First: No, Miss America is NOT Miss USA, aka Trump’s pageant. Just getting that out of the way! 🙂
Second: Yes, I did have to google that cause I know NOTHING about the pageant world.
…correction, I KNEW nothing…until now!!
How I get to have a friend like Carolyn, I don’t know. But she was selected to be a preliminary judge for Miss America this year. That means she spends all week in Atlantic City judging. Then the celebrities come in on Sat night and do the judging for the show. But after having seen how this works, the prelim judges really do all the work and the celebrities get all the glory! Story of life!
Carolyn asked me to be her “plus one”…and I looked at Brian, who obviously knew this meant he would be on his own for a few days wrangling kids, but even then still said, “You have to!” So while he was working hard doing his normal job, plus getting 3 kids around to soccer practices, sometimes overlapping practices at different fields, and the likes, I was flying to Atlantic City, FIRST CLASS!
I told Brian I’m never flying coach again. Leg room for days, free drinks (I ordered a vodka soda cause everyone else was…yes, I’m a follower) and not just peanuts, mixed roasted nuts!
But that’s not even it! Lunch! All on real plates and silverware!
And cookies afterwards. It really was all it’s hyped to be.
I detoured through Baltimore to see my college roommate Missy! She’s one of my favorite people in this world, and 24 hours with her was good for my soul. But obviously not for my camera cause we didn’t take ONE picture. Boo. 🙁
A little Miss American info for you: There are 3 evenings of Preliminary Competition. These are also held in Boardwalk Hall (where Sunday night’s competition is held). Each night, 1/3 of the girls do talent, 1/3 question and 1/3 bathing suit and evening gown. The prelim judges are giving them ratings and narrowing it down to 14. Along the way, girls are winning scholarships. They are ultimately competing for $50,000 in scholarships if they win. We were so impressed with the girls. They are between 17 and 24 and I was no where as put together and articulate at that age.
Here’s the judges seating.
We met Miss Teen America Thursday night. She was a doll!
This dress was so Elsa!
Carolyn’s college friend Lindsay came in to join us! I have heard about her for 15 years, so meeting her was well over due! She’s adorable and fun and I love her!
Lindsay and I are twinkies! This was up on the stage after the prelims on Friday.
Saturday, the prelims were done, and there’s a “Shoe Parade”- the girls all make a pair of elaborate shoes representing their state and ride in cars with their legs up showing off these shoes.
Here’s Miss America 2017 starting off the parade. Her name is Savy! How cute this that?
Here she is again. So about 2 seconds before the camera takes the picture, it hit both Lindsay and I that we are taking a picture with MISS AMERICA. So you feel awkward cause you know this maybe wasn’t the best idea cause you are gonna look dowdy no matter what! 🙂
We watched the parade from that balcony. Yes, like royalty. Yes, it was awesome!
So, Miss Baltimore had cherry blossoms…
Miss Illinois went with Cubs…
Miss Texas. Well, she didn’t win any points from me, so it’s a good thing the prelims were over. And also I had zero say, so there’s that too! 🙂
We called ourselves Carolyn’s “entourage”
This is up on our royalty balcony. It was like a party up there while we watched a parade, so definitely one of my favorite parts!
We explored Atlantic City just a little. It has a great beach!
And the best statue idea ever!!
Our meals were crazy yummy! And I’m not just saying that cause I didn’t make them!
We also had room service all week (which prior to this I had only done once before when Carolyn sent it to us in Chicago so the kids could experience it! Yes, she is the best all around!). We all missed room service the most when we got home!
My guilty pleasure is The Bachelor. (I haven’t watched in a while, but let’s just say if you want to talk Bachelor, I can hold my own!) And I LOVE Chris Harrison. He makes me laugh and he’s so good on his feet. My one goal in life (aka, on this trip) was to get a picture with him. I missed my first chance cause Lindsay and I had left back stage decided to go watch the press conference from the press seats! Ugh! (yes, he did make a comment about his seat being right in front of the roses!)
But we caught him back stage after his red carpet on Sunday!!
So yes, Sunday! We got our hair and makeup done and hit the cocktail pre-party. Also we “borrowed” the crown in the centerpiece…
Red carpet lighting is amazing!
The Sunday show was fascinating cause it was live. I’ve only been to live football games 🙂 so experiencing this was really amazing. The detail and logistics that go into planning and executing was overwhelming. The camera man would film, then he would bust it over to the shadows for 15 seconds so he was out of the next shot, then run again back to a spot to film again. Watching all that behind the scenes was my favorite!
Then I got to come home to this:
And I couldn’t resist drawing this on the kids napkins on Tuesday! 🙂