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BanangramTime

Broc spent a few days in Austin visiting Drew, Tyler and Lindsay and played a bit of our new favorite game, Bananagrams. Here's a quick look at their fun!

Christmas Clutter..Be Gone!

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Okay, I love everything that this recent holiday brings. The tree, the smells, the joy, the food, the excitement, all the lights and decorations, the secret presents, the last minute shopping, spending time with family and friends. Love it, love it, love it. This year we managed a bit of traveling, celebrating the solstice, a house concert with one of my favorite musicians, hanging out with unschooling friends, and a truly fun Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. However, on December 27th, I'm all ready to move on.



Brenna headed out to visit her boyfriend, Jason, and meet his family for a couple of days, Broc left for Austin to visit his kids for a few days, Logan was sleeping after being up skyping with some of his unschooling friends most of the night so I spent the day getting the house out of holiday mode and did a bit of low cost redecorating (total cost...$12.38...I should so be on one of the HGTV shows) Here's the living room....mostly rearranged but I also added a cou…

And To All A Good Night....

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Brenna and Logan in their new Christmas Pajamas on Christmas Eve.

Wishing you all peace and joy with your families and friends during this magical season

Before and After

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Logan wanted to get his hair cut this week. It's been about.......It's been awhile since he cut it. We called Hair Peace, a salon recommended by our unschooling friend, Mindy, who used to get the most awesome haircuts there for her and her kids before she moved to Georgia.

I called this morning and they had an opening for 6:30 tonight so Brenna, Logan and I drove downtown. Here's the before and after. He's very happy with it and didn't even mind that I took a couple of pictures.

Okay, about 20 pictures! Here's a couple that he didn't mind if I shared.


He still had a bit of blond left from when Holly Dodd bleached it right before the 2007 Live and Learn Conference
I think he looks taller and older with the new look

A Good Life

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Mid-December and I'm enjoying just being close to home and treasuring the presence of our family together. As I write, our dog, Bubbles, is softly snoring by my feet on the couch. Brenna is curled up on another couch reading "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" with her cat, Tessie under a blanket beside her. The Christmas tree lights are doing their slow dance of colors and I can hear the sound of a computer game from down the hall in Logan's room. Broc has been home for a few days and left earlier for an overnight business trip. He'll be home tomorrow and then off work for a week during the Christmas holiday.

We all had dinner together and while it was cooking, Logan and I played a round of Bananagrams. If you haven't played this game, rush right out and get it. So fun for even just one person or a large group. It's a nice game to leave laying out on the dining room table for a quick round here and there.

I made a wreath today from some of the pine branches f…

He's So Young!

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Broc wanted to wait and celebrate his December 3 birthday when Brenna got home for her Christmas break from college so we had a small family party on Saturday night with everyone but Chelsea who was still finishing up her college finals.

Here are a few pictures of the night as we celebrated with my quite young , handsome and cool husband who still 40 something!





Broc and Brenna

My mom, Nita, and Broc

Logan and his dad, Mark

He loves us, though!!

My niece, Cailin, and Logan

Tami and Joe___________________________________

Thankful For Friends

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The day after Thanksgiving, we drove up to Atlanta to meet up with some of our favorite people in the whole world. We gathered at the Italian restaurant Barando and then enjoyed Mannheim Steamroller in concert at the beautiful Fox Theatre.





Some of us were able to hang out for the whole weekend thanks to the hospitality of the Traaseth and Stonebreaker families so in typical unschooler style, we did what we do best....Play!!!








Apples to Apples and Bananagrams were the weekend board games of choice. Kyra did her body drawing magic with Sharpies while Cameron shared his mad henna tattoo skills.


















Some Rock Banders






























Abbi and Clint


We are truly so thankful for our friends and so look forward to these magical times. As we made the trip home, we were already talking about our next gathering in December.


Thankful for Family

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Brenna surprised me by coming home on Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I expected her on Thursday but she finished up her classes early and walked in carrying pizza for dinner. I was just so happy to see her. I had just learned to knit so showed her what I knew so far...(which is not much!) I did just finish my first scarf, though, so I guess I'm in crafting mode for our cold Florida winter season which lasts about three weeks.


This year, we celebrated Thanksgiving at my sister's house. Tami always has the most delicious feast and this year was no exception. Best of all, my mom was there and Brenna and Chelsea were home from college. So here are some of the posed pictures of our family. I'm so thankful that we live close enough to celebrate holidays with them.
Tami and Chelsea
Mark and Mom
Cailin and Logan
Chelsea and Brenna

Broc and JoeBrenna and Gail

And this was only Thursday....Then we headed up to Atlanta to do more celebrating with some of our unschooling friends. Mo…

Cozy Cold Florida Evening

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We're in the midst of a cold spell for Florida with night time temperatures actually in the 30's! Very cold for us for November so we've had a fire the past couple of nights. I love the glow from the candles and the fire and the animals curled up beside us to stay warm.
Broc and I spent the afternoon at the Wild Ginger Pottery Studio which is our home away from home these days. We've been working on some Christmas presents and this is a mug Broc is making for a very special someone in the family. We stayed till closing time and he brought this home to finish up the handle.

Logan has been quite busy playing World of Warcraft since the expansion came out recently. Nothing like being all settled in his gaming chair with a cup of hot chocolate from mom (Thanks Logan for letting me take your picture for my blogging fun!)

Speaking of blogging fun...Here I am with two of our three animals and my new Birthday Present from Broc! A laptop which I absolutely love. I really do…

Cosmic Bowling with RCU

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We met up with some of the families from our local unschooling group, The River City Unschoolers, on Friday night for Cosmic Bowling. Lots of fun getting to know each other a bit better on a cold Florida night.

Maria and Carolyn
Almaas
Matthew

Gail
Keti, Carolyn and Gail
Logan, Adil and most of Isabella
David, Keti and Isabella
Logan and Trevor with Juzer in the background

It's been so fun getting to know some other radical unschooling families that actually live close by! We don't mind traveling to be with our unschooling friends but knowing some in our own neighborhood really is a nice bonus!

ARGH! Unschooling Gathering in Tennessee

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I took this on an early morning walk right outside our cabin!

Pictures just can't begun to do justice to the beautiful fall foliage and amazing mountain views when we headed up to Tennessee to meet up with some other unschooling families for a few days.
Here Broc and I are up on top of Roan Mountain. We hiked on a part of the Appalachian Trail and behind us is Tennesse but we are gazing out over the mountains in North Carolina. We were only there a couple of days but hiked to the top of this trail twice.


Ren organized the gathering and here she is working on one of the art projects
More fall leaves. I just couldn't take enough pictures but none of them really captured the depth and beauty of all the colors.
Some of the teens playing a bit of Guitar HeroWe don't have many chances to take pictures of ice by the road in Florida (Ice and a Cute Guy!)
Fairy Godmother Kelly and Isabella
A few of the teens hanging out on one of the porches.
We celebrated Dia De Los Muertos...Here'…