Big N and I love to go watch the Braves play. We aren't huge fanatics - but we enjoy the games and they are the closest team to us, just a short 2 1/2 hour drive away. We have been to one game every season for the past 4 or 5 years - with the exception of 2010 because I had back surgery in June.
We always make a weekend of it and do other fun things around Atlanta. Last year we took a mini-trip to Atlanta in August with Little N for the first time, but didn't go to a game.
When Michelle and I were planning our Disney trip, we were looking into other things that were going on around the area the time we would be down there. It just so happens that the Braves would be playing down in Orlando at the ESPN's Wide World of Sports the same time we would be there. Since we had been to a few games with Michelle and Brian before, we thought this would be a fun thing to do with the kids!
|Such a neat place!|
Michelle and I decided to get tickets and keep it a surprise from the guys! We didn't tell them until the trip down to Orlando - which I think drove me crazier than anyone. I am NOT good at wanting to keep secrets when it involves giving to someone else. I will do it, but it drives me crazy the whole time!
|Love this Mickey statue :) and the boy in the shades!|
The day of the game it was super hot and sunny! I didn't have any sunglasses or a hat, so I went to buy me (my VERY first hat) and Little N a hat as well. We had really good seats and were excited about the game! Throughout the game, we took the little ones down into the walkways where there was a breeze and it was a little cooler - towards the end we ended up staying down there while the guys watched the game and the kids napped in our laps.
|Michelle (R) and I (L) - how do I look in my Braves hat?|
Around the 2nd or 3rd inning, a foul ball was hit into the press box that was just up from us. Big N happened to be standing up holding Little N at the time and the lady in the press box threw it down to him to keep! We were super excited about this great souvenir!! A little while later people were lining up between innings a few rows behind us with pens and things for someone to sign. We asked the people in front of us and realized it was actually Bobby Cox sitting back there! The man in front of us asked if we wanted the ball signed and took it up there for Bobby Cox to sign. We were grateful to him for doing that for us - it was so sweet!
|Braves vs Astros - March 21, 2011|
So we got the best souvenir in the park - a game ball signed by Bobby Cox!! I know Little N doesn't realize that this is special yet, but one day he will :)
Oh . . and the Braves won so that made it an even better day! Go Braves!!