#Eureka - Adult Field Day

The party duo strikes again.

Staci and I decided to have a small gathering a few weeks ago that we called Adult Field Day. We instructed a group of our friends to head over to Staci's house (In Omaha), pick up a sack lunch, and walk over to the elementary school field near Staci's house.

Staci and I had set up a Field Day at the park like we used to have in elementary school. We dressed up as gym teachers or at least tried to dress up in that way. I ended up looking a divorcee from the 80's going to Bingo night in Long Island.  We had a megaphone, stopwatches, whistles, and even a scoreboard to play the part.  

We spilt up into three teams and had the events that are listed on this official scoreboard. Before each event we would announce (on the megaphone) the rules and how the points would be distributed for that event.  

We also had a parachute that I ordered off of Amazon to play with as a reminder of how cool PE was in elementary school. 

Here are some highlights of the events. 

We handed out participant ribbons to everyone who came because it is America. We also had Field Day dog tags that the members of the winning team got to take home. The ultimate prize was a trophy of winged shoes that said "Adult 2014 Field Day Champion" that I ordered from Crown Awards one of my favorite websites on the planet. (I somehow didn't get a photo of it) We had a few little kids at the event so we ended up giving the trophy to one of the participant's son because how could you not?  

But don't worry, the trophies are cheap so when I ordered them I made sure to order a few extra including this one I made for myself. 

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It was an awesome afternoon, it reminded me of how important it is for me to have friends who are up for anything. When you have a group like that, you can have a such a great time! 

Documenting the Days - My Golden Birthday

I recently celebrated my Golden Birthday and turned 29 on August 29th. I was dreading my birthday, I hate getting older. I especially hate that I am almost 30. ::shivers:: I always imagined that by the age of 29 I would be on a 30 under 30 list, have a solid skin care regimen, carry a passport full of stamps, and be able to keep a plant alive for more than three weeks. About that . . .

To make my birthday even more dreadful this year, my grandma had heart surgery on the day of my birthday at the Mayo Clinic (she is back home now) and Bennett worked a 30 hour shift and thus for gone the whole day plus some. My birthday plan was to mope around and watch Lifetime movies after work while eating Chinese food in bed to mourn being in the last year of my twenties. 

A few days before my birthday, my friend Amanda was road tripping across the country stopped in Iowa City. She got her nose pierced on a whim and I went with her while she was here. I loved how it looked on her and instantly wanted one.  I decided it would be fun to get a gold stud in my nose for my golden birthday and figured getting my nose pierced would give me something to look forward to and shift my attitude towards the day.

Amanda right after she got her nose pierced in Iowa City.

Amanda right after she got her nose pierced in Iowa City.

I was a little too nervous to go by myself so I asked Andrea and Justine, two of my close Iowa City friends, if they could witness the piercing. Not only did did they agree to come, they documented the entire thing, amused me by wearing tiny party hats, got me the most thoughtful and unique presents, and made me laugh the whole night. I was so glad that I reached out to ask for support on a day that I was expecting to be awful because it turned out being the complete opposite. I also felt the love from afar from all of the messages and gifts that everyone sent me. It took the sting of 29 away - so thank you. I have the coolest friends.

During the piercing Justine and Andrea were like paprizzi (or soccer moms) taking multiple photos of the process. Here is a small sample of the photo album, the last photo cracks me up - it is me coming out of the piercing place and you can see Justine in the mirror taking a photo of me leaving. I love how it turned out!

The final product. 

So cool.

So cool.

Monday Musing - Friends are Family

I am doing my Monday Musing on Tuesday because we were still without internet yesterday but finally got it today! Yea! My musing this week is about friendship. This past weekend we went to Omaha because two of our best friends got married. (photos below). We stayed with other friends and had a great time celebrating. Spending time with everyone made me realize that Bennett and I really consider our close friends family. I was so excited to move away but I never anticipated how hard it would be to move away from my friends. I see pictures of everyone together and get texts about what they are doing and it hurts my heart more than I thought it would. I realized it is just because I miss my family, something I wasn't expecting.