Sorry for the silence around here but Wednesday-Sunday was all about the Nutcracker for me and Isla. Tech rehearsal Wednesday, dress rehearsal Thursday, performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday. But it was SO FUN! It’s an amazing production. I sat through the rehearsals and all three performances and honestly never got bored (which says a lot because 1. Isla was on stage for 30 seconds out of two+ hours, and 2. musicals/ballets are not my thing). She played Clara’s attendant and loved every second of it. She was a little nervous before the rehearsals, but by the time Friday rolled around she was super excited to perform. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’re probably tired of all of my pics… but I can’t not post them here! Plus IG limited me to 10 aaaaand I have about 10x that many. So, sorry.
We were only allowed to take pics and video during the dress rehearsal, so here she is on stage with Clara and the Nutcracker:
After the first performance with her bestie Molly. They look WIPED.
This is her sweet, sweet ballet teacher, Ms. Libby. She teaches Isla’s weekly ballet class and happened to be her Nutcracker teacher, too- so we lucked out big time (she’s in costume as a party guest):
They allowed them to come out in costume after the Saturday night performance. Here she is with her friends-since-birth, Luna and Belle. They were in last week’s production and came to watch this weekend!
More “fans”- Gia and Baba, Nana and Papa, and of course Mom, Dad and Jack.
With Clara and the Nutcracker. These older kids were incredibly kind to Isla, and I am so grateful for them. They made her feel so special and important, and what great role models for her! I love that she was able to witness how hard they worked and how seriously they took this performance.
I MEAN… how sweet is this?? Isla is smitten.
Her last performance was Sunday afternoon. Both my Aunt Kathy and Aunt Maureen came to watch, along with my cousin’s daughter Ellie.
Zach, Laura, Owen and Stevie came too but had to leave before Isla was finished changing out of her costume. So thankful for everyone who came to watch!
We didn’t get home until close to 11 on Friday and Saturday, so Isla was exhausted but recovered like a champ (not so much for this old lady). She’s already talking about next year!!