Wednesdays of a Few Words: Tutu’s and Tantrums

I was not a tutu-loving child.  My first day of ballet, I cried and told my Mom that I never wanted to go back.  I remember that it was because I was the only one who did not have the proper ballet slippers for that first day of class.  My Mom bought me some ballet slippers but I refused to wear them or go to the next class.  Clearly, the other girls would know that I did not have them that first day.  I knew that I wouldn’t forget.  I was then cursed for the rest of my teenage life, to be asked if I ever danced or was in ballet, as I had the perfect ballerina physique.

I am sure my measurements were 20-20-20, until I turned 25.

My daughter Easton, loves to dance.  She is registered into two ballet classes, Miss Anelia’s and Miss Carly’s, by her own choice.  She asks every day if she has ballet.  Her current stage is at the end of our bed but soon she will be dancing to You Are My Sunshine, in this lovely iridescent green orchid ballet costume at the Bell Centre.  She asks me every day, is today the day that I dance on the big stage?

Easton is also now obsessed with make-up.  This happened prior to ballet but now is required for her stage performance on the BIG stage.  I have never seen her so elated about anything more than being allowed to wear make-up.  Currently, she is obsessed with lip gloss, as that is all I will let her wear.  Personally, it just seems wrong until you actually see their pasty faces with what you think is TONS of make-up during daylight but really is nothing when hit with the full on stage lights.

You can imagine the tantrum that I had, when I tried applying make-up to Easty.  I don’t think I have ever really known how to apply make-up and it was apparent when I took over 30 minutes to apply the stage make-up to Easty.  I was totally having a Toddler & Tiara Stage Mom moment as I took over 20 minutes to create a bun with Easty’s wispy hair and then wrap a hair net over it 5 times.  I soon realized that the photo shoot & dress rehearsal were clearly made to prepare the Mom’s for performance night, not the students.  My own mom had a front-row centre seat to my own Mommy Meltdown, I’m sure that she was pleased to tag along that day.  In the end, like everything, it all worked out and there really was no need for me to stress as much as I did.

Original Ballet Easty.


Instagram Ballet.


Original Close-up.

Instagram Close-up.

Original Cheesy Smile.


Original Studio.


This photo montage compares original iPhone 3Gs photos to iPhone 3Gs photos using the Instagram app.  I fell in love with this app, as you can clearly see that it takes a very normal photo and adds amazing effects.  The effects that I regularly use are: X-ProII; Lomo-fi; Toaster; Hefe; Nashville; Lord Kelvin.  The only downside is that it continually crops a photo which can sometimes lose the original feel or essence of the shot.  Tell me what you think.

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  1. She is too cute. She looks a lot like you! My daughter is CR-azy for tutus and ballet, but I haven’t put her in a class yet. I’m waiting until she’s 3 which is just around the corner. And then I’ll be like you! 🙂

  2. She is so adorable!

  3. OMG she’s so cute! I did ballet from 5 to 12, I hated it apparently. I don’t really remember much about it. I loved the outfits and everything, I just hated being told what to do and ballet is all about discipline haha.

    I’m finally getting around to checking out and following all of the Top 30 Vancouver Mom Bloggers! I hope I’ll see you at the event tomorrow!

    Monika @ Aias Dot Ca

    • Naomi Jesson says:

      It was so over-whelming! I missed meeting you, although I did see your name tag around. 🙁 Hopefully there will be other blogger meetups, make a BBQ!

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