Oh, how things have changed. The event took place inside the indoor track complex. It started at 1:30, but we got there with the kids at 12:30 to get in line. There were about 1500 people in line before us! By the time it started at 1:30, there were another 1500-2000 behind us. Madness. The kids were troopers in line, and made some friends.
Once 1:30 hit, the line was slowly let into the complex. In light of the Johnny Manziel autograph scandal, we were each given one picture for the players/coaches to sign. They were all seated around the perimeter of the building, with some sitting in the middle. Of course, they stuck Johnny in the far back corner. His line went to the opposite side of the building. Jon and Andrew stood in the Johnny line while Madeline and I ran around to meet some of the others.
I must say ALL of the players/coaches were SO nice. Maybe they sucked it up for 1.5 hrs for the fans, but they all seemed to genuinely happy to be there. Most chatted it up with Madeline. It was cute.
Clay Honeycutt, a defensive back. He chatted with Madeline for awhile, maybe because his line wasn't long yet!
At this point, all the lines were long, so I gambled at the backup QB table. I went with Matt Joeckel over Kenny Hill (pictured on the left end). Why? MJ is a major cutie. Is that bad for a wife and mother of 2 to say? I'm going with no, mainly because I'm 10 years older than him. We'll find out in the first half of the game on Saturday if I made the right choice. At this point, my gut says they'll go with Kenny Hill. Boo.
My troopers waiting for Johnny.
Now for the big event: Meeting Mr. JFF himself. I had THE vision of how perfect the meeting would go. Bad boy behavior or not, the kid is a legend. I was nervous, mainly about how my kids were going to act. I had the camera and Jon was taking video with his phone. We handed the kids their pictures to hand to Johnny. Madeline does as she's told. I snap pictures.
I wish I heard what Johnny was telling Madeline. She was supposed to tell him, "Thanks Johnny. Have a good season" and I'm guessing this was his reaction to whatever she said. I was a little distracted because...
Right after this one, Andrew decides to run to the side where Johnny is sitting and crawl under his table, while I'm trying to take pics and Jon is taking video. I try to crawl under the table to get my child but the cop (pictured above) got to him first. Johnny and the cop laughed, but I wanted to die. The entire thing lasted 19 seconds. How do I know? Jon attempted to video the whole thing, but it ended up being a video of my feet chasing after my child, the stroller and Andrew crying because he wanted to crawl under the table. At least Johnny made the last second of it. There. We have proof. And no, the video did not upload upside down.
By this time there were 5 minutes left in the autograph session. Madeline and I stood in line to meet Ricky Seals-Jones and Jon and Andrew waited for Ben Malena. We were next in line to meet Ricky when a buzzer sounded and Ricky's helper yanked the sharpie from his hand right as we walked up. At least I got to shake his hand and tell him to have a good season.
Same thing happened with Jon and Ben Malina, but Ben decided he was just going to walk around.
He was swarmed by people, so this is the best picture I could get of him giving a high-five to Andrew.
While the crowds were a pain, it was definitely a fun experience. To my children: Don't ever say your parents didn't love you. We took you to meet the Aggies.
NOW...on to very exciting family news....
While we were meeting the Aggies, Luke and Jordan were in the hospital (in Bryan) preparing for the arrival of Baby Will. He was born at 11:52 Saturday night, so on Sunday we got to go to the hospital and meet him! Will is the kids "first" first cousin. Madeline was SO excited and kept asking questions about him. She hadn't been around a newborn baby since she was old enough/"mature" enough to care, and she so happy that she got to hold him! Andrew kept pointing at him and saying "baby". I wonder which boy will be bigger when they grow up? As a Kleckley male, a minimum height requirement of 6'3" is required. :)
Will was wide awake the entire time we were there, checking everyone out.
Not even 12 hours old and he was already smiling for pictures.
Check out the hair!
Congrats to Luke and Jordan, and thank you for letting us visit! Hopefully our kids will make lots of fun memories in the future!