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"The beautiful are never desolate; But Someone always loves them-God or Man, If Man abandons, God Himself takes them."- Phillip James Bailey

My Mommala and I hit up the Miss Moses Lake Pageant for some good old fashioned Mother/ Daughter bonding time this weekend. Pageants of all kinds have been something my Mom and I have always enjoyed watching and discussing. My Mother not only ran for Miss Moses Lake herself when she was a senior in High School (1971), but has helped out on occasion not only with Miss Moses Lake, but the Miss Moses lake Round-up Rodeo Queen competition as well. I like to think she has a pretty good eye for what it takes to be a winner. In fact that's what I love about doing this stuff with her because we like to sit back and critique like we're the ones judging. Sometimes she'll look at me and give me that "Yikes" face and I'll be like I know I know, or other times she'll whisper under her breath, "Well she just took that" and I'll be like I Know I Know! I love it! Pageant time with Mom is my favorite time!
Beauty Pageants have lost their savor with the American Public over the years, I remember when they used to air Miss America on NBC and CBS, but just recently they made it into a reality show on CMT to try to boost ratings, but before that I don't think you could even find it on regular cable.
So back in the day when Beauty Pageants where still fairly hip my Mother gave a go at our local pageant. Here are some of the photos from that. . . . . .
My Mother be-dazzled her own frock! Set each rhinestone herself. . . by hand! Oh and another little beauty secret. . . she washed her hair with beer to make it extra shiny, I'd say it worked!

In preparation for the event my Mother got up at the crack of dawn every morning and ran with my Dad's wrestling team, ate a steady diet of plain Yogurt and Bananas. But the night of the show, back when they use to read the girls measurements when they walked out on stage in their swimsuits, my Mother measured to be an exact 36' 24' 36'. . . . how about that huh? Coming from someone who hasn't had a 24' waist since she was 4, I thought that was pretty impressive!

For my Mother's Talent she did a dramatic reading, she claims it didn't go over well! I'm sure it wasn't that bad, but you know what else do you do if you aren't musical inclined or a dancer?

Eventually my Mother was asked to step in as 2nd runner up when one girl could not fulfill her duties, but I know my Mother really did learn a lot from her experience, because she's been giving me lectures on Posture and how to carry myself for a while now!

This is us at Shari's after the pageant, all in all it was a super fun night and I'm glad Mommala and I got a chance to share some moments! I Love you Mom!

Side note: I would just like to say Congrat's to Kendall Earl and Breanne Haddican I thought you two where fantastic and it was a toss up in my head between you two (Breanne won the Outstanding Pre-Teen title and Kendall was 1st runner up) But I was a little saddened by the fact that they had two titles (Miss Columbia Basin and Miss Moses Lake) and not a one went to Courtney Earl! She was the best, My Mother and I both thought she had it in the bag, oh well 1 st runner up's better then nothing, but she's the real winner if you ask me!
Peace Out!


Piper said...

Woo Woo Mamma! I love the runway border! That needs to be recreated!

Kimmy said...

I would've loved to see the pageant this weekend. Glad you had fun with your momma!

Susan said...

Emily! Your mamma was a babe! And I so agree with your assessment of the pageant itself. Yikes!

krystind said...

So who won???

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Your mom looks amazing! After checking my fridge for the presence of enough bananas and yogurt to sustain my attempt at the recovery of my 24" waist, I opted instead for a Hershey's with almonds and fond memories. I'm glad the two of you had fun!

Kacey Nielsen said...

Your mom looked awesome! Those are some killer pictures. It was great to see you! We really thought Courtney had it too since the new MML has pretty much the least amount of talent I have ever seen... not to sound bitter or anything :)

Stacie said...

Awwww - I didn't know your mom did Miss Moses Lake, too! Mine did it in 1972. Guess the West brothers knew how to pick 'em. ;)

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