Oh. My. Gosh. It's truly a great day to be a Boilermaker. We started out the day early, loaded up the van, Jim, Matthew, Susan, stopped to get the donuts, picked up Grandpa, and we were off. We were looking forward to a great day of tailgating, anticipating that the breakfast would be the highlight of the game. We were so wrong.
Jennifer and Chris enjoy some corn hole. They even had a film crew shoot a little footage during their game.
Matthew and Abbi were bundled up and ready to face the West Lafayette chill.
We picked up Jennifer and Dustin in Zionsville. Adam and his buddies dropped off Adam's car at David and Shylah's and piled in the van for the short ride to the tailgate lot. Adam likes to call his friends "large Americans."
Grandpa and Jim at the tailgate. Grandpa was amazed at the great set-ups in the tailgate lot. I think it was the first time he had experienced the fun and festivities that take place in the parking lot before the game. He was impressed as we unloaded all the comforts of home right from the back of the van. Kind of like that magic carpet bag.
Andrew and Darci brought their friend Matt and his daughter Abbi. Shelly and Makenna weren't able to come this time. Open your eyes, Andrew.
Continuing the corn hole game with the other Chris and Adam.
Jim cooks the pancakes.
Darci and Jamalyn.
Dave and Jamalyn joined us for the tailgate, and arrived in plenty of time despite being sent on a detour while en route. It was fun having them with us, and especially since it ended up being a great day, beginning to end!
Abbi and Matthew got a chance to meet Purdue Pete before the game. Boiler Up!
Jamalyn tried some blueberry pancakes. I know David is sorry he missed the blueberries. :)
Darci, Andrew and Matthew.
"I Am An American. That's the way most of us put it, just matter of factly. They are plain words, those four. You could write them on your thumbnail or you could sweep them across this crisp October sky. But remember too that they are more than words. They are a way of life. So whenever you speak them speak them firmly; speak them proudly; speak them gratefully. I Am An American."
The flyover was cool.
Betsy is a Gimlet. They had some action during the game doing push ups.
Coach Tressel was hiding his sweater vest. He was not looking too happy at this point.
Grandpa and Jim enjoyed the game from the box with the Ag Department.
The final score. Victory for the home team. How 'bout them Boilers??!!
The students rush the field.
It was good to see the W again.
Matt, Abbi, Matthew and Andrew venture on to the field as well. Matt was hoping for the chance to do this.
Walking into the crowd. We could spot them by Abbi's pink coat.
Winning quarterback Joey Elliot comes to the stands to greet his mama. What a good boy.
A happy group after the game. Adam and buddies, Jamalyn and Dave, Grandpa and Jim, Jennifer and Dustin. Hail Purdue!