Things have been pretty slow going around these parts. We've been doing some minor updates and renovations to our place, so the last few weekends have revolved around trips to home improvement stores and constantly cleaning the mess that comes with renovations. Home improvement isn't really Marcus' thing (or mine), so he and I have spent our weekends doing much the same as our week days (see yesterday's post). To say I was beginning to feel a little guilty of our mundane and uneventful weekends would be an understatement. When I discovered The Harlem Globetrotters would be in town I knew it was exactly the fun and entertainment our family needed. After securing tickets and getting one of Marcus' favorite friends - Colt - to join us, we built up Marcus' anticipation telling him we had a special surprise for him. (The special surprise was also a great tool to keep the little man on his best behavior.) When game day arrived Marcus was thrilled to be spending the afternoon with his favorite buddy. Immediately upon walking into the USC Galen Center the excitement was electric, and I'm positive both boys sensed it. We quickly snagged a few souvenirs and found our seats. We were right by the tunnel to the locker rooms, so we were treated to an up close view of the players at they emerged. From the minute we sat down Marcus and Colt seemed totally enthralled. Every time I looked over at the boys their faces told me everything I needed to know: They were captivated throughout the whole show (the entire 2.5 hours!). We were all captivated throughout the whole show. The Globetrotters displayed their ever impressive ball skills and artistry, and I have to admit, I was fully pumped to see a female player on the court! Along with the game, the boys took great delight in snacks which included the arena staples: popcorn and cotton candy. Like father, like son. The fluffy, spun sugar was a first for Marcus, and he wasn't totally sure how to eat it or what to think of it. After just a few bites Marcus was done. But, Marcus found Colt's consumption of the sweet stuff simply hilarious. There may have been a moment when Ellen Pompeo was brought onto the court, and I was admittedly star struck (I love me some Meredith Grey). Several times I thought maybe I'd seek her out and ask her to sign our souvenir basketball… However, my better judgement remained in tact, and I remained in my seat and enjoyed the game. After a very close game between the Globetrotters and the Washington Generals, the Globetrotters won! (May I also point out that 26 seconds before the game ended Marcus needed a bathroom break, so we missed the exciting finish.) Immediately after the game we headed to the court to snag an autograph and photo op. We were the first in Highlite's line (player pictured above). Marcus and Colt received Highlite's sweat bands that were used during the game - he literally took them off right in front of us and handed them over to the kids. While the sweat bands were kind of, um, sweaty (and in need of a good wash) it was such a great moment for the kids (and for me too - I couldn't stop gushing to the boys about how awesome it was that they received those bands). Souvenir ball (with Highlite's signature) and Highlite's sweaty arm band. These past few days Marcus and I keep talking about the basketball game and how it was Marcus' special surprise, and how much fun we had. For us, the Harlem Globetrotters was so much more than just a game. It was an opportunity for us to make some truly special memories. Because our family had the best of times I want you to have an opportunity to do so as well. Use the code: FAMGUIDE to save $7 off tickets to a Harlem Globetrotters Game. Just head to the Harlem Globetrotter's website http://harlemglobetrotters.com/tickets to see if/when they'll be in your town. Enter the promo code (FAMGUIDE) at checkout to receive your savings!