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Isaac is 19!

Isaac turned 19 today!

We’ve been hunkering down at home since early March when the COVID-19 pandemic was announced; only going out for groceries (and me going to work two weekends a month), wearing a mask while out, and a strict decontamination process coming back home.

Isaac’s birthday would have most certainly had him driving off to be with friends, but he stayed home and played online games with his friends over Discord instead. He chose rich homemade foods and dessert.

It was a nice day.

Doing his violin lesson remotely.

Jason and I going out for supplies.

Lotus learns to ride a bike

I have been trying to get my Lotus to learn the joy of cycling, but she was scared and resisted. It finally happened!

It has also helped our sanity to get outdoors, and cruise during this pandemic. She especially loves it when I follow her around in circles and tight turns through a large empty parking lot. “Now you get to see how I can do tight turns!”

The pedals kept hitting her in the calves when she was learning to coast so we made calf guards with tube socks and my china flat shoes shoved inside. It worked!

The Electra kids “rat rod” bike, beloved by all when they grow into it. It is very cozy.

Day three of practice she launched.

Athens, Greece

Back to the big city, Liz and I flew from Mykonos to Athens to see some of the archeological sites, city life and eat all the foods.The big surprise is the graffiti. It is everywhere, on every wall. A lot of it is tagging, but many are amazing pieces of art! Because the graffiti is unavoidable, shop owners have started hiring artists to cover their own buildings with more professional work.

Liz and I took two bike tours with a smaller company in Athens (Roll In Athens). So small, it was just us and the guide! The first tour was city sites and the second tour took us out to the beach.

My souvenir to myself is custom handmade leather sandals from Melissinos The Poet Sandal Maker shop. He measured the sandals to my feet and did the finishing right there in the shop while I waited with Hoy Hoy, the shop dog.

A few more photos…

Mykonos, Greece

The island of Mykonos felt like a cheap touristy carnival after our week in Istanbul, but the sea and breeze are divine!

The narrow passages winding this way and that way in Mykonos town feels like a maze you can get lost in. Shops showcase repeated themes of linen clothing, jewlery, magnets, hats, and oddly enough, lots of decoratively painted wooden penis bottle openers; something related to an annual phallus festival, I think.

A highlight of our trip was a private yacht tour with a stop on Delos, a small island archeological site, swimming in the blue waters, and the most delicious catered lunch on the boat.

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.

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.

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.