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Belated Happy Birthday

Posted on June 25, 2019 by under Events, Family, Food and Drink.    

In case y’all didn’t know, my handsome husband turned another year older this month. He is now officially middle-aged. LOL. He will probably argue this fact but I looked it up. According to the dictionary, middle age is “the period between early adulthood and old age, usually considered as the years from about 45 to 65.”

Yes, babe, you are, in fact, officially considered a middle-aged man.

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Despite being old, he’s still very handsome and aging quite gracefully.

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Unfortunately, I had to take a CPR/AED renewal class on Brian’s actual birthday. It was my only affordable option and my CPR/AED certificate was set to expire on June 15. To make it up to him, I took him out the Hill Bar & Grill (one of our favorite places to eat) on the eve of his birthday.

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We cannot go there without having chicharonnes.

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This is the crab and chorizo queso which was pretty good and quite filling. It was the first time we’d ever ordered it.

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We were not too full for the mini doughnuts though. They are not to be missed.

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I took a picture of the daily specials so we can better plan our return trip.

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Here’s a picture of me with my dummy at CPR/AED renewal training the next evening. I felt bad that we couldn’t celebrate on Brian’s actual birthday but we did that pre-birthday dinner and we still had the Symphony in the Flint Hills (more on that later) and his mom and dad’s visit at the end of the month to look forward to. There was plenty of celebrating to be had.

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We began his birthday weekend celebration on Friday, June 14. Brian took the day off work to volunteer with me at Symphony in the Flint Hills. For those who don’t know, volunteering is a great way to enjoy the event for free.

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Here are a few pictures from that day.

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I was so excited because the site they picked this year was absolutely amazing. The organizers improved the set up and the layout of the tents was the best I’d ever seen. The site is also the closest its ever been. It was only about an hour away from our house. When we left the site on Friday afternoon, we were both super excited to return and enjoy the festivities the next day.

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As (bad) luck would have it, the storm rolled through and destroyed nearly everything. All of the hard work the volunteers did over the past few days was obliterated. For the first time in its 20-year history, the Symphony in the Flint Hills canceled the event.

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Here are some pics of the devastation.

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I was bummed because I had been looking forward to it all year. It was how we were celebrating Brian’s birthday weekend. Selfishly, Brian was felt like he spent that whole day volunteering for nothing (since the event was canceled). I told him, as disappointing as it is, I was glad that we had an opportunity to volunteer and see the beautiful event site on Friday. Had we not volunteered, we would have missed it altogether. I was grateful that we got to see that beautiful land.

At first it was going to be postponed to Sunday. It would have been really tricky with me teaching Zumba at 3 PM and then both of us having to go to work the next day but Brian and I were really going to still do everything in our power to still go. Eventually, the event organizers decided to cancel. It was a huge bummer but it was all for the best because it was going to be a real challenge to attend on Sunday.

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Since our Symphony in the Flint Hills plans fell through, we ended up going to Stearman Field for their annual fly in. We also wanted to go to it but we couldn’t because of the Symphony event, which happened to be on the same day. There’s always so many fun events going on around town that it’s so hard to choose which ones to attend. You just kind of have to prioritize. Don’t ever believe anyone when they say there’s nothing to do in Wichita. They are lying.

Or, as they say, there are no boring places, only boring people.

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Here are a few of the pictures that we took at the air field.

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These vehicles were on display on someone’s yard. We couldn’t tell whether or not they were part of the show. Brian felt weird taking these pics.

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It turned out to be a beautiful day for a fly in.

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But it was also too hot. We wanted to cool off inside the restaurant but it was a two-hour wait. Instead we decided to drive over the WBC for early supper.

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As luck would have it, it was the official first day of the Wicked Brew Tour so we got our first stamps there.

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Fittingly, Brian happened to be wearing his Wicked Brew shirt from last year, which is one of his favorite shirts to wear.

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The Wicked Brew Tour is something we look forward to every summer.

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There are even more local breweries and coffee shops participating this year!

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We went to Churn & Burn East after dinner. The East location has been open a while but it was our first visit there. We always end up visiting the original location on Oliver out of habit.

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The East location is super cute and close to our house.

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Here’s a picture of our Swiss Cafe Mocha Churn & Burns (our favorite drink there). I got the big one!

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We continued celebrating this past weekend when Brian’s parents came to town. Brian and his grandma always try to celebrate their birthdays together because his birthday is on the 13th and hers is on the 19th.

In Brian’s 45 years, they’ve only missed celebrating three birthdays together and those were the years Brian lived in Memphis.

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Grandma turned 97 this year. As if that wasn’t enough to celebrate, we also celebrated Brian’s parents’ 46th wedding anniversary (June 2, technically) and belated Father’s Day. We’ve been so busy this year that we didn’t do cards or presents. In lieu of gifts, Brian and I just decided to buy everyone dinner.

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I will post pictures of our food and you guys try to guess where we went.

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CLUE: It’s pretty much our go to place for celebrations and dinner in general.

That’s pretty much how we celebrated Brian’s birthday this year. No huge party or big trip (since we did Costa Rica in April and we still have Orlando in July and Cancun in November) this year. We did talk about going to Colorado but we just couldn’t get it together in time.

Perhaps next year we will make it out there but, either way, we will be back in time for our traditional family celebration because grandma and Brian have to celebrate together. It’s kind of their thing. Until next time. GNG.

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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 Disturbed Friends and Just 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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