Football Widow

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It’s that time of year again.  I’m officially a “football widow” until football season is over.  Then comes recruiting, spring ball, camps, and it starts all over again.  I never realized how year round a college football coach works until I married one.  It really isn’t just for the season as many people assume.

That’s coach a.k.a the hubs back in his playing days

So what’s up with the term “football widow” anyway?  Coaches are in the office what seems like 24/7. There are no days off, the hours are long, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.  So for the wives we are basically single (working) moms or wives or girlfriends from August till the end of football season.  But don’t worry…coach will still be responsible for taking out the trash :p

Coach talking with his players

I do have to admit I love football season.  I love the spirit.  I love the drive.  I love the clothes.  I love being cozy under a blanket.  I love the food!  Would you expect anything less from me?  Truth be told sometimes I like to be home alone with my coconut.  I love coach don’t get me wrong.  There’s nothing better than snuggling with my coconut, and getting to watch my favorite shows and movies when he’s sleeping.  You better believe “Ten Things I Hate About You” is my movie choice tonight.  Why did I bold it?  Because it is a great movie.  Plus, it reminds me of home because it’s filmed at a high school we used to play against.  Remember Heath Ledger singing and dancing on the stadium (which happens to be the name of the high school) seats/stairs?  I remember being so afraid of falling down those every time I walked down to cheer on the sidelines.  Yes, I was a cheerleader.  Go Bears!

To me, the only negative of football season is limited time with family.  In return, coaches get more time in the summer with their families which is great!  We get to head to the beach and enjoy the sun.  However, fall has its fun too!  There are fairs, pumpkin patches, and apple picking.  My coconut and I do these activities with other football spouses because they can relate.  Plus, the women are seriously awesome.

One of the hardest parts of football season for me is missing wedding season.  If I didn’t have a child it might be a little easier.  Coach is never available for fall weddings which means I’m not.  Traveling and attending weddings alone with a toddler is nearly impossible…like 99%.  If the wedding are not child friendly then it is 100% impossible.  I have no one to watch my coconut.  It’s one of the sacrifices of being a football wife, and explaining the situation to friends can be difficult.  To my friends: I love you guys!  I really do try to find a way to make it!

I really want to head to the AFCWA (American Football Coaches Wives Association) conference that happens to be at the same time and place as the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association).  This year it’s going to be in Nashville.  I wanna go!!!

I will be sure to post my favorite game-time and fall recipes throughout the season!  In the meantime, check out my Buffalo Chicken Dip for a kicked-up a notch (sorry Emeril) appetizer perfect for football season!


  • Miss Messy

    I love love love 10 things i hate about you! such a good cheesy film :) good luck with football season

    • AndreaBai @ Glam Hungry Mom

      It’s so classic! I love it! Perfect chick flick :)

  • Ellen B Cookery

    Oh my, the story of my life. I’m a golfer’s widow and only because he plays the game so much.

    • AndreaBai @ Glam Hungry Mom

      Ahh boys and their sports

  • Sandra

    Ooh I make that buffalo dip too! It is so good! Sometimes my boyfriend even wants it as a meal and I have to say NO!

    • AndreaBai @ Glam Hungry Mom

      Same here! It’s a male pleaser! I may or may not have eaten it as a lunch before… I definitely regretted it 15 minutes later

  • Guru Uru

    Haha I like that concept ‘football widow’ :D
    I’m lucky I enjoy rugby with my dad!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Sarah Roark

    I’m sorry you’re once again a “football widow”, but I hope the season goes by quickly so you can get your Hubby back! :) I left an award for you on my blog, so be sure to head over and check it out!


  • Andiepants

    Oh hon! I so can relate! My hubby was a high school football and track coach for about 5 years! He had those long days that he stood around all day and all night. He taught at the same high school he coached so he exhausted by the time he came home. He had to be around for practice during the weekends and for 2-a-days during the summer. Since he coached JV football, he was in charge of making sure the laundry was done, even after everyone else left for the night…poor guy. He gave up coaching to get his PhD in Special Ed, so the poor guy still comes home tired after class and mentally exhausted with the amount of work. Luckily, we are both in education so we get to spend the summers lazying around…we have two more weeks left!

    Hugs to you honey!
    Andie’s Traveling Pants

    • AndreaBai @ Glam Hungry Mom

      That’s awesome your hubby has or is working on his PhD. I can imagine how exhausted he is from studying and writing term papers. You’re near the end of the tunnel!

  • JENN

    Haha this is funny, because my grandma always talks about how she was a “golf widow” to my grandpa… he was obsessed with the sport! Cute post, check out my blog if you get a chance, and follow if you like!


  • Lauren

    i’m definitely not a football widow but I certainly love the food that comes with football season. i made a similar buffalo chicken dip and I think its amazing!!

  • Carolyne O’

    I love this post and your blog! So happy to find you!
    would like to follow each other? :)


  • nicolesspirit878

    Stumbled upon your blog and I love everything about it. I just stared my blog in an effort to get fit thirty days before I turn dirty thirty. Looking forward to future post.

  • Ali

    Hi! Found your blog, and can completely relate. My husband is a football coach as well, and our season just started up. People really don’t get how challenging but how awesome it can be! I live in Nashville and had never heard of the AFCWA, so thanks for the heads up! Does your husband coach high school or college?

  • Shannon

    The buffalo chicken dip sounds AMAZING!

    • AndreaBai @ Glam Hungry Mom

      Thank you Shannon!

  • Tiff

    I’m a football widow too! My fiance coaches college football and camp starts tomorrow. I hate missing out on fun fall activities with him and I attend lots of weddings alone :-( Luckily his staff is all younger, so there are other wives, fiances, and girlfriends who I can do things with! I can’t wait until I’m able to check out the AFCWA at a convention.

  • Football and Fingerpaint

    Andrea, I live in Nashville, so if you are able to come down for the AFCWA then definitely let me know and we can meet up! I am excited to have the AFCA so close to our home. While my husband is a high school coach, I also work for Football Scoop, so I am hoping to get us into the conference as well!

    • AndreaBai @ Glam Hungry Mom

      I will definitely let you know! I’ve never gone, but I’m trying to find jobs that I can do at home or with more flexibility so I can go this year!

  • Ashley Woods

    Does this make me an Army Widow? Lol. My husband has worked 24/7 year round for the past seven years. Sigh.

    • AndreaBai @ Glam Hungry Mom

      lol I think it might. That just means you are a super strong woman!