Sunday morning in Bloomington we woke up bright and early, packed our bags, checked out of our hotel and drove into town for brunch and shopping! It was a whole new side of Bloomington that I had never seen! The up-and-at-it-before-noon-on-a-Sunday side… Heck, we were in town by 9:15, cleaned up and everything. And our hotel was even a half hour out! Our first attempt at a restaurant wasn’t even open yet. Totally ok though because where we did go, I had jalapeno cheddar grits with fried eggs. Sooooo good! Then when we finished brunch, the shops weren’t even open yet, so we went for a little walk around campus. Remember our fall family photos last year?! Anabelle has gotten so big!!!
Dad and I decided to recreate the photo we took 26 years ago when I was just a newborn visiting Bloomington for the first time!
It’s not warm anymore, but when a warm spell came through for a day or two, I took advantage with this light, fall look. I’ve had it in mind all summer because when I spotted the skirt on sale last Spring, I knew I already had the perfect shirt to go with it. The only problem was that I love florals for summer and plaid for fall and winter. The colors are fall, but the coverage is summer, so I threw on my best sweater.
Last weekend, we road-tripped to Bloomington again, but this time we took Anabelle for her very first IU tailgate! I had her tailgating outfit picked out for weeks, but it was so cold that I had to dig up her IU hoodie that is still a couple sizes too big… It was a lot of fun! It’s so nice how you can just keep combining tailgates, and as long as everyone brings a little something, there’s tons of food and then a good mix of passionate IU fans! At least on the tailgating fields… Most of us didn’t go to the game. Staying true to our college days.
My mom made some raw vegan wraps for lunch! Who says a tailgate can’t be healthy?! We also had delicious white chili, and amazing vegan soup. I made a layered greek hummus dip loaded with tomatoes and cucumber! Plus we had all the normal delicious tailgate snacks.
Just because you live a couple states away doesn’t mean you can’t see each other ALL the time! Is this really the fifth visit this year?! Almost like we never quit being roommates! haha
Anabelle was great! She loves food and she loves the outdoors! Put the two together and she is in heaven! We were a little worried how nap time would go, but she was a champ. Next thing we knew, she was standing up looking out the back of the car ready to rejoin the party!
Tommy handed her a beer and she immediately went to open it! How did she even know that’s how it worked?! Of course this pulled all the camera and phones out!
She was an absolute mess by the time we were done! It started raining at one point, but she didn’t care in the least bit! Nobody could dampen her mood or take away the fun!
Sorry Susan, there just wasn’t a picture in this sequence with you looking at the camera, and you dashed out of this one! haha
Sooooo…. I might now prefer puppy dog ears over the typical Halloween cat ears! I mean how much cuter can it get!? Best part: these dalmatian ears probably cost less than a dollar to make, and they only take a couple minutes to create!
white felt (they actually sell already black spotted white felt, which would cut out multiple steps, but I used what I already had)
Step 1: Cut out bunny ear shapes out of the white felt. Cut slightly smaller shapes out of the pink felt for the insides of the ears.
Step 2: Draw miscellaneous black spots. Outline the spots with a black pen to make the edges a little more defined.
Step 3: Glue the pink felt to the inside of the white felt about a quarter inch away from the straight edge. (The black spots being the outside.)
Step 4: Glue the quarter inch slot to the inside of the headband. (You can see on the left ear below how I allowed room for the slot, where on the right I did not so you can see the pink layer.)
Step 5: Glue the edge of the ear down the headband for a floppy eared look.
Today I have a bit of a hodge podge of photos for you… I have all these photos sitting in my iphoto in albums that I just haven’t found a reason to share. So I thought I’d share them in one long post just because. But first I have the rest of my photos from our weekend!
It’s so fun to see Anabelle with her cousins. They are really the only kids her size that we know, so she always has such a great time. And it’s alwaysentertaining to watch how she interacts each time. She’s getting so big! This time, she kept running around trying to keep up with Caleb. Then she’d pause and try to do something with Sarah, Sarah would return the fun so Anabelle would go back to chasing Caleb. I hope that they always treasure this photo haha. She had such a devious look after she took away Sarah’s paci… Then she plugged that paci back in!
And now for the rest of the hodge podge!
This is our new favorite way to eat lunch on nice days. The side table makes the perfect kid table!
The night before Oktoberfest we stayed up late making lots of little chick hats! They were such a hit last year when Anabelle was only 3 months old that we made an abundance this year to pay for our drinks
Happy hump day!