My rough and tumble girl

Ballet is for girls who pirouette and chasse like delicate flowers.

My girl is a powerhouse of movement and sound, a tumbling rumbling flurry of action, the wind that whips your hair and makes your eyes water.

In other words, she's most suited to gymnastics.

She had her first recital (ever) last month and insisted she wear her ballet leotard rather than her unitard. She refused to allow us to come near her. She tried to perform each activity without a spotter. She put her hands on her hips and rolled her eyes when anyone tried to exercise their authority over her.

In other words, she carries exactly half of my genetic code. My attitude and her father's daring. My independence and her father's dexterity. And in that almost-too-small leotard? All that tush? That's 100 percent from the mountain. Guess I should've known way back when.

Despite her fiesty, fierce determination to show us all what she's made of, her coaches have asked her to begin training for their challenge team. That means she'll be taking those rolling eyeballs on the road.

Olympics here we come!

Let's hear about your child's first display of arrogance mixed with middling talent. Or, of course, how fabulous he or she is at everything.

***This post is part of Wordful Wednesday and Way Back Whenesday.***


  • Unknown

    she looks like she did great and totally knows it!!

    Very much the same in this house, Avery is much better suited for gymnastics!!

  • Cheri

    I love that she is taking the rolling eyeballs on the road! You go girl!

  • aimee

    How cute! My daughter does gymnastics too and loves it. Ballet would not have been her thing. :)

  • Hy

    I love how you describe your beautiful girlie and can see so much of where she comes from shine through. And? I ADORE that she wore a ballet tutu!

  • Making It Work Mom

    My girls also powerhouses! They love gymnastics and tumbling. Even at 11 my oldest still wants to be considered the strongest of everyone around her!

    Girl Power.

  • Cheryl Lage

    Oh that smile is SOOOO happy in that last image! With a smile like that, a bit of eye-rolling is A-OK! ;)

    Thank you so much for linking up with Way Back When-esday!

  • ayala

    She looks like she was having fun and she is beautiful :)

  • Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri

    This is awesome. That smile is something powerful.

  • melissa

    She is ready to take on the world! Love that last photo. :)

  • Cathy Reaves

    That is so cute! Posts like this make me wish I had a girl. Boys are great, but girls can be so darned cute.

  • Moore Minutes

    This post had me smiling bigtime! She is just too much lol. :D I LOVE what she wore!! She is such a fun little thing. I want to see more gymnastic updates!

  • Cheryl

    Way to go, Bella! I'll be cheering you on as you go for the gold in 2020! :)

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