Levy in the Nutcracker

I can't tell you enough how great our entire experience was with the Northeast Ballet Company production of the Nutcracker. Both professional and family like, Northeast Ballet made us feel at home even though it was Levy's first time performing, and they put on such a fantastic show. I was so nervous sitting there in the audience and when Mother Ginger came out with that huge skirt and my little gingerbread in it I could hardly breathe. But Lev did a great job, and I was so proud of her. I was so proud of all of the performers, and everyone that made the show possible. In a world that sometimes seems like traditions are left behind, sitting in that beautiful theater with all of us watching a ballet from 1892 felt so right. If I could freeze time, yesterday would be a moment I would stay in for a while. Levy is still so little, half a baby still but half a big girl. She still misses mommy when she gets on the bus but was strong enough to get up there and try something she had never done before, something I, as a grown up, would have been nervous to try. It is times like yesterday afternoon that help bolster me up as a mom. Through the days when I feel like I'm failing at everything, the days when I forget to send in snack or the show and tell item, days when I can't be there because of work, days when I'm ready to throw in the towel, days when it seems like I yell more than I encourage. It is those days that remind you that through some of the tougher times as a parent, these amazing moments can pop up to remind you how much you wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. It was the best Christmas present I could ever ask for.

I want to say a special thanks to Northeast Ballet Company for helping to give me such a special memory I will remember for my entire life. It enchanted Levy completely as well, throughout the rehearsal process I told her that when she was done we would see if she still really wanted to do ballet, and last night she assured me she wanted to do it again as soon as possible. I just signed her up for beginner ballet at Myers here in Saratoga, I can't wait to see her in her little ballet uniform again. Especially now that I am a bun expert...

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