Last weekend, in Massachusetts, my nephew Michael was in his first play.
He is five years old and in kindergarten and played the part of Toto in the 6th grade town production of the Wizard of Oz. He was the only kindergartener in the play. He was very proud and excited to be part of it.
When we first learned we’d be moving, we thought we’d miss Michael’s acting debut. As time passed though, and I realized we’d still be in the U.S., Matt and I decided we needed to make a trip to Massachusetts to see him on stage and visit with the cousins again.
We didn’t tell them we were coming though.
And oh, man, the look on my niece and nephews faces when they woke up last Friday morning and we were all at their house—Best. Surprise. Ever.
Michael did an amazing job in the play–as Toto he was in literally every scene but one, and he rocked it. I am so, so glad we got to see him in his acting glory.
To make it even more fun, most of the state of Massachusetts was buried in snow, so we got the added bonus of being able to go sledding and play in the snow with the cousins we don’t get to see enough.
Aaaand we also got to watch the Patriots win the Super Bowl surrounded by people who were as happy as I was to see it. It was a nice change to root for my team in a room full of like-minded people.
Because another 14″ of snow fell on top of the 2′ that was already on the ground, we ended up staying another day. More playing in the snow, more cousin time, more time at home=awesome weekend. I can’t tell you how much I miss a good snowstorm–D.C. hasn’t had one all year. Lame. And how much I love watching my kids with my sister’s kids.
This weekend made up for it.