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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

April 2017

April started as it always does - with a prank on the boys.  This was the donut box they opened on Saturday, April 1st.


Don't worry - they got real donuts too!

We participated that morning in the Autism 5K (the guys running and me behind the scenes).



Then David and I met wine club friends in Indianapolis for lunch at Milktooth and a fantastic Bloody Mary...

Then the opening of the Beer Garden at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.  A wonderful day!!

Brennan got his driver's permit!

 And started Driver's Ed.


And he started driving David and me!  He has a year before he can get his license, so we'll have plenty of driving practice time.


Thomas wore a tux jacket to school to advertise for prom tux rentals for a local men's shop.  Got half off his tux and had a lot of fun!


David is running more and more.  He finished his 3rd half-marathon in Bloomington on a brisk Saturday morning.  Came home and did yard work and then hiked an expert level hike with Brennan the next morning.  Here he's relaxing with Mr. Bailey.




Sadly and unexpectedly, my Aunt Hilda passed away in April.  While it was great to see my extended family for her service, it was just totally unexpected and heartbreaking.  Here she is in Spain a few years ago with her brothers - my dad and Uncle Zack.
 I participated in a wellness challenge month with friends from work.  Here we are on ColumBikes one pretty afternoon.


Thomas and I learned how to run a cash register at our new jobs the same week in April!  Here he is at The Hanger where he works as a host on the weekends.  Obviously I had to snap a quick photo because The Hanger is very popular and he stays busy!



After a crazy week and a quick trip to Louisiana, I got to make another quick trip with friends to see Brandi Carlile at the Ryman in Nashville.  The Ryman may be my favorite venue ever.  It was a great concert.  We'll have to go back when we have more than a day!



We didn't get a single group photo - I told you, this was a quick overnight trip.  But here I am saving our seats while the others head to the restroom (i.e. bar).



My mom sent a wonderful Easter basket to us - we've all enjoyed the treats included in it.  Everything has been absolutely delicious!




I finished a project that I was contracted to lead.  A year in the making - curating a special building in town.  Grand opening coming later this month!

And April means the 5,000 tulips are in bloom at the Miller House.  Loved this shot with the tulip reflections in the screen.


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.


46!


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!