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!
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.
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.
Ok, next activity, let’s take in a Royals Game!
Felt like a wolf-pack moment. First game for this kid!
I was intrigued by the vendor’s carrying methods.
We didn’t get a Royals win, but it was a win to be together.
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.
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!
Was thrilled to represent Team OneAmerica at the 2nd annual 2017 Indy Ultimate race!
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.
After that, we made our way past the Indianapolis Zoo to run the bases at the Victory Field.
NL was ready!
What’s up Rowdie!
Let’s go to Lucas Oil Stadium to kick a football through the uprights!
Very cool to enter through the tunnel like a real Pro.
So, I didn’t make it through the goal posts, but I was pleased that my kick did get air born like a champ!
Georgia street welcomed us some tire drills and a frisbee toss. And finally a water station. It was hot out!
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!
Didn’t get to shoot on the real court… would have been a fun stair climb!
Next stop, the Circle to ride the HandleBarIndy.Com. But no beer?! Pass.
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.
Pack carry around the fountain.
Then the obstacles in the American Legion Mall.
Let’s finish this thing! Down the canal, through the Indiana State Museum and back to Military Park to celebrate!
Complimentary beer only quenched my thirst for a few sips. Creeper alert!
#ConquerIndy – We did! Thanks to Indiana Sports Corporation for putting on a great event!
What’s the best way to not be sore after a race? Stay on your feet!
What to do on a Sunday afternoon? Let’s ride bikes to Broad Ripple and watch some ducks swim down the canal. What???
BRVA sponsors the Canal Duck Race. I know this race was around last year, but not sure how long it’s history is. I remember seeing signs, and since we were in town this year, we hopped on our bikes and headed down the Monon. 30 minutes later, we run into this guy! They even have a mascot!
So we sponsor some ducks and grabbed some seats at Flatwater to wait for the race to start. We hear the count down and then heeeeeeeeeeere they come!
Did I mention they are rubber ducks?! Go ducks 1707, 1708, 1709, 1710, 1711, and 1712!!
It was absolutely hilarious and adorable at the same time. All these families were out crowding the Canal and enjoying the great weather.
This guy may have had the best job. Chuckin’ ducks back into the canal that got caught on the rocks.
Panorama shot of the madness. It was so hilarious. Must definitely take part again next year!
After the race, you can pick up your ducks and take them home. We did. We wanted to show them what clean water looked like… Hello pool! I could hear the duckies going “Ahhhhhh blue water!”
While starting my “training” for the Mini 5K this year on May 3rd, I thought of an idea to get my ass running on a regular basis again. “A Mile A Day In May” was born. I have no excuse to not carve off 10 minutes a day for a minimum one mile run. Since I started this idea late, I made sure to have catch-up runs for May 1st & 2nd, which included a run over to packet pick up in some rain. Little did I know that was an omen for race day. What better way to shake off the crappy weather than with a mascot photo!
Slim pickins’ in the goodie bag since this race went to a virtual goodie bag. This was a fun surprise, a student who has benefited from the 500 Festival education programs wrote us a note!
Instead of our usual lasagna dinner, we met up with my cousin and 2nd cousin who would be running the race with Team Triumph!
If you haven’t heard of this group, please visit their website. TEAM TRIUMPH is an athletic ride-along program created for children, teens, adults, and veterans with disabilities who would normally not be able to experience endurance events such as triathlons or road races. Their mission is “To enhance the health and well being of individuals with disabilities by fostering lasting, authentic relationships through the teamwork environment of endurance athletics.” My cousin’s daughter has an amazing story and gets to ride in this chair at events.
I have thought about racing with someone like this for awhile because I do so many races by myself. Now, I’ll commit to racing for Team Triumph in 2017. Mom and I added CS to our 5K team this year!
He’s in shorts and a jacket. I’m in pants, a winter coat and stocking cap. 45 degrees is not my friend. The weather didn’t keep the crowd away but I heard a lot of runners bailed on the Mini because of the conditions.
The weather couldn’t keep T-Rex away! I needed a picture with this guy!
Mom was not happy with the drizzling rain. Nobody puts Mama in a hood.
It was chilly but 5K bag people? Must of been their 1st rodeo.
During the last mile Mama had her fill. She was ready to bail. Don’t JUMP!!
But she gets some pep in her step at the finish line!
I think we’ve seen the last of the Mom/Daughter Mini days. We’ll find some warmer races to compete in. Got to see my longtime friend @erikprops finish the wheelchair race! Sorry I can’t show a closer view… Flickr needs to figure out their photo editor choices.
As I’m trying to figure out time splits for my cousins, Chad goes “There they are!” Fugh! Barely could get my phone out in time but I did get to capture J running the last bit of the race!
As we walk back to our tent, we spy a massage area. Yes please!
So, back to A Mile A Day In May… I only missed last Thursday because of the work schedule and events, but I made up for it the day before. My legs are tired, but will stay strong!
Let’s travel! I always get asked on our later Colorado trips, “Will there be snow?” Oh yes. When you are at 10,000 feet, there is plenty.
B upgraded the girls annual passes to Copper this year. CS and I love Copper so we were excited.
With all 3 Fuller girls on skis this year, we maximized the 6 seater chair.
I even packed a selfie stick to get some group shots.
I’m learning how to use it. I hooked it all up without realizing I clamped down on the take-a-picture-button on the side. I got 198 photos of my skis in 5 seconds.
It’s hard trying to get all that shit out on the chair, not fall off, and not lose any gear to the ground below. Kayla was my rockstar this year! She had new longer skis and mastered them like a champ.
Syd was our navigator with Reagan at her side. They lead us down the slopes all day long!
It was very fun for me to watch B and his girls. They all have come a long way from when we first started doing this.
After skiing all day, I thought these girls would be down in bed quickly. Nope! Dance battle ensued.
After I took a turn, Kayla was looking for her next victim. It was Future uncle.
We had a new player this year. A new doggie. I tried to accommodate her when the girls had to head back to town for some soccer. Hindsight, I should have left her alone. But she looked like mix of my last 2 dogs. I couldn’t resist and it costed me. I was down in bed with an allergy attack like no other for 2 days.
We spent a day walking around Leadville. Repeat, yes they have snow. Up to the roof!
One of my favorite thrift shops has been replaced with a grow shop. Highest weed shop around. Get it?! It’s at 10,000 feet.
While I’m reading my Ellen book, she talks about being in Colorado and wanting to see what her readers are doing. Well, cool! I’ll show you! I took to Twitter hoping @TheEllenShow would catch on.
I got a few likes, but not my break through moment. Try #1 got a better response. Until next time, see ya Rockies!
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.
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!
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…