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Tuesday, May 31, 2022

memorial day 2022

we celebrated memorial day yesterday with our families at ryan's parents' house.  we were all so exhausted, so it was a nice calm indoor picnic since it was so darn hot outside.  we had a lot of fun playing with the kitties too!

love, laurie

Monday, May 30, 2022

happy memorial day!

memorial day always feels like the start of summer to me.  we're excited to get together with our families today for a little cookout.  hope everyone has a peaceful memorial day!

love, laurie

Friday, May 27, 2022

have a lovely memorial day weekend!

have a lovely memorial day weekend!
love, laurie

Thursday, May 26, 2022

sleeping bunny

for his entire life, i've loved watching the positions that leko gets into when he sleeps.  i especially love the sleeping bunny pose with his two front fee pulled up.  he is so adorable!

love, laurie

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

the simple things

sometimes it's the simplest things like a fresh caprese salad for lunch that uses up all of the left overs in the fridge perfectly!  yum!

love, laurie

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

high alert

when you're fast asleep on mom's lap but then you hear your favorite mail lady deliver the mail, you must spring into action on high alert!

what a character!  he sure does love that mail lady!

love, laurie 

Monday, May 23, 2022

a weekend full of dance recitals

wowza!  it was a long weekend full of dance recitals tech, rehearsals, and performances.  so glad we're getting a little break from the theatre this week until the next set of shows right after memorial day.

love, laurie

Friday, May 20, 2022

hello, irises!

so happy to see that our purple irises are blooming in our yard!  it's always so nice to see the vibrant purple color alongside the garage.  the purple ones always seems to bloom first, followed by the yellow ones. 

have a great weekend!  we're back to working dance recitals this weekend!

love, laurie

Thursday, May 19, 2022


i absolutely love when leko stretches out his arms into his "superman" pose.  so cute!

love, laurie

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

hearts in the yard

i remember my dad having a bleeding heart bush in the yard when i was growing up and i was always amazed that a plant could produce a heart-shaped flower.  i love having 3 bleeding heart plants in our yard now and every time i see them bloom they make me think of my dad.  

happy to see the pretty pink hearts in the yard this past week!

love, laurie

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

my little helper

i was working in the kitchen recently and this little helper just sat in the sink keeping a close eye on me!  such a cute little helper!  for the longest time he was really fixated on a moving sun spot on the floor . . . fascinating! 

love, laurie

Monday, May 16, 2022

a busy dance recital weekend

the past 5 days were a busy blur with tech, rehearsals, and performances for 2 different dance recitals.  needless to say, we're starting off this monday morning pretty darn tired!

on to the next dance recital!

love, laurie

Friday, May 13, 2022

it looks like spring!

it always takes the flowers in our yard so much longer to bloom compared to the neighbors' yards around us.  we were so happy to finally see some color in the yard this week!  hello, beautiful flowers!  hello, spring!

love, laurie

Thursday, May 12, 2022

the school year is over!

the tulips are blooming on campus which always means one thing . . . the spring semester is done and the school year is over!  we submitted our grades for our classes and graduation is this weekend!  looking forward to the campus being much quieter for the next few months!

love, laurie

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

the things i find at work . . .

the cat statues at work got dressed up for mother's day.  seriously too cute.  i just love turning the corner to see what these guys are dressed up as for each holiday!

love, laurie

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

mother's day 2022

we celebrated mother's day on sunday at our house with our parents.  everyone came over for a tea party brunch and we enjoyed egg casserole, tater tots, a cast-iron skillet pancake with berries, mini mocha chocolate chip muffins, and cinnamon rolls.

we took a walk on a newly opened trail and then later in the day made homemade pizza in the backyard with our pizza oven.  we capped off the evening with a gender reveal ice cream cake (but you'll have to wait a little while longer to find out the baby's gender)!

it was such a nice day to get together, relax, and celebrate!

love, laurie

Monday, May 9, 2022

my little hedgehog

when leko curls up on the fleece blanket in our basket chair he reminds me of a curled up hedgehog.  so cute!

love, laurie

Friday, May 6, 2022

happy mother's day weekend!

happy mother's day this weekend to our amazing mamas!  looking at this picture of us with our mamas makes me want to jump right back in that pool!  we're both so grateful for such amazing mamas that we get to call ours!

love, laurie

Thursday, May 5, 2022

happy cinco de mayo!

happy cinco de mayo!  we love any excuse to eat mexican food!  two years ago, we had our own little cinco de mayo party for two when everyone was quarantined for the pandemic (pictured above).  

when we're in a hurry, we also love making our recipe for 5 ingredient tacos in 5 minutes.

there's also other fun spins like broccoli guacamole a.k.a. broccomole.

we've also made tamale casserole, baked taquitos, and we make enchiladas vegetarian very frequently.

then there was the year we did a mexican fiesta theme for ryan's birthday complete with a churro cake!

all of this is making me hungry!

love, laurie

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

clever cookies

yesterday we had a client appreciation day at work.  the clients came to the theatre to have lunch and then watch "the greatest showman."  it's an annual event which we normally do every year at the beginning of may, but we haven't been able to hold the event for the past two years because of the pandemic.  it was a nice afternoon and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.  before the festivities started, all the food was delivered, and i couldn't get over the detail on the greatest showman themed cookies that were ordered!  they were so clever and really tasty too!  glad i snapped a picture before everyone devoured them!

love, laurie

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

intense bird watching

the cutest little bird watcher that i know!

love, laurie

Monday, May 2, 2022


oh man, i have been absolutely miserable for the past week fighting this stupid cold.  what started out as a sore throat (and the doctor thought might be strep) has morphed into the head cold of a lifetime.  luckily, we know it's not covid since i've been tested several times and it's been negative.  

being sick is always awful, but being sick while pregnant is a whole new level of torture since there's nothing you can safely take.  

i'm relying on kitten cuddles and mom's homemade soup which has enough pepper in it to cure anything i'm sure.

please, universe, please, let this pass soon.  i'm at my wits end of not being able to breathe, a perpetual headache, clogged ears, and the most annoying cough.  i would really like to get some rest without having to blow my nose or cough every 5 minutes!

fingers crossed!

love, laurie