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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Cinderella State Pageant 2018: Grand Finals

Hey, Hey Tuesday!
Last week I shared the first couple of days & events from the Tennessee State Cinderella Pageant, but life happened! Today, I'm sharing all about Grand Finals, and y'all this was such a bittersweet day for my little princess. She was such a big girl all weekend, and she was such a great Tot throughout the year. And even though we had talked and prepared as much as possible for her little 5-year old self, she was just not ready to give up her title.

Let's get right into her last day as Tennessee's Overall Tot!

Our Sunday started super early at the Country Tonite Theatre for the baby's pageant crowning!
We have some of the best memories here!
And even though it was her last day as the Tennessee Tot, she looked beautiful!
The Fab 5 for the last time together on stage!

All the magic happens backstage, I swear! 
It was so magical being behind the scenes this year!
Mr. Gage, who y'all know is one of our favorites!
The Fairy Godmother herself, Ms. Joy!
Our favorite fellas showed up to cheer their girl on too!

Getting ready to cheer our newest favorite, Katie Carson, on as she performed her Ariel/Ursula song!
Be amazed by all that talent in that little girl!
Hanging with Lexie, forever known as the Sugar Plum Fairy to Nataleigh!
A little Rock, Paper, Scissors with Malea while cheering on her Cindy Sisters!
And then Team Hensley waited backstage to join Nataleigh for her last walk!
She boo-hooed big time while she was listening to her farewell speech & taking her final walk! It was such a moment of pride for Joe & me. Seeing our little girl up on stage with so much grace & poise was something we'll cherish forever!
It was the end of such a magical year, and it was time for her to crown the new Tot!
Big Congrats to Raychel, Tennessee's Overall Tot 2018-2019!
I think we were all sad, though, that it was over!
Thankful for silly faces with our best friends to cheer my little buttercup up!

And there wasn't a shortage of hugs for Nataleigh!
 sweet Katie!
 precious Bella Rose
And of course our sister, Malea!
 Tennessee & North Carolina girls receiving their scholarships together!
And then Nataleigh handed Raychel her new crown box, and she may or may not have just woken up from a little cat nap!

After all the awards were handed out, we gathered our stuff up, and Nataleigh took her crown off for the last time!

 One more picture with Mr. Gage!
 And a sweet hug & kiss for Rissa!
It was her birthday on Grand Finals day too, and we just loved our year with her so much!
And she left the Country Tonite Theatre, as just Nataleigh Hope!

What a year!
I could never put into words every memory, kind word, and piece of advice we've received this year, and even if I tried, I couldn't do our year justice! It was magical, & it was a learning year on levels beyond the pageant world.

This year couldn't have been possible without our friends & family for the loads of support, love, and prayers! We felt the love all year, and it kept us motivated to keep on keeping on! Also this year was made beyond magical thanks to Ms. Jill, Ms. Joy, and every single one of our Cindy mommies! They showed us newbies so much love & guidance, and we're forever thankful! We had the best Cindy sisters imaginable, and they each made this year what it was! 

This wraps up our magical year, and y'all, it was so magical! 

Thanks for jumping on the crazy train that was this year with us. Your support and encouragement as we shared all our fun was so appreciated! 

With so much love, Nataleigh & our family have hearts so full!!


Monday, June 18, 2018

Weekend Wrap-Up {Father's Day Weekend}

Happy Monday, y'all!
I'm later than normal getting this post out, but it's out, right!
(That's all that counts!)

We had a fun-filled, busy, exciting weekend, and tomorrow I'll be back finishing up the Cinderella State posts!
Until then, though let's start recapping this weekend!


Friday we woke up with no plans, so we made plans to go sit poolside for a few hours with our besties..
Well, of course it couldn't be that easy right?!
While on the interstate a semi-trucks tire started to blow next to me, and a large piece of the rubber nailed my tire...totally deflating it! With loads of help from my grandfather, Joe was working out of town, I changed my first flat tire!
 We did end up making it poolside for a couple of hours, and it was so needed because it was soooo hot here!

 And of course we broke out our new favorite bow, the mermaid scales bow!
The best part of having so many bows is that we can share with our besties!! Ally was rocking the mermaid bow from One Stop Bow Shop!

After we swam for a while, we hurried to get ready for a birthday party for another one of Nataleigh's best friends, Audrey!

Pinatas and silly faces make for a super fun night!
All that swimming & partying really hit the two little ones! We all crashed pretty hard Friday night!


While these two tended to the spraying the weeds & other farm business (cutest farmers I know), Nataleigh & I headed to a baby shower!
But first we tried the new strawberry infused green tea from Starbucks, and it just wasn't our jam!
Two of our team's coaches are both due within a week of each other, so Saturday we got to shower Coach Cook & baby Leah. And we just had the sweetest time!

For dinner, we headed to a local campground to visit a couple of our Cinderella family members, and it was a BLAST! The kiddos played & caught lightning bugs ALL night, while we sat around joking and catching up! Those night when you don't even get your phones out are the best!!


We woke up and headed to the church we've been visiting, and I must say that we are all loving life at Grace Meadows. I plan on sharing just why we love this little church we've found more after we visit a little more, but right now, we are all happy that God has lead us here!
We then headed to my grandparent's house for a little Low-Country boil, and typically it had it's fair share of the dramatics. All-in-all it was a pretty low-key relaxing day spent together, and it was just what we needed!
Josie Girl even got to ride shot-gun with us to the farm!

We wrapped our weekend up watching Money In The Bank together, even though some of us maybe napped during a couple of the matches!

Well that's our weekend! What fun did y'all find?