We left for Las Vegas on the morning of Dec. 18th. There were two chartered planes with players with any who had a wife and/or children, coaches and their families on the planes. It is all a well organized process of who is to arrive when and getting checked in and loaded on the plane. It is separate from the main Salt Lake International Airport. So the process is not too bad. Seats are assigned and they give you a bag with some breakfast or lunch, depending on the time of day.
After we arrived we got our room assignments. Getting everyone to their rooms with all our luggage is a lot harder in Las Vegas. The hotels are so busy and we are not the only ones there, like on a regular game trip. We had a nice suite with two connecting bedrooms. This helps our family with all the family around. It gives them a place to gather and sometimes hang out.
|View from our room|
|Alex after getting to his room-first things first|
Some of the Whittingham group did not arrive until Sunday, the second day. We took Alex to the Beatles "Love" show. Kyle has a connection with a friend of his dad, Gene Kilroy, who got us some good seats. Cary, Tyler, Alex, Kyle and I went. It was a great show, love the music!
|After the "Love" show|
The next day I went with Kyle and the team to a lunch with both Boise and Utah there and they could pick out their Bowl gifts. It was at the Hard Rock Cafe. First Kyle went and met the media.
|I can't imagine having all those microphones and cameras in my face!|
|Kyle with the Media|
The next day we got to go to another lunch with the teams and Kyle met with Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and their producers about the upcoming game. Who knew all this stuff went on before the game? I went because Kyle likes me to go with him and I was going to the luncheon.
Then at the lunch, Kyle had to sit on the podium and then speak. The Boise coach was there too, along with some of the Bowl committee.
While we were doing all of this, our kids, with their cousins, went to see some sights.
|M & M Factory|
|Ashley and Alex|
|Ashley, Elvis, and Melissa|
|Alex loves the Beatles!|
Kyle speaks again, the day of the game, to the Boosters.
Utah vs Boise State
|Tyler warming up|
|Tyler and Alex talking it over|
|After the game with my girls|
Bowl games are always a fun time with the family. It makes great memories for us all. Kyle works so hard at home and at the Bowl games. I appreciate all he does for our family! There are so many meetings, meals with the team, lunches and dinners that he has to think about and go to. I am sure it is not as fun for him as it is for everyone else.