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Game Time!

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This past Saturday was a first for Nate.  He had his first opportunity to attend a Husker game with Brad, and he was super excited.  He loves to watch the Husker on tv, and we decided that age 7 seemed like a good time to start getting to go to a game.  The only down side was that I didn’t get to tag along to see him experience it all for the first time.  Brad said he did really well, and asked a ton of questions.  Luckily we remembered to pull out the binoculars which allowed him to get a better view of things.  Our biggest fear was that the game didn’t start until 7pm – when your dad is a pastor there is no option to skip worship to sleep in the next morning!  🙂

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What was most impressive to Nate about the whole experience???  “Mom we set a record, and I was there!”  (With the new stadium expansion, it was a record number of people in Memorial Stadium.)  Adorable!

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Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving was a much anticipated break from school, work, and a getaway to the farm.  We all eagerly counted down as we waited for Wednesday the 23rd to roll around.  There was no rush to run out the door first thing to try to get there by a certain time, which allowed for a very peaceful getting everything ready.  (Always appreciated!!)

Brad and I were blessed that evening to be able to duck out for a couple of hours and celebrate our 9th anniversary at a restaurant in a nearby town.  It’s always nice to get out on our own!  We chatted about what kind of trip we might want to do to celebrate our 10th anniversary next year, and we’re excited about some of the ideas we talked about.

Thursday, Turkey Day, the Hands joined us with their crew.  It’s fun to see the 6 cousins big enough to interact and play together/alongside one another.  Even Laurel would march out to the office and join in with everyone playing out there.  The turkey and meal was great of course, and I stuck to just one helping.  I’ve always been one determined to not overfeed myself on Thanksgiving.  It was a gorgeous day so after some naps (and non-naps) we took the kids outside for some fun on the golf cart and four wheelers.

Friday Brad and I were blessed to get away again and go to the Husker game.  It’s always nice to be at one they win – it makes the ride home so much more bearable.  😉  After grabbing a quick, late lunch we headed back down to the farm to pick up the kids and head back home.

It’s so nice to be able to spend a few days away from home and still have a few days at home before the next work/school week rolls around!

football shots

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i didn’t grow up in a house where sports played a major role.  i don’t think i watched a single razorback game until i was in college.  somehow though my husband has won me over, at least in some areas.  sure, there are still plenty of things i’d rather be doing than watching sports, but i can definitely tolerate and enjoy a certain amount.

one of my favorite things about college football are the pictures that i like taking each year of nate in one of his husker or razorback shirts and the football (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 – i can’t find a post from last year, maybe i didn’t get to it, hmmm).  while brad was off at the game on saturday i took the opportunity to try to get a shot of the kids in their brand new husker shirts i had picked up the day before.

i was pleasantly surprised at how some of them turned out.  i have come to realize there is no such thing as a perfect shot, especially when it includes a 4 and 2 year old, but they actually were way more cooperative than normal.

here are a few of my favorites (there are more on facebook):

Dear College Football,

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On this, the night of your final good-bye, I wanted to take a moment and thank you for a mostly decent season.  In the end, we were pleased with the Huskers.  We’re hoping you can spend a bit more time with the Razorbacks in the off season though.  They could benefit from a little boost before next fall.  Before we rush right into next fall, let’s take a moment to go over how well you adhered to the house rules I mentioned earlier in the season.

  1. Your lease is up after January 7, 2010.  (At that time you may reapply for your next lease.)  Obviously, we’ve reached the big day.  Hopefully you’re all packed and ready to go.  Applications for the fall will be arriving in mid-July.
  2. You are limited to controlling only 2 days a week, Thursday evenings and Saturday. You’ve gone a bit crazy in the bowl department, don’t you think.  I can understand needing a few extra days, but nearly a month of days????  PapaJohn’s(dot)com Bowl?  (d0t)com?  seriously?  Poinsettia Bowl?  Seriously, you named a football game after a flower?  Come on, I think you’re reaching on a few of these.
  3. You are allotted only one television at a time unless the Huskers and Razorbacks are both on at the same time.  I’ll give you an A here.  Good job.
  4. Please try to limit your control of both the computer and the television simultaneously. It happened.  I know Brad’s more to blame here than you, but you facilitate his addiction and therefore must bear some responsibility.  Just sayin’.
  5. If you are responsible for my husband’s foul mood, please do your best to remedy it in a timely fashion.  Whew, you tested this one to the limit a few times.  Luck for you, he seems to be maturing in his increasing age.  I say you eeked by with a C on this one.
  6. Make sure I am focused on you before there are any returns for a touchdown – you know they’re my favorite.  Fail!  I don’t think I saw a single one this year.  This could have negative repercussions on your reapplication for next fall.
  7. Kindly make sure you are finished for the night by a reasonable time – I don’t need my husband blaming you for being tired. You’re so unreliable on this one.  Some weeks you did so well, and others, well, not so much.  I expect this to be one of your goals in the off season.
  8. If you must continue after I head to bed, which you often will, please try to keep it a little quieter.  I’m going to give you a B on this one.  I’d say you did your best to be respectful of my need for sleep.  I appreciate those kind gestures.  Don’t think they go unnoticed.
  9. Remember when I start talking of being ready for you to go by mid-November, it’s only because I really love my husband and miss him.  It’s true it happened.  I attribute a lot of the blame for this one to the NFL though.  At least you get watched.  They just have to be on whether being watched or not.
  10. I’ve really come to enjoy your arrival each fall, don’t make me regret it.  I didn’t regret it.  Thanks for a great season.  (See you in the fall!)

Take Care!  Enjoy your vacation!

Sincerely,

Andrea

cheese!

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“chee!”

as i was pulling the camera out to try to get a shot for today’s blog post, jilly saw what i was doing and leaned over the chair she was in and said, “chee!”  that’s the first time i’ve heard that from her, but it was pretty darn cute.  she unfortunately though has watched her brother want to see his picture on the camera after having his picture taken just a few too many times.  she now also want to see her picture taken as soon as i’ve clicked the picture.

we’re looking forward to ross and jamie stopping by for some pizza (with “chee” in honor of jilly’s new word) and heisman trophy in about an hour or so.  hopefully the kids’ good napping will lead to being friendly with family they don’t get to see very often.

Flux Capacitor… fluxxing.

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Don’t worry. As long as you hit that wire with the connecting hook at precisely 88mph the instant the lightning strikes the tower… everything will be fine.

-Dr. Emmett Brown (Back to the Future)

Time travel.

For a moment today I thought we’d traveled back in time.

Back to our St. Louis days.

Suddenly from my living room, I was hearing a commercial phrase which took years to get un-etched from my brain.

“Cheap, cheap, fun, fun.”

Noooooooooo!

One of the things Brad and I talked about as we left St. Louis in 2006 was how we were not going to miss the commercials for “the last refuge of the persecuted smoker”.  The.  Most.  Annoying.  Commercials.  Ever.  Ever!  (Highly rivaled by the radio jingle that went something along the lines of “rattle, rattle, clank clank”.  I can’t remember who it was for though or any more of how it went.)

Apparently the Husker game broadcast we got was showing St. Louis commercials for some reason.  Luckily, we only caught the commercial once since Brad does so much flipping between games during breaks.

There are so many aspects of St. Louis I’d love to relive (living on The Hill, Sunday afternoon walks at the Zoo, Galleria, Bandana’s BBQ, teaching at Hope); I had no desire to travel back to our “cheap, cheap, fun, fun” days though.

Dear College Football,

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I am writing to you in hopes of being considered for a “key” position on your team.  I realize that we have only become friends over the past 8 years and there have been bumps along the way.  I’m not always the most understanding of your time consumption, and at times I still can’t tell the difference between an I formation* and a spread offense*.  I’m really hoping we can put that aside so that you can truly see how right I am for this part of the game.

I have come to realize in the last 8 years how critical a role it is to have the “Keys to the Game” before each game.  How on earth would games otherwise be won?  I envision in my head players and coaching staffs in silence in the locker room before the game clinging to the edge of their seat in anticipation of the unveiling of this week’s keys.

With the utmost respect for this noble position, I’d like to present you, College Football, with my version of this week’s “Keys to the Game” (applicable to any given game/team, of course):

Offense:  Score critical touchdown and avoid needless penalties.

Defense:  Don’t give up yards.  Stop the run game.  Stop the pass game.

Coaches:  It’s all about half time adjustments.  Make the right ones!

Crowd:  Stay in the game.

I thank you, College Football, for your time and consideration.  I look forward to hearing back from you and discussing our potential for greatness.

Sincerely,

Andrea

(* Pulling offense terminology out of my head which I know I’ve heard Brad refer to before.  How similar or different these line ups are, is beyond my comprehension. )  (For now . . .)

previous dear college football,

Dear College Football,

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I thought we might need a review of the house rules since you’ve been gone for over 7 months.

  1. Your lease is up after January 7, 2010.  (At that time you may reapply for your next lease.)
  2. You are limited to controlling only 2 days a week, Thursday evenings and Saturday.
  3. You are allotted only one television at a time unless the Huskers and Razorbacks are both on at the same time.
  4. Please try to limit your control of both the computer and the television simultaneously.
  5. If you are responsible for my husband’s foul mood, please do your best to remedy it in a timely fashion.
  6. Make sure I am focused on you before there are any returns for a touchdown – you know they’re my favorite.
  7. Kindly make sure you are finished for the night by a reasonable time – I don’t need my husband blaming you for being tired.
  8. If you must continue after I head to bed, which you often will, please try to keep it a little quieter.
  9. Remember when I start talking of being ready for you to go by mid-November, it’s only because I really love my husband and miss him.
  10. I’ve really come to enjoy your arrival each fall, don’t make me regret it.

Sincerely,

Andrea