Thursday, January 16, 2014

BBVA Compass Bowl

I was fortunate enough to accompany the UH football team to the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham this year...I was really excited that Barry and Sawyer got to join too!  We left on a Tuesday afternoon and she was just as excited to ride on the bus as she was for anything.

We started telling Sawyer a while back that she was going to go on an airplane, trying to prepare her.  I was for sure she would be scared…probably because I am not totally comfortable flying…she seemed to be pretty excited, but she kept saying she just wanted me to "hold you."  Once we got on the plane, we tried to make her as comfortable as possible.  Pots…pie…and headphones.  The personal TV with Disney Jr. on didn't hurt either…

Our plan worked.  This was Sawyer before we even took off…

She stayed like this until we had about 10 minutes left in the flight.  Success!!

Once we got to the hotel she thoroughly enjoyed the hotel life!

The "elegators" were a huge hit.

As was playing golf in the hospitality room,

riding in the "yellow cars,"

and looking out the hotel window.  There was a billboard with Santa on it and she had to check and make sure he was there every day.


And do a little dance.  Since I was working for a lot of the time, Barry and Sawyer got to spend lots of time together!

They tried their best to stay entertained in a hotel with nothing around it and 20 something degree weather outside.

And even tried the freezing cold indoor pool.

Once game day rolled around, Sawyer was so excited that she could finally go to football.  She had a hard time understanding why she couldn't go to football with me all week.

Game day was pretty cold, and turned to really cold once our seats were no longer in the sun.

Fortunately, it didn't really phase Sawyer and she slept through a good bit of the game.

All in all, it was a good week and I am thankful that we were included.  But, we were SO happy to be home!

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