Friday, January 29, 2010

My Tailor Made Models

I was talking with a friend at the dance studio a couple of days ago, and we were discussing pageants. She said that her girls would never go for that. She said they would complain about the dresses, and don't really like to be in one place for too long. She says they're not really girly girls, and that's ok, because she wasn't either.

I was quite the tomboy myself. There wasn't a tree I couldn't climb! I played tee ball, football, kickball, dodge ball, and anything I could to outdo the boys. But as I got older, I began to fall in love with ruffles and lace, earrings, and ribbon and perfume.

Once I began to have my own children, I felt blessed to have girls who were girly, because I want to put them in all the girly things I can! All of my girls love dance, fashion, shopping, and dress up. They also love the camera. All this makes it so much easier to showcase my creations to the world.

Alannah is my baby. At 3, she is the youngest to enter Mommy's tailor made world. Ironically, she's had the most benefit from it, because she's 3 and 4 years younger than her sisters. This makes hand-me-down clothes touch and go. Basically, it takes that many years for her to get into the clothes, so in the meantime, she's stuck out. So I've had to do quite a bit of sewing for her, so that she could have a wardrobe. The fact that her need came at the height of my creativity was a plus for her. Alannah loves new clothes. She also loves playing with her baby dolls, going to school, and baby ballet.

Michaela is my middle girl. I call her the closet diva! She's the one who loves tee ball, basketball, and football, but I'll catch her going through the fashion magazines. Michaela is the one who told me last year not to put her in dance this year, because she wanted to play basketball. But after she got her costumes and performed on stage, she was hooked. I knew Michaela was a little fashion girl when I started noticing how many times she'd change clothes in a day. She'd start out the day in a denim skirt, and end it in leggings. I actually had to threaten her to stop running through so many of her clothes in one day!

Michaela is 6. She also loves new clothes and shopping. She loves school, year round even, and she likes to write. She takes ballet, tap, and jazz, and she likes to play with her Bratz dolls with her big sister. Michaela loves posing for my photo shoots, which is great, because the camera loves her. I always have to choose which photos not to use, because almost every one she takes is beautiful. It's a good thing she's going to be tall, because there might be a career in modeling here!

Aaleigha was my first baby girl. At 8 she's my oldest daughter, and she knows it. And trust me, she lauds it over the other two! Aaleigha is the daughter I call my diva. She's very particular about everything. She can already dress herself perfectly, down to the shoes. She knows what things can go together, and which things can't. She even tried to correct me one day!

Though all my girls love the mall, I'd have to say that Aaleigha is my shopaholic. If we're in the store, she can find something she needs, and there's no shortage of those things! She likes jewelry, sunglasses, lip gloss, nail polish, purses...all the things a girl could want! It's almost hard to say no to her sometimes, because she's so good at what she picks out. She already knows that she wants to design clothes for a living, and has actually already begun to draw out some things. But Aaleigha's first passion is dance. She takes, tap, jazz, ballet, and hip hop. She's already trying to talk me into clogging for next year! She was chosen to perform in Production this year, which is exciting, so I hope this means bigger and better things are to come.

I'm so excited to share this sewing experience with my girls. I remember telling my husband, after I had my son, that we couldn't stop at just the boy that he was satisfied with. I said I needed a babydoll...and I got 3! And even though I'll never force them to be interested in everything, I'm so blessed to have three little girls who love to do what Mommy does!

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