Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mrs. Texas 2014

c. Larry Wright
















30+ married women descended on Corsicana, Texas Easter weekend to compete in the Mrs. Texas America pageant.  About a month ago, I actually considered pulling out of the pageant.  I wasn't able to prepare like I had in year's past - health issues and an unbelievably crowded schedule made it difficult to spend time in the gym.  But after some inspirational motivation from Ryan, I showed up ten pounds heavier than usual ready to compete.  And have fun of course, because that's what we do at Mrs. Texas.  Good thing I made the trip - I secured a top-five finish and was there to watch and experience my pageant bestie Whitney Beseda (Mrs. Arlington) take home the crown.

Our girls' weekend started early Thursday afternoon with swimsuit and opening number photos and the must-have group shot above.  We then sat down for orientation - all of the contestants introduce themselves and we get a rundown of the weekend.  Following a quick rehearsal, we got our contestant gifts.  My favorite - the tiara cookie cutter of course!

c. Larry Wright
















Some new friends and old packed into a couple cars and went to the new Applebee's in Corsicana - we had to take a selfie and a pic to memorialize the fun.  The best part was watching beauty pageant contestants trying to order meals - more vegetables, no cheese, water, no cocktails. The struggle was real.


















After dinner, we had to take advantage of the gorgeous Texas state flower blue bonnets - this is one of my favorite pics from the weekend.














Friday morning, we made our way over to the theater for rehearsal.  Whitney and I raced over so we could mark our territory in the dressing room.  We were the first contestants there (always on time).  Then the work began - we practiced bathing suit and evening gown before breaking for lunch.  

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright
































I was the designated leader for Group 4.  I must say - I had the best group ever!  The ladies paid attention and rarely made mistakes.  It made my "job" easy.

Group Four! c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright












































After lunch, it was time to rehearse our opening number! The opening number is always fun - we never know what our choreographer Edrienne is going to come up with, but it's always adorable.  And she didn't disappoint this year.  When she pulled out pom-poms, me and a couple of other girls squealed with excitement and offered up our cheerleading skills.  There were plenty of shenanigans that went down that afternoon.

c. Larry Wright
















This happened...
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After rehearsal, we got all dressed up for our cocktail reception at the Corsicana Country Club.  After dinner, I had to rush back to the hotel to figure out what evening gown I was going to wear in the competition the following day.  You read that right - the night before the pageant, I wasn't sure what I was going to wear.  It just goes that way sometimes.

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright



























































Saturday was competition day.  We woke up early for last minute rehearsals then raced back to the hotel to get ready for interviews.  The morning-of rehearsal is always stressful - the adrenaline is starting to flow and everyone is beginning to get a little anxious.  But how serious can one be with rollers in her hair playing with pom-poms?

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright














































Then it was time.  The competition was fierce this year - a lot of young, new girls who nailed it on stage.  But I rocked my curves - and barely squeezed into the dress I borrowed again from Whitney.  I'll spare you my bathing suit pic this year.

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright



























































And at the end of the night, I was thrilled to take home the fourth runner-up award.

c. Larry Wright























But hands down, the happiest moment of the night was watching Whitney win the crown.  This was her year.  She won the interview, swimsuit and evening gown awards.  Some would call that a sweep.  No doubt our friend Rich Robertson who passed away last year was looking down on Whitney smiling.  But this moment... I'm so glad Larry Wright was able to capture this moment on stage.  With tears flowing, I had to give my girl a big ol' hug.


























There is no doubt in my mind this girl will bring home the Mrs. America crown in August.

Another highlight from the night - Will and Bryn came to see the pageant for the first time.  They loved it.  Bryn was so excited to see mommy on the stage.
























It was a great night and I'm so glad I chose to compete.  Crazy thing is now I'm pumped about next year - maybe lucky number seven will be the year I win.

c. Larry Wright

c. Larry Wright



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