Thanksgiving was wonderful.
We were invited to a special family's celebration on Thursday and another very special friend's on Friday, making it a time of friends and thankfulness for sure.
Last week was another story! :)
While most were saying, "I can't wait until Friday this past week," I was overheard saying, "I can't wait until Monday."
This past week and weekend the dance studio Olivia takes classes from put on their Nutcracker performances. Quite a big deal in our neck of the woods. People wait for hours to get in line first to buy the "best" tickets the day they go on sale.
For most, their child is in two of the four weekend performances. Meaning they have one dress rehearsal and one tech rehearsal during the week and then the two shows.
But for students Olivia's age, they are in all four.
Which meant that that was all we did this past week after school got out each day at 3:40:
Monday: Tech Rehearsal 5-7
Tuesday: pick up costumes
Wednesday: Tech Rehearsal 5-9:30
Thursday: Dress Rehearsal 5-8:30
Friday: Performance 6-9:20
Saturday: Two Performances 2-9:20
Sunday: Performance 2-4:20
While it was EXHAUSTING, it was worth it.
The show was a huge success and Olivia had a ball!
In the midst of it all, Grandma came to visit in order to see Olivia's show. with work, the best for us was for her to come in Wednesday night while a friend gave Olivia a ride to and from her rehearsal, and leave to go back next Saturday, the 10th.
Needless to say the kids were pleasantly surprised as they had no idea!
Grandma and I went to the show Friday, the boys and I went Saturday afternoon, and Grandma stayed with the boys while I worked backstage Saturday night.
While she was with them, Braeden was "playing guitar" and hit the wall, causing our Elf on the Shelf Tom to fall from the ceiling to the floor.
She suggested he pick up Tom and Braeden began yelling, "No, the magic will disappear!" He also kept holding his forehead saying, "My mom is going to kill me!"
The next morning, Tom showed up on our kitchen counter in full recovery mode.
Braeden was glad he was going to be ok, but was beside himself with worry and guilt.
The whole saga kept me in stiches.
Course I'm probably scarring him for life! :)
In between performances this weekend, we had a nice Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner with Grandma. We tried to get her to visit during the holidays but for this year she really felt like staying in FL. Maybe next year. :)
Grandma opened her gift from us which was a spinner hardside suitcase, filled with gifts (in gift bags so hopefully they'll make it through security ok) for her to open Christmas morning.
And while most of our decorations were up, the kids had not hung their ornaments, so we set about finishing that up and making the tree look amazing as usual.
Now I'm ready for a relaxing week at home.
We'll be sad to say goodbye to Grandma on Saturday, but it's been a great visit!