• http://www.thenewwifestyle.com/ chelsea

    love this! well done leta-what a baller. i wish i could play the piano like a badass, perhaps one day. i also love that the scoring was ‘superior!’ we should all start incorporating that into our language more often.

  • http://smithshack71.blogspot.com/ SmithShack71

    Well, I’m sitting here just grinning like an idiot.
    Well done, Leta!

  • http://www.fourandsixteen.com/ fourandsixteen

    My biggest takeaway from this is that her first thought was to call her grandmother. I love that. What a huge blessing to have family close by and to be so involved! And, of course, huge congrats to Leta!

  • Guest

    Woot Leta!

  • Michellers

    Woot, Leta!

  • http://bravissimi.blogspot.com jess crawford!

    I am a total stranger (though not a stranger to the blog) but I am SO PROUD of her!!

    Also, I want you to know that as far as I can recall, the Dozen A Day cover hasn’t changed in … let’s see … 25 years. Except I think mine was green. (OMG.)

  • tmb

    *applause* well done!

  • Anu

    Yaaay!! Congratulations Leta!!! So happy for you guys :)

  • Marie

    Congratulations to Leta! Well earned, well deserved. She looks like a rock star in that photo with Marlo and the photo on the steps. Seriously.

  • Marie

    Oh, also? Heather – the black and white photo of the two of you in the car….beautiful. I think that may be the only photo I have seen with you smiling and showing your teeth. Good to know you have some! You are beautiful! Smile big more often!

  • http://www.twitter.com/lovesmoose Carla

    But what the heck is Federation and why is it capitalized? What does this mean? Who are the judges? Does she get an award? Is she now allowed to play PG-rated music?

    And can she sing? Because I think you may have yourself a Tori Amos in the works.

  • Heidi

    So happy for Leta! But the best part of the post? That photo in the car – the one with your beautiful, genuine smile. Wins all around!

  • Karla Jackson

    Yay, Leta!

  • Marley Jakel Morgan Croy

    Congratulations on being recognized for your perseverance and practice. Great job!

  • Jennifer Cafferty-Davis

    So wonderful for Leta!

  • Angela

    I want to insert a hands clapping emoji but no such luck. Way to go, Leta!!!! I adore the pics and especially the one with Marlo on Leta’s lap. They are beautiful!

  • Nicole

    Leta has the most beautiful eyes.

  • http://www.kimskitchensink.com/ Kim’s Kitchen Sink

    Did this make me cry? No, of course not.

    Except yes it did.

  • Nancy B.

    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing this great news. Way to go, Leta!

  • Jeanie

    That is awesome! Congratulations, Leta!!

  • kaptaink

    You are smiling in that photo!!!!! For me, that pretty much trumped all the other good news in this post. Nice to see you smile.

  • JudithNYC

    OMG, woman I don’t think I had ever seen your teeth!

  • http://dustofafrica.wordpress.com/ Esther

    I love that your mother tells your daughter to call you a turd. :-) Congrats, Leta!

  • KathyB

    Congratulations to Leta! Well done. And it is in her genes to compete at a high level. Much easier on the psyche to love to win than hate to lose :) Pictures are great. The girls are getting those mile long legs. Envious, truly envious.

  • Alexsulliv

    Love the judges, your hair, the black and white photo and you keeping on her to continue to practice! Congrats Leta! Well deserved!

  • Frando Cartinus

    hy kim why you cry..?
    i’m here for you.. don’t be sad again oke

  • Teal

    Is it weird that I want Leta’s green dress, and Marlo’s heart sweatshirt in my adult size? No? Good. Congrats, Leta! You’re growing up so fast!

  • Heather

    Gorgeous! All of you! Well done, Leta!

  • Lara

    Oh, I remember Dozen A Day so well! As someone who was forced to practice piano by her own mother for 45 minutes a day for eight years (in high school I turned my focus to flute and tenor sax in marching, concert and jazz band and it was decided I would stop lessons), I say: keep encouraging (forcing) her! Although I don’t play much any more, I am so thankful for the gift of musical knowledge. I entertained my college dorm-mates with renditions of “November Rain” on the lobby piano, and my first piano has moved with me three times.

  • http://blog.shanparker.com shanparker

    Congrats Leta!!

  • Breanne

    Congratulations Leta!

  • jenstamper

    Congratulations to Leta!!

  • http://oddlovescompany.com/blog/ Katybeth

    Wonderful that Leta knew that she nailed it the judges had their heads in the right place and not up….never mind, Congratulation Dooce family!

  • Jeanne

    Practice pays off…..fantastic job Leta!! Keep up the good work. I took lessons for two years and can’t play…boohoo. I LOVE listening to the piano and only wish I had your gift. Enjoy it!! xo