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About Whine Less

Mom of two girlies. Hiker. Runner. Nature lover. Vegetarian. Coffee fiend. Music junkie. Bad dancer. Love my big family. Blessed.

Hike, Zoo, and Desserts (A Few of My Favorite Things!)

How was your weekend?

Friday, I took off work a bit early so I could get a hike in before the sun went down. It was much needed after a pretty tough week.

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That evening, both girls went to the basketball game at their high school. I got to enjoy a quiet, empty house. It was heavenly! Why don’t basketball games last longer?…  ;-)

Saturday morning, OMG Becky attended a visitation for her former teacher. Hard morning for her. We then took ourselves to the zoo. It was a gorgeous day, almost 60 degrees. We needed to be outside!

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The lorikeets enclosure is just nuts. Those birds fly right at you from all directions!

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The kids wouldn’t even go in there with me. OMG Becky may have a small fear of birds. This “attraction” would not help that.

One of the funnier parts of our day… OMG Becky went into this mock meerkat burrow. As she was trying to come out, that little girl in the purple about knocked her over with an “excuse me!” as she tried to push her way in at the same time.

So funny OMB Becky was almost taken out by a seven year old.

Another fun part of our day was an impromptu piano performance by OMG Becky’s friend. We suddenly had a small crowd gathered around to listen and take video of him.

He’s really good, even on a very out of tune piano!

We worked up a bit of an appetite after all of that exploring. Froyo for an almost-summer-like day!

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I tried all new-to-me flavors: Salted Caramel Corn, Toasted Marshmallow, Pecan Praline, and Peppermint Stick. Yum, yum, yum, and YUM! Well, maybe except for the Peppermint Stick. It was good the first couple of bits and then started tasting very artificial. Sad, because peppermint ice cream is one of my all-time favorite flavors.

Sunday was another sad day for us. My great aunt passed away last week and we had her memorial service yesterday afternoon. We spent the morning baking cookies for a family dinner after the service.

My niece enjoyed all of the desserts. Literally, one of each type.

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Her sugar crash happened shortly after that. I’m pretty sure she fell asleep maybe two minutes into their drive home.

What was the highlight of your weekend? 

What is your favorite animal at the zoo? I love to watch the penguins swimming around. They are so fast!

Music Moves Me

I cannot believe it’s been over a year since I’ve done a Music Moves Me post. Yes, I can. I took a new position at work in November 2014. It keeps me very busy and 2015 was essentially a blur. Good thing I love what I do!

I am loving anything by the X Ambassadors right now! This song has been a favorite for a while now. I love all the remixes of it, but this video is everything!

So inspiring!

X Ambassadors remix with another favorite of mine, Jay-Z?! So much awesome.

Another group with several songs on repeat for me is twenty one pilots.

Older song by Citizen Cope I can’t get enough of.

Loving the return of Missy Elliott!

Had to put several of her older songs on my playlist, too!

The Strumbellas are a new-to-me group. I really like the message of this song.

And I don’t want a never-ending life
I just want to be alive while I’m here

And the new Flo Rida. Catchy song, but not a big fan of the video.

What song are you playing on repeat currently?

Speaking of music, are you planning to watch the Grease: Live tomorrow night? We probably will. I know my girls are looking forward to it.

 

What Day Is It?

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you honestly have absolutely no idea what day it is several times a day for multiple days? I just had one of those weeks. I think it is due to my being sick the week of Christmas, OMG Becky being in a wreck the following week, and both girls being out of school for a couple of weeks. Then last week, my first full week back since before the holidays, was an extremely busy work week for me. I don’t know which way is up over here!

OMG Becky is having the roughest time. I can’t go into details yet other than to say the car she worked so hard for, saving all her money to pay cash for all by herself is totaled.

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Dealing with insurances companies is always fun.

While we wait for them to get things sorted out, we have been looking at new cars for her. We are leaning towards something newer since it will be the car that needs to last her at least through seven years of college starting this fall. OMG Becky would like a four-door hatchback this time around. Having a separate area for Stella the Boxer is always a good idea and a hatchback fits that need perfectly!

Are you still feeling the effects of the holidays, too?

See Ya, December!

How is your New Year going? We are recovering from a busy December.

OMG Becky turned 18 years old. I’m still trying to come to terms with that one.

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We celebrated with a family birthday dinner party a few days after her actual birthday.

Birthday spankings on her birthday.

bday2 Dinner with friends the night before.
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We went to see Santa at our traditional location.

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Dinner with friends on the Country Club Plaza.

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We got there a bit early and the place was basically empty. Then within 15 minutes of taking this photo, the entire restaurant was packed! plaza2

It was a Spanish restaurant with amazing tapas and sangria. I can’t wait to go back!

Christmas Eve was a bit different for me this year. I found out that morning I have bronchitis. I was told to stay away from other people as much as possible. And given a mask to wear. That meant I skipped Christmas Eve dinner and church with my family. I did wear my mask and go over for the gift giving and dessert portion of the evening. I didn’t want to miss everything!

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Annual Christmas Eve photo of my girls with my nieces and nephews.
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There were a few kiddos missing this year.  :-(

Christmas morning, my parents came over for breakfast and to watch my girls open their presents. Then my girls went to their dad’s to celebrate with him for a few days. I usually spend Christmas afternoon at my parents’ house, but stayed home again to keep my germs away.

Our New Year’s Eve was also a quiet one at home. OMG Becky was involved in a car wreck the night before. (It wasn’t her fault and she is recovering. More on that later.) We watched a movie and ordered take-out. We watched the NYC ball drop at 11:00 PM our time and called it a night, but not before we heard our neighbors shooting off fireworks at that time. Apparently, they were on East Coast time, too!

How did you celebrate New Year’s Eve?

Be Merry

Christmas Card 2015, sisters

May your Christmas be filled with love and blessings of the season as we celebrate the birth of our Savior!

Gearing Up For Christmas

How was your weekend? Ours was fantastic! It helped that the weather was in the fifties each day.

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Friday night both of my girls were at sleepovers, so I took the chance to get a bit more Christmas shopping in. I am almost done with it! As someone who waited until Christmas Eve morning to shop last year, this is a big deal! Now to tackle some wrapping…

Saturday morning, OMG Becky and I wanted to try a yoga class at our new gym. (It’s actually the gym we belonged to a couple of years ago. Then we joined Planet Fitness, but are back at this one because we missed group fitness classes.) We didn’t make it to class, but spent some time on the treadmills since we were already there.

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After picking up Sassy, her and I journeyed to a tennis shop her coach recommended. We were in the market to get her a new racket. When Sassy started tennis lessons over the summer, it was the first time she had shown any interest in the sport. I purchased her an inexpensive racket at Target just to see how the whole thing would turn out. Well, after sticking with lessons all summer, making the school team, and continuing with private lessons off-season, her tennis love is still strong. So Santa thought it was time for a better racket! With the help of the tennis pro narrowing down the choices for her, Sassy picked out her favorite racket (blue & silver) and strings (blue). She can’t wait for the racket to be strung so we can pick it up!

Saturday evening we spent at Christmas in the Park.

Christmas in the Park

“Christmas In The Park is a holiday feast serving up the sights of the season with more than 300,000 glistening lights and 175 colorfully animated holiday scenes.”

We go every year, though this is probably the earliest in the season we have been. It was a last-minute decision to go and we got there just a few minutes before they opened the gates. It’s always fun to see what the new displays are. This year it was Santa in a hammock between palm trees with flamingos standing around. So pretty and different!

Sunday morning included church and a trip to the recycling center to drop off a car load of recyclables. Ugh. That is what happens if we don’t make it to the recycling center every weekend. We didn’t go last weekend because it was raining nonstop. I don’t even know if the center is open during weather like that. Either way, we didn’t go and had double our usual load to deal with.

Then it was time for a little fun on the tennis court. Sassy continues to get better and better! I, on the other hand, am improving at a very SLOW rate. And trust me, Sassy takes great pleasure in beating me.

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OMG Becky walked Stella around while we played, stopping occasionally to take a picture or two. The tennis balls flying by drive Stella nuts. She wants them all! It’s best to keep her away from the court.  =)

Saturday we received our first Christmas card. I figured it was time to start thinking about what I wanted to do for ours. As we were driving to see Christmas in the Park on Saturday, we drove past the Magic Tree.

Magic Tree

12,500 lights

Christmas card photo location idea solved! This tree is beautiful! We went there Sunday just before dusk to take our photos. I can’t wait to see how the cards turn out!

Have you ordered or sent your Christmas cards yet?

How far along are you on your Christmas shopping?

World Series Parade

Did I mention the Kansas City Royals won the World Series last Sunday? Just checking.  ;-)

My family and I made our way downtown to enjoy the parade on Tuesday. We got there early. Way early. Like 7:30 AM early. And we were rewarded with a front row spot to view the parade!

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It was a long morning of waiting for the parade to start (4.5 hours, plus another 40 minutes for it to reach us!), but everyone was in great spirits.

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This city bleeds blue!

And then the waiting paid off and the parade started!world series parade

Yes, you are seeing that correctly. There are people up in all of the trees!

Royal Thunder Drumline. They are awesome!

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Our mascot, Slugger!

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George Brett #5 from the 1985 World Series team (the last time that we won it!).

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The Budweiser Clydesdale horses were beautiful, but scary. They were a bit freaked out and their handlers stopped them right before they got to us. They were shushing the crowd, trying to get the horses under control. Realizing that we were literally trapped on all sides, we could do nothing but watch. Thankfully, after a few minutes, the horses were able to calm down and move along.

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And then the players started going by.

Lorenzo Cain, his smile never stops!

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Christian Colon. He hit the Game 5, 12th inning game-winning (and series!) RBI!
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The man who always swings at the first pitch to get our team riled up, Alcides Escobar!

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Mooooooooooooose (Mike Moustakas)! Did I ever tell you the first time I went to a game he played in? I thought the crowd was booing him. Nope. Just mooooooooooooooosing him!

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Eric Hosmer, he ran home to tie the final game of the series. kansas city royals, world series parade, eric hosmer kansas city royals, world series parade, edinson volquez

And my favorite, also the MVP, Salvador Perez!

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And the Commissioner’s Trophy with Ned Yost, Manager.

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Such a good parade!

We then tried to make our way toward’s the rally stage at Union Station (where OMG Becky had her senior pictures taken!). It was INSANE! Wall to wall people not moving. We were all just body to body in a sea of people.

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Photo credit: Instagram

It took us a good 40 minutes to get out of that crowd and be able to head back to our cars. Another hour of waiting in traffic before we could actually get on a street that had moving traffic and we were headed home.

The entire day was just fantastic. Like I said, everyone was in a great mood all day long. That crowd you see above? 800,000 people. 800,000! Our city has never seen anything like that for any event ever! There were cars parked everywhere, on the highways, along the interstates. Just nuts. But, and I think this is totally worth mentioning. In this entire all day event, there were only 3 arrests. And Sunday night when we won the series? No rioting, no burning cars, no craziness. Just several days of people united and celebrating our Boys in Blue. It was so awesome to be a part of that history. I couldn’t be more proud of this city!

Crowd of 800,000. Fun or claustrophobic?

What was the last parade you went to?