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Jenni and Adam’s Wedding

Posted on March 18, 2020 by under Events, Family.    

I’ve been a little bit scatterbrained lately because I am utterly consumed by my pickleball obsession. Anyway, we forgot to put Jenni’s wedding on the calendar and I thought it was on a Saturday — like most normal weddings. I found out two days before that it was on a Friday, which happened to be my favorite pickleball night because I get to play for four hours non stop at Nahola. I usually try to get there shortly after 5 PM for the competitive open play from 5 to 7 PM and then I stay for the private group that my friend Debbie sets up from 7 to 9 PM.

Needless to say, I was not too happy about missing Friday night pickleball. However, it’s not everyday that your sister gets married so Brian and I opted to attend the wedding. I’m really glad we did because it was a beautiful wedding and I would have regretted missing it. Here are some pics…

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Oh, I did get my pickleball fix in on Thursday night thanks to my friend Mark. I whined on Facebook as soon as I found out I wouldn’t be able to play on Friday night because of the wedding and Mark booked a court on Thursday night. We got to play for a couple of hours at Chicken N Pickle.

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I love when things fall into place and I get to do everything without having to give anything up. Like the nights I can teach Zumba or Aqua Zumba and also play pickleball. This time, not only did I get to teach my Aqua Zumba class and then play pickleball after but I didn’t have to skip Jenni’s wedding the next day.

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One of the best things about weddings is seeing friends you haven’t seen in forever. After that, we met up with Jay, Becca, Mama Dill, Tina and Justin at the Port. Jay, Becca, and Mama Dill were at the wedding with us but weren’t quite ready for the party to be over I guess. So we went to karaoke night. Everyone had fun except for Brian. He hates karaoke. LOL. Until next time. GNG.

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Rotary Social at Dave & Buster’s

Posted on March 7, 2020 by under Events.    

Finally got around to checking out the Dave & Buster’s thanks to my Rotary club. The Andover Rotary Club decided to hold our final Thursday club social there last month. I have been wanting to check it out but, because of my crazy, jam-packed schedule, we have never had the time to do it. I’m not sure we would ever have another opportunity so, even though I teach Aqua Zumba on Thursday evenings, I told them I would just join them after class.

Brian was a trooper. He went about an hour ahead of me and ordered my food so it would be ready by the time I got there. I felt really bad because, when I finally arrived, everyone had moved on to playing games and Brian was sitting alone at the table. I quickly scarfed up my food — I was starving as I usually always am, specially after teaching a class — so we could also move on to playing games.

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Norm got this pic of us while we were playing. In classing Brian fashion, his RBF makes him look grumpy even when he’s having fun. Trust me. He was having fun. He loves arcade games.

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I, on the other hand, absolutely suck at them. However, I have fun doing everything — even the things I suck at. Also, I usually always look like I’m having fun even when I’m really not. Heck, I made my thyroidectomy look like a party. LOL. That’s just the way I am.

Anyway, that night reminded me of the time we spent the weekend in Kansas City thirteen years ago. It wasn’t our first time there because I found some older Dave & Buster’s pics on Flickr but it was one of the times I blogged about it. During the 2007-2011 span, we went a few times before we finally grew tired of it. It was kind of a fun thing to do within driving distance.

I think part of the reason it started to lose its appeal for us is that the Wichita landscape began to change about ten years ago. We started to get more fun things to do in Wichita so you really didn’t have to drive to Kansas City as much anymore. Also, there were other fun things to do like Top Golf. And we were started taking bigger trips so we didn’t do as many weekend road trips anymore.

Speaking of the Wichita landscape changing, besides finally getting a Dave & Buster’s here, we also have a Chicken N Pickle, which I think is even cooler. I spend a lot of time there because I’m completely addicted to pickleball. The next big thing Wichita is about to get is Top Golf. That is another fun place/activity that Brian and I have driven out of town to do. We even did an up and back for our wedding anniversary one year. I’m so excited that the one in Wichita will be less than ten minutes away from our house! Of course, the tricky part will be finding time to check it out when it finally does open.

Speaking of finding time — yes, I am blogging this at 4 AM. I just don’t have as much time to devote to blogging anymore but I know how important it is to keep grandma updated. Until next time. GNG.

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Another Weekend, Another Pickleball Tournament

Posted on March 4, 2020 by under Events, Hobbies.    

Kimberly and I had the opportunity to play in one of the the “Light Up Edgemoor” Tournaments in February. They’re happening almost every weekend these days. We didn’t do so hot but we had the most awesome “Jail Sucks” shirts that her friend who owns Big Fish Bail Bonds provided for us to wear.

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Here’s a picture of all the amazing women who played in the tournament (minus one team, not sure where they were at the time of our group pic).

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Do you like all the matching outfits? I love it!

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Here’s me and my friend Kimberly showing off the front and back of our awesome “Jail Sucks” shirts from Big Fish Bail Bonds.

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With my friends Patti and Karen.

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With Krystal, Huyen, and Tommy.

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Krystal and Huyen played amazing and won the tournament.

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Winning is definitely more fun but I was grateful to be able to play with this group and grateful to my partner for inviting me to play with her. And, I was happy to support a worthy cause. I can’t wait until we can get some lights over the Edgemoor Park pickleball courts. Anyway, we will get them next time!

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Aaron’s Farewell Party

Posted on February 23, 2020 by under Events, Hobbies.    

We had a farewell party for Aaron Trost a couple of weeks ago. It was a little premature. LOL. At the time we thought he only had a couple of weeks left in Wichita. In reality, he actually had another month.

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Aaron is the super amazing, super fun pickleball pro at Chicken N Pickle. Everyone loves Aaron. Anyway, we found out that his time in Wichita is limited because he’ll be moving to San Antonio to run the pickleball program at the CNP there. So we all decided to throw him a going away party.

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We wanted to surprise him, though it didn’t turn out to be much of a surprise. It’s kind of hard to keep a pickleball event a secret from the guy who runs pickleball.

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Aaron usually wears his ref uniform whenever there’s a tournament or round robin at CNP so for the farewell part, Debbie wore her ref costume in Aaron’s honor.

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Debbie and I took the opportunity to get a few pics with him.

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The event had a great turnout. Also that same weekend, everyone’s favorite pickleball ref Ron Ponder happened to be in town as well so I got a few pics with him too. It’s always fun when we have visitors.

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Next is a pic of me and Vee who’s another open play fixture.

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Finally, below is a pic of me and my friend Kimberly in our matching CNP holiday sweatshirts that we got from playing the holiday round robin tournament.

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I’m so glad we were able to have this event. I hoping we can have another get together just like it before Aaron leaves. He’s made such a huge difference in our pickleball community and will be sorely missed. May just have to visit him in San Antonio one of these days. Best of luck in the future, Aaron! We will miss you!

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Pickleball Connection Anniversary

Posted on February 15, 2020 by under Community, Events, Hobbies.    

The Wichita Pickleball Connection Facebook group celebrated its first anniversary last month at the West YMCA, the place where the idea for creating a Facebook group was hatched. Our official one year anniversary was on January 19 but we celebrated a week later on the 26th with some cake and free pickleball for members and non-members. It was also a celebration of the new gym floor at the West Y.

The gym floor got damaged because of an issue with the swimming pool over Thanksgiving break. The gym was flooded and it took weeks for the floor to be repaired. West Y regulars were displaced and dispersed throughout the city looking for places to play. Everyone was so happy when the repairs were complete and they finally reopened the gym for pickleball. West Y is like the epicenter of YMCA pickleball because they have the most pickleball play times available of any of the Ys in our area. It’s so great to have it back!

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With the new floors came an expanded pickleball schedule. West YMCA now has pickleball every single day of the week. Isn’t that awesome?

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As the birthplace of the Wichita Pickleball Connection, West YMCA was the perfect location for our first anniversary celebration. However, we underestimated how many people would come to celebrate with us and, with only four courts, the waits were a little long that day. It’s a good problem to have though and, hopefully, we’ve successfully demonstrated the need for more pickleball courts and more play times throughout at YMCA branches the city.

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Ashley Sorensen at West Y was super nice and set up a birthday table for our cake. Brian was little bit confused at first and he didn’t think it was for us. He thought it was for a child’s birthday. LOL.

Anyway, besides the long line to play, the event turned out well overall. Lots of pickleball players came out to celebrate with us. Here are a few of my favorite pics from that day…

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Up close pic of the cake.

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Brian serving it up.

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Beth and Bruce.

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Being silly with Pam and Debbie.

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Aaron even stopped by bearing goodies from Chicken N Pickle.

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It was awesome to see the new floors put to good use. All four courts were going with several waiting to play.

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With Matt and Connie.

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With Debbie.

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Got some solo birthday/anniversary pics with the birthday balloon. Huge thanks to West YMCA and Ashley Sorensen for letting us have our party at the Y.

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