So, I had this grandeur plan of updating our blog, what did I say, once a week… and it’s been 7 weeks since I said that (yes I just counted). So here it goes at another attempt, sooner or later I’ll get it down. My theory as much as I want to let everyone know what’s going on is that in order to live life I can’t spend every second documenting it. I am a “life artist” LOVE that term that Ali Edwards coined years ago. I love to create things with my hands and I love to document life. I use to be a lot worse and would spend all of my time taking pictures of every single thing we did as a family, of Austin doing anything. I have learned to let go in the aspect of realizing that just because I take more pictures does not mean I am actually represented in those life events. Granted you will hardly see me in any of my pictures and I need to work on that. That’s a whole different topic, and probably not for this blog at least not at this time. So let’s work on a catch of for the month of Feb!
The entire month of February went by so quickly, not because there are only 28 days either. It seemed as if there was something going on every single day. All in all I would say it was great month for all of us. It was a typical month of Justin working nights 3 days a week, I love how people think that’s so cool to only work 3 days a week… UMM it’s NOT. Yes you get 4 days off, let’s bring up the fact that because he works nights, his sleep is always off. So on his 4 days “off” he gets 2 normal days off. On the day he has to go back to work, he sleeps late so he can be awake all night long and then no matter what it’s not enough and then he is tired on his first day back. On the morning he gets off for 4 days, he sleeps until Aust gets home, but then he is still tired. There have been weeks where on his days off he can’t sleep during the night so he is up and then sleeps during the day. It’s nightmarish to say the least. He picked this schedule because it worked best with being able to be on the road with Austin for hockey. With fall hockey almost over (7 days, but who’s counting, okay the whole team. By the end everyone is burnt out and ready for a break), he has and needs to change his schedule to make it to spring hockey for Aust, I am seeing a pattern here, are you? Justin will not adjust nicely to driving around our lovely city during high traffic times, especially after working nights and afternoons for now almost 5 years. I would be careful if you plan on being in Gresham during the day Wed-Sat starting in April and might do something that would entail the 5.0 to be present, one of them might not be so friendly, just sayin!
Okay back to February, more about March later. In Feb, it was a very typical month for the most part; work for J and I, school Tues, Wed and Thursday for Austin nothing out of the ordinary there. Hockey practice minimum two days a week and work outs once a week, skating with his private coach once a week. School brought progress report and my very awesome, smart, intelligent boy is almost a straight A student. Honestly I am a stickler for grades, even though in the realm of things straight A’s in fifth grade is not going to have bearing on his adult life. What I am a stickler maybe isn’t the grade themselves it’s on knowing that is capable of doing great things academically and when I see him slack that’s when I start to get on his case about it. I remember my dad texting to say he heard Aust did great on his progress report and said “I never did that good in 5th grade” to which I responded, “I never did that good ever”. Neither of us has had the demanding schedule Aust has either. I know I go on and on about his schedule, but it’s pretty intense for an older kid or adult, let alone a 11 yr old. Yes he only goes to school three days a week, but that means he has a lot of work to do on his four days off. He has hockey practice 3 times a week, and travel and somewhere in there he needs to be a kid, he needs to be 11. So to pull off great grades and to be there for his team day in and day out, he is my hero for sure. Okay, enough of me bragging about my awesome kid! He also started his normal spring elective at school which is on Friday’s right after his lesson with Ben. He has floor hockey at school for 90 mins each Friday. Here is the deal with it, when he was in first grade they offered floor hockey to 6th grade on up, it’s been like that for the most part, and Austin has played since he was in 1st grade. I don’t even have to sign him up now; the teacher just makes a comment to Aust about showing up! He loves it and it’s a great work out.
Also in February Austin’s class took a break from their normal A Beka history lessons and were put into groups to work on building a Middle Ages Manor and everything that goes with that. Each member of the group were assigned a title and they had to make what they would need in order to fulfill their duties. Austin was Knight Austin, appropriately if I must say so, even though away from the kid friendly definition maybe not! Unfortunately because of the timing he did not get to help with his group on some of the main parts of their manor, but he was able to build his coliseum and his training facility!
Hockey in the month of February is one of my favorite trips as a hockey mom. PJH travels to Phoenix to play in a huge tournament during presidents day weekend. This year we left on Thursday which so happen to be Valentine’s day, which on Alaska Air means you got a free alcoholic drink, which was awesome and strong and helped correct math homework on the plane! Austin went to school for 2 hours that day, just so he could keep his perfect attendance going!!! We were picked up by Justin’s dad when we arrived in Phoenix and had a great dinner that night at probably the best pizza place EVER at Grimaldi’s in Scottsdale and if you know me I do not like pizza! The next few days were filled with hockey, team bonding over basketball, lunch and work outs and hanging out with Justin’s dad and step-mom, oh wait and LOTS of SUN!!!!!!!!!! Breaking out the sunglasses was so nice!
We also got to go see the Phoenix Coyotes again this trip, thank you NHL/NHLPA for the lock out being over prior to us being in Phoenix. We had great seats, 8 rows behind one of the goals. J’s dad had the opportunity to get his friends seats that are 3 rows behind the visiting bench! So we switched off during the intermissions, it was a great game and we got to see PWH alumni play for both teams!
Last season the team Austin was on lost in the semi-finals, still one of the best trips ever for hockey. This year the team he is on came out with a vengeance and won all of their games. The semi-final game was so nerve wracking, it was close on so many occasions, but the team persevered and won, I remember watching the goalies face when we scored to bring them up a few goals with 30 seconds left, he finally could breathe, they all knew it was theirs to lose. Frantic phone calls were made after they won their semi-final game because we would now miss our flight home, at the time the one we picked was the least expensive but the time would not work if we made it to finals – I did that on purpose don’t you know, it’s called JINX!!! Plan to not be there and we will have to be there. Hockey is all about the jinx and the superstitions, okay any competitive sport is about the jinx and superstitions! We were told if we checked in within two hours of our originally scheduled flight we could get on standby! The final game was everything is could have been, two undefeated teams after five games. It was each others to lose, both teams were tired and you could see it so much in their skating. In the end a 2-1 win in the finals is what it’s all about. The boys fought to the end and deserved every bit of that win and to call themselves CHAMPIONS. This was a banner tournament, which for our small organization PW’s have not brought home a banner in quite awhile, not to mention the squirt team was also at the same tournament and they also came home champions, PJH was represented very well.
It’s a long, sunny 5 days that is very much worth it. We were lucky that the rink Austin played all but one game at was right next to and I mean share a fence to the Mariners spring training facility. So we would get to the rink earlier than Aust needed to be and watch the pitchers warm up. Justin and I watch batting practice while Aust was getting ready for the game on Sunday and I noticed Felix Hernandez finishing up with autographs and walking towards the club house, I run like a crazy fan, I pick out a hat a this small vendor and Justin catches up with Felix just as he is to the clubhouse and asks him to sign it for Austin. He was great and very willing to give his autograph. I felt silly, we are never like that. Aust had gotten a hat trick in his first game and the deal we have with Aust is, if he gets a hat trick we will buy him 1 hat. So this was the hat! He wore it all weekend!!!
We got home late on Monday night, back at the normal routine on Tuesday with school and work. Saturday Austin had a game in Seattle, my parents went with us, it was a quick up and back in the same day for the game. They did not fare so well. Sunday Austin had baseball try-outs, one more normal week of February and it’s on to March.
Enjoy the pictures and look forward to March’s update later on today.