Saturday, October 3, 2009


It's OPEN WEEK for the Cooper Cougars, so Coach took me on a little out of town date to Plainveiw Texas. After a quick lunch at Chick-fil-a, we hit the road and enjoyed a relaxing drive through the Texas Panhandle.....where the terrain is flat and the sky is big & blue. When we got to Lubbock, 2 hours later, we piddled around and then had dinner at Furr's (a football team favorite) all-you-can-eat cafeteria! Then it was back in the car for a 45 minute drive to Plainveiw. Where we 'scouted' the Plainview Bulldogs and the Pampa Harvesters. I couldn't tell you much about the game but I did make some interesting observations such as:
* The Pampa Harvester's Mascot looked like Mr. Peanut with shaggy blond hair, dressed like a plow boy!
* There's something special about Friday night football in a small town.
*Sitting next to the band gives one a new appreciation for the band director and band members.
* And though it was windy and chilly and the game was a bit long, I enjoyed sitting on the top row, under the west Texas stars, with the man I respect most!

We spent the night, slept in and got back to Abilene around noon. As we drove past our house, upon return, I heard Coach slowly say, ""

A special 'thanks' to John McDonough & Co. for painting our front yard and doing a fabulous job!
It was a perfect surprise!


  1. That is just too funny!! When I first saw it I wondered if you just added with photoshop or something - it still would have been great - but to know it is actually like that just makes me laugh!! What a great idea for a surprise!!

  2. This is my favorite thing that you have ever written...

    "The Pampa Harvester's Mascot looked like Mr. Peanut with shaggy blond hair, dressed like a plow boy!"

    Nate and I have not laughted this hard in quite some time! Love the field it turned out great! You are the perfect wifey! :)

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