Monday, January 26, 2009

Got the Pointe?

Saturday was a big day for Mallory and her cousin Corinne, who have been taking ballet together since they were preschoolers. They were to be fitted for pointe shoes! Jan and I showed up with our girls at the dancewear store, giddy with anticipation. Well, maybe not giddy, but excited, nonetheless. Well, at least some of us were. Corinne was thrilled. Jan and I were pleasant. Mallory....well, not so much. She's had a love/hate relationship (mostly hate) with ballet lately, but being the mean mom that I am, I won't let her quit. I keep hoping she will get past this attitude because it hasn't always been that way. I was all excited to take fabulous pictures to remember this momentous occasion of putting on the pointe shoes for the first time.

Luckily, all you can see are Mallory's feet because she was one unhappy girl and had a big scowl on her face the entire time. GRRRR. There really wasn't a lot of room in this little dancewear store to take pictures, either. Neverthless, I dutifully recorded the images for posterity. By the way, the first three pictures are Mallory...the last one is Corinne.

Mallory seemed excited when she first found out she and the others in her dance class were going to be able to get pointe shoes. Saturday morning, however, that excitement was lost somewhere on the way to Pat's Dancewear. And to top things off, they didn't have the correct sizes for Mallory and Corinne so they had to order them. Bummer.

Oh, and by the way, Jan and I again threatened our girls with the prospect that WE are going to sign up for adult ballet. We were eying the leotards while we were at the store. When Jan pointed out one she liked, Corinne said, "Don't even joke about that, Mom."

Makes us long for the days when our kids thought we were cool!

29 comments:

Janae said...

Those are some sweet pictures!

Tricia said...

Those pictures are awesome! I think it's great that you record the story with the pictures.

Krista P said...

Great shots. It's a big accomplishment, I hope she likes it.

Lacy said...

Oh how fun! Tell her to be proud she got to that stage...I never did :( I quit before I got my pointe shoes, and I regret it!! Great photos though!!

Susan Beth said...

Beautiful photos! What a neat accomplishment - very romantic!

Reds said...

Love your pp on these! Hope she enjoys ballet again!

janett said...

Oh how exciting! Great shots, love the ps'ing on these.

Sharon said...

Nice captures!

Oh those skinny ankles! Good for her!

CindyTykie said...

Congratulations to her, you captured some fantastic shots.

Rachel said...

Great photos. What a great accomplishment.

Beth said...

The jeans and ballet slippers combo is very cool, along with the graininess of the black and white conversion. I have never seen pointe shoes, so I had no clue they looked like that.

Becky Anderson said...

How fun! I so love the processing on these! Don't let her quit, she will regret it, thats why us as moms push things, right?! Hopefully she sees that soon! I have danced my whole life, but never did pointe, wish I did. Maybe there is still time!

shirley said...

Totally cool pictures. Love the look of them. Congrats to your DD on the accomplishment and I hope she gets back to grooving on ballet.

Diana said...

Great shots! but the last one makes my toes hurt. and dont worry your cool to me

pat said...

Margaret, I really like the contrast in these shots between the rough-and-ready jeans and the satin delicate toe shoes. Your action on these is perfect--really a timeless feeling.

Christina said...

Beautiful photos!

Kristen Wagner Penn said...

Those are beautiful, congratulations to them! I LOVE the second one, it's gorgeous! And luckily my kids still think I'm cool, but I am sure that won't last long!

Rachael said...

Oh, these are beautiful! I love these photos and the conversions!

Vanessa said...

Oh I love those! Her attitude cracks me up, but she will be grateful later on that you made her stick with it!

Becca said...

I like your processing on these shots! Makes them timeless. tfs

Lou said...

Great shots! Love the composition, and the PP.

Mandy said...

These are so beautiful. As a former ballet dancer it is always bitter sweet to see these shoes. Great shots. I am sure she will love and treasure them.

Becky said...

I've never seen a closeup of a pointe shoe so that's cool. I love the b/w processing you did. I hope Mallory keeps at it. My son has decided not to baseball any longer, and I am having such a hard time getting over it!

Stephanie said...

Beautiful photos!

Shauna said...

Great conversions with these photos! They are beautiful.

Lauren said...

I'm so sorry she's lost her enthusiasm for ballet. I know when C started growing up and his interests changed it was difficult for me to let go of the things he had enjoyed so much prior to that time. I hope being on pointe helps jump start her interest again!

Danielle said...

I love these pictures. And I really love the way your blog looks. I would love to know how you did that. I know we talked about it at lunch today but I can't remember. I had a great time today thanks for inviting me over. I can't wait to see the pictures you took.

jaw515 said...

I absolutely LOOOOOOOOVE that second shot and someday so will Mallory! I miss you hope all is good. Sorry I missed out the other day to say life is insane would be an understatement!

Emily said...

Cool pictures! They look great! Now I hope that when I have my baby, she will be cute!!