Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Mini Vacate

Jared had a week long conference to attend in Indianapolis a couple of weeks ago.
Lil A and I decided to meet him there for a few days and make a little vacation out of it.

Unfortunately what should of been a 2 maybe 2 1/2 hour trip for Aurora and I turned into almost a 4 1/2 hour trip with a little car trouble, bad weather, and an unusually cranky baby.

Here she is finally asleep after a lot of hard work on the Momma's part.

We stayed at a nice hotel (courtsey of Jared's work) in downtown Indy-- a stone's throw away from White River State Park and the Canal. (And only a hop and a skip from the zoo).  

Here is Aurora taking in the view from the 8th floor.

In the mornings, Lil A and I would swim, watch movies and walk in the park (more pics of that later).
Here she is watching one of her all time favorites: Winnie the Pooh.

Sidenote: Have I told you what Aurora's first couple of words were? The first one was "Uh-oh" and the second one was "movie" (prounounced mooo-vie ending on a higher note with the "vie"). Yes, movie came right before Momma and Dada.  It makes me laugh but at the same time I wince and then I feel called upon to tell people that she doesn't really watch movies or tv all that much... maybe 30mins every 2-3 days. Not like all day every day or anything. :)

Jared was able to take his lunch breaks with us. We went to a Cuban sandwhich shop one of the days.
We have been missing the one in Lexington. This one is nicer looking but we still prefer the food at the one in Lex.

Aurora took this pic of me while waiting for our food.
Yes, it's another crazy face pic but still a good shot for her first photo ever.

The first night we had dinner with some dear friends we hadn't seen in awhile.
Thanks Alcorns & McFarlands! Sorry we didn't get any pics.

The next night we went to the zoo.
We saw fish which Aurora loved.

It was Jazz Night At The Zoo. So they keep all the animals out a little longer. We got to see all the animals really well because it wasn't very crowded although it was pretty hot. Also the animals seemed to sense that it was past the usual time for them to be out. They were all real active and hanging out near the gates waiting for their keepers. 

Aurora's favorites appeared to be the giraffes, elephants and rhinos. 

The Indy Zoo has a Splash Park. It pretty much looks like an open playground area where water
is shooting out or pouring down from everywhere.

We brought a change of clothes for Aurora but not for me... Oh well it felt good.
We enjoyed the jazz, the food, the animals, the Splash two thumbs up for the zoo.

To Be Continued...


  1. Very fun! Sometimes having a husband who travels has its perks. Especially when you can travel with him!

  2. That is so great that you guys got to go along on Jared's business trip, a perfect kind of vacation. Little down time during the day and fun at night, I love that idea!

    Can't wait to see the rest of your trip.

  3. Aurora is a doll! I hope this will let me publish a comment! I can't believe how fast she is growing up!