4th of July Weather

Last 4th of July was soooo cold.

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This year, we had a bit of heavy rain for 10 minutes.

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But we all were prepared!

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After that rainstorm shit, we got to enjoy this!

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Ahh let’s relax tonight… or let’s box and I’ll taunt you with my low blow punch moves!

K sent me this AMAZING video because she knew of my love for this guy.

Whoever buys me my own Trex costume for Christmas is my new best friend. “Just sayin” Then I saw this… might have gone too far with the Trex costume on AGT.

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Clearly Trex arms are not meant for pole dancing.

14hr : 41hr

25% drive time for 75% memory making time… pack it up and let’s head to KC for some family time. Let’s go on a boat!

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The paddle boards even made the trek West. We had a new taker ready to try it out. The low center of gravity always helps.

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Weird thing about this lake, the trees are petrified into the soil so these barren wood sticks shoot out of the lake everywhere! Not just the coast line, literally in the middle of the lake too. Watch your props people.

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Ok, next activity, let’s take in a Royals Game!

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Felt like a wolf-pack moment. First game for this kid!

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I was intrigued by the vendor’s carrying methods.

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We didn’t get a Royals win, but it was a win to be together.

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Sunday, was down time day. Just hanging out, lots of pictures, and 2 important birthdays to celebrate. But the highlight of my trip, was this…. I scored myself a new best friend.

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I think it was our matching hair styles! Every one that entered the room, whether it was their first time or tenth time entering, they got with a finger point at me “Hey, that’s Natalee!” Every time he entered the room… “Where’s Natalee?” Cuteness achieved!

Let’s See-attle Some Orcas (Day 2)

I’ve been waiting for this moment my WHOLE LIFE! Bring me my orcas!

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Our boat arrived for the last tour of Orcas in Puget Sound. Cool thing about this boat was it had a front open bow and stern.

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So the driver said “Hold on!” We are going to cruise out at 40 MPH to get us to the whales as quick as possible. Then you can get out in the open air. Good man, let’s go!

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When the first dorsal fin showed up, I cried. I’ve had a dream of seeing Orca whales in the wild since I was a little girl. It took all I had not to jump in and just let life take it’s course!

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These creatures are AMAZING!

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Ocean hair, don’t care!

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We were very fortunately to run into a super-pod of Orcas. About 20! AHHHHHHHHH! So that meant a few pods got together for some socialization and play. The boat crew lowered a mic down into the water and you could hear them communicating to each other. AHHHHHHHHHHH! This was an experience on a whole other level. Normally you only see 3-4 at a time. We got 20. Thank you Orca Gods for blessing us with this experience! I will never forget it.

I’ll work on some better video. For now, here’s a short clip. Look for the fins and water sprays from them breathing out the blowhole. Think white water misting.

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PhilHarmonious

Mom signed herself up for a new fundraiser to support the Fort Wayne Philharmonics. Which signs us up for work duty. Our first task 6 months ago was to come up with the event name. During our brainstorming lunch at The Merdian, CS took the prize and named the event PhilHarmonious. We all agreed it was a great name! Now it was time to celebrate.

Cold pea mint soup? Come on.

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Half a spoon was enough for me and the Herbs.

This evening’s special guest was a prior White House Chef, Mr. John Moeller.

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I believe he delivered a wonderful menu, I may just have one of the most bland palates on the planet who will never enjoy something like this. The steak came out looking amazing yet not to my bland palate. Now Mimi, would have loved the temperature of this dish. Hair dryer style. Dad and I, we want less pink.

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Our wonderful server was able to bring us some more well done steak and our table started trading like a swap meet so that everyone really enjoyed their meal. Dessert was a replica of our Chef’s cook book cover.

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I did try a bite and it was delicious! Throughout the evening, I was privileged to meet the people that keep this organization running like Andrew Constantine, their Music Director.

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Supporting my Mom and all the Foundations she supports, I tried my luck at the jewelry surprise…

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Waaah-whhhah. 21 was picked! Whatever. Nothing can ruin the fun I always have with these good looking people!

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stupid

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Art Installation

Previously.

Normally it’s a muddy race that leaves my shoes looking like this.

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Not this time. All the rain made this year’s Broad Ripple Art Fair a muddy mess.

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On the way down it was raining on 86th street. I chanted to the rain gods, No rain at 67th Street… No rain at 67th Street… Luckily the rain stopped just in time to enjoy the Preview Party!

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I was ready to level up our title sponsorship area. I was dreaming of doing an Art Installation for the weekend.

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Thanks to Primary Colours and the Indy Art Center for making it happen! I remembered one year, the BRAF had a chicken wire dome that you could weave strips of cloth through. I loved it. Clean, simple, for all ages! We decided on a flag shape for our area with matching flag colored cloth. Saturday morning, it looked like this.

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Throughout the weekend, families would join in and add layers to our beautiful flag! By the end of the weekend, you could really see it come together.

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The final product will be on display for Flag Day then become a permanent piece in the Installation Nation event.

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You’d think that would be enough, but I had the icing on the cake to add this  year! And it sat right across from our area so I could keep an eye on it!

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The OneAmerica Lego® Tower!

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We have a general raffle every year, so this year I decided to add a guessing game to it. How many Legos® make up the Tower? 3 lucky winners were really close!

Big Fun for ICC

A new reason to get fancy!

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Grabbed a few friends and attend the annual fundraiser for the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. It was not just another chicken dinner.

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Everything was so delicious!

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I heard the dessert was great, not my thing but it looked pretty!

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We didn’t win anything in the silent auction. Maybe the live auction will treat us better! We didn’t get the front row seat, this guy did… well, I guess that’s ok since he and the Mrs. were the event’s Honorary Chairs!

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We were treated to several songs by the different choir groups. Several. Feedback to the group would be to cut down some songs. It was a long event. Long.

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Very grateful for the experience!

Ham-mer Time

Last year, Herbie decided to make Easter all about him.  Dick move, and I let him know I felt that way. This year, we were celebrating! When you invite the hostess with the most-est to your place for Easter lunch, you must have a suitable center piece. This was my attempt!

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Fresh flowers adorned with Peeps and jelly beans. Mannie even got into the spirit…

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Let’s eat some ham!

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After a full tummy of ham, potatoes, deviled eggs, baked beans, rolls, cake… we needed to walk it off. Mom was impressed with the flowering trees in the community. Sounds like an old person thing but I will admit, these were pretty cool.

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When we bought the ham, we had few to choose from. 12-15 pounds each! It’s only 5 of us. So we have leftovers for days. What to do? Make ham sandwiches!

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I’ve eaten ham 3 days in a row! I’m done with it, send me your shipping address. And don’t tell CS.

Pay It Forward Works!

I was on my way to work. Had some wiggle room in my commute, so I turned into Starbucks to get a breakfast sandwich. Me hungry. Egg-bacon-gouda, delicious! I let a car go in front of me from the side exit. Everyone is going somewhere but I had time to wait.

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The Starbucks gentleman hands me my sandwich as I hand him my credit card. “No need. The girl that was in front of you paid for your sandwich. She said thanks for letting her in line.” My face and mouth dropped. It works! I love it!! Please pay it forward! #bekind2oneanother

Gala Girls

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Mom and I ditched the boys for a girls night out at the FWMoA annual gala. As usual, our dresses matched the theme of black and gold.

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Not usual, Mom was off the hook for running the event. We were able to relax, mingle, and enjoy the evening. Another not usual was that I enjoyed the first course meal, a delicable salad.

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It still came with a cold crab bisque soup that one of my tablemates gladly helped themselves to seconds.

The room looked spectacular again using very simple decor.

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Every year they have the Fill The Frame open donation period during the live auction. Besides bidding on a few silent auction items that catch my eye, I always give $100 to FTF. It’s for charity! This year they had a new fundraiser. 100 Gold boxes priced at $100 each. As we are sitting there waiting for the program to begin, the emcee announced only 6 boxes were left, “Buy a box and get a chance to win a $3,000 necklace.” I didn’t even know what the necklace was. I just looked at Mom and said, “If I’m going to give a $100 anyway, why not take a shot?” I went over to the where they were selling them. Which one do I pick? To justify my pick, I chose the box closest to the necklace.

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I returned to the table and began eating and chatting. When the time came they said unwrap your box to reveal your number then announced, “The winning number is 15!” I look down, that’s my number!!!

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A beautiful Tahitian pearl with 22 round and baguette diamonds. Me likey! Me lucky!