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Sunday, April 23, 2017

March 2017

March was a traveling month, but I see that we didn't take a lot of photos, which is strange for me especially.  Here are some of our highlights.

We attended a high school event at Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI) where Thomas is interested in going.  They have a digital arts focused Informatics program that he has spent more time investigating that any other programs we've visited.  We had a good visit and David got to attend this one and talk to the Dean as well as the internship folks and the finance group. 

We went to Mississippi for part of our spring break and stopped in Louisville for a great lunch at Mussel & Burger downtown.

Brennan and me

Thomas, David with a photo bomber Brennan

We got to see a lot of family while we were in Mississippi.  We toured the campus with Grandma Nan, Grandpa Laroy, Aunt Shelly, Natalie and Danielle. 

We found our brick!

We hopped on some of the Mississippi towns we represent (Tylertown, Ridgeland, Canton, Starkville, and Columbus)

We hung out at the cannon in front of the ROTC building too. 

Here are the boys in front of the cannon 12 years ago :)

And the kids recreated Abbey Road

Had to get Mittens in the photo! 

Thomas (16), Natalie (13), Danielle (10), Brennan (15)

The boys with Grandma Carolyn.
We enjoyed some great meals and relaxing times with the family.

Grandma and Grandpa visited us in Columbus during a very low-key second week of Spring Break.  We are going to have to make some plans for their next visit!  I can't believe I only took one photo - all of us watching "Star Wars" in the theater room.

David took Brennan and Thomas to Purdue for a campus visit.

And I made Swedish meatballs for the Litwits' discussion of "A Man Called Ove". 

A great month full of school, ACT testing, projects, some warmer weather, and great visits with family!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

February 2017

I think we're done hosting for awhile!  We've hosted both book clubs, my architecture girls group, two birthday parties, a Super Bowl party, our wine club, and countless guests popping by.  It's been awesome and February was full of fun with friends.

Brennan got his braces off!  He's got such a cute smile and is very responsible with his retainer unlike someone else I know.  One more orthodontist appointment and we're done.

The youth at church raise funds for our local food bank - we call it Souper Bowl Sunday.  They use soup pots with the two teams' logos on them to collect dollars after church - vote for who you think will win.  The food bank is the big winner every year.  Here is their hilarious skit during the worship service on Souper Bowl Sunday - Thomas playing the Falcon's quarterback.

We hosted the Super Bowl party for our friends and had a great time.  David and the boys handled the decorations.  I handled the cleaning and food.  We all have our strengths.

Aren't these the cutest cookies I had a local bakery make?  I wanted "mini cookies" because I find that adults don't eat big cookies at a party.  These were a hit.

Everyone brought a dish and wine or beer or bourbon.  We had awesome food.  No one left hungry.  It was a great game although most people left by the 4th quarter so they could be home to see the ending.  I wish the Super Bowl was on a Saturday.  At least this one started early in the evening.

I snapped this photo because everyone was watching Lady Ga Ga kick off the half-time show.  Some people ventured downstairs to play pool or watch the game on the big screen with the teens.

I had an awesome 46th birthday.  Gifts, dinner, lunch, flowers, surprises, stop bys, etc.  The celebrations lasted a week.  Friends brought me this assortment of treats on the 6th so I could celebrate my birthday all week long.  The boys were THRILLED.


The family took me to Henry's Social Club for dinner.  Yummy wild mushroom gnocchi for me.  It was awesome. 

The cocktail crew celebrated Galentine's Day at Hotel Indigo where we got to see Miles, the hotel dog.  He's very used to posing for photos. 

Sushi and pho for Valentine's Day with the family after celebrating with gifts that morning.

April and Todd hosted Litwits (we discussed "Hillbilly Elegy") at the Savory Swine.  Look at this amazing charcuterie board!  Great discussion, great friends.

Kristen cut 3.5 inches off the bottom.  Doesn't it looks great?  I need her to style it every morning though!

Wine club!  We had a Cabaret Caro Vino (wine tasting at three price points).  It was a really fun way to do a tasting and I think we'll be doing more of this kind of tasting. Just snapped this quick pic.  I think half the group was in a cut throat pool tourney downstairs.

Roger and Vinita were the only ones who guessed the wines in the correct $$ range. 

We don't have chairs (i.e. clutter) down by the pool table.  I snapped this because I realized friends will sit wherever there's space.  No need to get fancy.

A $7, $13, and $40 Cabernet.  Only two people go the prices right in our blind tasting.

The Philharmornic hosted a new fundraiser - Bourbonfest.  I worked the soft drink table (for the designated drivers and folks like me who don't drink that much bourbon!) but David got to do the Bourbon tasting.  He had fun.  The event was sold out and a great success for a first time event!

The boys and I headed to Brown County State Park for a hike and dinner.  Couldn't get in to dinner though because everywhere had a tremendous line on a Saturday night, but the hike was fun.  Bailey enjoyed it immensely.

Mike and Mary hosted an incredibly fun dinner party for like-minded friends.  Mary made yummy food including this tater tots casserole! 

Here's Beans enjoying us enjoying game night!

The Boatwrights wrapped up awards season with our Oscars pool.  Everyone gets a ballot and on Monday after the show I tally the guesses and then that person receives a prize during dinner.  We also enjoy some sparkling grape juice during our Oscars Night wrap up.  David was the winner - beating me by just one guess. 

And now it's March!  Looking forward to a 2 week spring break, hopefully warmer temperatures, and to see what comes up in the flower beds at the new house!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

January 2017

 Oh, this snow in the first picture was a distant memory, until we got another snow last night that is still lingering this afternoon.  Hard to believe that 2 days ago it was in the low 60s!

January is now a blur as Daddy returned home from Saudi Arabia, we celebrated birthdays, and I attended the Sundance Film Festival and saw myself in one of the movies!  Really, could not have asked for a better start to 2017.

I wasn't so sure about leading an architecture tour (a portion of which is outdoors) in 2* weather, but it turned out to be a beautiful day and I had guests willing to brave the elements to see the beautiful sites. 

We've been hosting a lot this year, starting with my evening book club - the Litwits.  I made "pink fizzy drinks" to discuss "Big Little Lies" (the drink from the book).  This was not a winner of a drink, but we had a great discussion! 

David and I attended "Dancing with the Stars - Columbus Style" to support friends who were performing this year.  It's a great fundraiser for very important programs in our town.

Kelly did a great job!  This year's theme was "the movies".  Kelly and her partner ballroom danced and their theme was "Pretty Woman".  What a great night!

We had our annual Golden Globes pool wrap-up party with the boys.  Non-alcoholic grape juice for the boys, cava for David and me.  David was the big winner of the night.  He stomped us!

We had friends over for dinner, to catch up, and play some pool.  The 13 of us hadn't all been together in maybe a year.  It was great that all the kids (high school and college ages) could make it too.  Bailey had a great time barking his head off, and finally passed out next to Justin.

Brennan turned 15!  Now how is that possible?  We celebrated that morning with muffins and presents.  After school his friends came over for pizza and gaming, then we went to the Escape Room for a fun adventure (they escaped!) and then out for Orange Leaf.  Brennan's going to have a great year!  Studying for the driving permit test these days!

After the party Trevor spent the night.  HE turned 15 the next day.  These two.  From little 3 year olds in the shallow end of the pool to high school freshmen!

While the winter has been mild overall, it's been cold!  One afternoon we went bowling.  I won!

Thomas was out with friends one night and we introduced Brennan to "Best in Show" in honor of my spending time with Parker Posey in Sundance.  It was hilarious.  In honor of the movie we had "We met at Starbucks, but not the same Starbucks", "pepperoni sticks", and "stop naming nuts".  Brennan appreciated the humor of the movie, but still thinks "My Cousin Vinny" and "The Blues Brothers" were better.  We love our little theater room.

And Sundance.  I mean, really.  Sundance.  It was an awesome weekend, in part because we were celebrating Erin's 40th birthday while we watched the premiere of the movie "Columbus".  I mean.  Really.

We spent time touring Salt Lake City one day, and spent the entire day at Sundance in Park City on Sunday the 22nd. But first, we surprised Erin with a party at the hotel before heading to the festival.

Park City was beautiful and exactly as we hoped it would be - snowy, cold, and filled with talented movie makers.

We hosted the cast and crew dinner at a restaurant near the theater.

And then walked to the iconic Egyptian Theater for the premiere of "Columbus".  It was surreal to be there!  What a great movie.  Hoping distributors purchase it for wide audiences.  It was so special to be there!

After the premiere everyone stayed for the Question & Answer session with the cast, producers, and director/writer of the film.  It was touching and I learned a lot.

The after party, sponsored by Kia, was a blast.  Here are just a few photos from the wonderful wrap up!

Park City at 2 a.m.

The only down side to the weekend in Park City was that I missed Thomas's first formal.  He and friend Rissa went together and had a great time.  Our friends hosted photos, then they went to Upland Brewing Company for dinner with a group of friends, then to the dance itself.  They had a great time!

And somebody turned 3!  Bailey of course!

Finally, David and I went with a number of couples from church to see the Dueling Piano guys to raise funds for a local college's foundation.  We had a great night.  The music was terrific and it was nice hanging out with friends.

Hope you're having a great winter!