|Sporting his FSU shirt at the zoo|
|My three handsome guys...notice the little one in FSU gear, including his socks!|
When it comes to football our house is a mess (college football, anyway). For years it was easy... I went to Florida State, so the kids were fans (yay, kids!), except for my daughter who has been known to sport the ***GASP*** Gators on her shirt from time to time to taunt me (no I did not buy her that shirt, but boy oh boy does she delight in it).
|What a lovely girl...in a not-so-lovely shirt ;)|
When we moved to Michigan, I did my graduate work at Michigan State University. I did that because my husband was alumni there...and as long as I could remember back he'd been a fan (a HUGE fan). He lived on campus and did all the games, yadda yadda yadda. EVERY college sports event for years and years has been about the Spartans. Two of his closest friends were also his college roommates at State, and this fueled the fire. Presents for hubby? Easy enough, get him tickets to see the Spartans (and he'd be over the moon). I didn't mind in the least, because though I didn't do the college campus/dorm thing, I was still a Spartan.
Here's a picture of hubby on a little anniversary trip we took two years ago (yes, we take our kids on our romantic anniversary trips, doesn't everyone? ;) ). As you can see he's proudly sporting a Michigan State sweatshirt (one of many MSU items that he owns).
|Coming into the hotel room he'd romantically booked and filled w/flowers as a surprise for our anniversary two years ago.|
|A little hard to see in the pic, but those are excellent Spartans sweatpants on my second oldest|
Fast forward a little and I decided to go ahead and work on my Ph.D., which I'm still doing. I considered several universities, but in the end opted for The University of Nebraska (Go Huskers!). That brought a new football affiliation into our family, but it was okay, it was all in support of mom, so full speed ahead. And we wore the colors proudly:
|Hiding Easter Eggs in the backyard while wearing his lovely Huskers shirt (never mind the green pants, he just can't seem to get away from MSU completely...which will bring me to my final point).|
|See what I mean? Spartans sweatshirt...Huskers sweatpants.|
|Singing in the car at the top of her lungs, while sporting her lovely Nebraska shirt.|
|Even my Gator-loving daughter will represent if it's Nebraska|
And I have to admit, the first time we drove up to the Huskers Stadium in Nebraska, I was more than a little pumped:
|Where the Huskers play in Lincoln, Nebraska|
So today is our anniversary and I woke up to find a lovely bouquet of flowers, a wonderful gift, and this card...
|Looks innocent enough, right?|
That card looks innocent in its envelope, I know...but know that my Spartans man has now enrolled in The University of Michigan. If you are a Spartans fan, alumni, etc., it's just a given that you do not like Michigan...you appreciate and respect their medical facility, their research, and their contribution to the community and society at large, but you DON'T cheer for their football team...ever. Never. N.E.V.E.R. It's strictly taboo with no exception.
And so I opened my anniversary card this morning, and found this:
Yes, he'd deliberately purchased a card with a blank inside so he could write his own message of endearment. And wait, it gets worse...
The back of the card had his artwork as well:
And so now I know, he's turned to the dark side. I already knew from this day a couple of weeks back when we went to The University of Michigan Hospital to visit a family member and hubby and kiddo wore matching colors (UM clothing) to support the hospital...mmm, hmm. But the card makes it plainly clear that it's an issue much larger than THAT.
|Hubby is dressed in UM clothes, and the little man is too (courtesy of his father).|
And so, I close, with affirmation in full that my Spartan Husband has now gone Big Blue, and I highly suspect that this place will be a big part of our future:
|Michigan's Football Stadium|
The picture above is one I took of a good friend's son. They live in Ohio (Buckeye land, also another area where liking Michigan is completely taboo) and he came to stay with us for a few days this summer. His mom loves The Ohio State Buckeyes, and he is an avid Michigan fan (to goad his mom of course, I'm seeing an age trend here...he's the same age as my daughter ;o) ), so of course he really, really wanted to go see the stadium. Little did I know that visit would not be my last...
It'll be interesting to see where the kids decide to go for their higher education. The oldest is in the military, so he's attending a college in his state, and the second oldest is in Florida right now, waiting for residency (a year in FL.) so he can attend the college he chooses (I'm hoping for FSU, he's thinking UF...oh my GOODNESS). There's still hope for my daughter (she swears she's a die-hard UF fan, but this post alone shows you how things can change), and for my youngest son. So yes, our house is full of college football affiliations. It's okay though because it's all in the name of higher education, and I'm a huge proponent of higher education...even if it means watching my husband cheer for yellow & blue.