stage and they got a list of those to practice. Then they learned how to walk, smile, and where to stand on stage. They also got their number. Mia was #23 out of 33 kindergarten and first graders. Over the next few days Jeremy and Jackson took the opportunity to drill Mia on the questions, which she just loved. Finally, she woke up this morning and it was "Pageant Day".
The pageant started at 1 p.m., so we had plenty of time to hear "is it time to leave for the pageant yet?". I did my best to "fix" Mia's hair, then Mia, Jackson and I left for the high school. We sent Jackson in to be our seat saver and Mia and I went backstage to get dressed and made up for pictures. She was so excited after she got her dress on that she couldn't sit still. All her little friends were there and we spent the next few minutes in a fog of giggles and hairspray. It was finally "show time" so all us moms kissed our girls and went to find our seats. Jeremy came with mom, dad, Parker, and Everett. Carley and her friend Caroline were there. Angela (aka Grandma), Aunt Kristen, and Kenzie also came, so we had a pretty big cheering section. I think Jeremy and I were more nervous than Mia!
We spent the next couple hours watching nervous little girls parade across the stage and answer their questions. Mia got the question, "What is your favorite movie", and she answered "Wizards of Waverly Place: the Movie". The big moment finally came . . . and went. Mia didn't place, but 2 of her good friends did and she was excited for them. I was afraid of the reaction I might see when I got backstage to pick her up, but she was still all smiles. I gave her flowers from her dad and me, Angela gave her roses and a teddy bear, mom gave her candy, and Kenzie had made her a very sweet card. We all told her she did such a great job. She had the time of her life and said she couldn't wait until next year.
After all was said and done, we got home and I asked her was she nervous when they were calling out the winners, and she said she was. I asked her was she sad she didn't win, to which she replied, "Not really. I got way more presents than Miss Trojan." As I sit writing this now, I can hear Mia with her dad and brothers laughing and playing video games upstairs. Any thoughts about crowns and titles are long gone. At least until next year!
Mia getting instructions at practice
Getting her number pinned on
Going out to answer her question
Our beauty queen