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Friday, September 20, 2019

last outdoor summer concert of the season!

we were back at it again yesterday with another summer concert at our local outdoor concert pavilion.  we both worked the jason aldean show all day, and we were beyond thrilled that this was our last outdoor concert for the season!

ryan worked lighting for the load in, deck for the show call, and lighting for the load out.  i worked rigging for the load in, robo spot for the show call, and rigging for the load out.  it was a long day but luckily it wasn't too bad of a day and the weather was fairly nice (except for the fact that we were actually freezing cold for most of the day)!

love, laurie

Thursday, September 19, 2019

butterfly release

on saturday afternoon, my parents and i stopped by skytop resort to visit their butterfly house and see their butterfly release.  it's the time of the season when it's too cool for the butterflies to stay in northeastern pennsylvania, so they have to make their 3-month trek 3,000 miles to mexico!  before they took flight, the butterflies fueled up on some milkweed plants to give them strength for their journey.  it's always so nice to see monarchs in person!

love, laurie

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

a trip to ritter's cider mill

after visiting roba family farms on saturday, we took a drive up to ritter's cider mill.  we picked out some apples, bought some cider, and visited the animals.  i always love ritter's in the fall.

love, laurie

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previous trips to ritter's cider mill: 201220132014201520162016, 2017, 2018

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

roba family farms


on saturday morning, my parents and i took a trip to roba family farms.  it's a tradition of ours to visit roba's farm each fall.  saturday was teacher appreciation day, which meant we got in for free and didn't have to pay admission.  the weather was cooler than normal, overcast, and very windy, but that didn't stop us from having a good time.

ryan had to work all day on saturday, so he didn't get to join us.  luckily, the teacher appreciation free admission was for both saturday and sunday, so after ryan got out of work on sunday evening we ran up to roba's for a quick hour before they closed so that ryan had a chance to visit the farm this year too!

love, laurie

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previous trips to roba's: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Monday, September 16, 2019

eight years old!


this month our baby boy turns eight years old!  we love our little guy so much and it's so incredibly hard to believe that he's eight already!  i can't believe how much he's grown since we first brought him home in january 2012.  of course we're celebrating his birthday for days with lots of extra kisses, cuddles, and tuna!

love, laurie

Friday, September 13, 2019

slow mornings

it's rare that we don't have to fly out of the house first thing in the morning.  we had a moment to have a slow morning one day last week and we took advantage of it by staying on our pjs a little longer and making individual dutch babies with cinnamon sugar and strawberries in our mini cast iron skillets.  we used this recipe which we first made 5 years ago.

fingers crossed for a few more slow mornings!

have a great weekend!
love, laurie

Thursday, September 12, 2019

fall flowers

we have this plant outside our kitchen window that blooms white every august.  as soon as september starts rolling around, the white flowers turn a pink color before they dry up in late fall.  i love watching them change from white to pink.  they're so pretty!

love, laurie

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

patriot day


we had the opportunity to visit ground zero six years ago in september, just after the 12th anniversary of 9/11 and it was a moving experience.  the waterfalls and the reflecting pools that sit within the footprints of where the twin towers once stood are a lovely tribute, and the freedom tower is quite a site to behold.  our thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who lost a loved one on this day 18 years ago.

love, laurie

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

fall cuddles

when the weather gets cooler leko loves to cuddle even more than normal.  of course i don't complain one bit about that!  kitten cuddles are the best!!!

love, laurie

Monday, September 9, 2019

"paint it back - the history of the rolling stones"

we kicked off our fall show series at our theatre on friday night with a rolling stones tribute band called "satisfaction the international rolling stones tribute band presents paint it back - the history of the rolling stones" . . . wheph, it's a long title, but it was a great band!

i've been planning this show for nearly a year, so it was great to finally see it happen.  everyone loved it!  here are a few of the photos i snapped on my camera.  you can see the whole album with all of my photos on our theatre's facebook page here.


onto the next show!
love, laurie

Friday, September 6, 2019

lounging around

i was working around the house the other evening and realized it got quiet.  i was wondering where on earth leko got to and started searching for him.  much to my surprise i found him lounging around up on top of a set of drawers.  it was surprising because he's rarely ever up there.  silly guy!

we're kicking off the fall season in our theatre tonight with a rolling stones tribute show.  fingers crossed!

have a great weekend!
love, laurie

Thursday, September 5, 2019

it feels like fall

on saturday afternoon after we came home from the italian festival, ryan turned on the tv for a little bit to watch some of the penn state university football game since his parents were at the stadium attending the game.  he turned his fun hue lights to psu blue, opened the doors to let the fresh crisp air blow through the screens into the house, and lit our new apple-scented candle.  we couldn't believe how much it felt like fall!  after the game, we took a nice long walk outside to enjoy the perfect weather.  it was a nice way to spend the last day of august.

since sunday was september 1st i just couldn't resist breaking out the pumpkin puree to make some fall treats.  i made a loaf of pumpkin bread and some really yummy pumpkin pasta too!

happy september!
love, laurie

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

la festa italiana 2019


my favorite tradition is visiting our local italian festival each year on labor day weekend.  we love the great food, the atmosphere, and the memory that it was were ryan and i went on our very first date back in 2004.  this festival is like a religion to me, it's totally my happy place!

we headed down to the italian festival on saturday afternoon (wearing my la festa t-shirt) to have some lunch.  we went at the perfect time because the weather was awesome and it wasn't crowded at all!  on sunday night we went back down for some dinner and the fireworks, and then we went back again on monday for lunch with our parents!

^this double-crust pizza was so good!  it was filled with cheese and fresh tomatoes, and topped with rosemary.  yum!^
^we watched this homemade gnocchi being made right in front of us!  what a project to make homemade gnocchi in such a huge quantity for four days straight!  the gnocchi were light and melted right in our mouths.  the sauce was delicious too!^
^we always love sharing a pizza fritta (fried dough), but this year we tried something different from a new stand . . . mini pizza frittas.  they were so good!^
^we brought our folding chairs and shared some pizza while sitting and waiting for the fireworks to start.^
^it might not look terribly attractive in the photo, but this flakey chocolate croissant pastry was so very good (and messy)!^

let the countdown begin for next year's festival!  ;-)

love, laurie

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previous trips to the italian festival: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018