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butterflies... and ballet

Aaron is an incredibly dedicated father. And knowing him for as long as I have, I wouldn't expect anything less. Still, there are times when he's surprisingly so... that he gives my stomach butterflies.


And he didn't... nor did his mini-version.

beginner ballet

I'm embarrassed to say, that Ava has asked to take dance classes for several years now. I just never thought it would take me that long to get her started. Maybe part of it was my personal lack of interest - because to be honest, ballet? I see its beauty {Nutcracker}, understand its passion {Billy Elliot}, and even a bit of cuteness {puffy tutus}... but I just didn't see it as a fit in our lives, nor how the benefits would offset the costs... like say for example, a science camp would...

beginner ballet

beginner ballet

After acknowledging that she really is starting school this year - it just seemed to me she needed to be doing something more fun {not to say that school isn't fun}, but fun more along the lines of being apart of something...

a part of something that gives her butterflies...

beginner ballet


  1. I love this. One day I'll enroll Mari in a "real" ballet class. Until then, I'm relying on YouTube for tutorials and flagging all images I see on Pinterest. I hope to have a YouTube recital for her in December. I'll be sure to let you know when that happens. :)

    Looking forward to seeing more of Ava's ballet!

  2. That is TOO cute Bianca! A YouTube recital!?! You are so amazing. I can't wait to see it. Now why didn't I ever think of that? I did use YT to show Ava videos of acrobats - she's fascinated with tightropes, and the look on her face watching - was priceless. I can only imagine how wonderful the learning at home is going!

  3. This post would be perfect if you didn't include the picture of the homeless man holding Noah. (I swear i don't always look like i just woke up.. i am quite sure it had been a long day!)

    I am so excited for Ava and her ballet. We could tell she was so anxious to begin - and her first class was a success. I must say i was rather impressed with her form and technique.

    (Especially when she started doing the backspin in the middle of class)

    She is already looking forward to next week - and hopefully i can ditch my last 3 hours of meetings to make it next Wednesday too!


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