Her dance recital was last week. It, too, was absolutely perfect. It was nothing fancy (or expensive) but was special enough for Had to feel famous. The recital was held in a classroom at Primrose, the costumes were provided by the dance company (we simply gave them back once the performance was over), and the five little girls in her tap and ballet class were precious.
And while Hadley may not be the best dancer in the world quite yet, the girl was born to be in front of a crowd.
Hadley, Thatch and I arrived a little early so that she get ready, have her picture taken, and so that we could grab a few good seats for the performance. The rest of the family trickled in, and I had to laugh because over half of the audience was there to cheer on Babe. I love my big family. The Bravermans don't have anything on us. :)
The girl stole the show. She smiled, she danced, she sang, she made eye contact...and she loved every single second spent as the center of attention. It was so much fun (and so funny!) to watch.
After the show, I tried to get some pics of Hadley with various family members (and a random girl from her class). Granti, Mo, Auntie, Raven, Sam, Kendall, me, Ben, Harris, Emmy, Thatcher, and James were all there to cheer her on.
While I don't think that ballet is necessarily Hadley's "niche," I can't wait to see her discover her passion. I often tell people that Hadley is blessed with every single one of my negative traits (and she is!) but that girl also managed to get more than her fair share of personality, charisma, and charm.
And I was blessed with the opportunity to be her mom.
Man, I love that little girl. :)