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The Girl Is A Mom
Monday
Dec092013

Perfect Holiday Tradition: Boston Ballet Nutcracker

There are many things I love about living in the city and one of those things is the entire Christmas season. A special time of year turns completely magical for Boston: snow covered streets, ice skating at the Frog Pond followed by hot chocolate, Christmas tree lit up at the Boston Common and The Boston Ballet performing The Nutcracker at The Boston Opera House.

This is the second year I have taken Coraline to see The Nutcracker performed by The Boston Ballet. Coraline is now 4 and is in her second year of ballet classes. I definitely noticed a change in her level of awe and wonder this year.

In 2012 the costumes and sets were totally redone, so if you have seen The Nutcracker in a few years, it's now a totally new experience.

There is something totally magical about entering the beautiful Boston Opera House and seeing all the small people dressed in their Christmas best, smiles all around.

Tickets to the Boston Ballet Nutcracker are on sale now, the show runs thigh December 26. What am amazing gift to give the children in your life, an experience they will remember forever.

P.S.
Buy they seemingly expensive Nutcracker cookie from concession, they are amazing.

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Tuesday
Dec032013

Christmas Card Time! 

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OMG it's time for Christmas cards. I literally just started thinking about this yesterday. Like Halloween costumes, every year I tell myself I will get them all done early and then it's the first or second week in December and it hasn't hit my radar. I don't think I am alone. None of my friends have done their cards yet either. How does one rush together a card that looks well planned out? How do I do that on my small Christmas time budget? 

 Check out Cardstore. They have some really lovely and simple designs that don't break the bank at all. Less time hassling with the perfect design and more money for your wish list. 

I'll let you know how my journey goes. 

 

 

Friday
Nov222013

A Christmas Story, The Musical: Review

 

I have so much to say about this show that I don't even know where to begin, or end for that matter. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend A Christmas Story, The Musical on opening night in Boston. It was a huge treat. I took Coraline for a night out that was just about her. I knew that with a 7:30 start time it would make for a late night out that might not work well for my 2 year old.  So, less about that and more about this awesome show and everything you might want to know before you buy tickets. 

It completely stayed true to the classic movie that we all know and love and have seen a million times. They didn't miss any of the best moments that make the movie great. When Randy can't put his arms down, check. When Flick gets his tongue stuck to the pole, check. Visit with the obviously drunk Santa and his creepy elves, check. The Bumpus hounds running through the house and ruining Christmas dinner, check. All there. It was awesome to see a show that was so familiar yet completely different. 


The songs are great. They are funny and catchy, literally catching  myself singing them days later still. I imagine I will continue through the Christmas season. 

The cast was spot on. Never once did I miss the movie cast that I have been watching almost my entire life. It's weird to see something reimagined after a lifetime of watching certain people portray those characters. Not so with this. I would say, and I'm sorry to Peter Billingsley and the cast of the movie, but this cast is probably better. 

The story was elevated. This could have been a hit or complete miss with a musical adapation but they did more then I ever would have expected with this show. I heard it once said, I went to school for Theatre so it could have been a number of places, that when the emotion of a moment is so intense that words will not suffice, that is when it's time for a song. Some people, like my husband, generally don't like musicals because they don't get why they start singing in dancing. If you keep this in mind, it starts to make sense.  With this show they really expanded the depth of the Mother, which of course I adored as a mother. In the movie, Mother Parker was always subtly all knowing and funny. In A Christmas Story, The Musical she is more of a main player. Two songs in particular stuck with me very much, as I am sure they did with every mother in the audience. "What a Mother Does"  and "Just Like That" are two songs that I will continue to listen to over and over again. There honestly aren't a lot of well written songs, sung so beautifully about what it means to be a mother and these two do just that. 

 

Unlike the movie narrator, this narrator is a part of the show. Which is awesome. Played by the super amazing Dan Lauria, best known as the Dad from The Wonder Years. I felt it was a huge honor to see him play this roll so well. 

I can not end without saying that this cast is heavily comprised of children, amazingly talented children. And while they all did and awesome job, staying up well past their bedtimes I am sure, one child stole the show. 9 year old tap dancer Luke Spring pretty much stole the show with his amazing talent. I was honestly surprised he didn't get a standing ovation in the middle of the show. It was phenomenal and worth the ticket price in and of itself. 


The Quick and The Dirty:

My daughter is 4 and she made it through the entire show with minimal squirming toward the end. 

It has Santa which kids thing is awesome. 

Real live dogs! 

Catchy tunes that you and your kids will sing for weeks afterwards. 

The Wang Theatre is awesome. 

It's definitely a PG show. Much like the movie, it teeters on the edge of what some might think is inappropriate for their children. If you are against your child hearing the word Sex or Smart Ass, it's probably not the show for you. Those are the only two words actually said but there are of course allusions to the F word as it's a pretty big scene in both the movie and show when Ralphie says the F word. 

Don't miss the opportunity to see a Tony Award winning musical right here in Boston. 

 

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A Christmas Story, The Musical is playing in Boston at the Citi Performing Arts Center, Wang Theater

Now - December 8th. 
Tickets available here

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Monday
Nov112013

First 5k!

On Saturday, November 9th, I ran my first 5k. 

I signed up maybe a month before the race, I was runnning 3-4 times a week with a "couch to 5k" type program on my iphone. (Zombies, Run!). I loved running. I needed a goal, so I found a 5k that seemed like fun. It was the MSPCA Run Fur Fun, which raised money for the shelter here in Boston. Living in a city, means we are not lacking in races at all. It was just choosing the right fit for me. 

A few weeks before the race, Boston started to get cold and then my running buddy, Arya, got sick. I had finally gotten over so many mental hurdles at this point, but I could not justify taking my 2 year old out in the cold weather so I could run. Which means I pretty much lost my running time for 2 weeks. I was seriously down and the days leading up the race became more and more stressful for me. The night before the race I was seriously thinking I might have a panic attack. I got into bed early with my Runners World magazine and positive thoughts. I got a great nights sleep. I knew I wasn't going to give up, that was for sure. 

I also knew I was not a fast runner, at least not at this distance. Because I was still weeks away from completing my 5k training, I had actually never run a full 5k, I still had walk intervals and exercises everytime I went out there.  Everything I had read leading up to the race told me to have fun, set achievable goals and not get too crazy about the results. 

My Goal: To run the entire 5k without walk breaks and to cross the finish line. 

A lot of people also seem to run with a friend, which is nice I guess. I signed up for the race with one of my best friends, Ida from Trees Will Bend. I knew though that Ida was much faster then me and our plan all along was to not race together. There was no way either of us would have achieved our goals if we had tried to stick together. I think I'm a solo runner anyway, I tend to crank my headphones way up to block everything out and just get into a zone of no thought. 

Although my official goal wasn't about time, I knew I wanted to at least try a pace of a 10 minute mile. It wasn't completely out of my ability but I'd also always walked some of my miles.  I set a pace keeper on my watch but didn't look at it because I didn't want to worry about something like time. It was my first time after all. 

In the end...I did it. I ran the entire 5k (3.1 miles), no walk breaks. I waved to Ida as I crossed the finish line (she kicked butt finishing 5th in our age group, about 11 minutes ahead of me). If I had set my goal at running the race in a certain time, like 30 minutes. I would have been disappointed greatly, because I really did the very best I could do on that day. Because I set a goal that was in line with what my level was when I ran the race, I was able to achieve that and feel great about it. 

 

I love reading updates from friends on Facebook who are finishing Marathons and Half Marathons and Ultra Marathons. It makes me feel good to know that everyone started somewhere and if I set those goals for myself I can do those things too. 

Boston is cold. It was 42 degrees when we set out at the start of our race along the Charles River. I plan to keep running but no more races until I have racked up the winter miles. I honestly can not wait for the next 5k! 

Are you a runner? Do you have a similar goal?

Saturday
Nov022013

A Christmas Story, The Musical at Citi Performing Arts Center: Giveaway

It's hard to think of a movie from your childhood as a classic, especially when you are only 33. A Christmas Story is one of those films that immediately solidified it's status as a Christmas classic. Not a season goes by that we aren't quoting lines from one of the funniest Christmas movies ever made. And this year, it's a musical. 

 

 

"The story takes place in 1940’s Indiana, where a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas—a Red Ryder BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a tripledog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. Co-produced by the film’s original Ralphie, Peter BillingsleyA Christmas Story, TheMusical is musical comedy entertainment that captures a simpler time in America with delicious wit and a heart of gold.

 

A Christmas Story, The Musical features a bright holiday score by the Tony nominated composer/lyricist team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and a witty book by Tony nominated Joseph Robinette based on the writings of radio humorist Jean Shepherd and the 1983 holiday film favorite.  Tony Award winner John Rando (Urinetown) directs the production with Warren Carlyle (Chaplin, Follies, An Evening with Hugh Jackman) choreographing; scenic design by Walt Spangler; costume design by Elizabeth Hope Clancy; lighting design by Howell Binkley; sound design by Ken Travis; wig design by Tom Watson;animal training by Tony Honor ® recipient for Excellence in Theatre William Berloni; orchestrations by Larry Blank; music supervision by Ian Eisendrath; associate choreographer is James Gray; dance musicarrangements by Glen Kelly; vocal arrangements by Justin Paul; music direction by Ben Whiteley; and casting by Stephanie Klapper CSA.

A Christmas Story, The Musical is produced by Gerald Goehring, Roy Miller, Michael F. Mitri, Pat Flicker Addiss, Peter Billingsley, Timothy Laczynski, Mariano Tolentino, Louise H. Beard, Michael Filerman, Scott Hart, Alison Eckert, Bob Bartner, Michael Jenkins, Angela Milonas, Bradford W. Smith.

 

A Christmas Story, The Musical is based upon the motion picture A Christmas Story © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros.,written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and InGod We Trust, All Others Pay Cash written by Jean Shepherd. A Christmas Story, The Musical is produced with permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc. and Dalfie Entertainment, Inc.

  

A Christmas Story, The Musical plays at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre 

Wednesday, November 20 – Sunday, December 8 for 27 performances: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm; matinees on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 2:00 pm, and Sundays at 1:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Note, press opening is Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 pm

Tickets are priced at $45.00 - $125.00; all prices include a $3.75 facility fee per ticket and are on sale now. For more information, visit www.citicenter.org or call (866) 348-9738

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