December 2018

Found 5 blog entries for December 2018.

If you haven’t guessed yet- our family loves hockey and we love our extended hockey families too. I grew up with a Dad who played goalie- which means he would be playing for three or four teams at any given time so they weren’t left short. I found that also meant that I grew up loving the goalies of the NHL teams more than the teams themselves. I grew up with Roy, Belfour, Brodeur, Joseph, Hasek and did I say Brodeur?? Marty still stands out as one of my favorites. We just love that Creedyn chose to be a goalie- even if it means you have to have a little bit of crazy in there to allow someone to fire pucks at you ;) And James has just started skating and trying to shoot the puck.

With having a family of hockey players I thought I would touch on how

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My family is my everything. As one of my last blogs said- I always wanted a big family and Ryan and I have an amazing big, loving, fun family of seven, now eight. As promised- let me introduce you to my loud and spirited family:

Ryan is my husband, my best friend. He works for the Township of Zorra and a local family run farm. He loves hockey and has played since he could walk. Still plays about 4 times a week for two different teams. He’s a Habs fan (I love him despite his poor choice in a team ;). Ryan “gets me”- which isn’t easy to do. He rolls with my need to pre-plan, sits there while I laugh or cry at a TV show, commercial or movie. He knows that my favorite time to want to talk will be late at night after the house is quiet and my brain is

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For us the holiday season starts the first weekend in November. Yes, I realize that’s early, but this is our favourite time of year and we like to soak as much joy out of it as possible! So the first Sunday in November you can find us gathered at my parent’s house for our official kickoff to the season; eating, decorating the trees and watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

We always spend a day baking all sorts of awesome holiday favourites. The kids are in charge of decorating. I’m pretty sure they’re all calorie-free ;)

A few other things we look forward to this time of year…the big Verspeeten family dinner in Delhi preceded by an epic game of mini sticks with the cousins, Chinese food and an evening with my husband’s side of the family, and

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Growing up- I was the girl playing road hockey and war, most likely in a skirt with my tights ripped (sorry Mom!) with the guys on our street. Or riding my bike to one of my friends house to play. But I was also the girl loving to be by myself in my room- reading, writing stories and daydreaming.

By Grade 9 I preferred books and horses rather than big groups of people. I talked to everyone, but had a very small circle of those I really called a friend. I took school very seriously (including shooting my now husband the worst looks for goofing off in class) and at first thought I wanted to be a lawyer- but then realized I couldn’t have a big family and do criminal litigation (yes, I was thinking this in Grade 11) without the help of a nanny, which I

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When my husband and I purchased our cottage in 2017 we did so with the intention of spending as much time as possible there, making memories with our kids. I spent every summer of my childhood up north with my family; boating, swimming, spending time with friends, and when Colin and I first got together I introduced him to that lifestyle. Now he’s just as hooked as me! That being said, neither of us is able to be there 100% of the time so we decided in an attempt to cover some of the costs of carrying the property we would rent it out during the times we aren’t able to use it ourselves.

Although we’ve owned plenty of real estate over the years this wasn’t an area either of us had experience with, so I turned to friends and colleagues to get their input

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