Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sesame Street Live!

I know this is getting everything out of order since I'm two weeks behind on here but I know I am just never going to get caught up anyway, so oh well!

Yesterday started in the normal fashion, with Mrs Perry's entourage of stray cats she feeds taunting Pippin. They just sit up there on top of the double-fence and taunt him since they know he can't go up there. So we just let Pippin bark at them as long as he likes since we are pretty tired of the gang of cats hanging out around our house that she won't stop feeding. Seriously, there is always a cat in our yard at all times lately.The main drama surrounding our outing to the Elmo Live show was whether or not the custom outfit I had made for Lilli would arrive or not. I had told this woman (that I had never worked with before, first mistake) a specific day I needed it for - two days earlier than what I really needed, just in case. I even paid a RUSH fee for it, too. And yet on the morning of the show Brent was driving around the neighborhood looking for the postman, trying to find it, because we could see through tracking numbers that it had arrived in our neighborhood at 6:41 that morning, finally. Our postman didn't have it, so he went to our post office and made them dig around in the back and they finally found it! Brent literally walked into the house with it less than ten minutes before we had to leave. Now that's love!
What made it even BETTER than all the stress and angry emails back and forth to this horrible woman is that Lilli was excited about it when she first saw it, and then immediately threw a major fit about it once we put it on her (she hates the big bows). To say we didn't care whether or not she liked it at that point would sum it up pretty well. She was going to wear this dress, period. She cried most of the way there but finally got over it, we knew once she got downtown she wouldn't care anymore. We parked in the garage of my office (free!) and just walked down to the GEC. She got really excited when she saw the big truck parked out front with Elmo on it. Everyone was having pictures made in front of the truck, so we asked someone to take a pic of the three of us. The first two were horrible and this is what we ended up with - blurry, and only part of the truck. Next time I will be more discerning who I ask to take our picture!
Of course the inside was laid out with all kinds of overpriced souvenirs and photo opps. These people know their market and know it well!
We ran into some friends that used to go to our church (we seriously see them at all the same events!) so we talked with them until about 15 minutes to show time when I took Lil for one last potty break and we headed into our seats. We had great ones - fourth row up in the bottom section. I didn't buy floor seats because I thought it might be uncomfortable and hard for her to see, and I'm really glad I didn't! It was pretty packed but the rest of the arena really wasn't full at all and we had some room to breath which was great. There was no one in front of us as well. My work really hooked us up with some great seats and a mega discount!
Sitting in her seat like a big girl!
The show started and she got a little scared when everything went dark and these enormous characters come out dancing. She climbed in my lap and watched it from there and was fine. I didn't mind because it was frigid in the arena!

I really liked the glow in the dark ones!
Right before intermission she told me she had to go potty so we headed out and were literally heading back in when they took their break so we were first back out to get snacks and avoided the bathroom line! Yippee!! She suckered us into some cotton candy and an Elmo doll, and I got some popcorn for Brent and I.
I love sugar! And Elmo!
She really started getting into the show the second half, participating along with them and dancing. I guess sugar helps her relax!
The whole show was about imagining where you wanted to be and you could be anywhere. Every character (pretty much) wanted to go to all these far off places, so we saw African dancers, a birthday party in Mexico, sailing the seas, etc. It was ok, no Broadway but all the kids really enjoyed it.
Afterwards Brent took her in the men's room (much shorter lines....) and I just couldn't help but buy her a insanely overpriced Elmo balloon. It really just completed her look.
Elmo, head to toe.

Walking back to the car we saw a fire truck so she wanted to stop and have her picture made.
The arena is only 3 miles from our house, and halfway home it was pretty quiet in the back. The poor thing was tuckered out!
You would think this meant she took a great afternoon nap, but no. As soon as we got her inside she woke right back up and spent her naptime playing in her crib. For 2.5 hours she sang, jumped, played, and had me get her out three times to go to the bathroom. And she had one fake choking incident that sent me in there running. It turns out cotton candy and popcorn for lunch do not lead to great naps.
The best part is that last night we went over to Green Hills to upgrade my phone and a couple of minutes after we got in the car it just seemed quieter than normal so when I turned around I saw this:
It was really, really hard not to throw something at her!

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