Sunday, January 31, 2016

Winter Days

Our life lately has been a lot of the same, baseball training, ice skating, skiing, soccer and school.  Nothing too exciting as you can see but I do want to remember these cold winter days as we look back through our memories in a few years.  On Saturday, a few neighborhood kids met at the pond for a little pick up hockey game.  Rylan was over there in a matter of seconds.   Our boys do not play hockey as a sport however, they really have picked up the game to be able to play for fun.  One of the Dad's played collegiate Hockey and had the kids doing drills to work on their skills and chasing him around the pond for speed.  This was perfect for Rylan.  I will tell you that even though Rylan does not play hockey as an organized sport, he is actually pretty good on his skates and can hold his own during a game.  And on the particular Saturday, he was in to to win it.  HA!

Rylan had basketball this day as well.  Rylan loved basketball when we lived in Ohio.  He played Upward, which they do not have here, he played games, practiced and so forth.  Last year he HATED the local basketball league that everyone was playing because they only practice, no scrimmages, no games, just practice drills.  In Rylan's eyes, that's no fun.  So this year we decided to try a different league hoping it would be a better experience but it is much the same.  For some reason here they do no play games until the kids are in 3rd Grade and even then, they do not keep score.  So at Rylan's age, they just practice...which if you know Rylan that is not cutting it, he wants to play.  This was a scrimmage from his "practice".

The smile is from Rylan stealing the ball and making a basket!

Sunday, Holden had a basketball tournament in the Dells.  The first game he played two of his baseball teammates and WON.  It was such a good game and Holden played great defense.  The second game was a good game as well and his team WON again.

Thankfully Rylan and Leyton have friends that just happen to be younger brothers of his teammates and a lot of the games are spent playing like this.....

The third game was a battle!  The entire game it went back and forth but in the end, Holden's team came up short by 2 points.


The boys played so hard and their coach was extremely proud.  After the game, the team meet at trampoline park for some fun!  They ran around, played and ate lots of pizza before heading back home.  I am not sure how the kids were still standing after all that playing but they had a blast.

Monday the kids were out of school for Teacher Inservice and originally we had planned to meet some friends at Cascade Mountain to ski but after a full day on Sunday, the kids decided they had rather stay at home. {Whew, thank goodness!}  With no real plans, the boys really wanted to just go ice skating at the pond.  Shortly after we arrived, several other kids arrived as well.  It quickly turned into pick up games and a day full of fun.

Leyton was even out there show us his skills!

The boys were out on the ice for hours before the snow began to fall.  Yes, more snow!  However, not enough to call off school so back to school the boys went.  After homework was finished, they headed back on the ice for some more skating!

Wednesday was the last ski lesson and they were able to ski all of the green trails by themselves.  Of course Holden and Rylan stayed together and I had them check in with me after each run since Leyton and I were in the lodge.  They both did an amazing job picking up skiing.  It really is a lifetime sport that they will love forever.


Next week they begin snowboard lessons.  I think it is safe to say that we are making the most of this winter with all of the snow.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Everyday Joys {Week 3}

This past week we were busy with activities and trying to stay warm!  Here is a recap of our COLD winter week.....

"This is the day that the LORD has made;  let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24 {January 15}

Finally finishing our last game of the day.  {Holden had 3 basketball games this morning and Rylan had an indoor soccer game followed by a basketball game this afternoon.}  I love cheering on the boys however now, I am ready to crash!  {January 16}

Nothing like waking up in Antartica... oh wait, this is our current temperatures.  Heaven help me.

Since it was bitterly cold, Holden and Rylan met their friends at laser tag before coming to our house to play.  This is a picture of the boys after they were just defeated by a little girls birthday party!  Ha! I think their egos were shot.  {January 17}

School holiday equals fun at Rockin' Jump.  {January 18}

It was a cold day for recess duty!  {January 19}


Wednesday night ski lessons.  {January 20}

Early morning preparing for my Mom's group. {January 21}

Monday, January 18, 2016

Everyday Joys 2016 {Week 2}

Here is a little recap of our week...

Play dough and this little guy. {January 8}

I never knew that a full day of basketball games would be so much fun!  Both of the boys played awesome today.  {January 9}

I feel safe with these two superheroes in the house. {January 10}

Monday morning views....{January 11}

A winter wonderland.  {January 12}

It is a bitterly cold night but these two could not be more excited about their ski lesson.  {January 13}

While the boys had their ski lesson, Leyton and I hung out at the lodge by the fireplace.

Rylan scored 4 goals at his indoor soccer game!  {January 14}