Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Nutcracker 2013!

Inky's Holiday pics

Happy Nutcracker Season!  This year my moms took me to see a Wednesday matinée.  As always,  we took a photo of me on the fountain in the middle of the plaza.  I almost never wear a dress- except when I go to the ballet.  This year, I chose this beautiful gold brocade dress with matching shoes.  I felt quite elegant.  Sometimes it is fun to get dressed up, don't you think?

Inky's Holiday pics

During the intermission we went out onto the balcony overlooking the plaza and had sparkling apple juice while we discussed Act I. After dancing in the Nutcracker for a few years, it was wonderful to just enjoy the performance from the audience. I had never danced in Act I, but watching the Battle Scene I wished I'd had the chance to be one of the soldiers who fights the mice. My mom thought I would have made a pretty party scene girl, but I strongly disagreed. Soon, it was time to return to the theatre for Act II!

Inky's Holiday pics

I loved watching Marie and the Little Prince visit the Kingdom of the Sweets. Once again, I remembered my time as a polichinelle. I loved performing, but I don't have the discipline to go to a long dance class every day except Sunday. At first I was regretting my decision to stop dancing, but when I remembered how nice it is to relax and have fun, I felt good about it. Plus, watching ballet is fantastic too! After the dancers took their bows, we filed out of the auditorium and into the promenade. Of course, we had to take photos there too! I know it's silly, but I love our family tradition of taking photos in the same places at the theatre every year.

Inky's Holiday pics

Before we left, we had to take one last photo of me by the stairs leading from the promenade down to the street level. This is another traditional photo spot. I had a wonderful time at the Nutcracker this year! I'm already looking forward to next year's performance and wondering what I will wear.

Inky's Holiday pics

Here's one last photo- a comparison of the dresses I wore for the past three years. Which one is your favorite? Have you ever gone to the ballet? What did you wear?

Happy Nutcracker Season!!

In this entry I'm wearing: the Brocade Holiday Dress from American Girl. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Trimming the New Year Tree!

Inky's New Year Tree

Hello everyone! One of my favorite family traditions is decorating a tree for the holiday season.  In my family, we call it a New Year Tree because we celebrate New Year instead of Christmas.   After debating whether to set up a pink tree with white lights or a white tree with colored lights, I decided on the white tree.  My parents put the garland and lights on the tree for me, but I get to do the ornaments!

Inky's New Year Tree

Here are my boxes of ornaments and my star for the top of the tree. I love the little character ornaments- I have had them for many years and they are my favorites!  I love the sparkling ornaments too- I love sparkly and shiny decorations during the holidays!

Inky's New Year Tree

First I had to put strings on my ornaments so that I could hang them on the tree. I had beautiful silver string- isn't it pretty? It has little glittery bits in it and now I have sparkly shinies all over my outfit and in my hair!

Inky's New Year Tree

Once I had strings on all my ornaments, I started hanging them on the tree. Of course, I put on holiday music as I worked.

Inky's New Year Tree

This little snowflake is my favorite ornament of all! I'm so glad I have three of him!

Inky's New Year Tree

Here I am hanging a little santa on the tree.  In my family, we celebrate with Ded Moroz, or Father Frost, instead of Santa Claus.  Ded Moroz is similar to Santa, but because I grew up celebrating with him, I like Ded Moroz better!

Inky's New Year Tree

Finally, it was time to put the star on top of the tree! I climbed up on my nightstand to do it. I probably should have asked a mom, but I was too excited! Luckily, I didn't fall. Phew!

Inky's New Year Tree

All done! Here I am with my finished New Year tree, or ёлка, as it is called in Russian. I was adopted from Russia, so my family likes to include Russian traditions in our celebrations.  Happy Holidays!

Do you decorate a tree to celebrate during the winter holidays? Are there any special holiday songs you like to sing?

In this entry I'm wearing: white shirt and grey pants from Liberty Jane Clothing, slippers from American Girl, and handknit sweater and hat.
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