The NCAA tournament started on Thursday right after lunch.
The first game (Davidson vs. Maryland) started at 12:15, and by 12:16 Strider was already screaming and booing, depending on who had the ball, who missed a shot, who scored, etc. I knew then it was going to be a LOONG tournament here!
Strider has taken every opportunity possible to park himself on the couch in front of the tv, with his paper bracket that he filled out in one hand, and highlighter in the other (used to mark every game he guessed correctly). Pete was so proud to come home to find him like that.
Of course this also means 99% of his conversation over the last 4 days have centered on the tournament.... "Mom, who do you want to win this game? Who do you THINK will win? Do you want to sit and watch it with me? There might be an UPSET! And Graham picked Wisconsin to win the whole thing, but they might lose! What about if Florida wins this game?" and on, and on, and on....
Rayna, meanwhile, who loves it when anyone is excited about anything, is having a ball with all this too. She keeps running into the living room shrieking, "What game is it? What game is it?" Then she'll just cheer randomly and get all wound up... For instance, about 10 minutes ago, she heard Strider yelling, "Go Oregon! Go Oregon!" Without looking up from what she was playing with, she started yelling, "Go Furgon! Go Furgon!"
Colsen keeps getting startled by all the shrieking -- you'd think he would be used to it by now -- but overall he's still a jolly fellow. He is proud of himself for his new skill of blowing bubbles. And he's been enjoying the nicer weather -- he loves to be outside!
So, let the Madness continue... My bracket picks have been pretty wrong so far -- both Pete and Strider are doing better than me -- but go UNC! (Colsen's dressed appropriately above) Strider would say, Go Kansas! He's all excited because we're all competing in a tourney pool with some friends from college, and if he wins, he'll be getting a gift certificate at Amazon. :)