Monday, February 27, 2017

Eye dissection

The science of light co-op ended with a dissection of a cow eye.    
Very cool.  Sort of disgusting.  
I now have the lens of a cow eye in my fridge.  

This is the actual sense for the eye.  It was a convex lens and it actually magnifies.

removing the retina

Saturday, February 25, 2017

We won!!!!!

After much nerves and testing Team Braden triumphed and won the 2017 R and E challenge!!!  There were over 160 students and 25 tam participating and we won first in two categories: the overall challenge completion and points and the best robot design.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ottawa Robotics and Engineering Challenge 2017

We have had a really hyperbolic two weeks of triumphs and total tech disasters getting ready for the 2017 Robotic competition.  Both the boys are programming and building and trouble shooting.  It's been a bit hectic, but we're almost done and seeing as it is this Saturday, that's good.

Thanks Liz

We went to Liz Powell's community family party at the Beckwith Arena and it was AWESOME!  There was pizza and pop and face paint and cotton candy and open ice time at the rink.  Other than a melt down about washing faces at bath time, it was a totally perfect.

Thursday, February 16, 2017


It took Cole almost of month of slowly working on this sketch to completely finish it.  There were several iterations and the shading alone took the better part of two weeks.  It's pretty amazing.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Great Chesterton quotes for a post-modern world:

G.K. Chesterton

“Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”

― G.K. Chesterton

Like us!!

Hello everyone.  Please, please take two minutes and click on this link: Essy's creation!

We need a bunch of likes so that Lego will make Essy's lego creation into a new set!!  If she gets chosen, she can go to Copenhagen and tour the lego factory.  Cole has offered to be her travel guide :)

Thanks everybody.


Saturday, February 11, 2017


Essy got hit with a bad flu this week.  She listened to an endless stream of Winnie the Pooh, Beatrix Potter and the intolerable Magic Tree house series... I had to break out the ear phones for those ones.

Secret Codes

We are blessed with kind young adults that take the time to love my kids.  

Cole received a secret code in the mail from a friend in Montreal.   It totally made his day. 

Dear Brent, I have said this before, but if my sons end up half the man you have become, I will be consider myself blessed.

Thank You

Attachment dolly-ing

This sweet little girl has changed our lives.  
Thank you, Lord, for knowing we needed this precious girl.  

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Quotes from What is a Family?

I had to type out some of the many, meaty quotes I ear marked in a copy of someone else's book (for SHAME) before handing the book back today.  Thank you, Edith Schaeffer.

We should be able to say, "You know something of the way we love you.  You can always come to us in any kind of trouble.  You will always find forgiveness and understanding and help.  Yet we are nothing in comparison to God, our Heavenly Father whose faithfulness is perfect compared to our imperfection."  

A good rule to remember (whether you are dealing with a three-year old person, a 30-year old person or a 60-year old person) is that right after the baby song, play, picture has been presented, right after the mature painting, lecture, music has been introduced, right after you have read the most important book chapter, heard the sermon, listened to the cell solo, looked at the statue-anything you say must be positive.  The human being looking for your understanding needs to find it at this moment.  The need for sharing what has been exciting in bringing this forth-whatever this is-needs response.  The spark must meet another spark, or the fire dies out and dark discouragement can flood in.  Discussion, constructive criticism, presentation of some thoughts on what has been done, cannot be given to anyone at the wrong moment.  The right time comes later.

The are some things that are too costly to say, some things that are too great a luxury to use sarcasm, some things that are too cleverly devastating to ever use in trying to get the better of someone.  To win in the midst of saying that kind of thing, is to lose entirely.  What rare and marvellous thing am I losing in order to win what little victory?

Therefore, before speaking of the fact that our memories will contain upsetting times which we lived through, it is important to set forth the strong fact of our need for reassurance time after time and the pleading with each other not to "destroy" each other by constantly dwelling on the weaknesses (with a virtuous feeling of being honest or realistic or non-hypocritical).