It was also Easton's last tournament of the season on Sunday ONLY ... but in a different arena in a different town in a different state! So, Jeff and Easton left us in the big, windy city Saturday night (insert not so happy Valerie face here) and traveled to their destination so we could play Brayden's Championship Game Sunday morning and they could play Easton's 3 on 3 half ice tournament at the same time. Thankfully all went well, the driving was easy-peasy, Brayden's team got the Championship WIN and Easton did very well too ... AND we all made it back to the Cedar Rapids Arena within minutes of each other (after a 4+ hour drive for us and an hour and a half for them) to watch Jeff play HIS hockey game (whew! Exhausting weekend.) I close my eyes and all I see is hockey.
I'm amazed at how well the younger brothers deal with the travel so often. I was in LOVE with the Blue Line Bar and Grill attached to this arena as they had overstuffed chairs and a fireplace where I sat between games and thawed (ha!) and did some sewing and bracelets. The boys played on the air hockey machine next to me ... and even though it was broken, they made a game of spinning the air hockey paddles as tops. (so resourceful!)
This photo is NOT sideways. Easton mastered climbing the arena wall sideways. Crazy kid.
Easton and Nolan both loved the mini-hockey game they had in the game area.
This is a photo of the kid I thought Brayden might have his first fight with. :-o
He would NOT get out of Brayden's face and seemed to WANT to instigate a fight! I had more than one parent come across the arena to me during the game and mention how they couldn't believe how Brayden was taking it so well and that it would not be long and Number 28 would be on his back on the ice (it happened by the way ... but not because of Brayden thankfully!) I don't condone fighting (I might have in this case though.) It was good that we whipped them 6+ to 1 in the second game (they stopped keeping score after 6) and also beat them 4 to 2 in the Championship Game.
Recognize this logo and the little spin on it? Starbucks and Hockey Moms go so well together.
Random photo of Brayden at a face off ... (he's the white helmet at the top of the photo)
And what would a trip to a Hockey Tournament be without going to a hockey shop. My job is usually occupying the kids and keeping them away from things like this--rows and rows of hockey sticks most at $250.00 a PIECE all leaning against each other ready to be knocked over.
(Thankfully we avoided that!)
I really should have seen all this hockey coming LONG ago ;-)