Saturday, March 19, 2011


This past weekend was our provincial hockey game. At first, I was admittedly thinking..."oh no....not more hockey", but in all honesty, I'm glad we went. The teams we played were quite well matched, and the games were played well. Jake had a bit of a rough first game, was much better the second game, and was really good the third game. I don't think the coach and I saw it the same, as he sat Jake for most of the second period due to 4 penalties. But when the games are emotional, Jake plays with grit and determination. Unfortunately, the ref and him aren't didn't become besties, but boy was he playing his heart out, and not going to take no for an answer!! In my opinion (and the majority of parents watching), the ref didn't like the elbow Jake (# 12) gave here,

or the hit that became a roughing penalty. So he thought he would also give him a tripping penalty and a high stick penalty. The last two were just plain old bad calls, but when you have a target on your back, and the reffing officails are there grading the refs, sometimes it happens.

The very coolest part of the entire hockey year was the last 20 seconds of the 3rd game of provincials. We had to tie or win that third game to have a chance of making it to the semi-finals. We were down 5-4, and Jake goes down on a break-a-way and a kid from Fort McMurray hauls him down, and the ref calls a penalty shot! With 20 seconds left in the 3rd period! OH MY GOSH!!! Now if you've ever been to a game where a penalty shot is called, you will know how exciting this is....if you haven' me, it's very exciting!!

I can't even begin to imagine the pressure on him, and after, (I asked him and he said at first his legs were shaking, but he managed to get ahold of himself before the ref blew the whistle...) I grabbed the camera and ran to the other end of the rink so I could video....

here it is (I had to video through the netting, it's not very clear, if you hit the little arrows in the bottom right corner, it will at least go full screen for you)

How. Cool. Was. That?? Seriously Cool.

I cried.

Then I tried to stop crying.

And I cried more...

As it turned out, we needed Okotoks to lose their game, and us tie or win ours to make semi's. Okotoks won. We were done. But I don't care :) That was awesome!

From here on in. Jake plays hit hockey. Looking forward to it!!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Elnora Brahma Rama

Somehow, this wasn't ever posted...not sure why. We were invited by team mates off Jakes spring hockey team to the Elnora Brahma Rama in August 2010. They also do wild pony races and sheep riding at the Brahma Rama. A bunch of us camped at the Ward's and had a volleyball tournament and campfires. The whole thing is actually really fun. In town in the afternoon they do a bathtub race, there is a saskatoon pie competition, and then everyone goes over to watch the brahma rama.

Our rednecks used a feed trough for the bath tub race...

We brought it in the stock trailer...

Got ready for the race...

And pushed like crazy!! Well, not Marty, he must have been steering???

It was all up hill. Our cowboys were pretty tired after. Our tub wasn't exactly road worthy, so it was a pretty tough push :)

This was Drew's debut in sheep riding. Here is she is pre ride. All dolled up and ready to go.. So cute...... and those chinks! Sure hope she still fits in them this summer!!

If you watch closely at the end, her helmet is plugged full of dirt and when Mr. Rodeo Announcer goes over to undo it, it all falls out and she can see again.

The adrenaline was a little much I think. So here she is with a few tears after. But she said she would do it again. She sure did good!!! What a trooper :)

Kolt went in the wild pony race. Here is a pre run meeting of the team.

Kolt was the one chosen to get on the horse...
But instead he went over the horse :)
And here is Jakes run. There is always so much more action wherever Jake goes. I started watching the run and forgot to follow with the camera...sorry for the lapse in the middle!! If only they had a little more time, maybe they would've got her rode :)

We had a great weekend!! The weather could've cooperated a little more, as it kept raining. But it didn't do much to damped the festivities!