When I first signed up my daughter up for Watertown Blue Revue, I really had no idea what I was getting into. All I knew is that my niece talked about Watertown Blue Revue all the time because her sister was in it. I loved all her stories she told me about it. I loved the stories of how they did things together as a team, like going to to pool in the summer and having cookouts. I thought, hmmm, that sounds like an awesome organization to be part of. What I didn't realize was the traveling to different parts of the state on my Saturdays for her to compete. Ok, It was only really three of my Saturdays and the competitions were in and around the Appleton area. And actually my cousin Molly, who I barely get to see, lives up that way and I thought, what a great opportunity to see her and her daughter Bella. That brought some excitement into my heart! In addition to the traveling part, I didn't realize the cost was an arm and a leg for her to do these dance competitions and be part of the organization. There was a small downfall this summer with our family financially and actually considered pulling Ellee out of the organization, but I talked with the owners and bless their hearts. They waived any late fees that may have occurred and to pay when I could. My heart poured to out them and felt like I was in the right place. So even though I wasn't so sure about signing Ellee up for dance, there are other good things I didn't realize were going to happen. I didn't realize how many nice people are out there and willing to help. I have made new friends and acquaintances. The bonding between the moms and the girls is unbelievable! We are,by far, not the dance moms you see on TV! I didn't realize how much fun Ellee really has dancing! To see her face light up just melts my heart. I didn't realize how much fun I actually had taking her to these competitions and watching her dance. I didn't realize how much fun it would be to capture her special moments. The Saturdays became Mom and Ellee day. I actually miss our Mom and Ellee day.
Would I do it again? Absolutely! Even though money can be an issue, it will be a time in her life she will never forget and I will never forget either. I want to make her childhood as special as possible. I want her to look back one day and really appreciate what she was able to do and all the experiences she was able to go through and enjoy. I want her to remember those special times of MOM and ELLEE days. I want to remember those days.
...and besides, look at how adorable she is! Can she get any cuter? I don't think so! I am in love this costume!