14hr : 41hr

25% drive time for 75% memory making time… pack it up and let’s head to KC for some family time. Let’s go on a boat!

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The paddle boards even made the trek West. We had a new taker ready to try it out. The low center of gravity always helps.

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Weird thing about this lake, the trees are petrified into the soil so these barren wood sticks shoot out of the lake everywhere! Not just the coast line, literally in the middle of the lake too. Watch your props people.

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Ok, next activity, let’s take in a Royals Game!

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Felt like a wolf-pack moment. First game for this kid!

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I was intrigued by the vendor’s carrying methods.

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We didn’t get a Royals win, but it was a win to be together.

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Sunday, was down time day. Just hanging out, lots of pictures, and 2 important birthdays to celebrate. But the highlight of my trip, was this…. I scored myself a new best friend.

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I think it was our matching hair styles! Every one that entered the room, whether it was their first time or tenth time entering, they got with a finger point at me “Hey, that’s Natalee!” Every time he entered the room… “Where’s Natalee?” Cuteness achieved!

The Ultimate Saturday

Was thrilled to represent Team OneAmerica at the 2nd annual 2017 Indy Ultimate race!

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This event takes you all over downtown Indy to see what our community has to offer. First stop, IUPUI Michael A. Carroll Stadium for a soccer kick.

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After that, we made our way past the Indianapolis Zoo to run the bases at the Victory Field.

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NL was ready!

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What’s up Rowdie!

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Let’s go to Lucas Oil Stadium to kick a football through the uprights!

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Very cool to enter through the tunnel like a real Pro.

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So, I didn’t make it through the goal posts, but I was pleased that my kick did get air born like a champ!

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Georgia street welcomed us some tire drills and a frisbee toss. And finally a water station. It was hot out!

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So I enjoyed getting into some air condition at Bankers Life Field house. Before the free throw, I need my pic with this guy while the band played!

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Didn’t get to shoot on the real court… would have been a fun stair climb!

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Next stop, the Circle to ride the HandleBarIndy.Com. But no beer?! Pass.

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We were treated to a trivia maze just south of the Indiana War Memorial Museum. As we arrived to the stairs, there were Soldiers yelling at us to climb to the top. “WHY ARE YOU SMILING?” Seriously yelling. It was awesome! After the stairs, you could see what was up next.

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Pack carry around the fountain.

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Slack line.

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Then the obstacles in the American Legion Mall.

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Let’s finish this thing! Down the canal, through the Indiana State Museum and back to Military Park to celebrate!

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Complimentary beer only quenched my thirst for a few sips. Creeper alert!

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#ConquerIndy – We did! Thanks to Indiana Sports Corporation for putting on a great event!

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What’s the best way to not be sore after a race? Stay on your feet!

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We were ready to party with the pretty people!

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And eat! Bring me my tacos Cluster Truck!

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Huge day of fun and memories! Can I rest now?

Just Ignore It

Ever feel like shit physically but only in your upper body region? I’ve had allergy issues of gigantic proportions lately. It’s the worst because I have no cure other than to medicate and deal. Mucinex D, Zyrtec, vitamins, cough drops, Afrin. My ears sound like clogged silly straws when I blow my nose every 10 minutes. You are welcome for that idea. I was over it. Even though I am allergic to life, my ass was showing up for the Holliday Park Trail Run. It fuels my soul. I’ll ignore my pain.

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It was 40 degrees and ugly cloudy. But the course turned out ok and my shoes fared well on the terrain.  I was under an hour for 5 miles and that was A-OK with me. After the race, I laid on the couch with warming blankets. K said let’s go watch basketball. Urg. I was in no mood or position. I was miserable. I had to pass. Luckily she invited me Sunday too. Ok, let’s ignore this crud and move on! We got to watch Michigan move on past Louisville! Go Big 10!

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Wichita almost moved on passed Kenturkey. And hot off the press, Krzyzewski is done. I’m not a Duke fan. Always root against them, really surprised Duke conceded (or seemed to) with 8 seconds to go. The 4 solid minutes I spent on my bracket feels about right. Now if I can just get my head to feel right…

Return to KC

If I had to go to KC, it needed to include 2 things. Shopping.

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And Royals!

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CS was excited because it was KU night at the field. I got more excited because there were extra mascots!!

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I’m always stumped on what to eat at these places. Plain Jane over here doesn’t have a good menu at ball parks. CS, he’s fine. Let’s eat this magnificent… umm. What is that?

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I had heartburn just sitting next to the thing! Gross. Let’s get this party started!

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The Royals take the field!

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So the game was originally in the afternoon, then thanks to TV, it became the evening game. Urg. Long drive home listening to the end of the game. We had to leave in the 7th evening. Jobs, babies, etc. Life gets in the way. Yet Royals pulled a winner, so totally worth it!

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Why not?

With the already epic Bronco game last month, it just seemed like a “why not” moment to travel west again, but not as far, to witness another CS sports dream. It was Sunday. Game 4 was Tuesday. Yeah, that should work! Then came the rain and the re-shuffling of the work schedules we had just done. It all worked out better and we got to spend more time in KC with the family.

Before the game, I promised to indulge in a Starr family past time, eating at In-a-tub.

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What is that in my hand?! A deep fried taco topped with powdered cheese. I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. I promised to eat 1 taco and then decide my next move. I ate my 1 taco and moved right on over to Jimmy John’s for a #11 on wheat. With full bellies, we were off to the game!

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My first time at Kauffman stadium!

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CS was so in his element!

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Stealth fly over was kick ass!

The team took the field and all the “sweep” brooms were out ready for the game.

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I’m not a baseball sports fan but I watch ESPN 🙂 I understand the rules and concepts of the game. I can get behind the drive and athleticism it takes to compete at this level, so I was invested in the experience. Most of the action happened right away with a 2-1 start, then lots of nothing. No insurance runs. No padding. Just pure raw out after out. Those last 3 outs were tense. It was such a different experience for me. No clock was counting down. No time outs to delay. The 40,000+ fans were just waiting for those 3 outs to collect on the scoreboard. As each one did, the energy exploded. After the fans waited 29 years for this, it happened. Royals are in the World Series!

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Unbelievable experience!

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Gordon!!!!!!!!!!

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We stayed around for all the media and trophy hoopla. Who knows when this will happen again?!

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After the game, we high tailed it over to Dick’s Sporting Goods to pick up some World Series gear, thanks to a friendly tip from the cashier earlier in the day. We wanted to make sure we got take home memories. And long live Rusty Kuntz. Yep. Rusty Kuntz.

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My company has a new CEO and he’s making his mark right away! Celebrate life because we work hard! All employees were treated to an Indians game during the work week. It was so blasted hot I didn’t make it to my seat but enjoyed the conversation on the concourse with my fellow co-workers.

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You knew this would happen!

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#OABestDays – looking forward to more!

Opening Day

With the promise of a ticket to another game if the temperature was not 60 degrees or above at the first pitch, I decided it was a win-win situation and sent out invitations. 15 co-workers and I headed over to Victory Field for the opening day of the Indianapolis Indians season. I was excited to have so many friends to enjoy the event with!

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The weather gods only got it to 56 degrees! The crowd cheered at the announcement to start the game. Guess I have another outing to plan now!

Victory Field of Dreams

The Indy International film festival was hosting the movie Field of Dreams to play at our Indians Victory Field downtown.

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K’s the one that happened upon this $8 experience. It’s one of her favorite movies. I have only seen parts but was happy to get outside on a nice evening and do something new. There weren’t more than 200 people in the entire stadium so we got a front row seat and settled in.

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Life’s too short to sit still!  Right after the Adventure Race, CS and I headed up to Chicago to ring in his birthday with a Kansas City flare.  He had never been to the Windy City before, so we had to indulge in a lake front view.

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With no real agenda for Saturday evening, we wandered around Michigan Avenue so CS could take in the sights and architecture. Once we finally got hungry, we veered off the Magnificent Mile to see what local restaurants we could find. We settled on Jake Melnick’s. They boasted the best wings in Chicago, but CS had his sights set on a burger the size of his head.

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While enjoying our dinner, it started to pour. We weren’t prepared for this, but were in no hurry either so as we continued our meal, we just waited it out and people watched. This part was not so enjoyable… while waiting it out, we witnessed a young lady pull her shorts and underpants down, pee on the corner of Wabash and Superior in the pouring rain, pull them back up and walk off like nothing just happened. WTF?! As far as I know, rain does not make you invincible. Welcome to Chicago I guess. The rain died down and we headed back to the hotel to get some rest for the real reason we were in town… Sox v. Royals on Sunday. 

On Sunday we headed over to Navy Pier despite the rainy-esque cloudy skies.

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It was terribly windy at the east end of the Pier.

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I got a bit nervous for what the game time conditions would be, but as the day progressed, the sun came through and we knew we were going to have a gorgeous day! I couldn’t of ordered better weather, but I did order a small surprise for CS before the game. I had his great friend JG and LadyS, waiting for us as we got back from lunch in the hotel room. They were going to join us for the rest of our Chicago weekend festivities!

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I had never been to the U.S. Cellular Field and it didn’t disappoint from our seats. The Sox fans were great to joke with and didn’t give us too hard of a time.

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They even had a boat-load of mascots, but I couldn’t get to them.  Boo.

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Upon leaving the park, you were offered great views of downtown Chicago.

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We also found some photo ops provided by large murals at the stadium. The boys in action! Who’s the pitcher and catcher in this scenario? I’m confused.

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Since we cabbed it to the game, the group wanted the “L” experience for our ride home.  We had to throw in our own action scene. I pretended to be Harrison Ford in The Fugitive fighting off the evil 1 armed man.

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CS found this sculpture Saturday night and had to share its “glory” with JG and LadyS. I found it a great place to ponder what we were to do Sunday night.

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We opted for a low key pizza dinner followed by a neighborhood corner bar just off the main strip. It had very welcoming large open windows that someone may or may not have danced the night away in.  We rounded out Monday with some local Mexican food before our car ride home.  We were all too pooped to take in anymore of the city.  I think everyone had a good time, I know I did!  Happy (now belated) birthday CS!  

After 2 weekends in a row in the Windy City, it’s time to move on… but to where?