Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Playing in Indiana

We recently got to make a stop in Indiana to see some of our favorite people, the Culwells. They live about an hour outside of Indianapolis in a beautiful, foresty area. Joseph told me about a hundred times that he wished our driveway were as lush and green as theirs. (Oh wait, we don't have a driveway! :D)
Jeni and Alan live in a lovely home on 5 acres of land with their four adorable children. You can't see any neighbors from where they are, so you feel like you're out in the middle of nowhere. It's so nice. We had a bonfire one night and roasted marshmallows and Starbursts and felt like the only people around. They are growing Christmas trees that will be planted soon to eventually become a Christmas tree farm. Cool!

Indianapolis has one of the coolest children's museums I've ever seen. It makes every other children's museum I've ever been to look like an outhouse. It's several stories high and contains everything from a huge dinosaur exhibit to the world's largest Etch-a-Sketch.

The first stop was the carousel. Avery liked her giraffe, even if it didn't go up and down.

Sophie loved her horsie and loved that it did go up and down. I'm not sure whether Joseph was really afraid of or excited about his tiger. :)

We spent a lot of time in an area that are for little kids only. Sophie loved this water table and worked hard to catch her ducks.

Avery loved the sand table. I commented to Jeni that it's amazing how long a kid can play with the same toy over and over again without tiring of it, and she laughed and pointed to a sign above us that said, "Have you ever wondered how children can play with the same toy over and over again?" Apparently I was on the same brain wave as someone else.

We visited the Barbie exhibit where Sophie became Barbie's new personal secretary. She took down this call very carefully. The girls also got dolled up and got to strut their stuff on the runway. We got a video, but I'm too lazy to post that, so you'll just have to imagine their cuteness.

We even took a trip to Egypt while we were there! Sophie had just finished serving us some drinks and food in this Egyptian cafe. I don't think Lily or Malia liked it very much.

While visiting the Nile we ran into this guy and his babies. He seemed friendly enough.

Avery wasn't taking any chances with those big jaws, though, and kept them shut tight.

The highlight of the trip for me and Joseph was staying up late playing games with Jeni and Alan. They lived around the corner from us in Provo while they were finishing law school and we were finishing our MBA program. We would go over most Friday and/or Saturday nights and play games with them for a few hours, often while bingeing on our favorite candy. The typical games included Settlers of Catan, Speed Scrabble, Ticket to Ride, and a few others here and there. It was fun to do it again since we have no game buddies in CA, and we sure miss them a lot! Thanks again for letting us come visit! We had a fantastic time!


Jessica Hughes said...

The musium sounds great!!! Scott & I love late game night.
We r a big game family too....

Alan and Jeni said...

We LOVED having you guys! Come back anytime. :) And I can't wait to hear what the baby news is!

Sabrina O'Malley said...

Sounds like you had a great trip and that museum looks fantastic!

annie leavitt said...

becky! it seems like you guys are always doing super fun stuff.

i miss you. please post a belly picture STAT so i don't feel so far away from you.

if i visit my sister in CA can we come see you?????

kim said...

I think that my neighbors used to go to that same museum. they have said that after living there, all other kid's museums have been a little dissappointing.

Harrison's said...

I'm so glad you got to go to the children's museum and had such a fun time with your friends! I wish we would have been in town to see you. Next time =).