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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

March 2018

March included crazy weather, practice driving, college visits, the final quarter of senior year, and lots of fun!
David and I took Brennan on his first official college visit.  He enjoyed his tour and seeing the Math Department at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana!

We went to an arcade and had a good time

We chose the arcade because Brennan told us he would be designing the video game Galaga in his AP Computer Programming class.  Galaga happens to be David's favorite game.  We found it on a big screen!
Brennan and the Math Department at U of I

We also went on a quick visit to Mississippi to visit the grandparents!  I thought these photos of Brennan were especially cute.  Brennan and Grandma Nan looking up something.
Brennan and Grandma Carolyn.  I remember when she used to rock him in the glider!
Listening to a podcast and studying linear algebra.
And driving David and me around town, getting ready for his driver's test next week, and his license in 2 weeks!

We held our 5th annual Guess the Oscars party, just the 4 of us.  AGAIN, David won by 1.  But we all got to celebrate!

And a little Bailey love


We had friends over for St. Patrick's Day and had fun playing the game I made up, Celebrity.

He's getting so big (and I don't mean Bailey)

On a night time drive Brennan took us past the library and I had to take a photo
And then it was off to Chicago with friends to see Justin Timberlake in concert!  What a great couple of days.  Susan and I had terrific seats!

JT was a 2.5 hour non-stop dance party.  Definitely a must see in 2018!!
His stage was awesome and he was out with the fans the entire concert.

Again, great seats!  Thank you Susan!

Chicago may be my favorite big city in the states.  Susan, Gina, Stacy and I had a wonderful time!

We had breakfast at Manny's the next morning.  Delicious!

And the girls introduced me to Cake Bake in Indy for lunch.  Wow - I had never heard of this place.  I'll definitely be back!


Sunday, March 18, 2018

February 2018

A few fun things from our month last month!
My daytime book club read "Old Heart" by Peter Ferry.  A great suggestion for Valentine's Day.  These heart cookies Sarah served were adorable!
We held a campaign Meet and Greet for a local candidate that David and I are supporting on the marketing side.  He is also Brennan's calculus teacher and a friend from church.  I asked Gina to put together some pretty daisies in a patriotic theme.  Aubrey made District 59 cookies for me.  It was a fun night with great friends. 

Later that weekend we hosted our wine club for the Super Bowl party.  We were all thrilled that the Eagles beat the Patriots.  Again, Aubrey did not disappoint with her adorable cookies, that also taste delicious!

We had so much food.  It was a fun night!
My birthday was great!  47 isn't so bad when you're surrounded by people you love :)
At work, colleagues went above and beyond with special gifts including these gorgeous flowers.

I can't tell you how fun my birthday dinner was.  We had SUCH a blast at Tre Bicchieri. 

Susan, Jenny, and I went to Newfields (formerly the IMA - Indianapolis Museum of Art) for yoga for my birthday.  This was such fun - I will definitely do it again. 

David took the family to Revery in Greenwood for my birthday.  They do such fun things including a popcorn appetizer - popcorn with liquid nitrogen - and cotton candy with your check.  We had a really fun night.

Brennan is becoming a very good driver.  He gets his license one month from today!
He ran me around town to do a bunch of errands one Saturday.  Had to use my Starbucks gift card first, though.

We went to Taku for hibachi for Valentine's Day.  David was in Indy that day so we hung out and took some photos while he made his way to town. 

Valentine's Day is always a little celebration at our house.  David got me new walking shoes and a book I'd been wanting.  We had a fun celebration that night - dinner at home after a month of eating out!

Thomas has made some beautiful art in his Ceramics class this year.  This is one of my favorites!
I had to have a "toecedure" - a procedure done on my big toe.  My surgery dream team of David and Scott.  I hope to be fully healed sometime this month so I can walk if the weather ever turns pretty here in Indiana.  By now it's usually warmer than this!

Snuggles on the couch one day.

The boys wrapped Bailey up in his blanket before school on the day I stayed home with my toe.  I found him still snuggled up about an hour later.  I had to send this to the boys so they could see how Bailey spends his days :)

Thomas and his friend Sydney are going to Prom together in May.  Gina did a beautiful job with these flowers. 

They were a surprise for Sydney.

Have a happy spring!

Monday, February 12, 2018

January 2018

Here are some of the highlights from January!
Thomas started his last semester of senior year! 
I took this photo in Santorini and had it printed on metal to put on the bookcases in the living room.  Not bad for an iPhone photo!
Bianca hosted the Litwits and as always, she treated us to a feast.  The fondues were amazing! 

Icicles in winter.  So pretty!
We attended the Ivy Tech Foundation Dueling Pianos event with key members of Kelly's campaign.  It was a really fun night with Jason, Tammy, Kelly, Scott, Charlie, David, and Jayne.

And then here we are at Scott's 50th birthday surprise party.  What a night!

And Brennan turned 16!!
He was fascinated by all the potted succulents when we were in Greece so he put these little pots on his Christmas wish list.  I arranged a birthday succulent potting "class" with Gina at Pomp & Bloom the day before THEIR birthdays on January 18th.  The succulents are adorable.

We took Brennan for a couple of nights on the town.  Here we are at Rick's CafĂ© Boatyard.  We also went to his favorite Italian spot - Buca di Beppo in downtown Indy

Brennan also put "squid ink pasta" on his Christmas list and Jeanne came through.  He made it with a oil and garlic sauce for his actual birthday.

Donna created a fun gift that unrolled through a box.  It stretched the length of the house!

Please don't worry.  Bailey had plenty of love in January.
Here he's resting with Dad as we watch Jeopardy with the boys.

And again, resting with Dad.

Wondering why I'm going to work.  AGAIN.

Snuggling with the boys before bed.

Selfies with Mom
Trying to give Mom kisses 

Official 4th birthday pose
Before Thomas left for work one weekend morning

This isn't Bailey - a much bigger version.  This is Miles, my buddy at work
He's the resident dog of Hotel Indigo where I am 36 weeks/year for orientation.
Here he's hoping someone in the kitchen has a treat when they exit.

Brennan's handbell choir played beautiful music for us one morning.

And we served a mountain of pasta and breadsticks to the youth one Sunday night!