I bought our tickets the day they went on sale.(6 months in advance) It was one of those stalking Ticketmaster moments. Our seats were front and center. The best seats we've ever had at the ballet. Heather and Mia were excited to come as well. Heather and I decided to make a weekend of it, so we planned a girls get away with a Nutcracker theme. We stayed at the lush Bohemian hotel in downtown Orlando. It was so exciting getting ready in our fancy clothes, then heading off to the evening ballet. I asked my favorite cookie designer to make cookies for the girls to have at bedtime at the hotel. She made each of them a Nutcracker, Ballerina, and Mouse. The cookies were adorable. We also ordered matching beautiful red plaid nightgowns for the girls to wear to bed. It was such a magical Christmas memory. I hope the girls never forget. I know I sure won't.
After it was all said and done, Amanda Lily told me she wants to be "Clara" in the Nutcracker. She said she's going to work hard, and when she's 10 years old, that's what she's going to do. I told her to go for it. And folks, stayed tuned, or at least check back in a few years, because I wouldn't be one to bet against her when she's put her mind to something.
Opening Christmas presents
Bohemian lobby Christmas Trees
Sweet Plaid Nightgowns