After Nathan’s trial hockey class we signed him up for 6 weeks of hockey. The first week we had one excited 5 year old and one sad 3 year old. Levi kept saying how he wanted to skate. During the class I was talking to a mom whose 3 year old son was out there on the ice. Wondering how a 3 year old gets to skate in a 4-8 year old program intrigued me. We talked with the head man, coach Al, and he said Levi was more than welcome to skate! He doesn’t charge for 3 year olds because they may or may not last on the ice the entire class time. Levi was excited!! We had borrowed most of Nathan’s equipment but since the classes had already started they were running low on little kid equipment. We trucked all over Castle Rock and Littleton to find all the necessary equipment and Levi was ready to go for week two! Levi is in the white jersey and Nathan in the navy blue USA jersey. :)
So now we are in week 4 of lessons. Nathan enjoys hockey but he’s not fast. He’s mastered getting up after falling down and starting to get the hang of pushing with his skates so he actually moves without the little skate walk the kids seem to start with. He’s starting to glide and pick up a little speed (very little speed but he’s getting faster). Levi has a love hate relationship with hockey. He LOVES skating with the bucket because he’s fast and can go anywhere. He HATES it when they take away his bucket. Levi can get up after falling down and can skate but chooses to not to. His super stubborn stage and the “I can’t” statements have made their way to hockey. Week 2 Levi spent as much time laying on the cold ice because he didn’t want to get up and skate without the bucket. He looked like this much of the lesson. Made me laugh!!
This last week he came off the ice after about 15 minutes because they were making his try to skate. After hanging on the bleachers (and being bored – aka not watching a cartoon on mommy’s phone and not getting candy from grandma) he decided to go back and skate. He used the bucket and when he came off the ice said “that was so fun”. Once Levi gets over his own stubbornness and attitude, I think he will love hockey. :)
Nathan had a great time at hockey this week – listened well, skated well, and worked hard. The week before he was struggling – wasn’t listening, didn’t put much effort in, and was being lazy. The coach got frustrated and sprayed Nathan in the face with ice shavings. LOL. He totally deserved it!! Acted much better this week!!
Matt is on the ice to help with Levi (when he cooperates and participates) and then helps with Nathan’s group at other times. He’s loving being on the ice and really would like to play again. The speed of the little kids is not quite the rate at which he’s used to playing. It’s wonderful watching something my 3 boys can do together. I pretend not to be able to skate so that the boys cannot request me to come out and help. :) It’s lovely for all!