Weekend Recap (Spring has sort of sprung)

Hooray for a beautiful warm spring weekend! Even if temperatures are going to dip back down, it was so nice to have a warm(ish) Passover/Easter weekend. I’m going to say our weekend started Thursday afternoon since I work from home on Thursdays and Adam ended up working from home too due to a computer outage at his work. Plus it was our third wedding anniversary and Orioles opening day! Once we were done working, we took Maya to the nearby playground and then ordered Indian food for dinner.

I took a vacation day on Friday and Maya and I started the morning with a walk to Dunkin’. Maya’s bffs the Count and baby girl came with us too. After our breakfast date, Maya went down for an unsuccessful nap. After an hour of babbling in her crib, a diaper change and reading a couple books we tried nap time again and she ended up sleeping for an hour and a half. Success!

Friday evening my mom came by and we all hopped in the car for the ride to Adam’s parents for a Seder to celebrate the first night of Passover. Maya and her cousin Emmy wore matching outfits that were extra adorable. With three kiddos and lots of family and friends, Seder was a blast and we all loved the matzah ball soup and brisket (especially Maya).

Saturday we dropped Maya back at the grandparents and Adam and I spent the day in DC. I’ll recap our day later this week but here’s a preview:

Still baby free Sunday morning, Adam and I ran some errands including going to Lowe’s to pick out blinds. Our house is desperately in need of new blinds and I can’t wait until they get installed!

We picked up Maya midday Sunday and went to the Maryland Zoo. They also had ton of festivities for Easter which it seemed like families were really enjoying. Since we arrived on the later side we skipped that part and beelined straight to the zoo. We saw penguins, kudu, zebras, ostriches, giraffes and chimps. Maya seemed to really enjoy it and got as much of a kick out of seeing all the other kids as seeing the animals.

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A Different Kind of Circus

Last week, one of Cirque du Soleil’s newest shows – TORUK – The First Flight, which was inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar, came to Baltimore! And, we had the chance to not only see the show, but to go backstage earlier in the day and see how the show comes together.

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Personally, this was my sixth Cirque du Soleil show; I just can’t seem to get enough of them, but my first time backstage! However, this one was very different from the other shows I have seen. For the first time in Cirque history, this show has an English narrator and is more about telling a story than simply showing the crowd amazing acrobatics. Don’t get me wrong, the acrobatics we have come to love are still there throughout the show, but this time, the main purpose of the show is to follow three main characters on a journey in an attempt to unite five clans in order to save their population.

TORUK – The First Flight is set as a prequel to James Cameron’s Avatar and showcases some new characters who Cameron himself approved and noted that the audience might meet again in future Avatar installments.

The show is one of the largest sets in Cirque history and uses more technology than your average Cirque show, as well. In the afternoon, we got to see the artists preparing for the evening event and the stage set in its raw form.

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By the time that we arrived for the evening performance, the set had been completely transformed with the use of video mapping and projection. Through this technology, the team was able to change the setting of the story throughout the world of Pandora without ever changing the physical stage set. The lighting and projection were spectacular and really made the audience feel as if they were part of the show. To incorporate the audience even more, the show has an app, and all audience members are encouraged to download it and participate with their phones at various points throughout the show.

Overall, the whole experience was fun and new, and definitely something that I would recommend for a family outing. I cannot wait until the next Cirque du Soleil production rolls into Baltimore!

Disclaimer: Guest post by Brittany Vanderpool. We received two complimentary tickets to attend the show as well as the behind the scenes tour. As always, all thoughts and opinions remain our own.