Pretty Julianna, Cotton Blossom 2011
Bella Backstage, Cotton Blossom Pageant
The Cotton Blossom Pageant is Coolidge's own version of "Toddlers and Tiaras". Ok not really, well, not exactly. You do dress up and wear a crown, and some moms DO make their kids participate. What, me? I didn't actually MAKE them. In my case, I told the director of the pageant that I was sorry, but Jules wouldn't do it this year because Bella couldn't. (The rule is, you have to be three to participate and Julianna assured me that she would be happy to participate when her sister could do it with her.) "What!? Shona (the director) said, "That girl doesn't know who she is messing with, Bella is going to be in the pageant..." :)
So, much do Julianna's dismay and her mom's happiness, both girls were in the Cotton Blossom pageant this year. As you can see from the photo above, Julianna is actually happier to be there than Bella is. Really when our girls walked across the stage hand in hand it was, in fact, adorable. They were both beautiful and their brothers (aunt and parents) cheered for them loudly. (There are no winners or losers in this pageant, not even a talent contest. You just dress up and introduce yourself.)
I guess if we're being honest with each other, this one little girl really has us all pegged. She got up there, said her name, stated her age and then proceeded to thank her parents for buying "this ridiculous dress." Out of the mouths of babes. She called us all out.... But it was lots of fun anyway!!