Friday, June 22, 2018

summer bucket list 2018

since yesterday was the official first day of summer it seemed only right to make a summer bucket list.  i'm keeping my fingers crossed for a summer of good weather and hoping to be able to carve out some time to spend with ryan after our crazy spring schedules.

here's what i'm looking forward to this summer . . .

- make homemade ice cream and popsicles

- lots of bike rides and hikes

- visit the local flea market

- catch a flick at the local drive-in movie theatre

- visit the local farmers market as much as possible

- successfully grow tomatoes

- spend some time in the water

love, laurie

Thursday, June 21, 2018

happy summer!

happy first official day of summer!  goodness gracious, it has been hot the past few days!  our old 1930s home doesn't have ac, so we've been trying to make the best of it with one little window ac unit and lots of fans.  poor leko must be so hot wearing his fur coat in this heat.  the other night, he passed out on the bed under the ceiling fan in an effort to cool off.  poor little guy!

love, laurie

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

a father's day hike around nay aug park

after checking out the car show on father's day, we took a hike around nay aug park before coming home for our cookout lunch.  it was a really hot day outside!  even though we were all drenched in sweat, it was so nice to be out in nature (and out of the dark theatre for a change)!  the waterfalls made for a pretty kodak moment too.

love, laurie

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

the villa capri cruisers club car show

on father's day, we took a trip to nay aug park in the morning to check out the villa capri cruisers club car show.  it's an annual car show organized by the nonprofit to raise money for local charities.  we were all surprised by how many classic, historic, and antique cars were on display.  it was neat to walk around and check them all out.  by far, my favorite was the car above which was a life-size version of a popular kid toy.

love, laurie

Monday, June 18, 2018

lots to celebrate!

happy birthday today to ryan's dad!

yesterday we got together with our families to celebrate ryan's dad's birthday, father's day, and ryan's parents' anniversary.  we celebrated with a cookout on the back porch and birthday cake, of course.  it was a nice celebration even though it was the hottest day of the year so far!

a few pictures from yesterday afternoon . . .

love, laurie

Friday, June 15, 2018

happy weekend!


it's friday and we're kicking off the weekend this morning by getting together with our parents to tour a local museum.  we have a show which will keep us in the theater all day on saturday, but on sunday we're looking forward to celebrating father's day, ryan's dad's birthday, ryan's parents' anniversary, and belated mother's day for ryan's mom. 

there sure is a lot to celebrate in our family on sunday, so we'll be enjoying the day by taking a walk around a local park followed by a cookout for lunch.

have a wonderful weekend!
love, laurie

Thursday, June 14, 2018

passed out

our schedules have been extra odd for the past week and poor leko is having a hard time keeping up.  after finding him fast asleep on top of the couch the other day, i also found him passed out on top of the coffee table one day and then on my lap on top of a pile of blankets another day.  poor little man, mom and dad promise our schedules will even out soon!

love, laurie

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

cookie break

on saturday evening ryan and i had to run up to upstate new york to see a show that is coming down to our theater this weekend.  we got there a little early and had a few moments to spare, so we checked out a few stores in the area.  we came across a cafe and stopped in to grab some coffee.  we couldn't resist the humongous s'mores cookie sitting in the display case.  it was so good and made for the perfect little treat to get us through the show.  here's to the little things like cookies that make all the difference sometimes when you are exhausted!

love, laurie

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

roses are red . . .


i was pleased to see that our little red rose bush started blooming this weekend.  it's so nice to see the little red roses every time i walk outside to our garage.  inside, i've been enjoying my bouquet of red roses this past week from my dance recital last weekend.  the timing is perfect since today is national red rose day.  it makes me think back to when ryan and i went to portland, oregon and visited the portland international rose test garden where they had the most amazing roses i had ever seen in my life!

in honor of red rose day today, take a moment to stop and smell the roses
love, laurie

Monday, June 11, 2018

sleeping beauty

last week was a busy one and this weekend kept us going with a show in the theater.  at one point last week i plopped down on the couch for just a few moments to grab a bite to eat.  i looked over my shoulder and saw leko on the top of the couch fast asleep.  even he was exhausted.

here's hoping for a slightly less exhausting week this week!

love, laurie

Friday, June 8, 2018

summer flowers

i'm loving the flowers that we planted in the flower bed in front our our house.  they are so colorful and cheerful and i hope they stay pretty for awhile this summer!

happy friday!
love, laurie

Thursday, June 7, 2018

behind the scenes


ryan has been working so many different venues recently, i'm starting to lose track.  our synced google calendars are color coated to depict where we are at any given time of the day, and it's starting to look like someone scribbled all over our calendars with a box of crayola crayons.

here are two behind the scenes snapshots from ryan this past week when he was the light designer for a dance company's recital at a local high school, and from when he helped to set up the graduation for a different local high school.

show season continues onward!
love, laurie

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

u-haul pro


ryan's parents are settling into their new house after moving up here a few weeks ago.  on memorial day, we took advantage of the fact that we had the day off work and rented a u-haul to move the remainder of ryan's parents' belongings out of a storage unit where we had moved their stuff back in april (here and here).

ryan always gets a kick out of getting the opportunity to drive trucks like this.  i have to say he really is getting good at maneuvering a u-haul around tight crazy places!

love, laurie

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

up close encounters of the birdie kind

a few days ago we were in our bedroom with the windows open.  our windows are original to our 1930s house, so they swing out instead of sliding up.  all of a sudden, a tiny baby bird landed on the glass part of the window and started chirping very loudly.  leko jumped right up to investigate.  it was a very close encounter for both him and the birdie.  so much excitement in our house on a daily basis!

love, laurie

Monday, June 4, 2018

dance recital 2018

on friday night my studio had its annual dance recital.  it was nice to be a part of it for the fourth year in a row, but it was also bittersweet since this was the final recital for the studio since the studio will now be closed for good as the owner has decided to retire.

this year's recital was called "girl powered" and the theme was strong women / super heroes, and i performed in 5 numbers.  i choreographed and danced in the opening number which was a senior ballet/lyrical style to the song "believer" depicting the incredible hulk.  i demonstrated for the youngest baby class to the song "time to be awesome" from my little pony depicting unicorns, as well as another young baby class to the song "home" from the movie ferdinand depicting matadors.  my senior ballet pointe number was to the wonder women theme song, and the finale brought together all of the current students and many past graduates to the song "we are family."

it was very surreal thinking about the fact that this was the final performance for the studio.  it was also extremely bizarre not to have ryan there because he was off working another dance show that night.

i'm looking forward to getting the video of the recital to watch it with my family.  i didn't get many photos on friday night, but when i came back home at the end of the night ryan snapped the picture above of me with my bouquet of red roses from the studio director.  the photos below are from my friend who was the videographer.  he snapped them as he was filming the show. 

as much as i am going to miss having a place to dance on a regular basis, i'm looking forward to having the summer off so i can rest my aching body and tend to several injuries that were aggravated by dancing.  here's to getting my body back and maybe finding a new place to dance someday!


love, laurie

previous dance recitals: 2015, 2016, and 2017

Friday, June 1, 2018

dance recital day


happy friday, i can hardly believe that today is june 1st!  even though this week was a short one because of the monday holiday, we packed a lot into it.  tonight is my dance studio's annual spring recital.  it's so hard to believe that the show is finally here after many long months of preparation.  i'll be so relieved to fall into bed tonight and rest my aching body after the show!  the theme of this year's recital is girl power.  above is the logo i designed for the show.  fingers crossed for a good show tonight!

love, laurie