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Tornado Safety and Planning Checklist

29 May
Did you know that 3 out of every 4 tornadoes touch down in the United States? You could probably guess that. But do you know which state has the most? Many would say it was one of the states in tornado alley when actually it’s Florida. Florida is the thunderstorm capital of the world. The tornadoes spawned in Florida usually don’t reach the width of a tornado in tornado alley, but on average, they receive the most with 12.3 tornadoes per 10,000 miles. 
So which state receives the second most tornadoes?

Hey Wichita Ladies … Let’s Get Dirty!

25 May

Alright Wichita (and area) Girls … it’s time to get off your rears and come get dirty with me!

Recently I was contacted by a Dirty Girl to become a Blog Ambassador for the Dirty Girl Mud Run coming to Wichita, Kansas in July. With this comes a unique opportunity for me to share their cause, which raises money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation! Not a bad gig, eh? And you think I just sit around typing on my little computer and eating bon bons. Shame on you!

I’m not athletic at all. And maybe you aren’t either! Evidently that’s perfectly fine!

Here’s the scoop…


Dirty Girl is a 5k mud run for women of all ages and athletic abilities. Don’t worry – it’s not a “race” in the traditional sense. It is an untimed obstacle course designed to push you slightly out of your comfort zone – but only as far as you are comfortable going. Forming teams is encouraged, and so is helping your fellow Dirty Girls get through to the finish. At a Dirty Girl Mud Run you’ll find excitement, laughter, and camaraderie – as well as lots of music and even some adult beverages. It’s a day you’ll never forget.

Dirty Girls love their mud and obstacles. And because of that, they take special care to choose a location for each event that provides you with the best chance of crossing the finish with the biggest smile of your life!

Course Description
Run, walk, climb, crawl—you will experience it all. With obstacle names like Utopian Tubes (tunnel crawl) and PMS (Pretty Muddy Stuff), you can expect to laugh until your cheeks hurt. But don’t worry, if you get to an obstacle that’s more than a challenge for you—hey, take one of the detours. Also expect safety throughout. Expect the event to go on rain or shine. Expect not to be timed. Expect some crazy team uniforms. Expect to leave with an overwhelming sense of accomplishment.

Course Strategy
Take it easy and have fun! It is not timed or competitive so you can go entirely at your own pace. The course may include off road terrain, so be careful. You’re sure to get muddy, wet and experience some cheek busting laughter. You can expect safety throughout the course and water stations at mile 1 and mile 2.

Spectator Tips
Prepare your guests – they’ll be overwhelmed with a sense of jealousy as they watch you experience what will be remembered as one of the best days of your life! Make sure they bring a camera as the memories will be priceless!

From start to finish, it’ll be an unforgettable event and an incredible teambuilding experience!

 
I had you at “adult beverages” didn’t I? Or maybe it was the fact that you’d be helping out a great cause. Either way – it’s worth it!


If you want to join my team, let me know! We’ll have to come up with a kick ass name and some cutesy uniforms. And possibly a sponsor. But knowing that the money is going to a great cause and the fact that you’re making lasting memories with some awesome local chicks … has got to be worth a night to get out and get dirty. Right?

When: Saturday – July 13th / First Wave of runners is at 8AM – Second Wave is at 4PM
Where: Location TBA

Cancer survivors run for FREE!

Sign me up!
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Disclosure: I’m a Dirty Girl Ambassador, selected because of my general awesomness and also my ability to inspire. In return for spreading the word, my Dirty Girl Mud Run is comped, but all opinions are my own. A Procrastinating Mommy cannot be bought!

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Ringling Brothers Circus at Intrust Bank Arena (GIVEAWAY)

18 May

It’s been years since I’ve been to a circus. Okay … MANY years. But I still remember it. I remember the 50+ clowns clambering out of the little tiny car. I remember the elephants standing on two legs. I remember the beautiful horses and the gorgeous lady doing stunts on them. And I remember the trapeze artists and how, even those many years back, I covered my eyes because I was terrified they were going to fall to their death.


Even though I remember loving the circus and couldn’t wait to go back again … I’m embarrassed to admit that I have yet to take my boys to one. We had a chance a couple years ago but our timing fell through and we had to forfeit our tickets. I’ve been waiting for them to come back to town and finally, as we were driving down the highway … there it was. The huge billboard sign with clowns and superhumans showing their athleticism. I’m not talking about a sign for the little local ma and pa circus … I’m talking about “The Greatest Show on Earth“. You know the one. Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey. The ONLY circus in my book.

Every year or so, Ringling Bros. retools one of their shows and sends it forth. This one is fairly straightforward. While there are plenty of bright, modern colors and Dr. Seuss-inspired gadgetry, it feels more like an older circus.


Also, “Fully Charged” doesn’t have a plot for the audience to follow, as in previous shows. Instead, it moves at a brisk pace and doesn’t try to be anything but a circus show. That’s nothing to complain about if you ask me! Especially when it comes time to try to explain there’s a storyline behind the tigers jumping through fiery hoops and horses wearing costumes and walking like humans, to my 5 and 2-year-old sons. It just makes it easier for me, as mom, to just let them sit back and enjoy the show.

There’s an undeniable high-tech flair, but the show relies heavily on acrobats, jugglers, dancers, daredevils and clowns. Animal acts are used sparingly. So you can breathe easier now, PETA.

There are no motorcycles – which makes me happy as well. They’re stinky, smoky, and noisy and nothing my toddler would ever enjoy. But the trapeze act? Well … that’s a circus institution!

BONUS: If you arrive early (like, 90 minutes early) you can even catch the pre-show that allows guests to see the animals up close and it is free with admission. But when I say you have to arrive early … you have to arrive early. They close down the pre-show early to get the animals prepped and ready for showtime.

After speaking with other Moms about the show, almost all of them said their favorite part was The Human Fuse. Now … if you’ve ever been to a Ringling Bros circus, you know there’s usually the epic stunt that makes everyone hold their breath, gasp, and then breathe a sigh of relief that the stuntman made it though that alive. Evidently … this is the one. And with a name like “The Human Fuse” – I can only imagine what’s going to happen. And I can’t wait to find out either!

To get your tickets for Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey: Fully Charged, visit Select-a-Seat’s website to choose your day and time or call them at: 855-755-SEAT (7328).

OR
You can always WIN a family four-pack of tickets just for being one of my awesome readers! This show is just for the Intrust Bank Arena circus that is coming to town May 30th – June 2nd so make sure you are available one of those days.

What do you have to do?

  • “Like” Intrust Bank Arena on Facebook. If you already do – then just click the button to move on.
  • “Like” The Procrastinating Mommy on Facebook. If you already do – you’re awesome – and click the button to move on.
  • Share this giveaway on YOUR Facebook page. Because it’s not fair to keep this all to yourself!
  • Give someone a compliment today. It may be the only good thing about their day.

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Thanks, you guys! My readers are honestly THE BEST. Good luck!! I can’t wait to see you there!

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16th Annual Sunflower Balloon Fest in Anthony, KS

10 May

Since 1998, a high-flying festival with beautiful colored balloons, a parade, parachute jumpers, hot air balloon rides, music, and dancing takes the grounds of the Anthony municipal airport.

If you have never experienced the thrill of watching a bevy of colorful hot air balloons rise majestically from green pasture to blue sky, you can’t imagine what you’re missing. The event will feature hot air balloons of all shapes, size and colors, as well as a multitude of family-friendly activities.

 

The fun will begin on Friday, May 10 with a mixer to acquaint the balloonists with their sponsors and crew. The skies will then glow with spectacular fireworks on Friday evening about 9:30 p.m., following the balloon glow or balloon flight.

Throughout the day on Saturday there will be flyby-powered parachutes as the wind permits.

In the small town of Anthony, you can enjoy the F-4D Phantom jet fighter flight simulator, the Show & Shine Car Show, Scout Troop #855’s Dutch oven feed, special Shell activities a magician performing walk-around magic, a Mobile Vet Center, the Sunflower Balloon Fest parade, and SO much more. There will be great cuisine at each of the local restaurants and/or food vendors will also be serving their specialties up and down Main Street.

Best of all: Admission is FREE for the spectators. Hot air balloon rides are $150.00 and obviously food and souvenirs are added costs.

Be sure to check the Sunflower Balloon Fest website for schedule of events and sponsors.


PS: My family and I will be there.  Look for us! I’ll be the one in the pink Traveling Mom shirt! Don’t be shy … come out and say hi!
 

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ALLLL ABOARD! The Go Go Thomas Tour is Coming to Kansas!

7 May

My youngest is a fan of anything that moves (cars, planes, trucks, buses, and especially trains) – As most boys are, I’m sure! So when I found out that Thomas the Tank Engine is REAL … as in, “Allllll aboard! Come ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and Sir Topham Hatt” … I couldn’t stop smiling. I just knew it was something I had to get tickets for! Not only for my little man, but kind of for me too. Yes, I live vicariously through my children sometimes.
Disclosure: My family has been given complimentary tickets to take a ride of our life on the Go Go Thomas Tour. Stay tuned for my upcoming blog post of our adventure. All opinions are my own and if you see my children behaving badly, please just turn your head and walk away. Thanks.



The Go Go Thomas Tour:
A Larger than Life Train for the Ride of Their Life. Thomas the Tank Engine is coming to the Midland Railway on May 31 – June 2 and June 7 – 9. This fun-filled event offers little engineers and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, star of the popular Thomas & Friends series. Children will take a ride along with their favorite engine friend on his latest adventure and participate in Thomas-themed activities including:

  • A 25-minute (approximate) ride with Thomas the Tank Engine
  • Meet Sir Topham Hatt, Controller of the Railway
  • A Thomas & Friends Imagination Station; featuring stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts & crafts, train tables, and coloring sheets
  • Storytelling
  • Video viewing and much more


Thomas the Tank Engine is coming to the Midland Railway on May 31 – June 2 and June 7 – 9.
Get your tickets today!!

 

I hope we see you there!!
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Sweet 16 Bound: Wichita State Shockers

24 Mar

Wichita was where the party was at last night.
So I thought this was appropriate to make….

Thanks picmonkey.com!

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Oh Gosh. I Turned Into "That" Parent.

19 Sep

I will get to the story behind the title of my post in a bit.  But first … I wanted to start off by saying how much I have forgotten how beautiful the city is I live in.  And how much “free” stuff there actually is to do here.

Labor Day Friday Cale took off early and decided to take us on a short trip into “the city”.  He parked by Exploration Place and took us on a walk around the river.  I italicized “river” because that’s what it’s suppose to be.  But as you can see … it has been so dry here all summer (near severe drought) that the city actually needs to mow the river.  It’s sad.

Here’s what the river looked like a year ago (courtesy of Wikipedia):

And here is a picture I took when we went across the bridge earlier this month:

I remember when that river use to be considered the West side part of town.  Now it literally divides the city in half.

Anyway …. back to our walk.

I thought I’d share a picture of some best friends:

Sometimes when I sit back and watch these two interact with eachother it literally brings tears to my eyes.

Did you notice the “Keeper of the Plains” statue in the background in the picture above?  If not, here’s a closeup view…

The Keeper of the Plains statue stands 44 feet tall and weighs nearly five tons (although after being placed on the rocks along the Arkansas River it now stands 30 feet taller).  It was designed by the Native American artist Blackbear Bosin.  At certain times at night it is surrounded by a “ring of fire” that is manually lit.  It is a beautiful piece of art that our city has to offer.

My photography mindset kicked in when I saw this group of ducks taking a bath in the river…

It just looked so peaceful.

Next stop … a surprise for Cashie (sort of).  We had heard about this “thing” that lived under one of the water drains along the river.  So we decided to go and try to find “it”.
Here you will see a shortened version of how our adventure went…

Walking up to the drain:

Looking into the drain … noticing something … staring straight at it for a good 30 seconds but still not really realizing yet what it was…

And he sees “it” … and so now he’s running away fast … right through a big mud puddle …

His face now that he’s a safe distance from “it”…

So … just what was this “thing” that had my son running for dear life?

It’s the troll that lives under the storm grate.  Legend has it trolls come alive at night but turn to stone during the daytime.  I wouldn’t dare tell my son this until he’s older.  But it’s still cool to think about it.

And here’s a closer view…

Are we the meanest parents ever?  Maybe.  But 5-10 years from now … we’ll be the coolest. LoL.

As we were walking back to the car we stopped to take a break and enjoy the beautiful weather we were having that day.  I think it was 75 degrees with a light wind. 
And I had to take one more picture of my handsome men:

They’ve got me so wrapped around their fingers it’s unbelievable. 
But the bond between those two is far more than that. 

Where was Chrissy this entire time we were looking like tourists in our own city?
Chillin:

He’s such a happy little dude. 

Cash is going to love this picture when he gets older…

Later that evening we decided to set up the tent and have a campout…

That is, until the wind changed and it got a little breezy.  Chrissy was the only one really diggin it…

So we all wussed out and went in to snuggle in our own beds.

The next day Cashie had his bff and future wife’s princess party to go to.  The invite actually said, “Come be a princess”.  We loved it.  He loved it.  He loves her.  Here are some pics of the party…

Good ol’ “Uncle” Bill. 

And this is what Cashie picked out for the birthday girl.  :::bites nails:::  We forgot to give them the gift receipt.  Hope she likes it.

The boys at the party who are ever so patiently waiting for the birthday girl to finish opening presents so they can start jumping again.

Aww.  Little Bella and Christopher.  I’m not so sure what they were talking about.  But it was important.

And then a pat on the head for the “good talk”.  And she’s off. 
Those Loop girls sure have a hold on my little boys.

And what’s a birthday party without the birthday princess shedding a few tears.  (“It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to … cry if I want to …”)  She’s a good girl.  And I approve of the marriage if it does happen.

Here’s my little slugger.  He made sure not to hit it too hard since there were still a few kids wanting to take a turn 😉

Good times with good friends.  Life doesn’t get any better for a three-almost-four-year-old.

Or does it?

Cash started school on the 6th.  He was a little nervous at first but the second we walked through the door he acted like he owned the place.  He put his bag on the hook and his folder where it was suppose to and went and played on the computer until school started.  He’s learned 3 new songs and is/was the only kiddo in the class that knows the Pledge of Allegiance.  He’s making some friends and the teacher says everyone gets along great.  He only goes two days a week for a few hours each time but the artwork is pouring in.  I wish I could save it all.  What do you do with your child’s art from school?
Here is a picture of nervous little Cashie the morning of his first day of school.  Bless his little heart.  He just looked too little to be carrying that big ol’ backpack…

Oops.  Looks like Mommy needs a lesson in spelling.  I spelled
“Cheeseburger” wrong.  LoL.

A couple days later we surprised Cassius with tickets to see Disney’s Toy Story 3 on ice.  Pictures don’t do justice for this.  It was by far the best thing we have been to yet.  I only remember one character (Buzz) slipping and it was hardly even noticeable.  They did a great job and even brought out Mickey, Minnie and the crew for a short song or two.
These are the crappiest pictures I think I’ve ever taken.  But like I said, I was too busy watching the show then wanting to take pictures.

You weren’t allowed to take movies but somehow I managed to get a VERY short snippet of part of the show:

And this is where I fess up and tell you how I’ve turned into “that” parent.  This ain’t my first rodeo.  We’ve been to Curious George LIVE.  Sesame Street LIVE (a couple times).  The Harlem Globetrotters (a couple times).  The Ringling Bros Circus.  I know that souvenirs at this events aren’t cheap.  Which is why I a) always pack along something that has to do with what we’re going to (a basketball, a Curious George book, a Buzz Lightyear action figure, Elmo, etc).  And b) I NEVER under any circumstance … take my child by the stands that are selling crap.  I’ve done fairly well.  Until Toy Story.  Papa gave Cashie $10 to spend on whatever he wanted.  While that was extremely nice of Papa …… $10 won’t get you anything more than a signed autograph picture of Woody or a 1 inch tall Buzz Lightyear that snaps onto a straw.  Well.  I made the biggest mistake I will have ever made (and will be my last).  I told Cash that Papa gave him some spending money and during intermission I would take him to pick something out.  Of course he wanted the $50.00 Woody statue or the $20.00 Mickey Mouse bank.  And I wasn’t about to fork over a dime on any of that stuff (Mommy isn’t a pushover!)  So I pointed out the stuff that he COULD afford to buy.  He had most of the stuff.  I told him I would take him to Target where he could buy more than one Mickey Mouse bank for the price of that one.  Nope.  That wasn’t going to work.  Let’s just say we had a HUGE meltdown in section 111.  I was the meanest Mom there and he made sure everyone knew it.  I took him back out into the hallway and we had a talk.  I explained this is not how it works.  He does not get what he wants by throwing a tantrum and that was that.  And then he looked up at me with his big bluish-gray beautiful eyes and said, “But I have money at home Mommy.  I wish I would’ve brought it and I could buy that Buzz Lightyear head.”  So call me a pushover.  I am now “that” parent.  The parent I made fun of for buying the $7.50 balloon that was going to either float up to the ceiling or sky before leaving or would deflate within 24 hours.  I am the parent that gave in to their tantrum throwing child.  I am the parent I said I’d never in a million years be.  So sue me.  I spotted him the $5.00 and bought him the $15.00 snowcone.  At least the cup is reusable.  Until the baby gets a hold of it and snaps the lid off.
Plus it’s the size of Cash’s head.  So maybe it was worth the $15.00.  But the memories … well … obviously those are priceless.

Next adventure for the T clan … The Kansas State Fair.  Whoop whoop.  People watching, carnies, family fun, and red velvet funnel cakes.  What more can you ask for.

The mini hay maze.  Do you know how bad I wanted to duck behind those bales.  But I didn’t.

I almost wish they’d buy one of these so that they could take off on boy’s trips and I could have the whole house to myself.  But I’m sure I’d probably just worry the whole time.  So we won’t be adding one of those to our wishlists anytime soon.

First ride of the fair … The BIG Slide. It has microphones that hang down over the humps and speakers that amplifies your scream so the whole fairground hears you.  Let’s just say Cashie would much rather ride the slide with Daddy then me.

His face says it all.  He was a little ticked at Daddy for making him sit in the back and get all wet. 

The scary pirate ride….

His ears closed going in….  And they were still closed on the way out (5 seconds later).

Love.

We took the first picture at the fair a year ago and I tried to take one exactly like it.  Little boy is growing up.  (Looking a little paler though, lol).  Anyway, a year ago Daddy had to hold both hands while walking through the crazy spinning barrel.  This year he only needed to hold one hand.  Next year he’ll be walking through it by himself  :::tears:::

He is his Daddy’s boy.  This was his favorite ride.  It tickled his tummy he said.

After explaining to him that sculpture was made entirely out of butter … he stared at that thing for a long time.  I just wish I knew what was going through his head.

And for you ladies that are preggo.  It could be worse.  You’d have to shoot me if I had to carry a baby like that.

We’ve had some good times the past few weeks.  Busy and hectic.  But fun.

Cash and Christopher are currently sick with a cold.  Cash came down with it Thursday after I picked him up from school.  I asked him how he was feeling the other day and he told me, “Good … but my brain is tickling.”  I just wish I knew what he meant by that.

Sorry for the picture overload.  I’ve said it before … but this time I’m serious.  I’ll stick with blogging every day or every other day from now on.

Until then … Peace, Love, and Pop Rocks (the candy).  Life is sooooooo good.