Coffee Date Friday {#39}

Come join me for a coffee date!

Well I hope y’all don’t mind that I’m going to be talking about baseball a lot these next few weeks because MY KC ROYALS ARE IN THE WORLD SERIES!!!!!!!

It’s crazy and awesome how excited this city is for its baseball team this fall.  It’s been a great rallying point bringing the whole city together.  And they’re just such a great team!  I know I’m biased, but the story I keep hearing and reading again and again is how it’s impossible not to like the Royals because they’re genuinely nice guys with no huge egos who are acutely aware of the fact that they are making history and what they mean to this city.  It’s great to see.

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The team celebrating after a home ALCS victory.

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I’m sporting my blue — for those not indoctrinated in to the Royals culture, 1985 was the last time the Royals were in MLB playoffs (they won the World Series that year), so the references to ’85 hearken back to those days.

If we were having coffee today, I would tell you that I am beyond excited for my girls’ trip/sewing weekend next week!  I haven’t talked about it yet on here but it’s been in the works for a while.  Albert has a core group of college buddies with whom we’ve stayed close over the years.  He and the guys go on yearly golfing and mountainbiking trips, we trek up to Iowa every year for a Hawkeye game, vacation together, etc.  And it happens that all of us wives get along really well, even though we only know each other through our husbands and come from very different backgrounds.

And it happens that we all sew!  Since the guys get their trips together every year, we decided that we deserve one too.  So next weekend, we are all converging in Des Moines for a weekend of wine, fabric and sewing!  Our locations are Kansas City, St. Paul, Iowa City and DC-area, so Des Moines is a nice central meeting place to which 3 of us can drive (and bring all the necessary sewing accouterments), and it’s easy for Julie to fly in from DC.

I’ve been planning what I’m going to work on with 3 1/2 days of uninterrupted sewing time — it’s going to be heavenly!

And speaking of the Hawkeyes, if we were having coffee this morning, I would tell you that we went to Iowa last weekend for our annual Hawkeye game with said college friends!  We had a really nice weekend.

My kids are getting old enough now that they can fend for themselves on some things, and it’s easier to leave them with my parents for the day while we go to the game (thanks Mom and Dad!).  So Albert and I were able to tailgate, go the game, and go out with our friends after the kids were in bed both nights.  And the Hawks cleaned up on Indiana — score!

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Supporting both our teams at the game.

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With our friend Leslie, who is totally knocked up! So excited for them.

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Our friend’s daughter (who is N’s age), shared her “shaker” with me at the game. Such a sweetie.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that we’ve gotten really lazy from a diet standpoint after traveling so much.  Albert and I are pretty much back on track, but addressing the kids’ diet is a real challenge.  They get into these habits/ruts and are so stubborn about breaking out of them!  I figure that I can go about it one meal at a time, starting with breakfast.  This morning, rather than J’s typical granola bar and cereal, I got up and whipped up a batch of homemade paleo pancakes for breakfast.  I love this recipe — grain-free, gluten-free, high-fiber, high-protein and completely delicious.

I’m going to try to get a jump start for the week and make a few good breakfast items over the weekend.  In addition to pancakes, I’m hoping to do some paleo muffins and maybe even find a non-sucky paleo breakfast cookie recipe.  Any suggestions?

If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?

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