Monday, January 23, 2012

A Night at the Ballet

The Kennedy Center
For the past two weeks, I have been visiting my friend Inky in New York City. This weekend, Inky and I took a special trip. We had tickets to see the famous Mariinsky Ballet, who had come all the way from Russia to perform at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

We packed our fanciest dresses and rode the Amtrak down to Union Station in Washington. It was my first time in the capitol of the United States! Inky had been before, but I was so excited to see all the different monuments and buildings as we drove through the city.

After we changed into our best dresses (from Melody Valerie Couture!), we left for The Kennedy Center. We had dinner in the Kennedy Center Café. It was delicious! I had Caesar salad and portabella mushroom ravioli with artichoke hearts.

After dinner, we sat down in our seats. We sat in the orchestra section, which means we were on the bottom section of the theatre. When the conductor walked in, everyone clapped and clapped. We listened quietly to the overture and waited for the curtain to rise.

When it did, I was thrilled! We were seeing a ballet called Chopiniana, which is also called Les Sylphides. It was beautiful. All the ballerinas wore long white tutus and there was one handsome gentleman dancing with them.

The Kennedy Center

During the intermission, we had lemonade and cookies in the Members' Lounge. After that, there were two more ballets, Firebird, and Scheherazade. They were both very exciting, but I loved the first ballet the most.

On our way out of the theatre, we stopped to have our photo taken in the lobby. The big beautiful chandeliers gleamed above us. It was a magical night. I will always remember my first time seeing a world-famous ballet company. I'm glad Inky was there to watch it with me.

Have you ever gone out for a special evening? What did you wear?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year, everyone!!!

Do you have any goals for 2012? My resolutions are to keep my room clean and to blog more!

I've been so busy over this Christmas break that I haven't had time to tell you about my Christmas! I got lots of great presents, I can't believe how lucky I am!

Christmas morning I ran down the stairs as fast as I could. I have a hard time sleeping in, but my mom makes me stay in bed until 8 AM.

There was a huge pile of presents for me under the tree!

I love wrapped presents. It's such a wonderful feeling when you're about to be surprised!!!!

Check out this cool book! Lots of great ideas for slumber parties. My mom says that this year I can finally start to have sleepovers!

I also got this fun game, it will be great for late night partying!

Next up were new roller blades!!! I'm so excited to go out and try them. Aren't they so cute?

My friend Inky sent over some presents from New York. I knew about one of them, but then my mom surprised me another package from Inky. It came a few weeks ago and she decided to hide it and save it for Christmas.

Look at these comfy moccasins. Inky always knows exactly what I'll like.

Oh wow!!!

These hedgehog babies match the hedgehog family I have in my room!!! Soooo cool, thank you Inky!!

Then there was only one present left..

Wait...! It can't be, can it??

This is Cécile's holiday dress! I told my mom I wanted Cécile for Christmas, but she said that I already have 2 American Girl dolls and that Santa probably couldn't bring me a third.

But then I spied a big box behind the tree, I hadn't noticed it before.

Looks about the right size..I am sooo excited.

Holy cow! IT IS!!

Isn't she beautiful?

I can't believe I got so many cool presents! I am so lucky.

Then I had to go get dressed for our big family Christmas dinner. I got Cécile dressed, too. :-)

Merry Christmas!!!

and...Happy New Year, again!!

Here is a behind the scenes picture from my New Years shoot, I wanted you to see my cool sparkly butterfly clip!

Can't wait to see what 2012 is like!