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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.

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!

world series parade, family

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.

royals blue fountain, cousins

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!

world series parade

Our mascot, Slugger!

world series parade, Slugger

world series parade

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

world series parade, George Brett

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.

world series parade, horses

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!
kansas city royals, world series parade, christian colon

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!

kansas city royals, world series parade, mike moustakas

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!

kansas city royals, world series parade, salvador perez

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

commissioner's trophy, ned yost

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.

world series parade crowd

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?

Take October

Have you heard? The Kansas City Royals won the World Series! And here in KC, we could not be more proud of our Boys in Blue!

The past few weeks have been consumed with watching the games. I was lucky enough have a friend take me (as an early birthday gift!) to attend my first ever post season game on October 8th. It was the ALDS Game 1 against the Houston Astros.

The K, Royals game, plane formation, fly by

We were still outside when the planes did their fly by. The lines were crazy long! Everyone had to be wand scanned and then all bags searched. Even if you didn’t have a bag, you were stuck in the same line waiting behind for those who did. We then hurried to our seats and got there just in time for the first pitch.

The K, Kansas City Royals, baseball game, MLB

Highlights of the night included Kendrys Morales (DH) hitting two home runs! TWO!

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And fireworks! We love the fireworks that come after a Royals home run! (Speaking of fireworks! The entire city and all the suburbs have been experiencing fireworks after each win. Crazy town!)

And there were the not so great parts. Like rain. The rain started, play continued, we got soaked, (My rally towel saved my phone!), the rain slowed, we thought we were in the clear, then it started raining much harder, and we all took cover.

The K, Kansas City Royals, baseball game, MLB, rain delay

After a rain delay of one hour, we were back at. Unfortunately, we went on to lose the game, but that’s okay, it all worked out in the end.  ;-)

We spent the next few weeks watching all of the games like vultures. We had a watch party at my parents’ house for every night game. We would make all sorts of appetizers and desserts to share. So.much.cream.cheese. My pants are beyond happy the games are over!

Not to mention my tired brain cells. DId you know our Royals love extra innings? So many late nights! But as Royals fans know, you never give up. Stop watching before the last inning is over and you will most likely miss something spectacular. Coffee shops were sure enjoying it. I’ve never seen them so busy!

And then they did it, they won the World Series! I remember them winning the I-70 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985. It’s been a long wait since then. Last year we came so close. Losing it in Game 7 left a bit of a mark. But boy did we come back swinging this season!

Later this weekend I’ll share a post about the World Series parade we attended on Tuesday. Spoiler alert. IT WAS AWESOME!

I’ll leave you with this video of two of my favorite Royals players (I have many favorites!) on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday.

salvy hos

Did you watch the World Series?

Easy Taco Soup Recipe (Vegetarian)

It’s soup season! OMG Becky’s favorite soup is a good taco soup. We have tried many recipes, but none have ever seemed to stick around as our go-to favorite. I think we may have a new contender for that title! I started with this recipe and made a few changes.

taco soup

Easy Taco Soup (Vegetarian)

  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (10 oz) can Ro*Tel Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained
  • 1 (10 oz) can green enchilada sauce
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
  • 15 oz frozen corn
  • 14 oz vegetable broth
  • 1 (1 oz) packet taco seasoning
Optional Garnish
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • tortilla chips
  • avocado
  • sour cream

This one is simple! Just place all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low for 2-3 hours. Or if you are in a hurry, cook on stove top. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to a low simmer for 30 minutes.

9 (1 cup)

What is your favorite soup you make at home?

Best chunky potato soup recipe? I’m on the hunt for a good one!

Gift Basket Idea

My niece on the left is getting married next weekend! She’s the first of my nieces and nephews to do so.

Last weekend was her bridal shower.

bridal shower

My girls and I decided to throw a little love in our gift. Have you ever tried Aveda Comforting Tea? Aveda salons always offer you a cup when you go in for a service. It’s the absolute best tea! It can be served hot or cold and never needs a sweetener added. I found this recipe for it online and decided it would be the base for a gift. We were able to find three of the four ingredients in the health market of my local grocery store. For the last ingredient, we had to go to an actual health food grocery store.

aveda tea

I first bought an awesome glass bottle that I thought would be nice for her to use for cold water in the refrigerate after the loose leaf tea was gone. Then I decided I should do a little research about the best way to store tea. I was wrong. Clear glass not a good choice. Glad I looked! We then headed to World Market to browse their large tea/kitchen section. We bought a tea tin similar to this these.

tea tin


We also picked up the cutest tea infuser while we were there!

It’s a house! Get it? Because they are moving into their own house together!

Next up were the mugs. I really wanted to do mugs with their initials, but after shopping a few stores, I just couldn’t find what I wanted. I finally found a set of “Mr. Right” and “Mrs. Always Right” mugs like these! (FYI – the mugs got a huge laugh at the shower!)

tea tin, tea basket, gift basket

The final item we needed was a basket. Homegoods to the rescue! That store has everything I need. I picked out this cute basket because it has a handle on each end and a chalkboard on the front. We wrote my niece’s new last name on the front, wrapped it all up, and we were good to go.

gift basket

OMG Becky wrote the tea instructions on a decorative notecard we tucked inside the basket. We renamed the tea Happy Marriage Tea for a bit of whimsy.

What is your favorite tea flavor?

Hot tea or cold tea? Depends on the temperature outside for me.

She’s a Senior!

As I mentioned in my last post, my oldest child is a senior this year. I’m having a hard time wrapping my brain around that one. When I look at her, I still see this version.

first day of school, preschool, prek

My little girl going off to her first day of school ever with her little pink, Disney Princess backpack. PreK. Such a big deal.

So to switch from that to having her senior pictures taken last weekend. It’s a bit much.

senior pictures

OMG Becky picked a awesome, historic building downtown to have her session.

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Outfit changes in the public bathroom!

senior pictures

And trains! We found trains to play on, too.

senior pictures

I can’t wait to share the finished professional photos with you! They are gorgeous! Now it’s just a matter of narrowing our final choices down. It’s hard to pick!

So for now, I am trying to focus on the fun, exciting parts of her senior year.


Like her need for dessert after her photography session. All the sugar!

And like college campus tours. We are going on our first one in a couple of weeks! And I’m trying not to think about the fact that these colleges are so far away. I can’t. That just makes my heart hurt. It doesn’t do much for my weepy eyes either.

Any parent of a senior past or present have any words of advice for me?

What were your senior pictures like? Two words. Big hair.

End of Summer Outings

Summer! How dare you leave me? Have I told you summer is my absolute FAVORITE season? It is. I could live somewhere that is hot and sunny all the time. I should look into that…

School here started in the middle of August for my girls. Ridiculous. It seems like they start earlier every year. I honestly wish they would just switch to a year-round school schedule. Makes so much more sense!

Mandatory first day of school pics!

Sassy is a freshman in high school this year. High.School. My baby is in HIGH SCHOOL. This may have been hard for me.

first day of school, high school freshman

OMG Becky is a high school senior. Her last mandatory year of school. When did this happen?!

first day of school, high school senior

Can you tell it was a rough morning for me?

So let’s talk about something more fun. Like roller coasters! Man, I love a good roller coaster.


We recently enjoyed a day of perfect weather at the amusement park. Lines were short, temps were warm, breeze was slight, and the sun was shining. Good fun!

We also had a weekend trip to Omaha.

Omaha, Henry Doorly Zoo

We hadn’t been to Omaha in a few years. It was fun exploring the downtown Old Market area and the Henry Doorly Zoo. We did the whole pet a stingray exhibit. Sassy even fed one. Though she wasn’t too excited about holding a dead fish inbetween her fingers. I don’t blame her. That’s just gross!

Have your kids started school yet?

Do kids attend year-round in your district?

Roller coaster or water slide? Roller coaster!

Largest Shell in the Country

Independence Day snuck up on me this year. I was prepping for a large regional work meeting to happen the Tuesday after the holiday. Before I knew it, it was the Friday/day before the actual holiday and I was nowhere near ready. I ended up working Friday instead of having the day off.

When Saturday the Fourth arrived, I really had no idea what we were going to do to celebrate. OMG Becky ended up deserting Sassy and I to hang out at the lake, boating all day. I left our plans up to Sassy. She made some interesting choices. First up was a trip to Bass Pro Shop. I hadn’t been there in years!

bass pro shops

bass pro shops

I found a SUP board that I really wanted, but Sassy wouldn’t buy it for me. (Have I mentioned how much I want one of these boards?! I do! We live just blocks from two lakes. I want to train Stella the Boxer to ride with me. I think it would be a lot of fun for both of us!)

We hit a few more stores before heading to a festival at another lake in the area. We were hoping to get there in time to see the skydivers. Sassy had been excited when she heard there was skydiving until she realized she would not be the one skydiving. She is such an adrenaline junkie!

skydiverWe got there just in time to see four skydivers jump and parachute down with smoke trails behind them. It was a pretty neat sight!

We then got in the world’s longest line for a funnel cake. I kid you not, we were in line for almost 1.5 hours. This annual festival draws a crowd of 20,000 people, but only offered four food trucks. Four. Ri.dic.u.lous.

Luckily, the live music on the stage was loud so we got to enjoy a bit of entertainment. We also enjoyed watching the boats coming in. The lake gets pretty busy as the boaters all come over to this area to watch the fireworks.

lake festival

After getting our funnel cake, we walked over to the next cove to find a place in the grass to sit and wait for the show in the sky.

funnel cake

It was a sad funnel cake.  Not really worth the wait.  =(

About 20 minutes after we sat down, the fireworks started! It was only about 15 minutes of fun, but the best was saved for last. The reason we came to this particular fireworks show? They were going to shoot off the largest firework shell in the country! The largest. And here it is for your viewing pleasure!

Largest shell in America

Again, Sassy was disappointed. For some reason, she thought the fireworks were going to last over an hour. Not sure where she got that idea! She also thought the large shell would be more grand. I myself thought it was pretty cool!

Sunday we spent the afternoon at my parents’ swimming.

swimming, cousins

Great weekend!

Have you tried SUP boarding yet? Should I get one?