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Well the rest of July was eventful enough for backyard life.  I did a few paintings on left over wood from the house build.  I found some free online tutorials and they have been a great creative outlet.  Hadley and I worked through a few kits she had from Christmas.  We did some nail art, made some perfume, made some lip gloss, and bath bombs.  Easton was more interested in slime, so of course we made that too.  Hadley read through the Keepers of the lost cities series in about a week.  She reads so CRAZY fast!  She bought the books with her own money and I think it was a good investment as she has re-read them a bunch of times over the month.  We went digging through the playroom and found some fun things to play with, but also now have a pile of un-opened things to explore in the coming months.  First world problems.  My kids have too many things to play with, that gifts go un-opened.  But, thankful for these during Covid at home times.  Easton finished online soccer.  It certainly isn't the same as playing a competitive game, but it provided a workout with a soccer ball.  We have gone on bike rides and walks down our road.  We saw comet NEOWISE and the Big Dipper from our backyard.  We played with ballons, trying to make things out of them.  We were not super successful, but we tried anyway.  Easton's bow and arrow were probably the best.  I had some dull kitchen cloths which the kids tye-died into bright colours for me.  We made bread, pizza and zucchini loaf all from scratch.  There were cupcakes and other fun meals made.  We had a date night where we got all dressed up, went for a walk hand in hand around our property, made a dinner that we had never made before and it was delicious!  The kids didn't even call out after bedtime as they knew it was date night.  So we were able to enjoy our wine and movie.  Hadley got braces and had about a week of difficult eating but I think she has the hang of it now.  She has only left the house to go to the orthodontist.  She will have appointments every 6-8 weeks.
Stage 3 is upon us.  It is strange as pretty much everything is opening back up but there is no cure, no vaccine, and still 100 new cases in Ontario every DAY!  They do have mandatory masks in public spaces.  However, we have decided to still stay home and only go out as necessary.  So far Brian has gone as far as our mailbox since March, Easton has gone down our road, but that's it.  Hadley went out for orthodontics and while we were out she came with me for a grocery order pick up where they put my online grocery order in the back of our van, and then we drove home.  I miss being social, I miss touching things and not feeling like I have to wash the item, or myself right away.  Still I feel happy, safe and healthy.  So all is good!

- Leanne Verkley

Canada Day

This year Canada Day was at home and I still felt like we represented Canada's birthday well.  The day started off with a relaxing morning where we all kind of went about things we wanted to do.  There was gaming, cleaning, reading etc.  Nothing too exciting.  However, in the afternoon I did a fireworks Canada Day online paint session which was fun.  I am super thankful that local artists are posting free online tutorials to follow.  I quite enjoy them!  Then we had the traditional smoked porkchop bbq dinner.  Brian grew up in Atwood and this is served every year for the community, so we try to do it here too.  After dinner we played online musical bingo.  I think this was a hit!  An online DJ played nothing but Canadian music (about a minute from each song), and then they would tell us the song and artist if we still didn't know right before going on to the next song.  The whole thing was about an hour and a half with Amazon gift card prizes and more for lines, L, and full cards.  Hadley even broke out the microphone and we may have had a family dance party.  Brian was one number away from a full card win.
After bingo we got the tent out and set up for camping in the backyard.  We enjoyed maple marshmallows roasted on the campfire.  (One you have maple marshmallows there is no going back.  They are superior in shape for roasting and taste SO GOOD! Easton humoured us with glow sticks taped to his body while he danced in the darkness, which was awesome!  The charades were brought out, and we just enjoyed each others company in our lovely backyard.  The fireflies came out, the stars were clear, fireworks were being set off in every direction and we could see them all from the comfort of our lawnchairs.  I tried to photograph them but they were just too far for my iphone 11 to capture, and I was too lazy to get out the good camera, so we just enjoyed them.  The weather was perfect for camping.  All in all a successful Canada Day!

- Leanne Verkley

Year in Review for grade 4 and 7

What do you remember about every day at school?
I remember not knowing which way to go around the school everyday from the bus because it changed often.  I usually sat with Matthew on the bus.  There was a posted near the gym that said be a buddy not a bully and I read that every time we went to gym class.  
Who is your best friend?
At school Matthew, Nathan and Lucas.  Other friends are Todd, Robin and Beckett.  
What is your favourite book?
The W.I.T.C.H series, and graphic novels.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
McDonalds worker because they get a discount.   I want to have fun with my friends and be a gamer.  
What is your favorite food to take to school?
Make your own tacos.
What is your favorite thing in gym, recess and or extracurricular?
Dodgeball, playing in the sand with Matthew, and cross country.
What is your favorite song?
Country roads.  
What is your favorite thing to watch?
Slogo Man.  He does gaming videos with Jelly and Crainer and Kwebbelkop.
Favourite Colour?  Blue
Teacher: For the most part of the year it was Mr. Clark up until March Break.  Then there was a pandemic, Covid-19.  Then it was a combination of online learning sent from Mr. Clark and work that my mom gave us until the end of the school year as we didn't go back to school.

What do you remember about every day at school?
Math because Mr. Cartright made learning more fun and interesting.
Who is your best friend?
Rachel from Skating.
What is your favourite book?
Keeper of the lost cities by Shannon Messenger.
What do you want to do when you grow up?
Cat entertainer, play, cuddle, feed, water, love.  
What is your favourite food to take to school?
What is your favourite thing in gym, recess and or extra curricular?
In gym, dodgeball, at recess, read or wander, and drawing club.
What is your favourite song?
Phoenix by League of Legends, Cailin Russo and Chrissy Costanza.
What is your favourite thing to watch?
Sugar Rush, a baking show on Netflix.
Favourite Colour? Lilac.
Who were your teachers?
My teachers were Mrs. Marquis for home room, Mr. Cooper for Music, Mr. Cartright for math, Miss. Colantonio for French.  Then it was a combination of online learning sent from the teachers and work that my mom gave us until the end of the school year as we didn't go back to school.

- Leanne Verkley

2020-06-27 13:58:22

Hadley also would like to add that something to do with books would be in her future.

- leanne

Hadley left the house

We are now in phase two of reopening businesses.  New cases in Canada are now less than 300 per day, and a lot of businesses are now re-opening.  While I only want to go out when necessary, and will wait on things like a haircut, this was something we decided would be okay as it was highly likely they would have the proper PPE, and medical procedures in place.  
Brian, Hadley and Easton have not left the house since March 12th.  (Over 3 months!) Well, they have been outside and the kids have walked or biked down the road with me, but not into civilization.  However, yesterday was the day that Hadley made her first venture out into the world for a dental cleaning appointment.  The experience was fantastic.  The office handled everything really well!  We called from the parking lot, we were the only ones in the waiting room, we stood as it was only about a minute, when we went to the room, the hygienist greeted us with all the PPE, face mask, plastic face shield, disposable gown and gloves.  Hadley had a peroxide rinse before anything began to clean as many germs as possible for everyone involved.   This cleaning had no electric tools, only manual cleaning to minimize fluids moving about.  After everything was done, they asked us to stay in the room to make sure no other person was in the hall.  Then just before leaving someone in their office provided both of us with mandatory hand sanitizer.  
I feel like they were really doing their best to make the office as clean as possible for everyone even though Covid-19 is still out there.  I was very happy with the experience.

- Leanne Verkley

2020-06-25 14:09:08

I should probably add that Hadley wore an N95 mask for the first time and at first she said it felt the experience of being out felt weird.  Weird being in the van, weird being out with people, weird wearing a mask, but then after we got home, she said it all felt normal too.  What she meant by that was being out felt normal, not that wearing the mask, using the sanitizer instantly after touching anything, and disinfectant wipes, and showering instantly after arriving home, that wasn't normal.

- leanne

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