Josie and Henry both had their first hockey games of the season on the same day. And as luck would have it, I got to go to both. Henry and I went to watch Josie make her debut with the Islanders and then we hurried 20 minutes down the road to another ice rink, where Josie and I watched Henry and his team start their season.
This is Josie's first year playing hockey on an all-girl team.
Their home rink for games might just be the dirtiest, most disgusting rink in New England. It was hard to take successful photos through the years of muck that has accumulated on the plexi-glass boards.
Josie played defense for this game and did a great job. Her team won 4-1.
After Josie's game, we piled into the car and drove to another rink for Henry's game.
I don't get to see many of Henry's games because Gordy is usually the coach or the assistant coach which means that he has to be there, leaving me to take either (or both) girls to their weekend activity.
On this day, Gordy missed the game and his Assistant Coaching duty, since he was back at home, hosting a party / meeting with Georgia's soccer team, their coach and parents.
We actually lucked out on this day. It's not usual for the two hockey players to have back-to-back games in the same part of the state. Dividing up the Sunday tasks was much easier than normal.
It's amazing the difference between nine year olds hockey and fourteen year olds.
Both are enthusiastic and serious, but the teenagers win for speed and accuracy.
Henry's team won 8-0.
And so the hockey season begins.
I've already gotten out my wool socks, ugg boots and down jackets. I've done about five loads of hockey-related laundry and I've already driven hundreds of carpool miles.
Yep. It's begun.