A trio of dedicated “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” fans knew they were in for a long wait when they arrived at the site at 1 a.m. Sunday for the big “Move that Bus” moment, that wouldn’t happen until about thirteen hours later. But the college-aged women called it an adventure and came prepared.
They brought oversized camping chairs, backpacks full of fruit snacks, granola bars, water and juice boxes. Danica Litch, one of two sisters who camped out, even brought homework from her language arts studies as an elementary education major. Originally, she planned for the group to arrive at 5 a.m., but her sister talked her into arriving just before 1 a.m. They slept from 1 a.m. until 7 a.m.
“For me it was really good, I can sleep anywhere,” says Danica Litch.
For her sister, Kaylee Litch, sleep only came to her for an hour. People didn’t feel too bad though since it was her idea to come that early.
Around 5 a.m. the street sweeper went back and forth in front of their makeshift campground a few times. Not discouraged they just threw blankets over their heads and went back to resting up for the big reveal day.
“How often do you get to camp out on someone’s boulevard?” asks Kaylee Litch with a smile.
Along with the pair was Abby Rundquist, who has been best friends with Kaylee since first grade. They’ve had adventures along the way but Rundquist says usually she just tags along with the others’ ideas and she’s usually in for an experience she can tell her other friends about.
The Litch girls talked about going to the same church as the Grommesh family and said they were so happy when they heard it was them who received the “Extreme Makeover” for their home.
After the girls woke up and started welcoming strangers into their club of waiting behind barricades, they took a nap. They want to be fresh and awake for the big reveal moment.
As the crowd swells, so does the excitement and energy on the site, with cheerleaders arguing in fun about who has more spirit and the entertainment of the NDSU band. With all that’s going on, it won’t be hard to give the Grommesh family a “Move that Bus” moment that will keep the region, and eventually the nation, buzzing.