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Video of Zach and Krystle’s Wedding

Posted on May 11, 2021 by under Events, Family.    

Posting this video for grandma so she can watch the ceremony.

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Zach and Krystle’s Wedding Celebration

Posted on May 10, 2021 by under Events, Family.    

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Brian and I had a lovely time at Zach and Krystle’s wedding yesterday at Tanganyika Wildlife Park. They’ve actually been married a year but didn’t have the wedding until now due to the pandemic.

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Several family members attended from the Brubakers and the Hyatts. It was a lovely gathering and my first time attending a wedding at the park. It was really cool that they had some animals come out and I think the kids really enjoyed it but at times I felt bad because sometimes the animals didn’t seem very happy.

I also liked that we were free to roam the park privately for a couple of hours between the ceremony and the reception. Tanganyika can be quite busy on weekends so it was very nice to have the park to ourselves. I only wish it wasn’t so chilly. I was dressed for warmer weather and so we kind of just sped through most of the exhibits so we could go back inside out of the wind.

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Zach and Krystle had a beautiful wedding cake that was just as delicious as it looked. It was lemony yellow cake that was moist and perfect in every way. I think Brian was secretly hopeful it would be chocolate but I still liked it.

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Rather than a traditional cake table, they had the cake set on beautifully decorated a swing. It added yet another unique element to the beautiful wedding.

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Here’s a picture of the reception hall that I took while the rest of the guests were roaming the park.

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Brian and I roamed around the park ourselves as well before I decided I’d had enough of the cold. We took a few pictures of the animals that were still out.

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The red bird above is Cookie and the blue bird below is Domingo.

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The monkeys were so cold that they were all huddle together to keep warm. We took this as a sign to head back inside.

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We took advantage of the opportunity to take a selfie in front of the waterfall before heading back into the reception building.

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I am so grateful that we got to share in Zach and Krystle’s special day and we wish them a lifetime of happiness. Best wishes from the both of us.

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Tournaments are Back

Posted on April 22, 2021 by under Community, Events, Family, Hobbies.    

After a year of no events or gatherings of any kind, tournaments are finally back. It seems like there’s pickleball tournament every weekend this month at Chicken N Pickle. There were even two back to back last weekend, one on Saturday and one Sunday. Now that people are getting vaccinated, it seems everyone is getting more comfortable with being out and around other people.

Creating Tomorrows hosted a pickleball tournament at Chicken N Pickle a couple of weeks ago which I attended as a spectator because I didn’t know about it until last minute. We were at dinner at Carrabba’s and Joe just happened to mention that he had donated several prizes to this tournament. I normally play pickleball at noon at Nahola but made an exception because I wanted to support a cause that’s meaningful to my friend Joe.

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I didn’t get to play but I got to do the next best thing — write the bracket on the whiteboard. I love when Michael let’s me do it.

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Anyway, here are a couple of pictures of the tournament champs Mason McCanless and Caesar Naftzger who played as Big Caesar’s Pizza.

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After the tournament, I went home to get Brian and we both drove to the outdoor courts at Mulvane to surprise dad. We gave him a card and some gift cards for his birthday, which he always tries to keep on the DL.

It was a beautiful day for a drive and we had a nice visit with mom and dad and the entire Cannady clan who were all there playing with them. We didn’t get to play with them that time but I’m hoping we have more nice weather ahead and will have another opportunity to play pickleball with the family very soon.

Until next time. GNG.

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Christmas Day 2020

Posted on December 30, 2020 by under Family.    

We had a really simple Christmas again this year, much like last year. Except, unlike last year when we didn’t even pull out our Christmas decorations, we actually decorated this year. And, David and Donna came up from Oklahoma and spent a couple of days with us. It was a simple, quiet, relaxing Christmas.

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Here are some of my favorite photos from Christmas day.

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Grandma loves her chocolates and her cookies.

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This is by far my favorite picture of Brian because he never smiles in photos and I caught him in such a genuine moment of joy in this pic.

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Our basement is always too cold so we got David and Donna each their own Comfys. Brian and I got these for each other last year and thought mom and dad might like them too. Specially for cold winter nights or even that time they were without power for two weeks.

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We also got Donna a baby Yoda (really “the Child” but everyone else calls it baby Yoda) throw because she is obsessed with it.

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Grandma always asks for a jumbo print calendar on her Christmas list so it’s always our job to get her one each year.

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In keeping with the cold wintry theme, we also go Donna some comfy, knit slipper socks.

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At 98 years old, grandma still has a great sense of humor.

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She also loves her Christmas day mimosas.

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Grandma also always asks for popcorn. David and Donna got them for her this year.

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We got David mostly gun stuff because that’s what he’s into.

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Part of the fun of Christmas day is trying on your presents. Here he is trying on his new cardigan from Donna.

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I’m so glad that Brian and I recovered in time. I’m not sure what Christmas would have been like if we were still sick with COVID. It was a really nice, leisurely day with family. I hope everyone had a wonderful, relaxing Christmas day!

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Mom and Dad’s First Pickleball Lesson

Posted on May 31, 2020 by under Family, Things to Do.    

A couple of weeks ago, mom and dad posted a video of the two of them hitting a pickleball back and forth over a dining room chair in their living room. It seemed to me that they were interested in playing so I invited them to come to the park and play with other people. However, they seemed a bit apprehensive so I booked them a lesson with my friend Chris Heck at Nahola Fitness.

They didn’t feel like they were ready to play with other people so I was hoping the lesson would give them confidence and help them to feel more comfortable with going to the park and playing with others. I watched part of their lesson with Chris last week and took some photos. I think he did a great job of teaching them the basics and making them feel more comfortable with playing. He covered a lot of information during their 90 minute session. They even had a short section on scoring that I got to participate in.

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Here are a few pictures from their lesson last week.

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As you know, I am completely addicted to pickleball and so I’m super excited that mom and dad have shown an interest in it. I want to encourage them and help them along their pickleball journey.

They seemed to enjoy their first lesson and wanted to do another lesson so tomorrow they’re doing a lesson with Kayla Keuter (one of owners of Nahola). Tita Esper will be joining them. I wish I was still off work so I could be a fly on the wall for this next lesson. I happened to be on vacation last week so I was able to be there for their lesson with Chris. My time off work is unfortunately over so I go back to work tomorrow. Anyway, I’m sure I will hear all about it.

I can’t wait until mom and dad are comfortable enough to come to the park and play with other people. I can’t wait to introduce them to everyone. I’ll be sure to keep you updated on their progress. Until next time. GNG.

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