Friday, March 23, 2007

Tackle Hide-and-Seek

I don't think it was Sloane's first choice of activities this morning, but that seemed irrelevant. One second we were playing hide-and-seek and the next moment people were being subjected to full body tackles. I think we created a new game!

This afternoon we might play Full Body Contact Reading.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Hockey Action

Stay-At-Home Dad

Originally uploaded by mtplanet.

This week Tracey has gone into work, so I am the 'supervising adult'. Over the last two days I have gained a whole new appreciation for what Tracey has accomplished in the last 8 months.

I have decidedto keep a bit of a journal ove the next few days to highlight our major events.

Today, 8 am:

Elijah has decided that "gates" are located throughout our house. He closes them arbitrarily and then gets exasperated when anyone walks through 'the gate' without unlocking and opening it with the customery sound of a key click.

8: 10 am Sloane filled her pants big time, and after seemed really content. Who wouldn't?

8:25 Sloane was getting aggitated with little to do while I loaded a few photos onto this blog, so I decided to give her the small beach ball. She was stoked about holding the ball until Elijah apprehended it. I informed Elijah that he was to return the ball to Sloane immediately. He placed it just out of her reach. With coaxing he eventually placed it back on her lap.

8:27 I had a bright idea. I suggested to Elijah that he play catch with Sloane. He then placed the ball about three feet in front of her and proceeded to kick the ball quite hard. It drilled he straight in the face. Perhaps to a three-year old "catch" and "soccer" are similar.

8:28-8:32 consoling Sloane

9:00 am Elijah gets a nose bleed and I spend 10 minutes explaining how a little Vaseline up the nose might help him out. (I have experience in these matters)

9: 19 I help Elijah put on his goalie pads.

9:20 I sing Oh Canada for the third time this morning and we proceed to play hockey

9:22 We take shots.

9:23 I take off Elijah's goalie pads.

stay tuned

elijah in net

Originally uploaded by mtplanet.

O Canada

Originally uploaded by mtplanet.

Every one of our hockey games must now start with the singing of O Canada. Once the song is over, I am supposed to say, "Hi this is Bob Cole, along with Harry Neil. Welcome to Hockey Night In Canada." (or something to that effect)

Our hockey experience continues to be much less about the game, but rather a distinct focus on what it looks like. Elijah watches intently how the real players drink from their water bottles, dry off their faces, and clear snow from the goal crease. Unfortunately he observes most closely how they fight.

We do get around to playing eventually, but even then Elijah will be in the goalie stance and will be so busy making himself appear to be a goalie that he completely ignores the puck/ball. At least I am getting better at hitting him in the pads, blocker or glove to give him the sensation of the 'big save'