Saturday, December 12, 2009

Four Vikings and a Snow Storm

So, as a fundraiser, our awesome adoption agency arranged for families who've adopted (or are adopting) to come and mingle with some of the players and cheerleaders at their Winter Park training facility. I signed the kids and myself up immediately (dad was on business back in MD) thinking I'd make Vikings fans of those boys yet!

The only problem was that it turned out to be at the same time as the first snow storm of the season; and getting there was an adventure! What would've been a 20 minute ride was an hour and a half. My oldest having fun with the camera in the backseat snapped this photo. Twice when stopping at a light, I had to get out and clean off my wipers!

We ended up an hour late but still got some autographs. Cullen Loeffler #46 was the first, Our second was in heaven. Just look at that face.

Even though the boys talked incessantly all day about the cheerleaders they were going to meet they ended up too shy to talk to any of them.

Artis Hicks was their favorite. Our second complimented his muscles and our third couldn't stop laughing about how tall he was.

Here we are with #74 Bryant McKinnnie........

.......and "Victor", her favorite. She chased that guy all over the place I tell ya!

It was a great experience, lots of football activities for the kids to try their hand at.

Our oldest amazed everyone by throwing the football straight into the hole four times in a row.

So Victor moved him back a few yards and had him try again.

He made that one too. They suggested we sign him right away and Victor thought it deserved some major praise.

Their weight room was spectacular, almost made me want to work out. Well, not really, but it was amazing to see all of their "stuff".

Had to get a pic of their showers. See the black tile border (it's really purple)? A few years back the shower heads were actually as low as that border and most of the players couldn't even stand to wash their hair. Under new ownership they changed all that and raised them up about a foot so the guys could stand straight.This picture was taken before they announced that pictures could not be taken in the locker room. So it's only the doorway, but anyhow. We were told that private tours of the players locker room are NEVER anyone. VP of Football Operations for the Vikings Rob Brzezinski who arranges this activity every year allows only families working with the adoption agency to take the tour. So no pics, no touching and everything in the locker room was to stay in the locker room. Imagine my concern walking in there with my three kiddos. Anyhow, it was magic- I mean Brett Favre's deodorant was like, right there; and our second was excited over his half empty bottle of Gatorade on the top shelf. Although if he could've had it he would've drank it. It's not like he would've tried to save it as a souvenir. My daughter kept wandering over to peer into the huge basket of dirty football pants; she found that rather funny.My favorites were the Viking etchings on the bathroom mirrors.
Anthony Herera showed up a little bit later, he had take his son to basketball practice.

In the end I was so glad I braved the weather to get them there, it really made their week, maybe even their month!! As we were plowing our way back home I heard at least one of'em say "I'm definitely a Vikings fan now!"

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