the other awesome part of going to the family performance is that they get to meet some of the ballerinas before the show! last year Alice was pretty freaked out of the Mouse soldier guy, but this year, she cuddled right up to the creepy dude! they love that they get to talk and be with real ballerinas-- and seriously talk about it for weeks after.
the actual performance felt pretty dang long this year. i think it may have had to do with the fact that Alice kept leaning over during the second act asking "how much longa??? is it ovah yet??? dis is tooooo lonnnggg"
until finally she zonked out...and i wondered....how the heck am i gonna carry this bag of flour to the BART station and on the way home???? it was a struggle, but we came out on top. and it was worth it. love the Nutcracker in the city with my girls and girlfriends!
a couple of nights later, the girls got to participate in one of my favorite little dance productions, "Nutcracker in a Day" put on by Heather Simmons and Jennie Smith. my girls love getting to wear all different costumes from the Ballet and learning parts to each of the routines. it is such a cute, fun little night!
i loved when they did the Russian Dance -- so cute watching them jump all over the place!
the girls loved watching the "Sugar Plum Fairy" come out and sprinkle them all with magical dust. so much girliness, i could die.
i love that my girls have such fun, beautiful experiences like this to be a part of!