Sports

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.

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Busy Hockey Season

With both boys doing hockey we are very busy at the weekends. I’ve been enjoying it, though Papa braves the early morning games the most.

Conor warms up in goals


Eoin navigates the cones


Eoin gets a new hockey stick from Santa


And Eamon skates for the first time:

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.

Day in Lowell

Conor took part in a baseball clinic at the Lowell Spinners. It included free tickets to that night’s game, so we decided to make a day of it in Lowell, and fill in the time between clinic and game with a trip to a park we have always wanted to check out as we pass on our way to a game.

Watching the pitcher to steal a base


Eoin looks good in the dugout


We got to play catch on the field before the game


We sure worked up an appetite for ice cream!


Rounding first


We had such a fun, full day: baseball clinic, Irish breakfast (for me!), splash park, National Park historic mills site, catch on the field, the game, the fun zone at the game, and running the bases at game end!