The Hat Trick
This weekend was a burn burner…in terms of activities; and temperatures. The weekend hit the 80’s both days. Good thing! As we had more fall festivities in store.
Our town had its first ever Fall Festival at its new amphitheater. It was a gorgeous day so we all went to see what we could find!
The timing of the festival lend itself to more Veterans Day festivities, with the bulk of the bands performing playing likewise tunes.
Our girls didn’t understand too much of that part though. Not when there were Jump Castles to conquer!
And when Skylar found some tables with some arts and crafts Dylan found this mess to get into….
It was truly and afternoon of fun including a rendezvous with the now blog famous Katy (Who is this? This is Dylan!) and also a sighting by the newly famous high school mascot, that just fascinated Skylar all afternoon.
Hay rides, dancing, face painting, games, magicians, fair-type food equals loads of fun. So much so it even kept me occupied during college football Saturday afternoon.
Sunday was the Hat Trick though!
Dylan won a prize recently by reading 3 books (Hockey’s Hat Trick) during the week on Halloween. As a PR promotion, our local hockey team, The South Carolina Stingrays, gave out free tickets to anyone completing this Hat Trick that week.
Dylan did, so we went!
One thing I noticed was, even though it was 80 degrees out doors the stands still were nearly half full in the ‘cool’ inside for this game. Second, practically every player in this game was from another country, most notably our friends across our border to the North. And I don’t mean North Carolina.
I tried to explain to Dylan what was going to happen in the game but, only being to one prior hockey game I had a hard time explaining it.
I told her it is fast, like soccer, but on skates, the guys are big and when they look like they are wrestling, like when her and I wrestle, it is actually not as much fun as what we have. I told her it would be loud and a party like atmosphere inside so get ready to dance and have some fun.
We made it in on time. Found our seats. Found some stadium food. And prepared to for some fun!
Seven minutes into the game they scored. Moments later so did the home team. And the place got loud and wild inside! Next thing I know, I look up to see Dylan’s picture on the big Jumbo-tron TV over top of the arena!
I tapped Dylan on the shoulder and pointed up at the gigundous overhead TV. She smiled ear to ear.
I told Dylan, every time there is a break in the action the TV people will span the arena looking for people waving and jumping up and down and having a good time. Dylan took the hint!
“Daddy, hockey is fun!”
About five minutes later I get a text from Mom saying Dylan’s best friend just saw D’s picture on the big TV at the hockey arena and wanted to know where she was sitting at. It turns out Dylan’s best friend from school was sitting exactly straight across the rink from us, to the row.
So we waved madly at them and I sent our section number to them via text. Low and behold Dylan was sitting with her best friend from school about 10 minutes later.
The young girl and her mom hung out with us for a little then went back to their seats. When the period was over we trekked over to their section and sat with them the rest of the game.
OK, that was not the truth.
Dylan and her friend actually stood in front of the section’s railings most of the time and talked and laughed and jumped and waved the rest of the game.
Dad sat there eating the rest of her popcorn in the stands…keeping a watchful eye on them.
I think Dylan had a great time. She was fast asleep before I made it up to her room to give her a hug good night that evening.
And that, my friends, was our Hat Trick of a weekend.
I hope you all scored some fun yourself this past week. Stay tuned, there is one more Fall Festival to come next weekend.
Come on and join us!