Last Friday afternoon, Chris, Bean, and I packed up and headed to Nana and Granddad’s for a night.Â My mom had tickets to a University of Florida baseball game on family night and so we thought we’d take Bean for his first sporting event.
First, I should pause here and explain what a monumental event this was for me.Â See, I went to Florida State University.Â And, if you’re a football fan, you’ll understand why it was incredible that I was even at this game in the first place.Â For those of you without football in your lives (and I pity you), the University of Florida and Florida State University are rival schools.Â Though, admittedly, in the past five years or so, FSU hasn’t really put up much of a fight.Â I went to FSU and my sister went to UF.Â Also, Chris’ entire family are UF alums.Â So, I get a lot of crap in my house for being a Seminole while everyone else is a Gator.
This is the family Bean was born into.Â Poor kid.
So, the fact that I willingly dressed my child in this hideous blue color is just one more example of the deep love I have for my husband and family.
We got to campus just in time for a picnic dinner.Â My dad brought pulled pork, baked beans, and potato salad.Â My favorite things on earth.Â And, apparently, Bean’s new favorites as well.
I know we probably should have given him something healthier and wholesome, like fruits and vegetables.Â But I had no choice.Â Grandparents are rebels.Â And they can’t be stopped.Â Which is why since we’ve moved to Florida Bean has experienced things like Jell-O, key lime pie, and Wendy’s Frostys.Â I have no control.
Bean also tried Nana’s homemade lemonade.Â It was like baby crack.Â He went crazy for the lemonade.Â So crazy that anytime he saw a red cup after that first sip he would lunge for it.
Tart!Â Too tart!
Well, wait a minute…
Let me try it again…
After we dragged Bean away from the lemonade and pulled pork, we headed over to the stadium.Â And it was actually really great – even if it was orange and blue.
Bean loved watching the baseball players warm up on the field, but what he REALLY loved was watching the little truck that drove out on the field and dragged the rake over the dirt.Â He watched that truck the whole time while quietly making his little engine noise, “Grrrrrr….”
And almost just as fun as the truck on the field was Nana and Granddad, who played all of Bean’s favorite games while waiting for the baseball game to start.Â Granddad is great at the “take that binky!” game.Â Bean thinks he’s so funny!
We knew we wouldn’t be able to stay too long because Bean would get tired, so we went early to watch the entire team warm up.Â Thank goodness we did that though because a minute before the first pitch of the game, the heavens opened up and poured a rainshower down on us all.Â Knowing that Bean was getting tired anyways, we decided to call it a night before the game even started!Â So, my Dad ran to get the car and we waited at the front gate of the stadium, trying our best to hide Bean from the rain.
But hiding doesn’t last long when Nana’s after your tummy sugar…
Thankfully, just before Nana could get the last of Bean’s tummy sugar, Albert the Alligator showed up.Â I was so glad Bean had been to the character breakfast earlier that week and had already seen the Disney characters.Â Otherwise, I think a giant gator might have been a little scary.
But Bean was super excited!
After Albert left, it started raining harder so we headed for cover outside of the stadium at the ticket booth.Â We were under the awning there when we heard a thud and out of nowhere a baseball came rolling off the tent and landed about 2 feet in front of us.Â One of the players had hit a foul ball right over to where we were standing!Â So, at Bean’s first baseball game – a game we didn’t even actually see – Bean caught his first baseball!Â Nana jumped on it and grabbed it for Bean Man, whose favorite things in the world right now are balls.Â It couldn’t have been more perfect!
All in all, Bean’s first sporting event was a big success.Â Too bad it wasn’t at an FSU game, but there will be plenty of time for that in the future!