Caroline’s 1st Nutcracker

Last week Caroline and I went to see the Nutcracker! All day long she told every person who would listen that she was going to see the Coconut.

I’m pretty sure I’m still on a mama high from the experience. Before I even met Matt I dreamed of the precious mama moments I would have with my future children. This was one of them. Hands down, this was my absolute favorite thing I’ve ever done with Caroline and I will never ever forget the magic of the night — and I don’t think she will either.

We were invited to attend Charlotte Ballet’s Media Night performance, the night before the grand opening, so the theater was completely empty with the exception of a few photographers and guests. Preceding the performance we attended a cocktail reception where mommy grabbed some bubbly and we filled our plates with mini sandwiches and hors d’oeuvres before settling in to our seats.

When the ushers opened the doors they directed us to the main floor. Level one. Front row. I still cannot believe this happened. I’ve never attended a Nutcracker performance where the dancers looked larger than the size of an ant from my balcony seat. And here we were front row — an experience I had never imagined I would have with my little girl because let’s be honest, I would never pay for a front row ticket for a 3 year old. Not only could we see the facial expressions of the dancers and every detail of the set, our seats looked right into the orchestra. We could even hear every word of the conductor. It. was. unreal. 

I was confident that after a full day of school and a 7 pm performance (her bedtime), that Caroline would make it about 20 minutes before she either passed out or got bored. Nope. At intermission I asked her if she was ready to go home and she looked offended. She was so infatuated with the performance that we decided to stay through Act 2 — but not before loading up on the special intermission treats!

Peanutcracker ice cream for Caroline & boozy hot chocolate for mama.

At the end of the performance the theater passed out cookies as favors while Caroline passed out in my arms. It was the perfect night with my baby girl.




  1. sara [at] journey of doing
    December 10, 2017 / 4:03 pm

    Awww, I love this!! When I was in college, I got to take my 10-year-old cousin to see it with the SF Ballet, so I can only imagine how fun it was with Caroline!! How cool to see it on media night, too!

  2. The Lucky Lifestyle
    December 10, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    This is one of my mama dreams, too! What a magical night for you two to share!

  3. Owen Davis @ Davis Duo
    December 11, 2017 / 11:37 am

    What a dream! Precious memories! I hope I can take my mini in a few years!!

  4. Whitney Pendell
    December 11, 2017 / 1:52 pm

    I loved your instastories from the day! I must say, my husband loves the theater. Me, not so much. If they had cookies and fancy drinks at every performance I'd be much more inclined to attend! Ha! 🙂 Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort

  5. Kelly
    December 11, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    What a dream!!!!!

  6. Jessi @ Jessi's Design
    December 11, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    AH-MAZING! I'm thinking something like this needs to be planned with Miss Andi and myself! Love love love!

  7. Laura Darling
    December 12, 2017 / 1:20 am

    That sounds like a dream. So glad you girls had a fun night!

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  9. Rachel Emily
    December 12, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    This sounds like every Christmas-loving mamas dream!! I'm totally tearing up lol. So glad you had such a wonderful experience! Thanks for sharing it with us!!

  10. LHWinstead
    December 12, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    What a special time together – I love this!

  11. Brandi
    December 12, 2017 / 9:21 pm

    How special!!

  12. Susan
    December 13, 2017 / 1:03 am

    So sweet!!!

  13. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    December 14, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    What a magical time for your baby girl x

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