Archive for January, 2009

indoor baseball lessons

A nice small class through parks and rec…the kids were introduced to the basics and had fun learning along with new friends.

Isaac watched Xander’s class and said he wanted to take baseball too. We were able to sign him up for his age bracket during the following hour and now we will be spending TWO hours…two long hours with a little brother who doesn’t see why he can’t join in the class as well.

Simon managed to break into the classroom twice and both times he went directly to the pile of baseball gloves to pick out his own mitt. Who do I have to bribe to get him in?

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Another great time

I should announce our outings here more often! I had my sister-in-law and my sister come. fun!

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loving on my niece is always a joy. Xander loves her so much too…

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Word of the day…do you know what this is? There are space themed names for the party rooms and this one had us stumped. Did you know we had another sorta rock that orbits the sun but is also sometimes considered a second moon of Earth?? Yes, it is called Cruithne.

I have to question how they can call it a moon of Earth if it does not orbit Earth. hmmm.

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Aundi’s niece Olivia and Xander on the rock climbing wall.

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These kids are always finding things to do

All day long, if we stay home, the kids move from one thing to another all on their own.

Seeing them both sitting at the table with play-doh stuff strewn out, of their own accord tonight made me realize how little they come and ask me for stuff or to do stuff…other than meals.

Today we got some Powerpuff Girl’s netflix in the mail and they popped it into Xander’s computer and watched it…then some play with toys….Xander wrote a letter and picture for my sister…Isaac played some WoW…now both have been playing with Play-doh for an hour or more.

Its such a pleasure to watch them flow through the day, building their own itineraries.

We will be heading out to Out of This World Pizza and Play tomorrow if anyone wants to join us. 1:00?

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Gymnastics was a hit

Isaac enjoyed his first class today

I only snapped a few shots of the warm-up before I had to put the camera away and chase simon. Next week I think simon will stay home and my knitting will go instead. haha!

it was a full hour of everything from head stands to trampoline jumps to rings. Isaac had fun and by the looks of it designated himself class clown, pretending to punch himself and falling to the floor dramatically. yessssss! carry the torch my son..carry it proud!

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blogs are so self absorbed! and now lets talk about ME!

I filled out this questionnaire for a new local unschooling list I joined. I thought I’d post it here too…just in case anyone is interested in getting to know us better. anyone?

this may be difficult since there are more words than pictures. I promise to get back to my usual quick, minimal text posts after this…maybe.

Parents’ names: zoe (33) and jason (38)

Parents’ passions: WoW right now…I also do portraiture photography, a little knitting and love to go on adventures with the kids. I bought a tiny vintage trailer and the kids and I are working through the hiking trails in a book I bought “Best Hikes in Oregon With Kids”

Kid’s names & ages: Isaac (7) Xander (5) Simon (almost 2)

Kid’s passions: Isaac loves Transformers and video games. Xander loves cooking, eating and everything Isaac is into. Simon loves to nurse and tear up the house and whatever his older brothers are doing.

How long have you been unschooling and why did you choose unschooling?

pretty much all along.

We started into parenting without a clue and our first born has dictated everything we do. From the first days when he let us know a separate nursery was not going to do, and we sold the crib and did family bed, to the trial of montessori preschool when Isaac said he never wanted to go to school. He just wanted to be with us.

I got into a bit of a panic trying to figure out the alternative to school. We tried a short stint of the online charter school and it was a joke. A major waste of time doing dumb stuff.

I read quite a few books starting with thomas Jefferson education…”get off the conveyor belt of education.” This was a good start but still too controlling in my opinion. read some charlotte mason…very organic, which I love, but still taking something so natural and complicating the hell out of it.

Have you read these books? It’s like four sets of bibles. Then I read some John Holt that was taking me home…but I really loved Dumbing us Down by John Taylor Gatto and Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and get a real life and education by Grace Llewellyn.

After reading these things I found out there was a thing called “unschooling” …I said yes! this is something we can do. It just means doing what we have always done and change nothing. love that! I was so excited to learn about this I wanted to liberate everyone with my new found knowledge.

the backlash was not good:( I quickly decided I’m not on a crusade to change people’s minds. I am just grateful every day for the closeness and joy we experience as a family every day. How lucky we are!

Isaac could have been a completely different personality and set the stage for a traditional school life and we’d never know the alternative. Thank God!

Favorite PDX activity? parks, hiking, eating out, fountains, plays, ballet

Fav PDX restaurant? I love thai food and lots of places will do. but I’m good for just about anywhere.

We’re alive!

long time no blog, eh? this could get chatty…

We discovered world of warcraft and its been quite a time suck. The kids play off and on and want my help…then Jason and I play in the evening together. Its almost like a date without finding a babysitter! and we’ve made a few friends in the process. I’m up to a level 60 out of 80, so not sure how much longer before the obsession wanes.

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The kids had a blast at an indoor play place that totally rocks as far as stuff for all three ages to do. Out of this World Pizza and Play. Of course we picked up the sickies…but our immune systems will be all armored up for next time, right?

Xander and I did the grocery shopping together this week and it’s always hilarious the things we buy when Xander is helping. We came home with four boxes of popsicles, one of which has all the dyes you never wanted. So they have green and blue mouths. We also came home with gummie worms *and* bears and coco puffs.

They get a couple days of survival on empty calories before it all runs out and then…oops, we’re left with the healthy stuff mom picked out.

Here are my babies today. The big boys went with Jason to get haircuts and isaac came back with no hair. oh well…(and simon is all stuffy with the sickies).

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Painting airplanes. Airplanes *and* a reason to use paints? This is something that must not wait until tomorrow!

and friends, I want you to tell you something I probably should keep to myself but it is cracking me up. When I cleaned off the table for the project there was a fruit loop hardened and stuck to the table. I could not get it off! In fact it is still there and I Photoshop’d it off the pic. lol!

I wish I could swap out the yard service at the rental house for housecleaning service for us. Ugh!

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Happy birthday Xander!

We had a great time, with great friends. Xander loved every minute of it.

I always say this, but next year I hope to plan things a little sooner. geesh…the night before is ridiculous!

but….for our first “friends included” (aka not just family) party for Xander, I’d say it was a smashing success.

five candles and five balloons.

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