Sugar plum fairies update: I’ll admit, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen The Nutcracker ballet. I used to go when I lived in Chicago and I can always remember how I felt when I left the show – overwhelmed with the grace of the ballerinas, but with an acute reminder that I needed to stand up straighter. Tonight’s experience was no different, but with an added bonus – my niece, Mackenzie, as a mouse. Oh goodness, my heart grew about three sizes (Grinch-style) when she hit the stage. I’m so very proud of her!
And another highlight of the evening was our little pre-show date night stop at the new Cheese Shop here in Des Moines. We split a bottle of vino and shared a meat and cheese plate with a side of bread. I HIGHLY recommend you head there soon!
This weekend is the annual Johnson Gals Christmas Shopping Trip. Each year we head someplace different to pick up last-minute gifts, or in my case, shop for myself. Last year we hit up Kansas City and had a blast. (Sidenote: If you are going to KC anytime in the future, make a reservation at the Webster House. AH-MAZING!) This year we are due north, headed towards the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone shopping up in that area, so I’m very excited to see what catches my eye while I’m there. I’m sure I’ll come across something that I just have to have.