Every family has something unique about them. Something that others might find strange but you find completely fulfilling. What is that for your family? Today I’m spilling the beans and sharing one of our own little quirks. Would you think I was crazy if I told you my family spent our Saturday stalking a social media account, waiting for a photo to be dropped on Twitter? The photo revealing where a special addition football helmet is hidden in our town so we could compete in a race to get to it? What if I told you this wasn’t even our first time doing this?
I’ve mentioned our family passion for BYU sports before. My husband has been a fan since he was a kid, and it’s rubbed off on the rest of us. My daughter’s dreams of being BYU Cheerleader some day is evident on her dream board. We watch every football game together no matter how late, or how bad the season is, and get decked out for each and every one. So what I’m basically trying to say is, any chance we have to dress up and participate in something related to our favorite collegiate team, we’re in.
We all got dressed up Saturday morning, knowing the drop would happen some time that day. Last year we missed winning by mere minutes and we were hopeful to do better this year.
We stopped at Shell and filled up, and grabbed snacks for the road and got discounts using our Fuel Rewards® card (you can get yours here, it’s free, just takes a minute to sign up, and saves you moolah!). We’d be driving around town near possible landmark drop spots and we wanted to be ready.
I keep saying we are super fans but it’s not like we were chanting the BYU fight song during all of this. My sister was actually visiting from college (yes, that one) so she came with us. We debated where the helmet might be and tried to make up a strategy for getting it. Maybe dropping off a couple people in a few different locations and just having whoever was closest run that direction.
Just as we were pulling downtown I refreshed my twitter feed and there the helmet was, hanging on a popular statue near the lake.
My husband knew exactly how to get there and the kids joked that they wished we could take advantage of some of daddy’s lights and sirens right now because Austin traffic was a nightmare. Though we weren’t far from the prize, traffic set us back. When we were still a couple minutes away I refreshed the feed again and saw that someone had beat us to it. Again.
All of us were disappointed but my daughter was really ticked. Her competitive spirit totally got the best of her, and it took her a little bit to cheer up again.
We did get a consolation prize of a couple of free t-shirts and we did make it in the group photo where my daughter is making a total sour face.
My husband told the kids we could buy a helmet like that if they really wanted, but I think it was the losing the contest that bummed them out more than the actual prize (by them, I mean Lil’ J, Big T really could have cared less).
We were already out and at this beautiful park space in front of Lake Austin and the backdrop of downtown AND I had my sister there so I was basically in heaven knowing we could get a couple new family pictures, which ended up being my consolation prize.
Not exactly ones for the Christmas card. We’re all in Cougar gear, hot from walking around and a little disappointed from a loss. But the images so perfectly capture who we are, having fun just doing our thing.
We don’t need to go far or spend a lot to have a good time, we just need each other, and maybe a bit of blue.
What is a tradition you do that is special to your family? I’d love to hear it!
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