In the last few weeks we have been hockey busy. First we made a last minute trip to Orillia to visit with Shaye and go to the Hometown hockey event put on by Rogers Sportsnet. There were games, entertainment, Beavertails, and more. Plus we enjoyed a lovely dinner out with Shaye. Deep fried pickles are sooooo yummy at Brewery Bay!
Easton has started power skating and after only a few lessons we already see an amazing difference! He is so fast now! In fact he won player of the game today at hockey!
Hadley is doing First Shift Hockey, she mildly enjoys it but has decided that once it is finished, figure skating is for her. Not hockey. At least it gives her ice time.
Speaking of figure skating, she is gaining so much strength in her figure skating and starting some really cool spin moves. The three turn, and the mohawk (like a three turn but with a foot switch).
Both kids are so fun to watch on the ice.
There is always a lot going on but life is good.
- Leanne Verkley
Music, Derek's 40th, Verkley picnic, Hockey and skating, school, Halloween, Nathan's birthday and Hometown hockey OH MY...
Both kids have started music lessons. Easton on the guitar and Hadley on the piano (keyboard). Easton can now play wild things by the Troggs fairly well after only a month of lessons, and Hadley just started last week and is on her way to playing Merrily we roll along also known as Mary had a little lamb. I was fortunate to find teachers that come to our house. It is a beautiful thing! I can hear and watch them while prepping dinner, or other things. Plus then I know how to help them practice throughout the week.
We went to celebrate Brian's friend Derek's 40th birthday. It was fun to watch Brian with his public school friends.
The next day was a Verkley picnic at Brian's aunt Maria's. These are always fun. So much food and people to catch up with.
While there is the regular hockey and skating for Easton and Hadley, we also signed Hadley up for First Shift Hockey. She get's 8 weeks of hockey and all equipments made by Bauer is included. The catch is that it is only for kids that have never played hockey before, so Easton couldn't do it. However, he will get her hand me down equipment when he grows.
There was a potluck at the school for all the lunch supervisors which was fun and the food was fantastic.
I volunteered to help Hadley's class make apple crisp. There were apples everywhere and the kids peeled, sliced and mixed while I helped with the oven. MMMmmmmm.
The breakfast program is going strong at the school. Twice a week we serve bins to all the classrooms with 3-4 food groups to choose from.
We managed to fit in a visit to the zoo with the kids in costume for Boo at the Zoo as well as a fun event at the Greenwood community centre where there were crafts and games for the kids. Hadley was Anna from the movie Frozen and Easton was Captain America. This year I was a cat and Brian felt that Captain Canada needed to make an appearance, so he wore all the Canadian gear he could find and carried around a hockey stick while trick or treating.
We had a Halloween dance at the school which was a lot of fun!
I volunteered in Easton's class on Halloween so that stations of fun could happen.
Easton's friend Nathan had his 7th birthday party which was a NERF party. The kids had an amazing time!
- Leanne Verkley
The last two weekends have been full!
We had three thanksgiving meals which allowed us to visit a lot of family, we met Julie's new boyfriend Wole and had some adult gaming fun at Brian's moms playing ticket to ride after the kids went to bed. Unfortunately my mom wasn't feeling up for a gathering but instead my brother Joe and I squeezed in a visit with my aunt Nancy and uncle Kent to see their house renovations that my dad did. I can't believe the changes! Then we enjoyed a full day with my dad, Brenda, my sister, her husband, my brother, all my nieces and nephews and my sisters exchange student Rochelle who was super fun to talk with as we could share European stories.
Finally we finished the weekend with a duck dinner at Brian's dad's house.
This weekend we had a visit with some of Brian's public school friends to celebrate Brian's friend Derek's 40th birthday. I think the boys had a fantastic time. Hadley made the best of the million little boys with nerf guns and finally put herself to bed in a back room all by herself at a sensible 8:30pm, while Easton and the boys ran around the house until 12:30am!
The adults played board games and reminisced with BEvERages of course.
And just because it worked, we also fit in a Verkley fall BBQ with a garage full of people and about 100 pounds of beef to be BBQ'd at Brian's aunt Maria's.
Then on the way back home we took Brian to the airport for his first trip with the new company to New York City.
I am thankful for all the wonderful people we have in our lives!
- Leanne Verkley
Easton is Seven!
Easton is seven! On the weekend after hockey, we hosted his birthday party with his friends at our house. The result... he wishes he could relive that day over and over.
We went with a Pokemon theme. We decorated the house, made loot bags together, and I stayed up late making a Pokeball cake and then we were ready for the party.
Easton had three little boys over to our house to help him celebrate and they were busy! They started with some Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U, then there was basement basketball, and hockey, a pin the pokeball on the charzard character game, outside fun, hide and seek, tag, cake, presents and playroom fun.
Then on his actual birthday, I was able to be at the school to volunteer with the Terry Fox run. I ran a lap with each of the kids and then helped with the lap counts for kids by punching holes in their lap cards.
Easton did 15 laps and Hadley did 10.
There is always an adventure to get birthday photos done and this year was no different. I booked in July before we went on holidays and then after getting both kids hair cut, we were headed to get photos done only to find out that the photo studio had closed down in August. So... now that the kids were all dressed up, hair cut and styled etc, I really wanted to get their photos done, so we headed to Walmart for a photo shoot. We managed to get a few good photos but the catch is that it takes 3-4 weeks for the photos to come in. OH WELL.
All in all, I think Easton felt well celebrated. We now have a seven year old boy in the house!
- Leanne Verkley