We arrived at the campus Friday afternoon for a tour of the stadium. It was very interesting to see the behind the scenes of where the players workout, do physical therapy and have their meetings. I learned that their theater style meeting room is actually designed by the size of each player. The smallest players sit in the front rows where the seats are made smaller and as you go up, the seats get larger to accomadate the bigger boys. I think I sat in a big boy chair. Before I learned the layout, I was wondering if I had shrunk.
Ryan was like a kid in a candy store. When we were walking through the gym, we even got to take a peek at one of the coaches pumping some iron. At the end of the tour we ended up on the field where we could take some pictures and run around. Although, we were warned not to touch the paint in the end zone or we would go to FSU jail?!? I was ready to leave shortly after the warning because having a 7 and 5 year old running near the forbidden paint about gave me a panic attack.
Then after visiting the stadium we got to cheer and send off the football players before they headed to the hotel to prep for the big game.
Not sure who this player is but the boys thought it was so cool that he towered over them. As you can see, the players are all eating on their way out so sometimes there hands were too full to high five. We ended up warning the boys to watch where they try and high five if their hands were full since we didn't want to injure a player before the big game.
Can you see the excitement??
On Saturday, we meet up with some of Ryan's friends tailgating before the game and the boys had a blast. We were on the intramural field so the boys could run till their hearts were content. They wrestled and threw the football with anyone that would play with them. They were the only kids in the group so all of the guys gave them a lot of attention which I appreciate, because they demanded it! The boys love Ryan's fraternity brothers. They rarely see them but for some reason... they never forget them.
Then we were off to the game...
Overall, we had a great weekend. It was nice to get away for a little bit and enjoy some friends and family time. We even had a few interventions throughout the weekend. I wonder... where do you put a kid in time out when you are staying in a hotel???
(I will have a separate post with more pictures from the weekend when I can remember to download from our camera)