|Speaking of firsts, it was also Josh's first time flying. He didn't tell me this until we were on the plane.|
|Ms. Denise. She and her husband, Mr. Stanley, have had season basketball tickets beside my family for years. I love cheering on "our Pack" with her!|
The Bank of America stadium was no joke. I love that they even put our schools on their field.
|During one of the half-time shows I snuck downstairs and threw things at her while she was conducting. I'm sure she's so glad that I'm her sister.|
|Granny and Granddaddy with their "bandchildren"|
|Aunt Beth Ann|
This was the first season that my group of college friends hasn't been tailgating together. Since we've all graduated, no one can sneak us into the student section anymore and we can't get parking passes all together either. This was the first season that seeing friends in the stadium was truly special. Luke and Sarah came all the way from Virginia for a game (even though I know that hugging me was more important than watching the football game).
|I love you, sweet girl :)|
This was also the first season that I can remember every. single. second. of our big upset game. Football is sometimes an out-of-body experience for me, and after I scream and squeal until I can't anymore, I forget the entire thing. Now, I've been in the stands for other big games but I can't tell you details. However, the FSU game from this season is a different story.
I walked into that game knowing we were going to win. I just knew it. As I watched my boys just crap around and not WANT the football, I got so angry. I have an alternate personality that can come out from time to time in the hallowed halls of Carter-Finley stadium. Football Reba does not always say nice things to the people around her. Football Reba wishes lots of ill-will on the refs and any players who are not playing to their potential. Football Reba gets red in the face and spits a lot.
Football Reba came out in full force for this game. My mom usually tries to calm me down and tells me not to scream so loudly, but something in my manner must have told her that I wasn't playing around; she never once talked to me about my attitude.
I watched my Wolfpack come back from behind and hold onto the lead. I screamed and screamed until I couldn't scream anymore. The people in the stands around me that had originally been shying away from me and making faces at me were all of the sudden hugging me and screaming with me. As I ran up and down the aisle to attempt to get out all of my energy, people were high-fiving me and jumping up and down with me.
At one point during the game, I thought we had lost our momentum and were about to throw away our Cinderella story of a football game. I was lying face down on the concrete floor of the stadium in tears. My mom kept saying, "We're gonna win! We're gonna win!" I looked at her and hollered, "Don't you dare jinx this!!!" Praise the Lord and all of the gods of football that she didn't and my Wolfpack pulled it out!
|During my post-game FREAK OUT, I turned around and saw Josh walking down the stairs towards me. When he tells the story, he says that he just followed the squeals to find me.|
|The best part about our FSU win? My pastor is a huge FSU fan. I made sure to text this picture to him after the game.|
|After the game, I went running out of the stadium to the parking lot where I knew I could find my brother and sister. I jumped into their arms in celebration and twirled them around for a cute picture.|
Here's the good news: Only 168 days until the 2013 football season opener :)
Our hearts ever hold you, N. C. State, in the folds of our love and pride.
|I will also always hold this picture in the folds of my love and pride.|