Last night we took the boys to the Alabama football game! The original plan was to take Emma Claire and Wilson and get a babysitter for Henderson. When I told Emma Claire our plans, she was a little less than excited about the ball game, stating, "all you do is SIT there" and so she opted to go to play practice and spend the night with her grandmother. Since we had 2 extra tickets, thanks to an old friend from Dothan, who now lives in Birmingham - THANKS Amanda!!!!, we took both boys - and they were ECSTATIC!!!!! We went to our tailgate and ate some yummy food and threw the football a little, then made our way to the stadium! I was expecting COLD temperatures, so I packed gloves, hats, scarves, you name it - but it was actually very mild and pleasant!!!!
I had assummed Henderson would be very "scared" once we got in the stadium, b/c he tends to be a very "slow to warm up child" in new environments. But he didn't miss a beat. They climbed up on the railing and started yelling ROLL TIDE to their hearts content! It helps that we have front row seats right where the team runs out - had we been way up high, the outcome might not have been so positive!!!!
Pure joy, I'd love to know what's really running through their minds!!!!
Below, you can see Coach Saban's head right above Henderson's head!
And there we have Ingram, Orr, Hightower!!!! Yipee!!!!!
Grandaddy Bud held onto Wilson's coat to make sure he didn't go sliding down the overhang on top of the players!!!! :)
It was truly a wonderful experience and I'm so glad my boys got to go to at least one game this year! About midway into the 3rd quarter (9:00) I was ready to go, so I asked the boys if they were ready to go - NO!!!! They both wanted to stay with their daddy, but I knew Will was not up to keeping both by himself. I decided that it was time for Henderson to leave since we could tell he was getting in that "wild stage when they're so tired they just keep moving around and acting crazy so they won't fall asleep" - you know what I'm talking about. So I picked Henderson up and carried him up the steps, all the while he is screaming "I WANT MY DADDY!!!!!" all the way. I know the police officers at the top thought I must be kidnapping this child. I had to put him down a second to put the backpack on my back and he took off down the stairs screaming for his daddy!!! And it didn't get much better. He screamed for his daddy half way to the car! Fun times, but it was worth it - seeing the joy in their eyes and putting the love for the Tide in their hearts!!!!