Thursday, December 31, 2009

It's Fo-Fo Day 2010!

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This boy is just high on life!
Some of you may remember that New Year's Day means it's "Forrest Day" to the Graf Quad Squad. For those of you new to our blog, we kept track of each of our kids' release day from the NICU.  They will always share their birthdays, they share their clothes and toys, and everything else that multiples share.  So, their “going home” date has become their own special day to have each year….all by themselves.  To read last year’s Forrest Day Tribute, click here.
 
We got to bring Forrest Michael home on January 1, 2008. What an incredible way to start off the new year!  Some of this may be repetitive, but Forrest was our second biggest of the squad. He weighed 3 lbs., 9 oz. and had blonde hair. Forrest probably had the smoothest stay in the NICU, and he was a pretty happy baby boy.
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And the spoiling begins…..Gramma Bicki has her hand over Forrest while he was still inutero.  Budda has half of Laine and half of Danna.
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And then he was here in all his glory.  The NICU was an uneventful obstacle for our Frosty.  He graduated with flying colors!
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Forrest was the 1st one to christen the Phoenix apartment after the NICU gave him the boot.
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Who could forget that “jump out and poke you in the eye” umbilical hernia he sported for so many months?!
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 Those earlier days are hard to remember because little Forrest has turned into quite the brute. He usually is the heaviest and longest (not by much over Pius), but he is big. His head is big, his voice is big, his feet are big. We haven't had to worry about Forrest fighting the normal preemie size battle since he was about 6 months old and caught up to the normal age/size measurements.
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Our plan this year is to go through each of the kids' strengths and weaknesses on their "day."

Forrest's strengths:

Forrest is a very physically strong boy. Some of you may remember me taking them bowling about 6 months ago and him carrying around a 10 pound ball with relative ease. We are pretty relieved that Forrest doesn't quite realize his strength just yet, because when battles occur in our house it pretty much comes down to who attacks first (usually Laine). I really think if Forrest used his strength to his advantage he would be the dominant alpha male in our house.
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Braun AND Brains…..no big deal.

Forrest is the farthest along verbally of the four. I have stated before that he repeats EVERY word out of everyone's mouths, and that is still true. Forrest has some favorite words: NO, Jiggieeee (as in “get jiggy, Forrest….dance!”), Bwoncos, Bankie, TV, Peez-Dankooo-Welcome (in that quick successive order….all one phrase with him) and reindeer, just to name a few.
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He is EXTREMELY SMART! Forrest starting saying his "ABC's" at around 20 months old. No big deal some may say, but he's also been able to pick out any letter separately since before that. You can ask him to find a “T” (or any other letter) in the room and he’ll hunt one down like a bird dog on a mission.  That is a 2 1/2 year old skill and he has been doing that for quite awhile now. We’re not proud, or anything!  Forrest also loves to count. He can count to twenty relatively easily, and that also is well ahead of schedule. Maybe that abnormally massive head of his is holding an abnormally large-sized brain.  I don't know.
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Forrest is a good-hearted kid. He likes to make people smile (most of the time), and does some of the funniest things. I have a Broncos text with sound on my phone that all four love (any old school gamers out there that can recognize the tune to Tokyo Magnum?!).  But when they catch me looking at the messages on my phone, they all start saying "Broncos, Broncos" with the hopes that I will start it. When I do inevitably start the music, Forrest begins dancing and saying, "Jiggy, jiggy, jiggy" over and over. It is freaking adorable.
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Forrest: “Uh-Oh….here’s where things start getting a little dicey for me.  Better put my serious face on.”
Forrest's biggest areas for improvement (AKA weaknesses....we just don't like to call them that):
 
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Forrest is easily the worst at sharing. If one of the kids so much as touches a toy that he is playing with, he starts throwing a fit…..usually traipsing off into another room to scream and huff-n-puff, throw himself on the ground, and pretty much just be as dramatic as possible for as long as possible, or until something else distracts him.  Now if the others try to mess with his most sacred green blankie, all bets are off and he REALLY flies off the handle! It’s funny because if Forrest wants something the others are playing with, he will walk up, hold his hand out and say (so sweetly), "Share? Share?" But when HE doesn't get the item HE wants, the tantrum mode returns in full swing.  You know the saying, “What’s mine is yours and what’s yours is mine”?  Frosty fully believes that “What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is ALSO mine!”  He guards his belongings fiercely.

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Sweet Fo didn’t even want to bowl because he did not want to let go of “HIS” ball!  So he sat and watched everyone else play with his ball tucked securely in his lap and arms.

When Young Forrest goes into said "tantrum mode," he becomes extremely irrational. I don't know if that is a 2-year-old thing or a spawn of Billy Graf thing, but it can be very frustrating. That is also when his favorite word "NO" comes out profusely.
 

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The beginning stages of a melt-down.  They started at such an early age!

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Forrest also has an unsettling attachment to his blankets. He doesn't want just ONE of his blankies either.  He wants all FIVE of them AND his pillow to be taken out of his crib immediately after we pick him up in the morning, if not before.  Most days he won't even eat breakfast without at least one of his blankies in hand.  After obtaining his blankies and they are properly secured, he shifts to his next major attachment…..his thumb.  The thumb goes directly to his mouth (he no longer has a normal-looking right thumbnail due to it’s constant state of dampness).  It’s actually quite cute and endearing, but I’m sure it’ll be a bear to have to break him of his thumb and “blanks” down the road.  Let them be little, right?!?!
 
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So those are some of his best traits and his worst traits on Forrest Day 2010. We could not have asked for a better second child and we thank God for him everyday.  Because of all the things we have mentioned and so much more, we can not wait to see what kind of man he turns out to be! We already know that he is one of the best boys in the whole world and we’re excited to throw ourselves into these tumultuous TWO’s . We love you so much, Fo-Fo!
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Love,

Daddy, Mama, Pi-u-see, Dannie, and Wainer

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Celebrate Good Times……COME ON! (Halloween)

The last 2 months have been so busy for us. I keep waiting for a little breather, but it never comes. There's never a "good" time to blog, so I put it off and put it off and put if off. As is the norm, I have some catching up to do....from Halloween to their birthday to present. I have a feeling you all will be experiencing Graf picture overload by the time I'm through with you!

We'll just delve right in.......

For Halloween this year, my original plans fell through. The kids love to pretend they're flying (picture a bunch of toddlers leaning forward with their arms behind them, running around the living room saying, "Fy-ing, mama! FY-ing!") I had grand ideas of making little super hero capes for them and then having shirts made for each of them that read, "We're not twins.....we're SUPERtwins!" Get it? High order multiples (triplets and above) are referred to as supertwins. Just a little play on words. Anywho, that did NOT happen. So instead I had to come up with something a little more readily available. I remembered that I bought a bunny costume when we were in L.A. for the filming of America's Funniest Home Videos. It was on clearance for like $2.00 and I couldn't pass it up. I dug that out of storage and then did some brainstorming. Ah-Ha! Who is Bugs Bunny's arch-nemesis? Elmer Fudd! The boys have camo Fudd hats....voila.

The Graf boys went as little hunters and poor Danna was their bunny rabbit. A little sadistic and perverse, but that's how we roll. And like I said, the costumes were readily available.

Budda, Papa, Grampa Stubby and Gramma Vicki came over to help herd the little squirrels around our neighborhood. They still didn't quite understand the concept of Trick-or-Treating, but they definitely weren't complaining about the free candy! Except Laine....he didn't want to have anything to do with the rest of the group. He started walking over to Bucko's house and couldn't be deterred, so Stubby accompanied him while the other 3 hit up the neighbors.

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Our Banana Bunny....she kept a death-grip on those Smarties ALL NIGHT! I had to pry them from her hands several hours later.

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Laine had already taken off for Bucko’s house at this point.

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This is the best pic I got of all the boys….too busy chasing my little hunters around. And yes, Billy dressed up as a beer. But only to compliment my costume later.

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Laine with his huntin’ rifle.

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Our next-door neighbor, Carolyn….divvying up the goods!

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Pius was ready to stop after ONE house! He parked his butt in the grass and started reviewing the contents of his bucket.

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Laine….not impressed with Halloween (this year, anyway).

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Grampa Stubby lovin on the Beaner

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Forrest with Budda and Laine with Papa Rog. Getting ready to knock on Bucko’s door (our last stop).

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Give the LaineTrain some food and he’s so much better. The boy can throw down some serious grub!

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Forrest made himself right at home in the favorite room in Bucko’s house.

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Havin’ a good ol time!

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And Halloween wouldn’t be complete without finding some vile, creepy rodents snooping around our garage! I heard some rustling out there and went to investigate….found THREE of these nasty little creatures. Goo. Opossums really DO freeze when feeling threatened! I tried to shoo them out with a broom and the stupid things wouldn’t budge.

And that’s the low-down on Halloween 2009! Good times all around. Hoping next year the kids will “get” it and get into the trick-or-treating spirit!

Up next….their 2nd birthday! Yep, that was almost a month ago. However, my buddy Sandra shared a blogging trick with me that will save me TONS of time and frustration. HELLO, Windows Live Writer! I’m liking it already…

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hello from the Grafs

Just a quick post so everyone knows we're still alive. Sorry about the posting delays. Maybe Moni and I will try to get a system going. In the meantime, here is a video, just to say "hi" to everyone.




Impressive, huh?! They've known their ABC's and 123's for a couple of months now, we've just been too lazy to film it. I apologize if any one got motion sickness from the video....Pius decided he was going to help me.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

SO proud! Now It's Time To Get Shoppin'!

Hey everyone!

One of my extremely hardworking, dedicated, and downright fabulous fellow quad mommas and friend, Casey Gerwer, has put her creativity and drive to work and started an online business. On Cyber Monday DESIGNED FOR BABIES will be open for business!!!

Check out their trendy gear for moms, dads, babies, kiddos, expectant moms and even grandparents! They also have custom diaper bags/handbags, developmental toys and much, much more! I know we will be ordering some Christmas goodies from the easy to use site! It's so hard to find specialty clothing and items for multiples, so I'm to excited to have another shopping option for the quads.

PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND PASS ON THE LINK!!!!!!

Thanks!
Moni

Thursday, November 19, 2009

HOLY MOLY!!!

Can anyone believe that the Graf Quads are 2 years old? That's right. 730 days have flown by since they were born and our lives are so much more rich, blessed and satisfying because of them. They are so big and smart......and incredibly good looking, of course. They were born 9 weeks early with a combined weight of 11 pounds, 2 ounces. We marvel at how they have grown and flourished since being released from the NICU.

We are so proud of them for everything they have learned and for all the things they do and WILL do in the future. We couldn't picture our lives without them and thank God everyday for giving us these four blessings (and for giving us the family and friends that have helped us survive these miracles). Our children challenge us, love us unconditionally, learn from us, teach us, and make us better people each and every day. The world is a better place because our quads are in it.


Pius James @ 2. Hamming it up!

Forrest Michael @ 2. Big grin from a big boy!

Danna Lynn @ 2. Daddy you're so funny!


Laine Ryan @ 2. Isn't it amazing?

Happy Birthday Graf Quads!
Love,
Momma and Daddy

Sunday, November 15, 2009

GOOD LAUW-RD!!!

Funny how I always thought "Good Lord" was a quick, 2 syllable phrase. Well, that is NOT the case down South. Billy and I realized recently that just about every word in the English/Cajun dictionary can, in fact, be drawn out 2-3 times longer than I ever thought possible. Blasted southerners! Secretly, just between you and me, I LOVE me some southern twang.....it took Billy a good 2 weeks back home to rid me of my acquired southern drawwwwwwl. But it never fails......get me on the phone with Ms. Swamp Thing herself, Jaclyn Tubre or the Queen of the South Sandra Deeeeeee Cochran for more than a minute, and Billy has his bar of ivory soap out, ready to wash my mouth of that accent. I cay-n't hey-yelp mah-sey-elf!


If you can't already tell, Billy and I were FINALLY able to make the trip down to Louisiana to see our very best buddies,
Jac and Torey Tubre. I had gone since May without seeing my Baton Rouge Beauty and since December of 2007 (while we were still in Phoenix) without laying eyes on her handsome hubby! Far too long in either case. If you can recall (any faithful Graf Quad Followers out there?!?), this is the trip we were scheduled to go on LAST November 2008. The Louisiana trip got postponed, however, due to being on the exact same weekend that America's Funniest Home Videos wanted us in Los Angeles with the kids to be finalists on the show with our "Quads for Cash" video. It was a tough call, but money talks. And it only took about 10 hours on the phone with Priceline/Delta/Northwest Airlines to get our reservations re-booked for this trip. I can't complain too much......I ended up getting the two $150 ticket exchange fees waived AND the 14-day advance ticket price. Sheesh. What I won't do to save a few hundred dollars.

We flew into town on a Friday and thankfully, we had every child care hour covered until we got home on Tuesday afternoon. Have I ever mentioned how wonderful our family and friends are? They're freakin-A AWESOME! We didn't have to scramble and make any last minute frenzied phone calls, Billy and I never worried about the kiddos' well-being (although we did worry about the mental health of our helpers at times), we had a fantastic time away, and it's ALL thanks to our wonderful helpers. Grams and Grampy Stubby stayed every night with the kids at our house (and throughout each day too) and we had so many other VERY LOYAL Graf Quad-lovers to fill in every hour of every day we were away. Budda and Papa Rog, Bucko, Aunt Lainie, great uncle Slammer and great aunties Renee, Rosie, Donna and Gayla, cousins Sarah, Megan, Zach, AJ, Melissa, Taylor, neighbor Carolyn and "Aunt" Melody, just to name a few. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO!


Just a snapshot view of the bare minimum "helper" coverage. It really DOES take a village to raise quads!


We spent Friday night in "New Awww-lenz" (that's New Orleans for those who don't speak/read well in Cajun). Another quad mama and papa, Sandra and Matt Cochran, drove in from Mississippi so we could all have some much needed free time away from our litters. My cousin, Becky Brady, also met up with us (remember back when we were living with her in Phoenix?). She's been in NOLA since then. Hot Dog!


Cousins Becky and Moni hanging out and watching the Carroll/Kapaun game. It was fun reminiscing about the old Phoenix days. We would have met up earlier but the street car she was riding in got into an accident and she had to walk forever in the rain to get to our sports bar.


We suckered Jac and Torey into watching our high school football team, Bishop Carroll, play our rival "Brothers in Christ" school, Kapun Mount Carmel (boooooo!) on the nationally televised ESPNU channel in a sports bar. It was fun watching our Carroll Golden Eagles beat those Kapaun Crusaders on national television from a thousand miles away. Way to go BCCHS! On another good note, I got my first-ever authentic New Orleans beads at that sports bar! I found them hanging on the mirror in the bathroom. And FYI.....I felt obligated to flash myself in the mirror just so I could say I flashed someone to get them!

Hot diggity! My very own New Orleans beads!


After the game we met up with the Cochrans, who were just rolling into town. We got to experience the infamous Bourbon Street for the first time with our seasoned southern cohorts. Billy wasn't a big fan because it basically reminded him of Old Town in Wichita (except with more puke and beads in the streets) and he doesn't like to be so crowded. However, I was so proud of him when he morphed into an LSU fan (gasp!) after some drunk Florida Gator fans (possibly Ry and J-Walker, reincarnated for the night) started talking smack to Torey. Bill to the rescue. I'm sure the LSU-supporting words were cutting his tongue like razor blades on their way out of his mouth, but you do whatcha gotta do for good friends. It was all good hearted jesting and no punches were thrown. That's just not the way we roll.



Billy trying to intervene. Those tactless Florida fans started running their jaws without provocation (unless you call a flaming purple shirt provocative)! Something had to be done before Jac was taken to jail for "Murder in the 1st". We couldn't bear to see our innocent Tubre Cupcakes left motherless for 25 yrs to life.

Getting ready to hit Bourb-Street, Quad Mama style: Becky, Moni, Sandra, Jac

Jac had to separate Sandra and me....pink and black/red plaid tend to clash. LOVE these fine ladies! We picked up right where we left off in Orlando. Scary thought, I know.


Our Bourbon-ly bunch minus Billy....he decided to take the pic instead of risking asking some random party-goer to and getting our camera stolen. Way to take one for the team, Billy Joe.



No, that is NOT an abnormally large beer. Matt is just a wee-little man! Just kidding.....but picture it and laugh. I did. Does that surprise you?



What did people do before digital cameras? My guess is that there were many heads cut off in pictures while people tried taking self-portraits. Love those self-portraits.

We bid farewell to Becky when her fiancee, John, came by to pick her up that night. Then we scurried on up to our gorgeous Westin Hotel rooms that we got hooked up with by none other than the Triple-D Threat.......DeeDee and Dano Aucoin (Jac's 'rents)! Thank you guys for ALWAYS taking care of us on our travels (they were the ones responsible for the rockin' condos we rented while on our Orlando QuadMommas 2009 trip, too)!

Yep. This was the only pic I had of the two of them. It was taken 2 years ago in Phoenix and it does not do them justice. There's no mistaking that Jac came from good stock.

.....So I ripped this pic from Jaclyn. DeeDee is SMOKIN'!


On Saturday (game day), we dragged our tired butts out of bed and walked down the streets of New Orleans to experience some fine cuisine before loading up and driving to Baton Rouge. Anyone ever hear of a place called Cafe du Monde? The Louisianans taught us how to spot out the tourists.....they are the ones that wait in line for HOURS when the folks who "know" just bypass the lines and go seat themselves. Seriously. Cafe du Monde doesn't seat people so you just go jump in to the first open table! And while I'll say the menu options left something to be desired (they serve only beignets and coffee/drinks), the "ben-gays", as Billy so eloquently called them, were to die for! Literally.....I could almost hear my arteries clogging as I downed one.

Sure, we had to clear and clean our own table....but the important thing was that we didn't have to WAIT on a table. And try not to gag and vomit when you look at all that LSU apparel. Geaux=Goo in my vocab.

I don't think I've ever been on as big a sugar high as I was after eating one of these "ben-gay's". Good Lauw-rd that's sugar-coated heart attack!



Toe and Jac absolutely HATE these things. They think they are completely disgusting and only ate 5 of them to help us not feel so bad.....and the Pope is not Catholic.


After reaching maximum sugar high capacity, we drove to Baton Rouge for some tailgating. Now for those of you who think you've been to a tailgate...trust us, you have NOT, unless it was in Death Valley. People in the SEC know how to do it up right. Jac and Torey had 3 parties to hit and all three of them were a blast. There was food, there were TVs set up to watch other games (so Billy was able to see Bama's destruction of Ole Miss), there was food, there was music, there was food, and there was a lot of partying going on. Did I mention there was FOOD? And to say these fans start early is the understatement of the year. The diehards start at 0600 in the morning! Keep in mind that the game didn't even kickoff until 7:00 pm that evening.


The 3 Stooges/Amigos/Musketeers watching the Bama/Ole Miss game at one of the tailgate parties. L to R is Bill-boy, Coach Cochran the Croc Hunter, and Mr. T......

.......And their better halves.

Of course, Billy and I showed up wearing our Alabama Crimson Red. We mixed right in to the sea of Tiger purple/gold and Gator blue/orange about as well as cats mix with water. Billy and I are alot of things......but one thing we are NOT, is naive. We definitely were expecting to receive SOME ribbing about our choice of clothing. We kept smiles on our faces through the comments and laughed along as the butt of passers-by jokes. But after we got our five hundred sixty four thousandth, six hundred twenty second comment that went something along the lines of, "BAMA?!?! You must be confused, sweetheart!", I'm pretty sure Billy started sweating bullets and thinking he was gonna be fighting a bunch of frat boys soon when I opened my big mouth and responded,



"Well Hell! Despite popular belief, I guess LSU fans CAN read! Good for you, sugar!"




Of course I kept a smile on my face the whole time, but quickened my step after blurting that one out. In fact, I think all 6 of us hurried our pace after that for fear of being spat upon or drenched in alcoholic beverages.....it was too early in the day to have to walk around in damp clothing.


Sometime between our 1st and 3rd pregame parties, we met up with ANOTHER quad couple,
Nick and Kami Lambe. They, along with the Tubre's, the Cochran's and Misty Urech, have the unfortunate curse of being LSU fans. But that didn't hamper the good times. I am continually amazed at how I feel like I've been friends for life with my fellow quad parents....even if we've never met in person before. I don't know what it is, but I can't even describe the comraderie that is felt. Not only are our children the biggest blessings of my life, but how having them has given me the greatest friendships too. It's a double whammy blessing! I don't know how I'd survive without my fellow partners in crime.....errr.....quadmamas, I mean. Okay, enough of that mushy stuff.

Jac, Sandra Deeeee, Kami and me

Mr & Mrs Tubre, Mr & Mrs Cochran, Mr & Mrs Lambe and Mr & Mrs Graf. Let's see....that's 17 children among us (not counting the hubbies).

Guess what?! The kid count will soon be increasing! Billy didn't get the memo that drinking alcohol while pregnant is not good for the baby(ies).



Tailgating.....Jac-style. I wonder how many flies she caught. Guarantee you that it wasn't even close to the number of pictures that were taken of her in this position. I'm just happy that the 30 60 minute nap was just what she needed to make it to the end of the night.

Rested up and ready to smack-talk. And do you see that knee in the background?

Here's a closer look. It was nice to commiserate with a fellow Osgood-Schlatter sufferer. I've had the same problem with my knees since grade school. That would be Coach Cochran's knee next to mine. And yes....I really am that pasty white, which is almost as disgusting as the alienhead-shaped form protruding from below our kneecaps.

This pic is just for Gen! Remember that hair clip you let me borrow in Orlando when it started raining? The torch has been passed and your clip now resides with Sandra in Mississippi. Sidenote: never knew it was customary to bring your own T.P. to port-a-potties. Good thing everyone else was on the ball and lended a sista a hand! Not actually a "hand"...that would be gross. They brought extra paper for me.


I've gotta get to the end of the game so I can post what I have so far. I'm feeling the pressure from all sides so our trip will have to be posted in increments. Dang life....it always gets in the way of blogging!
Where was I? Oh yeah...STILL tailgating. Unbelievable tailgating. Due to some communication errors, we only had access to two game tickets. We all set out to see if we could find any extras among the masses. It was a big game and the scalpers knew that. They were asking ridiculous amounts so we kept searching and searching until gametime. Jac and I headed to our seats in the stadium and left the boys to fend for themselves. Matt and Sandra hadn't planned to go to the game so they stuck with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum after we left. They never did end up finding tickets and went to a big building on campus to watch the game on a big screen. P-Nut Hall? P-Mac Hall? Something like that.

Jac and I found our seats and settled in. I must say, LSU puts on a good show. But Dow Chemicals put on a better one. Sometime during the 1st, 2nd or 3rd quarter (I had no concept of time), we saw a BIG flame in the distance. Jac's eyes got wide and she immediately got on the horn calling work. Like usual, I thought I missed something and she told me that the flame was coming from one of the Dow Plants that she works at. Fortunately, it was not from HER specific Plant and things were being taken care of, so we got back to our game-watching.

See the bright orange fire in the distance? Maybe it was just a premonition of how the Tigers would be going down in flames by the end of the game. Cruel, I know. I couldn't help myself.


That's ONE DEDICATED EMPLOYEE! Talk about putting your gameface on.
The game didn't go as well as the Tigers were hoping and the Gators won. I realized just how much of the game I overlooked when I realized about 10 minutes into the FOURTH quarter that the quarterback, Tebow, did NOT play for the Tigers. I was shocked. All day I'd been hearing disputes about whether or not this Tebow dude would play that night. Billy and Jac kept bickering back and forth about it so naturally, I assumed Tebow played for LSU. Well you know what happens when people ass-u-me. I must have sounded like the hugest moron when I turned to Jac in the 4th quarter and with disbelief in my voice said,
"You mean TEEEE-BOW (visual me making the hand-to-elbow gesture that goes with his name) plays for Florida?!?!"
Jac looked at me and stared for a second just to make sure I wasn't joking. When she saw that I was serious, the jokes started....and they haven't stopped yet. Pretty sure I'll never live that one down. We'll be 90 years old and getting our diapers changed by our 8 kids and she'll STILL bring up "that time back in 2009 when it took a full day of tailgating in Death Valley and most of the game for Moni to realize that she was cheering for the wrong quarterback". Oh well. It makes for a good (slightly embarrassing) story.
The rain didn't dampen our good time....but Tebow sure did.

After the big defeat, we muddled our way out of the stadium and met up with the rest of our group at the 'burb. Torey drove our partied-out hineys back to their home and we unloaded our bags and hit the sack. We had to get rested up for the Cupcakes' arrival in the morning so we could give them the proper Kansas lovin' they are due.
I'm gonna go ahead and stop right here. This post is beyond "too long" and I want to be sure to give the rest of our Louisiana Trip the credit it deserves. Too many memories I want to preserve to squeeze it all in one post.
Until next time......
Moni