March 31, 2011

Back in the saddle...

Yeah, yeah I know, I know. I AM A SLACKER!
Gator Daddy started off so well, and I admit, I wasn't exactly drinking my own Social Media Kool-Aid when I allowed it to slack off to ...well to nothing. For those of you that subscribed to the original postings. I thank you for not deleting me by now. For those of you joining us, welcome to GatorDaddy blog.

In the next few weeks, you will se a bunch of post-dated posts coming (mainly because I have about 15-20 unfinished posts sitting waiting for publishing...) and a bunch of exciting announcements about Gator Daddy (the blog), (I own it now! woo hoo!) and some really cool hookups I got coming for other Gator Daddy's (and Mommy's...)

So stay tuned, stay calm and keep chomping!

Tyler "Gator Daddy" LeCompte

March 28, 2011

hee hee...DORK!

Just a little Star Wars humor to make you smile. Enjoy!... GD

This is one of the best videos I have seen in a long time: 
Star Wars: Talk to your Kids PSA

March 13, 2010

"Gator Momma" and her creative skills...

One thing about Gator Momma (better known in our home as Princessa) that you probably don't know is she posseses amazing creative design skills. Besides being able to get Gator Daddy and Baby Gator Riley dressed in such a way that we dont look like total fools, she is very skilled at creating some amazingly interesting designs from common items such as baby diapers, baby clothes, candles and other household items important to every upcoming Gator family.

Today, she is hosting a Gator Baby Shower for our close friends, Dr. Ken Staudt and Sunshine Holland. Here are pictures of a few of the amazing items that she designed and created for the special event. Here are some "diaper cakes" that she built to use as main centerpieces for the shower:

Here are some secondary centerpieces that she created for the auxiliary tables at the event, using some candle dishes, candles and other items she has accumulated for projects like these:
 Finally, here is a gift basket that she put together for the happy couple from Gator Daddy, Gator Momma and Baby Gator Riley.
 It contained some really awesome items, inlcluding: Diaper pacakges, Clothes (ranging from 6 mos to 18 mos/ to give baby room to grow), Packages of Onesies (both 6mo & 9mo sets), a cool Photo Board with Magnets, some cool Gator Pacifiers, some really cool Gator Flip Flops and my most favorite, a set of knitted Gator Football hat, gloves and booties. Here are some photos of the gift items:

December 5, 2009

Riley Elizabeth "Baby Gator" LeCompte

It's official, this is a true Gator Daddy blog! Riley Elizabeth "Gator Baby" LeCompte was born at Florida Hospital's Ormond Memorial Medical Center on December 1st, 2009. A healthy baby girl, weighing in at 8lbs 11oz and 21 inches long, she is amazing! She has her mom's nose and cute cheeks, and has been cursed with her father's stunning good looks and blue eyes.

Overall, the whole experience there was excellent. The staff were tremendous from the moment we arrived, the rooms comfortable and spacious, and even the food was pretty damn good. We arrived, as previously planned and scheduled by our doctor, and were escorted to our room (416 - my birthday for superstitious purposes). We immediately met our delivery nurse, a wonderful woman named Chris who previously was a mid-wife for 32 years in the Northeast, who led us through the entire process beautifully.

After several hours in expectation of our new arrival, we finally began to experience some of the tell-tale signs of imminent birth. Following a brief examination by our doctors and nurses, it was determined that we were going to forego our "planned" C-section, as our Baby Gator was already well of her way and our water had already broken. After only 2 hours ( I say that with a smile because I know how GREAT my Gator Momma really did!) we were blessed with a healthy baby girl, Riley Elizabeth LeCompte.

Tears of Joy from Gator Momma
Welcome to the world Riley Elizabeth "Gator Baby" LeCompte
5 minutes in and already sleeping a champ!
We were joined at the hospital by several of our immediate family members, including my father (G'pa Gator), Gretchen's parents (they root for the Irish, so they don't get cool nicknames...sorry), my best friend Mark "Uncle Gator" Demma (seen below) and a few close friends. Thanks to everyone who were able to come visit us prior, during and after the birth of Baby Gator, we love and appreciate you all!

Uncle Gator meets Riley for the first time!

Gator Mommy's parents holding Baby Gator Riley for the first time

Grandma sneaks in a Notre Dame sweater into the shot while Gator Daddy isn't looking... :)
We spent another two days in the hospital waiting for Riley to clear her initial examinations and get clearance from the doctors to take her back to the Swamp. One amazing thing that the hospital did for the happy parents during our stay was offer us a gourmet romantic dinner in our room, along with Baby Gator sleeping at our side, so that we had the opportunity to celebrate together. The food was excellent, the champagne was wel-deserved for Gator Momma and the deserts were amazing! What an excellent way to help new families celebrate and help new moms & dads get a break together before the coming storm of visiting family, friends and diapers! Thanks Florida Hospital Memorial! You Rocked!

Baby Gator's first Chomp! It just comes naturally to this one!

December 1, 2009

The Peanut has landed!

She's here! I would like to introduce, the newest lady in my life, my new love, my new boss; my daughter, Riley Elizabeth. More pictures to come...back to my girls for now.

October 29, 2009

The REAL reason I have such fun at Gator games...

Just a little Photo montage to my beautiful wife and her always changing, always improving "Gator" style. For someone who once rooted for that "girls school/clown college" up in the Florida panhandle, she sure does make Orange & Blue look really good to me! Can't wait to see what she does for our little Gator Girl next season! Love you Princessa! :)

Walking into the 2006 BCS game in Phoenix

Game time in Phoenix!

Atlanta 2008, SEC Championship Game - got my good luck charm with me

Acting up at the PiLam Tailgate prior to 2008 BCS game in Miami - Love this chick!


Princessa and Sunshine at FLA-GA 2008

More of the same...

I mean really? seriously, this girl married me?

and finally, the best one yet: Chief, Princessa and Peanut ready for the game!

Hope you enjoyed it, Gator Daddy.

October 12, 2009

2009 Bull Gator Fly-Away Game -Baton Rogue, Louisiana

So we have just touched down after a 18-hour long, whirlwind day of Florida Gator Football, the annual University of Florida Bull Gator Fly-Away game. Each year, the Florida Gator Bull Gator Booster club hosts a fly-in and fly-out away game trip which starts with a charter flight out of Sanford International Airport to an SEC opponent's home stadium. Some years past trips we have attended include:
  • University of Mississippi - Oxford, Miss.
  • University of Tennessee - Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Auburn University - BFE, Alabama (sorry couldnt help it :)
This year's trip was to beautiful Baton Rogue, Louisiana to play the LSU Tigers in one of the nation's most intimidating stadiums, "Death Valley".

I have personally been waiting a long time to return to Death Valley after making the 13-hour drive from Gainesville to Baton Rogue while still at UF (1997 I think...) I missed all that "southern hospitality" that most SEC college stadiums are famous for, instead having to get stitches in my scalp after having a bottle thrown at me while leaving the stadium - and the Gators LOST that game. I hate to imagine what would have happened should UF actually WON that game...

With Gretchen being about 30 weeks along with our first pregnancy now, and that there would be two (2) hour-and-half long flight in the same day, we made an exeuctive decision to not let her make this year's fly-away trip. So you know what that means...Guys Trip!

On this adventure we have: Gator Daddy (me), Grandpa Gator (my dad), and the Original "O.U." Uncle Gator (my dad's college roommate - Dr. Ed Staudt). The flight was originally scheduled to take off from Sanford at 2pm EST, but the first plane they put the group on wouldn't start. So after an hour delay and changing planes, we finally are set to leave. I sat next to O.U. and Grandpa Gator sat in the row in front of us. Here are some pre-flight preperations that O.U. and I were making, to insure we were properly prepared for Death Valley and any turbulence in between Sanford and Baton Rogue:

We arrive in Baton Rogue, deplane directly onto the runway to meet four (4) buses waiting for the Bull Gators to drive us directly to the campus and stadium. After driving along the famous levees that holdback the mighty Mississippi River, we finally arrived to the campus. We got off the buses, and headed towards the stadium. Once there, we met with some other Florida Gator friends that had driven into New Orleans earlier in the week with family to "make a trip out of it." We all had some laughs at the expense of several of the LSU students that actually thought they had a chance...then headed inside.

One thing I will give to the LSU Tigers and their stadium...they have some seriously kick-ass Creole food available inside those walls. I saw Jumbalaya, Crawfish Pies, Ettouffe and bright red crawfish boiling in large pots. We grabbed a little bit of each and headed to our seats. Here's some kickoff pics:

Really not bad seats for an away game, where normally you get either a nosebleed from being too-high or blown eardrums from being right next to the band. This trip we lucked out, being on the lower level in a corner about ten rows BEHIND the band. That way, when they played the Gator songs we all know and love, they were playing away from us and into the stadium.

After a knock-down, drag out defense game between my beloved Gators and those dispicable Tigers, we emerged victorious 13-3. Now 5-0 in the SEC and 6-0 Overall, we headed out the stadium and back to the buses. After an hour wait in the parking lot, our buses were escorted closer to the stadium by some Baton Rogue motorcycle police. To our surprise, our buses were pulled alongside the Gator team buses. We shared some bus-to-bus Gator Chomps before heading out...really fast way out of town when you have a squad of motor cops blocking all the lights our of town, we made record time!

Back on the plane, a few more free drinks and some awesome pulled pork sandwiches made for a full stomach and a nice sleep. Back in Sanford, back in the car (I drove home...Grandpa Gator and date slept) and back home. Crawl into bed, around 530am, kiss that beautiful wife of mine and our future Gator princess and to sleep. Way to go Gators!
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