We had a hockey tournament in Niagara-on-the-Lake during our March Break. The hockey was an exciting roller coaster ride of emotions. And yes, there was a moment when I wanted to smack one of the other parents. With deep love, of course. But I took a deep breath and refrained. And there were moments that took a few years off my life. But there were also exhilarating times.
The team bonding was even better. Getting to know all the parents and children more was the best part of the whole tournament. It was like a mini-vacation because we went to Niagara Falls as well, which is always fun.
We had a great moment one day in Niagara-on-the-Lake. My husband and I went to a winery and did some wine-tasting while the kids ran around outside among the vines. Then we took them to the park after a stop in town to buy chocolate and coffee. It was a beautiful day; the sun was shining. The kids were playing happily on the playground. My husband and I were sitting on a bench. I was eating chocolate, and it was good chocolate, too: dark chocolate almond bark with sea salt. I highly recommend it. It's a fabulous combination. I was drinking my coffee between bites of chocolate; enjoying the sunshine on my face and the breeze in my hair. It was a beautiful thing.
As a parent I've learned to take advantage of every moment like this, because you know that any second the kids will start fighting or someone will fall and start crying. Or one of the kids will give the other one a wedgie, or a noogie. Maybe that's just my kids. Anyway, you have to take it all in and save it up as a great memory. Ahhh.....