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Saturday, June 10, 2017

May 2017

May - I say this every year but I believe it is the busiest month of the year for us.  The school year is ending and there always seems to be a ramp up of family and kid activities.  May 2017 was no different.  Here are some of our highlights!

Junior Prom!  Thomas and his best friends Neil and Joel went together as friends.  During the course of the day they met up with friends and even made a few new friends, joining their group for dinner before the dance.  Our house was home base to get dressed, start photos, between dinner and Prom, to park the extra cars, between Prom and After Prom, and to spend the night later.  I had an absolute BALL all day with these guys.  Our town comes out in droves for these kids.  The parade as the kids come in, and the red carpet walk promenade were awesome.  I'm already looking forward to next year's activities.

Here are some photos from the day.

Full tux, boutineer by Gina (one of Thomas's bosses!), and shades of course.


Thomas, Neil and Joel


At the Visitors Centers with the Chihulies


At Henry Moore's Large Arch


Several from the Inn at Irwin Gardens




The Corvette for the Prom Parade

At Cummins' corporate headquarters


My favorite pose by these silly guys - Churchill, FDR, and Stalin at Yalta.

Parking garage roof

Dad and I got some photos too (somehow cut out Bailey)



 After Prom photos were equally hysterical


And this guy!  Here is Brennan at the Philharmonic Salute concert Memorial Day weekend.  On Prom Saturday, he took the Math 1 and Math 2 subject tests for the SAT.  We got his scores this week.  He scored 800s on both!  Perfect scores!  We're so proud of him!!

Back at the Inn at Irwin Gardens for their cocktail hour a couple of weeks after Prom with Stan and Vanessa.



And the Philharmonic's Lobsterfest.  4th annual!

This year there was post-lobster dinner racing with the high school robotics team.

David raced in the first heat.


And our wine club met at Vinita's and Greg's house for a Bollywood inspired evening!
I borrowed a sari scarf from my friend Lalitha and Vinita had bindis for us ladies to wear.


And we all learned some Bollywood dances.  The food was amazing.  A great night with great friends.


 A project I was leading wrapped up - we curated and refurbished a local historical space that has a grand history.  Here I am touring a couple of VIPs!


And an outtake at the Chamber ribbon cutting for this newly opened space.


Thomas was working when VP Pence's plane landed (Air Force II).  He captured a photo out of the restaurant window.  The Pences were in for the Indy 500 and to visit family.

Susan (Neil's mom) and I spent an evening in Indy enjoying some German food and music at the Rathskellar, then heading to the Murat to see Norah Jones!


I did a quick trip to the Chicago Film Festival to see the "Columbus" movie for a second time.  Looking forward to its release in September! (Inn at Irwin Gardens on the right, library on the left in this shot).


Thomas and Brennan finished up school - Thomas is now a senior, and Brennan a sophomore.  Unbelievable!

Bailey really wanted to join us on the porch for photos.  When we came back in, he sat and posed for this one of his own.  :)




Happy Summer!

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!