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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.

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.

Anniversary number 18

18 years of marriage.