This year, we were invited to attend The Nutcracker with the ladies from our church. Kari was supposed to come down and go with us, but she had to study for a final. Bradley and Lincoln were going to have a Daddy-Baby date, but he had to go to San Antonio for a family member's graduation, so we all headed out for an afternoon at the ballet. I was very nervous about how my very active little boy was going to do.
Our seats were amazing. We were five rows back, and we were almost dead center. If you are in Houston and planning on going to The Nutcracker, I high recommend attending a performance at the Stafford Center. It is a smaller production, but it was so convenient and affordable. Mom and Brit went the year before at the Wortham, and they could hardly see what was happening on stage. We were definitely not going to have that issue!
They chose a special princess to come on stage and meet the principle ballerina. I snapped this photo before the little lady made it there because I thought the dancer looked so regal--like a real princess. Lincoln slept through the first half of the show, and after intermission he started to stir. I pulled out the snacks and silently gave him puffs while he watched the mice running around on the stage. Such a champ!
Emmarie LOVED the show. She kept going on and on about how she wanted to be a dancer and how pretty all the dancers were.
Another benefit to attending a smaller show is that the cast members come out and take photos! We were of course all about that, and Emmy was not shy about jumping in.
Before we left the theater, we put my phone on a brick in the wall and snapped a photo. We had such an amazing time, and I cannot wait to make this into an annual tradition.