Sunday, December 20, 2009

I just LOVE this time of year!

During our trip to New England last summer, Isabel was given several Barbie DVDs (Thanks, Livvy!). One of them was Barbie Nutcracker which Isabel quickly fell in love with! I knew then that her big Christmas/birthday gift would be to go see the Ballet in December. The decision was... when? We have several showings in our city and I really wanted her first experience at a ballet to be a wonderful experience. I spent quite a bit of time online looking and was finally able to get some great seats. (We were in the seventh row.)

When we went to the symphony for the first time in October, Isabel ended up falling asleep before it was over. So, I really didn't think she would hang in there for the whole dance performance but, much to my surprise, she did. I think having some friends along helped keep her interest. We went with two other girls from China and discovered some more friends were seated just a few rows behind us.

From the theater, we visited a dear friend's home for a nice Christmas party before heading out to see the annual Luminaries in a nearby neighborhood. We stopped by the live nativity scene and then took a ride in the horse-drawn carriage, singing carols. It was wonderful...even without snow!

I just love this time of year.


Wanda said...

Yes, this is the best time of year - especially with a little one to share it with.

Your Isabel is just gorgeous in her Christmas dress and beautiful smil. And I love her white coat!!!

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Julie said...

What a great time! I love Isabel's outfit. So pretty. That picture you are using in the header (with "Rudolph") is adorable as well. Merry Christimas to you both!

Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish said...

Sounds like a perfect holiday outing. Love those luminaries in Avondale. Wishing you and Isabel a very Merry Christmas!

Kristy said...

She is just beautiful!!! That smile just could melt anyones heart!!

Love and blessings, Kristy

Aimee and Cary said...

So cute! I love her haircut.. may have to rethink my desire to grow out my girl's hair!
Merry Christmas!

Jen and Jose said...

We absolutely love the photos. She's so spunky and full of life, and it shows very well in the camera!

One question we had though...

Where did you get that coat, it is amazing!