Addie's Major Award

Of course it wasn’t that major of an award, but like the Leg Lamp, it was certainly major in the sense that this was the first time her name was called, she was applauded and received accolades for something fantastic she did. The something fantastic was a coloring page for our County here in Indiana. The American Legion sponsored a coloring/essay contest at all of the county elementary schools and Addie’s patriotic coloring job earned her first place of all the first graders.

It may seem so silly to anyone else, but I’m so proud of her and I’m so happy that she got to feel that little thrill of winning something.

Coloring contests in school are nothing new, they seem to happen all the time, but this is the first time she’s actually won something from it. The American Legion held a little reception where all the winners read their essays and the coloring winners accepted certificates and a little surprise. I wasn’t going to bring my camera since I didn’t know what to expect but I’m SO GLAD I DID. Here’s why:

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  • Waiting 1 of 6
    Waiting
    Addie wasn't sure what was going to happen, none of us did. She was scared she was going to have to give an acceptance speech or essay.
  • Nervous 2 of 6
    Nervous
    Aside from the coloring contest, there was a essay contest for older kids, Addie was just sure they were going to make her read something.
  • Her name is called 3 of 6
    Her name is called
    When they called her name she marched up there like it was her job. The louder the applause got, the more serious she took her walk.
  • Pride 4 of 6
    Pride
    LOOK AT THAT SMILE. This. THIS is why I bring my camera everywhere I go these days. I could have never gotten that face as well with a camera phone or point and shoot.
  • Proud smile 5 of 6
    Proud smile
    Zoomed in. The tendons on her neck are flaring from her smiling so hard. I know fake smiles with my kid and this? This is no fake smile.
  • Her award 6 of 6
    Her award
    She got a very fancy certificate and four gold dollar coins. She of course wanted to go straight to the store and get whatever $4 in coins could get her on the Barbie aisle but we convinced her to wait and celebrated with slushees instead.

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