Archive for 2009

“My” garden this year

I was planning on trying my first garden this year and then decided to buy a share of the crop at Sungold farm instead. I’ll get a box of fruits and veg every week through the summer! yippee!

The farm had an open house today and we dragged our friends with us to go take a look.

mmmm strawberries!!!!! and the kids investigating a mole hole.

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Discussing the possibilities of bad luck from black cats.

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Bonus pic…simple block castle is not enough for Xander. A door drawn on paper, cut out and taped on completes it.

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Holy puke mask Batman!

So Xander says his tummy hurts then pukes all over the dining room floor. I’m too busy grabbing him a bowl and cleaning the floor to notice his face.

It wasn’t until I looked over at him cozy on the couch cradling his puke bowl that I noticed the bright red mask in the glow of the TV light. It was peeling and very slightly pink from his sunburn but nothing like this. Yowza!

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reading!

Isaac is very secretive about his learning and loves to downplay it when I ask seemingly innocent (as in I think they’re innocent but Isaac isn’t falling for it) questions. Like when he was watching some old time cartoons and I said isn’t it nice to be able to read all the stuff in the cartoons now? and he answers, “well, I can’t read *everything*.”

Admittedly his passion has been more about numbers and science than reading. We have let it develop in his own time and recently he has been letting it slip that words are coming alive to him wherever we go. ie “why does it say Do Not Pass?” or “what does it mean by 24 hour savings?”

Xander is less secretive about his new reading skills and showing signs of reading already. I don’t want to scream with pride and do the happy mama dance in front of the kids because, eh-hem…reading is just another part of life, a tool we use not something we do to make mom proud. Sound like a grinch? oh well, that’s how we roll…

But anyway let me scream with pride on my blog!!!!! Xander is starting to read!!!!!! No instruction, no assignments, nothing.

We first noticed it when he was navigating netflix and asked if it was okay to hit the “add all” button for the Ben 10 series. Then he read something over my shoulder and asked me why I typed in “work” on facebook.

Today He made this Transformer sign and printed it out. It led to a quick note about sentence structure, that “Xander’s” comes first in “Xander’s room” and also about the apostrophe. I couldn’t believe that he thought to put something there between the ‘r’ and the ‘s’.

They really do connect all the dots of information around them.

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Xander’s self portrait

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Oh and this was on the camera too. Simon cleared out my jammy drawer and was having a good time I see.

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Bad mom…no suntan lotion at the beach camping.

It was beautifully sunny but the coastal winds were nippy. We slacked on the sun tan lotion and my nose is blistered and weeping. ick! I was worried about a face covered with sun spots but my mom had to bring out the skin cancer scare. nooooooo!

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We had a blast with friends on the beach. Campfire cooking, relaxing in the fold out chairs and watching the kids hang from the trees.

I’m not sure if its the sunburn or if I’m finally catching what everyone else had post-conference but general headache/malaise is going on. I made it easy and uploaded all the pics to Jason’s old flickr account for your viewing pleasure. We camped with our friends Dan and Kristin and their three kids and our friend Sheri and her son.

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Last weekend’s adventure was not enough…

After an exhausting Life Is Good long weekend we are loading the car again for camping at the beach. I did take off every weekend this month so we are making the most of it I guess.

It feels like we should be camping for a week, and not just the two nights, to justify all this packing.

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Still need to load the clothes and the dog…and the kids.

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Home…

Literally. My mom wanted me to come take some pics of her two houses she recently had painted while flowers are in bloom.

Her gorgeous 1890’s farm house, known as the “Boscow House” of Hillsboro. It also has a small apartment attached added on in the….50s? or was it 70s? Jason and I lived in it with baby Isaac while we saved for our first house. Some lucky renters because my mom is a very cheap landlady:)

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And my parents home they live in (right next-door to the farm house).

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Can you see why they call this cat “Bat Cat?” He has the bat symbol on both sides. He is the sweetest cat too.

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Our first home we bought as a family of three. We still own and rent out. A cozy one level with AIR CONDITIONING we left behind:( I miss you sweet central air that made summers so chill.

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And our rockin’ 70s split we currently live in. No AC so the upstairs where we spend all our time is hot hot hot right now and not in a good way. But it’s home:)

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play-doh fun

pep talks, play-doh, out to lunch and closing remarks and we are winding down the final day of Life Is Good ’09.

The hotel management says that when we all come it’s more like a family reunion than a “conference” and the loving, happy vibe is incredible. That’s exactly how it feels and the kids have such a wonderful time.

The barefoot boogie tonight and then another year of the kids asking how long before the next conference.

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Day four at LIG

Its been a wonderful weekend. Simon is actually sleeping *really* well and you’d think I would be relishing in all the snooze time but I’m having a hard time with the hotel beds. This morning I woke up early and talked Isaac into sneaking off to breakfast at the hotel restaurant with me.

It was so nice! Lovely big windows overlooking the river and just me and my isaac. Both of my big boys have the best sense of humor. we enjoy humor and relaxing conversations. One of the inherent benefits of living the unschooling life and relinquishing that idea that we must control our children’s every move…is that we really know our kids. We share genuine conversations and we enjoy each other’s company.

That said…I think we would enjoy each other’s company a little more with two rooms next year. haha! Two queens seems to be a little tight for us all for the first time. Our little family is growing up. <sigh>

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Start of day three at LIG

Loving the weather and the gorgeous view of the Columbia river.

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Farmers Market in Vancouver, short walk from the hotel.

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Can three more kids fit in this park?

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Apparently so…

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Xander cam…

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Heading back to the hotel for more swimming for Isaac and computer games for Xander…

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The finish of day two at LIG

I was pooped yesterday after having trouble getting to sleep ad then up early for presentations. Isaac played in the pool and then we went to the Amy Steinburg concert. The Vibrations opened for her and they are a blast. Four brothers, unschoolers, who know how to rock!

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The Vibrations

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The lobby at 11:00 last night.

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