Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer Time

Its that time of year where the air weighs heavily and the cicadas are singing.  There are afternoon thunderstorms, and some evening ones as well.  The kids have settled into a summertime routine of pools and play thoughts of school are a distant memory.  The days are long and filled with fun and the nights are too short--at least for this mom.  Fun times abound!

Last Saturday, I took Aidan to get a hair cut.  He wanted it really short with a mohawk on the top.  I told him he could get it cut however he wanted but no mohawk. . .so he got it cut really short all over.  Cute and perfect for the summertime heat, but I miss his shaggy head!!

Doesn't he remind you of the Saturday Evening Post with this picture??

His hair is so short. . .: (  but the good part is that it is easier to care for.  With all the swimming he's been doing, his hair was getting really sticky feeling from the chlorine.  We're going to let it grow out again, though.  In fact, we probably won't get it cut again until it's time for school pictures in October!

Speaking of school . . .the tax free weekend is the first weekend of August.  We get home from the beach just before, so I've already been planning what I need to purchase for Aidan for school.  We have his new backpack and lunch box picked out from LLBean.  And I've already purchased most of his school supplies.  I'll pick up his clothing and shoes during the tax free weekend.

And in case you think I'm being a summertime killjoy, I'm truly not.  I just have to plan ahead!!!  I will be leaving Friday after work to go out west and help pack up my moms house and I'll be there until next Wednesday.  So not looking forward to this trip.  Lots of angst, emotions and tempers have been boiling up.  I'll be home a couple of days--just long enough to get the laundry caught up and repacked--and we'll be off to the beach.  That's the reward.  Looking forward to watching my little dudely get back into surfing the waves!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Aidan and I headed to our pool for a couple of hours last Sunday.  However, it was a long trip to get there.  Why?  Well, we had turned down a road on the way to pick up a friend when I noticed the car in front of me swerving all over.  I watched and pulled back, realizing that the driver was actually looking for a specific address.  He finally pulled over to the curb--brake lights but no signal--so I thought he was stopping to figure this out instead of trying to do it while driving.  But, no!!  He ran into me!!!  He hit hard enough that we bounced a bit.  It was in the right rear, damaging the tire (flattened it!!) and rim plus some dents and scrapes along the wheel well and running board.  He admitted fault immediately (no kidding) and he called in the claim.  Everything will be taken care of while I am in Nevada and California so no worries there.  But I had to tell him that he was very lucky that there was nothing wrong with Aidan (there isn't).  He might not have survived my reaction if there had been!!

And lest you think we haven't been doing any hockey. . .think again!!  Aidan continues his weekly practices plus Cold Rush.  Last night we had a parent meeting to discuss our upcoming travel and tournament schedule.  We're booked through the end of the year now and have a couple more decisions to make for after the first of the year.  It's going to be a really fun season!!!

Have a good rest of the week!!!  Think nice cool thoughts. . .

Monday, July 7, 2014

Travels, Camp and the Fourth!!

This has been, and will continue to be, a travelling summer.  Three weeks ago we were in Connecticut and New York.  Two weeks ago we were in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  Two weeks from now I will be in Nevada and California.  And three weeks from now we will be in North Carolina. . .add in Virginia and Maryland and I'm covering a lot of states!!

We have been busy this summer.  Aidan is in the midst of all of his camps.  He had a week of Hockey Camp last week.  He'll do two more of this camp later in August plus a Shoot to Score camp. . .I'm thinking his skill level is too high for this camp so we likely will be looking for something a bit more intense for next summer.  When I went to pick up the boys last Thursday, Aidan was playing a scrimmage with the 12 and olders. . .and skating better than them, too.  : /

This week and next week, Aidan will be at Ida Lee Camp.  It is fun.  There are crafts and basketball.  Plus swimming every day.  And then once each week they will go over to the outdoor water park.  The bad part is that I have to send lunch and two snacks each day. . .the good part is that I send lunch and two snacks each day (I can send much more healthy foods that he likes!!)

Last week was very tiring for Aidan.  He spent the week going over to his friend Jake's house each morning and then the two of them went to camp together.  Thursday night he spent the night at Jake's and then they all came here early Friday morning so Aidan and Jake could be in the Fourth of July parade.  Fun stuff!!!

These two are best buds. . .

Pretty goofy aren't they???

Jake and his family came back later and had dinner with us and few other friends and then stayed for the fireworks.   We also did some of our own while we waited!!
Jake came back on Saturday and went to the pool with us and then they wanted to have Aidan come back for another sleep over.  I had to put the breaks on, though.  One look at Aidan's face told me we needed to have an early night and then sleep in.  I wanted to take him to church (which I did!!) anyway.  And we had planned to go to a movie (which we also did!!).  And it was a good thing!!  Aidan went to bed at 8:30 and I had to wake him up at 8:00 on Sunday morning for church!!!

We had a great day on Sunday, just me and Aidan (Daddy had to work).  After church, we had an early lunch and then headed to Cobb for a matinee of Earth to Echo, which I thought was very good.  Quick stop at Wegmans and we were home on the porch hanging out before 3:00.  I commented to Aidan how I had enjoyed our day, just Mommy and Aidan.  And he replied, "Yeah its been fun.  Maybe Daddy will take me to the pool when he gets home."


That's about it.  Have a great week!

Friday, June 27, 2014

At a boy, Daddy!

On the way to Winwood camp this morning, Aidan said:

Daddy is doing his boss' job this week cuz he's on vacation.  That means he has to do his job AND his boss' job.  I think he'll get extra credit for that!

Love that kid!!!  I've been smiling all day and chuckling over that one!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hollydell and Philadelphia

Well, we did another tournament this past weekend.  It was in New Jersey, although we actually stayed in Philadelphia. . .in a very bad hotel. . .which the Sheraton will hear about from me!  With pictures. . .  Really bad. . .

Anyway, we weren't there about the hotel.  We were there about our awesome boys!

They played a total of five games.  2 games on Friday, both were wins; 2 games on Saturday--one of which was a Semi Final Game at 8:00 pm!!, and again both were wins.  In fact, the Semi Final Game was stopped within the first minute of the third period because our boys had gotten up by 10 points. . .I like this rule. . .and then they played the Final game, against the home team of Hollydell . . .and lost by one point. . .which was scored in the final 30 seconds of the game. . .talk about a heart breaker!

The boys all played very well.  They could pass more and use the skills they have been practicing more, but they played very very well.  Aidan played Defense this weekend because the team was short on D.  He has never played D before, aside from the short little shifts on House League.  And he has never ever practiced D before.  I was very pleasantly surprised!  Really did well!

And we did more while on this trip than just hockey.  We actually made it into the city to see some sites!

We got incredibly lucky and found street parking just a block away from Independence Hall right by Washington Square.  Two hours for less than $5.00!

This is the backside of Independence Hall. . .The is a great patriot named Barry. . .I am not sure who he is, but will look him up!!  As you can see, Aidan was wearing a jacket.  It was actually pretty cool that morning!

The front of Independence Hall. . .from where the original Liberty Bell is now housed.  Aidan did see the Liberty Bell, from the outside.  The line was wrapped around the building so we didn't go in. . .Next time!!

We took a Carriage Ride and saw several very interesting buildings:  This is the house, about two blocks from Independence Hall, that was where Jefferson lived and wrote the Declaration of Independence.  At the time, it was on the outskirts of town. . .and is currently at the center of a huge Metropolis!

This is the facade of the building of the first Fire Insurance Company in America, founded by Benjamin Franklin, as Aidan found that most things were, according to our Carriage driver. . .I thought this was interesting for two reasons:  I work for a small Mutual Insurance Company and our logo is an old pumper Fire apparatus that was invented and designed by George Washington. . .and this facade is right in front of a very modern building.  Love how they kept the old feel while going modern!

As I said, we parked right next to Washington Square.  This is a park where thousands of Revolutionary soldiers were buried in unmarked graves.  Then, at the back of the park, is this eternal flame dedicating the site to all those who have fought for freedom and liberty.  Love it!!

After this, we had to get back for Aidan's game.  And guess what???  We had visitors to our game!  The Jackson's came over to watch and then we all headed out to dinner. . .Aidan and Landon were very cute together and I couldn't resist getting a picture of our two goofy Russians. . .

Ethan, whom I did not get a picture of, is also adorable!!  Liz and Greg were so fun and now that we know we go up there a few times a year, we'll likely get together again!

So, that's it on tournaments until fall. . .the boys had a practice last night--where Aidan practiced at Center and at D! (what no winger?) and one more on Saturday morning and then we're done with DC Elite.  We'll be focusing our attention from here on out on Xtreme. . .

And now we're at camps.  After a long tiring weekend, I was glad Aidan had Winwood camp this week.  And yet, with Cold Rush early Tuesday morning and Xtreme practice late Tuesday night, my baby is still a very tired boy!!
Hoping he can sleep in and sleep long this weekend. . . I think we're all ready for some down time. . .

Next week will be Hockey Camp. . .and then two weeks of Ida Lee Camp. . .and then he will be off two weeks, one with Daddy and one for a family vacation.  The week Aidan is off with Daddy, I'll be heading west to help my older sister pack up my moms house and put it all in storage.  I'll then spend a couple of days visiting with my mom.  Things don't look good there, and there's a lot of emotion involved, but I'll share that some other time.

Have a great rest of the week and enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Connecticut Tournament

Well, we have had our first full ice, all the rules apply tournament behind us.  The boys did fantastic!  So proud of them.  This is a group of boys pulled together from three rival teams and they became a team themselves this weekend.

The coaches from the big rival of Ashburn were on the sidelines (dads of a couple of the boys) and they were a huge help in talking to the boys and working with them off the ice.  It's unfortunate that the coach the organizer of this team sent didn't know our boys nor did he seem to care to get to know them. . .but that's a whole 'nother story, my friends.

Just saying one more quick thing about the organizers. . .they have had our money since February and yet we still had to provide our own socks and the boys had to wear a plain white jersey.  The names were on them, but the letters were peeling off after one game.  So frustrating. . .

Anyway, back to how the boys did. . .they have only practiced a couple of times using the off sides rules and face off rules.  They have the break outs down really well.  If we can get all the players to stay in their own position, they will be really really good!!

Bottom line:  These boys will be ready for full ice full rules hockey next year when they move up to Squirts.

In the locker room with the boys. . .

Waiting to go on the ice. . .
Aidan on a break away!!!

We had one game at this ice house. . .you can see the building, right?  That is a marina in between me and the building.  This location was awesome!!  It was at a cove which was on Long Island Sound.  We had some free time, so we came back here for a little sit in the sand and wade in the Sound time.  Perfect and it was a lovely afternoon!

The dark smudge at the far edge on the horizon is Long Island.  I was so glad it stopped raining!  All Aidan wanted to do was hang out outside on his off time.

After this we went back to the hotel and then walked a couple blocks to a place called Remo's.  We sat outside and ate our meal.  Perfect!  Wonderful food.  Highly recommend the place:  Remo's in Stamford, Connecticut.

The boys won 2 and lost 3.  But the losses were all by 1 point and were hard back and forth battles.  The teams they played have been playing together since last fall--on full ice, with all the rules.  I think our boys did awesome.

Next up, the Gatorade Challenge at Hollydell in New Jersey.  And then we'll be done with tournaments until fall!!

Oh, and by the way?  Schools out!!!!  Yeah!!!!!