Over the years I have gotten to do a lot of things, and see a ton of places. However most of the time it has been for competition. It is great to just be able to get away and not have to worry about much of anything.
This last weekend I traveled to Missouri. The trip filled multiple purposes.
1. Spend quality time with my mom
2. Aztec Football at Missouri
3. Get to see family on my mom's side
Before starting my trip I was able to see Sean play Thursday night against San G. Its the first high school football game. I was able to see this year and it went well. His team got a "W" and he played great!!
Our trip started Friday morning at about 4am but our flight didn't leave until 6am. A quick stop in Vegas (no time to play the slots) and we were on our way to St. Louis. Once we arrived we went straight to my grandparents. It was great to see them and just spend time with them. Later that night I went to my second high school football game of the week.. CBC vs SLUH.. Both all boys schools, which was a little different. Most of my uncles and cousins went to one of these schools.
Saturday was the big day. I started it by running three miles in the humidity. ( If you did not know I am running a half marathon in January with my boyfriend Brennan.. Since I am so competitive I have started my training. Vacation or not have to stay with the plan.)
Then Mom and I went to meet two of her college roommates. Mom really enjoyed it and I heard some funny stories from the past. Sadly I have been sworn to secrecy!! There was also the sharing of pictures, I think I laughed the whole three hours.
From there we left for Columbia Missouri..
I was decked in my Aztec gear ready to watch a great football game.. What an experience it really is a college town so different than in San Diego.
The entrance to the game...
Special thanks to Nik #68 for the tickets. (He is the starting right guard and Brooke's boyfriend) we had tickets with about a 1,000 other Aztec fans. It was soo much fun!! I was surprised that so many Aztec's had traveled to the game, it was great to see that there are so many people who feel the way I do about Aztec Athletics..
I have to say I think many thought the game was an easy W for Missouri but it was not in any way, the Aztecs fought the whole time. I spent a few plays standing on the bleachers jumping up and down yelling as loud as I could!! (If you know my family, I can be pretty loud.) My mom actually completely lost her voice. It was one roller coaster of a game.
In the end sadly we lost, by three but we showed that we could play!!
I do not think they plan on inviting the Aztecs back to play anytime soon....
Mom as a Missouri Fan (She is an alumni)
Mom as an Aztec Fan..
I also experienced my first real Midwest storm. Hot and Humid, Thunder, Lightning, Rain and OH WIND!!!
My cousin Ralphie and I!! He was impressed with us Aztec fans :)
After visiting with Nik for about 20 minutes we headed downtown to party it up like my Mom did back in the day. We had a great time with Ralphie and his girlfriend along with all the Missouri fans and a few Aztec fans.
We took a tour of the school. Since it was still storming out it was a driving tour of the campus. Saw the main buildings of Jesse Hall, the columns and the Athletic Center..
Jesse Hall and the Columns
We also saw all of the places my Mom lived, the dorms and this crappy house. Which has since been remodeled, from what I have heard thank heavens!! All the random places she worked at during college. One of the places she worked was this cute little market originally called "The Lee Street Market."
We then went to my cousins daughters Baptism back in St. Louis. We then headed to a BBQ my uncle had inviting all the family over. I got to see all my Aunts and Uncles, Cousins, second cousins. It was a great time with family!!!
I also decided during this trip, (as long as I can afford it) I plan to attend at least one Aztec home or road game a year. And bowl games are a given!!! It was just so much fun and intense!!
I have to thank: mom for taking me on this trip. I had such a blast.
Only way it could have been better was if the Aztecs had gotten a 'W'!!