Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ballerina Babies

It is so sweet to see Mary Ashley's tenderness toward her younger sister. Mary Ashley has guided Emma through ballet class, showing her where to stand, helping her put on her shoes, and teaching her how to curtsy.

It warms my heart to see my girls enjoying the kind of closeness my sister and I share. Jennifer joined us for the recital, and it's a good thing I'm so proud of her. Otherwise, I might have felt some sibling rivalry.

She is a Disney princess, after all!

When the girls' ballet teacher told me that princesses would lead the girls in a parade for the show's opening number, I knew I had the perfect Belle. Mary Ashley and Emma were delighted to be escorted to their recital by a princess, and all their friends were so excited to meet Beauty. Jennifer did a great job, and Emma was so glad to have a royal hand to hold for her first appearance onstage!



I love the ballet numbers, and the girls enjoy tumbling and baton.

This year I joined Mary Ashley onstage for the mother-daughter number, "I Want to Be Like You" from The Jungle Book. I love this picture Jennifer took during our performance.



Time for a little toe tapping!



Other favorite images from the show. The costumes for this year's Disney-themed show were so pretty!



The girls received medals from their ballet teacher, Miss Gigi, and flowers from their daddy. Emma was hesitant to go onstage for the finale, but Mary Ashley helped her savor her moment in the spotlight.



By the end of the night, we were tutu tired to twirl! We all went to bed with visions of ballerinas dancing in our heads!


25 comments:

Suzy said...

That is such a sweet post. Your girls are adorable. What a day for these little ballerina princesses!

Suzy

Kristen's Raw said...

Those pictures are adorable.

Kristen

E and T said...

Hi Melissa

The innocence and beauty in your first photo of Mary Ashley and Emma is so precious. It is beautiful to see two sisters sharing such a close and loving bond.

How lovely to have a mother-daughter number in the concert. That must have been a whole lot of fun.

The costumes certainly are stunning - perfect for little ballerinas.

Elise

Lori Mercer said...

Hi Melissa! You are simply amazing!! I'm so glad you found me! I hate I didn't introduce myself yesterday at the park. Email me atlemmola@bellsouth.net so we can chat! I can't find contact info for you here.

Lori Mercer said...

Oops looks like my email address ran together with another word. Should be... lemmola@bellsouth.net

Graham Shenanigans said...

precious pictures of a precious family....

Just a little something from Judy said...

I just cannot express to you Melissa, how very much I enjoy every visit to your blog. Beauty and artistic creativity abounds on each post. I am so thankful you have little girls along with your sons. This ballet photos are priceless!!

Elise said...

Gorgeous.

We don't have recitals in the UK; I was wondering what they were ?

Sandy Toes said...

What sweet little pictures and such a cute dress!!! How fun!
sandy toe

Ariadone said...

Hello Mary Ashley and Emma, Van Harte Gefeliciteerd met jullie prachtige dans op het podium in jullie hele mooie kostuums - Many congratulations with your beautiful performance of dance on stage with your very beautiful costums.
Godeliva van Ariadone

The Quintessential Magpie said...

ADORABLE! Oh, Melissa, this was such a special event, and I loved seeing you dancing with Mary Ashley and your sister in her Belle costume with the girls! I know you are so proud of your tutu cute ballerinas!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Laura said...

You made me cry, Melissa! Your daughters are the prettiest Disney Dancers evah! I can't wait for our recital this weekend!

Leah said...

They look precious!! Mary Ashley's heart is so precious and pure! They both have a wonderful example in you!

Jan's Blog said...

I always sit in my high back desk chair and read blogs in the morning, as I'm trying to get my day started. By the time I was done reading your post, and studying the adorable pictures I discovered I was leaning forward, about 8 inches from the screen. It was a feast for my eyes...all those little girls in their lovely costumes, dancing onstage. What a heavenly night it must have been. I'm feeling all a flutter just from reading about it. Thanks so much for sharing!

Judy said...

Most all of my pictures from the recital turned out fuzzy but I did get a good one of you and Mary Ashley....and I love the outfit Mary Ashley had on for that number (ha)! Guess I'll have to get Taylor one now.

You and the girls were so sweet to come out on Sunday with the rain and I know it made Shannon's day to have her "idol" there (you!).

You are a precious sweet friend and I'm so happy we met through blogland.

Hugs!
Judy

Kathie Truitt said...

Thank you for stopping by! These pictures are adorable. Please enjoy these times with your children and relish every single moment. It's gone waaayy too fast.

My book is a novel but it is based on a true story, something that happened to our family when we moved to Virginia (the DC suburbs). My contract says I can't discuss it until it's ready for release, however, I can tell you that it is very creepy. 'It' lasted for 4 years, and finally were forced to move because our safety was at risk.

By the way, Melissa, you're not only a talented writer but you're a great photographer, too!

Mrs. G said...

Those girls are so precious. They bring back memories of when my Dana was a ballerina.
Thanks for stopping by today for a visit. I'm sorry but the cottage dish giveaway is over. I shipped the set off to the lucky winner a couple of weeks ago but did not take the giveaway logo off my blog.
Hope you have a great week.
Hugs,
Sue

Becky said...

Absolutely adorable pics. The last one stole the show, though! Tutu cute!

Thad said...

Melissa,
I always look forward to reading your blog, but this week's topic has to be my favorite, or course! Your girls are very special to me. It amazes me how sweet and caring they are with each other. I love to hear them giggle as they wait their turn for gymnastics! Thanks for sharing these special moments and most of all for letting me be a part of these memories!
Gigi

Kristen said...

Your girls are just precious!! I am so excited for when I can switch gears from t-ball and soccer to watching my sweet Lauren dancing! Looks like it was a wonderful night for your family!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

What an adorable post! I miss those days.

Anonymous said...

You are all so beautiful. What a fun Mommy you are making adding all the special touches to the recital dinner, etc. Your girls are very lucky. Debbi

Heidi said...

I see Lori Mercer made a comment on this post. I was going to tell you before I saw this post and her comment that I was looking through her pictures of the recital and could not believe it when I saw the girls on some of them. I did not remember where they took ballet.
Lori is awesome.. our kids are in Frazer kids chior together and I love her photography.... :-0

The girls were beautiful. Makes me sad that I had to take Lily out of Montgomery Ballet for a while since I could no longer drive and she was missing all the practice sessions. My poor ballerina has had to miss the excitement of all the recitals and stuff this time. I may put her in the Fairytale ballet camp over there. Her teacher said she would come pick her up :-)

kids missed soccer too. They have missed out on so much because of my illness, but I am going to make it up to them. I am feeling much better and life is getting back to normal.

Jennifer Driver said...

I'm so glad that I was able to share this special night with you and the girls! The dinner and the dancing were both wonderful! Love you!

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