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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fun in the Hot, Hot Sun

The fun continues this summer. Gorgeous weather, great friends, fun holiday traditions, and just enough rain to keep everything green and the garden growing.

A few weeks ago Ellen, Miriam, Jen and I all took a Wednesday off work to go up to northern Indiana. Our intention was to visit the dunes and hit the outlet malls. We had our beach bags packed, coolers ready, but we weren’t quite able to drag ourselves away from the deals at the outlets! So, we shopped all day and hit a great little gourmet spot, Bartlett’s Grill (highly recommend), in the middle of nowhere for dinner. It was so much fun we decided it needs to be a biannual trip. Only we’ll try to actually make it to the beach next time!

We loved the sign for Bartlett’s.

We sat outside on the cute patio enjoying the lovely evening.

Recently we helped celebrate Lincoln Hoskins’ birthday! We popped by the Hoskins for the big cake moment. So cute. Lincoln wasn’t quite sure what to make of the giant cake, but as you can see he got the hang of it.

Bill, Lincoln and Abby

This is the best dessert ever!

This is my favorite Lincoln expression. He gets the cutest pensive look.

Bob and Bonnie treated us to a performance of Jersey Boys here in Indy at the start to the month. What a great show! I highly, highly recommend it if it comes to your town.

We have such a fun tradition going for the 4th of July with the Brown’s, and the tradition is growing! This year we had two tables at Symphony on the Prairie reserved and 20 of us celebrated together. The kids join us and it is fun to think that they will grow up going to the Symphony all together.

One of our tables with the Miriam, Brad, the Metzings and Yanceys

The Browns, Broughtons and Muellers.

Alli and Isaac. He’s growing up fast!

Kyle and Isaac goofing around.

One of my favorite moments every year is when they play the theme for each branch of the armed forces. Anyone who has served stands for their branch. This is the father of the baritone who sang with the symphony that night. He was so proud. I always get teary during this.

Me and Miriam

Think you know these people….

Ryan and adorable Lucy-Lu, as I like to call her

Lilly and Monique. Gee, see any family resemblence?

I loved watching the kids enjoy the fireworks.

We had so much fun at the 4th we had to go back the next weekend for the Symphony’s John Denver tribute! They had a singer who looked – I’m not kidding – exactly like John Denver. Not surprisingly, sounded like him, too! As you’ll hear in the video, his music sounds great with the symphony behind him.

Bob, Bonnie, Jason and his brother-in-law, Rob, and father-in-law, Carl, joined us.

I always have to harass you guys with pictures of my garden. It’s just so fun to have it going in the summer and fall! As you can see, the weather could not have been more perfect for it. I literally do nothing more than weed a bit, plant and pick.

The tomatoes are now easily taller than me. Like my sloppy gardening clothes?
And the cucumbers are going to take over the world.

The corn was certainly more than “knee high by the 4th of July”. We’ve already been enjoying some of it.

The day’s pickings – sweet peas, beets, red onions and cucumbers.

Adrianne and Tyler had a great housewarming cookout at their adorable downtown Zionsville home. Thanks for hosting us, guys!

Adrianne found a Polaroid camera! How very retro.

Hanging with the Smiths and the Metzings

Zoe LOVES Brad. She runs right up to him and jumps in his lap.

I know, I know. I have a thing for pretty skies. This is over a field just down the street from our house. Happy summer!

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