Friday, June 26, 2009

a long, wonderful week...

has it really been so long since i last updated my blog?? sheesh, time is flying like you wouldn't believe lately!! so anyway...

last thursday (the 18th) we were just hanging out at home, just minding our own business, when the electricity went out...AGAIN!! these storms are starting to be a pain in the ass!! have you seen all the downed trees???? i said to the kids, "let's get outta here!" and so we did. we went to the post office, taco bell, and the library. while at taco bell, i heard the strangest thing...morrissey! on taco bell's speakers!! freaky!

on friday morning, taylor came over to hang with us for the day. all the kids were still in bed so we talked for awhile on the porch while i tried to also do some cool puzzles from a book i got at the library. finally, i had to get the kids up to get ready so we could head to princeton arts center for our sweet friend iris' graduation from babysitting camp! it was just a small gathering, but iris really wanted sadie to be there! afterwards, we went to dairy queen where i consumed more ice cream than should be legal...i had my big ol' dipped cone and then i finished off audrey's cone AND sadie's blizzard!!! iris came home with us to hang out for awhile before we had to give her back. the girls decided they wanted to splatter paint, so they went outside and painted and listened to music. at some point they thought painting rocks for the driveway would be cool too, then they took to just throwing paint directly ON the driveway. THEN, they figured out that grass could also be painted...that's when the real fun began! all this while i worked on was sunny enough that i was actually able to get 4 out of 6 loads of laundry dried on the clothesline!! yeah, that's a lot of laundry, normally i only have 4 loads, but it being so nice out i decided to also do a comforter and all the sheets!!!

saturday was a DO NOTHING DAY!! which actually just means that we didn't go anywhere or have anyone over! what i DID do was finally sucker my tomatoes, mulch the tomatoes and cucumbers, and made granola, then i watched star trek...all this while the kids were still in bed. then later i went and worked on a new painting!! samuel took these:

sunday was father's day so we went to my parents' house to hang out with family for awhile. scotty had to work...yes even on father's day!! we are so lucky to have such a super daddy who does so much to provide for us!! then we went to ren's house for a little solstice celebration and even though scotty was home in time to go to this, he was just toooo tired and so decided to stay home (he did work 18 hours on saturday after all!). we ate lots of good food and hung out with our friends enjoying a beautiful day inside the house and out (where i was chased by a wasp!!) as it got darker, a fire was built and marshmallows were roasted! what a great way to "officially" start summer!! i can't believe i took NO pictures!!!

monday morning i woke to the sound of talking and laughing coming up through the bathroom floor. it just made me smile. my boys had apparently not been to bed yet and were in their room having fun together. turns out they were cleaning their room and making videos, then they cleaned out the guinea pig cage!! i never even asked them to do any of this. i know they wanted things nice for when duncan came, but i hadn't expected this!

i got a little bit more done on my painting... and worked i tiny bit on another project too...
this is the original drawing for that painting. it is something i worked up for my friend susan back in february (i think) for a calendar she is working on...
tuesday morning i worked in the garden a little and got some papers ready to mail for NBTSC. i picked some cilantro and my first small batch of green beans. i planted 6 times more cilantro and 2 times more beans than last year. i'm so glad i did, really looking forward to having more of each!
then i got the kids up and we headed to asheville to meet with kelly, kelli, and alice (and their kiddos of course!). scotty came with us too!!! we were meeting to pick up duncan to stay with us while ben and kelly are on the blue ridge parkway this week. after hanging out at earth fare for awhile, we headed to the asheville arboretum, they have an amazing bonsai garden there!! but it was pretty hot and the kids were melting down (what few we still had with 3 plus rachel and jake had already left to go home with the traaseths) so we headed back to alice's house for a cook out, great conversation, and playing bananagrams. then it was back to jc where i immediately headed upstairs to lay in bed and read (i always say i'm not going to sleep, i'm just going to read and then i fall now when i say i'm going up to read the kids say "oh you mean you're going to sleep, good night"). scotty came up and we talked awhile before we both fell was a long, wonderful day!! and again, i did not get very many pictures...just the ride there!!

i had taken a self-portrait and it was very boring, i turned around and something sadie was doing made me laugh so i quickly snapped another one and it was much better, more real!

wednesday, i had the pleasure of a long morning walk with my friend deanna! when we got back, scotty went for a bike ride. after the kids got up, i made salsa...i had to wait because the vita-mix is so noisy!! i used cilantro from the garden...yummmmy!!! it was one of those do nothing days again so we could recover from the previous day. the kids had a lot of fun playing games since duncan brought his xbox 360 with him!!

thursday i had planned on having another walk so i could get back into the habit, but i decided to work on my new art blog instead. i moved it from blogdrive to ads, unlimited pictures!! taylor and karina came over to spend the day with us and we were all talking and laughing on the porch and woke up duncan. so we all came in and woke everyone else up too!! while all the kids hung out, i played around on the computer and then made some food to have ready to take for our imagination tribe gathering later.

i tried to capture some of the laughter and conversation but, wouldn't you know, as soon as i got out the camera...silence!!!

then sadie let me play with face paints on her...she was wonderfully patient!! she liked it so much she decided to keep it on for the rest of the day! silas took this first picture...

like that cool hat?? the gavins brought it over for him!!

finally, we headed to susan's place for the IT gathering...we had a blast making art, eating food, and talking. the kids had fun running all over the yard and meeting a couple of new friends!! oh, on the way there, karina got a message from 2 different friends telling her that michael jackson had died!! too sad!! so that was talked about quite a and susan even sang "i'll be there"...but couldn't remember all the words. and it seems i have become too lazy to keep up with my camera when we go anywhere so, again, there are no pix!!

early this morning, scotty and i took a really nice walk around the neighborhood...while all the kids were still in bed!! the rest of today looks like this...a little bit of garden work, laundry, and making food for the camp out on the river tomorrow for NESTA FEST!!


Friday, June 19, 2009

calvin & hobbes and unschooling

for anyone who has ever asked these questions: what IS unschooling, really? but if you don't MAKE them learn, how will they? do you unschool in the summer?? or said things like: kids can't learn without structure or curriculum. if you don't make them read every day, they won't learn to read by the right age!! i don't see how following their interests can lead to learning all the right subjects!!

to which i give you...calvin & hobbes...


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

life, life, and life

so, last i left off we had been tilling. you might be wondering "what for?" well, i decided a few weeks ago that instead of saying "one day, when we have our own land, i'd really like to have a u-pick fruit farm" i should go ahead and use what land we do have in our backyard to start learning how to do it NOW. so we've got it started, several watermelon plants already in that i transplanted out of my sfg so they might actually thrive this year. going to plant more seeds tomorrow if there isn't another downpour.

we went to ren's house last wednesday to just hang out for awhile, eat, and catch up, something we haven't done in what feels like ages!! we picked up ice cream on the way home and got there in time to watch so you think you can dance. days don't get too much better than that...or do they?

thursday we went to the library and met up with jess, tyler, and aleah to watch a very cool shadow puppet show by hobey ford. the boys weren't interested so they hung out in the library while we went into the activity room for the show.
afterwards, we went to jess' house to hang out, eat, and catch up (seems like a theme lately). samuel and tyler worked on a cybug creature together while jess showed me her new landscaping and sfg space which is totally cool! sadie and silas played with aleah and had a mini-concert with the keyboard which made me and jess twitch a bit as we've both heard the demo songs more times than we'd like to count. we headed home only to find it dark when we got there. the electricity was out due to the storm that had been going on and off all day. i said to the kids, "well, we'd better eat this ice cream before it melts!!" no arguments there, so we sat on the porch where there was more light than in the house and ate ice cream and talked. suddenly the lights came on and we went in to escape the skeeters and watch the elimination episode of SYTYCD. we only missed 20 minutes of it!!

on friday, i "finished" the pastel/painting i'd been working on and hung it up... just in time for the traaseth's arrival!! lots of hugs and kisses later, we headed to the gavin's house to ride together to downtown jonesborough for music on the square where we met up with the allens, wechgelaers, and chittums. we hung out on "the blanket" and were a little too loud for the people around us (sorry!!).

then it was back to our house for a little pizza and conversation...

we had a huge 2 night sleepover and general beautifulness with friends...

on sunday, abbi did a little make up...

these kids are all just so great together! scotty said to me "they have no personal space" and i said "yeah, but in a good way!" and that was exactly how he meant it!! it is sooo cool to see them just BE with each other. they sit practically on top of each other and hug all the time.

after everyone went home on sunday, i decompressed a little by reading and falling asleep for about 15 minutes when scotty got home and we decided to get a movie. we watched he's just not that into you which was a pretty decent movie, i guess.

on monday, i FINALLY sent in the "grades" for homeschooling and re-enrolled the kids for the next year. that is always so much less work than i imagine it will be and i end up wondering "why did i put that off until the last possible second??" then i worked in the garden!! i added peat moss to my little hills and transplanted the watermelon plants to what we refer to as "the back 40." then i picked what is probably the last of the early summer spinach and lettuce. these bowls are much larger than they look in this, yeah, LOTS of green yummies!!

we got a couple more movies and i fell asleep watching gran torino so i finished watching it on tuesday afternoon (it is an excellent movie, btw). then deanna came by and picked up sadie so she could hang out with them for awhile. scotty and i took the tiller back to ren and bleu, picked up 2 straw bales at lowe's, returned a defective bike pump to wal-mart, stopped at auto zone to get a new vacuum valve for the jeep, put it on and then headed home to get ready to go to deanna's house for supper. we enjoyed a long evening of good food and friends (but not necessarily in that order!), came home and i went straight to bed!!

this morning is all about rain and more rain. so i paid some bills online, played on facebook (aka facesuck), and finally decided i should do a blog post. voila!!!

we'll probably watch star trek: enterprise later when the kids are up and then i will work on some illustrations i started for ren's book...yep, i finally started on them!!