Cole and I were visiting a local architectural firm in Ottawa as part of a 'day in the life of' project. Here is a picture of Cole at the firm, which is providentially named if you ask me, and an image of a dream chicken coop project, with cantilever roosting, poles that Cole is working on in Sketchup. Sketchup a CAD software and is a bit like playing in the sand box on the computer. But even cooler.
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...
1st 800 m
Running Long jump 5th
Standing Long Jump 4th
1st shot put
1st 800 m
3rd Running Long jump
3rd Standing Long Jump
3rd shot put
1st 800 m
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.