Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Hallo'win' Weekend

Since last Saturday's Purdue game against Nebraska fell on Halloween, we thought it would be fun to show our team spirit by creating some Purdue-themed costumes. Of course, many Purdue students wear costumes every game day at Breakfast Club, but our costume wearers were a bit too young for that.

Our inspiration came from the twirlers who perform with the band, including the Golden Girl, the Girl in Black, and the Silver Twins.
Granny put some costumes together, and we had our own little Golden Girl, Alaina, daughter of our friends Kyle and Kristin.
Jennifer and Bryan's little Piper Jayne was our Girl in Black.
Haleigh and Ella, daughters of Andrew and Darci, made our perfect little Silver Twins.
Finishing out the group were the boys, Cayden, son of David and Shylah, as Drew Brees,
 and Noah, son of Jennifer and Bryan, as Purdue Pete. Boiler Up!!

Early in the week, we learned that the first 100 kids in costume were eligible to receive a voucher to go on the field to form the tunnel for the team before the game. We were in line early so that Haleigh and Ella could participate in the fun.

They also got their picture taken with Isaac Haas. A cardboard cutout of him, that is, since the real one wasn't there yet. :)

After we had that taken care of, we took the girls into Mackey Arena to see the band's pep rally, and get a chance to see the real Silver Twins. They invited all band alumni to come to the floor for the singing of the alma mater.
When the band was finished, the Silver Twins were so nice to let us get some photos of Haleigh and Ella with them. The current twins aren't actually twins, or even sisters. When they didn't have any twin twirlers try out, they decided to give the roles to two twirlers who look alike.
From there, we went back to the Boilermaker Crossing activity area, where the basketball team was signing posters. We asked A.J. Hammons if we could get a picture of the girls with him. They were a little apprehensive, so their mama posed with them. We have high hopes for our basketball team this year. Boiler Up!
Back at the tailgate lot, the rest of the gang had arrived, and the girls were glad to see little Purdue Pete Noah.
 Shylah and Drew Brees Cayden.
 David and his professor, mentor, friend, Dave McMillin.
 Kyle and Golden Girl Alaina, all bundled up.
Soon, it was time for Andrew and Darci and the girls to head over to get their field passes and cheer the team onto the field.
They took some pictures while they were waiting for the team.
In front of the scoreboard,
with the world's largest drum,
in front of the press box,
and with the real Purdue Pete.
We watched from the stands, and found them standing under the goalpost while they waited for the signal to form the tunnel for the team.
You can just barely see them to the right of the girl with the white bow, lower center.
Here come the Boilers!

It was definitely a gray October sky, and we were fortunate that it only sprinkled a little bit.
Noah and his mommy watched the pre game show, and he really liked the game, the train, the drum, and the cheering. There was actually cheering!
Piper and her daddy came into the stadium a little later, and she snoozed through her first game.
Cayden Drew Brees and Alaina Golden Girl hung out back at Alaina's house where it was warm and dry.
During the fourth quarter of each game, they show photos called 'Game Faces' that folks email during the game. We pretty much rocked the scoreboard, with three of our photos making the show.
This one, of Jennifer and Noah,
the little Silver Twins, and the tailgate tent photo I posted above of Haleigh, Ella, and Noah (I missed getting a photo of the photo on the scoreboard). So fun!
Also fun, was something we haven't seen much of…. a victory!
I thought maybe the W flag had gotten misplaced. :)
We celebrated back at Kyle and Kristin's, with David and little Drew Brees chillin' after the victory.
Speaking of Drew Brees, the weekend was complete when this guy got hot and the Saints beat the Giants in a touchdown fest on Sunday afternoon. All Hail Who Dat Boiler Up! Amen!


Linda Kay said...

Susan, great fun for everyone! Good job.

Terri D said...

You told the amazingly fun story so well!! Love the photos and costumes! Thanks for sharing the smiles!!