Saturday was a fun date night for us. Our wonderful neighbors (and their two boys) took Isaac with them to a nature center festival at 4:30 and watched him for the rest of the evening so that Vance and I could have a date night. We've had a lot of coffee dates lately, so the chance to get away before dinner and enjoy a lesiurely evening together was really exciting.
We went to our new-favorite Chinese restaurant for dinner, where we met a very chatty elderly couple who were rabid U of M athletics fans. They were decked out in all the paraphenalia. For a while I was afraid I wasn't going to get a date with my husband! :) But after they left we got a good chance to talk and talk and talk.
Then we went to my first hockey game. It was so fun! It was a preseason game, but still amazing for a non-hockey initiate to watch. For those of you who've never watched, I highly reccommend this very entertaining sport. Guys are crashing into each other everywhere, doing the craziest moves on ice, and when they're bad, they have to go to Time Out in the penalty box. As a mom of a toddler, it was too funny to watch these college guys dutifully trudge into their isolation station and wait out their two minutes. We had a great time.
And by the way, the U of M's chants don't hold a candle to NCSU's. Any chant that includes spelling the entire state of M-I-N-N-E-S-O-T-A just loses some of the momentum for me, especially when it's concluded with a rousing, "yaaaaaaaaaaaaay Gophers!" at the end. Give me the good old Wolfpack any day.