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We spent our super Saturday dividing and conquering. While I traversed the state for hockey with Goalielocks and my two brothers from another mother John and Jon, the hubby stayed in town for the Mayor’s evening games. Since the Mayor was at a friend’s for most of the day, so hubby was able to have a productive day at work. Meanwhile, we spent 3.5 hours driving from the Palm Beaches to Ellenton on 70, which is largely a two lane road. We had great company for the drive, althought I’m sure you can imagine how much fun this drive is.
We actually made great time, so we were able to stop and have lunch on the banks of the Manatee River at Woody’s River Roo. This nice spot is absolute perfection for feeding hockey players, while enjoying a great drink and the beautiful location Moreover, it’s not fancy, so you don’t have to worry about the kids breaking anything. As I sat dockside admiring the beautiful view, I succumbed to the temptation and ordered a mimosa. I had a cup of clam chowder and a salad, while Goalielocks enjoyed the burger. We finished our lunch and headed to the lunch, which was less than five minutes away.
Meanwhile back in South Florida, the Mayor was gallivanting about with his boy JM driving the Kaputa and the bulldozer. As I sat in the sin bin between periods, I caught a video the Mayor had posted on his Instagram that had me in stitches. It was a video of him driving in slo-mo and then speeding by. Honestly, it was the funniest thing I saw all day. When we finally got home after a long day on the road, the Mayor was super excited to tell me about driving both the bulldozer and Kaputa.
Both of the boys’ teams went 1-1 on the day, but both hubby and I were happy with their efforts. While the day was as long as the drive, the time spent was well worth the investment. We only covered a good 380 miles in 7 hours of driving! (Thank you JB for driving our motley crew across the state!) Our first game in Ellenton certainly didn’t end how we wanted it to, but what I enjoy most of all is spending time with my kids and with our hockey family. The Mayor and his team did well this evening winning their game 4-1. My Mayor was stoked that he scored a goal and his usual line mates did equally as well.
The wonderful people that make up our hockey family are incredibly dedicated to their families. Morevoer, they’re invested in their children and super fun to be around. When I look at social media influencers on instagram and beyond, I see people who’s only commitment is to themselves. Whatever commitment they had to their family or their kids is secondary to their own interests. Its sad really. In contrast, the hockey parent life calls for a parent that is selfless. Hockey parents have to be willing to dedicate of time and resources (aka money) to their children’s athletic pursuits. I know some day my kids’ hockey careers will come to an end. At that point, I’ll have time and money to spend on my interests. Until then, I’m committed to living the hockey mom life. In fact, I’ll be back at the rink tomorrow morning for Goalielocks’ game.