Sunday, October 28, 2012

Watch & Listen: The Power of Quiet

Why my spouse and I make a good team (she the extrovert, I the introvert):

via Brain Pickings

Saturday, October 20, 2012


"Papa, I need to go pee!"

"Then go."

"I can't."

"Why not?"

"The water in the toilet is blue."


Upstairs I went to find the younger Sprout doing a pee dance in the hallway. I hurried into the washroom where the water in the toilet was definitely blue. My spouse had used a blue coloured cleaner in the toilet and left it so that the cleaning agents could do their work. I found the toilet brush and quickly scrubbed the toilet.

"Don't flush the blue water!" Josiah exclaimed, still dancing.

"Why not?"

"I want to try a science experiment."

"Ohh-kaay. What experiment?"

"I want to see if it turns green."

(I'll let you figure that out on your own.)


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Nikon D7000, 1/320, f/8.0, 105 mm, ISO 400

To get this shot I needed:

1 Small glass aquarium
1 Sliced orange
1 Handle from a flyswatter
1 Green piece of paper
1 Clothespin
2 Bottles of carbonated water
1 Camera with macro lens on a tripod
Available light (shot outside on a cloudy day)
Post processing in Lightroom 4
Lots and lots of patience

Friday, October 19, 2012

Watch: "100"

This video post is for my dad, the Sprouts' Opa (Dutch for grandpa), who reads this blog faithfully.

More about the video here.

via The Kid Should See This

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Watch & Listen, Dance & Sing: "What I Am"

Some musical encouragement for the kids (and those who are kids at heart) in my life:

Friday, October 5, 2012

Josiah by Candlelight

Just after Jo and I enjoyed the snowy outdoors there was a power outage, no doubt the snowstorm the cause. No power for eight hours! Thankfully it came on in time for bedtime stories. The house is slowly warming up, Jo tucked warmly into bed, and now I can catch up on some chores that did not get accomplished today.

Josiah graciously posed by candlelight just after supper.

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Snow Covered World

Hyperbole starts off our morning.

"Whoa! The whole world is covered in snow, Papa!" Josiah exclaimed, standing on a chair peering out the kitchen window at the early arrival of Old Man Winter.

"Let's go outside!"

And so we did. Snow shovels cleared the driveway ("You shovel the big piles, I'll shovel the little ones."). Sleds were pulled ("Run, Papa, run!"). Snowball fights ensued ("I got you!"). Lots of laughter from both father and son. A couple of hours later, wet, tired and cold, we tromped inside our warm home, drank hot chocolate, and continued to enjoy each other's company.

The snowy morning almost encouraged me play Christmas music. Almost.

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