This was a very exciting year for us to go watch The Nutcracker because Ansley Kate was a gingerbread kid (which is one of my favorite parts of the ballet), and it was Elsie's first time dancing on the "big stage." She played a kid in the toy store, and both girls (and all of the dancers) did a fantastic job. I still am so amazed at how a little local dance company can put on such an amazing, wonderful ballet with fantastic choreography, costumes, props, etc.
Ansley in her third Nutcracker- this year as a Ginger Kid
Here are some pics of Elsie in her debut in The Nutcracker. How precious are these little gals!
Vada Belle insisted that she, too, was going to go dance on the "big stage" and be in The Nutcracker like her big sisters. Before going to Elsie's dress rehearsal, Vada Belle had to put her hair into a bun, put on a hand me down ballet costume, and had to show off some of her moves to us.
My Beautiful Little Dancers
The kids were really excited that Mamaw Di, Gramma Winkie, and Uncle Gerald came to watch them in the ballet:
Jackson and Ansley Kate had their Christmas programs at school a couple of weeks before Christmas, and had a great time singing some of their favorite Christmas songs.
We also did a short little Christmas play at church, and Jackson played the role of Joseph, Elsie was Mary, and Ansley and Vada Belle were angels. Before church that morning Elsie got her purse and Minnie Mouse heels to wear with her Christmas dress, and everyone got a little laugh out of when she propped those Minnie heels up on the manger scene during the play. Who knew Mary wore heels!
I decided that since our first visit with Santa didn't go so well this year (since Vada Belle wanted nothing to do with him and Elsie had an ear infection and could of cared less about meeting him at that moment), that I would take them to a local bank so they could meet him again. This time it went much better, and Vada Belle even walked up to him and sat on his lap! Jackson told Santa that he wanted a boomerang, Ansley asked for some Merida Lego's, Elsie only wanted a Tiana dress, and Vada Belle just kept her fingers in her mouth the whole time.