It’s time for another monthly journal entry with a little sneak peek at what we’ve been up to as we brace for the chilly Minnesota months. In early November, Ryan got to perform at Musical Mondays at Lush – a monthly musical theater cabaret series. It was his second time performing at Musical Mondays and was back to help celebrate their seventh anniversary.
It was a busy month overall for Ryan as he participates in the Spotlight Education program for Hennepin Theatre Trust. Spotlight sends members of the theater community to high school musicals throughout Minnesota to offer critical feedback on all aspects of the performance from acting and sets to sound and costumes. It’s such a joy to see the arts thriving in high schools and the power and tools Spotlight offers young artists to help them grow.
Paul’s work with WW (formerly known as Weight Watchers) saw some exciting changes as they rolled out changes to their program. They’re now offering three different ways to live the program, which allows members to choose the program that bests fits their lifestyle. Paul loves encouraging members to be their best selves by working on healthier eating habits, having a positive mindset, and understanding the benefits of exercise and activity.
Thanksgiving was spent down in Iowa with Ryan’s family. It was great to spend time with Ryan’s parents and his sister and her family. It’s a little escape from our normal rat race. Paul made a cherry pie and “party potatoes” with our niece, Isabelle. Paul loves seeing her enthusiasm in the kitchen!
The month ended with a trip back to Orchestra Hall for the Minnesota Orchestra Movies & Music series to see the Orchestra play Michael Giacchino’s score to Pixar’s “Up” as the movie played above them. The movie holds a very special place in our hearts as we commissioned a piece of the score to be played as we walked down the aisle at our wedding. The opening scene in the film showing the beautiful relationship between Carl and Ellie makes us weep every time, and it was so majestic hearing the Orchestra play this piece live.
As always, thanks for reading this month’s journal entry and checking out our Adoptimist profile. December is shaping up to be as festive as always!
-Paul and Ryan