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Barre Work

Backlit Reagan BLOG
Could this be the face of NYC Ballet’s next prima ballerina?

Future Ballerina BLOG
That might be a stretch(no pun intended), but she is showing some early signs of interest.
Take a look her “barre work”

Future Ballerina Collage One BLOG
Future Ballerina Collage Two BLOG
Reagan(or maybe I should call her LL Cool J with her uneven pant legs)was bound and determined to get her leg up on the “barre” and was not going to give up without a fight.

Future Ballerina Collage Three BLOG

Her makeshift ballet barre is really the foot rest to our “bar”
I took these pictures Sunday afternoon after a little floor tea party broke up between the girls. That is why you see miscellaneous plates and spoons at Reagan’s feet. I’ll post those pictures later this week.

Barre Work at the Orphanage BLOG
The day we met her in Changsha, we were handed a bag that contained everything we had sent in her carepackage while we were waiting for our travel approval. One of those items was a disposable camera so as soon as we returned to the states, we had the film developed.

Most of the photos were of the orphanage itself, there were a few of her playing, and then there were a few of her standing at this ballet barre against the mirrors in the big playroom. We saw this room the day we visited Chenzhou. It was a very clean and spacious and we were told that Reagan and the other babies her age, went to the playroom everyday between 9 & 11am and then again between 3 & 5pm to get their exercise.

My guess is that our “bar” brought back some memories of the “barre” in Chenzhou!

Anyone else think that ballet lessons might be in her future?

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  • Jill - FNA Photography - What a precious post! Her outfit GORGEOUS!!!! Love it!

    I can see her dancing and twirling in the near future!!!!

    Love and hugs for your day! Have a blessed one!

  • Love Letters To China - Definitely see ballet lessons in her future! Such determination in her facial expression. She looks so adorable…looks like she’s keeping the flowers in her hair again too.


    p.s. Boy has she grown since she’s home. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Aleasing - What if she really does make it to the NYC ballet?

    These pictures will be

    I was wondering where in the world you found the “barre” ^_^ReplyCancel

  • Jodee - These pictures are just adorable! I love, love, love her ruffled skirt and bow!ReplyCancel

  • elliotts - She is a doll! I love her facial expressions!! And yes, I see ballet in her future! :)ReplyCancel

  • redmaryjanes - She is just beautiful. I love her little outfit and those shoes are fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle R Photography - Lisa – this is so adorable!! Yes, she is a determined little one. I love that little “I can do it!” spirit in her. It is so evident in all your pictures. And I love that these pictures show how petite she must be, considering this is the foot bar. So cute!!!ReplyCancel

  • paige - absolutely!!!
    & i can’t wait to watch this beautiful baby girl grow & blossom

  • Tutus and Choo-Choos - That pink ruffled skirt is too cute! Ballet lessons may definitely be in her future!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra - She is TOO adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! - Thanks girls!! This little tutu skirt came with the pants attached and there are even knee pads built in. Baby Gap thinks of everything, don’t they?

    My favorite photo is the second from last in the series of six. DETERMINED is an understatement…LOL!

    Hope you all have a great Monday~ReplyCancel

  • Kelly And Allison - OMG.. She is too adorable. She melts my heart. What a little darling.ReplyCancel

  • The Byrd's Nest - Absolutely! I love how when she finally got it up there, you could see her determination by the way her little tongue was hanging out. lol
    She is so precious!ReplyCancel

  • Terri - With out a doubt! Definite ballerina in the future!ReplyCancel

  • Gail - Oh my gosh….she is THE cutest!!!!
    And definitely prima ballerina material. For sure! Love the last one where she’s trying so hard to get her leg up.

    Her little outfit and shoes are just precious, Lisa.


  • jennifer - That is so precious! You can see how hard she worked to get that leg up there!! Could she get it down? lol…so adorable!!!ReplyCancel

  • a Tonggu Momma - Oh, I know this touches your heart in a special way, Lisa. And – truly – it’s precious no matter what one’s occupation is. Because Reagan? Is adorable. And yes, maybe possibly a future ballerina.ReplyCancel

  • Marla - Hahahaha!! She is so stinking cute with that little tongue sticking out in the last one. Love these!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - How precious! And that last photo is priceless!

  • Wanda - Uh-huh! Definately a prima ballernina in the making. (Must make her dancing mama so proud.)

    I can’t get over how she has grown so much. These pictures are just delightful – every one of them Lisa. You had me at first though. I really thought you had installed a mini barre, just for her.

    We’re so lucky to have those early pictures from their orphanages. They really add to the whole beginning puzzle. Can’t wait to see more.

    Stay warm and safe, my friend!


  • Maddy - How adorable!! I do see a little ballerina in your future :) Can’t wait to see the pics from the tea party!ReplyCancel

  • Cora - She is so adorable! We has a picture of Chloe at that mirror too!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Total cuteness!ReplyCancel

  • Ellie - awwwww she is so cute! I’m thinking YES! ballet is definitely in her future!

    love the pink & black outfit!!

    xo ellieReplyCancel

  • Briana's Mom - A definite prima ballerina in the making! Adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia/NYC - Absolutely beautiful!! And whether she is a ballerina, a doctor, or whereever her path takes her, she will be fabulous!!ReplyCancel

  • Football and Fried Rice - Oh my goodness! Cute then, cute now!! I ABSOLUTELY see dancing in your princesses’ future! Any chance to wear a tutu – bring it!ReplyCancel

  • Between You and Me - she is beyond beautiful and I can’t wait to watch her grow and become all that God made her to be…..

    I do see ballet in her future! :)))ReplyCancel

  • Lori Lynn - It’s a darling series. I am sure there must be a little ballet in her future. She is clearly sending you a message.

    I wish I hadn’t waited so long to enroll my youngest in gymnastics. She has been begging me for so long and now when I see her at the lessons, she is clearly on Cloud 9.ReplyCancel

  • Casey - How cute!! She is just the sweetest thing… Can’t wait to watch her career blossom!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - Hi! Would love to see Reagan become my “claim to fame”!! I think she has the determination to go out and get whatever her heart desires Lisa! dxReplyCancel

  • Alyson and Ford - Wow, how cute!! So glad she had an exercise room at her orphanage (AA didn’t have any and could barely walk at two years old). Sweet Reagan is a joy to see photo by photo.

    Alyzabeth’s MommyReplyCancel

  • jade - Those facial expressions are priceless! Amazing how you always manage to get the perfect pictures at the perfect time and moment – sigh, if only… And yes, the leggings and tutu and kneepads: just perfect, but so are the shoes and the barre and the flower bow and your daughter! And hurray for the exercise room in China, and the secret pictures taken – what great treasures for Reagan! (ps she still reminds me of my daughter, climbing on top and over things, and once she has her mind set on doing something, she will, all by herself, no help needed thank you very much)ReplyCancel

  • snekcip - Why of course she will!!!Look at that stamina!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - These are just way too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne - How do you always have your camera ready at just the right moment. Gorgeous photos of a gorgeous baby

  • Mimi - Oh Lisa, these are so adorable! I love the determined look on her face, and the little tongue sticking out!
    Loved the last few posts too, esp of Sarah, who I always think looks much more than 4 yrs old. Sorry haven’t had time to comment till now!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Lou - After always looking in the mirror, I wonder if she misses herself.

  • Heather Hale - Reagan is so cute. Yeah, it very well could have seemed familiar to her.ReplyCancel

  • DiJo - I can just see them doing an interview with her someday, and these photos will be flashed on the screen… Do you have a barre in your house? Were you a dancer Lisa? I am assuming so! I think these are absolutely precious!!!! You definitely have a ballerina in your midst!!!! And, a CUTE one too!!!


  • Sue - So cute!

    Looks like she has a bright future in dance. ; )


  • Tara - Love the skirt and leggings!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Ankerich - I’m thinking definitely!!! Adorable!!! Love the now pics and the then one too~ priceless!!!
    Joy to you!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Very seet! Can’t belive how much she is changing!ReplyCancel

  • Kayce - Yup, I’m thinking ballet is in your very near future!! Too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Jenney - Ok, I am crying. The mood music from your blog doesn’t help that out :o)
    That is just very sweet. How precious to have pictures of her from before you got to adopt her. I think ballet lessons would be quite fitting!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Toooo CUTE..
    sorry haven’t been around.. kind of busy over here.. need to get my blog caught up..
    LOVE all the photos..

  • dollsaga - what about being a figure skater like Michelle Kwan?!ReplyCancel

  • Leah and Maya - I love her tongue sticking out as she concentrates and gets her leg finally up on the barReplyCancel

  • Virginia - Sooo cute! I love her facial expressions in these photos.

    Gin =)ReplyCancel

  • Dita - This post just made me cry tears of happiness. I cannot believe the strides this gorgeous, courageous child has made in such a short time.

    I will never forget the day you arrived off that plane and every single day from then on I marvel at the life that unfolds in front of Reagan.

    How lucky we are to witness it…..the colors and the lighting here were absolutely breathtaking!


  • 3 Peanuts - Just catching up after a long week:) Love the ballerina photos:) reagan does look like she know what she is doing there:)

    Love the post on Sarah and their sister relationship…so beautiful. they are blessed to have one another:)


  • Jonni - Now that’s the most natural ballerina I have ever seen. That is so neat about the picture in China too. Lisa, Sarah and Reagan are such dolls! You must have the best time with them. :) Great pictures Lisa.ReplyCancel

  • Fritchey - Absolutely gorgeous, precious, and sweet photos of your little angel! TFS!!!!ReplyCancel

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