Remember when you were a kid and September rolled around? You went back to school with your new clothes and school supplies. And the first few days are spent catching up with friends on what everyone did that summer.
The start of hockey season is like that for me.
There are hugs and hellos and a whole lot of “how was your summer?”
With hockey season just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to recap our summer. Somehow we were both incredibly busy and equally not busy. I don’t know how that happened.
That’s not to say we haven’t made the most of it. The weather for most of July was picture perfect summer. Hot, sunny and mostly spent by the water at my inlaws cottage. In contrast to last year, the boys spent a good portion of most weekends in the water at the cottage. There’s nothing quite like the exhaustion that comes from a full day of swimming.
Unless it’s hockey camp. July saw Boy #1 and Boy #2 in their first week of hockey camp for the summer at a local university. Every year I budget for two weeks of hockey camp for each of them because I love this camp and so do my boys. They each get about two hours of ice time a day and then an hour of swim time. Camp fees include a cafeteria lunch which seems to be a big draw for my boys. By the time camp is over for the day, they are too tired to argue with one another. It’s an off season miracle.
We also hit the road for sleepaway camp for Boy #1. Per usual he had a wonderful time and for the third time in a twelve month period, he needed stitches. There is some debate between him and I as to whether this one counts since they used glue for the cut, but I think I win this battle on the premise of “it was big enough that it wouldn’t have closed by itself”.
The end of July brought my birthday as well as both of the boys grandmothers and one of their uncles birthdays. Honestly, the last week of July/first bit of August are a blur of cake and celebrating.
With the heat in July came little rain for the first three quarters of the month. This meant several fire calls for HockeyDad though thankfully none too terrible. There was one year not that long ago that we had forest fires starting up in the area. We avoided that this year, but I can’t say the same for other areas.
We also finished July out with the annual station barbeque. I was surrounded by people just starting in the station, a few that I’ve known for over ten years and the kids that have grown up in and around the fire trucks. It’s always a nice get together, even when the weather doesn’t fully cooperate for outside shenanigans.
August came in with a little more rain than July had and while my former farm girl recognizes the need for rain, it wasn’t something I particularly welcomed. It takes about three days of indoor time before my boys irritate one another and destroy my house. We got dangerously close to total home annihilation a few times during the month.
Two weeks straight of hanging out with dad meant more cottage time and adventures. One particular adventure was crayfish hunting near a family member’s cottage. And somehow the crayfish made their way home and set up shop in an aquarium the House of Hockey happened to have empty.
Sigh. #momofboys indeed.
Another week of hockey camp for Boy #1 and Boy #2 with Boy #3 in the same university for multisport camp was next on deck. And much like the week in July, it was a quiet post-camp pick up kind of week.
We wrapped up the summer as a family. I took a week of vacation and we bummed around. There was cottage time. We got ourselves back into a schedule to try to get ready for the school routine.
And just like that we’re back into the swing of things. Hockey evaluations are up on deck next.
Then the real fun begins.
See you at the rink.