Holidays Are Here

What allows you to eat a fridge full of food?

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This does!

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Let’s get our fat asses up and run 4.6 miles on Turkey Day! Previously. Can’t believe it’s been 5 years since I did this race. No complaints because traveling is fun! They are really trying to increase participation at this event. A wave start and bring out yer balls! Me trying not to get hit in the head…

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After hosting our first amazing family Thanksgiving, it was time to end my Mother’s plea to see the tree lighting at the Circle.

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If we are going to do this, let’s do this! I scored nearly front row seats to the show. We had some good laughs about how close we were.

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Bundle up! It’s cold when the sun goes down, even at 55 degrees!

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After 1 hour and 55 minutes of stage shenanigans….

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We FINALLY got to see the tree get turned on!

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That tree inspired me to get our tree up and decorated. Bought new ornaments at the end of season last year. Had to lean on the OCD to figure out how best to use them.

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A little twine and the starrs!

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Happy holidays! Let the present wrapping begin!

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!

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!

Meet Myrtie

Thanks to a few fundraisers, my parents have bought us some interesting gifts. A first pitch. A wheelbarrow full of beer. So, it was our time to return the favor with a gift from our Big Fun event. Meet Myrtie!

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Myrtie is a 1920s Model A roadster! On a crisp October Saturday, we were treated to a ride down to Brown County to have lunch at the Artist Colony with DS, JL, and Gordo! As I planned this event for my parents, DS says that they would bring a 2nd touring car so CS and I could tag along. Our motley crew!

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He even fit in the rumble seat!

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It instantly felt like we were in a parade because all the cars passing by were waving and honking at us! It was hilarious!

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Mom & Dad opted to ride in Tater, another 1920’s touring car. It had a roof and air conditioning. And matched Mom’s outfit perfectly!

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We enjoyed the winding countryside of Brown County.

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We made it to Nashville Indiana, where everyone was outside enjoying the fall afternoon. People were lining the streets. Again, parade time waving like we were part of something bigger. Had a great lunch at the Artist Colony where I learned Mom had never been to Nashville before. WTF?! With all the shopping she could do, I promised to bring her back when we could be on our own timeline. For today, we let her go in 2 stores. Ok, time to go!

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Thanks Nashville, we’ll be back!

NYC – Day 6

Agenda:
*See everything we haven’t done yet!
*More shopping
*Pack

How do you survive a week in a hotel room with your Mother? Eye mask and noise cancelling headphones.

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Thanks for the pic Mom! These tools always make for a great night’s sleep. For our final day in NYC, we tied up some loose ends to see the Empire State Building and do some damage at Macy’s.

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Hopped on and off the buses again to catch all the sites we could. By the end of the day, our energy was sapped so we were ready for some hearty Italian from Carmine’s. While we waited for our RSVP, we popped into Gulliver’s Gate right next door. GG was on the list of 10 top hidden gems in NYC to visit. Had no clue what is was, but nothing had disappointed us yet! It was the world in miniature form! We started in NYC just showing the population of buildings.

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Then you got into the real details of the exhibit. 9/11 Memorial pools.

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We even made the jumbo-tron in Times Square!

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Well, tiny jumbo-tron…

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Over the pond to visit England!

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France

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The Taj

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These photos do not do it justice! The details are amazing. You get a metal key on a lanyard when you check in, so you can interact with each of the countries and make the display come to life. Mission Control monitoring every bit!

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Carmine’s was ready for us as our bellies were rumbling. Carmine’s was family style. We got the evening special chicken dish and the popular lasagna dinner. Some serious portion control was in order!

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K and I put the adults to bed, and finished off the night at The View, a revolving rooftop restaurant on the 38th floor of the Marquis. What. A. View.

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Before I pulled my eye mask down, I captured one last memory of the city that never sleeps. Good night NYC!

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NYC – Day 5

Agenda:
*9/11 Memorial
*Lady Liberty
*Broadway show – Hello Dolly

Even in this tall city, The Freedom Tower stands out from the crowd.

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Beautiful calming fountains dedicated to all those tragically lost encompass the land where the Twin Towers once stood. Ground Zero took my breath away.

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Inside gave you a look into the depth, literally, of this life changing event for our country.

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The survivor stairs that gave many a chance at life.

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After that, it was time to see what does make our county great, today. Not again. Today. Lady Liberty via the free Staten Island Ferry!

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Selfies with the Statue!

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Ferry hair. Don’t care.

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A beautiful free way to see the cityscape of NYC.

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Back on land, we cleaned up and headed across the street (again) to Shubert Theatre. Better Midler and David Hyde Pierce were awaiting our arrival to see the classic Hello Dolly! The only tickets we bought pre-arrival to NYC.

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The show was a classic Broadway production! And Bette was a doll to watch perform live and really enjoy her roll not too seriously. What an end to our trip! Are we ready to go home yet?! No!

NYC – Day 4

Agenda:
*Broadway show – Hamilton
*Shopping!
*Steak dinner

Our hotel, Marriott Marquis is in the heart of Broadway. Big question for us was what shows would we see? We all agreed Hamilton was at the top of the list, but all websites were quoting $600+ per seat! Too rich for our blood. We’ll pick other shows.

Monday as we are walking in to call it a night, we pass by the Richard Rodgers Theatre and box office where Hamilton is playing. There were people in there. Ummmmm…. K and I say “Moms! Let’s give it a try.” We get to the front of the line and just ask what’s available. They had tickets for the Wednesday matinee 10 rows back center stage $229 each. That we CAN afford! We couldn’t believe it! We were fumbling to get our credit cards out so fast like the tickets would disappear!

We slept in Wednesday morning because our first event of the day was Hamilton at 2pm!

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Mama, we made it happen!!!

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Brilliantly written show. The rapping was phenomenal. I feel very privileged to say I saw this show on Broadway.

We capped off our evening with some shopping at my all time favorite TJ Maxx! I couldn’t help myself even in NYC! I was having shopping withdrawals. Then Mom requested a steak dinner. Simple Google searches were our best way of finding really good restaurants, and it nailed it with the Gallagher’s recommendation. Mom and I split a filet because they were so big! Great way to have a night cap!

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