Penelope is her mother’s daughter.



Now, this blog is more of an art, craft and design blog than anything, but Penelope is just WAY too stinking cute not to write a Penelope update. She loves dancing. LOVES dancing. She’s not like your typical 16 month old that may on occasion bob up and down when prompted to by first-time parents. She dances. She has songs that she likes, and she only dances for the songs she likes.

She has fabulous taste in music. Her current favorite (and mine, too) is Discovery’s So Insane. She dances to it using her repertoire of: twirling, booty shaking, shoulder shrugging and foot stomping. Wonder where she’s seen those moves? Maybe from a silly mom that likes to dance, maybe.


You might notice her chubby legs and fabulously large belly. I found an old ballet tutu from my first performance, Allison in Wonderland, and enthusiastically changed her into the outfit hoping that it would fit. It does. The same tutu I wore when I was 5. FIVE!


I couldn’t be more proud to see my little girl strutting her stuff in something that I thought was the cat’s pajamas when I was five. And maybe even still at 24.

mommy the ballerina (taken 1991)

Here I am at five, during a little photo shoot with my dad. I loved that costume. I think it had something to do with the feather in the hair and the ruffles on the top. The bright blue can’t be beat, either.

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    1. Deb says:

      So cute!!! Love that tutu. How can you not love something with lace, bows and flowers?

    2. peggy scott says:

      She surely is her mother’s daughter! She can really strut her stuff and I have personally witnessed the booty dance! What a cute 5 year old you were, Melissa and you danced so gracefully even at such a young age.

    3. Christine says:

      Oh my this is so cute! She is strutting her stuff!

    4. Trisha says:

      Penelope is precious. But I must thank you SO MUCH for sharing this amazing music! I clicked your link, listened to the song about five times, and immediately downloaded the album. I can’t stop listening to it; great music!!!

    5. Jenn says:

      I am laughing out loud, this is so incredibly adorable. My goodness, those thighs are killing me. You are such a tiny thing, Melissa, I’m sure she takes after you and will still fit in the dress at 5.

    6. Julia says:

      I’m pretty sure that’s the cutest picture I’ve ever seen! Those little legs make me smile all the way through. Maybe it will fit her again when she’s five! You’re so cute!

    7. Naomi says:

      So adorable! My daughter loved to wear my mother’s old ballet tutu, as I did when I was little… but we don’t have the photographic proof. How fun!

    8. sooo cute! love her chubby little legs.

    9. Laurie says:

      So Cute! Love the dancing pictures. My girls love to dance too. I can’t believe she is wearing something that you wore when you were 5! That’s crazy. I guess it stretches though huh? The picture of you is really cute too. Neat that you have that to compare.

    10. cara says:

      i love those little chubby legs! my daughter is on the same path. (: you should totally take a video of her dancing!

      by the way, i love your blog. new reader….love your ideas, your follow through, and your redhead (and her name is lovely)


    11. cara says:

      i laughed pretty hard at that it was actually really reassuring so thank you! (: and i’m glad you like good music. (: thanks for commenting on my blog.

    12. brandi says:

      oh my – i love those cute little baby rolls. :) penelope is adorable.

    13. Miranda says:

      Penelope’s thighs! (sigh) oh those thighs are fantastic. (I’m completely smitten with your blog btw)

    14. summer says:

      that’s one cute booty-shakin’ baby! the outfit is priceless!

    15. Neva says:

      Oh my, those little legs are delicious! I miss my squishy baby legs (now grown into muscular, knock kneed eight and six year old legs).

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