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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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I Feel Pretty

Posted on May 24, 2018 by under Things to Do, Zumba.    

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Some pretty girls and I went on a movie outing last month to see Amy Schumer‘s “I Feel Pretty” movie. I never really go on girls’ only outings but the Zumba peeps seemed so excited about this one I couldn’t help but go along with it.

The movie (check the preview above) actually has a really good message. And, it was funny and entertaining so I’m very glad that I went.

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Wendy, Laurie, Chelsea, Missy, and Danielle all brought their daughters so we had to take a mother-daughter pic. It was really cute.

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Speaking of cute, Sarah and Rose wore matching outfits. We kind of talked about wearing Zumba gear, but the rest of their attire ended up perfectly matching completely unintentionally. I just love, love, love my Zumba family!

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A Few More Fundraising Events

Posted on May 23, 2018 by under Events.    

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We had the opportunity to attend a few super fun events over the last few weeks. Last month Brian and I attended KANSEL’s Team Trivia event. We got to attend it for the first time a few years ago and it’s been one of our favorite events since. They always have some really cool silent auction baskets.

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We only got one thing from the silent auction this year, which was a good thing because Brian spent quite a bit trying to win the gun raffle. Just kidding. He only bought six tickets. That was enough, though. They ended up drawing his raffle ticket so he actually won the thing!

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Besides the AR, he was also very excited about his new Boulevard glass. He got it in the beer pull. Instead of getting a random glass, you got to pick your own this year. The beers are still random so that part is still a surprise.

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The artwork above the door is the one thing I got from the silent auction this year. It’s a piece by a local artist known as Johnny Freedom. He has quite well-known and has his works on display everywhere.

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The following weekend, we once again got to hang out with Tammie and Leo at the East Wichita Rotary Club’s Kentucky Derby party. It’s the club’s second annual Kentucky Derby fundraiser to benefit local nonprofits. This year the beneficiaries were KETCH, Down Syndrome Society of Wichita, and CASA of Sedgwick County.

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Here’s a picture of all the ladies and our beautiful hats!

The very next day was WASAC‘s annual SALSA (Supporters and Leaders Against Sexual Assault) event. I knew what to expect this time, having attended the event before. A couple of years ago, when Brian and I attended the event for the first time, I actually thought there was salsa dancing involved. LOL.

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Here are a few pictures from the event.

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Brian didn’t go with me because I only got one ticket from work. I offered to buy him a ticket but he opted to stay home and play video games instead. Go figure. At least he goes with me to some events.

That’s all for tonight. GNG!

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Discovered Salsa Lessons in KC

Posted on May 19, 2018 by under Hobbies, Things to Do.    

One of my coworkers in Kansas City took me to a dance studio in Shawnee, Kansas last month for salsa lessons. We had been working together sometime before I realized that she loved salsa dancing as much as I do. We’d been talking about going salsa dancing for some time but never could work it into our busy work schedules. There’s not really anywhere to go salsa dancing during the week except for lessons. She told me about Viva Social Dance Studio where she used to attend salsa lessons regularly. They have an hour of social dancing immediately after the salsa lesson. I guess that’s the best we could do during the week.

The salsa lessons are on Wednesdays. We finally found a week that we could go so we put it in the calendar and I brought my special dancing shoes. My shoes are nothing compared to her shoes, though.

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Here’s a picture of Denise’s fancy dance shoes. I found out that night just how “into” salsa dancing she is. Denise is semi-pro!

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This next picture is kind of dark but it shows pretty much the whole studio. It’s not very big but they manage to hold five classes in it simultaneously during the hour. Each group has an assigned instructor. They pretty much just loop the music and we follow the instructor for our group. I followed Denise to the intermediate group. Since I know some basic salsa and teach Zumba classes, I was able to keep up pretty well. I guess this shouldn’t have been a surprise but I didn’t know what to expect.

At the end of the lesson there’s a showcase. Each group demonstrates the moves and combinations they learned that night to the other groups. It’s really pretty cool. I really like how they set up the classes.

Here’s a short video clip that Denise captured of me during the social dance at the end. My dance partner is one of the guys who took the lesson with us and we were practicing some of the moves we just learned.

I really enjoyed the salsa lesson that night. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to share the experience with Brian some time.

I guess that’s all for now because it’s time for bed. Until next time. GNG.

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CASA-INO 2018

Posted on May 12, 2018 by under Events.    

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Here are a few pictures from the CASA-INO event last month, benefitting CASA of Sedgwick County. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. The organization’s mission is to provide caring, trained volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the community.

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Brian and I have had the wonderful opportunity to attend various fundraising events around town but this was our first time attending this one. It’s pretty fun. They had food and drinks, casino games, silent and live auction, wine pull, and a photo booth. I’m really glad that my friend/coworker Sally, who is on the organization’s Board of Directors, invited us because Brian and I had a great time.

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We never miss a party if we can help it. Cheers and GNG!

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