Seeing The Nutcracker is one of those quintessential Christmas activities that I always wanted to do but never put forth the effort to. This year, my cousin did and planned a fun evening for us.
We met Macy & Ben and her mom (my aunt), Mary, at a fun restaurant downtown for an early dinner. It was really fun to be going out on the town with my girl. When I was young, ordering a Shirley Temple was meant for special nights, so I suggested she get one. She was thrilled to be drinking a "big girl" drink and proceeded to have 3.
Macy & Ben always do such a nice job engaging Morganne in to conversation. Sometimes as parents, you get used to not talking with your kids when you are out to eat with others. It was nice to sit back and see her talk about the part in the play she just got and what classes she likes best in middle school.
The Nutcracker was at The Long Center for Performing Arts (my first time) and it is a beautiful facility. The lobby faces Lady Bird Lake and downtown Austin and has such a great view.
The performance was all with local dancers, including children and they were magnificent. I guess I always thought that ballets were boring with all dance and no talk. How can you understand what is going on?
Even though I knew the story of The Nutcracker, I had no problem following along - the gestures and movement just spoke to you. It is so interesting to see the dancers interpret the story so gracefully. You get lost in their movement and you never get bored. Truth be told, I thought that Morganne would get bored but not a bit - we had a great discussion of what was happening during intermission.
The dancers make it look effortless, as they glide across the floor. But you know it is hard work as you see the ladies dancing on their toes and hear the toe shoes clacking as they are dancing. The men leap into the air and seem to hang their - they have so much strength in their legs. The last dance of the first half, with the Snow Queen and King was just mesmerizing - they were all in white and just danced beautifully.
We had a wonderful evening - it was so great to do something different with my girl one-on-one. And I am so happy to finally say that I have seen The Nutcracker at Christmas. And I saw a ballet - number 30 on my 40 B4 40 list. Woo-hoo!
Friday, December 21, 2012
You know when your birthday is in the middle of the week and nothing is planned, it's a pretty routine day? My birthday this year fell on a Tuesday. Matt goes to work, kids go to school, Ian is at home with me. Blah.
So I choose to count my blessings throughout the day and make it an extraordinary day.
Count with me:
Birthday Blessing #1: Finding our silly elf, George hanging upside down from the wreath on the pantry door. Ok - that wasn't the blessing, but the giggles it gave my kids was.
Birthday Blessing #2: THREE cups of Pumpkin Spice coffee in my favorite Christmas Mug.
Birthday Blessing #7: Enjoying a quick "natter" with a close friend on our patio - it was 80 degrees out!!
It really was a fantastic day, filled with a TON of blessings, more than I showed you here.
And the next night, I was blessed even more, as I spent the evening at our local wine bar with 5 of my closest girlfriends!
Posted at 8:30 AM
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Instead I feel motivated.
As I sit here in my office, writing this, I face a big wall that we have covered in pictures of our family. It is a testament to our happiness, our great love and what we have accomplished in the short 39 years I have been here. Each one of these pictures holds a special memory in my heart.
And instead of feeling sad that I am almost at the "mid-point" of my life, I feel motivated to create even more fun memories. So motivated, that I am creating a list of the 40 things I want to do BEFORE I'm 40.
And to that, my husband just laughed at me - "Why must you ALWAYS create lists??"
I don't know - it's my thing.
40 B4 40
- Pay it Forward
- Start a new blog
- Learn to Snow Ski
- See the Grand Canyon
- Take a cooking class at Central Market
- Run a 9 minute mile
- Read 10 good books this year (good ones.....)
- Blog here weekly
- Do the Austin Geocache
- Take Ian to meet Lightening McQueen
- Complete a puzzle
- Climb Enchanted Rock (again)
- Enjoy a wine tasting
- Write notes & actually mail them
- Teach a class
- Have one published article
- Paint the boys' bathroom
- Volunteer with my kids
- Start a Geocache Race
- Swim in Barton Springs
- Read Gone with the Wind
- Sleep in a Tent at least once
- Family Game Night
- Pray More
- Go on a date with my son
- Cook Crab Legs
- Go on a Cruise
- Send birthday cards
- See a ballet with my daughter
- Donate Blood
- Run 2 Races
- Hot Air Balloon Ride
- Swim in the Pacific Ocean
- Order Sushi on my own
- Try Yoga
- Cook a meal from Julia Child's Cookbook
- Picnic of bread, cheese, and wine after a hike with the hubby
- Girls Spa Day
- Try Stand Up Paddleboarding
Not that I think I can accomplish all 40 things, but its a list of things I have "always wanted to do". There they are in writing. Can't back out now.
Let's just see how many I can accomplish, shall we?
Posted at 2:25 PM