Experiencing A Basketball School

Monday, February 24, 2014

Happy Monday!

Another weekend has come and gone, but boy did we make this one count! We caught a plane at 10:00 AM on Friday and were off to Kansas for a KU basketball game. Once we arrived in Kansas City, Eric's cousin, Leigh, picked us up at the airport. We spent the afternoon exploring Kansas City and seeing the sights. Luckily, we brought the warm weather with us so it wasn't too terribly cold. E was impressed with the snow that was pushed into piles everywhere, but for the most part it was a beautiful day. When Leigh's husband, Nick, got off work, he joined us and we headed to Eric's aunt and uncle's house in Lawrence, Kansas.

We ate dinner with them and spent the evening catching up. It was so much fun. I was feeling a little under the weather (sore throat, sinus congestion, and a headache) so I hit the hay early.

We woke up on Saturday morning and headed over to one of our friend's house for breakfast. Talk about a small world...... One of the guys E met when he was at Florida State literally lived a few streets over from E's uncle. It was so fun to get to catch up with Jordan, Robin, and baby Jullian!

After breakfast we headed to Mass Street to experience downtown Lawrence. We walked around and explored the eclectic shops and restaurants. We of course had to stop for some TCBY! :) We also made a pit stop at the KU football stadium so E cut check it out.

It was such a cute town!  After we finished exploring, we headed back home and E grilled us up some burgers so we could eat a late lunch/early dinner before heading to the game.

At about 5:00 PM it was time to head to the game. E wanted to make sure we had plenty of time to explore the basketball hall of fame, walk around the arena, and see all the pre-game activities. This was both of our first time attending a basketball game at a real basketball school. What a different world!

After stopping to pose with the famous Phog Allen, it was time to head into the KU hall of fame. It not only had a crazy amount of basketball memorabilia, but spot lights on historic mile stones from all KU sports. They even had a piece of the original gym floor.

Then we headed into the fieldhouse! Talk about packed. They definitely crammed 16,000 people into a space made for 12,000. It was all old school stadium bench seating and no AC! Luckily, it's usually cold in Kansas, but with that many people screaming at the top of their lungs, it can warm up quickly. I have never seen so many people get so excited about basketball. It was AMAZING!!!

The fans were some of the best I have ever experienced (behind A&M of course)! Even though they were winning by 30+ points no one left, they still cheered for every point like it was the game winner, and kept the team pumped up until the VERY END. I wish all basketball games could be this exciting. Thank you KU for an incredible experience!

After the game, we headed back home to spend some more time with the family. Sunday, morning we woke up, enjoyed a home cooked breakfast compliments of Aunt Shay and then headed to the airport.

It was a whirlwind of a trip, but one of the coolest experiences ever. It definitely gave me a whole new outlook on basketball games. Thank you Nick, Leigh, Aunt Sha, and John Boy for hosting us!!

It's time to get this Monday started with a Barre class at 11 AM. I'm subbing for another instructor and I'm pumped to get to teach two Barre classes in one day! Whoop!

Have a happy healthy Monday!

In health,

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