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A New Season.....

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December is only a few hours away and with it comes one of my favorite times of year. Our traditions and seasonal celebrations create a lovely flow of life that I treasure.
This is the first Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday,since I was in my early twenties, that I've celebrated while living somewhere that has four distinct seasons. And that was quite some time ago! :-)
Today, as I took our dog, Bubbles, out for a walk I realized that I love the colder weather. I have lived for more than 25 years in the warmer climates of Austin, Texas, and Jacksonville, Florida, and have loved the warm winters. Today though, as I walked around the lake close to our house, I was reminded of those brisk Northern New Mexico frosty winter mornings. There was a feel and smell to the air that was comforting and filled with memories. I have a reason to make hot tea in the middle of the day here and curl up on the couch with the animals snuggled in beside me.
It felt like Christmas today as I decorated th…

New Chapter.

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So last time I was here, we were at The Lovejoys heading to the Northeast Unschooling Conference in Boston. I took a lot of pictures and had the best of blogging intentions but got swept up in one of those "Finish Your Own Adventure" stories. Here we are driving, driving, driving all the way to Boston....and back again.
It has been a roller coaster ride....mostly those great uphill climbs with time to enjoy the view with a few bottom-dropping out-from-under-you moments thrown in to make sure I was paying attention.
NEUC was so fun as we reconnected with old friends and met some new unschooling families. Here are Brenna and Jeff Sabo at dinner one evening :-)
After NEUC, instead of going all the way home to Florida, we headed to Asheville for a month to see about the possibilities of moving there. Our family had almost moved to Asheville about eight years ago so we were already a little familiar with the area and have good friends that live there.

We stayed in this cute cot…

South Carolina.......heading North

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We left Florida yesterday with 3 packed cars headed North.....First stop, the Lovejoy family in Columbia, South Carolina. We feel like family here and had a lovely day visiting with Ben and Kelly. Duncan and Cameron are already up in the Northeast and we'll see them in Boston. We all enjoyed relaxing a bit before we begin our very long drive north tomorrow to attend the Northeast Unschooling Conference. Broc won't be joining us this trip but will be doing some work in the Carolinas while we go play with some of our unschooling friends and enjoy a bit of conference magic.
Aren't these the prettiest eggs? They are from Kelly's chickens and are all shapes and sizes. She has a chicken house that I wouldn't mind living in! We'll be back here in about a week and then will be traveling to Asheville, North Carolina to stay for an entire month.
I usually wait to post pictures of a conference when it's over and then have so much to saw that I end up not posting at…

A Timely Guest Post from Mr. Jeff Sabo.

As many of you know, our family is in a bit of a transition stage right now. We are considering a move to Asheville, North Carolina from our home in Florida where we have lived for the past 13 years. We have rented out our Florida house to a young family for 5 weeks and we will be staying in Asheville until October. Our hope is that this will help us in making a decision we are all comfortable with about moving.....or not moving.
I asked unschooling dad, writer and friend, Jeff Sabo, to do a guest post for my blog a while back and today while I was sitting at the pharmacy waiting on a prescription to be filled and reading my e-mails on my phone, the following post appeared. By the time I was half-way through reading it, the tears were flowing.
Thank you, Mr. Sabo. This is exactly what I needed to hear.

Yesterday afternoon, I took - and remarkably passed - the Oregon State Driver's License Examination. In five to seven business days, I will have an official license from my seve…

I Should Have Just Put You in School!!

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This was last week, when Logan, Trevor and my niece, Cailin, returned from a successful dumpster diving evening where they scored a security camera system, computer monitor and various other electronic devices. They were quite thrilled with their whole adventure.
And this was a couple of days, ago when Brenna and Blake were here. He flew in from California and spent a couple of days before they all left to go to the East Tennessee Unschoolers Summer Camp. Brenna is a counselor, Blake is the EMT guy and Logan is one of the campers. Brenna and Logan will be gone about 10 days and I am so thrilled as I imagine all the wonderful connections and adventures they are having.
I love having a houseful of kids and for the next week it is going to be WAY TOO QUIET!! :-) Broc and I made a great effort this weekend.....went to the movies and to the beach and we really do like each other. But, we really do miss them when they're gone.
Our unschooling lives have helped us all to make friends wi…

Grandma comes To Visit

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The kids are leaving for the East Tennessee Unschoolers Camp tomorrow so we invited Grandma over for dinner to visit and meet Brenna's friend, Blake, who is visiting from the West Coast. Dinner was my mom's favorite Lasagna with Apple Pie for dessert. This was her first time over since she broke her hip in April. She is doing so well and walking with a cane (and even without the cane)
Mom with two of her favorite guys.

She is one cool mom.

One of Those Days.....

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A couple of days ago, I came upon this rainbow when I walked outside. Rainbows are a rare sight here in Northeast Florida compared to where I grew up in New Mexico. That rainbow was just a perfect representation of the day. Hopeful and sparkly with sprinkles on top.
I couldn't find any photos that to represent today. Except the one of the praying mantis eating a hummingbird but that was a little too much! Sometimes, even the Hummingbird Haven Blogger has a bad day. A really horrible bad not so good day for no apparent reason to anyone else. And I don't want to hear how it's going to be better and the sun is going to come out tomorrow. I had a bad day. And that's all there is to it.
Sometimes, when my kids have had a bad day, I so much want to fix it for them. Make it all better. One thing I've learned these past few years is that it's okay to just say, "I'm sorry that you're having a bad day." And a hug can help.
You don't need t…

What's Up with Us

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A photo blog of some happenings from this week.... ...........Logan says that I must say that some photos were fake.I prefer to use the term, "Thoughtfully posed" :-)

This was a for real photo of Brenna with her cute new do.....
And Broc worked his butt off all today in his office, but I captured this one last night ..He has been burning the candle at both ends...He really was asleep but the flash woke him up. Sorry dear.
Logan and Trevor lifting some of my new weights .... I'm thinking if I leave them in the middle of the living room, I'll be inspired.......


Brenna has been a wild crazy potter lately. She's run out of room for all her new pieces in her studio and we made some space in what used to be the dining/music/game/almost yoga studio room....
And that's 3 blog posts in one month, baby :-) I am on a roll.


I am That Mom....

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I actually dusted off my blog yesterday with plans to write and right on cue came an impromptu blog festival which was enough encouragement for me to join in.....Thanks to Flo for starting this and giving me a writing prompt and for all the enjoyment reading the multitude of other posts about.....
I AM THAT MOM...

I am That Mom
that would rather we spend time with just our family than being around people who are not very nice to their kids. I am also one of many unschooling moms with a bumper sticker that says "World Peace Begins at Home...Be Nicer to Your Kids. "

I am That mom
that wakes up hearing her son playing his guitar quietly in his room at 4:00 a.m and thinks..".How cool that he has learned to play from all these nights where no one is telling him to go to bed earlier."

I am That mom
who will always make sure her kids have their own room to come home to. Always. And they can leave and return as many times as they want. We live in Our home.
I am That mom
that h…

I have a blog???

Amazing. My blog is still here even though I obviously have not been. Mid-summer and so many changes in the air for friends as well as our family.
I've written a whole slew of posts in my head but have been distracted by things like travel and Facebook :-) and ......well I'm not sure. Maybe writers block. That's always a good excuse. I'll stick with that.
Also, so many unschoolers are writing articles and blogging that I don't feel at all guilty for taking an extended break. Facebook has been an amazing resource for keeping us all connected through updates and blogposts and photos.
I've recently re-connected with some old friends mostly far away and from very long ago. It's been lovely and has tugged at my heart a bit. I'm amazed to see how many people still stop by and read here, even though I haven't been posting. There are people from England and Toronto and Memphis in the last few days. It is such a small big world.
So....I seem to hav…

Remembering My Bro :)

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I think about my brother, Don, most every day even six years after his death.  Last year, I wrote a post about him and today on his death day, I wanted to share a couple of photos of him with his nephew, Logan, and niece, Brenna, when they were young.

 Don was a patient, gentle, inspiring, loving dad, son, brother and friend and he was also crazy Uncle Don to my two kids.

And a couple more from the Way Way Back Machine  :)


I watched out for him when we were young and in spite of that he managed to get into all sorts of mischief.  Once, when my mom was very pregnant with our little sister, he climbed on top of the roof and stood at the edge shouting "One, Two, Three, Jump! "  He had a little Shetland pony named Solo who was mean as could be but Donnie loved that little guy even though he would run him into barbed wire fences or bite his butt when he was getting on him. He broke his leg on a glider and rolled a pick-up truck years before he was old enough to have a license and…

Unschooling Travels and Adventures....

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Our family just returned from the Unschoolers Winter Waterpark Gathering (UWWG) in Sandusky, Ohio and it was worth every mile of that 30 plus hour drive to get there and back.
We traveled north with our friends, The Lovejoys, staying at a hotel in Virgina on the way up.

One of the many cool things about having older kids is their ability and willingness to help drive.
Brenna, Cameron, Logan and Duncan drove one car which allowed Broc and me to ride with Ben and Kelly. As is usually the case when our families travel somewhere together, there were quite a few shenanigans going on . This time, we were traveling in snow, so every stop seemed to turn into a snowball fight or two.

Here's a shot of Brenna and Cameron in the first night's hotel.


Once we arrived, we settled in to our lovely suite at the Kalahari Resort that our two families shared with The Endres family from Illinois. The week seemed to just fly by as it always does at these unschooling conferences. One of the highlight…

January Thoughts....

Sometimes I don't write because I don't have a picture. I know that may seem weird but I feel this need to add something visual besides my words when I blog. Tonight, I have no pictures so I'll try and paint one.................

We have this absolutely lovely fireplace in our Florida home. It covers an entire wall with multi-colored stones with a dark wooden mantel. In the last two years, we've had trouble with smoke getting into the house when we lit a fire. In fact, the last time we built a fire right before Christmas, the entire house filled up with smoke and it set off the fire alarms. And yes, we did have the flue open :-)

I've lived in Florida for over 13 years now and we are in the midst of the coldest and longest spell of winter weather I've ever seen here. All you northerners would probably laugh at what we consider cold but it is unusual to have a couple of weeks of temperatures below freezing here. We're all cold (especially our bus peopl…

New Year Happenings

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Friends and Family........
...Brenna, Chelsea, Cailin, Logan, Garrett and Lane....



It's been the best two days of the year so far.....Our New Year Eve was spent with our friends, Shannon, Jack, Lane and Garrett, who live by us in their bus....We played some games, made some Champagne Margarita's and decided we like them best without the Champagne, and toasted the arrival of 2010 with some sparklers. Most of the teens stayed up all night and were still awake when I woke up on New Year's Day.

Brenna and Jack (who is 6) went on a date to see the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie and last night, Cameron Lovejoy came by to visit on his way back from a Phish concert in Miami. He and Brenna spent some time working on the Autodidact Symposium that Cameron is putting on in March in Columbia, South Carolina.


Broc volunteered to pick up some groceries for dinner and came home with a recipe for Piquillo-Potato soup which he made for us...with some fres…