The Nutcracker 2013

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Every family has their own set of holiday traditions, and I plan to fill you in on some of ours a little later this week. One thing that we started last year was going to the Nutcracker Ballet.

 

K1, a friend and myself, have gone together the last two years. And plan to continue this ladies tradition for years to come.

 

Last year K1 was 2.5 and I felt that she was old enough to sit through the performance. I knew she would love it, because she has always been drawn to dancing. Sitting still and staying is another story. I planned ahead and snuck in snacks. While she had her own seat we passed her back and forth between us. She made it through the whole ballet. During the intermission I did everything I could to get her to run, run, run in those short 15 minutes. Just to burn as much energy as possible. I also found myself walking the aisles until the minute the dancing started, just so she had to sit for the shortest amount of time possible.

 

I knew all of those things would not be necessary this year. It’s crazy how much our kids change in just one year. I love how accommodating The San Diego Civic Youth Ballet seems to be. Last year another mom suggested this particular ballet because they didn’t mind her kids dancing in the aisles. When we arrived last year, that is basically what the attendants told me without my asking. They just saw my tiny one and knew. I appreciated the reassurance, especially when you see everyone dressed all fancy.

 

I don’t exactly know why I thought this year would be completely easy breezy, but I was wrong. It was still a challenge, just a different challenge.

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Naturally all photography is with my camera phone, because photography during the ballet is not allowed.

 

This year my 3.5 year old did well, but ……. isn’t there always a but with kids? She convinced herself that the Nutcracker himself was scary before the lights even went down to start the show. She wanted to leave when all we were doing was sitting in our seats. I toughed through her shrieks because I knew she was going to love it, just like last year. It’s a good thing mommy’s know better than their little counterparts, because as soon as little girls in pretty dresses started prancing across the stage she was sucked in.

 

No that was not the end of our struggle. I didn’t expect that she would want a constant commentary, or that she would have one to share.

 

“Mommy, what’s that girls name? There are 5 mice up there! Mommy there are 10 little girls, I want to count them, what’s that guys name?” And so on, throughout the entire ballet.

 

Then the sugar. Oops! I told her she could have a snack at the break, and mostly let her pick whatever she wanted. Fruit snacks, and grape juice, oh my. She didn’t drink all the juice, but did eat all the sugar fruit snacks. That made her just a little bit more crazy in the second half. I should also add that we went to a 7 PM showing and the time of day could also have effected her some. The good news is that the second half moves the fastest and is the loudest.

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Either way it was till a good time. My friend and I talk about the day we might get to go to the grown up ballet, but after yesterday I realize that is still quite a few years away.

 

I also decided yesterday that I need a nutcracker box. Like just a box decorated to somehow resemble the Nutcracker ballet. I want to save the tickets and programs from each year. Yes at some point it might just become trash, but it would be sweet to save them for K1. I also want to put her nutcracker ornaments in there. I figure there are enough characters in the Nutcracker that a new ornament each year could be possible for a very very long time. Then one day it will be one cute box that she will take with her …… not anytime soon of course, filled with memories.

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The civic youth ballet is a non profit, so aside from ticket sales, snack and gift purchases they rely on donations to support their program. I knew that this year and that is why I planned to buy snacks there, when I could have brought them with me. That is also the reason I decided to let K1 pick out an ornament there. We won’t get on there every year, but for now, to support their program we will.

 

Naturally she HAD to have the pink ballerina. She had a choice between two poses and settled on the one in the picture. All in all we had a great time and I love this tradition.

 

Anyone know any great guy things to do for the holidays? (Boys need traditions too)

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