Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tournament in Edmonton

Last weekend we went to Edmonton, Nisku in fact, near the airport and stayed at the Holiday Inn Nisku. Eric drove the whole way from Calgary, good job Eric.  Hotel was good and had a great pool and slide which the kids enjoyed. First game was Thursday and we won. Friday was spent at West Edmonton Mall, where the boys and younger siblings, enjoyed the whole day in the waterpark.  Parents visited a few varied establishments including Hooters and discovered the different cullinary and beverage offerings available.  A couple of Mom's indulged in a spa.

On the second evening there was a pizza party in the downstairs lounge followed by fun in the pool. A girls volleyball team arrived, setting an interesting tone for the boys who spent most of the weekend wandering the floors trying to find them.

Not sure about the expression on Eric's face here, perhaps some change in wind pressure or air quality?

Our boys won both games on Saturday, WAY TO GO BLACKFOOT EAGLES!!!! Comments from the other teams parents were that they had never heard such loud parents, we had noisemakers, cowbells loud whistlers and a few parents with extra strong pipes cheering like crazy.

At one point a parent overheard the cleaners comment about the "very bad smell" on the second floor from the hockey equipment, so Carol being industrious and our very adept team manager, organized an "equipment in the trees airing and sit in" where a few of us gathered, visited, played cards and enjoyed some afternoon cocktails, Dave provided tunes from the back of his truck and a good time was had by all.

A dinner at Boston Pizza on the last night and a standup final Sunday morning where the boys tied with the toughest team in the tourney and ended up losing in overtime, an amazing effort all weekend by the boys.

During the evenings the boys gathered in a room (poor cleaners the next day) and watched a movie, covered the floor in chips and had a general fun time, if they missed curfew, coach made them each do 60 push ups. Parents gathered in another room for some delightful conversation and cocktails in the evenings. It was a really great weekend and enjoyed by all.

On the final morning at the hotel some of the boys helped me to load our bags in the car...........

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