It's no secret that we're huge Notre Dame fans. My husband and I grew up loving them because our families were big fans. And it has been so fun passing down the love of the Fighting Irish to our kiddos!
So today I want to share my favorite Notre Dame traditions for kids:
Song and dance.Every single game day we play this song. And turn the volume way up. The kids - ok, all of us! - punch our fists like the mascot and dance and sing and just have fun. This song gets us ready and pumped up every Saturday in the fall!
|We can't wait to take L for the first time this year!|
Taking the kids to Notre Dame on a game day.
I just can't explain how amazing it is to be on campus on a game day. It's just electric. Everyone is so excited to cheer on the Irish. You can't help but be pumped too! I love that our kids will grow up getting to experience this fun atmosphere!
|Corby Hall, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Golden Dome (as seen from one of the upper floors of the Hesburgh Library), and "God, Country, Notre Dame" over the side doors to the Basilica|
The campus is full of fun activities, like the band, bagpipers, the football players parading through campus to the stadium, and more. Plus, there is so much to do and see with the Grotto, Basilica, Golden Dome, library, beautiful buildings, and lakes. But my #1 favorite part of taking the kids to Notre Dame is...
Playing football on the quads.
When we were dating and first married, I'd watch the dads and kids playing football on Notre Dame's quads on game day, and it melted my heart. I couldn't wait til that was our little family someday!
But it took so much longer than we expected to start our family. With every passing football season, I just longed for the time that it would be our turn. So now when I watch our kids play catch with their daddy on the quads, it makes me so grateful for what God has blessed us with - these beautiful little ones!
Football fashion for kids is so fun! Cheerleader outfits. Homemade shamrock hair bows. Football jerseys. You just can't beat the cuteness.
And as an extra bonus: we buy all the clearanced St. Patrick's Day clothes...because in a Fighting Irish house, you can wear them year-round. ;)
|Proudly worn 365!|
I mean coaching. You know, just inspiring your child to love the same team you do. ;) Don't deny it - you do it too. ;)
The other day, we had a hilarious incident with our daughter that proves it's working ;) My dad is a big Michigan fan so I actually grew up a Notre Dame and Michigan fan (insanely strange, I know). Anyway, so I HATE Ohio State. (Because my dad brainwashed me haha) So he's been coaching J. Well, the other day I overheard this conversation between my husband and our 4 year old daughter:
Jim: Uncle J and Aunt K are going on vacation to Michigan.
J: I remember Michigan!
Jim: You do? How do you remember Michigan? (Because she's been there once and quite awhile ago)
J: I don't like Ohio State. It makes you throw up.
Bahahahahahahaha! That's my girl!
|Notre Dame fan since birth ;)|
So who is your favorite team?
Most hated team?
What are your fave family traditions?
Fave tailgate recipes? Football fashion?
I want to hear all about your football loves (and hates)! I cannot wait to read all of your posts and comments!
|...And our hearts forever, Love thee, Notre Dame!|
And Goooooooooooooo Irish!!!!
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