Well it’s Christmas again. It really seems to just go by so fast!! I think I’ll talk about one of my tradition’s at Christmastime. Well it is the story of the, “Nutcracker”. I have or we have been involved with the Nutcracker for I want to say 10 years. It seems longer that that. I have been a backstage mom at the Nutcracker. I must admit, I like it when I am watching it from the house better than from back stage. Matthew has been the Mouse King, Doll, Russian, The Arabian, Chinese, Jacks (MLB/Russian), Parent, Butler (Joffrey), Snow Prince and the Cavalier. Connor has been a Dancing Boy & Fritz, Toy Soldier, Russian, Parent, Doll, Snow Prince, One of the Mice. They have done Nutcracker’s all over the country, really from coast to coast and in between. I can’t even name all of the company’s they have danced the Nutcracker with. They have both danced with Joffrey, Milwaukee Ballet, and Dance West Ballet. Matthew has danced it at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. w/Joffrey, this year with Richmond Ballet, in Richmond VA. He also was at the Paramount as the Cavalier w/Salt Creek. Connor danced this year w/Dance West and when they closed he jumped on a plane to San Diego,CA to do another Nutcracker. They both closed the shows December 23rd and will be flying home on Christmas Eve. I am going to put up some pics, but they are from previous years (some from a long time ago). They will probably not be happy about it but sometimes you need a visual, so whatever. So boys forgive me for posting these pics on my blog, but the way I see it, you two are so adorable and me as you mother love the pictures. So get me some new ones and I won’t have to use these old adorable pictures. Well I love them and it brings back wonderful memories. I should take you back where it all started. It was the 1st year that me and my husband, Michael were married. All the way back to December, 1979. We got tickets to the Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker. We both worked in the city (Chicago). We were just starting out on our married journey and we figured it would be a fun thing to do at Christmastime. Well as luck would have it I came down with a terrible flu right before the show and we missed it. Well if you would have told me 33 years later I would have a son dancing Russian on the Joffrey’s Nutcracker or I would be traveling to Washington D.C. watching him dance at the Kennedy Center with Joffrey Ballet I would have just thought you were out of your mind. But that is exactly how it was. Well I guess I’ll start with our 1st Nutcracker. It was with Dance West Ballet in Naperville. I believe Matthew was the Mouse King and Russian. Connor was a Dancing Boy and I think a Toy Soldier. I just remember learning how much work goes into the production. I learned what, “5 Minutes,” meant. And I understood why Beatlejuice said in the movie, “That’s why I won’t do two shows, I won’t do it!” I fought with two boys to get their make-up on for the show. Something I never thought I’d be fighting with my boys about. We were up before the sun and at the theater for 6 straight mornings. Tuesday thru Thursday, we did shows for the school district. We had 2 shows on Friday, 2 shows on Saturday and we closed the show on Sunday afternoon. We made a lot of good friends and it was something special to be a part of. This was the beginning of my life as a real dance mom. It is nothing like the reality show that I have seen on TV. My boys have become professional dancer’s because of their love of dance and being onstage. Enjoy the pictures and have a Merry Christmas.