When I posted my photo on Instagram this morning, my friend and Pittsburgh resident Secretninjamom noticed the theme:
Way to subtly boycott the fact that the Steelers aren’t in the Super Bowl.
Later my dad called to check on us. I said we had just changed into our Steelers gear. His response? “Yeah. What else are you supposed to wear when the Ravens are in the Super Bowl?”
Back to my outfit. I’m kind of bummed about those pants. I bought them when I worked at the newspaper, along with a gray pair. I had them special order petite length in for me and they are just the best fit. Or, were. Now? Our Fashion Bug is gone and I can’t get those pants again in my new size. They still fit, but I’m a few half marathon training weeks away from saggy butt in both pair of these pants. Le sigh. The highlight of the outfit would be the necklace, bracelet and earring set I got in 2010 from Etsy. It’s also magnetic closure on both the necklace and the bracelet; I play with the magnets in church. Shh. The rest of the outfit just features odds and ends purchased over the years. That fit again, because woo!
Back to the Super Bowl. Yeah, we changed when we got home.
While I’m bummed we can’t make the trip home to The Farm for my family’s Super Bowl party today, I am kind of loving kicking back in my slippers and not stressing about snow and driving and drunk drivers. Those are my favorite yoga pants. I always have a “nice” pair (these) and a junk pair/the pair that was the last nice pair. The cotton is crazy comfy, they have pockets, and they sit nicely. I’m comfy and warm for today’s fesitivies.
Cue Kenny Rogers! Except don’t. Yeah, don’t do that. It’s time for a FireFamily Retrospective of Steelers photos. This post? Is picture heavy. If you’re on dial-up, bail now. HERE WE GO!
Before I start in with the cute kids, this is me on the field of the Steelers vs. Jets playoff game in January 2005. Pre-boys (barely) me was awfully excited to be on the field for the news station I worked for at the time. We won, but lost in the next round to the Patriots.
The very first picture I have of BigBrother in Steelers gear is this one, one week and four days after he was born. It was taken during a game on November 28, 2005 — which, thanks to Google, was against the Colts. We lost. Badly. 26-7. But BigBrother didn’t mind. He spent most of the game like this:
The rest of the 2005-2006 season was kind of dreamy, wasn’t it? Considering we won the Super Bowl and all. A collage of various BigBrother pics works best. The top two photos and the left and right side are from the Super Bowl — which was a good, good day for us.
By the time football season rolled back around in 2006, we were living in our house, BigBrother was mobile and life was feeling pretty good. The season was, uh, not as great, but BigBrother enjoyed another football season all by himself.
The 2007-2008 season was a bit better…ish… and at least we made it to the playoffs. BigBrother started off the season alone. And I was on bedrest. And then along came LittleBrother! There are not many pictures from this football season with the whole Level III bedrest followed by the newborn phase.
Along came the 2008-2009 season and, man, did we have a great year with those boys of ours. And the football team. You know, what with winning the Super Bowl again.
In fact, that year brought my most popular photo on flickr ever, which gets shared on its own here.
That was Grandpa’s last Steelers Super Bowl with us, and I know he’ll be waving his Terrible Towel from Heaven with us on Sunday.
Picture by BigBrother with his camera.
Along came the 2009-2010 season. It should be noted that while I have been to Steelers games before, FireDad had not. So I ponied up some money and took him. He was pleased.
And while the season wasn’t all that great, the boys continued to grow and learn and change and have fun.
But they were all taken on the same day when I recognized the issue and realized that we had just about zilch photo wise in our Steelers gear for the 2010-2011 Steelers season. So on the day of the AFC Championship, I shot a family picture. It’s a keeper. Heck, it’s a framer.
I’d love to hold off on doing another one of these retrospectives for another five years. I wonder how many Super Bowl rings we’ll have on our fingers by then? (And imagine how the boys will look! OMG!)
Happy Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Weekend, my friends. Be safe — select a Designated Driver or offer to be one. Wave those Terrible Towels with pride. Take lots of pictures. Eat lots of food. AND CHEER FOR THE BLACK AND GOLD! HERE WE GO, STEELERS! HERE WE GO! (Yes, I’m pumped now.)
My Smack-Talk-o-Meter is turned down rather low. Maybe it’s because my friend Nicole is hosting our friend group’s Super Bowl party… and she’s a Ravens fan. Maybe it’s because I’ve been busy with projects and snow and, yes, I still have the Viral Ick. Maybe it’s because I’m a teensy bit nervous about the game. Whatever the case, I’ve been trying to blog witty things about the game, but I’ll leave that up to Virginia.
Instead, I thought I’d share what we’re taking to the game food wise, kid wise and other great Steelers links as you prepare for your Steelers Super Bowl.
I’m taking my favorite thing ever, Buffalo Chicken Dip. Dee made it for me last summer when I visited, and I’ve been kind of making it for every other event since that time. My mouth waters when I think about it. I’m also taking along a veggie tray, some guacamole and some chips.
I over-purchased white chocolate and almond bark at Christmas time, so I thought I’d use up some of that and make something sweet as well. I think I’m going with these brownie truffle bites at Sweet Pea Patisserie, which would be awesome if I could find black and gold to top them with, no?
FireDad and I haven’t decided who gets to drink yet. As we don’t ever drink and drive, it’s only ever one of us. If it’s me, I’m taking my favorite wine — Moscato, which will taste lovely with the truffle bites. If I’m being our Designated Driver, I may splurge and allow myself some pop. But something like Ginger Ale. I can’t handle colas anymore; they hurt my teeth!
Fun for the Kiddos
The kids are going to get bored. Though with 14 of them (no, really), they should be able to keep each other busy. I’m printing out some Steelers coloring pages to take with us.
Lastly, I’m going to get my craft on with the boys on Saturday, while I’m making soup, and we’re going to make ourselves a Vince Lombardi Trophy. Oh yeah. And then we’re taking it to the Super Bowl party. And if we’re all still awake at the end of the game, we’ll hoist it over our heads and declare VICTORY! (I hope.)
In the mean time, I’ll be sitting here, tweeting things about #steelernation and watching the Twerrible Towel wave. No, really, it’s fascinating. I giggled when my name came up.
Anyway, come back tomorrow for a complete retrospective of pictures over the past five years in Steelers gear. Exciting stuff, let me tell you!
As a friend of mine mentioned yesterday, I didn’t say anything about the Steelers, the Super Bowl, our big party or anything even remotely sports related in yesterday’s post. That’s because we were traveling back from Pittsburgh and the camera post was pre-set to publish. I could have published something on Friday congratulating the Steelers on their victory over the Cardinals but I would have jinxed the team. And I think we can all agree that one more jinx could have ruined it all. I’m glad I went with the safe post, aren’t you?
And so, two days out, what do I have to say about our Super Bowl experience back on The Farm?
It was fabulous! Some points.
1. My Texas Soup (viewed in my NewBaby.com video) was a hit with everyone, even my paternal grandmother who is the cook of all cooks. It fed all eleven adults at the party with a small amount of leftovers. I feel this point is a total win.
2. LittleBrother asked to go to sleep just as the game was getting underway. We did, however, get some pictures of both him and BigBrother in their brand new jerseys. This one, in particular, is a favorite. It’s not technically great but they were having such a blast playing the sit and stand game on Yia Yia’s steps. Anyway, LittleBrother went to sleep without issue and didn’t wake up until the next morning.
3. BigBrother asked to go to sleep around 7:15, his normal bedtime. I got him into his jammies, read him a book, said prayers and said goodnight without issue. Ten minutes later, after some yelling at the television by more than one person, there was screaming. I ran up to the room and asked him what was wrong. “It’s too noisy.” Well, I couldn’t argue with that one. He then told me that he wasn’t sleepy anymore. We put his jersey back on over his jammies and allowed him to come down for awhile. At this point, he walked around with his camera and took pictures of everyone at the party. He stayed up until 8:30, at which time he was laying on the floor just kind of staring at the television. Papau was able to put him down in bed without further issue. This picture is of BigBrother asleep in Papau and Yia Yia’s king sized bed. Note the jersey still over the jammies and Buzz Lightyear tucked under the covers as well.
4. Seriously though. The game was intense. I’m really surprised, as FireDad, my Dad (aforementioned Papau) and I were all in the family room directly under the room where BigBrother was sleeping, that we didn’t wake him up. Because in that last quarter? The yelling was frequent. And loud. And when Fitzgerald ran back for that go ahead touchdown, well, some tears were involved as well. Even my Great-Grandmother, the eternal optimist, declared in the upstairs living room (where my cousin’s 50 inch plasma was set up) that “we lost.” Phone calls after the game informed us that one uncle and one aunt gave up and left the room at that point. I won’t say that I wasn’t worried but I didn’t give up the hope. And we prevailed. FireDad and I were stoked. See? (Also my chosen shot for Project365 for February 1, 2009 over at Stop, Drop & Photograph.)
5. And one should always have a hot tub to celebrate in after such a victory! After cleaning up the party, kicking out those that didn’t need to witness my hairy legs and donning bathing suits, a few of us sat outside with snow on the ground, a celebratory drink in hand and enjoyed the steamy water. There are no pictures of this because my glasses were too fogged to see across the hot tub. (Also? Why did my parents get a hot tub, in the ground pool and a hundred other awesome things after I moved away? Hmm.)
Really, it was a great time. I was really proud of my children for not being overwhelmed by the extra people and all of the fuss. I was also really proud of my team for sticking it out to the very, very end and pulling off the win. I’d be in trouble if I didn’t give a shout out to George and “THE” Ohio State University for sending us Holmes. And, of course, Roethlisberger hails from the state of Ohio as well. I guess I can’t hate the state in which I live all that much.
But BigBrother is wearing his Steelers jersey to preschool today. Now none of those Bengals and Browns fans can make fun of him. (Until next season when the slate wipes clean again. Also, how many days until football season?) Anyway, all that said, TheBrothers and I are off to meet our friends at Denny’s for our free Grand Slam breakfast(s). What’s better than winning the Super Bowl? Free pancakes. Oh yeah.
[Also: I did notice that in this post and two of the three prior... I am wearing the same outfit. Go Steelers? It was washed twice. I swear. But only because I kept spilling stuff on it.]
As I’ve written about at length, we’re super stoked for our Super Bowl party. The winner of our Super Bowl Prize Pack (George, Bethany and the teens they are throwing a party for) might be cheering for the Cardinals but we will be cheering for the Steelers. I mean, we’ll be back in Pittsburgh for the festivities and if you even think of anything other than black or gold you are shunned from the city. As such and because we bleed black and gold, we’ll be throwing a true Steelers Super Bowl Party.
We decided to make you a video (and share it with NewBaby.com!) that includes a few tips on how to throw a kid-friendly (Steelers!) Super Bowl party. In the video you will see a recipe and get some ideas for what to with kids. Below the video (underneath the “read here for more” link) you will find links to some of the things we have mentioned including the fully written out recipes.
Now that you’ve watched our video, if you need more information on the recipe for Texas Soup, want another snack recipe, a link to the cake idea or need the links for the coloring pages, please click the link below to read more.