Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Roadtrip to Flagstaff

   This weekend we hit the road to catch some Fighting Sioux Football. We headed to Flagstaff, Arizona with Manny's mom Laura and brother Nick to watch UND take on Northern Arizona University. And most importantly, we were going to see my brother Luke!
   Manny and I were excited to take Laura and Nick somewhere they had never been, introduce them to a few of our favorite restaurants, and take them to their first UND football game. And we were all excited for a little getaway! Our first stop in Flagstaff was at the Cracker Barrel, and it was a hit! We do love some good home cooking and that cute country store, especially the old-fashioned candy section!
   We all had a blast at the game! I teared up as soon as I saw #45 in warm-ups and just about every time I saw my brother after that. Manny and Nick analyzed every play of the game, and Laura enjoyed people watching and learning all about the family sitting next to us!

    I spent half the game figuring out from my seat how I was going to get to my brother, who told me to meet him at the bus, after the game. I'm a girl who needs a plan. I drove 5 1/2 hours to see him and nothing was going to get in the way of spending a few minutes with him and giving him a couple things to take back home. I decided if I couldn't easily get to him Plan A was to jump the railing onto the field and run across it to get to the bus. Plan B was to follow the bus to the airport and meet him there. No worries... I just followed the rest of the UND fans and we descended a million stairs down to the field to meet the players. Those stairs were not fun to climb back up but at least I didn't have to jump the fence. Most importantly...I made it to the bus!...and waited
    I got to see my baby brother! As soon as he walked out of the locker room, I went running towards him and started crying. I'm sure that was a sight to see- me running down the football field AND crying..

  Driving 5 1/2 hours to see Luke on the field and getting to spend a half hour with him after the game was totally worth it. I am so thankful for even a little bit of time together since we live 2000 miles away from each other. He is one special guy!
   After the team left, we had a little more eating to do so we finished the night at Buffalo Wild Wings! Nick and Laura loved it (as do we)..
   Luke jetted back to North Dakota Saturday night and we left bright and early Sunday morning for California. We weren't ready to leave and were already wanting to plan another trip somewhere. Nick's only requirement is that we fly...!!



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