Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Little Knitting and a Lot of Lacrosse...

Memorial Day weekend just ended and was a good busy one for our family.  The holiday is always on a Monday and it's a day to honor those who have given their lives to maintain our freedom.  It also marks the beginning of the summer season for most here in the States and celebrated with parades, parties, gatherings, etc.

This year, instead of sleeping in, visiting a local military cemetery, relaxing around the house and barbecuing on Memorial Day, we were in Lake Oswego, OR for The Battle of Lake Oswego lacrosse tournament (BOLO) with these fine young men and their families:

The team played 7 games in 3 days and had the most exciting, nail biting finishes!  They ended up in the pursuit for 3rd in the Championship, losing the chance to go for 1st or 2nd in a tied game causing double overtime. The first overtime is sudden death: whichever team scores during an extra 4 minutes of play, wins.  If it's still tied after that, then they go Braveheart. 3 players from each team are on the field trying to be the first to score - kind of mano-a-mano. Such a rush for all spectators!

The team finished 3rd in their bracket, a great accomplishment.  It was the 7th and last game that really tested their abilities and hunger for the win.  Two players were out with injuries but the team played their hardest in that game and won by just one goal with under 2 minutes left to play!

It was cold while we were there so I got some yarn and needles to make a Man Hat for my husband who has taken to practically shaving his head these days.  I started it on Friday and he was wearing it on Sunday morning:
Malabrigo Chunky on size 8 dpns

I did some knitting on a sock:
Meilenweit Merino on 1.5 dpns

And some more on the Blossom Poncho:

Week 3 of Paleo eating continues and I made paleo banana bread and it is YUMMY!
Almond meal, honey, eggs, water, baking soda (not paleo but only 1 teaspoon so I don't think it's a show stopper), cinnamon, bananas, vanilla and almond extract - no fats needed except to spray the pan with some coconut oil.  I may eat the whole thing before the kids get home!

Next up is chia seed chocolate pudding...

I hope your holiday was spent doing whatever moved you; freedom comes at a cost and I am forever grateful to the men and women and their families who paid for mine.

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