Tuesday, August 19, 2008

GB trip: Monday (Part 3 of 3)

The last full day of the trip! AND the day of the game!

We spent the morning driving around and then relaxing and watching some more Olympics. Funny sign of the day: at a bakery on the marquee - "Homade Goodness." NOT "Homemade Goodness" but "Ho-made Goodness."

Around lunchtime, we got a call from my dad who was on his way to Green Bay for the game. Apparently, the staff at Nick's residential treatment place had called and asked him to take Nick to the doctor for his finger. They made an appointment for 3:15 - the tailgate party we had tickets to started at 4! My dad wanted to know if we could watch my other brother, Alonzo, while he took Nick to the doctor.

Around 3, we met my dad at Nick's and took Alonzo with us. We headed almost straight to the tailgate party. Alonzo ate some food (impressive for him!).


Paul, Alonzo & Me

Paul's phone rang around 5 & it was Nick. He was so excited to tell Paul that his finger was broken! Apparently, when Paul threw the ball it chipped the corner off of one of the bones. Nick got a splint and his hand wrapped in "green for the Packers."


Nick & Paul

We met my dad & Nick at Lambeau before the game. We watched warm ups and then, of course, the game.


Harris & Johnson

Squish


The game was a lot of fun, even though the Packers lost. To see more pictures, go to http://www.kkrasinphoto.com.

GB trip: Sunday (Part 2 of 3)

After our long day of driving and excitement on Saturday, we took Sunday a little bit easier. At Paul's aunt & uncle's house, Sunday is "pancake day." We got up a little late and spent the morning with Paul's uncle and their son, eating pancakes and talking. Then, Paul went golfing with his aunt and uncle while I went to the mall and spent a bunch of time at Barnes & Noble. Pretty soon after they got back, we had to leave to visit Nick at his new residential treatment place. Just like Paul's aunt & uncle said, it took about 10 minutes to get there.

Nick had tons of stuff planned for us! Paul brought a couple of footballs at Nick's request, and they spent the first 45 minutes or so throwing them around. Paul jammed Nick's finger & Nick went through his usual protests ("Ow, it hurts" "It bent back really far" "I think the cartilage is building up"), but after a little bit of complaining - abbreviated for our benefit - they kept tossing the ball around. Paul decided they needed a break so they came and sat in the shade with me. That's when I looked at Nick's finger & saw that it was really swollen. We decided to get some ice. Nick wanted to take the ice back outside, but we convinced him to sit inside and ice his finger for about 15 minutes. Then he insisted on going back outside to play volleyball. We had a great time exercising for two hours with Nick. :c)

Tired, we went "home" to a delicious supper of homemade fettuccine alfredo and garlic bread. YUM! Oh, and watched the Olympics.

GB trip: Saturday (Part 1 of 3)

On Saturday, August 8, Paul & I headed out to Green Bay. We got to the Green Bay Packers training camp about an hour & a half before practice was scheduled to start. We took a quick walk along the practice field - where people were already in the bleachers & the entire fence was lined with foldable chairs "saving" spots - to find somewhere to get some lunch. We got back & decided to watch the players head over to the practice field.

A little while before practice, a staff member asked all of the kids who were waiting with bikes to come inside the fenced-in area by Lambeau. The players then came out & chose a kid. The player rode the bike to the practice field while the kid ran (or rollerbladed) along with them, carrying their helmet.

Riding a bike

When we got to the practice field, we could barely even see. There were SO many people. (not a great picture, but as close as we could get)

Busy practice

We decided to wait by Lambeau to see if Paul could get any autographs after practice. The players rode the bikes back & did sign some autographs. Unfortunately, it was really crazy and busy and everyone was very pushy, of course. Paul got Matt Flynn's autograph on his NFL ball.


Matt Flynn

We spent the weekend at Paul's aunt & uncle's house. They were great and helped us find some fun things to do. We ended up going to Curly's Pub in Lambeau for supper Saturday night. We sat by a window over looking the fenced and gated player parking. While we were eating, Paul noticed that there was a kid out there, waiting for players to drive out. Some of the players were actually pulling over! Paul decided to head down there after we ate and risk being a little "stalker-ish" but not pushy.

We sat down there & some of the players did, in fact, pull over. Paul got a couple of coaches' autographs, Will Blackmon's, and some other players. Then this family came and sat down, but they didn't seem to want any autographs. They saw Donald Driver walk to his Hummer & started yelling. At that point, Paul & I were both thinking, "Great, he's not going to stop now." The mom of the family stood at the end of the bike rack and waved while Driver drove out. Suddenly, we noticed that he was slowing down. The mom went right up to his window and they were talking about their kids. Paul was totally starstruck & just stood there until the daughter told him to go up. Driver stayed and talked (and signed Paul's ball) for quite a while. It turns out that the family have been huge fans since his rookie year, so they kind of know him. We stayed while the family left & tried to get some more autographs. At one point, Paul recognized KGB in one of the cars...he drove right on past. But right away this huge truck pulls up. Scott Wells signed the ball, pointed & said, "That was KGB. That was rude." :c) Too funny!

Well, after all of the excitement of getting autographs, we went "home" and watched the Olympics. Paul couldn't sit still! I'm planning on taking some good documentation-type photos of Paul's ball and I'll post those when I have a chance.