Saturday, May 25, 2013

Tiny dancer

Our petite ballerina had a dance recital on Friday. It was adorable and she did a great job. As recitals go, it was pretty simple; the children showed us what they have learned since class resumed in January, after the Christmas holidays. The GB attends a pre-ballet class, which is really a fundamentals-of-dance kind of class. I have no dance training whatsoever, but I would have enjoyed it as a child. I offered her the opportunity because she has been dancing since she learned to stand. So far, she is doing well, and more importantly, she's having a lot of fun.

The dance school is wonderful; family-owned and in business since the 1940's, this studio offers classes for ages three through adulthood. All year, there has been a ballet class for adults in one of the other practice studios at the same time as the GB's class, and the women in that class have performed for the little ones and vice versa at the recitals. The little ones watch in fascination, as do the parents; these ladies are really good dancers. The little girls (and boy) in the GB's class are good too.

They normally wear blue leotards (with their initials embroidered onto the right shoulder area) with pink tights and some will also wear a ballet skirt (we don't have one). They did part of their show in just the leotards, then they put on these yellow tutus for a dance where they pretended to be ducklings (the little boy wore a snazzy gold-sequined tunic over his usual t-shirt and tights). The GB is still working on her attention-span in class and sometimes does things that aren't part of the routine, but she's improving a lot. I have already signed her up for next year; we're done now for the summer and she'll go back in August, around the time school starts again. I know she's looking forward to it.


Today is our eleventh wedding anniversary! We also became engaged 12 years ago today. As I've mentioned, May is an important month in our history together. I love that we start the month, on the first, with the anniversary of our meeting, and end it with our wedding anniversary. We are planning to have dinner out tonight, without the kids. The Bear's parents arrived from New Zealand earlier in the week and they will be staying with the small Bears. They're bringing pizza for the four of them to eat and they'll get them into bed afterward. We're really excited for our evening together. I'm just crazy about this guy; I've been in love with him since I was 20 years old, darn near half my life.

I'll leave with you a music video. We consider this to be "our" song. It was popular when we met and it's still one of our favorite songs. The lyrics are uncannily similar to what we were feeling like when we met and had to be separated a week later, only seeing each other once a month or so for the next two years. It was hard, but it was worth it.

Go on and close the curtains
Cause all we need is candle light
You and me and a bottle of wine
Going to hold you tonight
Well we know I'm going away
And how I wish, I wish it weren't so
So take this wine and drink with me
Let's delay our misery

Save tonight
And fight the break of dawn
Come tomorrow
Tomorrow I'll be gone...


  1. Oh I remember dance! I loved it. I went in at a very small age. I quit when I was about 9. The recitals were always great. How many different classes were in the GB's recital? I love their outfits. We always had a theme for our recitals so we were always dressed for a new theme. One recital's theme was Grease. My dance class had the song "summer lovin" and so we dressed in white leotards and poodle skirts. Skirts that had poodle's stitched on

  2. Hi There, She is beautiful!!!And I love her facial expressions!!! Have a super weekend!!!

  3. Simply adorable little dancer! There's nothing sweeter than children in tutus! :-) *H*A*P*P*Y* * *A*N*N*I*V*E*R*S*A*R*Y*!*!* have a great date night! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  4. What a beautiful little dancer! I can remember the days of recitals and tutu's! Thank you for visiting my blog, I am now following you :)

  5. Oh! I love your posts. We have a picture called Au Revoir by Sheila Rock in our home because we lived a long way away from each other when we first fell in love. Happy,happy Anniversary and I just think that little ballerina is adorable

  6. I absolutely love that song!!! And we share our wedding anniversary on the day that we met too, but April is our special month. :) And your little dancer is beautiful, I really hope my little girl takes to dancing as much as yours. She had her second lesson today, so far so good. Have a wonderful time tonight, I am sure you will. The bears will be having fun at home. xx

  7. Oh how cute she is and remember when my daughter did ballet, she is now 35 good grief where does the time go lol. Happy anniversary Jennifer and hubby!! Always love visiting here ☺

  8. She's a cutie :) Have a great evening out and enjoy your anniversary.

  9. Beautiful tiny dancer ! Happy Anniversary !!

  10. I love the dance photos..there is something so special about having a tiny dancer. Wishing you so much joy on your anniversary!

  11. I hope you had a great evening with your hubby!

  12. Happy anniversary! I hope you had a wonderful evening out. Your daughter is adorable in her ballet outfit. You are so lucky to have found such a nice dance studio.

  13. Your wee girl looks like she is really enjoying ballet, so cute. Hope you have a lovely anniversary.
    M x

  14. What a cutie! SO adorable :) Happy Anniversary! I hope you had a lovely evening! Love that song x

  15. Oh my, she is far far far far far too adorable!!! Happy anniversary, hope it wax wonderful!

  16. I danced ballet professionally until I had an injury. I loved teaching, the little ones are always so cute! Happy Anniversary!

  17. Ah, so sweet! Happy Anniversary to you both - may you have many more very happy years ahead of you.

    The GB it too cute in her yellow tutu! Totally gorgeous. x

  18. A belated Happy Anniversary to you both. I hope that you had a lovely evening together.

    I get a bit misty eyed when I see little girls in pink. And little girls in pink dancing is sometimes too much!! She looks adorable.

    Leanne xx

  19. Such cute photos- Happy Belated Anniversary :)


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