September 12 08

i’ve mentioned before that i took ballet for many, many years. my sister and i were stuffed into leotards and tutus (that we wore under our porsche hoodies…courtesy of my dad) (even during those horrible adolescent pudgy years) and sent off to dance in our ballet school that was conveniently situated in the basement of a bowling alley.

(a picture on Monday. i promise. but…no laughing)

there were many, many times that i wanted to quit. when i had to miss parties. or when it got too hard. or when i didn’t get the parts i wanted in the shows (there are only so many times you can play a mouse in the Nutcracker…). or when i got too calloused. or when i had to ICE my feet. or when they wouldn’t let me wear underwear (i know…the irony, eh?)

and my mom always gave me the same answer.

“when you are a mom, you will understand”

and now i do. i REALLY do.

prima #1, the tiny dancer version (hold me closer):

(why yes, Virginia, that IS the souvenir i brought home from blogher!! see?? it got put to good use. because have you ever tried to buy a black tshirt for a three year old? there’s nothing but pink and purple as far as the eye can see. Where’s an American Apparel when i need one Metalia!?!)

(also? the pants. i guess she doesn’t wear a size 4. i frantically sent the husband out because all of her size 2s from last winter are capris on her now. why didn’t i ask for size 3, you ask??)

prima #2, the 7-9 hip hopper:

front and center, my daughter.

dancing to Timbaland, no less.

and, the mama. the mama who understands WHY

  1. oh man…this makes my ovaries ache as I’d love to have a little girl just to watch her learn how to dance…but having a third child is out of the question.


    Comment by Kara on September 12, 2008
  2. It’s so funny to see a pic of Rena on your blog! Hee! Tell her I say hi! :)

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    Comment by Haley-O on September 12, 2008
  3. That looks like so much fun; I wish we could have co-ordinated ourselves to get them in the same class. Maybe next year.

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    Comment by SciFi Dad on September 12, 2008
  4. I seriously cannot wait till I get to take Chloe to dance class (says the mom who SUCKED at all forms of dance). I figure if I start her really young I’ll have a fair amount of time before she wants to quit!

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    Comment by LD on September 12, 2008
  5. Dude. You want me to send you an American Apparel shirt? Because I will do it. Just send me some Smarties, and we’ll call it even. :) (But seriously, let me know if you need a shirt.)

    The dance pictures are so cute. I can’t wait for Ella to be at that stage!

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    Comment by metalia on September 12, 2008
  6. SO sweet! I cannot wait for my Emily to be in dance…

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    Comment by Angella on September 12, 2008
  7. ohh how cute…i’m going to see if i can get the changeling to stick with irish dance this year and if maybe the teacher will let stinkerbell try it .and also i am going to try her class for adults.


    Comment by LAVENDULA on September 12, 2008
  8. oh that is so cute, I am glad they are in dance. I was a dancer for about 20 years and I think it teaches kids so many great values. Plus they look so cute in the costumes


    Comment by Sensibly Sassy on September 12, 2008
  9. I’m registering Gigi for the same torture, I mean class on Tuesday. I already bought her the tutu and everything. (btw plain preschooler-size black tees: Old Navy)

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    Comment by katie ~ motherbumper on September 12, 2008
  10. So, so cute! I just sort of danced along to that Timbaland song. My attempt was not so, so cute.

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    Comment by differentkindofgirl on September 12, 2008
  11. First, I don’t believe for a minute that you were ever “pudgy” in your adolescent years.

    Second, yesterday I came downstairs to find my daughter twirling and doing leg kicks. I asked her if she was a ballerina and she told me no.

    She was a ballet dancer.

    Well, she sure showed me.

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    Comment by Matthew on September 12, 2008
  12. I’m sorry. I’m entirely to dead from all the cuteness to comment.

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    Comment by Mr Lady on September 12, 2008
  13. oh my gosh – they are ADORABLE!!!

    My mom let me quit ballet because my teacher screamed at us – constantly. But I do wish I had some of those talents now… oh well.

    Again, ADORABLE!

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    Comment by Sarah on September 12, 2008
  14. Oh, they look marvelous. And living up to that old mother’s curse – ‘I hope you have kids that will be just like you’.

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    Comment by JoeInVegas on September 12, 2008
  15. I was with you when you bought that shirt!

    They are so cute and really look like they are enjoying themselves! Not that I’m surprised that Emily is excited to be front and center.

    My niece is taking dance lessons and asks my SIL eveyday “we go to dancing today, mommy?”

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    Comment by Kristabella on September 12, 2008
  16. I WANT THEM. Give ‘em to me, now. The lovely ladies, that is. Adorbs.

    Also, I was totally a mouse several times over. And a maid. And a flower, like four years running. Shows how much I sucked at ballet–was never good enough for a better role, ha!


    Comment by Camels & Chocolate on September 12, 2008
  17. You know I totally enforce the “no underwear” rule in ballet with my girls.

    It just looks so much better.

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    Comment by gorillabuns on September 12, 2008
  18. I don’t have girls but seeing your little ones makes me totally want to try for a girl! And of course she will be taking dance classes!

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    Comment by Renée aka Mekhismom on September 12, 2008
  19. They are sooooooooooooo cute!


    Comment by Emily on September 12, 2008
  20. Your girls are sooo cute!!

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    Comment by Undomestic Diva on September 12, 2008
  21. My son is going into hip hop for boys as soon as he turns four.

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    Comment by Miss Grace on September 12, 2008
  22. The kids look adorable!!! Miranda has been doing ballet for about 18 months (since before she was 2 1/2) and loves it . She is in a production called The Magic Jewels in a couple of weeks – she is a present (go figure).

    If you need some gear, let me know – M wears pink to ballet but does gymnastics too – she has a black leotard, footless tights and yoga-ish pants – all in black. Let me know and I’ll get them and Express Post them to you – very cheap from the local dance store.

    If interested, just send me her height and weight stats. You’ve got my e-mail.


    Comment by Heidi on September 12, 2008
  23. Holy crap…I need a girl.

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    Comment by texasholly @ June Cleaver Nirvana on September 12, 2008
  24. LOOOOOOOOOVE!! They are way too cute!!


    Comment by Mich on September 12, 2008
  25. Dude. I puffy HEART that last picture.

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    Comment by OHmommy on September 12, 2008
  26. I’m scared to death that my little girl is going to want to dance. I never did, but she probably will. OH well, I’ll do it if she wants to. I do really like that you understand now. I’ve had a few ah-ha moments as a Parent, where I finally understood what MY parents meant when they said some (to my kid-ly ears) crazy shit.

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    Comment by monstergirlee on September 13, 2008
  27. Oh, and at my sons school. Its the school for the expressive arts. And last week he came home and told all about dance class. It Was Awesome.

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    Comment by monstergirlee on September 13, 2008
  28. Sherway Gardens! There’s an American Apparel at Sherway…


    Comment by becks on September 13, 2008
  29. Oh crap you just made me feel totally guilty for letting P quit ballet and take horseback riding lessons instead. I didn’t want her to quit but I also don’t want to listen to the whining every Wednesday so horseback riding it is. I have to admit, I will really miss dance. I loved our studio and she was so good. Ug, now I am second guessing myself!

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    Comment by Collette on September 13, 2008
  30. Gloom. We would have to drive for an HOUR to get our girls into dance classes, and geez. I wish that they were closer.
    Your girls are adorable.

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    Comment by Beck on September 13, 2008
  31. Those wee ones are just too cute!

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    Comment by Teena in Toronto on September 14, 2008
  32. How stinkin’ cute are they!

    T-Minus just a few hours until you post a ballet photo!! (just a reminder) :)

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    Comment by The Over-Thinker on September 14, 2008
  33. Ahhh… so cute! My daughter just started ballet a couple of weeks ago. She loves it and was the only one in the class- so she’s getting private lessons for now!

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    Comment by 180/360 on September 15, 2008
  34. Too freakin cute. I love her little baggy pants.

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    Comment by Miss on September 15, 2008
  35. I hope your making Josh do something equally horrible…fair is fair!


    Comment by Dianna on September 15, 2008

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