Easton scored goal number 3 today!
Today the game was so exciting! Back and forth with an eventual score of 5-5.
Easton was on defence so we were not expecting a goal today. Although always possible, less so when he is on defence. I think he surprised himself. I love how much energy he has after a goal. The adrenaline rush for the audience must only be a small fraction of what he must feel inside.
We were down three nothing after the first, and while the other team also had goals, Alex and Beckett scored in the second making it 5 -2 going into the third. Alex scored the third goal, then Easton scored the fourth goal, and after pulling the goalie in the last minute, Gavin scored the 5th. Tie game! 5-5!
This was the last game before the playoffs. So we will see who we play next week based on our standings.
- Leanne Verkley
It seems I am reminded monthly to write an update. This may change from time to time but for now it works.
Just before Hadley went back to skating for the new year, she needed new skates. Her skates are now specialized, so a trip to a specialty skate store was in order for us to buy her specific skates with a larger toe pick and more ankle support for new jumps, and spins that will be in her future. Plus her feet are growing. She and I now share the same size 8 shoe size. She is however, in a size 6 skate.
Every year at our rental house we try to do some upgrades, so before any issues were to arise, we thought we would replace the original toilets from 1983. The water flushed will be approximately half... so hopefully this will help with their water bill. The renters seem happy! They look good. Upgrades are always nice! Plus I got a good deal on the toilets as I bought them during boxing week sales.
Brian was in Chicago for a few days with work getting to know his new team. The kids had a PA day from school, so we met up with Hadley's friend Rachel and went to Nebs Fun World. Such a fun time of bowling, pizza, and the arcade.
My mom turned 60, and Brian's dad turned 70. While my mom's birthday was more low key, John's birthday had a house full of people, snacks everywhere, with conversation that went well into the middle of the night... maybe 2am? We were happy to hear stories of his childhood that we had never heard before. So we ended up staying over. I think he felt well celebrated!
The teachers are striking with the most pressing issues including resources for special education, protection of Ontario’s full-day kindergarten program, smaller class sizes (which I am worried will mean more split classes), reduction of violent incidents and fair compensation for educators—particularly occasional teachers, early childhood educators, professional support personnel and education support personnel. So far we have had one strike day where the kids were off school. So, I showed the kids some cursive writing, as they no longer teach that in school. We also met up with my friend Patti and her daughter Chelsea to skate outdoors at Pat Bayly Square in Ajax.
- Leanne Verkley
December started with a lovely visit from Brian's sister Lisa. We picked her up from the airport and she spent a few days with us where she got to see Hadley's skating lessons, before heading to visit Julie and Selinah. We are so lucky to see her so often this year.
The rest of that first week was spent getting a Christmas tree, counting money at the school for different fundraisers, and doing the breakfast program, and getting gift baskets ready for a school raffle. Plus shopping, and wrapping presents.
The Verkley Christmas was early this year at Maria's so that Lisa could join in the fun and visit with all the Verkley's while in town. It was at the end of her visit, so, Lisa came home with us as it would be easier to get her to the airport from our house, so we got to enjoy more time visiting.
I enjoyed a mommy night out with all the moms from our group. Patti, Annie, Krista, Chaylee, Christine, Beth, Lori, and myself. It is rare that all eight of us can get together, so this was quite special. (We are usually pretty good with most of us, but all of us, is rare). We talked the night away, and let time slip by as we all easily conversed about life. We have been friends since our babies were less than a year old.
The holiday concert this year at the school was for grades k-3, so none of my kids were in it, however, Hadley was in the Choir, so we did go see the show as she was signing. She loves being in the choir. She takes such pride in it.
I had another girls night out with Stacey and Lindsay this time. We met at Union Station in Toronto and then went on to enjoy dinner and drinks while we talked about the good times, some hardships, and the strength we have all had to preserver though the tough times. It is always nice to get together. This year marked 5 years since the passing of Lindsay's sister Sarah, Stacey's husband just had a stroke and is learning to walk again, and while our challenges seem small, we were navigating Brian being unemployed. Update to that... Brian started a new job at AWS (Amazon Web Services on December 23).
We enjoyed Christmas at Brian's dad's house where we met up with Joe, Paul, Julie, Selinah, Patti Jo and Patti Jo's dad Bill. Hadley loved time with the cats, and Easton wanted to play hide and seek in their house as it has a front and back stair case.
My family humoured me and we went to see the Uxbridge Fantasy of Lights. While they all say they don't care if they go, I secretly think they all appreciate it.
I love Christmas lights!
Brian's mom, sister Julie and Selinah came to stay with us for a few days to enjoy some more Christmas time together. We all loved the baby snuggles.
We even watched a few movies and they all came to watch Easton play hockey.
Hometown Hockey was in Whitby this weekend! We didn't really do much but we were at the rink and saw a few of the festivities in the parking lot.
My dads Christmas felt different this year. I think the kids are getting older and not as crazy, more actual connecting. I love that. My grandma and my cousin Pamela were also there for a short visit. I know it is a big effort for my grandma to get there so I appreciate it all the more.
Tonight we are hosting 15 people, plus our family of 4 for New Years Eve festivities. I think we might be crazy, but we wouldn't have it any other way.
- Leanne Verkley
The month started off with Brian's mom coming to stay with us for a few days. She was able to come watch Easton's hockey game where he scored his second goal! This time a break a way goal. Which in the change room he told everyone that he dedicated to her. There were smiles all around. It was a beautiful goal!
This day was a busy one as Easton also went to celebrate Nathan's birthday and there were skating and hockey photos.
Our first round of snow came in early November and we attempted to make a snowman, but he was ever so small with it not being packing snow, but now that it is the end of the month, we are seeing temperatures at plus 10C. We did a nice walk around the property to gather greenery, pine cones, berries, wood, etc. to make into a lovely entrance piece for the season on the front porch. Although I hear the weather is about to change this week with a snow storm expected tomorrow.
There were quite a few baking adventures this month including cake and apple crisp. I love that we are making more things from scratch. Bread, and pizza are now regulars.
Hadley completed Star 2 Skills at skating. She is working really hard at all her new skills. Her and Rachel have become really close and skate together during their free time each week.
We went to Santa's Cottage this year, which I just learned about this year but wished I had learned about it long ago. It is a lovely rustic place in Oshawa. Highly recommended! It was such a wonderful experience. Santa was so authentic and Mrs. Claus was so sweet. They had muffin cookies baking in the farmhouse rustic kitchen, and each kid got one after talking with Santa and taking photos with beautiful scenery in their living room. It felt warm and cozy and super inviting. The atmosphere was amazing! We were allowed to take as many photos as we wanted within 15 minutes. We were the only ones there, with no lines like a mall. It was magical. The backyard had many photo opportunities as well. An old red truck, with a Christmas tree in the back, a sleigh, an old buggy, and so much more. Even the lit fence and painted signs felt warm and inviting. Again... highly recommended. (All for $40 which is way better than the mall where you get three digital photos for the same price and it is just crazy busy and not at all the same feel).
Frozen II came out, and we took the kids. We all loved it! Popcorn, family time and a good movie!
The CP Holiday Train rolled in again this year. We met up with Lynn, Ayslyn, and Beckett from Hockey. I picked up the kids early from school as did Lynn because the train came through at 3pm in Oshawa. This meant that the lights on the train were hard to see, but the music was still fun! Scott Helman sang his song "This is how it goes", and there were Christmas carols as well. We enjoyed hot beverages and donated to Feed the Need Durham.
The Pickering Tree Lighting Ceremony was well done again this year. Elsa and Anna took to the stage. Hadley was happy enough but wished they sang some of the new songs, Easton was happy with the games like whack a mole, and a few others and they both liked the fair type rides like the ferris wheel and the Fun House. This year they had a new walkway that was lit up that you could walk through. It felt festive. There were also many other light up words. HO HO HO, etc. However, the grand finale fireworks are always amazing! Such a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit.
- Leanne Verkley