Saturday, November 5, 2011

"Am I a REAL hockey player now?"

Well, it's finally here....the boys are in the beginning stages of being made into future hockey players, like their Daddy.  The anticipation, excitement, hard work and late evenings are upon us.  Blake's been saying since last year that he'd love to get the boys on the ice. 

The very first time they placed their feet on an ice rink was at age two.  We were on vacation with our good friends the Caputos in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  We took all of our boys to the ice rink, and one at a time with their skates and helmets on they took the ice.  Blake skated around the  rink with each child.  He'd place their feet on the ice, bend down, and push them along.  It was very exiting, however, Blake's back was singing a different tune!

Blake's skates, and the boys very first pair at age two that they wore in Gatlinburg, Tennessee

The second time that they placed their feet on the ice was this past Wednesday.  I was very apprehensive, because Wyatt is still under a doctors care, due to the fact that he had broken his left arm about two months ago.  He is supposed to be released this coming week.  I felt okay with Wyatt out there with Blake who was giving him instruction and one on one time.  He was covered from head to toe with every pad you could imagine.   (Matter of fact I just had an idea, I should have him covered from head to toe at all time anyway with him being as accident prone as he is.)  If Blake hadn't been on the ice with Wyatt, he wouldn't have been out there due to his healing injury.

The boys walking into the ice rink with Blake

Walking to the locker room to suit up

Nolan getting ready, it's a pretty long process to go through

Blake lacing up

Walking out onto the ice for their first hockey practice

Blake and Kevin skating the boys out

Standing up on the ice

Kevin leading a small group of 'first timers', Nolan #10, Wyatt #4

More instruction, learning to stand up

Daddy helping us stand up with his hockey stick

When the boys would do what Blake wanted them to do, they earned a ride on the end of his hockey stick.  He would skate around the rink with the boys on his stick like a mini train. 

Wyatt making an ice angel, while Blake helps Nolan.

Coming off of the ice after practice

I was so very proud of Wyatt and Nolan.  They were so cute.  Wyatt kept saying, "Am I a real hockey player now Daddy?"  Blake, "Yea, buddy, you are!"  Nolan, "We are a team Daddy!"  Nolan also told me, "Mommy, you can play with you girl team."   He also said, I couldn't play with them.  They were so tiny among all of the adult coaches out on the ice.  What sweet memories I'm making.  They would lay on the ice, and Blake would hold out his hockey stick, and they would pull up on it, trying to stand up.  After they would get stable standing, Blake would gently push them down, and they would start the process all over again.   He would then have them try to walk to the wall.  They worked on this for 45 minutes, I thought at any moment they would become frustrated and want to quit.  But, that never happened.  I'm so proud that they kept trying.  They can't wait until their next hockey practice.  It does take a while to get all of the gear on.  But, that's part of the process, the process of a hockey player in the making!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Trick or Treat? What do you mean?

Happy Halloweenie! 

The boys have been saying this, not to mention, it's just so fun to say and hear.  They have also been filled with excitement from the moment they heard that Halloween was right around the corner.  Candy, candy, and more candy was on their minds.

I was also explaining what you say and what it means, when you knock on someone's door.  Wyatt, said "What do you mean?"  They can trick me and not give me candy?   If they want to, but I've never met someone who didn't give you candy.  However, we do have one man in our neighborhood that requires a joke from you, before he gives you the candy.  So I have my corny list of jokes ready for the boys before getting to this particular house.  By the way, let me tell you MY favorites that I've loved for years!

 Why did the cookie go to the doctor?  Because, he felt crummy.

 Why did the piece of bubble gum cross the road? Because,  it was stuck to the chickens leg.

And last, the answer you would not expect...

 Why did the monkey fall out of the tree?  Because, he was dead.

The Friday before Halloween, we took the boys to their Fall Harvest Festival at their preschool.  What a wonderful time they had.  They tasted homemade baked goodies, jumped in bounce houses, played games in the classrooms to win prizes, and voted for their favorite teachers costume.

Nolan (without makeup, he was scared when he saw Wyatt) as a Ghost Pirate (he came up with the idea of being a ghost pirate).

Wyatt with his makeup on, and as a Ghost Pirate

On Saturday, we were invited to an annual pumpkin carving event at a friends house.  This was our second year to go, and we loved every minute of it.  We stayed for 5 hours.  Lots of families, friends, and good food.  Here are some pictures of the carving. 

We invited some friends to our home on Halloween night.  They brought their children, and we went trick or treating together as a group.  All of the children were filled with so much joy and anticipation that they ran from house to house, as we made our way around one of the blocks.  The way the neighborhood was buzzing with participation, it's the ideal scenario for the ultimate trick or treating experience!  (Or at least I think so.)  Next year, I'll take photos of the entire process to share.  I was so excited I forgot to bring my camera with me.  (Although sometimes it's fun to enjoy the moment without capturing photos.)

Nolan, finally agreed to "makeup" with his costume

Wyatt changed his mind during the weekend, and wanted to be Darth Vader for Halloween night.

The year before last there was a roaming Wolf man (that was very lifelike, I might add) wandering aimlessly throughout the neighborhood.  I couldn't believe that Wyatt and Nolan actually went up to him to say hi.  I was thinking they will be forever frightened, and they never sleep in their own beds again.   But, they enjoyed him.  (If I can find the pic of him and the boys I'll post it on here.)

 This year, you could hear the sounds of a chainsaw through out the sidewalks.  We never saw the chainsaw man.  One house the boys love to stop by is the "Haunted Garage" house.  They've had it for 3 years in a row now, and it's the highlight of the evening.  It's on the last street before ending the trick or treating extravaganza at our house.   It's the coolest haunted garage, with every gadget you can imagine.  Smoke bubbles, rolling battery operated rats, bats flying and hanging from the ceiling,  half bodies of creatures coming up from the garage floor, and on and on.  All of the kids love it, they also pass out a piece of pizza and a drink when you stop by.   Before getting to the haunted garage, they were starting to complain of being tired.   We finally made it home safely, with no accidents.  The kids started pouring out mounds of candy, while parents were checking for open packages at the same time.  I heard lots of squeals of excitement, candy being unwrapped, and parents laughing.  What a fun memory we made.  I can't wait for next year!