My daughter is 8... going on 16 and we have quite a few talks that I leave the room thinking where in the world did she come from??!!?? Since I am competing again I have noticed her little comments concerning me in a bikini, etc.... I get it, it's weird, maybe even a little bit embarrassing for her but I feel like maybe she doesn't fully understand what it is I am doing. So a couple of weeks ago I sat her down after she had made a few snotty comments to me about competing and had a chat with her. I explained to her that me competing is in no way something I do to be inappropriate or immodest. I don't do it so that I can prance around in the tiniest bikini (gah!!!) I can find and get hooted and hollered at. My friends and family will tell you that I despise wearing bathing suits on any other given day. I explained to her that for me competing is a sport, a hobby. I set a goal, and I work REALLY hard to achieve it. I told her that she should be proud of me for working so hard, not embarrassed. I had her sit down and look at some pictures from past competitions with me. I explained to her what the judges are looking at, what they are looking for and what I work so hard for. I think it helped because last week when my friends were over for dinner I was saying something like "Oh, don't listen to me I'm just a mom" to my son when she piped in and said very proudly "you're not JUST a mom, you're a bikini model!". LOL!
My suit is finished, and I am SO pleased with it. I think it is absolutely stunning! I spent Saturday working on it with my sister. I finally sent in my registration papers... which means I am officially stepping on stage Oct 13th! Eeeeks! I never feel like it is really real until I mail the registration papers in. I will post pictures of my suit this week! Love this part of it, getting close to peak week! Whoop!