Long Day at the Arena

On a recent Saturday Eamon grabbed a nap while he could. Conor had practice at 12, Eoin had practice at 3.

He woke up when they tested the buzzer for the high school game

Papa was out of town so we stayed at the arena for the high school boys game. They are having a great season!

Conor was incredibly excited to get a puck that came over the glass. I had to save the boys twice from errant pucks! Mom-of-the-year award please…

Of course, when we get home they all still haven’t had enough!


Hockey at Patriot Place

Conor’s hockey team was invited to play against another local team at Patriot Place. It was the day before the NFC Championship game so there was a nice buzz around the place.
Conor had a blast and scored 7 goals.

Pre-Game Face

Soaking in the atmosphere

Hockey Sock Straps

As a complete newbie when it comes to hockey I have been learning as I go. I research online about gear and then arrive in our Play It Again Sports store still pretty clueless and the really helpful guys in there give me tips and help me out. My neighbor gave me hockey socks so I researched them and I learned that you needed to put hockey socks over your knee guards to help keep them up because otherwise they can slip (also for team identification, oh, and warmth I’m sure). So for that you need tape, to hold up the socks, so I researched tape, and I bought tape… However I also noticed you could buy elastic straps with velcro, so a couple of years ago I made a pair. Conor has been using them and Papa finds them so useful that he has been transferring them between the two boys’ hockey bags. One of them needed some re-sewing so I took out the machine, resewed that, and put a pictorial together for myself so I would remember how to do it(and for anyone else who hates running out of hockey tape).
Bear in mind the sizing is for 7 and 5 year-old boys. The elastic gives plenty of growing room and stretches around a hockey sock and knee guard but a teenager and adult would benefit from some measuring.

15 inches 1-inch non-roll elastic (3/4-inch actually works too)

Sew 2.75 inches of 3/4 inch hook tape on one side, then FLIP it, and sew 5 inches 3/4 inch loop tape on the Other End (and Side)

Ready for hockey

You will need:
1-inch non-roll elastic
3/4-inch hook and loop tape
Cut elastic into 15-inch lengths, hook tape to 2.75-inch lengths, loop tape to 5-inch lengths.
On one end, sew hook tape. Flip the elastic, then sew loop tape on the other end.

Hockey Mom

Papa has gone to a meeting in the Canary Islands so I have realized my true calling as a hockey mom. I brought the boys to practice (including photo day) and yesterday morning bright and early I finally got to see one of Conor’s cross-ice Mites games. I counted six goals and got some on video.
Watch as Conor moves from left to right and scores his fifth goal.

Turn on the sound to see him declare “Not in my house” after scoring his sixth goal.

The Season is Changing

Despite a very mild, warm September and October, there are still many small signs that the season is changing. We are back to lots of sports activities and can be found running around various places all week long.

Eoin is a totally different child in soccer this season

Waiting for Conor to get out of the shower at swimming

Watching Eoin at hockey

Conor is now in instructional cross-ice mites

It was definitely high time we picked up a pumpkin

Time to spookify

Filling Summer with Outings

I tried to keep us all busy during the summer, especially when Papa had a long trip to Korea in July. We had some great playdates with friends.

I’m not sure how, but we had the playground to ourselves at Stone Zoo with Mark

We went to Chuck E Cheese for the first time ever with Alex

The sandlot league kept us busy

We had the Hall Memorial Pool to ourselves on a cloudy morning

Of course with three boys an empty playground still feels overrun…

We hiked into Breakheart Reservation for a swim and a picnic

Hiking selfie

Eamon went down a tunnel slide for the first time

We had a movie night with friends

Our excursion for coffee included a playground, a library, and a bakery

And then Daddy came home bearing gifts

Sharing Videos

I’m working on a way to share videos now that picasa has met its maker. Conor is desperate for his own YouTube channel, so I have finally decided to help facilitate it. Now to find a way to temper his expectations of a million subscribers…
I love this video of Conor at bat. I truly love his swing.

If you see this post change it’s because I’m trying to find the right code to embed it, and I will add some more videos when I get free moments.