Sunday, August 17, 2014

Anniversary and Tigers game

What a weekend! As I mentioned, yesterday was Jerry's and my 11-year wedding anniversary. He was supposed to work all day, but on Friday, he asked his boss if he could possibly have the day off. Eventually, his boss agreed. We didn't have big plans, but I wanted to do something to celebrate.

My mom took the kids for the night. Neither Jerry nor I was very hungry at dinnertime, so we decided that instead of going out to dinner, we'd just use that money to play Keno instead. We walked to the bar, where we split an appetizer and had a couple of drinks while we played Keno.


I've only ever played a four-spot Keno card (where you pick four numbers, and if you match two or more, then you win). Last night, I decided to try my luck at seven-spot (you pick seven numbers, but you need to match at least three to win something). Turns out, my luck was terrible at the seven spot! We only won half our money back. But we don't really play Keno thinking we're going to win big, so it was no big deal. We had a lot of fun!

Today, Jerry's employer treated the employees and their families to a Tigers game. We put on our Tigers gear, and took the kids into Detroit for their first-ever Tigers game.


The game started at 1:00, and once we got there and found our seats, I couldn't believe how hot it was. The sun was directly overhead, and I was so sweaty within seconds. Our seats were facing west, so there wasn't any hope of getting shade.




After a couple of innings, I could see that Noah and I were starting to burn. It hadn't even occurred to me to bring sunscreen! The kids were pretty miserable in the heat, so we talked about leaving, but it was only the second inning. Instead, we went down to the lowest level, and stood and watched some of the game there. It actually felt really nice when we weren't in the direct sun. By the seventh inning, the Tigers were down by 7 runs, and Eli was totally ready to leave. Noah wanted to stay, so Jerry and Noah stayed for the rest of the game, and Eli and I went outside the stadium to wait.

We found a nice spot to sit on the grass under a tree, where we just people-watched. We really enjoyed that more than the game, I think! There were some street performers and lots of people leaving the game.



It was really nice to sit and chat with Eli while Jerry and Noah were still at the game. Eli showed me his loose tooth, and it was definitely ready to come out. I gave him some napkins from my purse and told him to try pulling it. He worked on wiggling his tooth, and right after Jerry and Noah came out of the stadium, Eli pulled his tooth out. That's his FIFTH tooth to come out in about three weeks. The last two he pulled himself. He's now missing three on top and two on bottom.

When the game let out, we noticed there were a TON of people lined up outside of Ford Field, which is next to Comerica Park (where the Tigers game was). After seeing that 95% of the people in line were scantily-clad teenage girls, we discovered that there was a concert for a boy band called "One Direction" (I'd never heard of them, but Noah told me who they are). It was actually really funny to see all the girls going crazy. There were quite a few pink limos full of girls, too ;)


Rather than try to fight the traffic to leave right away, we walked through Greektown about a mile to Pizza Papalis for dinner. It was already nearly 6:00, and we were all starving. Seeing that area of Detroit was actually very nice! Some areas of the city feel really unsafe, but the area we walked today wasn't bad at all. We saw a few street performers, and there was one man that the kids especially liked. He stood extremely still, and then if you put a tip in his box, he'd "come to life" and act like a robot. It was hilarious to just watch people walk by, and they didn't even notice him until he started moving right as they walked past. Several women screamed or gasped when they realized he was a real person.

The whole day ended up being lot of fun. I was worried when we first got to the park and it was SO hot, but we did what we could in the situation, and all of us ended up enjoying the day. We didn't get home until about 7:30, so it was a long day!


Don't forget, tomorrow is Motivational Monday, so if you have a photo you'd like to share, you can email it to me at Katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com, subject: Motivational Monday, along with a brief description, and I may post it tomorrow!

14 comments:

  1. I love that you found a way to make it work! And your family in all their gear is adorable! :)

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    1. Thanks! I wish I'd thought to ask someone to take a picture of our whole family at the game. Where is my personal photographer in a moment like that?! ;)

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  2. So funny that you haven't heard of One Direction. The young girls are so crazy over them. What kind of music do you like?

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    1. I don't listen to music very often, so my music tastes are extremely outdated! I mostly listen to the stuff I liked in high school. Blink 182, Eminem, My Chemical Romance, and Imagine Dragons are what I listen to most at the moment.

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  3. Happy Anniversary! I just found your blog about a week ago. You are very inspiring!
    Ashley @ KickAshMom.com

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  4. As long-time KC Royal fans, I'll have to admit when now 2nd place Detroit loses, we are happy at my house (Apologies to Jerry). It's been almost 30 years since the Royals made the playoffs so it's fun to be in 1st place even if it's only for a short time. We went to a game in St. Louis a couple years ago and even though it was early May it was super hot in the sun and we went inside to the concourse and watched the last half of the game at a lunch counter on a closed-circuit TV. Now when we go to KC games, we make sure to try and get tickets in the shade. I know that One Direction is super popular with the kids, (that's all I know) but didn't know they used a pink limo. They're a boy band right? Not that there's anything wrong with that.

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    1. I'm always going to pay attention to our seating based on where the shade will be from now on! My chest got pretty burnt, and I wasn't even in the sun for more than two innings.

      The pink limos were for girls who were attending the concert, not the band--although that would have been funny!

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  5. Happy anniversary! I was just in the Detroit area last weekend - my in-laws live in Grosse Pointe. We wanted to go to a Tigers game, but they were out of town. May have been good luck - I don't think we would've been up for that 19-inning game they had if they'd played that one at home! Comerica is a very nice park, but not much shade.

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    1. Yeah, that 19-inning game was crazy! It would have been fun to be part of something like that, but that would be a VERY long time to sit and watch baseball ;)

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  6. I get that your husband is goofy and there's nothing wrong with that, but does he ever smile normal for pictures?

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    1. When we're happy, and our smiles are genuine, that's just the way he smiles. If we're taking "serious" photos, like at a wedding or when we had family photos done, he tones it down ;) I like the "Jerry face" because it's genuine.

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  7. Your husband takes photos like mine -- with his mouth open! And congrats on your anniversary. The hubs and I will be celebrating 4 years in October. :)

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  8. Happy Anniversary! My husband and I also celebrated 11 years on the 16th! While we didn't celebrate kid free, we did have a very nice evening by the fire, playing yard games with our girls. Cheers!

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