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YMCA Annual Celebration

Posted on February 16, 2018 by under Community, Events.    

A few pics from the YMCA Annual Celebration a couple of weeks ago at Century II.

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It was our first time being invited to the Triangle Society pre-celebration reception.

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The YMCA Late Night program is only a year old but it’s one of my favorites. So glad they came up with it because it gives teenagers a safe place to go and constructive activities to do on a Saturday night.

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Down below, they were getting set up for the main program and dinner.

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My new friend Betty Schwahn. We met her for the first time at a Triangle Society event a couple of months ago. Super nice lady!

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My name tag would not stay because of the texture of my dress so we decided to stick it to my arm instead.

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I eventually gave up on the name tag altogether and just stuck it to the table next to my drink. LOL.

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We also ran into Suzy at the celebration.

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They recognized some very deserving people. It was a wonderful celebration altogether. We our so grateful for our local YMCA for making sure that we have the best facilities and great programs that everyone can enjoy regardless of their finances. We feel truly blessed that we can make a small contribution toward making all of it possible.

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2018 Black Light Zumba Party

Posted on February 9, 2018 by under Community, Zumba.    

We had a great time at the Black Light Zumba Party at South Y a couple of weeks ago. Joel sure knows how to throw an awesome party. I think this is the third year that they’ve done it. I missed the very first one but did have the opportunity to attend the one last year. This year was even bigger and better than ever.

Last year I was a little bit disappointed that I didn’t glow so I decided to go all out with my outfit. Here’s a sneak peak.

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The funny thing about the tutu is that when the package arrived Brian was like, “Don’t you already have a tutu?” I have several but this one lights up!

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Sarah is one of our amazing Zumba instructors at the YMCA. She taught a few songs that night but was also helping with the event. She helped decorate and she also manned the glow in the dark body paint table. The glow in the dark body paint is something new they did this year and worked out really well.

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Here’s the scene at the body painting station.

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Brynden bought glow in the dark body paint also and she painted her face even before she arrived at the event.

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This is Brynden’s mom, Laurie. They’re an awesome mom/daughter duo.

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Here’s another dynamic duo, Andrea and Sharlie. We got light up glasses!

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Another improvement from last year is the specially designated t-shirt cutting area. I pretty much got stuck there helping people cut their shirts. Brian finally had to get me out of there so I would get a somewhat decent spot in the studio. He said people were already filing in and warned me that I would get stuck at the very back if I didn’t get up there, stat. Yikes!

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Here’s the scene upstairs. They doubled the black lights so everyone glowed. I should be pretty easy to spot in this photo. You can’t miss me and my light up tutu.

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Still can’t find me? Let me help you out.

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They were turning the lights on and off so people could test their glowy-ness. Basically, if you didn’t feel like you were lit up enough, you could go back and apply more glow in the dark body paint. I skipped the body paint because I was decked out in LED accessories from head to toe. My white gloves light up also.

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Here’s a picture of me with Hannah and Charis.

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Here’s some of our Zumba family.

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This is an awesome panoramic photo of the whole studio.

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Here’s the studio with the lights out.

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Here’s a picture of people dancing after things really got going.

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It was quite a sight to behold.

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Here’s me and Brynden. I ended up changing into my shirt from last year halfway through. It actually glowed a lot better.

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Here’s another group photo.

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With and without the flash.

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These guys are so fun!

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These are the awesome instructors who led songs at the event (from left): Jonie, Janefer, Charis, Sarah, Joel, Todd, and Missy.

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This is our Wichita Area ZINs group photo.

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Here we are with the lights on, in all our goofy glory.

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I love how welcoming and supportive our ZIN community is in Wichita. I have heard horror stories in other areas where instructors do not support one another at all. Wichita is not like that at all. Instructors team up and work together all the time to host events and raise money for various causes.

We actually have another event coming up. This one is at Andover YMCA on Saturday, February 17, at two o’clock in the afternoon. It is a member appreciation event so it’s a FREE Zumbathon. I’m hosting the Zumbathon along with Mandy, Charis, Francie, and Angie. Tiffany would have hosted the event with us but she has to work that day. We’re doing an 80’s theme so it should be super fun.

I hope you can join us!

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Kansas City Restaurant Week

Posted on February 6, 2018 by under Food and Drink, Things to Do.    

Restaurant Week in Kansas City is HUGE! The event even has its own web site. This year it started on January 12 and continued through January 12 so you actually had two full weekends of dining out. I had no idea until I was invited by coworkers to join them in their Restaurant Week dining adventures.

The best things about Restaurant Week are (a) you get to enjoy a great meal at a bargain ($15 for lunch or $33 for dinner) and (b) you get to support great causes because they usually donate proceeds to some nonprofit organizations. I got to try some restaurants I wouldn’t normally dine at that week.

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My first Restaurant Week stop was Bristol. I’ve only eaten there a couple of times before because it’s so expensive. I remember eating there with Selena last year and, despite sharing an entrĂ©e, our bill still reached $100. They offered a heck of a deal for Restaurant Week, though — $15 for a three-course lunch.

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They actually had lobster bisque on the lunch menu, which is quite a deal, considering that lobster bisque usually costs at least $15 by itself at most restaurants. The presentation is super cool. I had to capture it on video.

Several of us, myself included, ordered lobster bisque. Someone got a Caesar salad, which looked pretty good too.

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Here’s the various entrees we got.

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Guess which one was mine? Yup, I had the salmon. Several of us got that one.

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This is another lobster bisque picture but this one is from Eddie V’s Prime Seafood. I liked the flavor and presentation of the lobster bisque at Bristol better but at Eddie V’s they practically give you an entire lobster. They include big chunks of lobster instead of just tiny little pieces.

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This is Lesa’s surf and turf dinner with three huge shrimp.

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They do family style sides. My steak didn’t look like much but it was delicious.

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The bananas foster finale was nothing short of spectacular.

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Lesa had a refreshing sorbet.

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Here’s the Eddie V’s menu card.

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There are so many delicious dishes to choose from. I can’t wait to return to the restaurant and try something new!

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Gram & Dun was another one of our Restaurant Week stops.

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My salad (below) was delicious!

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This is Denise’s shrimp and grits.

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I had the barbecue mac and cheese, which Julie highly recommended.

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We finished things off with the Gram & Dun bar.

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Our meal was pretty fab! Actually, all of our meals that week were very good. Denise joked that she probably gained more weight during Restaurant Week than she had the entire holiday season. She’s probably right. I skipped Monday night because it was too cold but she still went to Lydia’s.

That’s one of the reasons I came to the conclusion that Restaurant Week in Kansas City is a big deal. Despite the cold temperature and yucky weather that week, all the restaurants were packed. You could hardly get your reservation in on Open Table because all of the good restaurants were completely booked.

We figured there would be plenty of no shows too due to weather. No such luck. People made reservations and actually stuck to them. That’s how HUGE Restaurant Week is here. I’ll have to remember it for next year.

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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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New Kicks for Me and Alex

Posted on January 31, 2018 by under Shopping.    

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This is pretty much how our year began. Right off the bat, I had to spend almost $800 on new tires for Alex. The dealership had recommended new tires several times. I’d just been putting it off and putting it off since I don’t really drive my car that frequently (since I’m in Kansas City with one of our fleet vehicles from work most of the time). We finally pulled the trigger but I felt that we did it the smart way by getting an alternate bid.

The dealership wanted almost $1200 for the same tires that we were quoted less than $800 for by Discount Tire Store in Derby. They came highly recommended by a couple of coworkers.

The funny thing is that we are so conscientious about making sure that our credit cards are paid off at the end of the year so we start off with a zero balance on January 1. We don’t generally carry a balance from month to month but we have this crazy superstition that whatever you’re doing on January 1 sets the tone for the whole year so we never want to the start the year off with a crazy high credit card balance. On December 31 we made payments on both cards that we generally use for expenses just to be sure we started the year off on the right foot but then we turned right around and spent $800 on tires that first week. Ironic.

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Alex wasn’t the only one who got new kicks that week though. My new sneakers arrived that same week. Gotta love Amazon Prime! They are Reebok Hayasu training shoes and are super popular with Zumba enthusiasts. I’d been seeing fellow Zumba instructors and Zumba-goers rave about them on Facebook for months (maybe even over a year) so I finally decided to give them a try.

Unlike Alex’ new tires, my shoes were FREE! I had banked enough points on my Amazon account that I was able get these new shoes without spending a penny. I just love Amazon. The more you shop on the site the more it pays off.

So yeah, new kicks for me and Alex in 2018!

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