we all went to bed sick last night. like, taking turns puking our brains out. i have no idea where it came from or how it hit us all at the same time, but it was the worst. we’re on the mend today, sterilizing the apartment, eating a lot of crackers and crossing our fingers those last 24 hours can cover our sick dues for winter and that it’s smooth sailing from here on out. we just aren’t equipped for four sickies in one tiny apartment…we need more bowls, bathtubs, and toilets to puke in, at least. ;)
but while i’m feeling awesome for a few minutes i wanted to share some photos from last week when i took eleanor to see the rockettes perform at radio city music hall. it was their christmas spectacular and we’d been looking forward to it for a few months! eleanor went to her first movie this summer with papa so we decided i’d take her to her first show! i’m not sure how i hadn’t been before, but this was my first time seeing anything at radio city as well as seeing the rockettes perform! so i think i was just as excited as eleanor.
we took a taxi together across the park for their 10am morning show and talked about dance and christmas and santa clause and also the nativity story so i could prep her a little bit for what to expect. she kept trying not to smile once we pulled up and took that picture together out front but it was so sweet to see her trying to contain her excitement. holding her tiny hand and leading her into the big theatre was probably my favorite part of our morning together. there is something so magical about sharing something you love with your little one, in this case for me, a bustling concert hall with a curtain about to be lifted and a show about to begin. as a dancer once upon a time myself, i am always such a sucker for that mix of anticipation and butterflies for a performance about to begin while hearing the sounds of an audience taking their seats out front.
we had bought eleanor her own seat beside me, but she preferred sitting on my lap for the show. i feel like i kissed her cheeks a million times during the performance. it was just a lot of fun to share that experience together. she was so quiet and still for most of it. it was a lot to take in and i know she was especially fond of seeing santa clause on stage and the big sightseeing bus. i was especially blown away by the unison and precision of those rockettes! holy smokes, they were so impressive. towards the end (during that 3D video game scene, have you seen it? that was a lot for me to take in…) eleanor leaned in and said, “mama i’m ready to go home…” haha. i told her the animals and baby jesus were about to come on for the nativity scene so we just had to wait a few minutes longer, but she was done. for the first time she wasn’t sitting on the edge of my lap ever so still and attentive, she leaned back into me and we cuddled waiting for the final nativity scene.
after the show we sat together for a few minutes while the audience cleared out and i asked her what she enjoyed most. she was quiet for a long while and finally whispered ever so quietly, “the snow…” while gazing off at the stage. it was the sweetest. (there was a lot of awesome snow!) i loved the snow, too, eleanor.
what a fun morning i had! i know it’s a long shot eleanor will remember these sorts of memories someday, but i’m hopeful there will be some sort of a faint memory at least. i have a few tiny snippets of memories of my own mother taking me to shows all dressed up and sitting me down on a pile of phone books when i was very very little, and those are some of my favorite memories. thankful for my little girl to share these experiences with. looking forward to sharing them with samson too someday once he’s a bit older.
have a great weekend!
ps. these photos were taken with my iphone and edited with the vsco cam app.