With all the traveling over the holidays, I put up the tree before Thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, presents started showing up!
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.
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…
Just kidding! This is a house across the neighborhood from them. Calling Clark Griswold! Speaking of kidding, Mom got me this as a gift?!
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.
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.
A bit harder was my 1000 piece Shoe puzzle!
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!
I’ve started dreaming again. Oh how fun it is! I can never really describe how amazing my dreams are. Until I saw the ISO Yuletide Celebration. Holy shit. This is how I dream come to life.
I have to credit my Mom with this event. She’s been in the past and said get tickets. Sure. Any time I can spend with my parents, I don’t ask questions. I made a large assumption that I was just going to see the symphony for 2 hours play Christmas music. Piep loves to sing, so I figured it’d be a good day for all. Until the night before, I get an email from the ISO that there will be a live reindeer out front before the show. Animals?! Yes please!
So I’m thinking that was fun, never touched a reindeer before. As I walk into the lobby. Ummmm Yuletide mascot? Not sure, but I need a picture.
I’m feeling great! Animals, mascots, let’s go hear the symphony. Then I walk into the theatre concourse, and WOAH. I see a sea of holiday mascots. I could hardly contain myself. “Pieper, take my phone! Let’s go!” She’s such a trooper. Reindeer!
Come on! Gingerbread man?!
I thought we were done until Mom and I found Olaf! And a kid who’s face says “Why is this adult taking a selfie?”
Best part, my teammates get in on the action without prompting from me. Fun-lovers!
If you have never been to the ISO Yuletide, please please go. I never in my wildest dreams thought anyone out there had combined my love for theater, mascots, animation, fun, family, hope, goodness, music and sheer happiness into a show. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. And you get treated to Josh Kaufman as the emcee. Yes, the voice winner!
I secured a front row seat the 2016 BMW Championship. I love calling in favors because I don’t mind repaying them. I was excited to see a lot of the newer players this year. I really wanted to see the Stache.
There were a bunch others, like Jordan Spieth, Louis Oosthuizen and Branden Grace. Since it’s been a hot minute since the event, I have no idea who this is or who is in several of my other pictures but I’m going with Dustin Johnson.
Great way to spend a day with a friend!
As we dodged the rain clouds and hydrated, we stumbled across someone’s lost stash not stache. After trying to find the hidden cameras or undercover cops, the table in front of us noticed our awkward behavior.
It ain’t legal here, but they were taking the goods.
If a doctor says it, it must be true. He looked me straight in the eye and said “You have big cups. That’s a good thing.” My healthy optic nerve needs a big cup. Ask your Optometrist for your cup size!
Been to a bunch of concerts this year, mostly new bands and one repeat. CS found us a Halestorm concert with opening act Lita Ford. I’ve been off the heavy music scene for awhile, so it was nice to get back to some head banging-ish.
On an unseasonably cold May evening, we settled in for some Ellie Goulding.
Giant screens are all the rage now.
K keeping me warm.
Paint me up and lets dance! Do you know this album cover?
Got to see Fitz and the Tantrums again in an intimate Bloomington, IN venue. I love seeing these guys up close. I just feed off of their energy.
Left straight from work and still had 7500 steps recorded on my Fitbit doing my best Noelle impression.
Next up was Chad’s favorite, the gorgeous Gwen.
Even from our seats you could see how incredible her body is.
We rounded out our summer back outdoors at White River for Ray Lamontange. Rumor was he didn’t have an opening act and felt he didn’t need one. Excuse me?! We sat and waited about 90 minutes for him to take the stage. He’s lost my future ticket sale if he continues down that path.
I had a belly laugh out loud moment tonight. It’s been a hot year since I can remember one of these. While watching Blacklist, Reddington uses a word that was foreign to CS and myself. Phonetically, it sounded like “Gene-u-is-tic”. My parents have become masters of “Ok Google, what’s…” I thought I would try it. Here is what Google heard and how it responded.
I see this on my screen. Show CS. Then while laughing say, “I need to get a photo of this!” To which CS responds, “Oh no. Don’t. Why would you?!” I meant a picture of my phone. He thought I meant a picture of the result of the Google search “G newest dick”. I’m impressed he thinks my brain works like that.
After a few more Google tries, CS unlocks the mystery. Survey says “Jingoistic“.
I don’t know when this obsession began. I love the claw machine. Maybe I’m a reincarnated alien from Toy Story. The Claaaaaaaaaaw. The “Claw” will somehow choose one of them to “go on to a better place.” My generations Calgon, I guess. During a recent spring cleaning effort I found Bessie.
Bessie was, at one time, the largest stuffed animal I had ever gotten from The Claw. She was special. With CS’ help, he said “Take a picture then walk away.”
Fine. Good bye my sweet friend. Sorry I had to choose to keep this over you.
Mom was itching to get out of the Fort, so they opted to travel to us this year. Always a score for me. Driving is not a favorite activity of mine. We visited a new place for this trip, the Indiana Historical Society.
I couldn’t get over how gorgeous this building was. I recommend a visit. We were there to see the Festival of Trees exhibit. 50 beautifully decorated Christmas trees were spread across the 4 floors of the building. Each one adorned in a different theme by a different person or company. One of the first trees was tied to Indiana history.
I couldn’t get Chad to put on one of the suits. He kept calling them lice machines. Fine. We’ll just be stupid in other ways.
And like this!
Dad said “Chad you look stupid, bend down.”
For that comment, we made him get into the mix.
Once we got home, it was present time! We had an amazing range of gifts this year. Emoji poo pillow:
Meerkat puzzle, only took me 32 minutes by the way:
More Kates 🙂
Flax seed gloves for my white finger disease.
And my new car starter!
Too bad I couldn’t use it for the first week it was installed. Dummies didn’t test it with my car doors locked. So every morning I tried to use it when locked, the alarm would go off. Only took 4 times to figure out it was not user error.