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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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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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Pictures from Brian’s OK Trip Last Month

Posted on February 5, 2018 by under Family.    

Here are a few pictures from Brian’s last trip to Oklahoma when he helped lay flooring at his mom and dad’s house.

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It worked out that he had to go over there to help with the flooring project because we had some presents for them that we didn’t want to put in the mail. We didn’t mind mailing their gift cards but we felt it would be best to deliver these in person.

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We got them a couple of bottles of my favorite wine which they got to try when they visited over Thanksgiving. They seemed to really like it so we thought we would get some for them. We also go them some personalized stone coasters.

Brian and I had talked about driving down and back to deliver their remaining Christmas presents but then when Brian realized that he would be down there to work on flooring, he figured that he could kill two birds with one stone. It worked out because our weekends have been pretty busy so we might not have been able to drive down for another couple of months. Heck, we’ve been needing massages for a while now (Brian specially after all of that work he did laying the flooring) but we can’t seem to squeeze it into the schedule.

What a year it has been already!

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Favorite Pics from Christmas

Posted on January 11, 2018 by under Events, Family, Food and Drink, Zumba.    

Christmas Eve was AMAZING! I completed two Zumba classes (Missy’s and mine) with a Sneaky Santa sandwiched in between. Some friends danced with me twice that day and we even took an after pic.

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That night we went to my parents’ house for our annual Christmas Eve celebration (Noche Buena) where we feasted on lots of yummy Filipino food.

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Brian and Quentin were both wearing their Shocker tees that night.

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The next day we had grandma over for Christmas.

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We had breakfast and then opened presents over video chat with Brian’s parents in Oklahoma. That took a lot out of grandma, apparently. Here she is taking an nap while Saki served as lookout.

You can see other pics that we took on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in our Flickr album. Enjoy!

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Thanksgiving 2017

Posted on December 29, 2017 by under Family, Food and Drink.    

Brian’s parents came up from Oklahoma for Thanksgiving this year. It worked out great because the place where we normally get our Thanksgiving dinner form (Fresh Market) closed a couple of years ago. Since Brian’s mom enjoys cooking she offered to make Thanksgiving dinner. In exchange, we agreed to buy all the ingredients and have them ready for her.

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Brian put together the most hilarious grocery list.

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Brian usually gets ham from his work but Donna wanted a 20-lb turkey also. We have never bought so much food from the store. Ever.

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This is where he tells me to brace myself. LOL.

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Here are some pictures of our Thanksgiving feast.

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Here’a picture of grandma’s plate.

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It turned out to be just the five of us. Brian, his parents, grandma, and me. Brian’s parents invited another couple to join us but they canceled last minute. Brian and I also invited Eleanor, Peter, and Ella but Peter ended up falling ill and so they bailed as well. We appreciated him not spreading his germs to us, though.

Eleanor and Ella stopped by later that evening to enjoy some of the homemade chocolate ice cream that Brian’s mom made. We also sent them home with a bunch of leftovers. We still didn’t make a dent, though. We had leftovers for days. We tried to eat as much of it as we could but mostly ended up just throwing a bunch of food away, which is a complete departure from our usual MO.

I always feel so wasteful throwing food away. I think next year we’re going back to just having the right amount of food. You live and learn.

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