Two Firsts (or Three, Perhaps?)

Before this gets lost in the shuffle of the ‘tween-hockey-and-soccer seasons, this past weekend saw a couple of firsts for Li: her first goal in a full-ice game (she also had two assists, and to be clear: she’s scored previously in cross-ice small-sided games) and her first penalty (a soft tripping call, while she was skating with the puck?).

She played in her first out-of-town tournament (Teton Valley’s house tournament in Victor) with a sort of thrown-together mix of mostly house-team kids and a couple of travel team kids that generally lacked enough critical mass to really produce anything resembling decent play, but she still had fun. And it got us out of town for a few days during this late-season stretch of winter…

Sawdust

Before Saturday, I don’t remember how long it had been since I last did anything with wood… over the weekend, Li and I fashioned a simple sword of wood for part of her Halloween costume. Nothing elaborate, made from scraps we had laying around the garage, but it involved sawing, gluing, clamping, more sawing, shaping, and sanding. I tend to forget how much I enjoy working with wood: the smell, the feel, getting to watch something emerge and evolve…

Li and I were both pleased with the result, although for different reasons.