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.
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.
And so has been my beautiful date for the past few years!
He even got to help out with our jewelry extravaganza. I invited several new friends to my table this year. Even had 3 survivors!
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!
Markey’s provided a stunning new back drop that brought our show up to the next level!
The music and the models were a hit! Happy and Uptown Funk really got the crowd going. Signing off until next year!
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!
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.
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.
Ok, next activity, let’s take in a Royals Game!
Felt like a wolf-pack moment. First game for this kid!
I was intrigued by the vendor’s carrying methods.
We didn’t get a Royals win, but it was a win to be together.
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.
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!
I’ve been waiting for this moment my WHOLE LIFE! Bring me my orcas!
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.
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!
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!
These creatures are AMAZING!
Ocean hair, don’t care!
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.
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.
Half a spoon was enough for me and the Herbs.
This evening’s special guest was a prior White House Chef, Mr. John Moeller.
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.
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.
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.
Supporting my Mom and all the Foundations she supports, I tried my luck at the jewelry surprise…
Waaah-whhhah. 21 was picked! Whatever. Nothing can ruin the fun I always have with these good looking people!
Normally it’s a muddy race that leaves my shoes looking like this.
Not this time. All the rain made this year’s Broad Ripple Art Fair a muddy mess.
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!
I was ready to level up our title sponsorship area. I was dreaming of doing an Art Installation for the weekend.
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.
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.
The final product will be on display for Flag Day then become a permanent piece in the Installation Nation event.
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!
The OneAmerica Lego® Tower!
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!
Grabbed a few friends and attend the annual fundraiser for the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. It was not just another chicken dinner.
Everything was so delicious!
I heard the dessert was great, not my thing but it looked pretty!
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!
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.
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!
Fresh flowers adorned with Peeps and jelly beans. Mannie even got into the spirit…
Let’s eat some ham!
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.
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!
I’ve eaten ham 3 days in a row! I’m done with it, send me your shipping address. And don’t tell CS.