Hi! Hope everyone has had a great start to the week! I know I’ve been feeling more cheerful the past few days. I think that those of you who commented that this time of year can really suck the life outta ya nailed it. I do not like feeling cold 95% of the time, I do not like that it’s dark so much. But I think that compared to what some people have (or don’t have), I’m pretty darn lucky. So moving on…. Friday night we took DS an hour out of town to really neat sports facility that houses a synthetic ice treadmill. The goal of this contraption is to strengthen your overall skating, improve your endurance and and to skate with your head and shoulders up. He was a wee bit nervous at first because he didn’t know what to expect… But he just happened to be on with a boy his age that he plays against. This fella was SO helpful and really made DS feel at home. The kids are hooked into a harness type strap so that if they fall they don’t fly off the back end. I took an action shot to start off with: As you can see they are placed in front of a mirror so that they can watch themselves. Seeing as this was his first time he didn’t use a stick, but the other boy did and you could really see where stick handling skills would be improved! They also film the kids so that while it’s their turn to sit off they can watch it. The purpose of this is to tell the instructor “2 stars and a wish” or, 2 things they did well and one to work on. It was so neat to watch his play backs; it was just like video game DS! Check it out: That’s DS!! LOL And of course, I took some video, too!! Hope you can view this OK! Overall we were really impressed with this program and DS can not wait to go back again! Better yet, after just that one session we saw an improvement in his stride at the game on Saturday. I have some much better eats to post about this time. I’ve really been packing my veggies in and have been keeping meals bright and colourful. Half the battle, right? The jam in the top photo is this spectacular coconut pineapple banana jam that I bought at Knapp’s a few weeks ago: I’ve also been using this new (to me) dressing on my veggies: This is particularly tasty on fish! I ate Subway for dinner Friday AND Saturday night. Yum! And being as Christmas is fast approaching, there have been limitless treats at work! And I don’t know who put that chocolate bar in my desk drawer…*whistle* :) On to food item #9. I can’t believe there’s only one week left!!! And seeing as it’s so cold out I think this item is fitting: Canned soup!!! If you’re missing an item remember that you can check out the thanks & giving tab above for the whole list. You should be getting quite the stash of food by now!! Bye for now!!