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Friday, February 28, 2020

silly kitten

why is it that whenever you come home with a shoe box kittens need to sit in them?  boot boxes are especially fun because they are extra long!

have a great weekend!
love, laurie

Thursday, February 27, 2020

scrabble date

on sunday night we sat down at the dining room table and played two games of scrabble.  it has been absolutely forever since we've had a chance to play and we missed it.  it was so nice and we had a lot of fun. 

love, laurie

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

my laundry helper

i had some free time on sunday morning so i decided to wash the bedding.  leko always loves helping me make the bed when the sheets come out of the dryer.  he chases them around the bed and plays with them.  he was so into it on sunday that he wore himself out and sat down right in the middle of the half-made bed.  i had to postpone that project and come back to it a little while later when he was done with his nap.  what a cute laundry helper!

love, laurie

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

happy mardi gras!

happy mardi gras / happy fat tuesday / happy fasnacht day!  no matter what you call it, it's a great excuse to eat a doughnut today.

here are some of my favorite homemade doughnut recipes from over the years:
- baked mocha cake doughnuts with coffee cream cheese glaze
- baked strawberry cake doughnuts with strawberry glaze
baked pumpkin doughnuts with brown butter and apple cider glaze topped with pecans
- baked apple cider doughnuts

i also like these doughnut-inspired recipes too:
apple cider doughnut pancakes
gingerbread doughnut muffins

love, laurie

Monday, February 24, 2020

"who you gonna call? ghostbusters!"

ryan balances a variety of jobs with a wide range of tasks.  one thing he tackled this week was vacuuming our entire building.  i peeked out my office door and the first thing that came to my head was the ghostbusters theme song.  every time i see that vacuum, i can't help but think that it looks like a ghostbusters proton pack.  ha!

love, laurie

Friday, February 21, 2020

pink coffee!

we love getting a coffee from DD as a treat once every so often, and we really love when we earn enough points to get a free coffee!  whenever we build up enough points for a freebie, we always order an iced macchiato to share.  on a recent visit to DD with a free coupon, we saw that they had a special flavor for valentine's day . . . pink velvet.  in the spirit of the holiday, we gave the new flavor a try and were both surprised by how much we loved it!  we still can't figure out exactly what it tastes like (we've narrowed it down to a combination of chocolate, cherry, and almond) but nonetheless, we enjoyed it!  we heard rumors that the pink velvet was really pink, and it actually was pink in our cup which was fun!

a fun little treat!

have a great weekend!
love, laurie

Thursday, February 20, 2020

surprise, surprise, we're back in the theatre

one of my favorite things is when the theatre is quiet and it's just the two of us focusing lights.  

happy thursday
love, laurie

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

watch dog

the past few mornings, leko has been enjoying standing on our pillows and keeping watch over his backyard.  someone has to keep all of the squirrels in check!  it is such a cute way to wake up in the morning!

love, laurie

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

a little valentine's day dinner!

after we worked the load in of the play that goes wrong on friday we had a little bit of free time before the show started.  since it was valentine's day, we were so glad that we had a chance to have dinner together.  we went to a local thai restaurant for dinner and it was so good!  after dinner we stopped by a coffee shop and shared a toasted almond mocha latte to warm us up because the weather was freezing outside!  it was a fun little date for valentine's day!

love, laurie

Monday, February 17, 2020

the play that goes wrong

back in november of 2018 ryan and i took a trip to nyc with my parents to see the play that goes wrong for my dad's birthday.  we absolutely loved it and thought it was both hysterical and so clever.  when we saw the play, i kept saying "how on earth is this show ever going to go on tour?" because the set was so elaborate.

we were so excited when we found out that the show was going on tour and that the national tour of the play that goes wrong was coming to our local theatre!  ryan and i both worked the load in and the load out of the show this weekend.  i was thrilled to be on carpentry crew and find out all of the secrets of the incredible set while building it!  ryan worked audio for the show and let's just say he had a much easier day than i did.  here's a photo someone from the theatre snapped from the balcony . . .

 let's take a closer look at that shall we . . .

i love ryan standing off to the side watching as the entire carpentry crew was heave-hoing the very heavy steal deck onto the set above our heads.  so funny!

we got to see the show on friday night with our parents and it was even better seeing it for the second time (and knowing all of the secrets!).

love, laurie

Friday, February 14, 2020

happy valentine's day!

today is valentine's day!  this is one of my favorite pictures taken several years ago on valentine's day.  these two boys are always my valentines every day of the year!

we're both working a show today, so we'll take a raincheck and celebrate valentine's day another day.

have a great weekend!
love, laurie

Thursday, February 13, 2020

two years!

yesterday was my two year work anniversary of working as director of theater operations at the theater.  it's really hard to believe that it has been two entire years since i started this job.  i really do love my job and i'm so grateful to be able to do what i love every day.  here's to many more years!

love, laurie

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

a little bbq dinner date

we had to travel for a doctor appointment for ryan's knee monday evening.  it was one of those annoying appointments where the doctor left us sitting the in exam room for 60 minutes before coming in to see us.  call me crazy, but i think running a full hour behind is downright disrespectful to our time!

needless to say, we were starving by the time we got out of there.  we saw that a new restaurant opened up, so we thought we would stop in to give it a try for dinner.  it was called mission bbq and it hit the spot on a cold, dreary weeknight.  i had the salmon and ryan had the pulled pork.  we shared sides of mac-and-cheese, potatoes, and corn bread.  it was a nice little impromptu date night.

love, laurie

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

high finances

on sunday i set my wallet down on the bed because i was going to take some cash out of it and then put it back in my purse.  before i could do all of that, leko jumped up and sat on it, holding it down.  he was so cute, so i grabbed my phone to snap a picture of him.

when i asked him if he was going to steal my credit card out of my wallet to go order some kitten food on, this is the reaction i got . . .

. . .  those claws were supposed to scare me off i think!

what a silly kitten!
love, laurie

Monday, February 10, 2020

a weekend family breakfast date

one thing we rarely do is get together with my parents to go out for breakfast.  saturday morning was a rare occasion when we were all available and able to get together for breakfast.  we tried a newly-opened bistro near my parents' house.  we shared cinnamon swirl pancakes (which reminded us so much of the cinnamon swirl pancakes we make at home) and a unique breakfast sandwich which had a potato pancake, eggs, mushrooms, and pepper-jack cheese on a kaiser roll.

it was a delicious breakfast!

love, laurie

Friday, February 7, 2020


i couldn't get in bed the other night because these two were too busy having a cuddle fest without me!  of course i had to snap a picture.  so cute!

have a great weekend!
love, laurie

Thursday, February 6, 2020

a fun link for the day

i found these pictures of things worn down over time and found them so interesting.  it somehow reminded me of several years ago when i bought a new pair of pointe shoes and took a side-by-side photo.

love, laurie

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

a much-needed car wash!

the winter weather and salt solutions on the roads make a mess of our cars.  it was such a nice treat to finally be able to run our cars through the car wash the other day.  i'm happy that i won't have all that salt on my hand each time i open the doors or the trunk for awhile.

is it summer yet?
love, laurie

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

this guy

i can't even contain myself when this guy falls asleep on our laps when we sit on the couch.  it's especially extra cute when he grabs ahold of our hands and hugs us!

love, laurie

Monday, February 3, 2020

super bowl sunday 2020

even though we're both not fans of football, we do enjoy sitting down to watch the super bowl each year.  granted, it's mainly for the food, the commercials, and the half-time show. 

our favorite tradition is to watch from home in our pjs with leko.  on sunday, we curled up on the couch with some of our favorite treats and our favorite kitten.  we made vegetarian chicken nuggets, homemade mini pizzas, veggies with dip, and homemade soft pretzels.  we both stayed awake for almost all of the game.

this year, my favorite commercial was the ellen alexa commercial.

love, laurie