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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

a very big "thank you!"

the nutcracker has kept us very busy lately.  my wonderful mama came to the rescue again this year and made us so many yummy meals that we could just heat up and run during tech, rehearsals, and the show.  mama's kitchen was a godsent and totally saved us.  she really went out of her way this year to deal with our pain-in-the-neck dietary restrictions too.


love, laurie

Monday, November 29, 2021

we made it . . . almost . . .

well, we made it through the shows of the nutcracker, but we still have a couple of days of load out to go.  we survived, but with several broken body parts.  this was a rough one this year and we're extremely worn out. 

the ballet director gave me this rose after the final show. 

fingers crossed that we can get this show packed up quickly over the next two days and then move right onto the next show.  

just keep swimming, just keep swimming . . . 

love, laurie

Friday, November 26, 2021

thanksgiving 2021

we had a lovely thanksgiving yesterday with our family at my parents' house.  my mama went all out cooking a delicious feast.  we stuffed ourselves and have leftovers to look forward to for days!  believe it or not, i didn't take a single photo all day, luckily ryan snapped this one of everyone before dinner!

love, laurie

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

happy thanksgiving!

it was cute to find the dance studio entrance doors decorated for thanksgiving this week with everyone's names in the studio.  cute little turkeys!  

we're looking forward to vegetating today because today is our first day off work in months!

have a lovely thanksgiving holiday!

love, laurie

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

dancing our way into the holiday season!

the dance studio where i teach was invited to dance at the annual times-tribune tower lighting event downtown this afternoon.  boy were we thrilled to be asked to dance, but boy are we nervous that we're going to freeze our tutus off!  ha!

we'll be ushering in the holiday season with two rockette-style dances that we just threw together in no time at all!  wish us luck!

love, laurie

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

visions of sugar plums dance in our heads . . .

you know what time of year it is . . . all i have to say is pray for us!

love, laurie

Monday, November 22, 2021

do we find the crazy or does the crazy find us?

in addition to the wild amount of craziness going on right now, the past few weeks we've been up at a nearby high school trying to pull some resemblance of a miracle on the lighting for their wacky-o-la production which is this weekend . . . "i live in a pineapple under the sea . . ." 

never watched the tv show and what i've seen of the rehearsals so far looks looney.  

we won't be involved in the actual run of the show since we've been tied up for the past several days straight with the nutcracker at our theatre.  still unclear which would have been worse.  will report back soon.

love, laurie

Friday, November 19, 2021

a little ryan appreciation!

the students at the university where we work did a little black box production of "twisted theatre" last week and ryan helped them out by setting up the room, audio, and lights for them.  the student newspaper wrote an article about the show and gave ryan a little shout out!  they gave him an "A+" to be exact!  that sure made us both chuckle!  (you can read the article here.)

love, laurie

Thursday, November 18, 2021

getting ready for the nutty-cracker

even though the first nutcracker of our season doesn't officially start until today, we have been working on the nutcracker for several days.  earlier this week we had to rent a large lift-gate truck to move a bunch of scenery, props, wardrobe, etc.  

someone snapped this photo of us unloading the base of the christmas tree.  that thing sure is a beast and good gracious it was freezing cold that day!

wish us luck as we gather the crew together bright and early this morning for the official start of the nutcracker!

love, laurie

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

silly kitten

ryan sat down in bed the other day for just a few seconds and leko jumped right up and plopped down on his slipper.  it couldn't have been comfortable, but it was funny!

love, laurie

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

"leavin' on a jet plane"

on saturday we had a peter, paul, and mary tribute at our theatre called "leavin' on a jet plane."  this was our last show that was postponed from last year and it felt good to finally get it live on stage.  it was a great show to end the fall bought show season before heading into all of the christmas shows.  you can see more of my photos from the show on the theatre's facebook album here.

love, laurie

Monday, November 15, 2021

a film screening event

on thursday we had a film screening event at our theatre.  the warren miller company returned to our stage for their 72nd annual skiing/snowboarding themed film screening.  this year's film was called "winter starts now" and i have to say i'm not ready for winter to start now or any time soon.  however, it was fascinating watching the footage of the athletes going down the mountains!

love, laurie

Friday, November 12, 2021

sun bathing

walked into the bedroom the other morning to find this guy sunbathing in the purr-fect sun spot!

gearing up for a power-packed weekend with multiple shows and rehearsals . . . here we go!  (would rather be back in bed with this guy!)

love, laurie

Thursday, November 11, 2021

veterans day flags

the veterans alliance at the university where we work has displayed thousands of american flags on campus in honor of veterans day for the past several years.  every year i love seeing all of the flags in the lawn.  this year, ryan volunteered to help set up the display.

each flag represents a fallen service member.  the flags are on display all week and it's really something to see all of the flags arranged in perfectly straight lines, blowing gently in the breeze.

love, laurie

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

an evening of piano music

last night (after normal work at the theatre) i headed down to the cultural center to work a piano concert in the ballroom.  it was an odd event to work but turned out nicely!

love, laurie

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

birthday celebrations for papa!

on saturday afternoon, my parents came up to usher the matinee of the buddy holly show.  after, we went to one of our favorite thai restaurants for dinner and then came back to our house for dessert.  since it was just the four of us, we make a tiny little 6-inch cake (vanilla cake with chocolate in the middle, covered with vanilla buttercream and decorated with leaf sprinkles).  it was a fun afternoon.

happy birthday, papa!

love, laurie

Monday, November 8, 2021

buddy holly!

this weekend we worked the broadway tour of "buddy - the buddy holly story" when it came through town.  i didn't know much about this show prior to this weekend.  i worked on both lighting and the set, and overall it was a pretty easy show to work.  we got the chance to see it on saturday afternoon.  i'll admit it wasn't my favorite, but i'm always happy to see any show!

love, laurie

Friday, November 5, 2021

it's beginning to look a lot like nutcracker season . . .

we put the nutcracker statues up in front of the building this week and the banner out front on the fence.  that means nuctracker season is almost upon us . . . t-minus 9 days and counting.  pray for us.

love, laurie

Thursday, November 4, 2021

happy birthday, papa!

 happy birthday today to my papa!  

looking forward to celebrating!

love, laurie

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

the cat statues got dressed up for halloween!

i rounded the corner in the hallway yesterday at work to find the cat statues dressed up for halloween!  i didn't even think to look to see if they were dressed this past week for halloween.  i'm glad i caught them in their cute costumes with their cute little candy-filled pumpkins before they get changed into their next costumes!

love, laurie

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

cuddle kitten

when it gets chilly outside this guy loves to cuddle and there's nothing better the cuddling up in fleece blankets with him!

love, laurie

Monday, November 1, 2021

halloween 2021

halloween 2021 was a fun one!  ryan decorated the house with lots of his fun colored lights and we put out all of our pumpkin decorations around the house.  we got dressed up this year as bob ross and his "happy tree" painting which we thought was absolutely hilarious.  

our parents came up to celebrate too.  we all enjoyed some calzones for dinner and a chocolate chip cookie cake for dessert.

we handed out candy to the trick-or-treaters who came to our door.  all together we had 117 trick-or-treaters this year!  it was a fun halloween.

after the last trick-or-treater left we went up to bed and leko passed out with us.  we must have worn him out from all of the excitement!

love, laurie

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