Adventures in Unschooling

Archive for June 2009

I had such a great evening last night. My friend L came over last night before taking off for a summer program for her Waldorf schooling.

We made pitas from scratch as well as red pepper hummus and some nice veggies. Then we ate on a blanket out in my yard pic nic style.

We also cut out the fabric for our bambolettas and then L made us all a special surprise. She made the boys and I some Hula Hoops! See below:

L teaches Joel how to use the hoop.

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Mom and L give it a go:

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Trey and Joel have more failed attempts.

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So we make up new games to play with the hoops.

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DSC05546I will be honest. I haven’t had time to identify these so I am just throwing the pictures in here. Feel free to identify anything you wish too. I don’t know when I will get around to it.

The one here > is a baby grasshopper.

DSC05495DSC05500DSC05497DSC05516DSC05523DSC05535DSC05547DSC05524DSC05526 I am pretty sure that this one is canola.

We spent the weekend on my in-laws farm. It was terrific weather and we spent as much of it outdoors as we could. It was great for the kids to climb on hay bails and look for spiders and run through the tall (semi-tall, it is pretty dry right now) grass. They got to ride in the tractor with grandpa while he fed the cows and the got to throw dirt and rocks and just be boys. They also had a total of three baths because they were getting filthy within minutes of being outdoors.

DSC05551It was quite the treat for my dogs too. They ran and ran and visited the cows and rolled in the grass and slept. They are pretty pooped out now.

And even my wee Anna benefited from all of this. She had lots of fresh air and sunshine. Little tanned babies are so darn cute. I have always thought that people are way too neurotic about babies and sun. If babies could get sun they wouldn’t need Vitamin D drops. And yes, their skin is more sensitive, so use common sense. DSC05522I don’t take my baby out in direct sunlight when the sun is at it’s hottest. But I let her have sunlight right on her head and everything after two or three in the afternoon and before noon. I don’t care what the baby books say, it’s good for her. Everyone needs sunshine, even the wee ones.

DSC05490She also got to play with grass. It wasn’t her first introduction to grass but this is the longest it has been for her and she was pretty happy to taste it and pull on it with her chubby fingers.

My husband is feeling tennis withdrawal because he made me play dirt tennis on his parent’s driveway. Ha ha ha. Oh, my Kevin.

On the Sunday afternoon my father-in-law separated one of his cows from the herd because she was in labour. I had hopes that my sons could watch a calf being born (from a reasonable distance) but things didn’t come to fruition by the time we had to go home.
But overall, we all benefited from the fresh air and it was great to get out of the house.

Well, yeah…I guess.

We are caught up financially, still living paycheque to paycheque but what’s new?

Kev finished his classes last Thursday. He writes his exams next week and then he’ll be all set up for his big application! Looks like my life could be very different six months from now and even more different a year from now.

My oldest son turns four in a couple of weeks. It really catches you off guard when you realize that four years have passed since you’ve given birth to my first child. I guess maybe it hits home a little harder for me because most days I can’t even believe I even have children. I still can’t believe that babies grow inside of people! I’d rather believe that storks bring them. That seems less bizarre to me. Ha ha ha.

In other news, we have been playing Tennis four or five times a week. We are getting better but my knees are starting to protest. It’s great to get all that fresh air and sunshine. We also take the kids with us. They have their own racquets and balls and they mess around there.

My husband is starting to get organized at home and the kids are getting used to it. Joel seems to be struggling with the transition but I think he’ll be better soon.

Moving on, last weekend I restocked my art supplies. My hubby got me an easel and I bought myself a couple canvases and some good quality watercolour crayons. Here are some of pictures of my new art space and of some of my recent projects (some unfinished).

My new workspace:

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Some playing around with my watercolour crayons and one of my acrylic canvas painted abstractly:

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