Periodically we will post some Qs & As to help you get to know the wives of our coaching staff, or shall we say the women behind the men who support their husband's careers so unselfishly and to our benefit! The first in our series will be Offensive Coordinator, James Franklin's wife, Fumi.
Name: Fumi Franklin
Years married: 2 ½ years
Names and ages of your children: Ava (22 months), Addison (11 months)
Occupation: Stay at home mom
Hobbies: Lets see, trying to get 8 hours of sleep in a row…thinking of new and creative ways to convince my oldest daughter that veggies are yummy! I can’t remember, my children are only 11 months apart!
Favorite Movie – A Few Good Men, Wedding Crashers, The Man from Snowy River
Favorite Restaurant: La Lomita Dos – I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this restaurant. The food is incredible.
How did you meet your husband? I met James when he was a GA at Washington State…but I think it’s important to mention that I didn’t pay him any attention because he still had a flat top and they had gone out of style AT LEAST 10 YEARS EARLIER! It wasn’t until several years later that we started dating.
Describe a typical game day. CHAOS! I have two very little girls that have a hard time making it through an entire game. Last year I would stay home until after they had taken their afternoon/morning nap (depending on game time) and we usually got to the game around halftime. We watched the games from James’ office because the stadium experience was just to overwhelming for the girls. Plus, my oldest likes to stand in the window and say HI to every-single-person that passes by.
What’s the best part about being a coach’s wife? My husband gets to do something that he’s excited about! We make a lot of sacrifices for James’ job but it feels worth it when I know he’s doing something he loves.
What’s the worst part? He spends a lot of time away from home. Between camp, the season, recruiting, conferences etc. there’s a chunk of the year that we don’t see him very much. My kids are usually in bed before he gets home, and they wake up after he is gone in the morning – so they REALLY miss him. My oldest will even carry his picture around ☹ During the season, the girls and I try to visit him at least a few times a week for lunch, but it just depends on everyone’s schedule.
Would you also include a favorite recipe? Oh my gosh, this questions feels really stressful because I AM NOT A COOK! I think it’s important to put that out there right away, but I am a tailgater…
7 Layer Dip
2 ½ cans of jalapeno bean dip
3 avocados (mashed)
2 tsp. lemon juice
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
Mix layer 2 together
8oz. sour cream
½ cup mayonnaise
1 pkg. taco seasoning
Mix layer 3 together
2-3 medium tomatoes (chop into pieces)
1 bunch of green onions (chop)
1 small can of olives
2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese
**Layer in pan starting with Bean Dip and Serve with Chips**