We saw Town Mouse/Country Mouse at the Indiana Repertory Theatre today! This cool excursion to the city ended with a cheese tasting. Fitting don’t ya think? 😂#growinguptrusty #townmousecountrymouse #cheesetasting
How many missing teeth you ask? Well, that’d be two on the bottom...and two on the top! Watching him eat dinner is the highlight of my evening! #growinguptrusty #toothlesswonder
Aren’t Sundays the best! The washing machine is humming — finally made it around to our bedding. It’s been a few weeks. Don’t judge. I’m listening to old church hymns in the background, making lunch and catching glimpses of my littles playing in the yard. This swing was a gift from our dear friend Denise and my, it is loved. Countless booties warm the reclaimed barn wood on a daily basis but no one does it like Jack. He flips. Hangs. Climbs. Stands. He goes all out boy on that thing...and it’s fun to watch. Every swing deserves to be loved this hard. #justjack #growinguptrusty #slowsunday @deniseharris6350
Check it out, friends! Not the hamburger. Nope, not the old time diner with a questionable name. The piggy tails — real deal, big girl piggy tails! #growinguptrusty #katiehui #piggytails #4yrsinthemaking
Curious George with my curious little monkeys! #growinguptrusty #monkeybusiness #loebtheatre
Meanwhile...over at Target the Trusty kids taught Mr. Jon (a stranger moments before) how to dab! So impressed by his skills, they also taught him “the stanky leg” and something that resembled breakdancing. Mr. Jon held his own but tapped out for the breakdancing bit! #growinguptrusty #beafriend #loveoneanother
Thank you Noblesville for showing your support to the children of our community! The meal pack program launched this week..sending 184 packs into our elementary schools. Here is a quick peak of your team leaders before the community packing session!
What’s next? Look for a sign-up link coming soon to volunteer to make or deliver student meal packs! Also, make sure to grab a t-shirt. For every shirt sold, one child will receive 4 weekends worth of meals! https://noblemealpack.itemorder.com/sale
Every once in awhile, I like to provide the children with a cultural experience to help broaden their perspective of the world. Tonight...MONSTER JAM! You get a free creepy mask with every bag of overpriced cotton candy. #letsjam #justjack #monsterjam
Who’s the boss now! Katie-Hui, although intimidating, is no match for a pup with razor sharp teeth! It turns out that piggie-toes are Josie’s most favorite things in the whole world! #nobodyputsbabyinacorner #growinguptrusty #biggiesmalls #katieandjosie
Listen, friends. I tried not to fall in love. I really did. But she has these big brown eyes and a round, fat belly. When you top that with a dash of puppy breathe and a wiggly bottom...well, you know how it goes. Welcome home, Josie! You are right where you are supposed to be. #growinguptrusty #josie #morethemerrier
Oh, I love finding treasure! I was hunting through my phone for an old photo and stumbled upon this. A quick pic of Rosie on the porch of The Donut Experiment (Anna Maria). Such a warm memory with my luv-luv on this cold, winter day.
Good Morning from the farm! The kids and I drove to Northern Indiana last night where this spry gal was waiting for us. Granny, always the ultimate hostess, made 40 massive cinnamon rolls for our homecoming..me and 4 small kiddos. When I walked in the door I said, “Wow! You’ve been busy!” She said (read in a sweet, southern accent), “I was planning on making orange marmalade rolls too, but can’t find my marmalade anywhere.” I told her not to worry because that was enough dessert to feed an army. Granny replied, “Honey, this isn’t dessert. I made cherry cheesecake trifles in those fancy soda counter cups for the babies.” My kids threw their hands in the air and promptly started jumping up and down...squealing. Granny said, “Hey now. Ya’ll need to settle down because you have to eat your dinner first.” She turned to me with that sweet, round face and those rosie cheeks and spoke, “They’re going to need some protein to keep from vomiting. I’ve used enough sugar to kill ‘em.” With our bellies full of chicken and dumplings and coma inducing sweets, she promptly put us all to bed at 6pm — including me. Photo Cred: Nan Smith #growinguptrusty #sweetslowlife #grannyofallgrannies
Snow tubing with the Christakos family! It was fast. It was fun. It was exhausting. Sweet Dennis took the brunt of it — pulling three kids behind him most of the time. The temp was in the teens but our Florida friends didn’t waver— not only did they survive but they had a blast! #growinguptrusty #sweethomeindiana #snowtubing #kateandjewel
We were just cleaning up from breakfast yesterday when it started to snow! It was Jewel’s first experience with the fluffy white stuff so we all happily ran out on the front porch to watch her reaction. First order of business — snow angels! Followed by driveway skating (thank you ice), snowballs and tag. They eagerly chased a barn cat...with little success for a snuggle and spent the rest of the time running wild and free. 15 degrees never looked so warm. #growinguptrusty #chinasisters #kateandjewel #snowangels
This little lady has no idea what’s about to happen. Yes, I’m about to kick her can in a no-holds-barred game of Disney Memory Match...but more importantly, her best friend Jewel is headed to the airport where she and her family will board a plane bound for Indy. We are so excited to host the Christakos family and would like to thank Mother Nature for providing some solid Indiana weather for our tan, Florida friends. Stayed tuned for the adventures of Hui Jia and Hui Dan. #chinasisters #kateandjewel #growinguptrusty
Step number 438 — just a smidge over the halfway mark! Dennis and the kids are tackling the Disney Lego Castle this week...all 4,080 pieces. Not joking. I’m across the hall working my way through a Jen Hatmaker book but love listening to their conversations. Which breed of dog is the smartest? Nola thinks the Australian Cobberdog and Jack...the “chow-weenie.” Is that even a real breed? #growinguptrusty #sweetslowmorning #disneylegocastle
She can crack an egg like a champ. Measure with expert like precision. Lick a beater like a boss....all while wearing a pair of hand-me-down footies. Kate’s independence is one of her greatest strengths. I’m sure it will serve her well one day...or land her in the principal’s office. Either way...I’m here for her.
#growinguptrusty #lazydays #bedhead #missindependent
One of these girls is 8. The other 80. They are BFFs and have matching necklaces to prove it. Slumber parties happen on a regular basis and they have a reputation for giggling after lights out. They love Jesus and ice cream and knick-knack shopping. Their favorite pastime...hanging out together. Who would have guessed that 30 short years ago, that was me curled up on Granny’s lap. But not just any granny — “The Granny of all Grannies!” She’s that amazing.
#growinguptrusty #grannyofallgrannies #grannyandrosie #christmasgift
Christmas morning bedhead is the bestest bedhead of all!
It’s been a quiet day at home - the perfect way to start this holiday vacation. Dennis and I have prepped quiche, made lasagna, whipped up salad dressing, and baked cookies for an exchange. The littles come and go from the kitchen as they please - still dressed in pjs. Nola has busied herself with a set of colored pencils and has been camped out in her room for quite some time, giving me the perfect opportunity to snag a few photos of her new fancy-shmancy chandelier. A Christmas gift from Fun Mary and Fun Jeff, it’s one of her favorite things in this world. #growinguptrusty #nolarose #8isgreat #christmasvacation