Thursday, February 4, 2010

Geaux Saints

Chris and I got to go to New Orleans for the Saints NFC Championship game against the Vikings. We'd never been to New Orleans so were excited to get to go to the game to see my cousin, David Thomas, play and also just to vacation and see the city.

It was only my second NFL game to attend. I had seen the Seahawks play in Seattle several years ago and it seemed there were only 500 people in attendance in comparison to the 73 thousand that were at the Saints game.

The Saints fans are a blast! When the Saints score they play a song (I'm sure it's a well known song) that says "We're gon-na get you! - Here we come to get you!" Everybody is dancing and singing. My favorite kind of environment!

When their team is on defense they yell/scream. I don't mean that they yell, "Defense" or "Geaux Saints". They just yell. And then take a deep breath and yell again! It's so loud. You can't yell at the person next to you to tell them their hair is on fire. It's nuts. The Superdome is enclosed so the noise just bounces off the ceiling right back at you. Did I mention it's loud? Okay, good.

I was so interested in seeing the Superdome after seeing it in the news during Katrina coverage. It's a very nice facility. Of course we were on the club level so our concessions were in a club atmosphere.

Overall, it's probably not as fancy as Jerryville but considering how it looked post Katrina it was a palace!

We sat with David's wife, Kassidy and my Aunt Leasa and Uncle John. We cheered and yelled and jumped around the whole game but when David had a catch we went nuts! Everyone around us was high-fiving us and giving their congratulations.

If you didn't watch the game it was a nail-biter. Overtime. Interceptions. Ka-Ray-Zee-Ness. And then we won! Of course we were so excited for David and his team. Our row was hugging and crying. The fans around us were excited for their team and their city. Winning the NFC Championship and going to the Superbowl is a first for the Saints. It's such a boost for the city that's still rebuilding and recovering from Katrina. When the Saints coach spoke after receiving the trophy there were men behind me crying! It was a sweet moment. For the city and for Team David!

This is us with David in the parking garage after the Player/Family reception. Don't ask me why I didn't get a photo with David on the field.

So, the Superbowl is this Sunday when the Saints face the Colts. Be sure you watch AND CHEER for David. #85 Tight End/Full Back. Geaux Saints!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Facts of Life

The fact of my life is that we have been busy. Thus, no blogging. However, there is much to be blogged ABOUT! Where to start??? I guess I'll start with the most recent.

Sunday night I went to hear Lisa Whelchel speak at FBC Littlefield. Lisa Who? Blair from "Facts of Life". She was fab! We had a lot of fun and I got a few really good ideas on disciplining and rewarding my kids! She's really funny and cute. In fact I'd really like her haircut and color but I think it'd make me look older.

SIDENOTE: While purchasing a bottle of wine at Market Street in Lubbock I was asked to show my ID. The cashier took a second look and exclaimed, "There's no way you're this old!" Sigh. I'll take that compliment anytime!

Back to the topic at hand...

The best thing about her is her transparency. She seems very down to earth and real. I already had "Creative Correction" but I didn't realize she'd written it until I saw it on her display!

I bought "taking care of the me in mommy". (The official title is in all lower case so I'm assuming that's how I should reference it...correct me if I'm wrong.)
And, she signed it! I was the first in line like a big dork. I wanted her to sign the book "to Jencee and Marlee's Mommy - The Best on the Planet." but was too embarrassed to ask. So it's just signed "Abby - Lisa Whelchel." Although you can't really decipher her signature. Maybe she should've been a doctor.