Monday, February 12, 2018

Basketball Roadtrip to Ames 2018

We made our fourth (and final) trip to Ames, IA on Saturday to watch my cousin, Kaylee, play basketball.  My dad decided to tag along this year, which was nice because I didn't have to drive.  If you want to relive our past trips click here -->  2015  2016  2017
Our family friend, Emily was out of town, but we did get to eat at Hickory park in her honor.
I brought my longer lens and was able to get some really good pictures of warm-ups and the game.
It was a tale of two halves.  The Cowgirls were up 45-25 at halftime, then were outscored 30-12 in the third quarter.  With their lead virtually eliminated it came down to a tight fourth quarter.
They led by just 3 when a ball went out of bounds leaving just 1 second on the shot clock.  An inbound lob was grabbed by Braxtin Miller who threw it up for a 3 and it went it!  After a brief review the shot was confirmed.  Kaylee's mom was visibly concerned during the review.
Kaylee had a career high, 35 point, game and put on a great show for the nearly 50 friends and family that made the trip to watch.
A trip with my parents isn't complete without some ice cream.  This is a Clone Cone, and it was enough for all fo us!
Uncle Mike and Aunt Deb
The whole clan that made the trip.  Only a few more games before she finishes up her senior year.  We will be making a girls trip in a couple weeks to attend senior night in Stillwater, OK.  Can't wait to see her play one more time.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Winter Olympics Party

In honor of the Olympics we had an opening ceremony party.  I tried to keep it more low-key than most of my parties, but still had to do something fun!  Sugar cookies decorated with colored sugar did the trick.  The olympic rings were my original idea and I decided to use the center cutouts to make gold, silver, and bronze medals.  I purchased gold and silver sugar, but made the bronze with yellow and neon purple food coloring (who knew?!?)

I tried to make a global spread with Korean pork and dips from around the world.
The gochujang pork roast was a new recipe, but a huge hit! Gochujang is a Korean chili paste.
We just ate and hung out for a few hours while watching the opening ceremony.  It was a pretty eclectic group as all of the couples were from different social circles.  
It was a really fun evening and yay for the Olympics!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Healing Herrmanns

The last week was rough for our family in the health department.  The fun started on Monday when Parker woke up with a fever.  He also had a decent cold and cough, but no other symptoms.  Over the weekend prior he was acting a bit tired on Saturday, but didn't have a fever yet.  
 He seemed to be doing better by the evening and woke up Tuesday in normal spirits and with a healthy appetite.  A few hours later I got a call from school that he was just wanting to lay on the floor and had a fever again.  My parents picked him up from school so we didn't have to leave work.  He was still struggling with it on Wednesday, so I took him in to urgent care.  Turned out he had an ear infection and we got a prescription for amoxicillin before heading home.
 I was hoping we'd be able to hide his medicine in milk or yogurt, but he wasn't having it.  I tried everything I could think of, but ended up calling urgent care to see if there were any other options.  They left a message for the nurse and we waited for a call back.  I was trying to keep Esme away, but she wanted to be close to him the whole evening.  We got a call at 7:30 that he could come in to get shots, but we needed to go right away since they close at 8:00.  We left as fast as we could and drove through the snow, but made it in time.  We had to wait about 30 minutes for them to finish up and 15 more minutes after the shots to make sure he didn't have any allergic reaction.  He handled it all pretty well, but was ready for bed when we got back home just after 9:00.  In the mean time Jimmy was diagnosed with the flu earlier on Wednesday and started his own round of meds.  He will likely be out of work for a week, but seems to be recovering.
 By mid-day Saturday we worried that Esme was following suit.  Around lunch time she threw up and spiked a 103 degree fever.  I wasn't taking any chances and took her to urgent care right away.  Since the flu is so widespread they just prescribed Tamiflu and told us to come back if things got worse.  She slept the rest of the afternoon and we had to wake her up at 6:30.
 A bath, a dose of Tylenol, and some brother snuggles helped drop her temp for the evening.  That turned out to be all she wrote.  She woke Sunday morning in normal spirits and with an eager appetite.  She didn't have any symptoms, but we continued with her medicine since she was tolerating it.  I haven't succumb to any major illness yet (knock on wood).  Hopefully you can stay healthy this winter too.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Super Bowl Live and Ziplining

My dad and I headed downtown on Thursday night to partake in the Bold North zip-line across the Mississippi River.  We went a little early so we could walk around Super Bowl Live.  It was close to zero, but we were fully bundled and stayed warm.  They had several interactive displays, snow and ice sculptures, and indoor areas.
 We were able to check in for the zip-line at 7:30, rode a Polaris Ranger from Nicollet Mall to Nicollet Island.  Most of the waiting was indoors or in a tent, which helped with the cold.  Once in line on site we signed a waiver, got a helmet and harness, then waited to climb 170 steps of scaffold to the launch point.
 About 50-60 people at a time were on the scaffold and it was about 20 minutes of waiting once we were close to the top.  It was partially protected from the wind, but still very cold.
I took a video of my whole ride down, but it didn't save properly.  I was able to film my dad's take off and my dad captured my whole ride from the other side.
 Despite the cold we were both very happy we did it!  Definitely a once in a lifetime experience.  
 On a Super Bowl side note, I made the glasses below for my friend Shannon.  She is on the halftime show stage crew and wanted to make a gift for all of her cart-mates.  It would have been a fun experience if I had been able to make all of the rehearsals.