Happy Presidents Day or Katy Perry Day. Whichever.

My middle brought home some papers in her folder the other day. As elementary schoolers have a habit of doing. The amount of paper these kids bring home is suffocating. It’s everywhere. Some get hung up, some get put in the hanging file on the wall, some ends up on my desk. There is paper the children have manipulated in some way on every surface of my house.

But this one was special. I saw it and knew you would love it.

Happy Presidents Day or Katy Perry Day. Whichever.

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The caption says “He didn’t go to school for a long time.”

I asked her very cheekily if this was George Washington or Katy Perry.

She burst out laughing. “Oh my gosh mama it does sort of look like her. I didn’t mean for it too.”

In her defense we did just watch the Superbowl halftime show two days prior to this illustration. Had there been a dancing shark in the picture too I would have been much more concerned, or amused.

Whichever.

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The grass is greener where you water it.

A quote by Neil Barringham. Made pretty by the people at the blog Are you Serious.

You can buy a postcard of it there :-)

This snow outside is quite high and I’m dreaming of spring and the smell of grass. But that’s not what this quote is about is it. I’m am in and out on here and on social media becasue I’ve been spending more time watering the grass at home ;-)

 

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Happy Everything 2014

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I have been saying NO to my kids for so long about getting a video game that they have stopped asking. So I figured it was a good time to get it for them. They would never see it coming!

You know how much I love surprising them, it’s my favorite thing!

Wait till you see. They really never saw. it. coming. They still weren’t sure after they reacted and were looking right at it. SO funny!

Then they danced :-)

Happy Everything to you and yours!

We wish you all kinds of great surprises and awesome dance breaks all year long.
Happy 2015!

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Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Giveaway

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This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and you have IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS THE MUSICAL.
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Performances begin December 16 at the Wang Theatre for this must-see classic in a lavish new production that the New York Times says to “put on your wish list.” It’s the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.

 There’s also a fun red carpet event if you on Wednesday the 17th! It’s a return to 1940’s glamour, as the stars of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas arrive at the Citi Wang Theatre on Wednesday, December 17 at 6:25 PM.  They’ll arrive in style, in rare, silver 1940 Buick Limited Series Touring Limousine, and walk the red carpet into the Citi Wang Theatre for their Opening Night performance. The ladies in full-length ball gowns, and the men resplendent in tuxedos, stars James Clow (Bob Wallace), Trista Moldovan (Betty Haynes), Jeremy Benton (Phil Davis) and Kaitlyn Davidson (Judy Haynes)   will greet fans and sign autographs.

This cozy trip down memory lane should be put on your wish list.” – The New York Times

“A holiday juggernaut. One well-loved Berlin tune after another.” – Los Angeles Times

 

Use this link to save 20% per ticket for select performances, and buy tickets now using the code IBWC60

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Win tickets to the show on Wednesday 12/17 at 7:30!

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Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical – A review

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Yesterday I posted to my Facebook page that we were headed “Off to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer- The Musical! “She thinks I’m cute. She thinks I’m cute!” The TV show on stage.”

To which someone replied “How do you all do this on weeknights? I won tickets but had to turn them down because I fear my kids would be dysfunctionally tired the next day.”

Perhaps my kids ARE dysfunctionally tired the next day. But they’re at school. I have no idea :-) I keed, I keed!

My oldest frequently stays up MUCH later than we were out last night. My middle is a trooper, like all the time. She is a classic no drama middle child. My youngest rests on me during the whole show and promptly falls asleep as soon as he gets home.

Are they tired the next day? Yes. Dysfunctionally? No. They all got up and did everything they were supposed to do and off they went to school. Will it effect their school day? Perhaps. But I think it’s worth it. I do ticket giveaways and reviews specifically so my kids have the opportunity to go to these events. And they LOVE it. I love that I’m am instilling in them an appreciation of theater and cultural events. They’re learning to be entertained by live performances and not just over the top special effects 3D ninja movies (although we love those too).

I will admit I did not have high hopes for this production. I don’t know why, call me a cynic, a pessimist. Whatever. I just did not think it was going to be good. I grew up watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. It’s a classic! I had no idea how that would translate to the stage as a musical. I was….skeptical.

It was SO cute and SO much fun! My kids loved loved it and I thought it did the original TV show much justice. They didn’t try to change it, which I think was my biggest fear. That the producers would try to re- interpret the show. It’s stayed true to the much loved 50 year old classic TV Christmas special. The story, sets, characters, and songs were all familiar. Even the voices were spot on! The crowd of parents delighted when Rudolph squealed “I’m cuuuuuute!” and broke out in applause when the Prospector first bounded on stage! Because it was familiar. We were connecting to it on a memory level. And it ended with a bouncing snow flake sing a long!

After it was over and we got in the car and noticed we’d be home before 9:00 I was even more pleased. Then I thought of Julia, the woman that commented on my status. I was sad that she didn’t get to go. They would have been home much earlier than she imagined!

To that point I think that it’s a great starter musical theater show. For kids who have never been to the theater or for moms afraid of keeping littles out too late – it’s perfect. The show starts at 7 and is over at 8:30. The theater is full of kids being kids. It’s a great place to teach your littles about how to behave in the theater without the fear that they will ruin the experience for others. Try taking a 4 year old to the Nutcracker and you’ll know what I mean :-)

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical plays at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre
Tuesday, December 9 – Sunday, December 14, 2014
Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:00 pm; morning matinees on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am; and afternoon matinees at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets are priced at $28.00 – $68.00 at www.citicenter.org or by calling (866) 348-9738. For more information, visit www.citicenter.org.

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Disclosure – I was provided with complimentary tickets to the performance. All opinions are my own.

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The Nutcracker 2014

Oh how we love the Nutcracker! We shared our love a couple of weeks ago with a giveaway. We love that too! I feel especially like Oprah when I get to give stuff away. I just wish I could give more! You get Nutcracker tickets and YOU get Nutcracker tickets and YOU get Nutcracker tickets!

My little girl was so very excited to go this year. The last time we went she was 4 and it didn’t go quite as well as I expected. This year was a wholly different experience! She talked about it for weeks in advance. What we would wear, where we would go, who we might see.

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We went out to dinner beforehand then ran across the street to meet friends for hot chocolate. It was a wonderful mother daughter event in the city.

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We made our way into the Opera House and the magic began. The Opera House is just stunning. It’s one of my favorite venues in the city.

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Before we found our seats we stopped at the merchandise to find the ballerina! I have also heard about the ballerina for weeks :-) The last time we were here I let her get a souvenir. She chose a very sweet Clara doll. Apparently her friend at school “had the ballerina that looked just like Clara”. She wanted her too! We found her – turns out it was the Sugar Plum Fairy doll.

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Doll firmly in hand we found our seats and then went to visit the orchestra pit. She loves to watch the musicians warm up and wonder aloud why they’re all wearing the same thing (black) and why they’re all playing different music that doesn’t sound so good (practice).

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And so it begins! Her favorite parts are the mice and the dancing bear, of course.

Please see my post The Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker – 5 reasons to go if you need a gentle nudge to get your tickets!

 

 

 

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Disclosure: This post (and my sharing on social media) was inspired by my participation in a program by the Boston Ballet. I was given complimentary tickets to the performance. All opinions are my own. Image used with permission.

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