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Nathan Phillips Square

Tonight Brian had to go into Toronto to get something from the Dell EMC office, so after school, we all joined him and then once he was finished work, we met up to go skating at Nathan Phillips Square.  I don't know why this was something I always wanted to do, but it was.  And now, with the lights of the T O R O N T O lit up with the buildings aglow, and the fresh winter air swirling around us, we can all say that we have experienced it!  So cool!  The kids loved it!  

- Leanne Verkley

Hadley-extra curricular

Hadley is so busy at school these days.  They have been having black top only recesses due to weather because there is either ice, or mud on the field.  So for the past two weeks all 350 plus students have been up on the paved area and it get's busy.  So they have introduced activities during recess.  All of these activities Hadley seems interested in.  Currently she is doing knitting club, choir, spirit club, and folk dancing.
I love that these are available to her and she loves it too!  

- Leanne Verkley

2017-01-30 12:39:09

Today at lunch Hadley was asked to join the Eco club, and since she found out that it was on Monday's (her only free day), she was in!  The next event they are hosting is sweater day.  They will turn the heat down in the school, and sell hot chocolate.  

- leanne

Donald J Trump

Donald Trump is now the president of the United States.  I wish him well.  The media is playing a huge role in how he is viewed as he is a businessman, and television personality turned politician.  We will have to be careful to make sure we hear what he says in context and not how the media wants us to hear it.  I will admit I have a bit of a guard up, but I am trying to be open minded.  He is definitely different than Obama.  Lots of people are just waiting or wishing to see Trump fail.  
Like him or not he is in charge for the next four years so I wish him success.  
His inauguration was fine.  A few performers decided not to play due to threats, and the numbers were lower than Obama's although nobody can seem to agree what those numbers were.  However, it is hard to compare numbers as Obama was the first black president!  The numbers don't really matter except I think there were more people out the day after inauguration.  
On January 21 the day after the inauguration, over 5 Million people worldwide and over 1 Million in Washington, D.C., came to march, speak and make their voices heard.   They stood for women's rights and a variety of other causes including immigration reform, health care reform; protection of the natural environment, LGBTQ rights; the rights of Muslims, racial justice, and workers' rights.   I hope each and everyone of the people that were in Washington and across the United States at the rallies voted.
The next four years will definitely have change, we will just have to wait to see how it all works out.

- Leanne Verkley

2017-01-29 20:15:20

After week one.  All I can say is I am tired of him being president already.  

- leanne

Back to routine...which is ever changing. Hadley got Level 4 at skating!

Well after the break from school, our schedule has been a busy one.  Brian spent last week in London England, and he is in Boston this week.
The van had a rabbit chew through some wires.  We took it in as their was a light on that suggested brake issues, and when they opened the hood they said a rabbit jumped out, then it happened again this week.  No rabbit jumped out, but the same wires were chewed.  The fixing is not fun to pay for but at this point I am not sure what to do to keep them out of the hood of the van.
The first two Tuesday's of January were snow days for the kids as their was freezing rain/ice and terrible roads.  
Hadley achieved level 4 at skating.  She got ribbons for agility, control, and balance and a badge to tie all these things together to complete level 4.  We treated her to Subway for dinner when Brian was home on the weekend.  Her choice!  
The weather is not quite winter and not quite spring like.  It is just mud mud and more mud.  The kids have had blacktop recesses for a week and I think it will continue this week.  They are craving to run around in a bigger space!  
There was a PA day last week so Easton shared his left over coins from the birthday party at Chuck E Cheese's that we went to in December and both he and Hadley had a fun time playing the games!

- Leanne Verkley

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