Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Hockey Players???

When we told the boys we were moving to Wisconsin they both asked if they could play hockey.  Kevin and I both answered with our standard, "We will see." Honestly, I figured once they were on the ice and skated a few times, they would give up.  Well, who knew that we would have a pond in front of our house that they could practice on anytime and who also knew that they would be determined to teach themselves how to skate?  Definitely not me.  But day in and day out, both Holden and Rylan have pushed themselves, and each other, to skate better, faster and more under control .  So when I saw that our local ice skating rink was offering a free "Learn to Play Hockey" session, I registered the boys.  They were both so excited.  When we got there, the coaches from the local teams were helping dress the kids out in full hockey gear.  Seriously, if you could have seen their faces!  It was a cross between excitement, nervousness, and oh, I am so cool.


Once in full gear, they headed for the ice.  There were several drills from going in and out of cones, to handling the hockey sticks before they scrimmaged.

As you can see, both boys did phenomenal.  I am not just saying this because I am their Mom but from just learning to ice skate to a hockey scrimmage, I was impressed.  Rylan made several goals and would wave to us in the stands and Holden when he made a goal, he was a little more proud of himself and did a knee up, elbow back, "Yes". Pretty funny.

At the end of the two hour lesson, our kids raced other players and when the boys exited the ice, not only were they a sweaty mess but they were grinning from ear to ear.  I think it is safe to say they LOVED it.

But as far as signing them up for a team, we are still not sure if it will fit into our schedule of all the other sports that they want and love to play.  But as I have learned, never say never.   Kevin and I both agree that we are thankful that the boys are willing to try new things, they are constantly active and that they love pushing each other to do better, try harder, and be a better player.  Not just in hockey, but in all sports and in life.

I am certain before too long Leyton will be right in the mix of things too.

I suppose these three will keep us young, active and exhausted!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Everyday Joys {Week 8}

Week 8 of our Everyday Joys included snow, food, and did I mention snow.  Here is a recap of our week:

Finally Albert Einstein is complete!  {I wish I could say the same about the presentation but we will tackle that over the weekend.}  Small 3rd grade victories.  {February 19}

Little slugger.  {February 20}

Afternoon ice skating with these three.  {February 21}

Channeling my Southern roots this morning.  {February 22}

Fresh out of the bath, Leyton still loves to be wrapped up in a towel.  This is just before he does nightly runs down the hall naked.  But for a brief 5 seconds, he is completely edible.  {February 23}

See that snowball...well, I have a feeling that it is coming straight towards me.  {February 24}

Warm muffins on a cold morning.  Happy Wednesday! {February 25}

Crafting with a toddler {Mosaic Paper Creations and a Sensory Surprise}

This week for our craft day we did two different activities.  The first one involved glue sticks and paper.  What is more fun than glueing?! I cut out several little pieces of paper and tried to show Leyton how to glue the pieces of paper to the big paper to make a picture.  But soon I learned that Leyton just loves to glue.

He did finally get the hang of placing the small pieces of paper on the glue to make a picture but in the meantime I got a kick out of just watching him try to get it off his hands!


Next, I had some brown rice leftover from Holden's school project that I thought we would make a sensory container with it.  I put some little trucks in there as well.  Leyton loved it!

I do mean he loved it!  He sat in the floor playing, spooning rice in the dump trucks, driving his little trucks and just feeling the rice.


Now when he was digging some rice fell on the floor, he quickly got up and grabbed his vacuum cleaner to clean up.


Oh, I have taught this boy well.  Once everything was cleaned he went back to playing.

I knew it was only a matter of time before he realized, wait, I can pour the rice on the floor for more fun.  And that is just what he did!


But look at that face...JOY!  So even though I may be finding rice for the next couple of days, it well worth the smiles on this little guys face!