Marmot Pass + Ben’s first ice hockey game

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┬áby 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're hiking up Marmot Pass - called the "champagne hike" of the Olympics, with our hockey buddies. No parents could go this time so it was just Dave and me on point. Ben was hard to stop - he got to Marmot Pass and kept on going up to Buckhorn! He's nuts.

We’re hiking up Marmot Pass – called the “champagne hike” of the Olympics, with our hockey buddies. No parents could go this time so it was just Dave and me on point. Ben was hard to stop – he got to Marmot Pass and kept on going up to Buckhorn! He’s nuts.

At Camp Mystery cooking up some chili in a new jet boil stove. Very cool! Oh - and Carver made me eat crickets!

At Camp Mystery cooking up some chili in a new jet boil stove. Very cool! Oh – and Carver made me eat crickets!

Almost there - 100 yards away now.

Almost there – 100 yards away now.

We made it! Look at these strong hockey boys!

We made it! Look at these strong hockey boys!

The summit of Marmot Pass - what a fantastic hike with everything you'd want in an Olympic excursion - river, craggy peaks, fall foliage just turning, and 12 miles to enjoy all that! (roundtrip)

The summit of Marmot Pass – what a fantastic hike with everything you’d want in an Olympic excursion – river, craggy peaks, fall foliage just turning, and 12 miles to enjoy all that! (roundtrip)

4 Comments

  1. Gramma 11 October, 2015

    Richard and I just watched on my big screen, and were hootn’ and hollarin’ right on top of your voices! Those little squirts are fantastic — I love to watch their speed, and how they take their falls. They just scoot on their rumps or on whatever hits the ice first, until their speed is just right for popping up. Remember the Weebles? Kinda like that. BRAVO Ben, on your hat trick! So, so proud!!

  2. pops 12 October, 2015

    Ben, hat ???? trick????, big hooah, love to all

  3. Pop Pop 12 October, 2015

    Very cool….both on the ice and the hike!
    We give thanks for your crazy busy lives in the great Northwest…
    Miss you lots,

  4. Gramma 22 October, 2015

    WHAAAAT? 12 miles round-trip to Marmot Pass?! My goodness! I don’t think I could carry enough water to get myself there! The pictures are so pretty – it’s the best time of year for color. Miss you and all the “boy excitement”.

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