Oh what a stressful day in the King house, today! It started off with the usual grand final traditions - Aaron getting up early and going out to get ALL the newspapers and then spending the morning watching the Grand Final Breakfast on TV as well as everything else leading up to the grand final, and then his Dad coming around to watch the game with us.
The only thing different this year, was that Aaron also decorated the house!
Jay, Noah and I had to go to an appointment this morning, so we put Jay's streamers on the antenna of our van. Lots of people we passed while we were driving were giving us the thumb or waved. When we pulled up back at home our neighbours had some friends around. They were in the back yard and a guy yells out 'Go the Cats!'. Jay gave him a big 'boooo the Cats' and the guy then cracked up and said 'No - go the Hawks!'.
I knew it was going to be a tense afternoon and hoped that the boys all behaved as I knew I wasn't going to be getting much help from Aaron, who was going to be enthralled in the game. Lucky for me they were pretty good.
The tense moments even before the game started! Aaron decided to turn off his phone during the game, but would check it at the end of every quarter and he would have about 5 messages from different people.
Jay had fun cheering the Hawks on till the second quarter, when he decided that he wanted to go to his friends house who was having a footy party.
I took him around to watch the end of the game, and it was probably lucky he got out of the house as there was a LOT of yelling - especially at the umpires who were very biased against the Hawks.
About 8 minutes before the end of the game the tears started!!! Oh boy - I didn't know whether to laugh or be scared!!!! Aaron was sooo emotional.
About two minutes before the end the tears really flowed and Harri went over to Aaron and asked 'what's the matter Dad?!', and gave him a big hug. Check out the tear!!! See - I'm not exaggerating! I had to keep reminding Aaron that it's 'just a game'!
Thank goodness they won, as I don't think we could have coped if they didn't. This was taken at the final siren.
In the words of Shane Crawford - 'That's what I'm talkin' about!'. Go the Hawks!!!! Now we have to get through another emotional day when they come down on Monday to show off the cup.