Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tiny Dancer

I don’t know how I had forgotten but suddenly it was Tuesday morning—a very special one—and Nella had nothing to wear to her first ballet class. And by nothing to wear, I mean she had a closet full of clean clothes but not what I had in mind for my girl’s first class, which is just as much about this thing I have with ballet and my own little moment in motherhood, as it is a daughter’s milestone.

I tied my hair into a ponytail yesterday morning, poured some coffee to go and slipped out of the house early to find the smallest leotard—smaller than Lainey’s old one I found in the dress-up box, smaller than the pink bathing suit the big sister insisted would work. I don’t know why that little leotard was so important, but $7 later, I felt prepared. Nella needed that new leotard.

Putting it on was an event. Lainey ran to help as we laid the little sister down, changed her diaper and pulled from the pile of ballet necessities—tights, legwarmers, leotard, tutu. I called for each one while Lainey proudly passed them to me. The finishing touch—two soft slippers, the smallest ones we could find.

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Maybe my tears had nothing to do with inclusion and expectations and how having a syndrome somehow makes milestones seem more obvious, although I celebrated Lainey's first day of ballet very much the same. Maybe my tears were just the same ones every sappy mama spills when they’re standing in a ballet studio, listening to classical music while they watch their toddler transform into a little girl. I do know though, that my heart hurt in the same way it did when I choked through wedding vows or that first Happy Birthday chorus. It hurt good.

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I am so proud of how she learns, how she observes those around her, how she mimics and how she smiles that tiny little “I’m doin’ it” grin.

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She’s doing it.

Thank you to Miss Blair, our wonderful ballet teacher who is extra special, extra gentle and attends to each and every student's needs so seamlessly.



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Several of you have asked how I make my photo/video slideshows. I am no expert, and my attempts at movies are more for just preserving some memories, but it is very easy and quick to make one of these (the Windows software is free online). I ran through a quick instructional video if you're interested.




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We're party planning...someone's turning five here this weekend.

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Dropped my phone under my bed this week--dug to get it and found the other earring to my favorite Darlybird pair. So, yay.

We're learning the hula hula.

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Our Monday evening moon walk

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Tanie said...

Nella looks so sweet in her ballet outfit!

Nicole said...

Nella is so cute in those leg warmers and ballet outfit!! I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to take a dance class!

Happy Wednesday!

Kathlyn said...

Love it! I want my little girl to take ballet . . . we're so beyond broke though that by the time we can afford it she probably won't be so little!!!

So proud of your little Nella and I can't believe that Lainey is turning 5. If you cried at ballet, wait until the first day of kindergarten! (I was a mess and a half!!!!)

melissa said...

TOO Cute!!!! My comment does not even do this post justice! I am smiling SO big because I could just see Nella doing this (ballet) & she is! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tejas love,
Melissa

Amy said...

Just a big dose of sweetness!

Angela said...

i am in so love with little Nella. she is such a piece of sunshine. and i have to say that i am so addicted to those moments of being the proud mama. your hearts swells so much you feel as if it might explode out of your chest, eyes welling up, lump in the throat. being a mommy is the greatest thing.

Kelsey said...

Wow--my heart hurts so good just from watching that sweet video! The photo of her and Lainey hugging at the end is just too precious!

Lisa "Mrs Kool" Koedyker said...

WOW...you have a special way about everything! The way you take pictures that capture so much about special events & just the beautifulness of ordinary moments...fascinates me! Your daughters & your love for them brings tears to my eyes...almost every post! You've done it again. I'm so thankful that I stumbled upon your blog 1 1/2 years ago. Have a great day!

heather said...

made me cry! total sweetness!

Megan said...

How precious Kelle! My 3 3/4 (she would insist on the 3/4) daughter is about to start ballet for the first time! I am sure I will be a crying mess! The pink leotard was perfect!
Happy Birthday to Lainey! I am sure her party will be just as fabulous as every other!

Jen said...

I love that photo you posted on fb about the tippy toes. I have been debating on a ballet class for my girl, but i'm not sure about it. She has a mind of her own sometimes, and it might be disaster.

Nella looked the part of a ballerina... Just gorgeous!

IRWSMom said...

Oh.My.Goodness. Nella is ADORABLE! I know you already know that ;-) But the pictures, the video, oh, geez, they made me blubber. Nella is one smart cookie!!! Way to go, Nella!!

Kristin said...

So cute. The video of Lainey and Nella dancing made my eyes water. Thank you for each post and a glimpse into your life, the inspiration you give. I look forward to each post and thinking you will celebrate Laineys birthday this weekend is precious especially since I'm celebrating my little girls 3rd birthday today.

Kristin:-)

melissa said...

Btw, I love your title 'tiny dancer' - perfect! And, love your line: "Thank you to Miss Blair, our wonderful ballet teacher who is extra special, extra gentle and attends to each and EVERY student's needs so seamlessly." --...All about respect & I love it!
Love from Tejas,
Melissa

Life with Kaishon said...

I cried the whole way through.

Sheila said...

Wow! It's just like watching my own girl growing up! Good Job Beautiful Nella! You did it! Just like my Valentina would say!

Beans said...

Absolutely precious!! Loved the video.

ginnydeegan said...

I can't stand it! That Nella is just out of this world adorable! The way she observed the bigger girls could not have been any cuter. Lainey must be so proud to have her in class. The pics of her hugging Nella are just precious.

Taylor said...

Thats awesome- I hope she loves ballet!

Kellie said...

Kelle, that was beyond precious.
i have been meaning to post this for a while...when i started reading your blog, i saw a beautiful little girl, with Down Syndrome...now i just see a beautiful little girl. thank you for that. for changing my perspective about a lot of things. you are blessed.

Southern Gal said...

Just beautiful. As I was watching I was thinking to myself that Lainey was probably going to be five soon. Then I saw the birthday blurb. Can't wait to see what you have planned.

Thank you so much for the tutorial on movie making with stills. I have the hardest time getting my videos the way I want them and you just cleared up a great deal of my confusion. I'm such a "show me" type girl. I'll have to figure out how you custom set your videos to upload to vimeo now. Thanks again.

Heather said...

Is there anything more perfect or precious than a tiny girl in pink slippers and a tutu? Oh I think not. I was in the grocery store when I saw the first instagram. I made the strangers in the isle with me look. Everyone had big smiles when they moved on to the next isle.

joyfullyyours said...

Oh Kelle -

What a precious morning! Nella is just too sweet for words. Thanks for making the presentation at the end. There are some of those pics that belong in a little girls picture book about ballet!

So very special, and the hugging picture - no words needed to describe the love of sisters.

Jillian's blog said...

One of the most beautiful things is how much your older daughter loves Nella. And Nella's smile is wonderful.. it makes me feel happy. Kisses from Italy!

Summit of Glory said...

these pictures are amazing..............go Nella!

Danielle said...

Oh how those big girls help her out and show her things is so sweet! Love the last pic! What a great big sister you are Lainey!!

Erin said...

Happy tears!!!! :)

So proud of little Nella - she's just beautiful and so poised as a ballerina.

What a special moment for you as a momma.

And thank you times TEN for posting this how-to video for making slideshows and videos - been dyin' to learn how.

XO
erin

Shea Family said...

That was the sweetest video I have seen in a while. I cried proud mom tears the whole way though! I have two daughters and I can't wait to put them in a sweet little leotard and tutu. Kinda crazy how emotional us moms can get over those 'firsts' :)

Shaina said...

OMG the tears!!! I grew up in the ballet studio and though I have a love/hate relationship with ballet, I can't wait for my 3yr old to experience it. She can start this fall, and as much as I'm looking forward to it, I'm terrified that she'll fall in love with it like I did! haha

Your girls are just gorgeous together...I love how protective Lainey is of Nella...and the look of pride on her face. Such a beautiful love they share! I'm pregnant with my 2nd little girl and I can't wait to see my girls interact...watching yours the last two years has gotten me excited!! :-D

Molly said...

Oh, I am dying. So precious, Kelle. I am crying and I wasn't even there. But I'm totally a crier by nature so I celebrate this milestone with you.

And again, now I want a daughter. But I felt the same at my son's first soccer game. Cried happy happy tears. Because them growing up is so darn bittersweet, isn't it?

Andrea said...

Oh Kelle thank you so so much for your little how-to video!!!!! I am a complete techno-numb-skull and haven't had a clue where to start with our wedding video that was filled SIX years ago :oO I want exactly that kind of video...with photos and video together....and text too....oh I'm so excited to get started with it...although I'm guessing it'll take me a little longer than 20 minutes to make our movie.

Yay!!! Thank you for making me realise that I CAN do it....expect I'll be referring back here a few million times ;o)

Am loving Nella's 1st ballet lesson! My little Rose started ballet last September (just after she turned 2) and just loves it too!

Andrea xxx

Patricia said...

I recently discovered your blog and have appreciated the time I have been able to spend getting a glimpse of your lovely family and reading your beautiful thoughts and words. Today I also want to thank you for the generosity in sharing how you make your videos in a Youtube video. It is a wonderful resource and is saved in my favorites. Every year I make my grandson a Photo Story DVD of the events in his life...usually just photos. Now that he is 10 and into sports and performing I also have video clips. I will enjoy trying to make his 2012 DVD even more interesting!

Tara B said...

It must be a lot of pressure knowing that so many of us are refreshing our screens several times a day to see if you've posted yet :)
I should only do it in the morning, because my favorite is getting to work with my latte and opening up a new blog post of yours.
I even showed some of my good friends, and their response? "She's you! Her hair, her style."
Oh, and I LOVE the sister hugs. This was a great post and made me cry...happy tears.

Jen Currier said...

UGH. This post is so sweet!! Nella in Ballet class brought me to tears- and I am a Ballet Teacher, so one would think I see this stuff all of the time!!!! As soon as my little Elijah is walking, I'll have him dancing. Despite his Ds, I know he'll be a natural!! :)

Unknown said...

Tears of happiness are running down my face!! That was beautiful. What a lucky mama to have such 2 beautiful ballerinas! I love your blog. You are such an inspiration!

a million little loves said...

Oh. My.
That video made me a little bit weepy.
You've captured such beautiful moments...your girls most certainly will be grateful one day for all the effort you put into recording their lives!

Stines Hjem - Livet på landet said...

Oh my, the sweetest thing ever!!!!

shanbrosia said...

What a sweet video. It brought tears as I watched her watch and learn and dance. Thank you for sharing.

let-there-be-light.net said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this post. What a beautiful little ballerina you have! I cannot wait for Maya to take ballet! :) 2 cannot come soon enough!

Adrienne said...

I have no idea why I'm tearing up but I am. She looked so sweet and did so well! Congrats on your first dance class Nella and I'm sure you'll have many, many more to come!!

Elena said...

How precious. What a lovely video. Thank you for sharing! How wonderful that your girls will have it to look back on!

Jennie said...

omg... that video of Nella's first ballet class made my eyes burst with happy tears! So beautiful!! Ahh... my day is made :-)

Brown Eyed Mama said...

She looks SO much like Lainey in these pictures! I feel you on getting weepy--my older two got their recital costumes in last week and I about cried my eyes out when they tried them on.

Dani said...

OMG she is sooo adorable..happy mama tears for you :)

Monique said...

I just teared up watching that video. How stinking sweet is that!! It looks like she had a blast. Wow, I cannot believe Lainey will be five. Is she heading to Kindergarten this fall?

Sian said...

How can i love your little ones so much without even knowing them? Watching that video,*sigh* it hurt good for me too. *hugs*

Aimee said...

Brings tears to my eyes... not just because Miss. Blair is kind, patient, and understands her part in holding Nella accountable to do just as everyone else is doing, but becuase you are the mama who understands that having high expectations for your little one at such an early age will forever make her (and your) life easier/better/more fulfilling. Thank you for sharing!!!

Sarah said...

I had tears in my eyes while reading this post and looking at the pictures that ended up rolling down my face as I watched your video. Beautiful. Your girls are amazing. Thanks for sharing. (And I can't wait till my girl is old enough for leotards and legwarmers!)

Mark, Wendy, Dale and Rose said...

That video made my heart so happy! Thank you for sharing.

Lens & anything Else said...

you're really a great person and I really fall in love with your blog...congrats congrats. And the video makes me crying....

Rebekah said...

Oh sweet Nella! Crying happy tears right along with you :)

Tales of Cheerios and Sleepless Nights said...

Aww, the photos of Lainey and Nella together are melt-your-heart cute! So sweet!

Katie Driscoll said...

cryin my eyes out! You are beautiful, smart and strong Nella! Big hugs and kisses to the whole family! Love everything about ballet! Especially after 5 boys! :) Love Katie

Peggy Lyu said...

Wow...Nella is so beautiful!

Michelle@gigglegumgirls said...

You are KILLING ME! I could hardly watch through the tears welling up in my eyes!

3 favorite dance quotes:
"While I dance I can not judge, I can not hate,
I can not separate myself from life.
I can only be joyful and whole. This is why I dance."
- Hans Bos

"Dance is like dreaming with your feet"
-Constanze

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain"
-unknown

Enjoy your tiny dancer...When my girls dance it makes my heart sing.
Ps. thanks for the vid :)

Karen said...

Beautiful, Kelle, just beautiful!! I loved the video! Tears but happy tears! Can't wait to see pics from the big sister's birthday party! Karen H.

DebbieSFL said...

Prettiest ballerina ever!! It's such a joy to watch her growing up.

julia rose said...

I hope you know how much of an inspiration you and your beautiful girls are. Every time I log on and read a post from you I end up getting teary eyed (but the good kind of teary eyed, promise). Nevertheless, I get this feeling that no matter what is going on- everything is going to be alright. We should always strive to find the beauty and joy in everything thrown at us in life. Thank you for sharing your life with the world and for being so open and honest with us.

bloom has been ordered by the way- thank you for my newest summer read!!

Haley said...

Go Nelle - get your dance on! I'm so thankful that we can share this milestone with you.

Abby said...

Oh my goodness, I don't know that I could have even been mentally prepared for that preciousness, but I surely wasn't! I can't even take it. Thank you so much for sharing!

Congrats to beautiful Nella on her ballerina beginnings & a very Happy Birthday to beautiful Lainey this weekend! :)

Kimmy said...

Beautiful video! The girls look great.

Charlie's Mommy said...

Your video made me cry!! I don't see a child with Down Syndrome...I see a beautiful little girl who is soo happy!!

Emily said...

I love, love, love the video. What I loved most is Nella taking it all in... I could tell that she was really concentrating on the other little girls... so absolutely, precious! I love proud mama moments! The first happy birthday was an overwhelming blessing for me!

Melissa said...

I was just swept away watching Nella's video...smiles, eyes full of tears, emotions running deep, full of joy for your sweet girl. Thank you so much for sharing your life with us. Sometimes I feel so empty and lost, my kids are grown and far away with my grandkids. Sometimes this house is just to quiet. Being able to peek into your life brings back all the memories stored away...and I don't feel so empty any more.

Quiana said...

What a precious video and thanks for the tutorial! So lucky you found your earring - I keep hoping something similar happens to me with a dear bracelet my mom gave me that's now been missing 2 weeks.

Debby said...

Oh Nella, you are just so wonderful. I loved her little ballet outfit. I can't wait to show my husband the video. Nella does remind me of my granddaughter Mabel. She just started ballet....she is 3.
Happy Birthday Lainey girl. You are such a good big sister. Loved the pictures of you hugging your sister.

Slow.Mature.Responsible... said...

Love this! I working on honesty...

http://tammylgerber.blogspot.com/2012/05/few-months-ago.html

Anne Cunningham said...

Oh my gosh, I totally have PMS and am still coming off the "high" of my Mother's Day weekend, which is stretching into Mother's Day week when I'll have seen all my kids ... so that and this beautiful entry and the video, yep it led to wet eyes and the sniffing back of loose snot! This was beautiful, the milestones, the memories of your eldest in this milestone, and now your youngest. Just beautiful, Kelle. Thank you for sharing.

Sarah Beth said...

I've been doing ballet since I was five and this post (especially the video!) made my heart smile. =) So precious. Thanks for sharing!

Celeste said...

What a special, sweet video. You have two precious girl. I can't wait for my (future) daughter's first ballet class. Thank you for sharing this, it was beautiful.

Cherie Dee said...

Ugh....my heart is melting!

Katie {Sweet Rose Studio} said...

I think it may be your mission to make me cry in about 98% of your posts. Nella looked so happy and how awesome it is that she gets to be a part of the fun and not sit on the sidelines and watch. Bless her heart and kudos to you for making your daughter's experiences so special. :)

Jane said...

So, so sweet...have you read Ballerina Dreams by Joann Ferrara. Have some Kleenex handy;)

Julia said...

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful, sweet video. I anticipated feeling emotional today because my own baby girl turns ONE today, and for the very first time today, the tears spilled when watching. Oh how quickly they grow!

Brooke said...

One of the most beautiful videos I've ever seen. My little girl and I watched it together and it brought tears to my eyes. Thanks so much for sharing!

Lindsay - Mama to Preschooler Logan and Twin Babies Cooper and Parker said...

I kind of sobbed through that video. What a treasure that Nella is! So fantastically amazing, and Lainey is the sweetest big sister. You are one spectacular mama.

Milly said...

She is so precious. She has the sweetest face. She looks adorable in her little ballet outfit.

The video was great!

It is beautiful how much your girls love each other.

Jill said...

holy moly, that movie is simply magical. those girls of your are such a joy.
btw - i woke up mother's day morning to find homemade french toast, a mug of coffee (this is a big deal for my husband) and a copy of your book (i may have mentioned to my husband about 40 times that it was all i wanted for mother's day). haven't been able to put it down! i love following your incredible journey!

genderist said...

So glad you found the perfect leotard to go with that adorable tutu.

Adorable girls. Adorable mama.

MG Atwood said...

You think you're a sap? I had tears in my eyes seeing Nella all dolled up, and she's not even mine! The cutest, sweetest pics you've ever posted. LOVE them all. Hooray for ballet!

Susan said...

Shame on you for making me tear up at work!!! Nella is probably the sweetest little girl in the most adorable tutu and tights I have ever seen. Such a wonderful moment :)

Kristen Grimes said...

More precious than words can even give it credit for! My highlight of the week...thank you!

Reenie said...

Adorable :)

Maggie said...

That video. Holy sweetness. Where's the damn tissue?! I'm bawling!

aja said...

Thank you so much for sharing that video! She is the cutest thing in the whole world. Look at her run!

Brian and Jamie said...

That video gave me chills - the really good kind. I've been here all along, but I'm fairly certain that I haven't commented since Lainey's first ballet class. There's just something so special about this milestone for little girls and their mamas. Love.

Jessica said...

Thanks so much for the video tutorial! I am wanting to make one soon and was wondering where to begin--that helps a TON. It was very easy to understand.

Lizzie Ann Designs said...

OH my Goodness! This is just filled with cuteness! These are precious memories for sure...totally made me smile watching this!

Carrie said...

That is the sweetest post ever. I was a dancer myself and loved my leg warmers more than anything-- still did in college during ballet classes.

Can you do an instructional video/post about photography? How you capture people without them stopping to say "cheese" and some of your favorite settings/lightings etc?

Just love your blog!

Robin said...

I always enjoy reading your blog and looking at your pictures. You have beautiful daughters and such a beautiful life. I love the ballet pics of Nella. What a cutie!

Mare said...

Oh my! I'm not her mama but I was crying like I was while watching that ballet video. Nella has some serious grace going on!

carrie said...

I just love your sight. My best friend shared it with me last week. You truly are an inspiration to any mom out there. I so wish I had the talent of you to have captured more images of my son who is 2 1/2. Your site helps me every day in trying to be a good mom and overcome my recent diagnosis of MS. I'm home at night alone with my son and don't feel well and I'm trying to enjoy life more and to enjoy the small things........ thanks for the inspiration and for helping me each every day that I struggle.

RTah said...

You have the sweetest little girls in the whole world! I cried watching this video. I started ballet when I was three and took it for 8 years. It was such a wonderful part of growing up, and I recently started an adult ballet class that I am just loving. I can't wait to start my future little girl(s) in such a lovely art. My husband and I are currently trying for a baby, and sometimes I start to freak out about all the stresses and downsides to having children. And then I read your blog, and all of those worries melt away. It truly is one of the best parts of my day.

Christina Klas said...

Beautiful! You are blessed.

Sarah RDH said...

There is no way anyone could possibly watch that video, and NOT tear up!! She is so stinkin sweet! She reminds me so much of my Brynn. I love how she watched the older girls movements...and how happy and into it she seems!!

Rebecca @ The Inspired Organizer said...

Beautiful video. Thank you SO much for also sharing the tutorial video. I know now that I can do the same thing for my children. What precious memories you are capturing.

Your blog posts are always so beautiful. How long does it take you to upload your photos, resize them, write an average post with pictures and publish? What is your work flow? I'd LOVE to see a tutorial on how you go about posting such beauty and content so often without it taking forever. It seems as though when I sit down to blog (which is almost never now) it takes me so long. I must not be doing it as efficiently as I can. Thank you for showing us how to enjoy the small things.

heather said...

The video of nella dancing brought tears to my eyes. She is a wonderful little dancer..

Hazel said...

Oh Kelle my heart melted at that hug between Nella & Lainey. Beautifully captured. Perfect little dancer memories made.

cw said...

Nella is so ridiculously cute. That much blond goodness should be illegal. Thank you for always bringing a smile to my face with your posts and family stories.

NoBloggingJustReading said...

Her itty bitty leg warmers are killing me. I didn't even know kids so young could take ballet but holy crap it is one of the cutest things ever!

Kelly said...

Such a cute ballerina!! She's not even mine, and I cried watching her!

Carrie said...

I am in the middle of reading Bloom, finally found time to read it, while I am getting IV steroids for an hour each day. Seeing Nella all decked out for her first ballet class just now, after reading about her first few weeks of life, I am so happy. I have happy tears for you. To see the two sisters dancing together beautiful!

The J's said...

WOW! watching Nella at ballet brought me to tears. Beautiful, just beautiful!! She is just so cute, and the sisters together just radiate love!

Julie Danielle said...

She is so cute! I use to take ballet as a little girl too.

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

Sweet - thank you so much Kelle! I've had the software downloaded forever, but haven't bothered to figure it out. Done! I'm thinking it's movie time tonight. :)

feed that baby said...

dancewear.com has great deals on leos and ballet slippers for good prices...we like the BLOCH brand for slippers...they come so small your sure to shed a tear! My tiny dancer has her first perfromance June 2nd on the big stage...both my girls...can"t wait!

The Kissels said...

Your girls, at ballet together. how beautiful. I never even hoped for a sister for my daughter. I didn't have one myself so it didn't occur to me. I loved that she had brothers. By the time we found out she would have a sister I already knew their story would be different. It made me cry to watch your video and realize that we won't have that moment with our girls. But I can remember to be thankful for the hugs that my oldest gives to her sister (who is still in my belly). She has a sister, just not one that she'll share clothes or stories with someday.

Gordostyle said...

oh. my. gosh. that video made my heart cry! i don't know you or nella... but i love her. she is so sweet. and, i love that you're her mama. god is so smart.

Frederike said...

First lesson? Nella is a natural! Her big smile half way in the clip says it all! Love Lainey's jump in the air.

Kimberly said...

How beautiful! I just love her! And I can't believe Lainey is turning 5 already?!

Victoria said...

oh man!! and i thought nella couldn't possibly be any cuter!!! love it!! go girl!

and happy almost 5th! how fun and exciting for lainey!!

Sherri said...

Oh my! She's not even my girl, and I teared up! All I have are boys, and I showed them the pictures. The oldest at 12 proclaimed, " Awwww she's so cute!" And the youngest at 8 said, " she's stinkin' cute! Mom, we really do need a baby girl!" Thank you so much for sharing those precious pictures of her first class.

Sherri

Sherri said...

Oh my! She's not even my girl, and I teared up! All I have are boys, and I showed them the pictures. The oldest at 12 proclaimed, " Awwww she's so cute!" And the youngest at 8 said, " she's stinkin' cute! Mom, we really do need a baby girl!" Thank you so much for sharing those precious pictures of her first class.

Sherri

Jessica R said...

First time commenting... Melt my heart! Nella looks PRECIOUS and I could just eat her up! Relatively new reader, your book is on my nightstand ready to begin, and I'm so enjoying your blog. Those girls are beautiful. Can't wait for my daughter's first day of ballet!

Baby By The Sea said...

Happy half-a-decade, Lainey. Wow. There's nothing quite like five. Sweet, sweet little ballerina. Lots of milestones around those parts..
xoxo

perfectionisnthappy.com said...

I love her ballet outfit! I have two sisters and we all did dance for years. The girls will have great memories :).

Janita said...

"I hope this was not a hot mess of confusion." Dude, you kill me. I'm a hot mess of confusion, but that has nothing to do with you, although now I may blame you.

This video? These moments you have captured? &^%$ me. Perfection. xo

mountee said...

Oooh kelle!! I cried! My heart hurt too, that is just gorgeous, nella looking waaay too cute in her ballet get-up. Toddlers in tutu's are just DE-Vine! I too love movie making, i'm a bit of a freak at it and make them for any reason, but it's my THANG ;). I can't knit or sew or draw, but i can take many-a-photo and video and put them into montage.

Shannon {ava_caitlyn} said...

Major tears over here. Sweet girl, she is just growing and growing!!!

Toni said...

Hi Kelle, first time I leave a comment, even if I've been reading your blog for many moths. And just got my copy of "Bloom", all the way from NY to Spain, where I'm living at the moment. Another bad day, about to loose my job, fight with my boyfriend..but then I got home, saw Nella dancing and everything's all right again. You're all helping me so much in this hard time (big crisis in Spain, I'm away from home-I'm italian). You just make me see life in a different way. And I'm grateful. GRAZIE, GRACIAS to make everything easier. Antonia

Jenna | The Paleo Project said...

I had chills that whole post. And double time during the video. You summed it up perfectly: hurt. so. good. Way to go Nella. Captured everything so well, Kelle. (as usual)

Lisa Gleeson said...

Kelle,
You are right, you didn't feel so goose-bumpy because of inclusion or DS or anything like that, it's because your little girl is taking ballet and for some reason that does something to us Mommas :) My little girls (one now 28 and the other 26) both took ballet from the time they were 2 and 4 until they were 18 and 20. I think I enjoyed it much more than they did. I cried when they were in the Nutcracker as the party children and later when they were the Snow Queen or Clara, it didn't matter, what mattered was their beauty.
Enjoy, enjoy, your little one is already such a learner. I am learning to enjoy grandchildren now, our first is a rascal named Jack and there is another on the way and a rather large part of me would like another little girl to wear leotards and toe shoes :)
Lisa
P.S. this is the teacher in my, please tell your very wonderful ballet teacher not to pick up Nella by the arms, that low tone easily lead to dislocated elbows much as I learned to my chagrin from my eldest.

Crystal said...

I just did the ugly cry.

That is the most beautiful video ever! She is such a precious ballerina.

And you and Lainey in the car doing the frantic dress-the-baby-assembly-line before Nella's first class.... honey, that is my life everyday. Not to mention my famous crisis moments like changing a poopy diaper in the middle of the dentist office yesterday.

susana said...

LOVELYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

Heidi ★ said...

That video was simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing these precious moments!

Kara said...

This just made my day! Adorable Nella!

madewithlove said...

This post makes my heart melt! Thank you for sharing your stories.

Saffyres said...

I could barely wait to get to a computer so I could share this:

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/cheerleader-with-down-syndrome-inspires-classmates/article_c2abf0b1-ebbe-5030-a2f6-373359c7ffba.html?mode=story

Her parents gave her no limits, and she has soared!

Stefanie in St. Louis

Kelly Cach said...

I don't even know what to say.

My heart is bursting and my eyes are welling! Quite possibly the sweetest thing I have ever watched! I can't wait to show my husband....I KNOW his eyes will well too.

Loves,
Kelly

psst....if you want a good laugh, go to my FB wall and watch the best 1 minute video of Nora's giggle. You can't see her face and mine is wrinkled, but the laughing makes up for it....hahaha!

Jonita said...

Let me preface this by saying, I REALLY hope you don't think this sounds stalkerish...but I had to share. I had the sweetest dream last night about babysitting Nella and Lainey. (I was catching up on some posts just before bedtime) Nella was showing me her favorite Winnie the Pooh books and telling me that sometimes she reads the words and sometimes she just likes to look at the pictures. And Lainey was telling me that she thought maybe she drank too much grape kool-aid. At that point, I started looking desperately for you as I tend to panic when kids get that "I might throw up" look on their face. Despite the Kool-Aid scare, it was very sweet and I woke up reminded of how much I miss holding babies. (Mine are almost 9 and 16) Thanks for sharing all that you do so authentically.

Jule said...

Oh Kelle that was beautiful, thank you so much for sharing.I feel proud of Nella going to her first class!

Bella said...

For some reason this entry made me cry, to see that sweet little Nella begining her ballet lessons. You are truly blessed to be her Momma.

Jenny said...

I absolutely love your blog. I found it through a friend of mine and look forward to all your posts. I loved your recent post about being grateful for things. it opens my eyes and reminds me of everything that I have to be grateful for. You inspire me with your positive outlook on life! And today's post with your little girl is just too sweet - I honestly had to stop watching the video because I am at work and don't want to be crying. So darling!!!

Kristi said...

This post is beautiful. Probably one of my all time favorites! Just so sweet.

Ramirez said...

Love it! Beautiful post once again and Nella looks adorable in her tutu.

lynxymama said...

nella's dancing is amazing but what really got me about this one was the interaction with lainey and nella, GOOD LORD! just the sweetest pair of angels, i can't stand it!! thank you for sharing your life.

itsrainingelephants said...

I love these posts! Little girls look so fun and after years of saying how I only want boys when I become a mother, I think I'm going to have to say I want a couple of each now! I love your videos, it's so fun for me to see your girls in action and be reminded of how very real they and their smiles are :)
-Courtney

beck said...

oh yea. i cried.

ryan and lauren have still been saying happy mother's day to me every day this week. the blissful memories from today's post will say happy mother's day for a lifetime.

here's to realizing that mother's day every day! xo

Jocie said...

Oh my gosh, that video made me cry. Big sappy tears. So beautiful!

Little for a Little While said...

Well there you go. Bringing me to tears on a Wednesday. Little miss Nella is just the most precious thing. Thanks for sharing.

Abby said...

oh, that was just gorgeous. heartbreakingly beautiful. i cried, too. you have so much to be proud of.

Nika M. said...

Nella in her ballet class is quite possibly the most adorable sight I have EVER seen.

MM3 said...

beyond words. the outfit, the proud big sister, that look of absolute pride and joy on her face. beautiful.

Jen said...

Holy crap. I think that may be the cutest thing I have seen in my life!

Michelle said...

That video is BEAUTIFUL! Nella looks adorable and Lainey looks so proud to be her big sister.

Stephanie Gallman said...

This video is...perfection. Just like Nella and Lainey. Congrats to your newest ballerina!

Alli said...

It is so heartwarming to read about Nella and Lainey's milestones. You have two cute ballerinas!

Kerry said...

well, that was clearly the cutest thing ever. My 6 year old wanted me to say how pretty she thought Nella looked, and that if she ever met her, she would like to teach her some more ballet moves.

Me said...

So awesome! Nella is glowing with pride. LOVE seeing how proud Lainey is of her little sister. You're an amazing mama. :)

April Vernon said...

Precious!!

RachelRAdams said...

Yay Nella! How wonderful! She is tu tu cute!

Erin said...

that has got to be one of the most precious things I have ever seen!
nella the ballet/rock star!

Amy said...

Your video made me smile, too. I love how Lainey loves Nella. It's just beautiful and pure sister love.

Amy said...

Smile. Pfff. I meant CRY. I mean, I smiled, but I also cried. :]

Nancy Malone Waynick, M.O.M. said...

Absolutely made my day! :)

Ingrid Wilson said...

Oh. My. Goodness!!! Tears streaming on this end too. Happy that hurts...I so get it! Dance on little, Nella!

sarah said...

Kelle, I have to say. I think there is something extra special and meaningful about Nella's first ballet class...at age two! Two years ago, you feared she and Lainey may never share "typical" sister activities, hopes, and dreams. You didn't know when she would walk and how she would develop. And here she is, bright as the sunshine, holding onto that ballet bar, with her tutu propped up on her cute little diaper bottom, and walking around like she owns the place! She and Lainey are dancing together. That's huge. So huge. Sister knows just what to do, and she shines. It's beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

VeryGratefulLife said...

I loved my girls' first ballet classes. They got to start together, on the same day, and that was among one of the happiest days of my life. But I think I might even be more in love with Nella's first ballet class! I'm so excited for her!

Maria said...

My heart can barely take how much I loved this!!!!

Heather said...

Well, I understand why you cried at her first class because I cried watching the video! So cute and you can tell she loves every minute!

The Yarbrough's said...

Such cute pictures!!! You have 2 beautiful girls. :)

p.s. I saw your book in Target the other day! How exciting! Congrats!!!!

lori said...

ohh kelle, this is so so precious. nella is the cutest little ballerina! and i love the video... especially the pictures of lainey and nella hugging.

SuperMilf said...

Oh wow. Amazing video!! And the sister hugs? Cutest ever.
Makes me long for a girl in a house full of boys!
XOXO
Jazzmine

Meg said...

nella's ballet video is SO beautiful!!

Christie said...

Tiny dancer indeed....You go Nella! Happy Birthday, Lainey! Have a fabulous hula party :)

Ash901 said...

OMG, It doesn't get more adorable than that!

Tatiana said...

Way to make me cry!! oy..those beautiful babies of yours..they melt my heart.
xoxo

Paula said...

Lainey is turning 5 and Nella is starting dance class! Where has the time gone? Seems like I was reading about Lainey's 1st dance class just yesterday. What beautiful girls you have Kelle - I know you're one proud Mama. Thanks again for sharing with all of us.

Kristyn said...

that video is adorable! made me smile :)

Taylor said...

AHHHHH I DIED OF CUTE. That video made. my. day. And this was a good day! :) How did you find that sweet music, too?

Olivia- wife. mother. photographer. said...

So sweet! Just pray they don't have a recital with the song "when she loved me" from toy story... my nieces danced ballet to that one year with little dolls and I seriously was a crying fool :)

Lynn Richards said...

Shoot.
Could you make me cry any harder with this video? The little whispers from friends, the sweet, intense, watchful look from Nella. The sweetness between sisters.
The beauty of your ballet teacher.
My daughter had a ballet teacher, who told me she "just couldn't " have a class with "special kids", because she would just have too much emotion go out of her.
Whatever.
bravo to your teacher.
xo
lynn

Lisa said...

Oh my...what a priceless moment. Are your cheeks still sore from smiling? Aside from happy (sometimes bittersweet?) tears, that's the other one that always tells me that it was one of my favorite moments. :)
Absolutely precious, and I can't to see pictures of this upcoming hula party (and hopefully some video of the dancers?)

AdrienneSullivan said...

Love, love, LOVE Nella's first ballet lesson! It just made me melt and smile and my eyes glisten....so I can't even begin to imagine how you must handle that as her momma! :) My little angel just turned two....so her dance days are coming up!!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Leah said...

That video was seriously so sweet that my heart just melted... :)

Amy said...

Watching that video made me smile more than anything else has today. What an angel she is.

B's Mommy said...

If I could only see the screen... my eyes are over flowing with tears of joy! Pure joy!! Beautiful tiny ballerina! oh Kelle thank you for sharing the video.
Words have escaped me... my heart is smiling and dancing!

H Rutherford said...

Nella's lil booty is redic in that tutu!!!! Love anything related to dance and little girls:-)

Kelly Sheehy said...

So Super Sweet! :)

AbbeyR said...

Oh my goodness, that is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen!
Bad timing watching this though, just tried on the new mascara I bought for myself and now it is running down my face!!

Leonard Family said...

Precious! Great job Nella! You did a great job! I love the pics of Lainey and Nella. I wish my girl had a baby sister. So sweet!

sandie said...

Really beautiful, I am not one to have tears easily but this just about had me there:)

İkizBebek said...

That video is beautiful.
I love it.

jcooper said...

Kelle, I just finished Bloom and logged on to find this beautiful post, this truly makes my heart so happy! Nella is such a true beauty! You are such an inspiration and I can't thank you enough for opening my eyes to your new world, one of beauty and wonder that I may never have been open to had it not been for you and your girl! Thank you!

jolie said...

I love this! I cried like Nella was my sweet girl while watching your video! Such a fun and happy day! Hugs to you all!

me said...

How CUTE, Nella looks so precious!!! I love the little outfit.

medina family said...

tears in my eyes...hard. to . type.

I did ballet for eight years, was in the student company, performed many times, and I'm quite sure Nella has surpassed me in every way.

Beautiful!

PrivatelyPublic said...

Gosh dang, Kelle, what a happy mama moment! It was so tender to watch the montage of Nella and Lainey together in the ballet studio. I started to well up and get that tightening in ma throat. :)

Roksalanna said...

Nella, you're a beautiful little ballerina and as pretty as a picture in your pink tutu! Dance little lady, dance! xo

Team Lando said...

My heart is a little happy puddle. Nella is TOOO STINKIN CUTE. Be proud, mama.

Jenn said...

Kelle...I was wondering what you use to take your videos of the kids with? Is that your Iphone or do you have a camcorder?

Emma said...

That's a beautiful video you made and thank you SO MUCH for the tutorial - that's all the things I've been wanting to do and never looked up what software I needed or how to go about it, you've saved me so much time

noname said...

I'm, definitely, in love. Nella is so rock with black leggins and pink tutu, i love it!!!
Giovanna

Jesse & Heather said...

You have a way with words, there is no doubt about that. But there's something about the moments you capture with your lens that bring tears to my eyes. The love in your home screams through Lainey's eyes as she helps her baby sister during her first ballet session. Thank you for sharing this moment. I think I'm going to go call my older sister now and thank her for all the times she has encouraged me...

My Secret Rooms said...

She's just adorable, as usual. It's heart warming seeing her.

I hope the birthday party will be totally wonderful :-)

Happy b-day wishes to Lainey, from Sweden!!

Stacey said...

MELT. MY. HEART. Beautiful pictures, like always, wonderful moments preserved. Lainey and Nella are little blessings...

Party of Ten said...

OMGsh!!! Loved that video! I like how you mixed the b&w photos and the color, so lovely. Thank you for sharing it :)

sunshineyou said...

Oh my gosh she is so cute! Love her and Lainey together :)

Schwieso's said...

Your photos of this day are beautiful! And the video is perfect. Something about the music and the moment brought tears to my eyes, I am proud for you!

Barbara said...

This is probably my favorite post...ever. And I have read every.single.post. since I've been following your blog for 2 years. I loved seeing Nella in her little tutu.

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