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Indy Days September 14, 2013

Filed under: Baby,Family,Indianapolis,Travel — Kelocity @ 9:49 pm

After my time in St. Louis, I made it back to Indianapolis to spend one last night there.  On my last day, Grandma Julie and I took Adele to a nice park. We enjoyed the playground and the Nature Center nearby (Adele loved the turtles!)
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And then I said goodbye to my baby girl. Adele stayed in Indy with her Grandma and Aunties for 6 more days (the longest I’ve ever been away from her!) I was sad but I knew she would have fun. I gave her lots of kisses.
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I have to say, I rather enjoyed my first solo flight since January 2012! It was SO nice to kick back and read a book {reading The Paris Wife and loving it!} and some magazines without wrangling a toddler on my lap for hours on end.
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She didn’t even have time to miss me because she had SO much fun there! First, EJ and Sarah took her to the Zoo! I heard she slept through parts of it…
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But then woke up in time to see giraffes and zebras!
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I heard she also loved the Sea Lion show! She must have remembered Sea World!
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Thanks for such a fun day!!
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Next up, she visited the Indianapolis Children’s Museum! In fact, it was so fun, she went back again the next day too! Looked awesome, so jealous!

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She even anchored the evening news!
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Other highlights from the week included a street fair and some other good eats!
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I think Adele had an amazing vacation. Looks like they had great weather too!
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Indy in the Summer September 7, 2013

Filed under: Indianapolis,Travel — Kelocity @ 1:46 pm
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I love Indianapolis. I had only visited once before and had a great time. I love exploring new cities and Indianapolis is very underrated in my opinion. Lots to see and do in that area. Actually, I was almost three months pregnant when we were first there, so technically, this was Adele’s second time there!
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Grandma, Aunty EJ and Aunty Sarah were very excited to see us when we landed. Adele was in heaven with all of the attention. Plus she loved playing with the cats and dog too! Lots of exciting things to do.
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We had fun playing around the house for a while. And I was very excited to see a couple of Thunderstorms too! One day it even hailed! (Don’t ask me how you can get hail when it’s 90* outside!)
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We also enjoyed a lot of great meals while we were there too. We started with brunch at Taste.
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Adele would only let us put a hairbow in her hair if she could then pull it out and put it in ours too. It’s funny how she plays games like that now. She’s getting funny.
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We ordered the sweet potato fries to share and they were AMAZING. Adele loved them too.

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That night, we ventured out again to Napolese for dinner.
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We had some great wine and amazing Pizza. EJ and Sarah bought her this cute Panda from the National Zoo in Washington DC. Adele and Mrs. Panda have been inseparable all week. 
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On Sunday, we had a special visitor… Aunty Laurie came to visit from Chicago!
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To celebrate, we went out for brunch on Sunday. We ended up at Lincoln Square, yum!
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Adele is getting better at not eating crayons. She still doesn’t quite get how to draw with them, but she likes to make dots on the paper and say “doot doot doot doot” while she does it. haha

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IMG_0288It was a quick visit for Aunty Laurie, but soon after brunch, her and I said goodbye to everyone (including Adele) and headed out on the open road.
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Next stop: St. Louis! Roadtripppppp! Stay tuned for more!
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Thanksgiving in the Mid-West December 11, 2011

I know, I know, Thanksgiving was weeks ago. But we had a fantastic trip to Indiana and Illinois so I had to share some of our photos. On Thanksgiving Day, we flew from LA to Indianapolis where Irving’s sister picked us up and brought us to their gorgeous new house. We arrived just an hour before dinner was served (good timing, right?!) We all got straight to work preparing the remaining side dishes. It was so fun to chat, cook and catch up since we don’t get to see them often!
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They went all out with the most amazing, unique dishes. My favorite was the corn bread stuffing (amazing)! Per usual, there was not enough room on our plates for everything. They even had homemade pies with matching homemade whipped cream on top. I die.
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We dined in their new formal dining room that was so welcoming, homey and filled with family. It was the perfect setting for a Thanksgiving celebration.
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We spent the night cleaning up, hanging out and relaxing all together. And there was LOTS of playing with the kitties involved too. This little one slept with us each night all cuddled up close. It was adorable. We miss her!
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The next day, forget Black Friday,  we spent our time sightseeing around Indianapolis instead. We stopped at the Lily Estate, which is an Americana mansion built in the 1920s. We visited the Newport Mansions over the summer and were excited to see some more.
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There were a lot of similarities, but the Lily estate seemed more like a home rather than an entertaining venue, which was nice.
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Then we hopped over to the Indianapolis Museum of Art right next door.
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We were so impressed by the exhibits they had inside. It was mostly contemporary art, but some really cool stuff. Lots of interactive displays and art that utilized unique mediums. Afterwards, we stopped to enjoy some beer, hot cocoa (for me!) and some hot pretzels in the museum café. And then we were just in time to see a gorgeous sunset off the balcony.
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As we walked back to the car, we stopped to look at some outdoor displays as well. This one was meant to represent a basketball court and the motion of the ball when it bounces. So creative!
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We ended the night at a craft beer bar. Everyone else had a flight of their signature brews while we played a bunch of games at the table.
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I might be getting my days mixed up now, but I think we then stopped at a fro-yo place right after this too. We had excellent hosts while we were there!

Saturday morning, we woke up to do a tour of the downtown area. Starting with a stop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (home of the Indy 500).
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We didn’t stop in the museum, but it’s definitely a place I’d like to visit next time!
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From there, we parked the car and took a long walk along the canals. So pretty! I bet it’s really hopping in the summer time too.
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We ended our day at the Soldiers and Sailors monument, which was decked out for the holidays.
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We could have taken the elevator up to the top…. but instead, being the bunch of athletes that we are, we hoofed it to the top!
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Great views of the city, and good exercise too. So fun.

For the last part of our trip, we drove a couple of hours to Chicago to see my sister.
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It was fun to have everyone together! We played games all afternoon. Loved it!
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We did explore downtown Chicago for an afternoon, but it was cooold!
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Baby’s first trip to the bean. =)
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Thanks EJ and Sarah for the wonderful time in Indy!
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And to Laurie and Jim for entertaining us too!
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