Saturday, January 2, 2010

The Nutcracker

‘Dancing is like dreaming with your feet! ‘

~Constanze

Well, I forced a teensy bit of culture on the boys this week.sunday citar

Much to their chagrin, we headed off to

the Pennsylvania Ballet to see

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

nutcracker 009We got to the city early,

so we braved the blustery winds

and headed to Ted’s Montana Grill

in center city for lunch.

We were the only people in the restaurant.

The children loved it.

They felt very grown up!nutcracker 001  Naji really liked Grace.

nutcracker 010My friend Katrina and her two sweet girls went with us.

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Everyone was enchanted.nutcracker 015

Especially Grace.

I know this isn’t a great picture,

but there is something I just love about it.nutcracker 006 Our seats were sort of high.

The kids thought that was super cool!nutcracker 012 nutcracker 014 nutcracker 007

My Mom makes every event more special.

We were all glad she came!

Katrina was the only one of us who had ever been

to a ballet before.

nutcracker 008Naji was done after the first act.

He wanted to spit over the edge of the balcony after that…

I kid you not.

Don’t worry!

We curtailed that activity.

They JOY of boys…

It was a grand adventure.

Do you go to the ballet?SundaysinmyCity

What is your favorite?

55 comments:

BeckeyZ said...

I haven't taken the kids to the ballet yet, but we have gone to the symphony several times. They love it!

TanishaRenee said...

ooooh, I love the Nutcracker! I can't wait until my boys are a little older so I can take them.

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!!!

TanishaRenee said...

ooooh, I love the Nutcracker! I can't wait until my boys are a little older so I can take them.

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!!!

Yelena R. said...

That looks awesome! I've always wanted to go to a Nutcracker performance :) Looks like you had lots of fun!

nuts said...

amazing post you have here! great photos too...

Alicia said...

LOL, he wanted to spit over the balcony! Such a boy!

My friends son cried after intermission because he was soooooo bored. He thought it was over and was so upset that there was the second part..LOL!!

I was supposed to go on a homeschool field trip to the Nutcracker with my youngest daughter (because none of my other kids wanted to go), but my mom ended up not feeling good that day to watch them.

Christine Forest, M.D. said...

I think it's great for children to be exposed to many different art forms. Even though they may be bored, in time, they may appreciate it, or at least, they can't say they've never been to a ballet.

Sonya said...

WOW loved the photos!!! I have never ever been to a ballet..but I want to..I just havent found a way to convince my husband to take me to one yet. I want to see the musical Wicked really bad too. Have a wonderful week!

Marilyn said...

That is just the bestest thing ever--to take kids to the ballet. I never took mine. Shame on me. I have only been to one and my piano teacher took me---her daughter was my best friend. Good for you for adding a little culture. Spitting is normal for boys. Glad you didn't let it happen at the ballet. They can do that anywhere--almost. Happy 2010

angelcel said...

What a lovely set of photos and what a lovely memory for everyone to keep. :)

Martha in PA said...

We've seen the Nutcracker, but not in a theater as beautiful as that! Looks like a great day!!!!

Brian Miller said...

what a cool looking theatre. my wife wa a ballerina for 18 years so i have seen my fair share. a little culture is not bad...and i love my dancer.

Ocean Girl said...

Enchanting, the pictures, the show, the family and their friends.

Busy Bee Suz said...

No ballet for me...even I find it boring. :)
Did you like the paper straws at Teds?

Jen said...

nice pictures! I have always wanted to see the nutcracker!

Keeper of the Skies Wife said...

I love the Nutcracker! Great pictures!!

Grandma J said...

I love all your photos. You can tell the kids are excited about going to fancy places.

Happy New Year to all of you!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Oh, I love the Nutcracker, though it's not my favorite. But I can't wait to take the Tongginator to see it during the holidays next year. We wanted to wait til she was just a bit older, but her momma can't seem to wait any longer. Happy New Year to y'all!

Kristina P. said...

What a fun outing for them!

Suki said...

I've been to the Nutcracker before and after the first half an hour I thought "What are they doing there?" but in the end I got the story ;)
I really love the picture of Grace playing with the things on the table.

Happy Sunday Citar, my friend.

Joanna Jenkins said...

The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition for me! Glad you took the kids-- Everyone needs to see it-- at least once :-)

Happy New Year!
xo

Ms. Wanda said...

OMG how wonderful, I feel bad my daughter is a dancer and she wanted to go to see the Nutcracker so bad this year:( I felt bad that I could not take her, I'm going to try to get her to see Alvin Ailey in February! This pictures are wonderful!!!

Mrs4444 said...

Everyone should go to the ballet at least once in their lives. I think I've been once or twice (not counting the class I took in college :) Your pics make me think I should go again :)

He & Me + 3 said...

Awesome pictures and what fun. I so love the theater. I saw the Nutcracker back in college. Oh it was soooo good.

Land of shimp said...

I love that picture also. Do you know the old superstition about souls and pictures? I clearly don't believe it, but that's the sort of picture that makes you understand why it would occur to anyone in the first place.

My immediate thought was, "Oh, what a warm soul that little girl must be!"

Everyone needs to see the Nutcracker when they are children, and again as an adult (when we take children, of course!).

Thank you for sharing the trip, and the pictures. Happy New Year to you, and your family.

Skip Simpson said...

Hi Kaishon! Nice site! You visited mine, so I thought I'd return the favor. Happy New Year!

Pam D said...

My boy has never been to the ballet... the spitting over the rail urge would be the reason why. We have, however, been to Ted's! (not yours, though). And we did listen to the Nutcracker soundtrack in the car throughout December; now that my boy is in the band, he really LIKES listening to music and picking out the instruments. And he LOVES nutcrackers so much that he has several in his room. Duh.. why DIDN'T we go see The Nutcracker? Can you please remind me next year before it's too late?
p.s. there's a show running in Atlanta called "Cavalia".. sort of a Cirque du Soleil with horses. I want to see it so bad, but it ends its run here on Tuesday. And the tickets are astronomical. Guess I'll settle for the DVD....

4 Lettre Words said...

Good for you...and I love it. As my oldest turns 6, I am so glad that I've exposed him to a variety of "stuff"! ;O)

lytha said...

thanks for visiting my blog. so many thoughts flood my head as i read your blog.


but most of all, i want your yankee candle.

do you know there are no scented candles in germany? those that say they are have no scent at all?

oh, for a simply glade candle. or...your yankee one!

what is the matter with this place!

~Lytha

Teacher Tom said...

That looks and sounds like such fun. And what a beautiful theater!

We haven't been to the ballet in years although we spent a couple years as season ticket holders when our girl was younger. She didn't like the modern stuff nearly as much as the classical.

Yaya said...

The Nutcracker comes here once a year around Thanksgiving. I just love it.

Oh My Goddess said...

I love that! So special to see the Nutcracker for the first time.

And to see someone else seeing the Nutcracker for the first time!

Happy New Year!

jlo said...

Can you believe I've never seen the Nutcracker?

Traci said...

With the holidays, I haven't been by in a while and what a great post to return to. I love the ballet but haven't been in years. I think that the Nutcracker is the most magical of ballets.

Here's wishing you and yours the loveliest of new years. Happy 2010!

American in Norway said...

You always have the best pictures- sigh- looks like a great time.

I went to the Ballet once in St.Petersburg , Russia... it was AMAZING

Mighty M said...

What a wonderful day - will you make it an annual event? I haven't been to a ballet other than the Nutcracker, and it has been a long time since I have seen that. But I look forward to taking my daughter sometime soon. :)

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I love that you take the kids to cultural events. I did laugh at the thought of someone having spit landing on their head.

FROGGITY! said...

thank you so much for stopping by my blog! i am LOVING this post!!! so wonderful!!! the nutcracker is so magical. i am sure a good time was had by all. blessings in 2010 to you and yours.

Peterson Family said...

Your pics are always stunning! And I love that your mother was there! Awesome family time!

Happy New Year!

WackyMummy said...

We haven't been to the ballet, and I don't know if we will, as Evan likes to put on his own shows too much! Great photos. =)

Leah Fry said...

Hi and thanks for visiting my blog. Fry is my married name and I live in Texas, so sorry, I am not your college friend. Funny, though. My husband and I are both PA born and raised -- he in Meadville and I in the Bethlehem, but we met in Texas.

I actually danced in an amateur production of the Nutcracker once. I was one of the party guests.

Nancy C said...

Such beautiful shots. I think the whole experience...eating out, dressing up, the event itself is what makes these events such lifelong memories.

DD said...

Oh what a great experience! My parents use to take us every Christmas...I guess I will have start back up that tradition when Annabelle is old enough!

Hilary said...

Oh that's wonderful and I love the photos of their smiling faces. These children are just beautiful. And I laughed out loud at the thought of spitting over the edge of the balcony. Culture takes time. ;)

Baloney said...

You are brave taking those boys to the ballet!!
That building is gorgeous!

keli.h said...

beautiful captures of a divine afternoon!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

I went once. I think I was about Jr. High age. I remember being really upset that my mom fell asleep!

Holly Homemaker said...

That is one fantastic quote right there, love it!

Unknown Mami said...

I love coming along on all your adventures!

Liz said...

The ballet looks like fun! I've never been to one.

Jenny in Utah said...

I am always amazed at those of you who manage to get a boy through a ballet ... serioulsy - lol that he was ready to spit off the balcony - LOVE IT!

Makes me want to go, haven't been for a few years and I just love the Nutcracker - it's so magical.

Fresh Mommy said...

What a great time!!! I love that you took the boys, and it looks like it all went rather well. You had your job cut out for you, no doubt, but you did great!! This will always be a great memory. :)

mimbles said...

I've never been to the ballet, despite having taken ballet lessons till I was 12 and having a daughter about to start her 8th year of ballet lessons. It's on the "to do" list but I'm not sure I'd be game to take the boys with me!

Your photos are gorgeous and it looks like it was a magical day, what a wonderful experience for everyone - even if some attention spans weren't quite up to the whole thing! :-)

Live.Love.Eat said...

I have yet to go to a ballet but it looks like fun with the whole fam especially when there's grub involved at some point :)

wholly jeanne said...

my favorite ballet is nutcracker. hands down. and my favorite nutcracker character is the one that always scared my kids: mama ginger. and for the record, i don't like her cause she scared my kids. i like her cause she's tall. and funny. and she has a way with kids.