I can’t believe how busy the past couple weeks have been. I’m sorry for being so lame sharing photos and stories of what the kids are up to. Both are enjoying ice hockey very much, and soccer as well. Last weekend Ben was in a half-day soccer tournament and came off the field after 6 games saying “Can we do this next weekend?” He would enjoy a different sport every day I think. Sam is adjusting really well to 6th grade and getting into a groove managing his organizational skills and homework load. It’s definitely a team effort but he’s taking the lead more than ever and remembering if he’s taking the bus home or catching up with me at school to drive down to ice hockey. The days certainly fly by at this pace!
I’ve been working on coordinating math coach programs at two schools, recruiting and screening volunteers as a good match for the teachers. It is going well but entails quite a bit of communication with all concerned. I’m also starting a Coder Dojo club for after school computer programming with mentors. It’s a cool model conceived by an Irish teenager to get kids into coding, so I’m working on recruiting high schoolers in need of credit or service work hours to be a part of the program. Also working…and the work load is heavy right now.
Here’s a quick video of Ben in his first ice hockey game. It was very cute to see these young kids playing! The 1’17” video ends on a high note – stay tuned to see Ben’s hat trick (third shot) of his first game go in!
We got back on Saturday from a week in Victoria BC for ice hockey camp with Leslie Global Sports. It was an action-packed 7 days, camping and running logistics for boys going to hockey every day! Both Ben and Sam were in the camp, and we were very fortunate to camp with another family and their two boys of the same age. It was a wonderful time for everyone – what could be better than a week-long sleepover, plus ice hockey? It was pretty challenging for me as Dave couldn’t join us – unable to get away for an additional week on top of going to Orcas two weeks ago for my mom’s 75th – but the boys were really great and we had excellent company helping us out. It was such a superb time – a great footnote to the summer and wonderful memories to carry us through starting school again.
Here are a few pictures:
And video produced by one of the coaches with a GoPro on his helmet:
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We enjoyed watching a big rivalry last night – the West Sound Warriors Junior A team (16-20 yr olds) against the Wenatchee Wolves. It went into overtime! I didn’t want to stay past the first period since we had a game today (Sat) and it would be a busy day, but it was a great game and I decided to just go for it. You can always sleep another day. Here’s some video of Ben providing some entertainment in the stands between periods…he is hilarious!
And here’s Sam’s first away game in Lynnwood (across the water near Edmonds). He got black breezers, too, so he looks really sharp. No more spotting him in the blue pants now. You’ve got to keep an eye out for #17 – white helmet. Ben also got skates at Play It Again Sports while we were there. So the little guy has his own gear now.
Here’s Sam’s game! Another playlist for you!
Below you’ll find a link to a YouTube playlist with all Sam’s ice time recorded! It starts with the last 43 seconds, then starts from the top with the warmup and proceeds through the game. Sam is LOVING playing ice hockey, let me just tell you! And it’s a pretty exciting game to watch. Hey you hockey players out there -are you pretty impressed with the level of play among these 9 and 10 yr olds??? (Sam is in blue breezers and a white helmet, #17.)
Just thought you’d enjoy seeing the fun we all have after practice when there is open skate (no Warriors game). It makes for a late night getting home, but we all have a great time.
We’re an ice hockey family now! I’m our team’s manager and am helping the kids fundraise so they can be a part of the effort to get them to two tournaments this year. I had no idea how much effort goes into being a “hockey mom” but now I know some of it! Although I have little balance in my life right now due to commuting 45 min each way to Bremerton, I am learning a few things…how to make good use of the time in the car (carpooling with one other family), how to pack dinners (two every night – before practice and after), how to cook hockey puck brownies (they were actually pretty good!), and how to hockey stop! Ok – so here are some video clips from today, selling hockey puck brownies on Bainbridge with another mom who made DELICIOUS cookies with peanut butter dipped in chocolate. Thanks, Leni and Josh! That was a lot of fun! Ok so we’re back at home now and I still have a lot of “pucks” I’d like to sell off. We grabbed some pizza and then headed out again to the end of our driveway to see what we might be able to shake loose. We were at $115, with a goal of $200. Sam is hilarious in this one! I was taking a back seat (no one wants to sell to a parent – it’s all about the kids!). But I did get a little tired of just hanging out in the trees (Ben kept going “MOM! THEY’RE NOT COMING BECAUSE THEY CAN SEEEE YOU!”). So…hockey mom got in the game. And closing with this one of Ben in the stands Friday night. We went to practice for Sam, then stayed for a Warriors game (the Junior A team – guys ages about 16-20). They are very good, and the boys loved all the music, noise of banging on the bleachers, and the fast pace. They were slack-jaw much of the time – between bites of nachos (chips and cheese sauce). Fun night!
If you’d like to send us a little wrist shot of support, please see the website I set up with the help of one of our amazing parents who works for Adobe and just happens to be launching this neat app…TOMORROW! Please mention Sam Krug in any comments so we can attribute his donations properly. If you’d like to give to the team anonymously, you certainly may! Many thanks!
At the ice hockey arena in Bremerton for sick and puck! There was agood group of kids from age 9 through teens. Sam is starting ice hockey tmo and Ben was brave enough to try skating, too. It’s a lot of driving but we’re finding good things about that where we can.
All done and heading home! Dave is starting a Master’s program this week so he was reading and getting oriented.
This is where we were this morning- Ben’s soccer game! So today we were soccer AND hockey parents!