Life is Good Unschooling Conference

We decided to attend the annual unschooling conference, after skipping it the last several years, and enjoyed it very much!

Isaac chose to stay home and got to enjoy his first stretch of days home alone. It only took 18 years to unlock that achievement! Ha!

Simon loved using the pool. Lots of knitting time for me.

Little Lotus sits on the floor up front for the talent show. The talent show is three hours of kids singing, dancing, reading poetry, performing theater acts. I get teary-eyed watching their talent and bravery. So great! Xander’s favorite event of the conference.

Lotus’ favorite activity is gaming with new friends in the computer/gaming room.

Isaac is 18

We managed to see our firstborn to his 18th birthday! He sure has made this parenting gig seem like a walk in the park.

Zombie Jesus Day

The kids do love their holidays.

Family Weekend at the Beach

We enjoyed a lazy weekend at Cannon Beach in a nice rental house. It had a great view of Haystack Rock and bunnies in the yard.

Simon is 12

Simon had his 12th birthday and enjoyed early morning donuts, Captain Marvel in the theater, pizza out, and boardgames. He capped off the day with more sugar in the form of brownies instead of cake.

I have a feeling this might be the year he passes me in height, which he is a little too eager to do.

My little Valentines

The kids woke up to their yearly Valentine’s spread. Jason and I haven’t really done anything special for a couple years, since our two nights away at the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove, and thinking it might be time for something soon.

Chocolate pancakes with a strawberry compote, ooh la la!

Xander is 15

Xander turned 15 today and wanted me to make him a Yoshi cake and we went out for hot wings.

He has always had difficulty making decisions and answered most of my birthday celebration plan questions with “I don’t know.” I think he had a good day in spite of his ambivalence.

Christmas 2018

We had a nice Christmas at home and surprised the kids with a few gaming systems.

This year marks the first year not a single kid got up before Jason or I. We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast and coffee before bugging the kids out of bed.

Lotus is 8

Lotus had a fun birthday! She wanted breakfast out, Topgolf, and then home for cake and family gaming. It was a cozy family day.

New floors and perler bead masterpiece

We had the ugly downstairs flooring replaced and played musical rooms, moving the kids around a bit. It looks nicer and everyone loves their new spaces.

Xander and Simon share the big family room and created the giant art piece hanging over the fireplace. It is “Bold and Brash” from Spongebob and it is created with 16,820 peler beads.