A 2-Year-Old's Tailgate

We love football. The American tradition. My husband’s more of a college fan, but I prefer the pros. The daughter of a Lions blue-and-silver diehard father and a former sports reporter, I crave the 50-yard touchdown passes, away game upsets and rival match-ups that become etched in history (did anyone catch the Michigan v. Notre Dame game??). 

Many childhood memories are scattered across the Lion’s old Silverdome. Sitting next to my Dad, stretched across open seats under the large viewing screen. Barry Sanders running wild. Chris Spielman’s fearlessness. Usually, a Lions loss was uncovered early and fans would filter out. The two of us would sneak down to the first tier, 50-yard line. Despite endless losing seasons, the Lions are – as in many Michiganers – a big passion in life.

When we discovered the Lion’s home opener was scheduled on Jack’s 2nd Birthday Party day, it was hard to resist a tailgate. He may not be a blue-and-silver fan yet, but he throws his arms up yelling “touchdown” whenever his Daddy howls at a game. Has several Michigan team jerseys. Can spike a football. And, enjoys great tailgate food.

We stocked the deck with coolers & canvas folding chairs. Grilled hot dogs and brats. I slow-cooked homemade chili, baked cheesy potatoes. Added some chips, dips & sweet snacks. 

We wore the gear. Tatted our arms with Lions logos.
Jack's football field cake created by a local bakery.
What 2-year-old doesn't love balloons?
Football decor, Lions coasters.  Game on.

Played with friends. Ate cake. Opened presents.
Happy Birthday, little Bear. Two years of treasures, silliness, thrills & laughter. 
You fill up my life.

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