Sunday, December 18, 2011

Nutcracker in San Francisco

I love to see the Nutcracker. I try to go every year. Now, I try to go every year with Maddie. We have had the tradition of going to San Francisco Nutcracker with Uncle Stephen, but he and Kayla moved. So, this year we went with our dear friends the Bairds. We had so much fun!! Maddie and her friend Shelby love ballerinas. Jodi and I do too, but we also love to watch our girls watch ballerinas!!

We woke the girls up with the news that they were skipping school and heading to San Francisco.  Maddie was so excited!  Poor Ryan cried, but he got over it pretty quickly when he remembered he was going to Cal Skate with his friend after school.
The girls watched movies and chatted all the way down to the city.  It was a great drive.  Once we arrived, we hoped to see the ballerinas all dressed up and up close, but the line was so long that the girls just wanted to hit the shop.  Maddie and Shelby each got a nice souvenir. 
Since we were one of the first ones there, both girls got to have a free teddy bear!  The performance was spectacular!  We were up very high, but had a nice perspective of the movements of the dancers.  I loved watching the faces of the girls.  They were so surprised and excited to see the magic of the show.  There is just nothing like the Nutcracker in SF.
After the ballet, we went to the Cheesecake Factory.  The girls loved it.  Jodi is quite knowledgeable about the Factory and helped us to make good choices for dessert!
The weather was so perfect that we got to eat out on the balcony.  This was our view:

The girls were giggling and playing the whole time, so Jodi an I were able to have a great time chatting and eating too.
Afterward, we shopped around in Macy's a bit.  The girls especially loved the cosmetics section.  It was quite possibly the best day of 2011 for me.  I had a terrific time and I look forward to doing it again!  Maddie is so fun, I feel really lucky that we both love to enjoy the Nutcracker.

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