the nutcracker and some holiday cheer

December 16, 2008 |  Category:   dining out family holidays life nyc

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Mia, Mark’s mom and I took a break from cookies on Sunday to go see the Nutcracker (an abbreviated, 1 hour kid’s version, staged by the NY Theater Ballet). It was Mia’s first trip to the theater of any kind, and she was excited to say the least. In preparation to going to the ballet, we’ve been listening to the music and reading the book so that she would be familiar with the story that would unfold onstage. She was mesmerized. “Are those people real?”, she asked. And at one point in the middle of the production, a huge grin spread on her face and she said very sheepishly, “I like this!”. Afterwards, she chatted with some of the child dancers in the lobby and deliberated very carefully on her choice of purchase for a Clara tree ornament.

On the way home, we stopped by an Italian cafe for lunch, just the 3 of us ladies, dining on panini, drinks, and an ambrosia cake to share. Lani’s been here for almost 2 weeks, watching the girls and giving them attention while we work. We honestly would not have been able to get through this time without her. As crazy as it was, the time went by fast. I could tell M was a little stressed over Lani’s departure date almost as soon as she arrived. So they hung a calendar up on her wall next to the bed and marked the days as they passed. She leaves tonight, right before dinnertime and it will be quite a few more months before they see her again since she lives across the country in Washington state. Kids are resilient, but we’ll see how the girls do. I am not fond of good byes either.

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  • kitty December 16, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    I’m very used to Mia’s haircut now. At first it was oh my god it’s all chopped off!
    I like it more and more.

  • woodley park-zoo December 16, 2008 at 10:42 pm

    Girls night ouuuuuut!
    That is so so so so so so so so sweet that she loves her grandmum so much to be stressed… not that THAT is the happy part, but you know what I mean! I myself don’t communicate that well with my grandparents due to language barriers and meeting late in life, alas, but of course familial love is there…

  • joni December 17, 2008 at 12:44 am

    what a very new york moment…a show, light food, classy settings

  • joni December 17, 2008 at 12:44 am

    next time, give mia a demi moore-in-ghost haircut. she’ll look all chic

  • Stella December 17, 2008 at 10:56 am

    That’s so great that you have family support and time together. And these pictures are really great; they capture an ease and sweetness in the ladies of your family.

  • jennifer December 17, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    love this post jenna!

  • Shannalee December 28, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    That little polka-dotted coat is the cutest thing ever!

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