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I Hope You Dance…

I Hope You Dance…

March 23, 2008


When you have the choice to sit it out or dance…

I Hope You Dance

I hope you dance.


Even if all your dancing skills end at spinning around until you collapse on the ground.

Posted by Chris @ 5:46 pm  

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  1. Bronnie says:

    Gorgeous! She looks so carefree & happy :)

  2. Brittany says:

    wow. first comment. This is amazing and I think little girls dancing are the most innocent and beautiful things in the world. THis makes me think of my nieces. I hope she never loses the passion to dance however she wants. As long as it makes her happy.

  3. Brittany says:

    Oh. Also check out the song “Cinderella” by Steven Curtis Chapman. Made me think of your little one dancing.

  4. suburbancorrespondent says:

    I’ll ask what everyone else is thinking: How in the world do you keep the floor of a little girl’s bedroom so clean?

    There - I got it off my chest. And she looks darling.

  5. Angella says:

    I have two boys, and now a girl.

    Easter has confirmed to me what a gift is is to have a GIRL.

    A girl who likes to be pretty. Who likes to be feminine. Who likes to dance.

  6. Nicki says:

    I have one that “dances” exactly the same way, only she’s dressed as a Princess!!

  7. Lilly says:

    Beautiful girl, beautiful dress and beautiful photos!

  8. Kristie says:

    This is probably going to sound like one of those stalker-ish “I know you don’t know me” comments …. but I’ve been following along on your site for about three years now, and feel like I’ve been watching your daughter grow up, and become more beautiful, year after year.

    And with that, the longest run-on sentence in the world, I’ll stop with the stalking. :)

  9. Anna says:

    Seriously…could she get any cuter? I think not.

  10. Jessica says:

    She’s beautiful :)

  11. Staci says:

    She’s absolutely adorable! I love to watch my daughter do exactly this…spin spin spin. I have to stop her every so oftern because I hear from the other room “ugh…i feel like I’m gonna puke”.

  12. Elena J says:

    She looks *beautiful*! And it looks like the dress definitely passed the spinability test, lol! (My daughters think that any dress that doesn’t spin like a disney princess is worthless.)

  13. Cami says:

    Dance away! What a great set of pictures!

  14. Heather says:

    What a great collection of pictures, and such awesome words to go with them!

  15. Lucie says:

    When did that baby girl grow up to be such a wonderful young woman?

  16. Jaime says:

    gorgeous dress!! and the dancer is pretty cute too.

  17. shaz says:


  18. Christy says:

    My mom says I used to dance like that when I had a pretty dress to wear. I certainly don’t remember it. Now, I’m finding that my daughter does the same thing!

  19. mary anne says:

    Looks like the “princess days” aren’t over just yet
    Happy easter to you all.

  20. Jolyn says:

    Yes, all of the above is true, your daughter is too cute — almost as cute as mine. But I’m a freak and have to ask, what is that paint color in her room??

    Happy Easter!

    Chris says: It is Guilford Green by Benjamin Moore

  21. Lindsay says:

    Reminds me of a scene from the movie “you’ve got mail” (which I now feel like watching again) where she talks about spinning with her mother, and of course, my high school grad as that was our parent - graduate song. Very pretty pics!

  22. Simplyjen says:

    She is beautiful! And yeah, looks like she is still very much in the “princess” stage.

  23. Jessica (aka Rose) says:

    That first shot is so “Gone with the wind” and the rest are way more “footlose.”
    Awesome action shots!

  24. Becky says:

    My 5 year old got that same dress for easter. She did the same dance in it this after noon.
    Great pictures

  25. Christi says:

    that is so sweet and so beautiful!

  26. Maddy says:

    Love the dress and the gloves. I have that song printed in the back of my son’s 1st baby album, fantatic words to live by.

  27. Kristi says:

    What a great moment you captured!

    I’m a bit jealous of her room though. And I only got to see one tiny corner.

  28. Jules says:

    She looks beautiful and carefree!

  29. Jolie says:

    Oh my God. I got shivers and goose bumps and maybe a little choked up. Yea I’m a wuss but what a beautiful moment!

  30. peepnroosmom says:

    Beautiful little girl. I love her dress.

  31. JayMonster says:

    Even if all your dancing skills end at spinning around until you collapse on the ground.

    Best and most inspiring dance move evah. If only we as adults could remember such joy.

  32. Janet says:

    “I’m a bit jealous of her room though. And I only got to see one tiny corner.”

    I feel the same! Chris, how about taking us on a room by room tour? We have all seen bits and pieces of your home and would like to see more.

    Your daughter was lovely in her Easter dress. Was it warm enough that she could wear it without a down parka and boots? Does the bunny hide eggs in snow? I’ll bet that is why they are colored.

  33. Law Student Hot Mama says:

    Did you sign her up for cotillion class? When I was a kid, my mom signed me up and I had to wear those white gloves to go to class. I have no idea where she bought them, but I used to wear them to keep from getting cooties from the boys!

  34. Satchmo says:

    She is adorable. Can I have her? As a side note - can you tell me -pretty please- what paint brand/color you used in her room? I’ve been looking for just that shade!

  35. SouthernBelle says:

    What a beautiful girl. My girls love to twirl around in their dresses also. Hope you had a great Easter.

  36. Maine Mom says:

    What a beauty. She is having so much fun…and making me dizzy!

  37. Laura says:

    I love that song.

    I wish we as adults could be as free as children.

  38. Keri says:

    what a beautiful dress & she looks so carefree. (PS - I love that song too)

  39. Fina says:

    I just dedicated that song with a little Hallmark booklet and CD to my b1st aby girl who just turned 15. I miss how she would just spontaneously start dancing. Now, she spontaneously text messages all day.
    Beautiful picture. I’m sure the boys looked gorgeous too.

  40. Fina says:

    “my b1st aby” translation is “my 1st baby”

  41. Cara says:

    What awesome pictures, beautiful girl. I love the song reference. One of my favs.

  42. Heather's Garden says:

    I miss Easter dresses. But my favorite was the hats, little girls just don’t wear Easter bonnets to church anymore. So sad. Ironically, my church was on the Guilford Green.

  43. Sleeping Mommy says:


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  45. Lisa/Rick Rack Attack says:

    Too cute! Too bad that when we get older & our dancing skills still only consist of spinning around until we fall down… it’s not cute anymore! Darn! :D

    Confessions of an Apron Queen: http://anapronaday.blogspot.com

  46. Aisha says:

    That post has brightened my day, because, A, I baby sit a little boy who is almost 4 whose favorite thing is to spin in circles with me, B, because my day has been weird (you can, apparently, break a toilet by dropping the lid into the tank. I did not need to find this out.)

  47. Crystal says:

    I think this post is so cute! But I have a comopletely off topic comment. I know you’ve been doing the doctor tour, but couldn’t remember if they’d actually decided anything, or why I was thinking auto-immune. I was just looking up Vitamin D for something else and came upon this article that talks about a lack of Vitamin D causing auto-immune problems. My doctor had tested mine (I don’t’ know why) and it was SOOO low, I’m taking like 3000 units a day. Here’s the article http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2005/10/29/commonly-ignored-facts-that-may-be-hurting-your-health.aspx
    Good luck with everything!

  48. Beth - Total Mom Haircut says:

    Wow. Those pictures are just amazing. They’re like paintings.

  49. GrimRealityGirl says:

    Please come to my house and be that fly on the wall for the magical moments… you are gifted in capturing them!

  50. Kathy in WA says:

    Oh my! Love the gloves. Isn’t she beautiful. I must agree with the other poster, how in the world did you manage to find such a tidy spot in your house? Much less potentially a little girl’s room? :)

    Stop by and chat about parenting. We’re discussing the idea of “tomato staking.” Intriguing.

    Duckabush Blog

  51. Heather says:

    Oh, to be young and carefree.

  52. dangitAnge says:

    Gorgeous. Did you make that out of a curtain like she requested? :D

  53. jody says:


    I believe that qualifies the dress as a definite need.

  54. Anne says:

    She’s so pretty and I love this post the title the words the pictures awesome

  55. Tracy D says:

    OMG…. gorgeous! I want to dance as free as she does….

  56. Jenny, Bloggess says:

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  57. CaliforniaGrammy says:

    Ya gotta love those gloves!

  58. Cindy says:

    I love the gloves! It just makes it an Easter outfit, kwim!?!

  59. Lori says:

    Oh my goodness! She looks absolutely precious!

  60. kathleen says:

    Tell me the truth…do you have to look up the names of the paint colors of each room or do you know them?

    Chris says: I know them. Or I might just be making them up. ;-)

  61. Jolyn says:

    Me again, about the paint color. Thanks for answering; it is GORGEOUS.

  62. Maria says:

    I love that song. The pictures are perfect. It was too cold here for my daughter to wear her Easter dress without a long sleeve shirt on underneath.

  63. Steph says:

    I love that song and the pictures you posted are great!

  64. Steph says:

    I love the pictures and it me want to have a girl!! Doubt that will happen with 3 boys already. Anyways, then I looked at the second picture. Umm where is her other leg? lol Looks similar to the picture I got of my youngest moving so fast that for some reason it looked like his entire left hand was cut off!

  65. WhyMommy says:

    So pretty!

    Thanks for posting, from a mom of boys.

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