Monday, November 21, 2011

Love and Football

David and Shylah arrived from North Carolina on Friday night, and got everyone up early Saturday morning to head to West Lafayette to the football game between our Purdue Boilermakers and the Iowa Hawkeyes. They had some tailgating to catch up on.

At least we got to see a beautiful sunrise (photographed from a moving vehicle at early o'clock in the morning).

An early tailgate called for breakfast, of course, and Jim got busy cooking bacon, sausage, and his famous ultimate pancakes. And they were delicious.

The griddle gang. Jim, Shylah's brother Joe, Jonathan, and Shylah's dad Don. We enjoyed some delicious breakfast beverages as well, including tasty mimosas.

Shylah and Joe with their dad.

There was excitement in the air when we noticed the guy next door down on one knee. He was Tebowing proposing to his girlfriend right there in the tailgate lot! So exciting!

And she said yes!

So sweet, even if they were Hawkeye fans. And yes, as one of my kids said, I am shameless with my camera.

Even more exciting was the chance to see this cute couple, Sammi and Tyler. They were celebrating their Friday afternoon engagement. Finally! And she said yes, too! So happy and excited for them. And yes, he cheers for the Hawkeyes as well, though his diploma says he's a Boilermaker. We love him anyway. :)
Congrats, Sammi and Tyler!

Adam and Alli.

Jonathan indicating we are number 1.

Adam's friend Alex and Jon.

Andrew and Darci.

Dr. McMillin stopped by to see David and Shylah. It's always great to see him.

Shylah and David.

Look who else stopped by to see us! Jamalyn and Margaret.

Tyler and his mama, Kelli. She is excited to be getting a new daughter-in-law.

The game didn't go so well for the Boilers, though we put up a good fight.

Herky the Hawk celebrated in the end zone.

Purdue's head athletic trainer, Denny Miller was given a football to commemorate his years of service and in honor of his retirement. He has been at Purdue for 38 years. Darci worked with him for the completion of her athletic training degree.

It was a chilly day, but it didn't stop the Golden Girl from performing in the senior band show.

This twirler is new this year. I think she is called Miss Boilerette. She moves well, despite the boot, which she decorated for this week's show.

Of course, the drum is always a treat. It was a fun day of tailgating, even though our Boilers were not on the winning end of the scoreboard. No W flag today. It's always a little sad to put away the tailgating gear for the last time each year. We love the time spent with friends and family enjoying the excitement of college football. And this week, as we remember our blessings, it is one of the things for which we are grateful.

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