June takes ballet

8 January 2019

Our sweet girl turned three yesterday.

She is the dearest, most precious girl to us — cheerful, funny, surprising in her observations, the best big sister, imaginative, independent, and a gleeful enjoyer of life :) We feel incredibly lucky that we were chosen to be her parents, and try to simply enjoy her each and every day, per the immortal advice of my grandmother. (She makes it easy!)

We celebrated her birthday on Sunday with her requests: blueberry muffins and fruit for breakfast, spaghetti and meatballs for dinner, and church, presents, and a first try at her balance bike in between. Her legs are still a bit short for it, but by the time spring and summer roll around, I know she’ll be zipping around our neighborhood like a pro!

Aside from the bike, her presents included a leotard, tights, ballet slippers, and tap shoes because… she’s starting her first ballet class today!! She already has dance class every other week at her preschool, and she LOVES it (in fact, when we did her birthday interview and asked her what she’s “really good at,” her answer was “dance class!”). I hope she enjoys this deeper dive, but if not, it’s just 45 minutes for eight weeks through Parks & Rec.

While it should come as no surprise I’m thrilled she loves to dance, and think my heart might grow a few sizes when I watch from the sidelines later today, I’m not sure anything can make me happier than our daily pre-bath dance parties — the ones where she says, “dance with me, Mama!” and squeals like I hung the moon when I oblige.

The only thing that makes the heart squeeze of her being a year older a little easier?

Knowing there will be more of those moments :)

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January 8, 2019 3:28 pm

Would you mind sharing the birthday survey you used? My munchkin turns 3 this spring and that sounds fun to do. Thanks!

January 8, 2019 9:15 pm

This is just too sweet! Happy birthday June!

January 9, 2019 4:04 pm

AW! this was a heartwarming post!
two things: your present wrapping skills are ABSOLUTELY AMAZING and what is that cool thing on the wall on the left in the first photo? is it a corkboard with pics you took? i’m looking for a way to neatly display photos…

January 10, 2019 8:14 am

Happy third birthday, June! It’s an honor to watch you grow into the sweet little gal you are. And happy mother-versary, Em. It’s a pleasure watching you parent with such intentionality and joy! Xoxo

January 11, 2019 9:21 am

It ALL makes my heart squeeze!

January 22, 2019 12:55 am

I loved reading this post! My oldest will turn three on the 25th, so this has me filled with anticipation over getting to celebrate her later this week. Quick question — where did you find her precious bicycle? I love the classic look.