I am immersed in all things dance related these days. We have two competitions, one photo session and one birthday party under our belt for the year, but have another photo session, out of state competition, recitals and summer camp still to go. I feel like it's turned into my job and let's face it, I pretty much hand over my salary to the studio each month.
Since this is Ella's fifth year to dance, we're buying an anniversary ad in the recital program book this year. They will showcase photographs from each of her years dancing, along with a larger photo of her this year. I've known for months that I needed to look for the images, but I'm clearly a procrastinator. Before dinner last night, I started digging and managed to find two of the four years. Then right before bed I remembered one place I hadn't looked and came across one of the missing years. I went to bed irritated, but woke up with an epiphany this morning and dug out lasts years photographs. How ridiculous is it that NONE of the envelopes, dating as far back as 2010, had ever been opened. I also ran across Santa pics, school pictures and a hospital photographs that had never been distributed. Mom fail. Again. I guess we'll be handing those out at Easter lunch this year!
I absolutely LOVED looking back on these images. She looks exactly the same, but completely different to me in every single one. It is hard to remember her hair ever being that curly -- man I wish it was still like that now. The first photo was taken about three days after Sophie was born. I remember being completely overwhelmed and so thankful for my mom that spring. The crocodile photo is probably my favorite photograph of her. Ever. That massive bun in the third photograph is 100% her hair. She was so paranoid about its size, but the other dancers were jealous of her crazy amount of hair. In last year's photo you can barely tell, but her front two teeth are hanging on by a thread. I notice it immediately -- her smile already looks so different to me. We don't have this year's images back yet, but you can sneak a peek of her individuals here and the group pictures here, here and here.
HOW is my baby so big?!