Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New and Different

We're just not basketball people. Or at least we hadn't been until this past winter. Jack's buddies were looking for a couple more players for their rec team and asked Jack if he would play.  Surprisingly, he was interested and asked me if he could sign on. I wasn't really sure how to answer since I'd never been asked the question. We've always had our winters open to skiing, with some low-key indoor soccer.  But I felt like I should let him try. It was rec and the coach said it would be fine if we needed to miss a few games for skiing.  And it certainly wasn't as costly and time-intensive as hockey. So ultimately I said sure.

A day or so later I received a text asking if Ben would also like to play.  Coach heard that Ben and Jack play sports together and that Ben is athletic.  Ben was excited for the invite and to give basketball a try. So my two boys became teammates once again.

The boys enjoyed practicing and playing from the beginning.  And after they got their new basketball sneakers for Christmas, they were really good to go. I loved to watch them play.  They both naturally fit into the guard position.

The photos didn't come out that great so I didn't take many. But some came out acceptable enough to share...and good enough to document the memories.

As always, Ben played with quiet determination.

Jack amazed me with his leaping steals.

The headbands started out as a bit of a joke but Jack and a few of his teammates wore them for every game.  He lost the "lucky" band during the season and we had to go purchase another.

There were only 2 fifth graders on the team.  Ben sure hung with the big guys.

There was no catching Ben when we stole the ball. I'm pretty sure he won every round of 'suicides' in practice the whole season.

The two brothers bringing it down together.

For a new player, Jack was aggressive with outside shooting and was able to sink a few three's during the season.

The team made it to the semi-finals in the playoffs but couldn't get past a very tough team. All good things must come to an end.

Of course now the other kids want to give basketball a try. One thing for sure I didn't appreciate is how good of a workout basketball is with the constant running back and forth. Jack and Ben wouldn't play together next year based on their grades so I'll be curious to see who continues on playing.....and if the younger kids decided to try it!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Winter that Never Was

Following a year of crazy, tumultuous weather (documented here,  here, here and here) I was a little shell-shocked coming in to Winter 2011/2.  I was fully expecting the streak of craziness to continue....and a little scared that it was going to.  But as we happened on winter, mother nature decided it was time for the atmosphere to take a little break.  Thank goodness!

So the good news was there were no major snow storms to worry about, no power losses, no powering up the generator. There were no school days to make up, no worries about ice damns, and virtually no shoveling! There was barely any snow, but thankfully our local ski mountain was able to make snow so that we were able to get some skiing in!

Here's what Winter 2011/2 looked like:

Our first trip to the ski mountain....January 8th. Believe it or not, we did ski.

January 9th - bright afternoon sun.....looks like it was summer!

January 15th - cold temps and the mountain was making snow!

We had some snow on my birthday again this year and Chica and the pups had some good play time in the snow the next day....

The snow melts and we are off for a bike ride and walk in the middle of winter....January 31st!

February 1st - more outside play without coats!

February 3rd and our new pear tree is budding with all of these warm temps

February 5th and some family skiing

A bonus snow storm on our last day of Camp Jewell, February 24th (separate post)

A most glorious day trip of skiing with family and friends to Stratton, Vermont was a winter highlight - February 26th.

March 4th and Daddy was away but Chica wanted to do the Slush Puppy race so up we went to the Mountain.  She had just gotten over a sick week of stomach bug and ear infection but she insisted on earning her slush puppy!

 And we enjoyed time with our cousins!

There were crazy warm temperatures in March...up in the 80's for many days.  Flowers and shrubs became very confused and bloomed early and we were ready to open the pool and begin summer!! But then reality set in and temperatures became more normal.   All in all....during the winter that never was.....we did ski a bunch of time and enjoy the snow that we had.  And although I did worry about the weather....but this time only because it wasn't crazy was nice to not have to deal with severe storms and their clean up!   

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

New Years!!

We hadn't been out of town for New Years in several years.  Our friends invited us up for a long weekend of skiing and we were very excited to ski at a big mountain together as a family for the first time....and to ski together with our friends for the first time. We usually see them in August and spend our days lounging by the lake. 

I was a little hesitant as we drove toward Cannon Mountain the first morning. This mountain is in the northern most part of New Hampshire in the White Mountains, and there wasn't a lick of snow on the landscape until you got to the mountain. I was cringing at the cost we were going to pay for 6 multi-day lift tickets.  I was hoping and praying there would be something to ski on.

We stayed over on the beginner area for a while which gave Jack a chance to refamiliarize himself with snowboarding and to get the little ones going.  Jack decided to 100% snowboard this winter.

There was so much of the mountain that wasn't open. It was crazy!!

After our first day of skiing we went back to the cabin and had a fun time playing Wii dance party. There was a friendly competition among all of us...including the parents...and the overall winner was.....Luke!!!

We did head up to the higher spots that were open the next days skiing.  The conditions were tricky...but the views were amazing!!  Chica didn't flinch at the advanced trails. 

The morning we were leaving we were told the lake was frozen and the kids had a blast running around and sliding...and playing a new game our friend's created called "Tackle the sled".

Buddy came to the lake for the first time ever!! He was such a good boy and happy to be with us and smell the lake air!  (He was a complete wreck in the car the entire way up, however).

Chewie was in his glory. As long as there's a ball around, he doesn't care where he has to go to chase it.

The kids and pups posed for a shot before we hit the road.

My favorite boat shed.....had to get a winter shot.

And one last one of Chewie......winter at the lake suits him well!

It was a wonderful New Years! We came home tired and happy and ready to face 2012!