Ladies Day Out

I love friends with similar interests! K planned a Mom & Daughter day for us. On the agenda, theatre production of The Sound of Music. I’ve never seen the movie but I always think of Ricola when I hear the title. Count Momma & I in! There was a photo opt spot in the lobby, so the family in front of us offered to swap cameraman duties with us. The lady taking the picture was having trouble. She kept saying, “This box thing is popping up?!” So as I walk over to help, she moves my assisted touch dot and got the camera working!

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Sadly K’s momma couldn’t make it with the weather, so Spawn invited a stand in who fit in perfectly!

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Before the show started, I shared a Tweet – I’m trying to keep up with technology or as the kids call it, social media. At intermission, I got this from the lead actor!

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Mr. Ben Davis, an Indianapolis raised artist! Love seeing these guys come back and entertain in the city that molded them. First, Josh Kaufman. Now Ben. I might look into shows a different way now. Support local! Great show!

I Pick Italian

It was my month to pick for GDC. I figured I’d double dip and choose a locally owned eatery where a friend worked. Except, he was on vacation in Mexico. Where’s my server!?

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Regardless, what was once a RSVP of 4 turned into 8 overnight. Welcome to The Italian House on Park.

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I treated the girls to an app of Fried Ravioloi, it was hit! All of our food was served hot and delicious. 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this place if you live near Westfield. It wasn’t even a far drive for me.

17 for 2017

While staring at the Florida ocean, K and I decide we wanted to stay put for NYE, so I’ll host a party! Hosting is the easy part. The theme is where the creativity gets challenging. Good thing my brain was clear and in popped an idea. The invitation…

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I’m all about the tiny hats this year!

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As the RSVPs came in, the main question was, “Are people really dressing up?” Hell ya we are! When else do I get to wear my high school letter jacket and Polo knit? CS was all about the tight rolling.

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After great food and merriment, we rang in the new year with our amazing friends!

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Even Sam was a trooper!

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We closed our night by writing our 2017 wishes on a lantern. I just love the sentiments these lanterns bring out.

My 2017 New Year started with a perfect message from my girl Kate.

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I couldn’t agree more. And I was ready for my breakfast of champions with my Kate flute!

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After an easy kitchen clean up, I was ready to tackle a new puzzle. I asked CS to pick one for me. I was handed 2 puzzles in 1 box. What?! This was going to require major precision. Color coding was a must! An ocean scene vs. a seashell scene.

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Boom! A little over 2 hours and it was complete. Great way to start a new year full of joy and gratitude. I hope you do too!

Presents

With all the traveling over the holidays, I put up the tree before Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, presents started showing up!

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I couldn’t talk CS into opening any early, so K and I celebrated early instead! I wanna open presents! We are such good gift givers.

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Headed to the Fort this year with 2 of my favorite people to celebrate with my 2 more of my favorite people. Mom and Dad went all out with the Chrismats lights this year…

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Just kidding! This is a house across the neighborhood from them. Calling Clark Griswold! Speaking of kidding, Mom got me this as a gift?!

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I kept staring at it going “NO. No way.” I read it all and still was like no. Once you start to open the box it says “Gag Gift!” on the sides. Phew. The real gift inside was the wildly popular new game Speak Out.

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Everyone but Dad was on board to play. The giggling takes over during the game and you have to pull it together. It was a lot of fun. Puzzles are still a favorite of mine. This one combined 2 into 1. But then once I did the Sudoku, the puzzle was done. I felt bad throwing it away.

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A bit harder was my 1000 piece Shoe puzzle!

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6 combined hours over 2 tries. It was a bit of a headache, but I got it done! Only 4 more puzzles to go.  I always buy myself a present and this little guy caught my eye. After a long debate, his name is Bungina. I don’t know where I am hanging him yet but I say hello to him every morning!

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Happy Holidays!

2017 Crossroads Classic

Two great friends reached out and said “Hey, want to go to the Crossroads Classic with us?” Yes please! Watching Boilers, Bulldogs, Irish, and well… Hoosiers. Count me in! And my HLP would probably like it too!

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Making our way to our seats, I saw yur boy Blue!

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Great times with great friends!

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I had to show my gratitude. They could have sold these tickets for 3x the money! Thanks for looking out!

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Spreading Holiday Joy

My amazing new work family adopted a United Way Christmas family this year. Myself and 2 other people got to play Santa and deliver the gifts!

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They are not pictured in my truck because they couldn’t fit inside! We packed my car for our Mom and 3 kids!

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Our Mom’s eyes kept getting bigger and bigger as we unloaded the presents under their tree.

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I thought I would make it through without crying, but nope. Our Mom wanted a hug. I kept it to welling up tears at the house, then lost it as I drove home. Such a great reminder of how grateful I am for what life has afforded me. If you ever hear me complain, call my bluff. If you think you have it bad, you may need a life check. Making a positive difference in someone’s life is not measurable. It’s a choice and a choice I will make for the rest of my life.