(pic above: backyard at my mom’s house on the lake)
We are back from a two week trip to the Motherland, my homeland…Indiana! We weren’t sure if we would be able to go this year because of Mr. M’s work schedule on The Bachelorette and Bachelor In Paradise – but we made it work! This is our second year going back to Indiana to visit family – and we all look forward to it SO MUCH!
We stayed at my Dad and Nana Nancy’s house (Nana Nancy is my step-mama, who I LOVE!) 🙂 Ginger (6) loves their backyard chickens, so collecting eggs each morning was a huge treat for her.
Breakfast with fresh, out of the backyard eggs:
Grandpa and Nana Nancy’s house is within walking distance of everything in their small town (it’s a lot like Mayberry). We walked everywhere! I was so happy to see Ginger (6) so happy all the time.
Ginger struggles a lot with anxiety and extreme shyness (extreme!) – but in Indiana, that all slips away and she is like a normal kiddo. I don’t think Ginger was built for big city life. When we were in Indiana, it was like she was able to finally exhale and relax. She even wore real clothes – not pajamas and Mr. M’s shirts!
So – I don’t know what to take from that because Los Angeles is where Mr. M has built his career, and there isn’t a thriving film industry in small town USA. We do the best we can – and I know I try to make her life in LA as stress-free as I can. In an ideal world, I’d pick her up and move to the woods – where she feels most at home. Living in Los Angeles, it’s hard to find peaceful nature spots, although we certainly do our best!
This picture pretty much sums up how happy Ginger was in Indiana. It made my heart smile hugely to see her looking so peaceful and content:
We rode horses several times. Ginger (6) was able to ride the same horse she rode last year: Dan. She was so happy to see Dan again!
We went swimming almost every day of the trip! The town pool is SO nice and huge- and it’s within walking distance of my Dad and Nancy’s house!
The one thing Paprika (9) made sure to pack for the trip was her Mermaid Linden MonoFin and her Mermaid Linden hoodie towel. 🙂 She was so happy to swim the day away. She could have just done that every single day and been happy as a…Mermaid! 🙂
My mom came up to visit us at my Dad’s house – and even went swimming with the girls! Here she is on the water slide with Paprika:
Of course, travelling with Miss Ellie (16 months) was a little challenging. Haha!
I ended up taking her for LOTS of walks around my Dad and Nancy’s neighborhood…just taking in the sights. You won’t see this in LA:
We spent time with Auntie Ann and her kids. We had a backyard cookout, smores, a glow in the dark scavenger hunt, and a sleepover! It was magical:
We visited with MY Grandma (the girls’ Great-Grandma Mimi). I love my grandma so much, so it’s such a treat for me to see her with her great-grandchildren! Feels like not that long ago, I was the one sitting on her lap! 🙂
At my Grandma’s House with My Mom and Aunt Laura (my mom’s sister):
My Grandma even had a birthday party for all the girls, complete with a cake with their own names written on it! The girls felt SO special!
Visiting with my brother, Uncle Robbie:
We went Strawberry Picking one day at this magical little backyard farm near my dad’s house. They had all kinds of crops and animals – the girls learned so much from this outing!
Plus, the strawberries were divine! 🙂
We went TWO nights to the local Carnival- the June Jamboree! The girls had a blast, and we did, too!
My Dad is a Pastor – so we went to his church one Sunday, and the girls played piano in the service. Even Violet (4) played a song!
The next Sunday, we visited a Retirement Home for Alzheimer’s patients – and the girls all played piano again. My Dad and Nana Nancy are in a band that plays Gospel music – so the girls played piano in between their band’s sets. It was so fun, and I know the people in the retirement community were so happy to have live music.
Ellie got a little disruptive because it was her naptime – so half-way through the Retirement Community performance, I took her outside so she could practice eating grass. 🙂 Haha. She was happy to crawl around the lawn while I chased her!
So, that was our little trip to Indiana. I have LOTS more pictures and things we did to share – honestly, I feel like we lived a whole life every single day. It went by way too fast! Mostly, it was just really good to be “Back Home Again In Indiana” (it’s a song…) 🙂 There’s something particularly magical about the Midwest in the Summertime. Or maybe that’s the truth anywhere.
Happy Summer! 🙂
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