Last night we went to the Arden Theater in downtown Philly to see 'Sideway Stories from Wayside School.' It was amazing. We had dinner at Panera Bread near us and then left around 6:10pm to get to a 7pm show. That seemed like a reasonable amount of time to allot to get to the theater. Well, it was... but it was not a comfortable amount of time. Almost immediately we felt the pressure of traffic, red lights and stopped cars. Time ticked by as we nervously inched through the streets. At 9 minutes of 7, I was convinced that we weren't going to make it. We got to the parking lot, I gave Thom his ticket so he could park the car and the kids and I sprinted the block and a half to the theater. Thom caught up with us right before we got there. Everyone entering the theater looked calm and collected, while I felt all hyped-up and jittery from the almost not making it there adventure. The ticket takers told me we had plenty of time... I guess my whole being was shouting 'FREAKED OUT!'
The set was incredible. The story is set in a school that was accidentaly built on its side. The stage reflected this by having the floor on the wall, the door on the floor and the blackboard on the ceiling. Both Jack and Kitty have read the book the play was based on. The play was so much fun... we all loved it. Jack said it was his favorite Arden Theater play so far. That is high praise because we have seen many wonderful plays there.
We were supposed to drive to Lancaster today to help my parents put up their tree. My mom called at 8am and told us not to come. Very wise indeed. The kids are having fun, but Thom is sad because his performance of Bach's 'Christmas Oratorio' has been cancelled for tonight... a piece he loves singing but is usually not performed because Handel's 'Messiah' is such a seasonal favorite. Snow certainly is beautiful and magical!
Thom and I got the tree today from our local Whole Foods. The coworker who helped us tied the tree on to Big Red via the two open side sliding doors. We drove home cautiously with the door alarm blaring in our ears. It went up with ease and was an immediate magnet for Solomon. He's still next to the tree; sniffing the air and trying to get a read on what this huge green thing is.
Next up... Lights!
Coming back from Buffalo on Sunday threw us off our usual holiday schedule. We try to get the tree up the Sunday after Thanksgiving... as well as decking our halls. This year we are playing catch-up... I just got our two advent calendars up today. Kitty is pictured with the birdhouse calendar. I put candy in the small 'bird houses' but did not take in to account that if I forced the candy in them that the candy would be hard to get out. I found out pretty quickly that December will be filled with mornings where I am digging chocolate kisses out of bird houses with a knife. Live and learn.
This year we are getting our first real tree. When we spent our first Christmas in this house 11 years ago I ordered a 7ft, pre-lit tree. Well, over the years the tree has become worn down and scraggly. I'm fine with that, but Thom is stuck on this idea of a real tree. So this year is the big experiment. With my new Amazon Prime status I have ordered a cast iron tree stand, 900 colored lights and a green 'step on switch' extention cord. All are due to arrive tomorrow. (I love Amazon Prime!) The magical thing I am looking forward to is a tree with colored lights. I grew up with a multi-color tree but for some reason I don't remember decided to buy a white light artificial tree way back when. I wonder if I have inherited my dad's tendency to use 'colorful' language when stringing the lights on the tree. My sister, brother and I were delighted every year as we learned new, verboten words. The most memorable one to me is 'Horse***t'. I love my dad... this memory makes me smile every time!
We went to Buffalo for Thanksgiving this year. Thom brought our wii. He set it up at Yoshi and Mineko's house. Yoshi beat Jack at boxing. Karen and Kitty's bout ended when Kitty decided she was done. Hilarious pictures of the sock 'em action are below.