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January 16, 2012

Anna | First Ballet Class In Photos

Last week Anna attended her first ballet/tap class.

Her enthusiasm was awesome. She was so excited to pack up a ballet bag that included slippers and tap shoes and head to class.

There’s no doubt I was really, really excited too. I got to watch her through a window and loved seeing her experience the motions and follow directions and watch the other girls.

She’s totally ready to go again this week.

Love that she’s getting to do something that is just for her.


I’m getting excited about the upcoming Craft & Hobby Association trade show later this month. I’ll be attending for the first time since Anna was born - time is flying.

Today I wanted to share a quick sneak peek of some brads from Elizabeth Kartchner’s Dear Lizzy Neapolitan line for American Crafts. That little fabric brad with the camera is super cute. Her new line features 22 papers, including a darling stitched ruffle paper & three patterned vellum papers. Complementing the papers are a variety of embellishments from painted wood buttons, epoxy stickers, chipboard word banners, embroidered brads & woodgrain chipboard pieces. Other new additions joining in on the fun are Flutterbys (sewn butterfly & pendant banners), a Roller & Phrase Stamp and Paper Pinwheels.

Comments

  • 1.
    dawn said…

    How precious she is, I love when they have a peeking window for us parents. Have fun on this new journey with her, you both will love it.

    Those brads are so cute!!

  • 2.
    Ilona said…

    Awww… so cute!!!!

  • 3.
    dnobles said…

    The link for “Lizzy” goes to an ad??
    Dance classes, sewing costumes,recitals, high school drill team….you have only just begun….enjoy the adventure.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Fixed that :) .

  • 4.
    Ronnie Crowley said…

    I remember those days! Now she dances a minimum of 2 hours a day 5 days a week and that’s cut back from last year!

  • 5.
    Gwen said…

    I too remember…. We are at the dance studio four days a week. Eight classes for my daughter and six for my son. We all love it and its so good for them. Darling Anna!

  • 6.
    Chrissy Hunyady said…

    How exciting! Audrey is starting her first music class this week. :) These girls are growing so fast…

  • 7.
    Nancy Gill said…

    How great that you can watch without being observed. May Anna’s enthusiasm continue for years to come.

  • 8.
    libby gordon said…

    Brings back memories of when Molly was that age and started ballet-so fun to watch them. She is so darling and yes, time goes by soooo fast. My little ballerina is now ten, has shrugged of ballet for hiphop and cheerleading but still loves pink and is stil a hoot. Enjoy your girl!

  • 9.
    Elaine Bieman said…

    You’ll have to get a shadow box for the slippers too. They look really nice in them afterwards.

  • 10.
    jamie said…

    Sweet post.
    Sweet words.

  • 11.
    christen said…

    i remember those days so well…fun times!

  • 12.
    aliza said…

    Too cute.

  • 13.
    Renee said…

    Enjoy! I remember when my daughter started dance…so much fun along the way…now she’s a cheerleader looking forward to beginning high school.

  • 14.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    you will have so much fun with anna in tap and ballet… my 3 year old jordan started this past fall and it is SO fun– so great for her in following directions!! and you will soon discover its IMPOSSIBLE to keep those white tights cleans ;)

  • 15.
    Dori said…

    How precious! My heart just smiled. :)

  • 16.
    ginny said…

    I remember my daughter’s first class – she was so excited. She was not quite 3. She had her last recital the week after she graduated from high school. That was a lot of dance classes. It gave her poise, self esteem, confidence & a life long love of dance. She’s 28 & dance is still her favorite exercise & stress reliever.

  • 17.
    Ann said…

    So cute! My twin daughters are 2 1/2 and I can’t wait to put them in dance class!!!

  • 18.
    Pam Abbott said…

    Love this post. She is so adorable; I am so excited to see how she progresses and how you capture her joy and yours.

    And I wish I could hop in your suitcase to CHA!

  • 19.
    Jennifer M said…

    This brings back so many memories of when mine was little and in ballet and tap. Love this!

  • 20.
    Jen said…

    Oh my, Ali, this is just precious!! I never got any pictures of my daughter’s practice – not allowed :(

  • 21.
    Anika said…

    So so cute.. My daughter is 7 and still in dance ballet and tap in all black now no pink .. BIG GIRLS… She started at two years old and has loved it since.. in her all pink.. now in all black..time goes by too fast i have alot OF DANCE photos.. enjoy this time! I was sad when my daughter stopped wearing the pink this year!! lol

  • 22.
    Emily said…

    There is very little in this world cuter than little girls in their first ballet/tap shoes! My girl loved wearing her tap shoes everywhere!

  • 23.
    Kelly said…

    Oh Ali,
    Brings back wonderful memories of my own daughter who is now 14 and a TEEN! :) She started dancing at 3 in those same outfits. She is still a dancer now and it is her passion. We have enjoyed every single recital and dance competition. It is a wonderful time! God Bless!

  • 24.
    Marilyn said…

    Precious! Brings back memories from my daughter’s first class – she is 26 now.

  • 25.
    Ellie A. said…

    SUPER Sweet! I was actually looking into signing up my little girl for ballet she dances all around the house & that’s all she talks about. Love seeing Anna having such a blast!

  • 26.
    JosieK said…

    Cuter than Cute!!!!! Nothing like little girls in ballet shoes and dance class! And Anna is just scrumptious! I have boys so whenever I mention dance class and if they would be interested..they look at me like I’m speaking a foreign language…nice! xo

  • 27.
    Christine said…

    Anna is growing up sooo fast.
    Have a fablous time at CHA! Can’t wait for you to share your experience with us.

  • 28.
    Becky P. said…

    She’s adorable!

  • 29.
    Jan C. said…

    Is there anything cuter than little girls in pink leotards?!!! Wait until her first recital. She will think she is beautiful in costume, and you will think she’s a brilliant brilliant dancer, as is a mommy’s right. Can’t wait for more pictures.

  • 30.
    Laura said…

    Little girls in dance class are just about the cutest thing ever. I’ve enjoyed taking my daughter to dance the past few years. :)

  • 31.
    Liz said…

    Yeah Anna! This is perfect. I can’t wait to have a private recital next time we see you!

  • 32.
    Barbara C. said…

    I love your photos. I have a 6-year-old niece who’s been dancing with joy for 3 years now.

  • 33.
    Bev W. said…

    Just look at the concentration!! She looks adorable!
    Those brads look yummy! Tfs!

  • 34.
    rhonda said…

    I miss my daughter being little! Enjoy this time as it trully flies by so fast. Anna is adorable!

  • 35.
    Carolyn HP said…

    Oh my gosh, so much fun – I tapped when I was young and it was such a fun experience even though it was such a long time ago. Love how she brings such a ray of sunshine to your life :)

  • 36.
    Michelle A. said…

    :) How adorable… I anm excited to see all of the CHA goodness, the dear lizzy brads as fabulous!!

  • 37.
    Yvette F. said…

    adorable pictures!

  • 38.
    Debbie P said…

    Oh Ali, this is so adorable. She looks so adorable in her little ballet outfit. You must just feel giddy! Thanks for sharing. Also thanks for introducing this yummy Dear Lizzy product. It’s fantastic!

  • 39.
    Julie B said…

    Oh! These pictures bring back so many wonderful memories! Enjoy!!

  • 40.
    Gypsy Chaos said…

    seems like I was watching my daughter’s first recital – very pregnant with twins – only yesterday.

    those twins turned 19 a few months ago.

  • 41.
    Andrea Victoria said…

    So much fun in store for both you and Anna! Eleanor just started ballet, and it is so cute! Hope to see you at CHA, I will be attending this year for the first time a very long time as well.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      would love to see you Andrea!

    • ….
      Andrea Victoria said…

      I will give you a call when I’m down there, Ali. Super excited to go again and see everything – and hit Disney with my family!

  • 42.
    kat-in-texas said…

    She’s adorable!!! They’re precious at that age in dance!!!

  • 43.
    Barb in AK said…

    Oh, how I always wanted to be a dancer! Even if Anna never becomes a prima ballerina, she will learn wonderful, life-long skills :-) Allie, did you take dance lessons when you were young?

  • 44.
    cher said…

    oh she is so sweet!!!!!!

  • 45.
    Paula G said…

    Hurray for Anna! Wishing her lots of fun!

  • 46.
    Ruth G said…

    There’s nothing sweeter than small girls with big dreams dancing around! My DD (now 12 – how time has flown) didn’t want to do a recital (she was very shy at that age and still doesn’t really like being singled out…) so I don’t have many pictures of her dancing, but I do have those memories of how fun it was to spy and how sweet she was. You’ll both be so glad that you were able to be there to experience and document this exciting time for Anna!

  • 47.
    able mabel said…

    Oh how cute! Love the brads too!

  • 48.
    Anthea said…

    Oh, how I wish I’d had a little girl since I’ve seen this photos. Just Beautiful.

  • 49.
    sharon said…

    Darling she is beautiful!

  • 50.
    Heather of WA State said…

    You are so lucky to have photos of Anna’s ballet. My daughter’s professional ballet school had a “NO PHOTOS” policy that was strictly adhered to, for class as well as performances. I think it was because some of the students were the kids of famous/weathly people who didn’t want their kid’s photo to end up in People magazine. Although I took photos of my daughter at home in her costumes before and after her performances, I was sad to never capture images of her in action during that time of her life.

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