11:44 AM, Friday, November 17th, 2023:
Goodness - 11 days since the last entry? I've really been working hard on Cam's room. Whew.
Anyway - award ceremony night... Highlight video and then all the deets to follow...
So unlike last year when she placed 2nd, this was an all-out best of show moment. Considering how loosely others followed the "theme" I guess I shouldn't have been so worried about Vienna doing the same. This video now goes onto some competition for all of Burbank and who knows what happens there.
Of course the highlight of the night for me and Talya was watching Vienna just be Vienna. How she dresses, how she acts around friends... she's just... her. The cartoon is just... her. That's what makes me beam the most. I wholeheartedly believe that the key to happiness is just embracing YOU. It's absolutely NOT a key for success... but it grounds you and helps you keep going. It also makes the hair on your arms stand up when you're in a situation where you're not being you. So the fact that Talya and I have provided a situation where Vienna can embrace her quirkiness to this level just feels like a big ol' win.

Hearing the little kids in the crowd laugh at the word "poo" was pretty special. Vienna immediately said: "It feels good to make people laugh. I want to do that now." It really is a magic feeling. Connection in general with an audience is just magic. And to do it with such a bizarre video? Just a random thought? Vienna really has the pieces to put a really creative journey through life together. I can't wait to see what happens next...