Girls Like Football Too…

Around the beginning of the school year, my oldest, Natalie began talking about her birthday *side-note* I have a 7 year old?! How is that possible? I just suffered through 3 days of hellish pitocin-induced labor last month, didn’t I?! We had originally planned on a joint birthday party with Natalie’s classmate who has a birthday the day before. Unfortunately, funds are tight in both of our families (hey, it ain’t cheap to send your kid to what we feel is one of the best schools in GR!) so it’ll have to wait until next year. That’s ok — life happens, right? Instead, Natalie decided that since her birthday coincided with a Michigan State home football game, she would celebrate it at Spartan Stadium.

What’s that? A 7 year old girl wanted to go to a football game for her birthday?

Oh yes, that’s how my family rolls.

We don’t conform to the girlie-princess stereotypes.

Sure, both of my daughters enjoy their girlie moments — Sedona even has a pink room! But both of my daughters are very well-rounded and get along very well with both sexes. My girls love collecting bugs & frogs in the backyard. My daughters enjoy rough-housing with each other. My girls don’t mind getting their hands, faces, clothes, whathaveyou dirty. Natalie especially loves learning about space & wants to be an astronaut when she grows up. And… both of my girls enjoy a good football game, both on TV and in person. My kids are awesome, what can I say?! 

My only concern was the weather. Natalie’s birthday is a crapshoot when it comes to weather. It could be 65 & sunny, it could be 30 & sleeting or snowing. That’s November in Michigan! Thankfully, we got 50 & sunny on Saturday… *phew* We still needed to bundle a little, but it was a perfect day for football!

Tired Sedona

We are very lucky because my mother-in-law has 8 season tickets, 4 of which are in the front row of the end-zone, right next to the marching band, in front of the MSU Dance Team (my sister-in-law was on the MSU Motion in the late 90s). Natalie’s Godmother (and my best friend) as well as one of Natalie’s classmate’s & her parents came with us. We got even luckier by finding a room at the Kellogg Center for Friday night — allowing us to wake up at 7am and casually walk a block to tailgate with my cousin across from Breslin Center at 8am. The day couldn’t have gone better. We had such a blast. From Natalie starting a Go Green Go White chant on the walk from the tailgate to Spartan Stadium to Sparty coming up to give Natalie a birthday hug not once, but TWICE!! Sedona was a little leery of him… but that’s ok. MSU won 31-24 against Minnesota. Happy Birthday indeed! We were completely exhausted beyond belief when we came home… but the prize was hearing Natalie say “Today was the BEST day of my entire LIFE!” 

I love football… and I’m so happy my girls enjoy it too.

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  1. Posted November 9, 2011 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    SO MUCH FUN!!! That is an absolute perfect way to celebrate a birthday! Too bad D’s birthday is August 1, so she won’t get to hug Bucky on hers, but I’m sure she’ll be going to plenty of Badger games here soon enough. We love football too! She even does “touchdown” arms. 🙂 That is so sweet to hear Natalie say it was the best day of her life!

  2. Posted November 9, 2011 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    Happy Birthday Natalie!! Looks like you guys had such an awesome time!! You know in six years of being with my husband and three years of living in Lansing I have never been to a Spartan football game. Boo! Gonna have to try for next season!! Her love all football is just so cool. We’re trying to get Cedella into the Lions like my dad did with me. Cool parents do cool things like take their cool daughters to cool football games. Just sayin’…

  3. Posted November 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Aww, thanks ladies! You are both super sweet. @Alexia — make that football game happen when you can, there’s nothing like attending a football game with your family.

  4. Posted November 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Dude I was unawares that you were a Big Ten gal.

    We shall face off soon, then.

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