A Tour & Tea in the Land of Sweets

Posted on Monday December 19

Moms & Daughters gathered at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House for a private backstage tour of Colorado Ballet’s Nutcracker.

Front row – the only guests in the theater – we watched 50+ dancers warm up for the matinee performance.

Backstage, with the Land of Sweets pushed to the sides, the graceful and uber-talented dancers continued working their magic.

Props and the Wig Room.


Our sweet day was complete with a private tea at Kevin Taylor’s at the Opera House.


Huge thanks to Ann & Phoebe at Colorado Ballet for making this adventure happen. Learn more about Colorado Ballet and all the incredible work they do on & off the stage.

Share the High Fives

Posted on Friday December 16

At our son’s hockey game last weekend, I watched rink side. With my husband helping coach and the girls sleeping at Grandma’s, I was (happily) alone.

As the first big play went down, I heard my cheers echoing off the glass. Without realizing it, I quickly turned to the folks around me, hungry to share my excitement with other fans.

My response caught my attention.

Given that our little hockey players couldn’t even hear us from the other side of the glass, why did I have an overwhelming need to clap and yell and high five the strangers next to me? Why did this collective cheering feel so great…?

It felt great because sharing an experience is what connects us to the experience and to each other.

It’s the camaraderie and community of a synchronous “GOOOOAAAAALLLL” for which we as a species have an affinity. We don’t just want it. We need it. We thrive in it. And yes, we high five in it.

Whether on the dance floor celebrating the birthday girl, in the audience when the school choir asks us to join in for Deck the Halls, or huddling around the goalie at the end of the game, it’s these shared experiences that nourish the human spirit.

This holiday season, let’s share experiences. Sing together in the car. Chat in line at Target. Play cards until midnight with Grandpa.

We all know that long after the ball drops in Times Square, those metaphoric high fives will be the gifts that keep on giving.

The Happy of the Season

Posted on Wednesday December 7

Yesterday I came home to find some letters to Santa on our kitchen table. This was page 2 of our 3 year old’s, as transcribed by her patient big sister ~

A quick scan — glow in the dark eyes (odd), a real bunny (not), wii remote (practical), American Girl accessories (standard), a piece of paper (uh, sure) a happy family (wait, what??)…

A happy family. Right there on the same list as toys and fuzzy animals and superpowers. That simple. That important. A happy family.

A few tears welled. It’s just that straight forward. We must do all we can to make our world happy. Not perfect. Not problem free. But happy. It comes in all flavors, shapes, and sizes, but we can identify what our happy looks like and go big with it. We can make it a priority. In good times and bad. Through holiday hooplah and beyond. The choice is ours. The effect is theirs.

Oooh that message was well timed.

To top off the moment, I turned over the list to find this ~

Let the happy of the season begin.

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