I enjoyed watching S play ringette this evening. She and her team had a great game and beat the top team in their division. (S is #14. In this picture, her teammate shot and scored; the ring is in the middle of the picture.)
Ringette settled down temporarily (fewer ice times) while volleyball (S only) played a bigger role... Practices, playoff games, and evaluation for Queen City Volleyball Club (season is January to April).
Finally started thinking about Christmas, too! (I can't seem to do it any sooner.) At this point, a few gifts have been purchased, the Advent calendar is out (and filled with YummyEarth lollipops - a treat we reserve for this; the girls love 'em), and I started reading The House of Wooden Santas to M and G (second time reading it). It's a start!
G played some exhibition ringette games this weekend in Milestone (a town about 30 minutes away). It was a great experience and practice for them. Here's her team about to do their between-period cheer (customary only in their age division - under 10). G is #14.
Today was good and full; we packed a lot into one 8-hour trip to Milestone! G played 2 games, S reffed 3 games, and M had practice after the U10 games were over. Also, I'm glad mom and dad were able to come to G's first game.
My 3 coworkers and I enjoyed a fun team-building event this afternoon. We had a one-hour tennis lesson and then played for 40 minutes. We could have played longer, but it was quite hot and humid at the time (humidex of 37C or 99F).
The older two were in volleyball camp this week. Their first time in a camp like this. They both enjoyed it, but M especially loved it. At the end, she received the Coaches' Award for being the most enthusiastic, helpful, coachable, and improved throughout the week. Awesome! I love that they recognized these attributes as well as volleyball skills.
Sophia also did well! They both came home with excellent player evaluations, and both received "high five" awards during the week. Madeline's for improvement on the first day, and I think Sophia's was for smiling and cheering. She's always a great cheerleader for her team.
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart - Unknown
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. - Anton Chekhov
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzky
You are getting your wants confused with your needs. - Stacy Julian's dad
We are weaving character every day, and the way to weave the best character is to be kind and to be useful. Think right, act right; it is what we think and do that makes us who we are. - Elbert Hubbard
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- Cyril Connolly
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a little better;
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is the meaning of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson