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Friday, October 18, 2019

happy anniversary, mom and dad!

happy 39th wedding anniversary to my parents today!

love, laurie

Thursday, October 17, 2019

a fall trip to dorney park!

we both had the day off work on monday (thank you, columbus day!) so we decided to do something fun.  each of us have been to dorney park when we were younger, but we had never been there together, so we took a trip down to allentown to spend the day at the amusement park.

i've spent many a summer day running around amusement parks, but i had never been to one in the cooler fall weather and it was glorious.  the weather was absolutely gorgeous on monday and the park wasn't crowded at all!  we never had to wait in line and walked right on large rides like roller coasters which typically have lengthy wait times in the summer.  it was great!

we had so much fun riding all of the rides like kids.  it was a great escape for the day!  here are a few pictures from the day that i snapped on my phone . . .

^this guy loved the crazy metal roller coasters that went upside down.  he really surprised me at how much he loved the nutty rides!^
^i always love a carousel ride, especially right after lunch.  it's the perfect calm ride to digest lunch before the crazy rides!^
^yup, we went all the way to the top of that tower!  it was wild!^
^it was really neat to see the park decorated for halloween.  they really went all out with the decorations!^
^even though ryan loved the crazy upside-down roller coasters, he hated the simple ones that didn't go upside down because he didn't like the big drop.  this is the face he made when we got off the ride.  (insert eye roll here.)  come on, steel force is a classic and when i was a kid it held the record as the tallest roller coaster!^
^we rounded a bend and found a section of the park devoted to these monster trucks.  we had never seen anything like them.  it was a special attraction added just for a few weeks in the fall and we happened to be there while they were operating them.  we were surprised to learn a ride on one of these crazy things was included in our admission price.  we thought for sure it would have cost extra.  we waited in line for a little bit and then got moved up to the front of the line to fill in 2 empty spots which turned out to be right up in front next to the driver.  it was pretty cool!^
^it really felt like we were driving in a demolition derby or something like that!^
^i spy ryan rounding the bend behind that poll.  when i got off the classic cars ride the attendant said "i'd give you a 9 out of 10."  i said "you probably would have given me a 2 out of 10 if you saw me taking pictures of my husband while driving!"^
^we ended the day with the ferris wheel and it was the perfect last ride because we had an awesome view of the park from way up high!^

love, laurie

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

cemetery theatre tour

on sunday afternoon we went to a local cemetery to see a group of actors perform.  this is the first time we've seen the group perform their annual cemetery tour where they reenact tales of people from our area who are buried in the cemetery.  it was an interesting walk through history on a gorgeous autumn afternoon.  luckily, it wasn't scary at all!

love, laurie

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

breakfast in bed, kitten style

if you see this picture and think "spoiled" you are 100% correct.  this guy knows how to con us, even getting us to agree to let him eat breakfast in bed like a little king.  it's okay though, because we wouldn't have it any other way!

love, laurie

Monday, October 14, 2019

noodle date!

on saturday evening after work, we went out to run a few errands.  we were starving, so we popped into a newly opened ramen noodle shop in our town.  we tried the vegetable noodles two different ways and liked them both.  it was a fun little saturday night noodle date!

love, laurie

Friday, October 11, 2019

mom and dad, pay attention to me!

yesterday evening, we were sitting in our room looking at something on my phone.  we were pretty engrossed in what we were watching on my instagram stories because we didn't even realize leko was sitting right below us.  we looked up from the phone, and looked down to see him sprawled out on the floor by our feet.  he was like, "mom and dad, pay attention to me!"  what a silly guy!

love, laurie

Thursday, October 10, 2019

cuddling up on rainy days

the weather has been cold (hello 50 degrees!) and wet for the past few days.  when it gets damp like this, leko wastes no time cuddling up with us to stay warm.  of course i'm not complaining!!!

love, laurie

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

"the price is right live"

i never really watched the tv show "the price is right" other than seeing a few seconds of it as i was flipping channels.  however, ryan has fond memories of watching it as a kid with his grandparents.  he got a chance to work the show last week when the live theatre tour version came to town.  he got a kick out of the fact that they had all of the original games from the show that he remembered.

love, laurie

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

"wake up with the arts"

on friday, our county arts department held an event called "wake up with the arts."  it was the 11th year for the breakfast event and the second time we've attended.

any arts organization in our county was invited to go and invited to make a creative centerpiece for the tables.  we have a show called "judy moody & stink" coming up at our theatre in a few weeks, so i decided to make my centerpiece themed around the upcoming show which is a musical for children based on the famous "judy moody" book series.

i used pages from an old book to decorate the table and make paper flowers.  i also borrowed a stack of "judy moody" books from my mom's school's library too.  since it was for a round table, i made sure that there was something interesting to look at on all sides of the display.  i was really happy with how the centerpiece turned out and everyone seemed to like it!

love, laurie

Monday, October 7, 2019

"good vibrations - a celebration of the beach boys"

we continued our fall show series at the theatre on saturday night with a beach boys tribute band called "good vibrations."  this was our biggest show of the fall, and it was absolutely awesome!  i have to say, this was my favorite show yet that we've done at the theatre.  i'm so glad everything went so well.

i snapped a ton of photos on my camera during the show.  here are just a few of them.  you can see the whole album with all of my photos on our theatre's facebook page here.

love, laurie

Friday, October 4, 2019

happy birthday, little blog!

on sunday my blog turns 8 years old!  wow!  it's really hard to believe that it has been 8 years since i started this blog back in 2011 on a whim.  8 years later, i'm still grateful to have my little corner of the internet as a virtual scrapbook to chronicle the highlights of our lives.

happy birthday, little blog!
love, laurie

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previous blogiversaries: year oneyear twoyear threeyear fouryear five, year six, year seven

Thursday, October 3, 2019

what a day

there's a kid's book titled "alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day" and yesterday, boy was i alexander.  it was a ridiculous day at work where absolutely nothing worked out in our favor (except for landing one very exciting contract at the end of the day!).

my co-worker and i were commiserating about how bad the day was, and she reminded me that she always gets me to laugh at least once each day no matter how bad the day.  she pulled a little envelope out of her purse and said it was a card that she had been carrying around and had been meaning to give me.  yesterday was the perfect time because the front of the card made me laugh and the inside made me smile.  it was so sweet and exactly what i needed on my alexander day.

i'm determined that today is going to be much better!

love, laurie

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

shake shack!

it has become a little tradition of ours to take a trip to woodbury common each fall.  it's only about a 90-minute drive from our house, and we love going up there for a few hours each year in september to walk around.

we had some free time on friday morning before having to work in the evening, so we set out after breakfast on a little date.  while we were at woodbury common, we grabbed lunch at shake shack.  ryan had a cheeseburger, i had the portobello burger, and we shared a garden dog, crinkle-cut fries, and cranberry-apple lemonade! 

it was a fun little day date and a nice way to get away for a few hours and recharge!

love, laurie