For the first time this season, we were able to make our way to Doak Campbell Stadium to watch the Noles play. It has not been for lack of trying, or lack of tickets, it has just been a matter of having no conflicts with the game time and other things getting in the way. Saturday was the day.
As we were walking up to the stadium, Kaitlyn insisted that we follow the same routine we followed last year at the first game we went to. That meant meeting a large group by the “Unconquered” statue, and then heading inside when the gates opened to tour the field. Not this time. It was going to be just the three of us. We hung around outside the stadium, then headed over to the corporate tailgate area for a shady place to sit and free food.
We got to our seats about 30 minutes before kickoff, and Kaitlyn immediately sent me for Dippin Dots. Chocolate. No problem. She was excited that Boston College won the coin toss and chose to receive the opening kickoff because that meant she would get to see Dustin Hopkins immediately. (She cheers for him because he was nice to her at a Seminole Showdown, remembered her at Fan Day, and he happens to be my favorite current player.) Except for when the offense took the field for the first time, and the announcer said that EJ Manuel was at quarterback, Kaitlyn was barely interested in the game for most of the first half. (EJ is her favorite player by far). She spent most of the half taking pictures of the program, specifically taking pictures of the pictures of EJ and Dustin. There was some excitement for her right at the end of the half when Dustin kicked a 51 yard field goal to break the school and conference scoring records.
Kaitlyn was a little more interested in the second half, and with the game out of reach in the 4th quarter, showed off her dance moves. While she has way better moves than both Amber and I do, I can honestly say she got her moves from her mom’s side of the family. It was not pretty, but she was having a blast. Amber and I just sat there and enjoyed watching her dance.
Since Saturday was a long night, we all slept in yesterday morning. We were jostled awake by Kaitlyn who decided it was time to get up and have breakfast. She spent a lot of the day yesterday working on a few worksheets for school, and getting quizzed on her AR book. She guilted Amber into sitting on the floor to color before we watched the Amazing Race. She was not happy with the result of last night’s episode when the team she was cheering for was eliminated. It was not as bad as the last time she got attached to a team that lost, but it was pretty bad still.
Amber and I enjoy spending time with Kaitlyn as a family. This was a pretty good weekend, and I just hope the one coming is just as good.