Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Lions and hyenas and gazelles...

So, a few weeks back I took my youngest to see the Broadway production of The Lion King. I had taken my oldest when she was young, and we loved it.

It's such a beautiful production. The costumes and choreography are truly stunning. The music is amazing too.

If you've never seen it, here are some photos I lifted from The Lion King Facebook page.

Incredible, right?

And although many of you won't have time to check this out, the video below gives life to these photos, and takes you back stage:

Incredibly, we were able to go backstage post-show too.  My awesome boyfriend has a friend that was with the production in New York for a few years. She jumped back on for the San Diego shows, and luckily for us, her first show was the very show we all went to.

She lead us around backstage, introducing us to cast members and pointing out all the various costumes. There are so big and so many in number that some have to be suspended from the ceiling. It was a sight to behold.

See all those gazelle head pieces behind us? Cool, right?

Oh, and who is this joining us here in this photo? Yes, young Simba!  He was so polite and friendly, as was his mom -- such a treat. (Please ignore my girl and her weird faces. I'm not sure what her problem is!)
It was really something special. I have no doubt that I'll go back to see The Lion King nest time around. Anything that makes me cry with its beauty is worth repeating.

For my boyfriend, the show lives on. So far during the production's stay in San Diego he's treated grown Nala, a hyena, the company dance instructor, and a few gazelles. And even given a surf lesson to one of the gazelles.

We'll miss them when they're gone!

Monday, September 26, 2016

The End of Summer . . .

Remember Summer?

Yeah, me too.

The only good thing about the End of the Wondrous Season is celebrating a certain someone's birthday every late September . . . 

Oh look! A wee one asleep in my Baby-Whisperer arms . . .

. . . and her big sister in the background.

Why yes, they both are pretty cute.

Anyway. We've been celebrating this kid . . .

. . . for seven years now. Seven! And it just keeps getting better.

(And no, you can't see the Birthday Girl. She's waving the Peace flag in the background for us. That's just how great a kid she is.)

Happy Birthday, G!

And speaking of birthdays . . .

. . . another sure sign of November, er, late September . . .

. . . is celebrating a November birthday early . . .

. . . with another Baby Whisperer . . .

. . . and more cute kids.

Why celebrate in November when you can celebrate in September? That's what I always say.


It was a good one. One of the best Summers ever.

And if all else fails, if starts to get too cold at the beach . . .

. . . there are always bars' outdoor patios.

Friday, September 23, 2016