Tuesday, June 18, 2019

happy birthday!

happy birthday today to ryan's dad!

love, laurie

Monday, June 17, 2019

father's day!

this past week/weekend was another busy one with several dance shows in the theatre.  we had a show on sunday on father's day, but we were able to carve out a little bit of time in the afternoon before the show for lunch at our house with my parents to celebrate my papa!  we had grilled bbq pizza, tomato/cucumber salad, coleslaw, and fun mason jar parfaits for dessert.

we'll have to take a rain check to celebrate with ryan's dad since his parents weren't in town on sunday.

love, laurie

Friday, June 14, 2019

breakfast in bed . . . kitten style!

we stooped to a new low . . . we let this guy eat in bed the other morning in an effort to give us a few more minutes of sleep without him yelling at us. 

we're not above bribing our kitten to get a few more minutes of sleep . . . world's greatest parents over here for sure!

love, laurie

Thursday, June 13, 2019


ryan bought me this gerber daisy plant for valentine's day in february of 2016.  it had nice flowers on it when he gave it to me, but after those flowers died there has been nothing in that pot except for one lonely leaf for the past three years.  i was seriously considering throwing it away since it wasn't doing anything, but i continued to water it all of this time.  a few weeks ago, ryan put a bit of new soil in the pot and then much to our surprise new leaves and a flower popped up out of nowhere.  we couldn't believe it!

i'm enjoying seeing the bright pink flower on my window ledge at work now!

love, laurie

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

it's hunting season . . .

. . . birdie hunting and squirrel hunting through the living room window, that is!

love, laurie

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

celebrating national doughnut day . . . in bed!

friday was national doughnut day.  we stopped by krispy kreme on our way home in the evening and picked up two free doughnuts.  we got around to eating them the next day on saturday night (in bed)!  we tried the new key lime and pineapple and both were really good.  sounded like a good way to celebrate national doughnut day to us!

love, laurie

Monday, June 10, 2019

summer night date!

friday evening after work was a rare occasion when ryan and i both had nowhere to be and nothing to do!  we took advantage of our free time and loaded our bikes on the back of the car and hit the trail for a late afternoon bike ride after work.  biking over 10 miles made us hungry, so we stopped at a new-to-us restaurant on the way home for a little dinner date.  the weather was gorgeous so we were able to eat outside.  we shared shrimp tacos, a veggie burger, and parmesan/garlic fries.  it was such a nice little friday night summer date!

love, laurie

Friday, June 7, 2019

a video of our trip to walt disney world 2019

to conclude our walt disney world posts, here is a video of clips from our trip.  we only took short clips on our phones, but somehow we came home with over 1 hour of video!  it took me awhile, but i was able to cut it down to just the highlight reel (which is still nearly 9 minutes long!)

we had such a great time in disney.  i'm so glad we have all of these photos and videos to look back on to remember our trip.  (for those wondering, the music is selections from the magic kingdom hour-long entrance music loop.)

love, laurie

you can see more of our disney trip photos: herehereherehere, and here

Thursday, June 6, 2019

what we ate at walt disney world 2019

we had a really great time on our disney trip.  if you know us, you know that we can't go anywhere without taking pictures of food.  we had a lot of great things to eat while we were there (including this mickey pretzel that we got at the launching pad while we were waiting for the magic kingdom fireworks to start)!

while we were in disney, we often split meals when possible to save money and because portions were large.  here's an entire post dedicated to what we ate at disney . . .

when we went to disney two years ago, we didn't bother getting a disney resort mug because we were only there for three days.  since we were there longer for this trip we purchased one.  it has a chip in it which allows you to use it for the duration of your vacation.  it was much cheaper to purchase the mug with unlimited refills rather then buying ryan a coffee every morning.  we were able to use it for other drinks throughout the day and evening too.  it's also a cute souvenir.

we went to disney springs on the day we arrived since we landed in florida late in the evening.  we had burgers for dinner at planet hollywood (since ryan had never been to a planet hollywood before).  we didn't know that they served guy fieri burgers!  ryan had the bacon mac and cheese burger, and i had the veggie burger.

we love to visit sprinkles when we are in nyc.  we saw that there was a sprinkles at disney springs and we just happened to have a coupon on our sprinkles mobile app, so we picked up a dark chocolate banana cupcake to split at night for dessert.  it was so good!

in order to save some money and some calories, we packed almond milk and cheerios in our suitcase.  we ate that for breakfast several mornings, and then alternated with getting a few breakfasts to share from the pop century resort dining hall.  they were good about substituting extra eggs, potatoes, and waffles since we didn't want the meat that came on the platter.  you just have to have mickey waffles when in disney!

in epcot, we ate lunch in morocco at the tangierine cafe.  we split the vegetarian platter and it was great!  we are always fans of mediterranean food.

in the afternoon at epcot, we popped into l'artisan des glaces in france for an ice cream cone.  it was apple cinnamon and it was awesome!

instead of eating dinner in epcot, we had some free time so we hopped on the monorail and went to the grand floridian resort to grab sandwiches at gasparilla island grill.  we got the veggie panini and the fish reuben.  both were really good!

during our first day in the magic kingdom, we grabbed lunch at pecos bill tall tale inn and cafe.  we ate there during our last disney trip and remembered that the veggie fajita platter was huge.  there is an unlimited sides bar which has a crazy amount of fajita toppings too.  it was a lot of food to split for lunch!

we had dinner in the magic kingdom at the jungle navigation skipper canteen.  we shared the veggie curry tofu stew and the seafood stew.

on our way out of the magic kingdom, we stopped in the main street confectionery  we picked up this english toffee bar to eat back at our hotel  it might not have been the most attractive dessert, but it was delicious!

during our day at hollywood studios, we grabbed a quick lunch to split at catalina eddie's.  a personal size cheese pizza, which came with a little side caesar salad was just enough to hold us over.

we wanted to do a nicer sit-down dinner at hollywood studios, so we made reservations for the 50s prime time cafe.  the entire restaurant is themed like the inside of a 1950s house and the waitresses stay in character the whole time.  i had the veggie lasagna and ryan had a sampler platter of pot roast, meatloaf, and fried chicken.  we shared their signature peanut butter and jelly milkshake too.

later in the evening in hollywood studios, we stopped by woody's lunchbox in toy story land to grab a dessert and we took it with us and ate it while we were waiting for the night fireworks show to start.  we got one of their raspberry lunchbox tarts.  it was huge and tasted just like a linzer tart cookie!

for lunch on our second day in the magic kingdom, we were actually able to snag impossible-to-get reservations for be our guest.  the entire thing is themed like the beast's castle from beauty and the beast.  i had the veggie quiche which came with a salad, ryan hand the croque monsieur sandwich, we shared the potato leek soup (which was vegetarian!), and for dessert had the "grey stuff" cupcake which was great!

since we had a big lunch at be our guest during our second day in the magic kingdom, we shared a salmon dinner from columbia harbour house.  we ate there during our last disney trip and knew we really liked it.

during our day in animal kingdom, we shared the veggie tikka masala for lunch from yak and yeti local foods cafe. it didn't look like much, but it was good!

it was very hot and humid in animal kingdom and we needed to find some air conditioning for dinner so we ate at the rainforest cafe.  ryan had the chicken panini and i had the black bean burger.

for our last treat, we grabbed a dole whip at tamu tamu refreshments before the night show started at animal kingdom.  you can't visit disney without getting a dole whip!  ryan had been asking for one during our whole trip, so it was only fitting that we got one on our last day!

love, laurie

you can see more of our disney trip photos: here, here, here, here, and here

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

walt disney world 2019: animal kingdom

our last park day for our disney trip was spent at animal kingdom.  when we visited disney two years ago, the one park that we missed was animal kingdom, so we were happy to be able to spend a day in that park this trip.  (the last time i was at animal kingdom was over 20 years ago with my family!)

animal kingdom has such a different feel from all of the other disney parks.  there were great rides and animals all over the place.  here are some photos from our day at animal kingdom . . .

^the tree of life sits in the center of the park and it is magnificent.  you could stare at it for a long time and keep finding new things since there are carvings of so many different animals all over the trunk.^
^even though we never watched the pandora movies, pandora land was really cool.  we went on the two pandora rides and spent a long time marveling at the gardens in pandora land.^
^when in disney, you have to say hi to mickey and minnie!^
^one of the things i was most excited for was the safari ride in africa land.  we went bright and early after the park opened so that we could see the animals while they were still awake and before it got too hot in the afternoon during their nap time.  we loved it so much that we ended up going on the safari two more times throughout the day.  i'm really glad we did because we saw different animals each time!^
^expedition everest was such an awesome roller coaster!  it went forward, backward, and then forward again.  so clever!^
^dinoland was fun, but i have to admit that the dinosaur ride was a little scary!^
^all of the shows were great, especially the live lion king show!^
 ^everything was so neat lit up at night, especially the bioluminescent forest and the tree of life!^

love, laurie

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you can see more of our disney trip photos here, here, here, and here