Friday, July 13, 2018

Baby Abe

Abel William John Perewet Gideon.  10 lb 5oz  
Born July 12th, 11:49 pm to two wonderful parents and three sweet sisters.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Moving Poop

Gabe is working at Courage Herd Farms of the summer and is getting really good as moving poop around.  It's a really valuable skill.  Jason says he does it a lot at work.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Junior Herpers

We have seen a lot of reptiles this week.  
Snapping turtles, lots of garter snakes, and a red bellied eastern. 

Helpful girl

Moving hay.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Piano. Outside.

There is a really nice piano right in the middle of the park in Kanata! So while we waited for Gabe's chemistry co-op to be over on Monday afternoon, Essy and Cole did some outdoor recital practice.  I am amazed how tuneful the piano sounds given it's in the weather all summer and there are little guys with sandy hands playing (smashing) on it.  Pianos aren't so delicate and all that.  They are made to be played, I suppose.  Even outside...

Friday, June 8, 2018

Lego Ideas - Support Cole!!

Lego Ideas has an awesome site where you can upload your own original creations.  Your build gets viewed, and voted on, and if you make 10,000 likes, Lego will make it a for-real set!!

Cole is totally all over it.

Here's his first entry.  Go like it.  Vote for Cole!

Summer days....

We had a girls only pool party (except for baby Abel who is still an integral part of his mama...)

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Track and Field

1st 800 m
3rd 100m
3rd 400m
Running Long jump 5th
Standing Long Jump 4th
1st shot put

1st 800 m
1rd 400m
3rd 100m
3rd Running Long jump
3rd Standing Long Jump
3rd shot put

1st 800 m
1rd 400m
1st 100m
1st Running Long jump
1st Standing Long Jump
1st shot put

I was the parent helper in Essy group, so most of the pictures are from the 7/8 year old girls age group, but I did get a few of the boys.   Essy kind of kicked butt.  She had a chest full of red ribbons by the end of the day.  These are Jason's genes in action.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

End of Year Band Concert 2018

Thank you, as always, to Mrs. Shew, bandmaster extraordinaire, for her tireless and joyful teaching.  They have improved so much over the 3 years we've watched this group grow and mature.

Easy was a pretty awesome opener, too.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

EV Pioneers - Rookie of the Year!

The EV Pioneers did totally amazing and almost took first place at the Waterloo EV challenge.  They were 4 laps ahead of the closest vehicle, when they got a screw in their front tire.  Totally Punctured.  So the pit crew did their best, they replaced the tube in the one tire, but the gear had been damaged and they towed the car ot maintenance bay and they didn't make it back no the track in time to place.

It was pretty heart-breaking.

BUT - the judges gave the team Rookie of the Year!!  Which was cool and it's an impressive award given the calibre of the teams that compete each year, but it wasn't what the guys had hoped for.

It's been a wild ride this EV Team.

More to follow.  Gabe has some things to say about the epic details of their race...

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Learning to Lose

This year's ORC Sumo Challenge was a really hard one for The Steampunks.  there were 400 students and 90 teams.  Essy and Cole has a great start, but the day ended badly.  They won 3 of the first 5 fights, but then lost in the first round of the afternoon trials.  Cole took a calculated risk and changed some things about the Bot right before the finals, and although they were really great ideas, they threw off the bot’s turning radius and we got pushed out of the ring by a really inferior bot. (says mom)  He didn’t have time to adjust the turning radius on the laptop before he had to fight so… we were pretty devastated. We Bradens, really, really, like winning.  A lot.  So, this time, we are learning to lose, knowing that all things come from the hand of a loving Heavenly Father, even the hard things.  Even when it is a 'taking away' of things we have earnestly prayed for.  All things come from His Hand.  He is still good.  He still hears.  "He works all things to the good of those who love Him who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

So we are taking comfort in Psalm 34:18 tonight.

We can rejoice in all things because we trust the Giver.  

We are so very blessed to be loved by the King of Kings.

Friday, May 25, 2018


When Cole was about four, and I was pretty convinced that I was the wrong kind of mother for this kind of boy, and either he or I needed to be... assessed, I went to see my 76 year old GP, Dr. Hughes, who is the most wonderful Doctor in the Common Wealth.

He suggest tea in the mornings.

I have been reading a good book on travel based learning and other eclectic learning styles by Gregory and Martine Millman and look what I found, half way down the page.

I knew it.  Dr. Hughes is never wrong.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

They Won!!

The Ev Pioneers took 1st at the Connecticut Electrathon. They won first out of 8 teams in the novice division.  Dawson, who is going to be the next big thing in race cars, was our driver.  So awesome.

Field Trip at Forest Co-op

The Co-op kids went to Welsh Hill Farms today.

Mrs. White, who built the house while raising 5 kids and runs this farm with her lovely husband, opened her house to this lovely crew and fed them.   She is a wonder.  If you are ever wondering what my dream house looks like, go visit her website.

Friday, May 18, 2018


IEEE-ORC: We are bringing our A-game.

Beckwith Dojo

Another great year with Sensei Jacque at Beckwtih Dojo!

Sensei Gabe
Essy received her Orange Belt this year!  She is a ninja.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018


I got into a big-little fight-discussion with a good friend yesterday. He claimed that homeschooling yielded kids who aren't properly socialized; it makes for kids who are indoctrinated into religion without having to think, and that it makes for really bad public speakers.  .... Well, Touché.

So I've thought through most of these points because the first two are what I normally get hit with from nay-sayers.  "Aren't you worried about them socializing?" And I normally say something snarky like, "Yes, I am very worried about them socializing, that's why they are at home."  

I wanted to come up with something original to say about my thoughts on this, but I kept coming back to a quote by Mencken.  Henry. L. Mencken was one of the most influential journalists in America in the '20s and '30s.  He was a bit acerbic; he attacked chiropractors (of all people...?) the KKK, politicians and other journalists. Most of all, he attacked Puritan morality, calling them a religious people who have "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." And if that doesn't make you snicker, you have no sense of humour.  He was by no means a Christian, but I read his quote several years ago, when I was running from this homeschool idea, and couldn't shake it:

I realize Mencken sounds super snide - that was really his schtick - but if we really believe that an education can be doled out by a humanist, secular government without its values informing that education, I fear we are deluded.  All education has an agenda and I am not sure that good public speaking is on the board's list of priorities anyway.  They are really busy teaching 'the new math' and sex ed.  

Here are some photos of Essy's day at forest co-op.  I don't know if they did much public speaking or if they were heavily indoctrinated, but they were definitely enraptured: "The heavens declare the glory of God."