Sunday, September 28, 2008

First Shut Out Ever!!

Tyler earned his first shut out as Goalie, today.

With the new season comes a new team of players and a new team name. Tyler is now an Ice Dog! Go Dogs! A well known song came to mind today as the Ice Dogs skated to a Shut out victory..."Who let the Dogs out...Who...Who...Who...Who let the Dogs out"!!! Come on, I know you can hear it...Sing along... :)

At the end of each game the coach recognizes and awards one player from the team as "Player of the Game" and gives them a Game Puck to keep. Well today Tyler was the "Player of the Game" and got to bring home the Game Puck! He worked hard today and played one of his best games ever.

Wow! What a game! Way to go! I am so proud of you!

Congratulations Tyler!!

Save in action!

Final score board!

Celebration right after the final buzzer!

More celebration!

Player of the Game!

The Gecko's - Our new team name (for the next 9 weeks, anyway)

We have officially started another season of soccer. This season it is a family thing! We got it approved for Kyle to play on the recreation team that Tyler is on. So they are both playing soccer together again. And, not only are they playing together, but the hubby and I are coaching. The team came up with a team name of the Gecko's so I guess you can say we are all Gecko's now.

Here are some pictures from our first game.

Ahhh, Yea! Fall Break!

It is officially here...Fall Break! Yea!

Oh the joys of the small things in life...such as being able to turn off the morning alarms tonight!


Monday, September 22, 2008

Fall Break Already!

One more week until Fall Break...and counting...

Yep, we are already almost through our 1st quarter of the year. Wow! Time sure does go by fast.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Bragging rights

Ok, I thought that I would share a few stories with you that make me proud to be my boys' mom...

Tyler's Hockey Story

Toward the end of this past hockey season, the rink held tryouts and selected players to play on their competitive travel teams. We looked into letting Tyler tryout, thinking that he would have a pretty good shot at making one of the teams. After further investigation we discovered that the commitment level was more then we all could handle right now so we opted to stick with him playing in the house (recreation) league instead. One day when we walked into the rink we were approached by one of the hockey directors wanting to know why she didn't see Tyler at the tryouts. We told her that it was not the right timing and that maybe next season we would consider it again. About 1 week later we were getting ready to head out after a game and were approached by one of the travel coaches who wanted to personally ask Tyler (and us, as parents) if he would reconsider playing travel and offered him a position on his team. Regretfully, we still declined but I have to say we were blown away!!

Just the other day the new house, recreation league began. When we showed up to the first practice you would have though, for a moment, that Tyler was a celebrity. The coach kept going on and on how he was thrilled to have Tyler on his team. He told him that he was the first player that he selected as well as the first overall goalie to be picked. (the coaches get to draft players in hockey, kind of like the professional sports and the NHL) I could not believe it. Wow!! Yes, I am a proud mom!! You Rock Tyler!!!

Kyle's Soccer Story

Back in April we decided to let Kyle go through the try out process for the local club soccer team. We were hesitant to let him go through with it as we had heard that it was a pretty intense process and we were not familiar with it enough to try and prepare him for it. The tryout process was broken up into two parts, or rounds. We told Kyle that we would let him go through the first round then see how things were. Kyle ended up doing great, however after the first round it was determined that there were not enough players in his age group to form a team. Because of this they gave the players the option to "play up" an age level and tryout for the team in the age bracket above theirs. I am not too sure but I think Kyle was one of the only ones that stayed and took the challenge of competing with the older players. Once the tryouts were over we were told that we would be receiving a call to let us know how the players did. A day or two later we got a call from the coach of the "A team" letting us know that Kyle made his team. We were thrilled but a little surprised at the same time. We had no expectation of what would happen when he started the tryouts, almost 2 months prior. I guess we should have known that once he started there was not turning back for him. So now he is playing on the top team in the age group above where he should be. Wow, Kyle!! You rock!! Keep up the hard work!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Catchin' Up...

Well, here I am has been exactly 1 month since my last post and there has been so much goin' on here that I am finding myself posting yet another...Catchin' up post. Man, I hate it when so much time goes by and there is so much to post that I don't know where to begin. Why do I do this to myself? I am not sure. I will say that I have been so busy that I have been burning the midnight oil on a regular basis lately. Uhhh I hate it. So this may just be a "Catchin' Up part 1" with more to come later.
*Both boys finished up their hockey season...They had a tough season but overall had a lot of fun.

*Tyler recently had the privilege of participating in a Skills Camp that was put on by the Phoenix Coyotes.

Here is Tyler and Kyle with Peter Mueller, one of the NHL's top rookie who plays for the Coyotes

This is Tyler with Sean Burke, one of the Coyotes former Goalies.

Here is Tyler in action at the camp.

*We recently found a goalie coach for Tyler. Here he is with his coach on the ice learning some new stuff.

*Kyle is in full swing with his soccer team. They just finished their indoor season, had their 1st tournament last weekend, and are now on to their fall (outdoor) season. They took first place in indoor and 2nd place in their 1st tournament of the year.

Here is Kyle with his team after winning and coming in 1st place in his indoor league.

Kyle with his team at half time.

Kyle's new number, #14 (he was #7 but since that number was already taken he chose #14, "double sevens")

*Tyler is also playing on a recreation soccer team this fall. And...oh yea, I am the coach once again. Tyler is really excited about it! He has not played on a soccer team in almost 2 years.

*My soccer season started this weekend.

* Hubby has been hard at work lately (more than usual) with more travel than he has had in a while.

*We volunteer at our church with highschoolers and lead a small group Bible study during the week with them.

*I am working a 5 day week this year at the kids school as a playground aide. This does not leave me as much time to get a lot done around the house but the kids like me being there everyday. I like it too, plus the little bit of extra $$ is nice (specially in this economy).