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Dec 2009

Christmas Holidays 2009


Mom and Dad came out for Christmas, and Kathy, Stephen and Sam came for Christmas Eve, with Sam. Once again, we listened to The Shepherd, had our cheese squares, and an excellent meal. The kids were checking the NORAD website for digital video and audio of NORAD tracking Santa across the globe. Great care was taken to give Santa a snack and a selection of combestibles.


Guess who’s driving?


Getting things ready for the Fat Man


This is a video of the kids coming down the stairs on Christmas morning. I think only the first few seconds are worth looking at. I put it here in its 2 minute entirety only because I thought the day may come in the next few years when I might want to see it all.

Most awesome present: Snuggies for the whole family

Olympic Hockey Jersey (Great present. Not the same as being on the team, though)

A walk through Cullen Gardens before dinner

Does this clash?

The big tree with 1, 800 lights

This is a video of the kids coming down the stairs on Christmas morning. I think only the first few seconds are worth looking at. I put it here in its 2 minute entirety only because I thought the day may come in the next few years when I might want to see it all.

Don’t eat that.

WE Kendall men are fascinating to the ladies. I just accept it.

New Years Day Run with the Whitby Tigers at Aranka and Mark’s house.
Fresh snow, and quiet country roads up near Ashburn, Ontario. Kids were there, too. They were just back at the house watching TV and eating treats. AND it was packing snow so you could throw snowballs at the keeners who ran too fast. How good is THAT?


Pre-Christmas Parties, Christmas card pictures and the like...

Once again, I played in the OMA curling Bonspiel in early December with Tom Crichton and Tony Barozzino. I made a a Youtube video which pretty much says it all.

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Jacqueline attended Art Classes at the Station Gallery in the Fall. Her sculpture was on Display at a larger Art Exhibition just before Christmas. It was a judged competition.IMGP6111
The title of her piece was “Flexibility is Key”


The Club was done up very nicely for Christmas, and Santa made an appearance (he is a Member). Of course, my embroidered snowman and wreath pants were the high water mark of everyone’s Christmas experience. Mom and Dad, Kathy, Stephen, Virginia, Rachel and Sam joined us for a hearty brunch. Dad arrived after his 5km Santa Shuffle, ready for a beer. Luckily, we had some. IMGP6080IMGP6100IMGP6087

The extended family got together for the yearly Christmas Party at Lynn and David’s new home in Caledon. Of course, my pants and I were again the height of Christmas Cheer. This was the first time many of us had seen the wonders of their new home.
After lunch, David discussed with me his elaborate plans to murder the beaver that has taken up residence in his lake/pond. I later confirmed the beaver is a protected species, thereby saving David from incarceration and hopefully firming up an invitation for next years party.

Durham EndoSurgery Centre Christmas Party
We had an excellent evening at Coppinwood, with over 45 people in attendance. Once again, my pants and I ruled the festivities in a benign and enlightened way. Highlights also included the mandatory haikus I had requested (in my benign and enlightened fashion) from each table. Each haiku had to be on the subject of colonoscopy. Drinks by the fire before and after dinner were nice, too.

Gran’s .... ( ahem) “[x2 + 2x - 10] th Birthday“ (solution, x=8)
Gran turned 29 this year. In 20 years, Jacqueline will overtake her. All the grandchildren were in attendance, and we stayed overnight. There were some bunk bed hijinks.

And with all those things under our belt, we started the Christmas Holidays on December 20th, with the kids out of school, and both Laurie and I off work for a full two weeks. The Christmas lights on the big tree outside were put up in relative warmth, and the new fireplace in the great room was cleaned and stocked with dry hardwood. Gingerbread houses were made, and the wine cellar was stuffed to overflowing...........

Olympic Torch Relay


Thew Olympic torch relay came through Whitby very early in the morning, on one of the few really cold mornings of the year. The temperature was -18C. We got up well before 6:00 AM to get the kids moving.

The town had some hot chocolate being served, the only cost was to listen to the Mayor for a few words. The torch came preceeded by cheering young people who seemed unnaturally happy to be awake and outside in the freezing dawn. After a few ‘sponsorship floats’ had passed us by, we got a glimpse of the torch coming west along Rossland Road. Unfortunately it was being carried by someone who was unable to run even the short distance up the grade, which was a bit disappointing.

But the torch stopped just feet in front of us, and despite the high winds, stayed lit. It was passed to Ann Rohmer, who WAS able to run down to Brock Street without stopping. I made a movie of the torch relay that is on YouTube. It’s here.
© 2013 Hugh Kendall