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The kids really really want Amelia to start eating so I caved and gave her a small bite of banana. She seemed to enjoy it!


Our whole household went to the Ottawa Maker Faire. Every time we go it's bigger - this year it's the first Canadian Feature Faire and it was pretty amazing. I just wish we'd had more time to geek out as we only got to see a small fraction of what was on display.

It's amazing how much technology has progressed since we first discovered the Maker Faire in 2013, especially the 3D printers!

I quite liked the old-school film being powered by bicycle. The kids were all "this is how they used to make movies?" and I was all "yup, minus the bicycle part". There was a guy who was developing film onsite the old fashioned way too but he was too cool to talk to kids so my initial interest totally fizzled out. There were robots everywhere and lots of SCIENCE!

Elizabeth and Matthew got to fly drones; or at least crash them wildly into the tent enclosure that was setup to prevent kids from causing drone mayhem...

They also used an iPod to control a robot and pick up a tictac box, threw balls into an automated scoring tracker, took apart a puzzle mascot (and wore it), danced on a fun interactive playmat and played in the musical sand. Not that they knew it was musical as it was headphone only, but basically they sculpted sand into peaks and valleys and the light "read" the sand as sound. They were totally freaked out by the scalp massager because they thought the wires were actually going into the demonstrator's skull.

Elizabeth and Matthew also quite enjoyed the little bits devices that allowed them to connect lights, buzzers, switches etc together to build "really cool toys".

Brendan says he could have spent all day photographing the elaborate Lego creations... I want a digital enabled mirror for the hall closet...


Amelia thinks Mommy makes the best faces ever. She was giggling and giggling every time I peek-a-boo'd from behind Daddy (who was taking the photos)


It is solidly autumn here now and for once our tree has actually changed colour to something other than muddy brown! The leaves have even mostly fallen and it hasn't snowed on them first. It was super windy the other day and most of the leaves on the front lawn obligingly blew elsewhere, so we only had the backyard to sweep. Interestingly, it appears we only have one squirrel nest in the tree at the moment (compared to over a dozen some years), and I'm pretty sure there were significantly fewer leaves to rake now that we are missing that one large branch we had to have removed earlier.

All that to say that we were able to rake up our leaves in just one afternoon session. The kids were actually helpful, once Elizabeth got over her fear of being stung by wasps. She did insist on changing her pants before raking though - the ones she wore are quite loose so that any wasps up her pants would "be able to get out quicklier" and I had to stamp on each pile before she'd go near it.


We try to pray as a family on our way out to catch the bus as part of our morning routine. Usually this requires some physical wrangling of the younger set who haven't quite gotten all their wiggles out by this point (and possibly need the potty).

The other day Elizabeth decided all the girls should sit on Daddy's lap. This was considered hilarious enough that everyone cooperated for once. And then Matthew was designated official photographer to record the moment. So far his photographer's eye appears to be mostly drawn to feet ;)


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