Monday, January 14, 2013

Welcome to Miami

Wow, it has been way too long since I have blogged! I feel like I am so out of the loop with what is going on in everyone's lives. I have missed reading your stories and hearing about all the great products you were trying. I am going to do my best to try and keep up with blogging. After coming home from work and taking classes I feel like I don't have time to blog. I have a lot to catch you up on from the past several months. Today I will go ahead and post about my most recent vacation. 

As most of you ladies already know football is a big deal in the south. Saturdays in the fall are mainly consisted of football games and tailgating. A week ago today was the college football national championship in Miami, Florida. My team, the Crimson Tide, just so happened to being playing in the big game again, second year in a row! My uncle surprised my family with tickets to the game and we were very excited to go!
 I flew down a few days before the game to go to Disney World with my cousins. I will have a separate post for that. In Miami it was in the 80s and great weather! Let me tell you I did not miss the cold weather here in Alabama! On Sunday, we went to South Beach to sight see. We went out on the beach to put our toes in the water. 
I could have stayed out there all day! 
After we left the beach we went to the Fontainbleau hotel down the street because that is where the Alabama football team was staying. We looked around, took pictures with the team buses and shopped in a store that had national championship gear. (interesting fact: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were seen at this hotel later that night!)

After leaving the hotel, we went and walked the streets of Miami. I had looked up the Kardashian sister's clothing store- DASH and I just had to visit. Once I got there, there was a line of people waiting to go into the store. The security guard was only letting several people in at a time. The store was a lot smaller than I had expected or remembered it being on the tv show. I thought most of the prices were a little much, but I decided to buy a candle as a souvenir. Now when I watch Kim and Kourtney take Miami next week, I can say I have been in that store haha. 

After leaving Dash, we went to the national championship fan fare located the beach. Let me just tell you I have seen way too many bikini thongs to last a life time and some of the ladies definitely did not need to be wearing one!

After spending the afternoon at the beach, we went to the Miami Heat basketball game. I had never been to a NBA game so I was really excited. It was really neat getting to see LeBron James in person! 

Monday was the day of the game and we had to get to the stadium extremely early to get good parking. We spend all mid-morning and afternoon hanging around the stadium. 
Then finally it was game time. The game was great, well of course it was because Alabama won! We had really good seats and the atmosphere was great. 
I love the panoramic shot on the iphone! 
The family was all split up inside the stadium, but my mom and I sat together. We had a good time celebrating the win! It looked as if Notre Dame wasn't ready for the big game. Final Score was 42-14.

I thought this was really neat:
My brother and I went to the national championship game in California in 2010. That was my senior year at the University of Alabama and that was UA's first championship since 1992. This year happens to be my brother's senior year at Alabama and we won the championship again! My brother tweeted "there has been a Purpura attending the University of Alabama for the past three championships, we must be a lucky family." I am so thankful we were able to attend those games!
Leaving the stadium I had to take this picture:
I thought this was very appropriate especially since Alabama has won 15 championships! 
We had a really late night! We didn't get back to our hotel until 2ish and I didn't get in the bed until 3am. My brother and I got up at 5 to go to the airport to catch our flight back home. Once we landed in Birmingham we were greeted with these: 
I felt like we were the ones who had played the night before... the media was everywhere in the airport wanting to interview the fans who were arriving. The trip was fantastic and I feel very lucky to have been able to attend! :) I saw this on Facebook, I am not sure if this is something the state of Alabama is looking into doing or not. I think it would be awesome!
I love it! I think it is amazing that Alabama and Auburn have won the past 4 football championships! Well, I guess the statement is true.. 
At some places they play football at Alabama we live it!  


Jenna said...

OMG! I am SO jealous that you went to Miami! You are a lucky girl! LOVE that you went to Dash.. I would have so done the same thing!ROOLL TIDEE ROLL! :) Have a great week girl!

Melissa Jo said...

What a fun trip! Glad to keep it in the SEC!

Whitney Tomlin said...

So jealous you got to go! ROLL TIDE!

Ruth said...

That is exciting. I am glad you got to go and experience that.