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Royals World Series Parade

After coming oh-so-close to a World Series championship last season, the Royals were favorites to win this year; and they did!  It was an incredible series to watch and a combination of factors came together to entice us to make the call to attend the celebratory parade in Kansas City today.  Between the novelty of the experience, the fantastic weather, and the price (free!), we just couldn’t pass it up.  We left the house early with a game plan to enter the metro from the west, avoiding all interstates (didn’t want to be trapped) and opted for Shawnee Mission Parkway into Mission where we then zig-zagged to the Northeast, ultimately landing around 34th and Broadway where we parked on the street facing south.  The last thing we wanted was to be trapped 5 or 10 rows deep in the lawn parking at the WWI Memorial or elsewhere.  We then walked in to the grassy lawn in front of Union Station to take in the festivities.

We realized this may be one of the last times we can utilize the Kelty backpack before Mae outgrows it.  She was a little grumpy to start, but that was nothing that a halloween ring pop couldn’t fix.

 

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After passing the memorial, we looked back, looking South, to see the terrace of the memorial dotted with ants — I mean, Royals fans.
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Coordinating a shot with a 2-year old and 4-year-old looking into the camera at the same time (with anything remotely resembling looks of happiness) is something tantamount to being perfectly-positioned a half-mile southeast of an F5 as it churns through a Kansas farm field (i.e., I realize it will likely forever elude my capture).

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The back of the lawn was sparsely covered when we first arrived, but quickly filled in.

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A reflection of the magnitude of the event: crowds even gathered on the particularly-steep slopes of the hill beneath the Crown Center Westin.

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The trek back to the car was only about a mile and a half or so; but it was just enough time for Mae to make her way to dreamland.

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Kel overheard a father in a large family next to us on the lawn share his take late in the day:  “Something to write in the notes for the World Series Parade 2015, probably don’t do this again.”  We couldn’t have said it better.  That doesn’t say we shouldn’t have gone today; but it may simply be one of those “Great event – can cross that one off the list; been there-done that!” items.

Summer 2015 in Review

Video piled up over the summer, without any editing going on. But I finally found time to squeeze a bunch into a summer review. We realized we packed a lot more into the summer than we realized.

To view on iPhone or iPad: go straight to Vimeo.

Lunar Eclipse of September 28, 2015

The lunar eclipse provided an easy justification for the girls to stay up well past their usual bedtime Sunday evening.  The usual story time routine was postponed in favor of a walk to the park at the end of the street.  PJs were just the ticket, with temps in the low-70s and calm wind.

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Independence Day 2015

Independence Day 2015 included time in the pool, a trip to Wamego to take in their Independence Day celebration, and then some fireworks back home to cap off the full day.

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June 2015 in Photos

Cookout in Berryton!

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Early this summer, the annual cicadas made their appearance, but were joined this year by a second brood – a rarer type that emerges only every 17 years: 150607 096

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Jazzhands!

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One of many summer days spent in the backyard pool: 

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A bike ride to a local park:

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A stormy afternoon yielded to a low-slung rainbow to the east: 150705 029

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Independence Day 2015 in Photos

Independence Day 2015 started off like virtually any day off of work begins:  with a family run: DCIM120GOPRO

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But from there, it diverged from a normal day off.  We decided to spend the holiday in the small town of Wamego, Kansas — a town known for its Wizard of Oz museum (which we did not visit this day), but also known for it’s fantastic Independence Day festival.  A parade, carnival rides, and fireworks are all included.  We didn’t stick around long enough for the late-day parade or fireworks, but the carnival rides and some time in the sprawling park at the center of town were just the ticket.

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An exhausting day yielded to a 90-minute nap on the drive home which proved to be a sufficient recharge to justify some backyard time in the pool before evening fireworks in the back yard.

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Everyone was up much later than normal to take in a few of the neighborhood fireworks before bed, including Mae, with a great view right from her bedroom window:

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Spring 2015 in Photos

The strawberries came early and were a huge hit this year: 
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New sweatshirts from Grandpa were a huge hit — and they came with perfect timing before a hike in the woods on a brisk Spring afternoon: 
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Memorial Day Road Trip: SD

Taking advantage of a three-day weekend, we decided to take a roadtrip to Yankton, SD.  The weather didn’t always cooperate, but we still had fun during the rainy days, including a trip to the Gavin’s Point Fish Hatchery and Mae’s first trip to the beach.

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