Oh man! We had the *best* weekend down in Champaign with our friends, Denise, Tony, & Isabella! Anyone who knows me knows that I bleed orange and blue. I absolutely *adore* my Alma mater, The University of Illinois. I'm not going to lie, when I opened my birthday card from Denise and Tony and the Illini tickets fell out, I about hyperventilated, I was so excited! It's been 13 years since I've been to an Illini game (I was pregnant with Maddie), and I couldn't wait to go to the game and cheer my Illini on! I love every part of going to a game: the tailgating, all the crazy orange-and-blue fans, the pregame show, the football (!), halftime...I love it all!
Of course, we had to get to the game extra-early so we could watch their pre-game show!
We had plenty of time to take pictures before the band even took the field!
Can you believe that anyone would miss this awesomeness?!?
And then. Well, we didn't play as well in the second half, and we lost. No worries, though! I still cheered my head off and enjoyed every minute of the game.
After the game, we picked up the kids and Isabella and headed over to meet this guy:
This is Jake. Isn't he gorgeous? Denise is his proud owner. Denise grew up riding horses, and now Isabella will, too. She already has her very own tiny, adorable boots:
After we all rode Jake, it was back to the house for Papa Dell's pizza, which is, of course, the best pizza on the planet!
I am so thankful for getting to spend the weekend with some of my *absolute favorite* people. Thanks for an awesome weekend, Denise, Tony, and Isabella! I love you!!