Adventures in Unschooling

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And what a wonderful, beautiful day it was.

First we went to this celebration (May Day???) at the Waldorf playschool in the city and the boys had a wonderful time. We all got wonderful tans.

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The boys replant some Marigolds.

DSC05335wI made Anna a little crown when we were there. Now she truly does look like a beautiful princess. She got her face painted as well.

Here she is making a new friend (with the hat mommy whipped up for her this morning):

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The hat looks a little smushed in the picture but it really did turn out fabulous. I am very pleased with it.

 

 

 

 

The kids were very excited about all of the games and all of the wonderful treasures they got to bring home (more about that in a few pictures.

This (below) is a picture of the May Pole. It was overflowing with kids. I heard that they don’t usually get this kind of a turnout but there weren’t even enough ribbons for all of the young kids.

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I loved that they had musicians on the inside of it. There were a couple guitars and a violinist as well. And it looks like there was a flute as well.

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This is the finished (potted at home) spoils of the day (minus the bubbles).

The boys obtained the lady bugs and shells and flowers etc. at different stations throughout the event. Trey loves having his own plant. Plus, who can’t help but feel chipper around such a happy blossom?

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Then we came back to “the park” for Trey’s T-Ball. It was extra special because it was the first time that daddy got to see him play. Usually his games are on Tuesday nights and Kevin has classes those nights. He also had a few extra fans in the crowd today because Aunt Vicki as well as Grandpa and Grandma came to watch him too.

He is quite the hitter. He has a pretty good batting average for his experience level. Granted he was hitting off of a tee in this picture but I was pitching for him a couple of weeks ago and he was able to make bat to ball contact quite a few times.

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Trey waits for his turn to run.

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With all that snow and wind we have been staying inside as much as possible. We did have to take a trip to return items at the library and we let the boys play while we were there, but other than that we have spent most of the weekend playing indoors, reading and watching movies.

dsc04452This afternoon we built a fort in the kitchen/livingroom. Then we grabbed a pile of books (and the boys grabbed their toys) and we all cuddled into the fort for some family reading time.

Since I have been able to start reading my own books again I spent a few hours last night reading The Creative Family.I had only skimmed through it before but I’ve spent more time actually reading it and have found myself re-inspired. This morning I gathered up another small box full of my children’s plastic toys and packed that up to go to cousin Levi’s. Now the only plastic toys that they have left are Mr. Potato head toys, Lego, a xylophone, a few sport items (a plastic bat and ball and a golf set) and the workbench and tools my parents bought them for Christmas.

I also put together a more extensive box of fabric. They had some large pieces they used as capes etc. but now they have all sort of scraps for playing with and touching. I imagine that Anna will enjoy this more as she learns to crawl and walk than my boys are but still. It’ll be there for whomever wants it.

It feels strangely therapeutic to get rid of plastic garbage. And now with our strict no more plastic crap entering our house rule we are well on our way to a healthier and more stimulating home.

My big projects for their playroom right now is trying to find wood crates or wicker baskets for their toys instead of plastic tubs. It has to be durable since they use the tubs as cars and stairs and castles and they must be able to handle that rough play. I am also looking to obtain some embroidery supplies second hand. I think the boys might like that as an activity.

I would also like to get them some more musical instruments. They only have kid versions right now. This won’t be a problem for us as my hubby and I are both very appreciative of music but we need to come up with some extra money for good quality pieces first. And space, as always, is an issue.

It’s nice to have projects and these will likely keep me busy as I try to thrift as much of these as possible.