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Thanksgiving Day 2018

Posted on November 25, 2018 by under Events, Family.    

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I had a Zumba-filled Thanksgiving this year. I volunteered to teach a couple of classes. One at the Andover YMCA at 9:30 AM and then another at VASA Fitness at 11:00 AM. It was the best way to start Thanksgiving Day!

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Brian even got in on the Zumba fun and danced with us! Click on the picture below to check out his awesome dance moves.

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It’s always so hard to get people to stay for a group photo. At least we got this one at the end, though. Such troopers!

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The next class was at VASA Fitness where I taught with a team of amazing Zumba instructors: (from left) Victoria, Lauren, Liz, and Jessie.

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Lauren had Zumba bags for everyone.

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Speaking of presents, one of our Aqua Zumba regulars (Cindy) made us shirts.

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The pic above is before I customized the shirt. Below is the design I did for the back.

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This is Cindy, the awesome lady who made us the shirts. I wanted to show her how much I appreciated her present so I wore it to Aqua Zumba yesterday.

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The rest of Thanksgiving Day was pretty simple and quiet. We didn’t make too much food this year. We opted out of turkey and just had ham. We didn’t want to have too much food because it was just Brian, grandma, and me this year. After our Thanksgiving meal, we played Uno which is something we always do when grandma is here. She actually won this time. LOL.

We also had brownie a la mode for dessert. Grandma only wanted ice cream though, and took her brownies to go instead. After everything, we had our usual video call with Brian’s parents in Oklahoma. I did some snaps but forgot to take actual pictures. I need to make sure I take some next year.

After Brian took grandma home, we decided to finish the rest of our Christmas decorating. It was a super nice day and so we both agreed it was the perfect time to install our outdoor lights. We simplified this year and opted not to wrap the tree in the middle of the yard and our river birch. Not only did that take forever to install last year but it always took forever to take down. Brian decided that wasn’t going to happen again this year. After some negotiation, we compromised and decided to only light up Fern (our evergreen), the driveway, and our plants/bushes.

Installing all the lights (we have six sets of solar-powered LEDs) actually took less time than looking for the lights. Brian couldn’t remember where he stored them. We looked all over — in our storage area in the basement, the garage, the coat closet, the linen closets, everywhere! We could not find them. It wasn’t until after our third time searching the garage that Brian finally found them.

It would have helped if we knew what we were looking for… Brian and I both thought they were still in boxes. Brian had actually moved them to a reusable bag. We overlooked the bag several times thinking they were just our reusable grocery sacks. Once the lights were found, it took less than an hour to achieve our new and improved (and significantly simplified) lighting design — which was a good thing because Brian rented four movies for us to watch that night.

Many years ago we used to do the whole Black Friday thing but things have gotten quite ridiculous and so we’ve opted out of the madness the last few years. Stores are starting their Black Friday and opening their doors at 2 PM, which is when most people are doing their Thanksgiving celebration. That’s crazy. Brian and I decided we would just stay home and watch movies instead.

Our Thanksgiving movie marathon consisted of…

…in that order. Gotta love Redbox. I told Brian this reminded me of the days we would go to the drive-in and watch three movies back to back. Except this time we were watching four movies from the comfort of our own living room. Inevitably, I would doze off at some point. Not this time, though. Believe it or not, I stayed awake for all four movies. I amazed even myself.

Brian originally doubted that we would be able to get through all four movies in one go. I think I stayed awake partially to prove him wrong. LOL. That, and the movies he picked were actually better than I expected.

It was a wonderful Thanksgiving Day overall. Brian and I got to do all the things we enjoy most — Zumba, food, cards with grandma, family, movies — and even finished the rest of our holiday decorating.

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Grandma’s First Time at the Good Egg

Posted on September 18, 2018 by under Family, Food and Drink.    

Pictures from Grandma’s first time at the Good Egg.

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We think she really liked it.

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Grandma’s First Time at Nortons

Posted on August 4, 2018 by under Family, Food and Drink, Things to Do.    

Before we left for #ZINCON, Brian and I took grandma out to Nortons for funnel cake. She had been wanting to go since reading about it on the blog.

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Here are some pictures from our visit.

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If you’re wondering why they look so serious, it’s because bacon crack is seriously good. And seriously addictive. Much like crack, I guess. LOL.

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Here are some pictures of other addictive things you can get there.

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That’s Brian’s grilled cheese pictured above and my BLT below. The BLT is my absolute favorite thing to get at Nortons. They deep fat fry everything, including the bacon! It’s sooo bad and yet sooo good!

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Here’s a better picture of the grilled cheese sandwich.

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I’ve actually had this before but with a beef patty in it. I asked for it that way because I didn’t want a whole Norton burger, which is a burger made with two grilled cheese sandwiches as the buns. It’s on the menu but I’m not sure anyone actually eats it. It just sounds so HUGE!

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This is grandma’s funnel cake.

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Incidentally, this visit completed our second Wicked Brew Tour for this summer. We had so much fun with it last year that we decided to do it again this year.

Above is a picture of Brian holding up last year’s Wicked Brew Tour shirt while wearing the one from this year. We didn’t intend to do the tour twice at first but, when we completed our first 2018 tour, Brian got us the wrong size shirts thinking that we are smaller than we actually are. He got us a Small and a Medium. I could wear the Medium shirt that he get for himself but then that would mean he wouldn’t get a shirt so we decided to just do the tour over and get two new shirts.

It worked out great though because then we ended up getting a shirt for grandma also. Since I already had a Medium shirt I could use, Brian got a Large and Extra Large the second time around. The Large for him and the Extra Large for grandma. Now all three of us have matching Wicked Brew Tour shirts!

I actually need to try the Small one on because I think it will fit. I just prefer my shirts a little bit baggy so I wanted a Medium. If the Small one fits, I might keep that one as my actual shirt and then cut up the Medium one and turn it into a workout shirt. The braided designs I make with my cut shirts tend to shrink them so it would work better with a Medium.

Once I get it done, I’ll post it here for you guys to see! Until next time!

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‘Tis the Season for Celebration

Posted on June 19, 2018 by under Events, Family, Zumba.    

The Wichita Zumba community has had two “Zumba in the Square” events so far this year and I’ve yet to teach at one. It’s been really hard because it’s been a super busy season for events. Last month’s “Zumba in the Square” event fell on the same day as Logan’s graduation party. We weren’t sure what time we would make it to Old Town so I popped in, danced a bit, and took some photos but couldn’t really help with the event. Here’s one of the group photos:

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At least we were able to stop by for the “Zumba in the Square” event last month. They had another one on Saturday, which we missed altogether because we were getting ready for Brian’s birthday party at the house. We hosted it on Saturday, the 16th, because Brian’s birthday fell in the middle of the week and we couldn’t celebrate with friends the weekend before because we were Rosalia Ranch for Symphony in the Flint Hills (more on that next time).

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As far as Brian’s birthday get together on Saturday, I didn’t take a lot of pics. Brian doesn’t really like having HUGE parties so we just had a few people over for pork and chicken street tacos. Others also brought food to share.

A few people went to do “Zumba in the Square” first and then came over. We kept it pretty casual because we knew we would be playing games and also we wanted people to come straight over from “Zumba in the Square” and not have to change clothes. However, there were two couples who went above and beyond.

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Amy and Hideki showed up in coordinating outfits in Wichita State colors.

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Todd and Missy did the all white thing. Both couples looked fabulous.

We had a lot of fun playing เดิมพันออนไลน์Disturbed Friends and เดิมพันออนไลน์Just Dance and just hanging out and visiting in general. It was a great birthday celebration overall but we’re not quite done yet. We are celebrating again this coming weekend.

Brian’s parents are coming up from Oklahoma so we can do our traditional joint celebration. We usually celebrate Brian’s birthday, grandma’s birthday (which is today, by the way — Happy birthday, Grandma!), and Father’s Day all in one go. That celebrating is happening this Saturday. We’re going to have a BBQ/cookout and this event will be family only.

I think that might be it, though, I wouldn’t be surprised if we come up with another celebration in honor of Brian’s birthday. The two of us have been celebrating all month long. We had a couple of dinners for just the two of us (Carrabba’s and Bonefish, two of our favorite restaurants). Then we spent a weekend volunteering at Symphony in the Flint Hills on Friday and then attending the event the next day. Then Brian got his latest Stitch Fix box (new birthday clothes). Then Brian got a new watch band and protector. Then he got a deluxe massage from Mindy (his favorite massage therapist) at Sveta’s. Then he got a Smove (basically a new toy to play with) but this was more my idea. LOL.

It’s not a milestone birthday but I sure hope it’s been a really good one!

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Graduation Season 2018

Posted on May 29, 2018 by under Events, Family, Food and Drink.    

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We had five new high school graduates in our circle of family and friends this season. While we only made one actual graduation ceremony, we did make it to a few parties. Here are some pics.

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Lindsay said she couldn’t guarantee being able to save us seats unless we got there at six o’clock, a whole hour before Madison’s graduation. I’m not sure how we did it, but we managed to get there right as they were letting people in so we got to sit with their family and Lindsay didn’t even have to save our seats!

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Here are a few pics I took of the display at Madison’s graduation party.

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It’s hard to believe that this child is now a practically grownup.

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Next up was Logan’s graduation. We had grandma over for lunch that day so we skipped the graduation part and just went straight to the party at mom and dad’s house later that afternoon.

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No fancy display but we did have a couple of fancy cakes. Mom ordered a fancy graduation cake made of chocolate.

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Here’s a picture of Logan’s fancy chocolate cake up close.

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I ordered the purple ube cake for the party because I wanted some and I couldn’t eat a whole cake by myself. Logan’s graduation seemed like a good excuse to order the cake that I wanted to eat. LOL.

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Except I was too full from eating all of the other food that I only had one slice of cake. I was telling Brian that was the most expensive slice of cake I’d ever eaten. I paid $40 for a cake only to eat just one slice of it. FAIL!

How did I get so full? Well, because this happened…

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BBQ Pork

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Mashed Potato

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Rotisserie Chicken

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Roast

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Embutido

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Adobo

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Pancit

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Lumpia

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Biko

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I can’t remember what this thing is called but it’s also another Filipino dessert.

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Here’s a picture of mom with our little graduate, who’s not so little anymore.

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Anyway, Marc and Jessica’s son Eli graduated in the same class but we couldn’t go to his graduation party because we were at Logan’s. We had to support our nephew, of course! Anyway, we had a card with the some money for him and we just ended up dropping it off the next day, on our way to Brynden’s graduation party.

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We didn’t make the graduation ceremony because it was the same time as my Sunday Zumba class but at least we made the party!

Speaking of graduations we couldn’t make, my inaanak Steffano graduated this year also. We obviously couldn’t make that one because they live in Alaska. This year has probably been the year we’ve had the most graduations of kids who are really close to us. Not just some distant relative or children of acquaintances. These are children of close friends and people who are like family to us and, our own nephew of course. It has been quite a year for graduations! That’s all for now. GNG.

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