Friday, December 13, 2013

at her very first Nutcracker...she was invited back stage!

she was whirling and twirling!

"Holland, can you say Tchaikovsky?"

"Tchaikovsky, Grandma!"

she was a vision in pink and gold brocade, with the perfect

"Swan Lake" ruffled bag!  inside was a little "cash" from 

Grandpa and a small snack ("en case").

( Holland calls money, cash.  it kills me!)

my girls. 

 my precious girls!

Holland caught the attention of a member of the ballet company.

fifteen minutes before curtain time we were on a quick  private tour

back stage.  The Pacific Northwest Nutcracker set was designed 

by Maurice Sendak.  

remember the children's book Where the Wild Things Are?

his set is nothing short of wild! 

...maybe a little scary at times.

Holland loved it...

...even at the loudest moments when the Mouse King fell!

here is a free printable link to The Pacific Northwest Ballet's Nutcracker

FUN PACK.   i am dying to make

Frau Stahlbaum’s Ginger Cookies!



  1. Oh how absolutely precious she looks! Oh her first Nutcracker...such a magical time!

  2. Your girls are both beautiful and precious! OMGosh- how wonderful that she got to go backstage and see it up close and personal.What a delightful night! xo Diana

  3. What's on my Christmas list? A sweet little granddaughter like Holland.

  4. Aw, what a sweetie!!! The performance must have been wonderful too, I'm sure it was great!

  5. Good morning my friend! I missed this post having come home late and settling into THE COUCH and falling asleep, with visions of such sugarplums in my head!

    Holland is so precious in her little opera dress, all decked out to go to the ballet. You are training her well to appreciate the beauty of the classic tunes! What a magical evening this had to be, with Sendak's art, the dance, the music. Bless you all! And thank you my friend, for a delightful year of beauty and FRENCH! BISOUS BISOUS! Anita

    1. How absolutely adorable Holland looks. When I read that Maurice Sendak was the set designer, I thought wow. How amazing. Getting to go backstage must have been incredible. What a wonderful memory for all of you, my friend. xo Laura

  6. Your girls are beautiful! What a treat! The Nutcracker is such a magical ballet for everyone. I still sit in anticipation even though I have seen a multitude of times. I can only imagine the Sendak's sets. Enjoy the weekend. Bonnie

  7. Enchanting! What a memorable event and your photos capture all the fun magnificently. Your family is so darling Lynne. That little Holland is such a doll I had to share this post with my husband and he agreed. You are creating such special memories.
    xx, Heather

  8. What a fun time you had Lynne… your girls are gorgeous. Little girls, all dressed up… the best!
    Happy weekend, XOXO Mary

  9. What a special treat! It is no wonder that the little doll got the extra special treatment! xo

  10. A precious little princess and how nice to have her experience the magic of this ballet!
    Thank you so much for sharing these special moments and a Merry Christmas to all,

  11. Oh, what precious girls, indeed, and precious memories that will be treasured for a lifetime. I felt the magic of the moment as I read your words and looked at your photos.

    Merry Christmas and Joyeux Noël,


  12. Beautiful girls! Wonderful memories that never fade. Cash. ... adorable :)

  13. Lynne,
    Oh, that second picture is priceless of Holland. I'm so glad you all enjoyed The Nutcracker. Isn't it magical in every way? Love the picture of your girls.


  14. Such a classic PNW holiday activity! Holland is just darling and that first picture and your caption is just darling. I hope you are making Christmas cookies with the girls?? Looks like you are enjoying all the best the season has to offer:):) xxleslie

  15. That is one of my all time Christmas wishes to see the Nutcracker Ballet. So cute is your sweet little girl. xoxo,Susie