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This year Halloween was wet, very wet!  However, the skies opened up between 6 pm and 7 pm and it was just drizzle.  By 7 pm the rain started but was manageable with umbrellas.  However, by 7:30 pm it was time to go home.  The kids had full bags of candy and the rain was intense.

This year Hadley went as a beautiful blue butterfly with silk type wings, and a blue tutu.  We made her antenna with pipe cleaners and a black headband.  Her centre was just black sweatpants and a black sweater.

Easton was Gandalf from Lord of the Rings.  A crocheted beard, a cloak that was a grey poncho from a previous camping trip, and a grey pointed hat that we had from our trip to Germany many years ago at Octoberfest.  He found an amazing staff (stick) in the yard that completed the costume.  

The kids had a great time trick-or-treating even with the wet, wet weather.

- Leanne Verkley

Day trips

Both kids had school trips to Duffin's Creek.  Hadley's trip didn't need volunteers, but she had a great day and said she really enjoyed it and was able to talk easily with Easton after his trip as they had similar experiences.  I was invited to go on Easton's trip.  We enjoyed the day outdoors.  We learned about birds of prey, and played a fantastic game of predator vs. prey where the kids actually were allowed to run through the trees and field and collect food and water stamps without being caught by their peers who could take their lives if they were not careful.  So much energy and so much fun!

Then on October 28th it was a beautiful day with a temperature of 17C, so I took the kids out of school for a half day where we met up with my cousin's Natasha and Brittany and their kids at the Toronto Zoo.  It was lovely!  Some of the kids wore their costumes, some not.  The kids all got along, their was space for everyone to run if they wanted to as their were no crowds and we enjoyed the day catching up.  We were so close when we were kids and it was easy to pick up as if no time had passed.
We need to try to get together again soon and not let so much time pass between visits.

- Leanne Verkley

Easton's First hockey goal!

After a busy week with Brian's family, I managed to get home in time to arrive just before Easton's hockey game.  The week prior he switched from playing his usual defence position to centre.  He was so close to scoring that we all knew it was coming.  This week he also played centre and with some good opportunities throughout the game and he managed to be in the right place at the right time to score the game winning backhanded goal!  The game finished 6-4 with a great win!
Graham, his coach was excited for him, and you could see him patting Brian on the back on the bench as the goal happened, and then Easton celebrated and high-fived all the coaches before heading back to centre to play some more.
After the game, he was given the puck that he scored with as a mini trophy.  He earned player of the game for his first goal and that meant that he got to wear the coveted gold jersey which he wore with excitement at the next days practice.  He literally skipped out of the change-room with so much energy and excitement that it was contagious.  We were all so very delighted for him!  Brian's dad captured his energy perfectly in a picture skipping toward me with my arms wide to congratulate him.  Easton was so glad that we were all there to see it.  I even got the play on video and he loved watching it!
Then it was time to take him out for lunch and of course it was his choice which was to McDonalds, his favourite restaurant to celebrate such a wonderful moment.  I couldn't be happier for him.  He worked so hard and earned his first hockey goal!

- Leanne Verkley

Selinah Marie Agbaje

On October 15th, Brian's sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl.  A new niece for us and a new cousin for our kids.  She was 6 pounds 15 ounces at birth and two weeks early.  She was born at 1:36am.  
We planned to take the kids out of school and go the next day to visit but the hospital said that our kids were not allowed to visit at the hospital.  So we made plans to visit on the weekend when everyone would be at home.  
The kids (and us too) were delighted to finally hold her and snuggle her.
It was a busy week as Brian went almost right away and took the first few days with Julie and Wole, teaching them about bathing and supporting them through their first few nights as parents.   Then we swapped out and I headed to Cambridge.  We were happy to help as the week was a busy one.  We are so excited to welcome baby Selinah into the family.

- Leanne Verkley

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