brothers & a daddy/daughter dance

Lots of capture the flag, soccer, football and basketball happening around our house. The girls have been far outnumbered – 3 to 7. If you count the dog, cat and hens then we outnumbered the boys. Truth be told, I kind of like it when the house is full of boys.

2.15boys-042.15boys-02In the midst of all the boys running around, I snuck away with my oldest daughter…to Target to go dress shopping.

My oldest son saw the sign, “Father/Daughter Dance Tickets on Sale Now”

I saw the sign, “Father/Daughter Dance Tickets on Sale Now”

Not knowing the other had seen the sign, we both told Chris about it. Everyone in our house knew that night was made for one little girl in our house.

Chris formally asked her to the dance and then we went shopping. She picked out about 8 dresses – from the big girl section (WHAT?!). As she tried them on, she had me video her twirling in each dress. Then she replayed the videos and determined which dress had the best spin. She was laughing. I was laughing. It was the most fun I’ve ever had shopping. I came home and told Chris I need another job just to make money to take her shopping all the time!2.15boys-01The big night came. Her little sister and I laughed the whole time we helped her get ready. The boys (brothers and friends) all made her feel special when she came out to meet her daddy.

2.15dance-012.15dance-022.15dance-03Chris said he barely got to dance with her. Something about her walking into the room and treating the night like a performance. I can’t picture that at all.2.15dance-052.15dance-06

Throughout the night Chris sent a couple pictures to us of her on the dance floor. As fun as it was to see her so happy, it was pretty awesome to watch her big brothers excited for her. I love that they made her feel so wonderful about the evening and encouraged her in it. My girls have no idea how good they have it with those boys as big brothers.

She is already talking about next year…and we are already reminding her that in a few years her little sister’s turn will come! Chris better keep his dancing shoes ready.

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  • Amy @thelittlefarmdiary - Such sweet, sweet memories Ashley. I’m totally sticking around your blog because that precious little daughter of yours is going to be quite the teenager! πŸ˜‰

  • Brenna - LOVE this! The sweetness of your boys brought me to tears. Y’all are doing an amazing job to bring up such tender hearts.

  • Lakmali - Sweet !!!!! they both look awesome!!!!!!

  • Chris - So. Much. Joy. Thanks for making my morning!

  • Rebecca - Oh be still my heart. This fills my soul with happiness for future of our twin girls with their daddy. Even before we had children he would talk about how he wanted to take his future daughters on dates. I am so incredible lucky to have a husband that will show our daughters what it means to be a man. Thank you for the beautiful glimpse into my future πŸ™‚

  • Debbie - Adorable! Thanks for sharing.

  • Nicole C - I’m 33 now and I still remember a father/daughter dance I went to. The photo I have from it helps, I just remember being there with my Dad. He still gives me up from work every Tuesday, to take me to lunch.

  • Tanya - This is so sweet in every way!
    (side note: my daughter just started shopping in the big girl section too, so when you wrote that I teared up – they grow so fast!)

  • Heather - Could it be any sweeter!! LOVE!

  • Karyn - Aw, you can just see her beautiful spirit bursting out of those photos! Daddy must have been so thrilled to be her date!

  • Diana - this is all kinds of adorable!

  • Andrea - Okay, I wish I knew you in real life. Every post about your daughter just reminds me of my daughter. I think they would be best friends (and hopefully we’d get along, too!). I also have to take pictures and videos of her in dresses so that she knows how much they twirl.

  • Erica - Oh my heart. These pictures are precious and what sweet memories!

  • Tracie M. - Performance! That’s exactly what happened when my husband took our daughter to their first daddy-daughter dance. He hardly got to dance with her at all!

    Beautiful pictures and such a precious time in her life.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - So sweet! Firecracker, you look amazing!

  • Heather - Love this! The picture of her looking up at him melts my heart πŸ™‚

  • Amy K. - I am highly embarrassed that I have NEVER chosen a dress based on its spin-ability… thanks to Firecracker, my priorities have been corrected. =)

  • candace - I love the backlighting on the basketball pics!

  • Shana - Beyond precious!!! Having a daddy to invest in your life is priceless!

  • Amy Cornwell - So precious!

  • Elise - Beautiful post!!! I love the look in her eyes!!!! You are such an encouragement!!! You are a blessing to so many moms that you may never meet!

  • Jakob - This post is amazing. There is many things that can be said. But the most of apperant of them all is that fatherΒ΄s heart for his child. It is beautiful, so beautiful, how happy they both look, the joy in his face. She is so blessed to have a father like that. Some thing many can only dream of and spend there whole life chasing after, she is blessed with that. That makes me both smile and cry, it is so moving. Chris is a great father and I just want to encourage you all. The boys is wonderful too, the way they encourage their sister. You have a way of beeing family that inspires. God bless all of you.

  • Krystin Robertson - So sweet! The shopping trip sounds hilarious!

  • Julie - You are so lucky to have such moments in your country…I love that concept and the way it is formalized..Love your daughter s face on the ” tango step” photo! It made me laugh so much!