Indianapolis Family Reunion (Part 2)

My parents moved to FountainWood Lodge, an assisted living residence and one week later I hopped on a plane to visit my husband’s family now living in Indianapolis. I purchased five tickets a couple of months ago for my husband David,

David's funny expression!

David’s funny expression!

son Joshua,

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Too early. Need coffee!

grandson Lincoln,

Lincoln is ready to board the plane

Lincoln is ready to board the plane

and granddaughter Alyssa.

Alyssa await boarding the plane in Sacramento

Alyssa await boarding the plane in Sacramento

Early flight. First stop Las Vegas

Early flight. First stop Las Vegas

I’m the one taking the photographs.

Our destination

Our destination

My niece Sarah was coming from New York, her brother Gabriel arrived from Boulder, and brother-in-law Joe came from Florida.

Joe and Josh chill

Joe and Josh chill

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Joe with kids Gabriel and Sarah, and the fabulous hamburger

The rest of the family lives in Indianapolis.

Grandpa and Grandson enjoy time together

Grandpa Matthew and Grandson Ari enjoy time together

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Grandma Raena and Eitan together

Nelson stops by

Nelson stops by

Mercedes watches her son Ari

Mercedes watches her son Ari

Alyssa and Gabriella hit it off!

Alyssa and Gabriella hit it off!

Family keeps moving around. Can’t seem to keep track of where everyone lives. Thought Joe was living in Chicago, and it turns out he is in Florida. Our mini reunion in Las Vegas happened 4 years ago. Since then the family has grown by three. There is one more in the oven due in November.

Coming from the California drought, I love how green Indianapolis looks.

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Family together, good food, new introductions, memories, old photos to see again, old photos to see for the first time, and relaxing together. I enjoyed capturing the moments.

Joe prepares his special hamburgers

Joe prepares his special hamburgers

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Plenty of good food!

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More food off the grill

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Alyssa bakes cookies with her Aunt Raena

Alyssa bakes cookies with her Aunt Raena

Setting up for another great meal

Setting up for another great meal

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David relaxing

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Photograph approved by Raena

We visit the  family business, Accurate Manufactured Products Group.

Accurate Manufactured Products Group

Caught my reflection!

Matthew gave us a tour of his factory.

Raw materials used in production

Raw materials used in production

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Factory floor

Factory floor

Tour ended when we saw the custom styled mega RV.

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On Labor Day we visited Zionsville. Town settled in 1852 when the railroad extended this far west. It was named after a pioneer settler, William Zion. Located outside of Indianapolis. The main street now looks and feels like a village style downtown. Boutiques, art galleries, and locally owned restaurants line the brick street to encourage shopping and tourism. On this Labor Day not too much was open. But on Main Street we did enjoy ice cream at The Scoop.

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Zionsville Clock

Zionsville Clock

This historic church is now for sale.

This once historic church is now for sale.

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Couldn't resist those eyes.

Couldn’t resist those eyes. Missed my Libby.

I placed my digital files on my iPad, and sent along the files right away. Everybody connected to their devices.

Matthew watches Lincoln using a computer to visualize music.

Matthew watches
Lincoln using a computer to visualize music.

Gabriel keeping in touch

Gabriel keeping in touch

Time with devices

Time with devices

Good thing. Because when I got home I started part 2 of the down sizing process. More to come about “Stuff” in another post.

Time for goodbyes.

Short reunion is over.

Short reunion is over.

Until we meet again!

Family Reunions of the Crises Kind (Part 1)

Sometimes they occur during a time of crises. Sometimes family reunions happen under good circumstances and are planned in advance.  In the past two weeks I have experienced both kinds. It comes as no surprise that I found the second reunion more enjoyable. More about that in another post.

As I mentioned in the previous post my parents lost the ability to care for themselves. Physically my father  at 96 is frail. He depends on his walker completely, spends much of the day in bed sleeping, and has some problems communicating. This is due to hearing loss and some processing issues. My mother is now legally blind due to macular degeneration. The routine of spending every day in bed proves the saying, “If you don’t use it, you loose it.” I listened to their outer voices, paid attention to their needs, explored possibilities, and finally found a new place for them to call home.

Once the decision was made I called my brothers to help with this move.  Moving into an assisted living takes a lot of preparation. It is not just the regular things when moving. Now there is down sizing, TB tests, doctor visits, and paperwork. I soon realized that I would need to start the ball rolling. At times my parents accepted this outcome. Then they forget and choose to baulk at making a move.

My brothers arrived in Sacramento for a 5 days of packing, and moving fun. The three of us are so different in our approach to life and this really became evident the more intense emotions got. Crises family reunions show that we are family, but ideas and emotions can bring out past hurts. But then again, friends are chosen, and family is family!