Megan Broomfield - Rochester Office
Since my oldest daughter was in kindergarten (now a junior at Fairport) the fall has always meant football games and cheer competitions. Well that all came to an unexpected end in March when the day before we were to head to Virginia for the High School Cheer Nationals we were told it was cancelled due to COVID. Well fast forward to the fall. Fall is typically my favorite season. I love high school football Friday night games! Well then word came that football and cheer were determined to be high risk sports and put on pause. My daughter then decided to try out for Varsity diving. She held her own all season and qualified for Sectionals. Anyone that knows high school cheer knows there is the dreaded saving of the seats at RIT for Sectionals. Well at least with diving I had a front row seat on my computer watching virtually. In the meantime my youngest started her season on varsity bowling and had her first match (again I had to watch virtually) but she nailed it with 3 strikes and a spare! Not bad for an 8th grader that decided to give bowling a shot last year when she heard on the announcements that they were looking for more kids. Hoping to be back to normal next fall but in the meantime I am gearing up for my 21st busy season.
Kat DeBellis - Rochester Office
2020 what a crazy world we are living in right now, the biggest thing I miss is the SMILE that you cannot see through a mask! Our outside world is a complete mess, but inside I look around at the happiness we have in our family right now – I remember the day I told everyone I was going to have a baby, well that baby is a Junior in high school and turned 17 last month! The three grandchildren – Vienna turned 4 first week of December, oh how that little girl melts my heart; and then we have the twins, Isaac and Ethan – they are 18 months old – little boys are so different from little girls – from the time those two open their eyes it’s go, go, go until noon – then a blissful 3 hour nap, they are both little destruction devils on two legs, but I wouldn’t change them for anything – especially when they run in for a quick hug and kisses, these two squish my heart with love. .Happy Holidays to everyone – hope Santa is good to you and your entire family! Well believe it or Not, Busy Season is only one month away! So not ready!
Kathy Stickler - Elmira Office
December is one of my favorite months. Surely not due to the shortened daylight and cold weather – I could do without those. I do love the Holidays though! My adult children rolled their eyes this year when I told them I put up another Christmas tree. That makes five! I love sitting back to relax with hot chocolate in front of the fire place and simply enjoy the beautiful decorations with a good book or good company. Putting out of my mind the colder weather yet to come and the long days and weeks to come in the next months for work. With wishes for Spring, which is my most favorite time of year, to come as soon as possible. Merry Christmas to all!
Nick Machuga - Elmira Office
What’s today? What happened yesterday? What’s in store for tomorrow? As we continue to experience life during a pandemic, what we used to be able to anticipate as our normal day-to-day just seems to no longer be. 2020 has brought such unexpected challenges, changes, and uncertainty. Who would’ve thought we’d experience a pandemic? One thing is for certain, we are living history that won’t be forgotten. It’s during these times that we encounter our weaknesses. It’s during these times that we recognize our strengths. It’s during these times that togetherness becomes paramount. Although togetherness has shifted to more of a virtual concept, it’s continued interaction with family, friends, and peers that can provide a sense of comfort and re-establish our outlook on what was, what is, and what will be. It’s togetherness that will allow us to surpass these difficult times, and if nothing else, it seems safe to say that togetherness is something we can all agree should remain constant and continuous.
Paige O'Neil - Canandaigua Office
This past September we decided to take a trip out West to see Utah’s “Mighty Five” and for anyone who hasn’t visited the National Parks of Utah, I highly recommend making the trek. We visited Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, and Canyonlands National Parks. We packed a lot of sightseeing, hiking, good food, adventure (and miles on the rental car) into a week-long trip. I was amazed by the difference in landscape just between the different National Parks. We also experienced some pretty big temperature fluxes; it was over 100 degrees on our first day, mid 90’s the second day, and then on the third day it was in the upper 30’s and sleeting. One night we were booked to camp and it was getting down into the high 20’s so we decided to “glamp” in a Conestoga Wagon, which ended up being one of our favorite parts of the trip.