Monthly Archives: February 2016

Hockey madness!

This weekend was going to be so manic that I knew I needed to prep Dave three weeks in advance. Hockey game for Ben in Tacoma at 10:20am (so that means leaving at 8:30am), game for Sam in Bremerton (2:15pm), mini game during a Juniors game (Thunderbirds – big arena, announcer, mascot, the whole deal) for Ben at night in Seattle, and then an 8:10am game for Sam in Lynnwood (6:25am ferry, 5am up). On top of that, two boys wouldn’t be able to play unless they got a sleepover with someone and a ride. SO! That only took two hours to convince Dave to add into the mix 😉 He took the Showare Arena run at night on Sat so I could host Sam and his two buddies. These two (cousins) have a LOT of energy. They rival Ben. They climb the steel beams at the rink. Or anything they can find. I promised them for every goal scored by our team (we were playing a tough team) that they could jump off Sam’s bunk. Well…the game was 8:1 (the other team won), but guess what the boys did? Yep. They added the goals and each jumped 9 TIMES off Sam’s bunk! I tried that last night. It’s a good workout climbing and jumping!

Here are some pictures of the events of the weekend…

It started Friday night with Mites practice. I did this stick drill, actually! Didn't spaz! Ben is VERY fast going through these.

It started Friday night with Mites practice. I did this stick drill, actually! Didn’t spaz! Ben is VERY fast going through these.

Ben riding down to Tacoma with me. We left Dave and Sam at home to chill a bit then meet us in Bremerton.

Ben riding down to Tacoma with me. We left Dave and Sam at home to chill a bit then meet us in Bremerton.

Our goalie got hurt, so this is Jaydyn gearing up. He's one of the boys I got to keep Sat night.

Our goalie got hurt, so this is Jaydyn gearing up. He’s one of the boys I got to keep Sat night.

Here's Alex at the card store (first stop after the game) admiring a strategy game about to start.

Here’s Alex at the card store (first stop after the game) admiring a strategy game about to start.

This is evidence of boy entertainment...check out the movie below. We were blowing up soda bottles with dry ice...

This is evidence of boy entertainment…check out the movie below. We were blowing up soda bottles with dry ice…

 

Dawn at the rink. Pretty sky. I'm arriving at a hockey game 1.5 hours away BEFORE DAWN!

Dawn at the rink. Pretty sky. I’m arriving at a hockey game 1.5 hours away BEFORE DAWN!

Ferry time! It's 6:25am now. Hi, coaches! We love these guys. They are all hockey dads - boys on the team.

Ferry time! It’s 6:25am now. Hi, coaches! We love these guys. They are all hockey dads – boys on the team.

This is how they build good teams: 9 coaches on the ice with young girls of all ages, BEFORE DAWN!

This is how they build good teams: 9 coaches on the ice with young girls of all ages, BEFORE DAWN!

Sam and Ben got hair cuts today! I tried to get a picture but after giving them dessert and then romping with them, this is what you get - hip checks and mischief!

Sam and Ben got hair cuts today! I tried to get a picture but after giving them dessert and then romping with them, this is what you get – hip checks and mischief!

I paid Ben $5 to do all the laundry - get it out, sort, fold and put away. He did as well as I do! Dave said "that's not hard" from across the house when I was in there marveling. Nuh uh! Not fair! Folding is not IMPORTANT! It just needs to be neat... harrumph!

I paid Ben $5 to do all the laundry – get it out, sort, fold and put away. He did as well as I do! Dave said “that’s not hard” from across the house when I was in there marveling. Nuh uh! Not fair! Folding is not IMPORTANT! It just needs to be neat… harrumph!

“Would you PLEASE stop SQUEAKING!?”

The morning - the VERY morning that Sam spotted a mouse in our bathroom, look what popped up on my Russian language learning app?

The morning – the VERY morning that Sam spotted a mouse in our bathroom, look what popped up on my Russian language learning app?

I had to study the snap traps a bit to get them rigged up just right. I was fiddling with one on the counter and sprang it with a fork to test it. It FLEW three feet into the air and the boys’ eyes were WIDE! Even Mr. Sam, who by now is 11, and knows ALL. Then it was time to add bait. I messed up – EPIC fail – and ended up with cheese in my hair. This was also amusing to some fans…but eventually got it all set…

I went to the hardware store with Ben later in the day and might have been squeaking a little ("SQUEAK! SQUEEAAK!") as we walked around looking for mouse traps. Finally found some - got glue and regular snap ones. Ready for battle!

I went to the hardware store with Ben later in the day and might have been squeaking a little (“SQUEAK! SQUEEAAK!”) as we walked around looking for mouse traps. Finally found some – got glue and regular snap ones. Ready for battle!

We also bought a TWIX bar and laid a boy trap. Look who we caught? A BIG one!

We also bought a TWIX bar and laid a boy trap. Look who we caught? A BIG one!

Happy 11th, Sam!

Eleven years sounds like a very long time. It’s more than a decade. Sam celebrated 11 years with us on Wednesday by having many of his hockey buddies over for fried chicken, pizza, cake, video games, shooting out in the garage, and a sleepover. We sure had fun! Here are a couple pictures, but more is in the album.

Here we are, decorating Sam's cake :) The boys each wrote something.

Here we are, decorating Sam’s cake 🙂 The boys each wrote something.

Happy Birthday!!!!!

Happy Birthday!!!!!

Some of the boys - four of them - saw this big tent in its bag in the garage and begged to camp out in it! What was I to do? I really couldn't deny eager boys an adventure, could I? We set it up in the dark, in the rain, mopped up the floor, and had cake then went out to sleep through a pretty heavy downpour all night. The tent held up, and so did we - had a great time. Even had a urinal in the tent because the rain was so heavy. Check out the album for more photos...

Some of the boys – four of them – saw this big tent in its bag in the garage and begged to camp out in it! What was I to do? I really couldn’t deny eager boys an adventure, could I? We set it up in the dark, in the rain, mopped up the floor, and had cake then went out to sleep through a pretty heavy downpour all night. The tent held up, and so did we – had a great time. Even had a urinal in the tent because the rain was so heavy. Check out the album for more photos…

Shooting in the garage the next day while I tidy up the house and wash a dozen towels :)

Shooting in the garage the next day while I tidy up the house and wash a dozen towels 🙂