Back in December I did not post after the sad circumstances with Nick’s father’s passing. Read more here
But, we did have a few adventures as a family. I feel like enough time had passed that I can reveal the happy time that we all had during the sadness of the month of December.
We took the boys with us to Indiana to attend the funeral. Indiana had a pleasant surprise for the boys – snow! Where we live in Tennessee (all the boys have ever known) it doesn’t snow much and if it should, there are such small amounts of it that it melts away by the next day. Travel may be stopped or slowed for a few hours, but really life simply goes on. When we crossed over the state line into Indiana, the boys looked up from their electronic devices and saw the main highway was covered in a lovely white/muddy substance. Our oldest even commented on the speed we had slowed to and had to receive an explanation about how snow affects driving habits and the dangers we could possibly be facing. Our youngest had one thing on his mind and kept asking if he could play in it when we got to the hotel 🙂
They were so overwhelmed by the white stuff everywhere (snow) that it consumed their every thought and desire. I heard them reminding each other that they should remember that we were heading to a funeral, but the excitement in their voices led me to think that this was going to be an adventure for them for sure!
After the funeral we went back to the hotel and gathered our thoughts. Nick told the boys (still wearing shorts from habit of Tennessee climate) to dress warmly because he was going to take them somewhere.
We found ourselves at the Circle Center Mall. We walked up and down dizzying heights from bottom floor to top as we marveled at all the stores. The boys tasted their first ever Orange Julius drinks and were mesmerized by the game room on the top level.
They walked downtown around Monument Circle and looked at the World’s largest Christmas tree.
On the way home, Nick stopped at a small store and purchased some small sleds for the boys. He took us to Brown County Indiana and selected a hill for the boys to learn how to sled on.
The youngest loved it!
Even Nick had some fun 🙂
The oldest set out to build himself a snowman 🙂
The snow is all they talked about on the long trip back home to Tennessee. They truly had a great experience in their still young teenage lives that many kids have by the time they are 6 or 7 yrs old!
Their adventure was unbelievable wonderful and I know they will never forget it.
Replica of the Washington Monument?
This post Exploring Indie part 2 is the continuation of the earlier post titled “Exploring Indie part 1 – Another Adventure :-)”.
Driving all the way up the Cumberland Gap Parkway was a nice and scenic trip as opposed to travelling Interstate 75 the entire trip from Tennessee to Indianapolis, Indiana. We drove around and up the mountains in Kentucky and when we entered into Indiana, there were still a few hills there as well. At first, I thought perhaps Indiana wasn’t flat after all, until we drove about 15 more minutes into Indiana. The hills seemingly disappeared. Out of nowhere, corn popped up and the land flattened out! I saw corn, Irrigation piping, and more corn 🙂 This was pretty awesome. The corn fields I saw from the highway were not like the corn fields in Tennessee. These fields went on for what appeared to be miles and miles. (Without my glasses I couldn’t really tell, but there was no end to the fields visually.) In Tennessee, many farmers plant corn and hay to mix and feed their cattle or they plant tobacco. Not many people still plant tobacco anymore now though 😦 Anyway, the corn fields and hay fields are planted on hills and they wave at the viewer from the roadside as the fields roll. Some are planted on the flattest land owned, which is still a hill or a swerving plot of land. The cattle even learn to graze while standing on a constant tilt. That’s why all the cattle produced in East Tennessee is lopsided laying on your plate at dinner time!
Back to the trip, we drove closer to the city of Indianapolis and the land became more flat. The city buildings could be seen for what seemed to be many miles before entering it. I loved the old and new buildings in the city. Here are a few more snap shots of the awesome experiences and sights I saw:
City life buzzing
I loved this!
The city was so Colorful!
Lucas Oil Stadium
Home of the Indianapolis Colts
Lucas Oil Stadium Entrance
Indianapolis Court House
Gorgeous lamp-post (I wanted to grab hold of it and swing round while singing)
monument in Downtown Indianapolis
A graceful fountain in Downtown Indianapolis
This Building looks like a Castle
a marriage of two buildings
Magnificent Buildings in Downtown Indianapolis
Downtown Highrise Apartments
Is it a castle?