Tuesday, May 21, 2019

ever wonder what thousands of butterflies sound like?

phil torres took video of thousands of monarch butterflies in mexico and they sound like a waterfall.  you can listen here to his footage.  pretty cool!

love, laurie

Monday, May 20, 2019

another long weekend in the theatre

it was another long weekend in the theatre with a dance recital load in and rehearsal on thursday, a graduation load in followed by a dance recital performance on friday, an early morning graduation followed by another dance recital rehearsal on saturday, and a dance recital performance on sunday.

wow!  i'm sure happy that the theatre is quite for the next week i don't have to be there to work any shows for several days!!!  looking forward to a much-needed break!

love, laurie

Friday, May 17, 2019

"take me home, colleen"

this past weekend, we had a show in the theatre on saturday called "take me home, colleen."  it was different from our normal lineup since it was a folk-ballad irish-history play which recounted the time of the potato famine in ireland in the 1800s.

the show incorporated old photos from the 1800s along with present-day video of ireland, and it was a fund-raiser for the families of two police officers from our area who were killed in the line of duty.  it was interesting to meet the performers from ireland, and the person who wrote the production.

this weekend we're on to the next set of shows: 
two different dance recitals and a local college's graduation.  

love, laurie

Thursday, May 16, 2019

choo choo

the weather on sunday for mother's day was so incredibly cold, dreary, and rainy.  since we couldn't do any outdoor activities, we decided to take a little train ride around part of the area where we live.  it was a lot of fun and felt like we were stepping back in time.  it was a great activity for a rainy day too!

love, laurie

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

the world's best cat toy!

anyone who knows ryan knows that he loves to play with theatre lights.  for mother's day, ryan did a little light design in our living room / dining room for lunch.  everyone liked it, including leko.  theatre lights have to be the world's best cat toy!

love, laurie

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

a wrapping and unwrapping helper

leko loves to be involved in anything that included boxes, tissue paper, and wrapping paper.  when we were wrapping our gifts for mother's day, it took a long time until we could get the box back from him in order to wrap it.  he kept sitting in the box, attacking the tissue paper, and "stapling" the cardboard with his teeth!

when it came time for our mamas to unwrap their gifts, leko was there to help again and to lay claim to the wrapping paper.

what a cutie!
love, laurie

Monday, May 13, 2019

mother's day 2019

our families got together yesterday at our house for lunch to celebrate our mamas on mother's day.  we made a thai-inspired lunch with strawberry shortcake for dessert.  it was nice to get together with everyone on mother's day.  we're so grateful for our mamas, not just on mother's day but year round, and for all that they do for us!

happy mother's day!
love, laurie

Friday, May 10, 2019

happy mother's day weekend!

happy mother's day this weekend to our amazing mamas!  looking at this picture of us with our mamas makes me want to jump right back in that pool aboard that cruise ship!

we're both so grateful for such amazing mamas that we get to call ours!

love, laurie

Thursday, May 9, 2019

there are flowers blooming in our yard!!!

so happy to finally see some color in our yard!!!

love, laurie

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

cruel stagehand jokes that make me laugh

this past week of working on cinderella made everyone quite punchy.  a few of the dancers and dancer moms were complaining that one of the stage hands was "mean" because he was asking them to get out of the way while moving a large piece of scenery.  they complained that they got their feelings hurt (insert eye roll here) so he picked up a coloring book and crayons on his lunch break when he went to texas road house.  when he returned from break, he taped the coloring book and crayons to the dimmer rack along with a sign that said "emotional support station."  he said if anyone else complained about getting their feelings hurt he was going to send them over there to color to make them feel better.  i got a good laugh out of that and couldn't resist snapping a picture.

here's my p.s.a. for the day: get the heck out of the way if stage hands are moving heavy scenery.  we have jobs to do and cues to hit in very little time.  we can't be worried about running your body over!

love, laurie

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

way too many lights

well, we survived (barely) the last eight days of a large-scale ballet production of cinderella that was in our theatre.  it was ridiculously huge and included way too many lights.  all shows take a lot of time, but my hours clocked in at 88.5 from sunday to sunday just on this production alone.  that's me working more than two full-time jobs worth of hours!!!   no wonder i'm exhausted.

on to the next show!

love, laurie

Monday, May 6, 2019

behind the scenes

my goodness, the past week was insane at the theatre with a large-scale ballet production (more on that later).  i'm beyond delirious from the long, long hours. 

for now, i'll leave you with this picture of a rare look inside an intelligent moving light instrument.  several had to be taken apart this week for repair during the production.  it's not everyday that you get to see inside one of these things.  it was fascinating getting to see each component up close.

okay, it's monday.  let's do this!
love, laurie 

Friday, May 3, 2019

in the zone

over 20 feet high in the air, on a genie lift, focusing lights for a local high school's music concert.  that's my ryan in the zone!

we're in the theatre today for the first of several productions of the cinderella ballet.  fingers crossed!

love, laurie

Thursday, May 2, 2019

this guy keeps us laughing

oh my gosh, where do i even begin? 

last week we sat down on the couch for a few minutes to get a bite to eat.  leko jumped up on ryan's lap and passed out for a nap.  the way he fell asleep left us laughing uncontrollably!  his arms looked like a goal post.  there's no way that was a comfortable position!

love, laurie

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

view from the top

ryan snapped this photo on his phone on friday night at the theatre when he was in the balcony.  we both loved the look of the color of the lights on the marley floor. 

we're still chugging away here at the theatre working on the cinderella ballet.  fingers crossed we don't go insane!

love, laurie