I Think She’s A Natural.

In addition to the big shower this past weekend, we also had the privilege of attending Arle’s very first ballet recital.  The first of many, I hope.

Her Grammy, Nana, and Lebo made the trek all the way from New Mexico for the big show and our sweet friends, Evan and Jessie made the trek all the way from KC, MO. 

Arle seems to be quite the natural when it comes to ballet.  I mean, she’s only about 3 1/2 steps behind on the choreography, which seems to be pretty impressive at this stage in the game.  Am I right, or am I right?

If she does continue with this whole ballet bit, her momma’s gonna have to learn a bit of self-control.  I was a ridiculous mess through the whole routine.  I snuck up to the front to snap pics and was doing well for the first 4.8 seconds.

Then I got teary-eyed.

Then I got hysterical. Laughing hysterical, not upset hysterical.

I’m not sure what happened, but I suddenly went from sentimental tears about my baby growing up and dancing in her first recital to laughing uncontrollably through the rest of the performance.  I was so embarrassed but I seriously couldn’t get a hold of myself.  Fortunately it was such a hard-core laugh that it was silent, but it was NOT without buckets of laughing tears running down my face.

What’s wrong with me???  What kind of mother laughs throughout her daughter’s first on-stage performance???

I mean, a bunch of three and four-year-old girls dancing to Pretty Little Angel Eyes and all doing their own rendition of the actual choreography is hilarious in my book, so I’m just going with it. 

Anyway, Arle had a ball and thought the whole thing was fabulous from beginning to end.  Not a bit of stage fright for this kiddo.  She never thought twice about going on with the show.

Her friends Kate and Hannah were in the class with her and they were all so stikin’ cute at the recital. 

Here’s the video for those of you with some time on your hands.  Arle is the third girl from the right (Apologies for the quality.  Evidently our video camera is a piece of junk). 

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13 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Teri aka Grammy said,

    Ah, my favorite little ballerina. She did a great job and I’m so glad I got to be there for her first recital. Love you all :)

  2. 2

    Rhonda Phillips said,

    She is gorgeous!! It is so much fun to watch them learn and grow in dance!! The change from one recital to the next will amaze you!! Have a great Thanksgiving!! Love you!

  3. 3

    mamajillll said,

    ok! i know i have said this more than once but i don’t think she could be any cuter if she tried :) and you my sweet friend are glowing! again, i have to say that pregnancy looks good on you. lucky girl! i admit i am a bit jealous-says the girl who looks like she is carrying a baby in her head when she is pregnant :)

  4. 4

    Nancy said,

    Oh My Goodness that was awesome and Arle did such an amazing job…she looked so big and beautiful!!!! I see great talent there!! Those pictures were great! I am glad she had family in town for the big recital! Love her and so cute with her flowers! Thanks so much for videoing in so we all can enjoy!!! Love you all!!!

  5. 5

    Jami Nato said,

    i wish i could have seen both your performance and your daughters!

  6. 6

    Your sister said,

    She’s dances better than me! What a cutie, I hate that I missed it! That’s a great picture of the three of you. You’re looking gorgeous, my sister. :)

  7. 7

    Gayle Mangis said,

    I’d chalk the tears and hysteria up to pregnancy hormones set off by the excitement of having your precious ballerina on stage. Or maybe Boyd is a typical boy, and thought it was all foolishness, and you were displaying an empathetic reaction. Anyway, thanks for sharing the video. We’ve enjoyed watching Arle grow up online.

  8. 8

    i think she has a career in dancing.

  9. 9

    Your Mother said,

    Could she have been any cuter?!? She is wonderful in every thing she does! Your hysteria was hysterical! I’ve done the same thing many times without knowing why or what was making me do it.

  10. 10

    Kristen said,

    amazing… absolutely amazing. so fun!

  11. 11

    Kim said,

    How precious! That extra little twirl was so Arle.
    I loved the whole thing. Your “piece of junk camera”
    did just fine and I loved being able to watch that girl
    dance. Thank you for sharing her with us.
    And, may I say that You, little Momma, are definitely
    aglow!
    XOXOXO

  12. 12

    Emily said,

    Where does she take ballet at? So cute!!

  13. 13

    Carolyn said,

    Loved it! I had the same reaction at E’s first little concert. Unfortunately, I caught my own laughing and subsequent camera jiggling on the video. :( He probably won’t appreciate that. I think it’s like a “this is your life” moment when you realize you’re actually watching your own child at this stage of life. Hope all is well, loved the Christmas card!


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