Sunday, July 31, 2011


Gigi started saying we were going to Chi Town on our way to Chicago so it stuck.  We left early Friday morning and we got there a little before 10:00 a.m.  We were so excited.  We went straight downtown and began looking around.  We made our way to Water Tower Place.  We saw some sights on the way until Missy and family got there.  They made it just in time for lunch.  This was the weekend to enjoy the Wiggles and to celebrate Missy's birthday.  This is the start of day one!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Lacey and Matt's Wedding

We were lucky enough to be able to celebrate with Lacey and Matt at their wedding.  It was so beautiful from the decorations, flowers, reception and most of all the bride.   We sat with other "book clubers" and had so much fun. .   We had great food and a lot of fun dancing and watching Lacey and her beautiful family enjoy their special night.  They are now off to Hawaii for their honeymoon and the start of the rest of their lives.  Good Luck Matt and Lacey!  We wish you the best.

Saturday, July 23, 2011


John's sister Gina and her family were in town from Florida.  We usually have a family cookout when she's in town.  And this year was no different.  It is always a big crowd and a lot of fun.  Everyone pitched in and I got to use the new pail that I painted for some long neck root beer and grape crush.  The boys loved drinking them.  It was really hot but didn't seem to stop any of the yard games or the family fun.  It was John's niece Jennifer's birthday so we had birthday cake and her grandson loved it.  We miss Gina and her family and were glad to host the yearly party.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Stop and smell the flowers

Gigi had been asking me to pick flowers.  Every time she would see flowers out the car window she would say Mimi can we go pick those flowers?   So I saw the wild flowers at the park and thought "perfect" we'll stop here.  So I stopped and we went over the flowers, Gigi picked one and said:  "Ok, Mimi let's go play now."  I said that is all you want to pick?  She said ok, I'll pick one more for mommy.   Well she got to pick flowers.  Whatever makes her happy right?  

Sunday, July 17, 2011


You can see why Andrea loves this restaurant.  She loves the Ball jars.

It was a very hot day but we visited the Farmer's Market.   I got some cucumbers and some granola.   It is always fun to walk around and see what hot sauces, salsa, fruit and vegetables they have.   We did decide we liked the Fishers Farmer's Market better.  But after the Farmer's Market we walked over to The Three Wise Men and had lunch.  It was my first time and I loved it.  Fisher's can't beat the restaurants in Broad Ripple though.  

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Every year that we go on vacation with my brother and his family we have such a good time.  I am so lucky to have such a great brother.  I've always thought that he was the best person in the world and I say that with total sincerity.  He has always been my hero.  It is not very often that you feel that way about your younger brother.   And I only wish that I would have made half of the decisions he made in his life.   He has such a beautiful family and I am so glad that he wants to include my kids, their families and John and I.    I just want to say again a big Thank You to Claude and Sara for including us this year on this fabulous vacation in Hilton Head.  WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


I received this award because I am the one who always wants to plan activities.  This year I really wanted to do a flash mob.  I ask my nephew to help me plan it but he thought that he and I would be the only one who would want to do it.  So we didn't get to have our flash mob.  So this was my award.   I did have a great time with my family.  It was very relaxing and so much fun with everyone.