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March Madness

Yes, we suffer from March Madness in our house - for several reasons. The twins birthday is March 15, and they turned 20 this year. I know you'll associate March Madness with the NCAA Basketball Tournament. This year was no different. Kansas State beat Utah State in the first round, but lost to Wisconsin in the second round. KU fared much better. They beat Boston University, Illinois and Richmond before losing to VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) in the Elite Eight. While the state's focus was on these two teams, Wichita State lit fans on fire with their run for the NIT Championship. They beat Nebraska 76-49 at Koch Arena, then beat Virginia Tech 79-76 in Virginia. Last Wednesday night, Terry, Kaitlin, Lydia and I went to their third NIT game - College of Charleston - at Koch. They won again 82-75. Now they are in the quarter finals of the NIT Tournament, and they will play another WSU - Washington State University - tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden. GO SHOCKERS! Make this city and this state proud of you!

We had several birthday celebrations over the past few weeks. Corby and I took Kaitlin out to Olive Garden on her birthday. When the boys came home for spring break, we went out to eat at Abuelo's with just about the whole family. There we celebrated several birthdays - Mark's from January, Kaleb and Kaitlin's on March 15, and Sandy's on March 17. Here are some pictures from the family get-together:

Kaitlin with her Keith Urban concert ticket
Kaleb with his new George Foreman grill

Sandy with her K-State Scentsy warmer

Sort of a group photo:
Mark doesn't like having his picture taken, so I didn't get one of him with gifts, but he's the first one of the left in the group picture, so I managed to sneak him in there!

Kaleb also got his "separate" birthday dinner before he headed back to Manhattan last week. He chose Hu Hot Mongolian Grill. It's not my favorite place to go, but everyone else seems to like it.

Brandon had to go back last Monday because he had to work. Kaleb went back on Wednesday. Kaitlin and I took Lydia back on Saturday. I took the kids out to Freddy's for lunch, and then we stopped by Varney's to check on a cap and gown for Brandon's graduation. They don't carry them in the store, but gave us the website name to order from. We went back to the boy's apartment and got them ordered. We are now pretty much set for graduation on May 14!

I had an MRI this morning. I've been having soreness and pain in my left arm and my neck. It seems to be my deltoid muscle, but Dr. Messner said since this is the second time I've been to him complaining of this (last July was the other time) he wanted to do an MRI and see if there is a pinched nerve or muscle, or if it might be a disc in my neck area. They gave me an ativan pill to take before the test. I can understand why. Once the technician had me lay down, I shut my eyes and didn't open them again until she pulled me out of the machine. I think claustrophobia would have set in had I tried to do it with my eyes open. That's a pretty confining space! I should have the results back in 3-4 days.

Kaitlin got good news late last week. She got the $500 Foley Equipment scholarship from Wichita State! If nothing else, it helps with some of her books. She's still waiting to hear what other scholarship she may have gotten.

The cold weather has returned, after a few days in the 70's & 80s early last week. You can tell it's colder by where the cats choose to lay:

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