Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Frozen fireflies

We awoke Saturday morning to the smell of hockey in the air. It was a brisk -22 as we jumped in the car at 7:30 for our first of 4 games that day. It was jamboree time.


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As if mother nature knew of the thrill of the big day, she sent shimmers of frozen ice particles to dance in the sun drenched air. They reminded me of what frozen fireflies might look like.

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We sat in the arena and cheered on our Mite-y skaters as they reveled in playing their first full ice game. For the first time of their "storied" hockey careers they skated all the way down the ice and back again. They learned that two minute shifts, on big ice, can make your legs burn. Scoring a goal on big ice, is really, hard, work. But victory tastes even sweeter after you have left all your sweat and effort on the ice. They also felt the sting of defeat, when exhaustion kicks in long before the minutes on the clock expired.



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We bring our hockey loving, living, eating, breathing kids... to the rink for a day... and they leave with rosy cheeks, sweat-filled-hockey-stink-soaked gear, and hockey-filled dreams as they nod off to sleep.


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more to come soon...

12 comments:

  1. Oh Vicky it's it beautiful as a mother to see your kids passion shine through in every thing the do. I am sure win or loose the put all the effort the can muster into their game.
    How proud you must feel because of that.

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  2. Done in by giving his all to his game! So cute.

    I spent many years at skating rinks for my figure skating girls. Often we would arrive as the hockey players were leaving. Oh what 'beautiful' odours wafted up from their lockers rooms!!

    Your boys have very devoted parents.

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  3. Wow what a cute last photo that is...see you at the rink soon enough!

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  4. Lots of fun for sure! You're a great mom! Love the last photo.

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  5. What loving parents your boys have....and that last picture is a dream come true!

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  6. I really like your frozen firefly analogy ...

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  7. That's a long day of hockey, you are all good sports for putting the effort into something your kids like to do.

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  8. Wow, you are a very dedicated family to hockey....good for you.

    Isn't it amazing how you can adapt to subzero weather? It's a part of life for you in Northwest Minnesota.

    Love that last photo of your son fast asleep. What a sweetie pie.

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  9. Great pics Vicky...I still can't get over seeing cars parked in a lot of snow...
    I love seeing hockey in action!!!

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  10. Sparkly snow is seriously one of my favorite things... I'll never see it again without thinking of frozen fireflies. HOW COOL.

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  11. You are such a good mother! I push my kids to swim! LOL

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