Friday, May 21, 2010

Boys With Sticks


Isaac is playing a sport that is new to us this year...surprisingly enough, there are a couple left?

The first time I watched lacrosse I thought, "This is NOT a good idea."  I said the words ,"Owwww!", "Oh, no!" and "Are they allowed to do that?"  quite a few times.
See, I had this crazy idea that boys playing with sticks, swinging them in the air, holding them above their heads, and hitting each other with them could only lead to well....
Blood.  Stitches.  Fights.  Nasty head wounds.
Little example of the size difference:

And another:

But he can run fast, and even fly:

Matt started playing also:


And of course, the most skilled player in the entire household (when he can actually see):



31 comments :

  1. oh such a great feeling to be on the sidelines cheering your kids on. I'm not there yet but my mom came to my track meets and took pictures of me and embarrassed the heck out of me with all her screaming, but looking back I'm glad she was there. Great pictures.

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  2. Lacrosse is new to me too. I don't know the game at all. But it looks like a fast game and a dangerous one too. Just wait until Isaac hits his growth spurt, then watch out. Loved all the pictures. Involvement in sport is important in our home, it can teach so much. Like how to deek out those big bruisers for instance : ) Good Luck mom and enjoy the rest of the season.
    Dana

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  3. How cool - I have never seen what a game of lacrosse looks like, but I knew all about it as a child because of Enid Blyton. She used to write about lacrosse in all her boarding-school books.
    My kids have just started getting old enough to play competitive sports and it's so fun standing on the sidelines and watching them.

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  4. Go Patrick!! Love the helmet. He looks like something out of Star Wars. Having 3 boys I do wonder how they'd go with Lacrosse - all those sticks - ouch! How great is Isaac though getting out there with kids that are HUGE. But I bet he's the only player on the team that can fly - what an asset! xx

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  5. Wow! Brave mama! There is quite a size difference. Glad he is holding his own and thriving!

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  6. Oh, now you have me all freaked out! We signed our kids up for sports camp run by a nearby church this summer. We've done this other summers--they do things like cheerleading, flag football, basketball. This year, there wasn't anything my oldest daughter was very interesting during the week I planned to have them at camp. So she settled on lacrosse. For some reason, knowing zero about lacrosse, I thought it was some kind of wussy sport and that she would be fine....um, it looks like rugby with sticks! AAAuuugh! And it's coed camp! Perhaps I should try to talk her into basketball? Or just see how things turn out and hope she keeps her teeth?

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  7. Wow...the toughest sport we have to deal with so far is "goalie-less" soccer.
    Way to go!
    Enjoy the day!

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  8. I had the same reaction as you when my oldest started playing 3 years ago! In his 1st game as a 6th grader (also MUCH smaller than most), he took a hit under his chin which threw him off his feet and he hit the ground hard. I so badly wanted to run on the field, but my hubby held me back. The hit was illegal of course, but the ref never saw it so play went on uninterrupted. He is so anxious to start high school lacrosse next year. My middle boy started playing in kindergarten - now that's funny to watch!

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  9. Both of my boys have played for 3 and 4 years... agreed, I cringe as I watch and still do! You give boys sticks and LET them hit each other?!? What boy wouldn't like it! My boys love it and we are catching on to the game. My girls like it as well and am wondering if that is next! (it is a WHOLE different game for them!) Tell him to stick with it! My oldest is on the high school team now! I just posted about lacrosse last week on my blog! By the way... you did much better capturing the game on film than I do!

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  10. Well...maybe now I've found it...the perfect sport for my littlest one. He has never met a stick that he didn't love, want to carry around for hours, and even sleep with at times.
    Love that Issac has found a sport he loves and is good at..no matter his size!
    Happy Weekend!

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  11. The 10th photo down, where Isaac is talking to a team mate, is that a coach or a player? Go Isaac!! I'm going to show this to Gabe:)

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  12. This is so cute. I love hearing the Mother Bear in you come out!

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  13. Love it! All your boys look like awesome players...including your little one! :) There is women's lacrosse too- I played growing up, but back then we didn't wear helmets- ekk! I bet my mom was freaking out anytime she watched my sister or I play.

    P.S. Oh and thanks so much for your directions on Picasa. So easy and I love my new header. You're a peach! Have a great weekend!

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  14. My 11-year old has been playing for a couple of years now - and LOVES it. He thinks it's the coolest thing when he comes home with new bumps and bruises :-) - very proud of his battle scars (as a mother I have to say the bruised rib a few weeks ago was a little troublesome - but he didn't seem to mind).

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  15. Lacrosse is HUGE in my town. Too huge if you ask me. They start grooming these kids in 1st grade to play in high school. Stephen (9th grade) could never have walked on to play with out years of experience. Good for Isaac for getting out there...it is fun to watch! And can I just say that my whole family walks around quoting Napoleon Dynamite. I think I know the whole movie by heart.

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  16. So funny when you said your natural reaction was to tell them to *put down those sticks*!! I laughed. That's my reaction too!!! Love any sport they play that keeps them active!!

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  17. LaCrosse is the national sport of Canada...everyone thinks it's hockey but nope...LaCrosse! It does seem brutal though..lol!

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  18. I know NOTHING about lacrosse, but I was on the edge of my seat during this post. You have every reason to be super duper proud!! Those last couple of pictures made me giggle - pure cuteness!

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  19. I think it's great that Lacrosse is gaining in popularity across the country. I can't believe how slow it has been to catch on though. It's so much fun to play. I wanted to play in high school (18 years ago!) but I didn't make the JV team. Too much running due to my asthma. It's huge here on the East Coast and has been for quite some time. It seems every school has boys and girls teams. The girls play a little different - they don't hold their sticks so high and they aren't allowed so much checking. We used to play in gym class. No helmets, no padding, no shin guards. Crazy I know.

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  20. Those are great pictures, Sarah! ;) And look @ your boys go! Love the picture of Patrick!!

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  21. Oh my, yes, I would not think hitting with sticks would be a good idea but I guess it's working! It looks like he's having a blast and that's all that really matters. That and winning - I'm joking...sorta♥

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  22. Oh sorry, that was me in the above comment, My BIL must have logged into my computer last night. Sorry!

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  23. Good for him! I love that he's so much smaller than the other guys but that he is quick and gets in there to do the job. That makes a mother proud, so you deserve to brag.

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  24. I've never quite understood the whole concept of Lacrosse, and when these pictures show the size dif of your son? I say, you are a brave momma!!

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  25. we don't have lacrosse here. bummer.

    how cute is patrick?!

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  26. I love the on field banter -- and am so glad we don't hear about it until after!

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  27. I do so enjoy the sprinkles of "Napolean Dynamite" quotes through out your blog. Always makes my day!

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  28. So is there a ball involved? Ok,I see it now. Tiny little thing. And why aren't they wearing shin guards? Are the rules kinda like soccer, only on steroids?
    Looks like that game will make tough men out of those boys of yours!

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  29. Wow, you are one brave mama. I keep praying that God will help me let go a little of this no danger rule I seem to enforce with my poor overprotected little guys. They need danger, they live for it. You are a good example for us all! GREAT PHOTOS!!! Beautiful field too.

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  30. so cute. I can see you praying on the sidelines Sarah!

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  31. Isaac clobbered the crap out of one of the huge St. Ignatius guys! He is really good!

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