January can be such a “blah” month, but that’s not the case this year! Thanks to an exciting end to interview season for Nathan, some work trips to Florida for me, and long-awaited weekend plans with family, the first month of the year has been a blast so far 🙂 This Saturday was no exception – it was a girls’ day with my mom!

photo-jan-14-1-39-49-pmI always love our time together, but this day was extra special. I’ve been looking forward to it since SEPTEMBER (yup, four months ago…) because that is when I first heard about The Sound of Music musical coming to Indy! The Sound of Music is my mom’s favorite movie, and I think we watched it (along with Mr. Holland’s Opus, another of her favorites) countless times together when I was a kid. We know all the words to all the songs and Julie Andrews is legendary to me. In other words, when I heard about the musical coming to my city, I knew my mom and I HAD to be there!

It worked out perfectly to get us tickets for Christmas, plus it gave us something to look forward to after all the holiday hubbub. Of course when the day finally came, an ice storm was expected to hit that morning, but thankfully it wasn’t as bad as they predicted and Mom was able to get here safe and sound!

The play was at the Murat, the same theater I saw the Lumineers with Ted for my birthday. When we walked up and saw the marquee with a Jack Daniel’s sign next to it, I couldn’t resist getting a picture of my Tennessee mama!

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The whole place was buzzing when we got inside. It had been so long since I’ve been to a play, and I’d forgotten how much fun it can be! I was so excited and she was so excited, which just made the whole thing very special for us together. Plus our seats were great! Center of the center orchestra section. I’ve never sat so close in this theater!

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We both agreed the acting was great, the singing was incredible, and the story is just as good as it’s always been. I wasn’t sure I would like the play version as much as the movie, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and thought they did a great job of recreating some of my favorite parts!

Parts of the plot seem particularly poignant with our own political landscape these days. It’s so different watching this as an adult vs. as a kid…I think I picked up on way more aspects of the storyline than I used to, which just made me like it even more. I even teared up a couple times watching it!

One of the most fun parts was seeing all the little girls and boys with their moms and dads, acting out the play and singing at intermission and on their way out. It is exactly how my sister and I used to be when my parents would take us to plays when we were little too ❤

To complete our girls’ day, we had a delicious dinner together at Flatwater, one of our favorite Broad Ripple spots. The only photo I took was of the wedge salad we had to start. It is the BEST wedge salad I have ever had mostly because of the Smoking Goose (local butcher) bacon bits, pumpkin seeds, pickled onions, avocado, and green goddess dressing. Totally sets it apart from standard wedge salads.

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After dinner mom headed home, and I spent the rest of the weekend with a smile on my face because of our great time together. These bright spots in my week sure help the dreary, gray January days fly by 🙂 I feel so spoiled having a whole day with her to myself and I already can’t wait for next time!

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