I know, I know this post is from around Christmas time, but when I am on a blogging run, you just have to go with it:)
Thanksgiving weekend the girls performed The Nutcracker! Or this year we dance parents called it the 'mini nutcracker' since so many of the older girls have moved on. It was for sure not like the past performances, but it was excellent. Performance weekends are always very busy and exhausting for me. Derek is the lucky guy and just goes to one (at the most two) performances, but I have to do all of the 'mommy' duties. By the end us girls are beat. We do have a good time though. We always find a great place to eat. The concession table is always fun and a great way to get last minute gifts, the girls have so much fun on stage and playing with friends backstage. Of course, they get flowers and big hugs from everyone that comes to see them. This time only Grandma came, she is very supportive. But the best part of dance weekend is the MAKEUP! Emma enjoys that very much. Daddy, not so much.
We get the girls these and then for days they linger around the house and scare the heck out of me. Yet, I keep buying them.
Our babies did such a great job. They are such beautiful ballerinas.
Then after one of my 5k's Emma and I hit the road to VEGAS! Love the open road and I swear each time we go their the distance/time gets shorter. Then there is The Nutcracker performed at The Smith Center by the NBT, watching that is worth the miles!
Then for the reason for our yearly trip. The Nutcracker! It was a Christmas present from my dear friend and I appreciated it so much. So unexpected. As many of you know that from reading our blog we go to Vegas a few times a year to watch the NBT perform. In the past we go to support the dance studio our girls dance at, the owner's daughter Krista dances there. But now we have another reason to go. Madison dances there now! She signed a contract at the age of 15. Amazing. The show was great! Probably the best I had seen so far. Then again I am partial:)