Wednesday, February 28, 2018

With Essy

My weekdays have had an increase of in between times this season.  Usually the boys are at something... band, the Waterloo Math contest was this week, Gabe's EV meetings.   Anyway, I've just had lots of waiting for stuff to be finished.

Which means Essy and I have fallen in love with The Morning Owl in Kanata.

They have Couches!
They have Lattes!
They have chocolate peanut butter thingies!
Awesome!

Photos by Essy:







Photo collage by me....



Saturday, February 24, 2018

Medic-Bot Champs!!

The Steampunks, also known as the Braden kids, took home 1st prize at the 8th annual Robotics and engineering challenge!!





Thursday, February 22, 2018

We're LIVE

Gabe's Middleville Fair site is officially out on the world wide web!
His personal design site is also awesome.
A bit proud?  Yep.

www.middlevillefair.ca
www.gabebraden.weebly.com

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Les Miserables

Some of my best memories growing up in Toronto was going in and out of all the theatres and music halls with my parents.  We were at Roy Thompson Hall and Massey Hall and the Prince of Wales theatre... as well as all the back lane theatres to watch independent theatre troops try to make sense of whatever Jean Paul Sartre was getting at...

But the BEST, the very best! was going to see Les Miserables when Michel Burgess was still playing Jean Valjean.  Totally awesome.

So my folks, remembering how much Alexis and I loved it, bought all six grandkids (and their parents) tickets to see it at the NAC this week.

It was as good as I remember.  Except, I don't remember crying as much as I did this time....

Jean Valjean to Cosette:
"She was never mine to keep.
She is youthful, she is free.
Love is the garden of the young
Let it be... let it be...
A heart full of love
This I give you on this day."


I just want to make one interjection in protest to whoever writes these Musicals - why is it that the alto always dies?  What is that?  The soprano gets to go on singing with her lovely new hero and poor Alto gets rolled off the stage?  sigh...








Saturday, February 10, 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Montreal in Pictures







Gabe's first Frogs Legs...



















Judo Ninja

Essy has a Judo tournament on Saturday and she's been training extra hard, wrestling her brothers, doing extra push ups with dad.... eating raw eggs.  jokes.
  
It's a bit hard to take her seriously, because she his just so adorable.