The Nutcracker

On Friday night, Adam and I went to the Nutcracker with the Archdiocese Young Adult group. The Pacific Northwest Ballet's performance is famous for it's sets and costumes by Maurice Sendak, the author of Where the Wild Things Are and countless other children's books. They are retiring the show after this year, though, so it was our last chance to see it!
For some reason, we both thought the PNB performance hall was downtown, near the symphony, but it's actually in Queen Anne right next to the Space Needle. We met our group for happy hour at an Irish pub beforehand and then headed over to the show.

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I had only been to the Nutcracker once before, in Pittsburgh, where they didn't even have a full orchestra. This performance completely blew that one out of the water.  Here's a peek at the awesomeness of the set.
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They've hired Ian Falconer, author of the Olivia books, to design the new production. It looks like it will be very, very different. But hopefully equally spectacular!
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Before we left, we had to ask a stranger to take our picture. It's so rare to get shots of just the two of us nowadays. Of course, they were pretty much all blurry.
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We spent Saturday cleaning for our Christmas house guests and finishing up the girls' present. After Mass on Sunday, we met our Maggie's godparents, Joe and Alex, for brunch at one of our favorite local restaurants, the Pomegranate Bistro. (They were in town from Pittsburgh visiting Joe's grandparents.)
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On Sunday evening, we went caroling with our parish. We split up into groups and tackled different parts of the neighborhood. Claire was a little confused on how trick-or-treating differed from caroling. All the kids went to the door to hand out candy canes and Mass invitations. She actually took the candy cane back at one house! 

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