These past two weeks are my busiest of the entire year at my job. I am the Executive Director of a non-profit organization and we had our annual fundraising banquet on Tuesday. I’m excited to tell you that we raised a RECORD amount of money at that event – thank You, Lord!
But all the planning and preparation meant a lot of time away from my family. And unfortunately, even when we were together, I had a lot on my mind. Earlier this year we were looking at the calendar, trying to figure out if we would be able to make it to an FSU football game. I saw a home game on the schedule the weekend after the banquet and I knew the timing would be perfect. We would NEED some time together – and I was right.
We drove up on Friday afternoon and while the trip usually takes us about 5 hours, let’s just say that things are a little different with a two year old and a one year old.
Thanks to a nice dinner stop at Zaxby’s and the built-in DVD player in our rental minivan, we made it to Tallahassee after about six and a half hours. (Some rough traffic and yucky weather didn’t help matters.) We were so excited to get to Uncle Joe’s house!
My husband’s aunt and uncle live in Tallahassee and are gracious enough to let us stay at their beautiful home when we come up for FSU games. But their hospitality doesn’t end there – they also share their (awesome) season tickets with us and feed us at their amazing tailgate every game. Let’s just say I married well.
We woke up Saturday morning (bright and EARLY!) and were excited to get to the game. My sister-in-law Chrissy (who also lives in Tally) stayed with us on Friday night to get in a little extra time with her niece and nephew. The Mini Athlete talked her into playing “Renegade and Chief Osceola” – the horse and the Seminole chief who come out with the flaming spear at the FSU games.
But we were extra thankful because Auntie Chrissy volunteered to watch Little Miss Athlete while my husband and I took the Mini Athlete to the game. This little girl might be an adorable little Seminole, but I doubt she would have stayed still for the game.
So we loaded up the vehicles and headed down to our tailgating spot, near the Unconquered statue. Nate’s family sure knows how to tailgate and you absolutely cannot beat their location.
The Mini Athlete decided that his pregame activities should include napping, and his Mommy couldn’t have agreed more. I am so thankful he got some sleep before the game!
Shortly after he woke up, Meghann came by with her sister and their husbands!
So fun seeing some of our Tampa friends all the way up in Tallahassee. I love these photos she took when she stopped by – thank you, Meghann!
Not too long after we saw them, this guy stopped by our tailgate. Anyone recognize him?
That would be Leonard Hamilton, the coach of the FSU men’s basketball team. He is already working to recruit the Mini Athlete to his team.
We walked around with the Mini Athlete, showing him the sights. He was really into the statue of Chief Osceola and Renegade.
He was pretty into the game of corn hole too…
But the cheerleaders? Not so much. (The look on his face cracks me up.)
(We actually know the young man on the left – his little sister is my little sister’s best friend here in Venice. Small world!)
At long last, it was time to go to the game!
The Mini Athlete did GREAT at the game. He was so excited to see Jameis (the FSU quarterback) and he absolutely loved cheering “Florida State, Florida State, Florida State – WOOO!!!” The team did not disappoint – nothing like a 59-3 win for the Mini Athlete!
After staying up entirely too late hanging out with friends and family, we headed out as early as we could this morning, with no real agenda but some high hopes for a good ride home.
Thankfully, the little ones were pretty worn out from their weekend…
And we made it home in about five and a half hours, including a fun little picnic in the back of our rental minivan.
As if I needed another reason to want a minivan, this definitely sealed the deal for me.
And there you have it. A ridiculously long, photo-filled post about our weekend. Weekends like these are such precious gems in life and I don’t want to forget a moment of this one.
When is the last time you took a road trip? Where did you go?