Sunday, October 9, 2016

Lone Star Bash

Nick and I spent a night in McKinney for the Lone Star Bash, a large Munzee gathering. Munzee was started in McKinney, so it is pretty much covered in Munzees and there are lots of places to find them. (Munzee is a geolocation game, similar to geocaching.) On Friday night, the Bash went to the State Fair to Munzee and have fun. Several people were experiencing the Fair for the first time - in fact, some of the people who came were experiencing America for the first time. I was kind of amazed but several people flew in from various places in the UK as well as Australia! Of course there were plenty of folks from different states there as well. Munzee is extremely popular in Europe, so I guess it's not surprising, but still. 
Tracee and Ray Austin are the couple who introduced me to Munzee. Here they are with us and another guy from Europe.
 On Saturday we spent most of the day at Gabe Nesbitt Park in McKinney, after eating a yummy breakfast at Cracker Barrel. They had some games set up as well as plenty of Munzees to capture. We grabbed lunch downtown McKinney at a local place called Spoons, and visited the Munzee HQ before finally calling it a day and heading home to pick up Kate. The festivities lasted through Sunday, but we didn't want to miss church for Munzee so we headed home early. It was a fun weekend though and we met lots of neat people.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Our Star Student

This year at Kate's school, a Star Student is chosen in each class for the week. They get all kinds of perks when they are star student, such as sitting on a large exercise ball instead of a regular chair at their desks. This week Kate was selected as Star Student for her classroom, so on Sunday afternoon we created her star that she presented to the class this morning. Our guidelines were just that it needed to have photos, so she selected 26 pictures that she wanted and I had to help her narrow it down to 11 because that's all that would fit.
Tomorrow she is allowed to bring her favorite toy to school and do a show and tell for the class. On Wednesday, she gets to bring her favorite book from home to have it read to the class (or she can read it to them if she chooses). She's very excited about being Star student this week.

Partly out of necessity (moldy bread, out of lunchables) I picked up Whataburger for her for lunch today to celebrate her being Star student...and also so she wouldn't starve.
When I picked her up, she immediately started telling me about her citizenship award she won today. I think once a month (?) one student per class is chosen for a special award and they are featured on a photo wall in the hallway at school. She was so proud, as were Nick and I! She's such an amazing little girl and has a beautiful heart. Since I was teaching REFIT tonight, Daddy took her out on a special date to celebrate.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Suite Life at the Ballpark

One of the vendors that Nick uses at work invited him and a guest to come out to the Ballpark in Arlington (because I refuse to call is Globe Life Park) for the game on Friday night. I'm not a baseball fan because I find it pretty darn boring, but I'm never one to turn down a chance to hang out in a suite for any sporting event, so I was happy to accompany him for the evening. It was, in fact, his second game of the week and second time in a suite, no less, because the same thing happened with another vendor earlier in the week. He took Bill that night since someone needed to be responsible for getting the child to be on time.

We arrived way early because there are a lot of Munzees around the ballpark, so we wanted to wander around and capture them all. We were also told we could be at the Suite as early as 6:05 and eat, so after we finished with the Munzees for before the game we went up to the suite. It was kind of fun getting to take the suite elevator up.

We walked in and there was food everywhere - no people. We had arrived even before the hosts, which was kind of funny, and for a little bit we felt awkward and wondered if we were in the right place. Turns out we were, and the suite host showed up as we had made our first plate of food and were eating. Eventually everyone else who was coming arrived, and it turns out that someone who Nick used to teach with back at Fort Worth Christian was even there as a guest. Small world.
I was happy that there were actually a few somewhat healthy options for food, so I was able to eat some grilled chicken breasts, squash, asparagus, and a big carrot. They also had lots of fruit and other veggies available, which was nice. I did indulge in a cookie though, which turned out to not be as great as I wanted it to be since it was the first and probably only cookie I will eat in a few months. But that's ok, because it's a lesson learned.
We sat outside the suite during the game and I pretended to watch. Basically that means that I clapped when everyone else did because I really wasn't paying all that much attention. There just isn't enough action in baseball for me to get really involved. It's great when they hit the ball and run, but otherwise it's a whole lotta throw a ball, wait, throw a ball, wait, blah blah blah, wait....snooooooooze. They should tackle or something, at least. Or it should just be like football. Or hockey. My favorite part of Rangers games has always been and always will be the dot races, and I ALWAYS cheer for green. That night green won just for me!
So during the game while playing on Facebook, I realized that I had several friends also in the ballpark that night. Everyone was pretty spread out from us, but one pair in particular caught my eye. Jeff and his dad, Ron Lancaster, were sitting directly across the stadium from us and up one section. We met them on our cruise in April 2015. It was Jeff's first cruise and was so excited - he's such a sweet guy. He's also a HUGE Rangers fan. Since they were there, I started posting on their photos and made arrangements to walk over to see them before the game ended. We made it over just about the time the Rangers won and stayed over with them for the fireworks after. I think they do that every Friday night during home games...perhaps.

After the game, Nick and I wandered around the parking lot capturing more virtual Munzees before heading home for the night. We got in after midnight, but we had a really fun evening together.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Nana's Birthday!

We celebrated Nana's birthday this year with a hamburger cook-out and some cheesecake! Nan loves cheesecake, and we were messing around downtown earlier in the day with Munzee, so we decided to stop by The Cheesecake Factory to get her a 6" cheesecake. Although we love her a lot, we didn't want to shell out $54 for a 10" cheesecake. They're delicious and all, but I don't know that I like anyone enough to spend that kind of money on basically sugar and chocolate. We also bought her 2 dozen roses because she loves fresh flowers, and she got some beautiful estate jewelry as well.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

First Lost Tooth!

Kate has been wanting to lose a tooth ever since she watched an episode of Caillou (shudder...those were dark times) about losing teeth way back when she was 3. She walked around trying to get her teeth to wiggle for the longest time, and finally gave up. Last year during kindergarten, her cousin, Logan, began losing teeth and then a couple of her friends did too....but not Kate. She was not pleased. Finally, one of her bottom teeth started to loosen, but only barely, and really not even enough to call it loose. That tooth has taken MONTHS before it was loose enough to matter, and finally in the last two days we realized it was actually really, really loose.

Night before last Kate wanted it out, and we all three spent an hour fighting, talking, planning, fighting some more, she cried, we got frustrated........finally we convinced her to just go to bed and we would try again another day. Last night it was more of the same, for an hour, and we tried again to convince her to just wait another day. It was past bedtime, and I was done. But Kate wouldn't back down, and she was not going to go to bed with that tooth in her mouth, so finally Nick convinced her that she had to let him pull it. She had been so terrified that it was going to hurt, that she wouldn't allow either of us to really try. And POP! Out it came. Hallelujah!
 This morning I heard her running through the house as she yelled "I got $5!! I got $5!!!"

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

First day of FIRST GRADE

 It's funny how different the emotions are from the first day of kindergarten to the first day of first grade. It's like, yeah, ok, she's going to school, no biggie. Last year, it was scary and new and sad and anxiety-filled.
She has changed so much since last year. She's looking more like a kid every day, and less like a baby. We even have a legit loose tooth that will be falling out probably by the end of this week.  She's pretty excited about that because she is convinced she is the last kid on earth to lose a tooth.
 She chose the flashiest, shiniest, girliest back pack that Target carries for this year, despite the fact that she already owns 4 other perfectly good back packs. Mommy caved and got her the shiny one.
She took a pick with Daddy but not Mommy because Mommy didn't bother getting dressed up for he first day of school. And that's because as soon as we got back to the house and Daddy left for work, Mommy went back to bed for a couple more hours of sleep. No shame.
We walked her up and into the cafeteria, said our goodbyes at her table, and off we went with Boo Kitty. She had to take Boo Kitty with her so that she could see where Kate is all day.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Waco Studio Invasion!

On Sunday a bunch of DFW REFIT instructors decided to head to Waco for the afternoon class at the home studios just for the fun of it. There were a couple of instructors from Indiana there so it was a fun excuse to meet them and hang out with the REFIT founders. Once they got word we were coming, they invited us to come early so we could film some official REFIT choreography for the YouTube channel too, which was super exciting!
 We took this photo to post for our Baton Rouge instructors. They've all been through and lost a lot in the past couple of weeks with all the flooding, and we wanted them to know that we are with them and praying for them.
 To make things even more awesome, Angela asked us to partner up and each lead a song during the REFIT class! I got to lead with Debbi, and we did "Give a Little More" by Maroon 5. It was such a great class - the energy level was amazing! I'm pretty excited for October, when I get to return to the home office and go through instructor training. The local gals are already scheduling me for times when I can sub for them, so I think I'll be pretty busy with REFIT for a while.