So it is now official. I am no longer Mrs. Utah. I am very excited about who will be taking my place. This is Karmel Larsen and she is absolutely amazing. Her platform is on "Declaring Decency" and will be a huge blessing to the people of Utah. I have been nothing but impressed with her through her experience in this pageant and I know she will do a phenomenol job.
I have the cutest mother-in-law. I really love her. She has helped us all year with babysitting and always gives encouragement to us. We are so blessed to have her.
My sisters are my best friends. I am so lucky!
I have the most wonderful mom. She has been so amazingly supportive all year, including babysitting the boys A LOT! I have been really blessed to get great parents
My wonderful sister Michelle drove all of the way from Logan to be at the pageant to support me. She is so wonderful.
Josh and his Mom. We love her so much!
This huge picture of me was hanging in the Covey Center window. It was definitely a strange feeling to see it.
Those wonderful people who came to support me.
My best friend.
When this was over the boys were so done (as were those chasing them around), but they did stop and take this cute picture before they started crying again :)
I am definitely not a "pretty" laugher. This is what I did through the entire production. The man that I emceed with is named Jonny Revill. He is possible the funniest person I have ever met. I just laughed and laughed the whole time. At one point I spit on him I was laughing so hard...ya not pretty.
It was so much fun to be an emcee. I was so nervous, but as soon as we came out the curtain just enjoyed it. It was a wonderful way for me to end.
My final walk. I was so emotional. There is definitely a feeling of loss. I would not want to prolong my year, but the feeling of "it's over" was very strong. The audience gave me a standing ovation which made the experience one I will never forget.
I don't know if they were more excited to come give me a hug, or to finally get to run up on the stage. Either way they were adorable!
It was so much fun to have my family there. The boys didn't get to come last year. My sweet family all pitched in and helped with them during the production (of three hours!). It meant a lot to me to have them there, thanks everyone!
Josh is the most wonderful husband ever.
It was so fun to have my Dad there. Last year I thought there was no way in the world that I would win so I asked him to watch the boys instead of coming. I felt so bad that I had done that when I won. I loved having him here tonight.