Wordless Monday

I’m out of steam. I have no words. My house looks like it hasn’t been cleaned or tidied since before Christmas. Kids need driving to and fro all week. There’s appointments and shopping and blah. So here you go, this is my picture-filled post from my sort-of vacation/tournament with my daughter in Niagara Falls. 🙂

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Travel on Sunday

We’re going to Paris today.

Just for a couple of hours, mind you. And not for the food, or shopping.

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Typical sport family Saturday, and a new meal-time term

Remember this post? I was feeling tired and dispirited about the never-ending hockey and ringette my kids were involved in. That was back in January, still in the regular season. So almost three months ago.

Well, the season is not done yet. We are now in playoffs, thanks to a fantastic game last Tuesday night that knocked the first place team out of the runnings. And we keep winning!

Here’s a newsflash that won’t surprise anyone:

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Gratuities and tipping in the service industry

We just got back from an away tournament and I noticed something a little different this time. A lot of people working  in the service industry in Niagara Falls (Canada) are older than me, and working manual labour jobs: serving and cooking in restaurants, cleaning or maintaining hotel rooms, that kind of thing.

Thinking back to previous tournaments, I remember seeing young adults in these types of jobs. Maybe the 20-somethings still work in those fields (service, food and tourist industry), to make ends meet while going to college or university, and I just wasn’t there during their shifts. But for the most part, I would have guessed the average age of these workers I came across at 50+.

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Kids sport tournaments

The annual ringette tournament is coming up this weekend, and my girl and I get to go on our own this year. The boys are in quarter finals hockey,  so their availability to join us looks sketchy.

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Rink snack baggies

We are drowning in Halloween candy. It’s driving me bananas!

I’ve been meaning to ration it just so the kids don’t gorge on it all day (and they’ve been pretty good at controlling themselves, I must say) but it’s like we haven’t even made a dent.

Then I had an idea.

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Ringette, a girl’s ice sport

This post describes a little bit what a ringette team is all about. I talk about why we chose to let our young daughter try and play ringette, how it differs (slightly) from hockey, and why we think it’s a great sport for girls (although boys are allowed to join a ringette team up to the age of 10 in our league).

If you have a girl who likes to skate but is a little uncomfortable with joining a boy’s hockey team, or even play hockey on a girl’s team, this post is for you.

Ringette will teach each player how to skate (or improve her skating), how to play the game and follow its rules, how to compete in a relatively relaxed atmosphere, and most importantly, how to have fun with other, like-minded girls of similar age.

In addition, I elaborate each section below with a little bit of a personal perspective, and added some pictures of our own daughter in action. I do hope that it is useful to you.

So please, read on, and let me know if you have anything you might like to contribute.

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The last push

You know that end of school year feeling, that ‘limping’ you do at the very end? For us here in Canada, last few weeks of school in June are exhausting in a ‘what’s the point of going’ way.

Well a similar kind of exhausting is happening right now, for many of our hockey family peers.

It’s the end of the regular season in minor hockey at the GTHL. Immediately after we play our last regular season game (I believe our 36th game for the year) we will head into playoff season.

The playoff season is when everyone will lose their collective minds.

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