Last night, we got a babysitter for Macie and took Ivie to her first "live" show. First show, really, as we haven't even braved the movie theater with her yet! We thought 90 minutes of "Sesame Street Live - When Elmo Grows Up" would be the perfect first performance.
What fun we had! Ivie calls it "Mesame Street", and spent the whole week prior talking about all the characters she would see. Our only real disappointment was that Snuffleupagus wasn't on the show. Ivie kept asking where he was, but seemed satisfied with the explanation that he must be sick. Swine Flu, maybe?
During the show, Ivie wanted ALL of the characters to be on the set ALL the time. When only a few were out on Sesame Street, she asked where the other "friends" were. And then was extremely excited when they reappeared. When the show was over, she cried, not wanting it to ever end!
We, like every other family at the show, brought home a couple of souvenirs. I'm convinced that it's impossible not to. There are kids running around everywhere with pennants, balls, and stuffed animals. And just in case you've made it through the first act without buying something, a man comes out during the intermission, onto the floor where everyone can see him, with a room-sized mass of Elmo balloons. Parents don't have a chance. We came out of it feeling pretty lucky to have escaped only with a small soccer ball featuring pictures of all the characters, as well as the soundtrack from the show. I have a feeling it will rule the CD player in the car for quite a while.
Here are some pictures of our fun. I took over 150, but have cleaned it down to 96 as of this morning. I won't make you look at all of them. But the wheels are turning as I try to figure out what kind of book I want to make to document Ivie's first live show!