The Nutcracker was beautiful. We had an amazing date night. First off, the night called for impractical shoes. So I wore these open-toed satin(ish) sandals.
Secondly, the power went out for the two hours previous to our leaving. So I got ready using all the hot water left in the tank, and used my Black and Decker as a power generator for my blow dryer and curling iron. Yes, I propped that baby up on my bathroom counter in the name of beauty. The lights came on as we pulled away from the house.
We dropped E. off at a friend's house for her first-ever "sleepover" (it was easier to just let her spend the night). Then we were off to dinner at a place just a few blocks from the ballet.
We arrived and did the picture-thing with the larger-than-life Maurice Sendak illustrations:
The seats were great; I'm glad we had balcony seats. I do wish we had been a little more center but the view was fabulous. Here is a blurry picture of the stage from our seat:
The performance was amazing and the costumes were so bright and colorful. I kept thinking of all the handbags I could make out of the fabric they wore!
We bought several Nutcracker-inspired ornaments in the gift shop and this "The Night Before Christmas" book. I know, it doesn't make sense. But it does - I've been looking for the perfect version of this book and the vintage illustrations by Margaret Evans Price just begged me to take it home. Ironically, I didn't buy any of the Nutcracker books they displayed. Instead, my mom will be sending me one she bought for me and my sister years ago.
The evening was the perfect kickoff to the Christmas season.