We just returned from the (hopefully annual) KSU Family Party. Our friends, Will and Lorle, live on a farm. The farm is a kid’s wonderland. Trampoline, pool, riding toys, a playground, hot dogs and sugary juice, a kitten to chase, fireworks at night, unlimited amount of space to run around. Not one of those kids were bored at any point.
The weather was windows-open perfect and the beer went down smooth. I actually scored a point playing washers!
Well that just left me PUMPED for football season. I am getting way too excited to get to Manhattan, Kansas this year. The girls are finally getting old enough to understand Manhattan. We are thinking about going to the Miami game – bright and early, 11 AM kickoff! Only the Wildcats can get me out of bed at 5 AM.
I’ll wake the girls up by blasting the KSU fight song. I’ll start making their little fists pump over their heads. That’ll wake ’em up.
We’ll play Scott’s favorite KSU song, The Band is Hot, on the 1 hour and 53 minute drive.
We will point and laugh at the purple paint massacre over the KU billboard along I-70.
There will be an announcement and moment of silence when we turn onto the Bill Snyder highway. So close to Manhattan, girls!!
I’ll teach Kate how to cannonball since Emma is already a professional. I’ll make my KSU flashcards for Kate. Her sister passed with purple flying colors at 3 years of age.
Oh – you hear those loud booms, girls? That’s just Fort Riley blowing things up. You’ll get used to it.
Manhattan city limits, girls! See the big “Manhattan” in the mountain? And look behind you! It says “KS”! Every person that lives here is a Wildcat fan! Look at all this purple!
Girls! It’s Aggieville! Smile and wave! Ok, one quick stop at Varney’s for some purple face tattoos and purple solo cups for mommy and daddy. Never forget the solo cups, girls.
We’ll park the girls smack in the middle of all the purple in the tailgating fields. Get your party faces ready, Emma and Kate!
We’ll join the girls in all the KSU chants. I’ll point out the band, Willie, the Classy Cats (your aunts used to be Classy Cats!), the cheerleaders. And I’ll point out the white-haired legend himself, Bill Snyder, pacing the sidelines. Wave at the TV cameras, girls! Your aunts and uncles are watching!
We’ll lose our voices as a family cheering for the defense. Are the girls too young to throw up in the crowd to body surf after a touchdown?
I’ll give them a little tour of campus after the game. I will show them where mommy and daddy used to live. Look how close daddy’s house was to Aggieville! And this is where daddy met mommy, right….wait for it….HERE. Oh Pookie. Girls, you wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for K-State! K-State made you!
And then I’ll let them fall asleep in complete exhaustion the way home.