Well, last Thursday, the Shull six headed up to Manhattan, Kansas for a fun-filled K-State weekend. Andrew and my brother both graduated from K-State, and even though I did not, my heart bleeds purple too. I’ve said this a million times on here…but my own college experience was so lame. If I could go back and change something about my past, I would start with my college choice and then make a bunch of changes from there. Sigh. The best part about college for me? When I met Andrew and started hanging out at K-State every weekend. Ha! When I think back to all of the fun I had in college, it all happened that last year and a half up in Manhattan. K-State salvaged college for me 🙂 .
We are grooming a bunch of future Wildcats at our house, so a road trip to the Little Apple was a must this fall. Here are approximately 8 billion pics from our fun time in Kansas. We had the best long weekend!
We left McKinney at 10:00 AM for the trek up to K-State. It’s about an 8 hour drive…sooooo we had plenty of time in the car together.
Quick lunch stop at Cracker Barrel…because there are about 4,000 Cracker Barrels between our house and K-State. This girl loves her daddy!
Annnnnnd we made it! We drove straight to dinner at Cox Bros. BBQ. We basically ate our way through Manhattan on this trip. Andrew and I used to love to eat here back in the day, and it’s always the first place we pick when we come back up.
Happy to be out of the car and ready to eat BBQ!
She had only been in Manhattan, KS 20 minutes but was already in love.
This one too!
After dinner, we had dessert at Varsity Donuts. Everyone told us to check this place out (it wasn’t there the last time we were at KSU) and it was SO GOOD! We each got a different donut and they were all so yummy!
My future K-Stater got the K-Stater 🙂 .
I had the pumpkin spice. Yes, please!
And because #collegetown there was a ping pong table right in the center of the shop. After this, we headed to our hotel and crashed for the night.
The next morning, we were up bright and early to eat breakfast at The chef for the first time.
Waiting for our table with these cuties.
It was worth the wait 🙂 . Oh my word! This place was SO GOOD!!! Smith had THE BEST chocolate chip pancakes I’ve ever tried and then we also had this breakfast burrito smothered in sausage gravy that was probably the best thing I’ve ever eaten in my life. Wowzers! The food was really good!
After that, we headed over here…
…to check out the football complex. Ah! My boys at K-State. Who would have thought all of those years ago that we’d be back with this guy (and his sisters)?!
Madeley can proudly tell you now that a Powercat says “roar”!
These are Coach Snyder’s 16 Goals for Success…and Andrew Shull still to this day keeps a copy taped to his desk at work.
She has her life all figured out…and if of course, involves graduating from Kansas State University. She took notes as we walked around 🙂 .
She wanted a picture with Mommy too 🙂 .
While we were walking around and checking everything out, Coach Snyder waved us into his office for a chat. This man is greatness. Forget about his coaching career (as amazing as it is), just him as a person is stellar. He is a fine man who brings up fine men in his program. He did not have to stop what he was doing to get up and talk to us, to engage with all four kids, ask about our parents and my brother…but he did. I respect this guy so very much.
The Shull men with Coach Snyder 🙂 .
Let’s play “Where’s Andrew?”. Anyone see him????
How about “Where’s Sean?” ? Ha!
They found Daddy on the wall!
The view from the coaches’ offices.
And then sweet Coach Mo (who has been there 35 years!) took us on to the field. This is where the boys run through for games. And this is on the wall as they’re running by…
Ah! Our sweet kiddos at K-State!
After we finished walking around the complex, we walked around campus…
We sat on a park bench and reminisced about “the good old days” 😉 .
And then we ate lunch at Coco Bolos because…we love to eat at Coco Bolos.
We walked around Aggieville and bought shirts at Rally House before heading to Radina’s for coffee and a cookie. I was having another “remember when…” moment when Andrew told me it sounded like I had more fun at K-State than he did. Bahahahahaha! I did have fun there 🙂 .
With my girly.
And now, with all of my girlies.
We stopped by a Halloween store for a fright!
And then for dinner that night, we ate at Tap House. The burgers and sweet potato fries were on point! So was the fun atmosphere!!
After dinner, we headed to Aggieville to see if the band, cheerleaders and Willie the Wildcat were there…and they were! The Friday nights before games, they go in and out of restaurants and bars playing the fight song and such. It’s always so much fun!
We followed them around a bit. That’s Willie!
A small sampling of the band always plays. They laid on their backs to play this song. It was a hoot!
Willie stopped and the kids had their picture made. Such happy kids!
And then we wrapped up our evening with ice cream in Aggieville.
We woke up early the next morning for the game! First stop, Early Edition for breakfast.
We were all so excited!
And then we arrived at the game! Okay, this pic should be titled “the calm before the storm”. Sooooo…kickoff was at 11:00 and here we are trying to enter the stadium. But right after this pic, there was lightening and it started to rain, so they delayed the game by an hour. We headed back to our car and got our rain boots on and braced for a stormy day.
With rain boots on, we attempted again.
They were such good sports!!
We got to our seats ready for the game…when lightening kept striking and it RAINED AND RAINED, so the game was delayed until 2:00. A three hour rain delay.
Hmmmm…where’s the game???
With my favorite Wildcat.
The team came out and then right back in. Sigh.
It was the annual Harley Day at the stadium, so before the last delay, we saw the motorcycles all go by. It’s so loud in there when they’re going! There are probably 50 of them at once!
Willie on the first bike.
Madeley thought it was loud too.
Kettle corn in the rain.
Delay, rain, delay, rain, repeat.
Ah! The game finally started and about halfway through, these two needed to potty, so we watched from up here a minute.
We got back to our seats and Ashby ate her peanuts. Look at her using two hands! Woohoo!!
Clearly, Andrew was concerned about the score 😉 .
Whew! After a loooooong game (and yet another rain delay!!), we ended up at Powercat Sports Grill for a very yummy dinner!
Madeley got snuggles from Kensington while we waited for our table.
And our last pic from the trip…we ate chips out of a helmet, so you know, #winning.
We had such a good time! Rain or shine, win or lose, it’s just nice to spend a few days alone with the fam. Whether they go to K-State or not, I just hope they go places that they enjoy.
We love you, Manhattan, Kansas! Thank you for a great weekend!