July 26th, 2010

Of Rinks and Fields and Many Miles

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Hi Everyone

Sorry for the absence of late.  It’s been a busy couple of weeks here both with work and the kids.  I feel like I’ve spent the better part of two weeks dropping off, picking up, taking to, getting from here, there and everywhere.  Since returning from vacation we’ve been to VT, back to Cape Cod, to Hudson, MA and the Berkshires.

The day after returning from our lovely week on Cape Cod we headed to VT to drop Jackson at a week long hockey camp.  Steve & I went up on Thursday to watch him play and had the chance to spend the night in the lovely town of Stowe.  Even in the summertime, Stowe is a great place to visit.

His team lost that game and Jackson needed a bit of a pep talk.  He hates losing:

We watched another game on Friday, Jackson picked up a little piece of hardware and then we headed home.

Jackson was named the most improved goalie.  He attended this same camp last year and the coaches were really impressed with his development.  He’s been working all year to get that award and it was great to see it all pay off for him.

From there is was straight home to District Tournament for Jonathan’s team.  A weekend of baseball including two games on Sunday resulted in qualifying for the State Tournament.

As you can see, we take our sports pretty seriously around these parts:

Yes, that is his number shaved into the back of his head.  It’s already grown in a lot and will be completely gone soon.

Next up was the trip back to the Cape to a comedy show with Jackson and three friends.  It was suppose to be a family outing with one additional friend but when Jonathan’s team qualified for the State’s, he and Steve decided it was best to stay home as the first game was the next day.

So off Jackson and I went from Cape Cod to Hudson, MA.  Four games with only one win does not a state champ make.  Jonathan played well including an inning or so as pitcher:

The kids had a blast, felt a little heartache and learned a lot about playing at that level.  Watch out for next year’s U-10 team – they will be a force to be reckoned with.

After the last baseball game Steve & Jackson hightailed it from Hudson out to the Berkshires to drop Jackson at golf camp for the week.

You’d think with all the driving I’d have copious amounts of knitting to show you but since I was doing a lot of the driving there wasn’t a lot of  knitting time.  I cannot knit at my kids’ sporting events.  I’ve tried, but I can’t.

Stay tuned for more regularly scheduled blog posts!

Kathy

  • Kathy

    Sandy – you are one of a few people that always have the right perspective for me. I truly hope the night before school starts the boys think back on this summer and all they did personally and what we did as a family and fall asleep happy. I realize given their ages they may not quite “get it” so I’ll be okay if it doesn’t resonate for a few years as you describe. Hope you are well!

  • Sandyknits

    kids are young for such a short time ~ ENJOY ~ ENJOY ~ ENJOY~
    my boys who are grown and have kids of their own now still talk of the
    days of youth sports, the drives to and from games and all the sandwiches we
    ate instead of real meals on those game nights ~ you are creating precious
    memories~~

  • Shirley_292

    Oh my. I thought I was reading about my own life…a few years ago. My 2 boys were hockey players (one was a goalie) and both played baseball. We did the camps, the tournaments, etc. What wonderful years. If only I had been a knitter then…so much time to knit. Hope you are enjoying these years.

  • KathyElkins

    Sandy – you are one of a few people that always have the right perspective for me. I truly hope the night before school starts the boys think back on this summer and all they did personally and what we did as a family and fall asleep happy. I realize given their ages they may not quite “get it” so I'll be okay if it doesn't resonate for a few years as you describe. Hope you are well!

  • KathyElkins

    Shirley – despite the insanity of it all I wouldn't change a thing! So you know that “pit in the stomach” feeling being the mom of a goalie too :)

  • Shirley_292

    You've brought back many memories, most of them good ones (except those few games that didn't go our way!). Thanks for sharing.

  • Traci

    I admire your commitment to your family, Kathy!