I've sat through many, many performances of the Nutcracker. I know the musical score by heart and could (probably) perform every character from Clara to the Sugar Plumb Fairy. (Although I seriously doubt anyone would want to see me dance.) For 10+ years, the month of December and Christmas plans always included Sierra's rehearsals and performances in The Nutcracker. It's was just how we celebrated and I'd be lying if I didn't say I didn't enjoy every, single minute of the experience. It was a lot of fun and I truly missed it for a while.
Sierra danced in many different roles, but this one was a favorite. In this photograph, she is dressed as one of Mother Ginger's children. (Actually, she was the one that would hide under Mother's skirt and pop out at the last second.)
(As cute as she is, I still think the smile with so many missing teeth is my favorite part!)