Monday, August 07, 2006

Dancing Doll

This is my favorite picture of Julia ever. It's this year's dance portrait. I love how she looks beautiful and all grown up, but you can see her little girl hands too. I love her thoughtful expression, and thinking about how much she loved wearing all that makeup. She's definitely a girly girl, that one. I know she did a great job listening to the photographer and doing what she was asked to get a portrait like this. I'm really proud of her for that.

I also love thinking about how she wanted to quit dance this year, but didn't. The class was different from her first year, not as many girls, and definitely not as many good friends. The teacher's style was also different, but not bad. There were times when I wanted her to quit. Getting her there and back, especially after the baby was born, was difficult. I hated showing up at the end and watching her not participate. I really hated class days. But both of us soldiered on. She loved her costume and her recital so much that she decided to take dance again next year. We're really proud of her decision, because it was definitely her decision. Of course, it would be so much easier and cheaper for her not to do it again. But it's so worth it. It's helped her to come out of her shell so much and she really loves the dancing. She takes it so seriously and she's good at it. Besides, now I have someone to watch Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance with.

Yesterday we watched the DVD from last years' recital together, and since I was hugging her from behind, she couldn't see my tears. I'm so blessed and thankful for my dancing girly girl, and for pictures like these, that capture her little girl moments before she's much too grown up.

These portraits were taken by Visage Photo Studio . If you ever have the chance to have portraits taken by them, take it!


OneScrappyChick said...

beautiful photos.. great job for her sticking it out!!!

skrpndiva said...

What great pics girl! I bet you are just the proudest mama ever!

Going For Greatness said...

Oo she's a beauty! It's so rewarding to watch our kids growing up. Each little step they take is soooo worth all the steps back they take. No matter how old she is, you'll always remember her as your 'little girl'. The portraits are phenominal. I need to get some really nice profesional ones done! Thanks for sharing that!!

Lissa said...

Gad she's beautiful! Looks a lot like her momma to me... and good for her for sticking with it.


Awesome Abby said...

YOu have a very beautiful daughter, but then, you knew that. :) I love reading your posts an feeling your mommy love. I'm glad things turned out good in the end.

Felicia McB said...

what wonderful picture! so proud that she stuck with it and is going to give it another go nexr year. pretty little girl