Downtown Date

The starrs aligned for a great downtown weekend!

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Started our adventure with the Evening of Promise Gala benefiting the American Lung Association. Attire was black tie with a bit of whimsy. Silly Hoosier felt this was whimsy.

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Since my dad and CS’s dad have both fought and are winning against lung disease, we were especially thankful that we could support this cause and still have our fathers in our lives! Great reminder to live every day to it’s full potential!

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After the event, we were treated to a wonderful stay at a friend’s condo to prep for a Colts brunch before the game.

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Not only did we know the hosts of the brunch, the best family East of the Wawasee Boat Company was there with us!

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Great memories made again!

Winterlights @NewfieldsToday

Since the pumpkin display was such a hit, I was ready for my next outdoor holiday experience. The Indianapolis Museum of Art has been promoting Winterlights @NewfieldsToday. Let’s check out the preview party!

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The experience starts right away as you approach the front doors. I’m always intrigued with the ever changing ceiling decor in the lobby.

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JS and her minions joined us to witness the glow of a million bulbs light display!

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This experience was stunning from the first step!

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The lights were coming from everywhere.

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A stunning 50 foot Christmas tree made completely of toys! Those big circles are kiddie pools! Very clever.

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The Lilly House had animated lights to music.

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Positively fantastic! Already can’t wait to see how they out-do themselves next year! Go visit!

Top Golf

When I heard about Top Golf, I wasn’t feeling the hype. What’s the big deal with a 3 story driving range?! Well, that was my bad. I assumed it was a driving range. I did no research. I asked no questions. After K said it was amazing, we said OK. Let’s try it out. For $5 you get a lifetime membership.

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CS and I had our clubs ready, then K says, “No one brings clubs.” WTF?! Welcome to Golf meets Arcade game meets Skee-ball!

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It was soooooooooooo fun! They supply the clubs, men vs women. It’s not so much about golf but about gamification. Hit balls into targets and earn points! Doesn’t matter if you duff it or kill it. Just wave your club over the laser to get a ball and SWING – hit the target!

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After 20 balls, she beat us both! Revenge will be had.

What’s With All The Racquet?

After being MIA from the racquetball courts for 10+ years, I found a new partner to introduce to the game!

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Grabbed my 15 year old racket – Let’s play ball! After 20 minutes, I look down to adjust my racket and WTF?!

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The tape literally turned to powder in my hand! Guess this puppy is done. Thanks to Amazon, my new racket will be here by the weekend. Racquet on!

Phone Home

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ET with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra?! This is going to be amazing! I toyed with bringing my ET to sit on my lap. Then I thought, no don’t be a fool. Be classy. Then, they had their own display! Dang it!

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Tons of people were taking selfies with it. I could have made some $dough$ if I brought my guy… who talks too!

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I was going to sell him… maybe not now!

Shiverrrr Me Pumpkins

Previously.

With so much October fun this year, we were left to the last weekend of the month for our own jack-o-lantern party! But damn it’s cold outside! This carving party was moving indoors. We consolidated all the food into the kitchen to free up 2 tables inside.

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Loved that I was able to add candles and skull lights to the decor this year!

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Also added pumpkin shaped carrots, thanks to Pintrest!

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One part I love the best about this get-together is entertaining the kids. WTF you say?! These faces say it all. Even the kids congregate in the kitchen!

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Being surrounded by family and friends is priceless.

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After being inspired at the best jack-o-lantern spectacular I have ever seen, my  pumpkin this year needed a wicked smile!

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Goal achieved!

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Later, I stumble upon (thank you Karma) people in the Yip Yip outfits!!! Ah-mazing! So relevant in my timeline!

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This green guy was not as excited to see them or us.

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We capped off our night with crazy Halloween eye lanterns! I love the detail our friends put together.

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Then on the real day, I was able to top it all off with my Minnie accessories straight from Disney!

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Halloween needs to be more than once a year!

Jack O My Lanterns

A few years ago, a friend told me about a Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular down in KY. It sounded neat, so I put it on my To Do list for a later time. This year, it came time to check it off! Who wants to go with me?

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These guys did! The event boasts 5,000 jack-o-lanterns carved by area artists. 5,000? I didn’t even know what that meant. I knew this would be cool, but I had no idea the grand scale this show was about to be. This guy broke mascot code by talking. Boo. I still needed my pic!

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Luckily a co-worker had gone the weekend before and gave me some great tips about the long wait we would have to enter Iroquois Park. We took snacks to keep the energy up and finally it was pitch black and time to see this thing! Holy shit, it was amazing from the first step!

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My camera won’t do these jack-o-lanterns justice. The precision that these artists have was unbelievable! Recognize these guys from Sesame Street?

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Amazing Cheshire cat display!

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Oh Johnny!

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This hummingbird one caught my eye. It lit up so beautifully.

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Our whole party just kept saying, “I can’t believe it!” We were absolutely dumbfounded.

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Then you turn around and they have jack-o-lanterns in trees!

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Really high up!

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This artist even made an Otter on a pumpkin look cuddly.

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Stole this from CS much better camera phone. This exhibit is put on by Passion for Pumpkins Inc., a multimedia production company with over 27 years of experience in redefining fall by transforming any landscape into an illuminated organic gallery. (Excerpt from their website) They thought of EVERYTHING! Even dancing twinkle lights shooting up into the trees.

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Trees

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I titled this one, Pumpkin Butt.

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After we finished and picked our chins up off the ground, we all agreed. We’ll be back again. This is a sight to see over and over.

Definitely need to level up our carving party this year!!

Pink Time

Previously.

I love and dread when October arrives. I’m so excited to celebrate the annual Pink Ribbon Connection Fashion Show, yet I am still so nervous about my role in the event. This time around I was ready to keep my nerves at rest and realize, I got this. I up’ed my procedure game this year and was able to create exactly the detailed calendar plan I needed to. It kept me focused and not stressed. Even the Marriott said Welcome.

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First order of business was getting my sound partners the songs. I wasn’t jazzed about all of my choices. After getting a CS opinion, I swapped out 2 and was thrilled to submit the line up!

  • Burn it Down – Fitz
  • What about us – Pink
  • Most Girls – Haliee Steinfield
  • Unstoppable – Sia
  • Happy – Pharrell Williams
  • Scars to your beautiful – Alessia Cara
  • Finale – Uptown Funk – Bruno Mars

The food is always presented so beautifully.

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And so has been my beautiful date for the past few years!

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He even got to help out with our jewelry extravaganza. I invited several new friends to my table this year. Even had 3 survivors!

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After a long morning of practice, I was ready for my CommSet to get the show started. My long time pal KingShots capturing our gorgeous models!

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Markey’s provided a stunning new back drop that brought our show up to the next level!

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The music and the models were a hit! Happy and Uptown Funk really got the crowd going. Signing off until next year!