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Learning in Freedom

Welcome to Learning in Freedom, a blog all about the learning adventures (and mishaps) of the Allen family. My four children are unschooled, following their interests and passions every day and living the lives of their choosing. The purpose of this blog is to share our every day lives (and my not-so-humble opinons) with anyone interested in stopping by. We hope this will give a glimpse of how natural learning unfolds from day to day......

Saturday, January 14, 2006


We awoke to white ground and small flakes blowing about. It didn't matter that there was only two inches (if that), it didn't matter that dirt and weeds were poking through the thin blanket of snow....all that mattered is it SNOWED! Sierra was the first to test out a sled this morning.
I was teasing her and saying "it will be fun to watch you just sitting on that sled" thinking it couldn't possibly slide very well. Next thing I know, she's flying past the window, whooping it up!

She ran inside elated and found Jared getting ready. Jalen heard the commotion and woke up, grinning when he saw white outside. They've been in and out of the house all day. Sledding, building a snow man and having some snow/mud fights.

Markus and I ran some errands and left Jared in charge while Trevor slept. We came home to them flinging snow at each other in the front yard, attacking the van with snowballs as we pulled in with groceries. All of their faces were beet red with huge smiles. They helped with the groceries, warmed up and headed back out. I think the only time they came in while we were gone was to eat some Cream of Wheat that Jared cooked. Jalen gave up a few minutes ago and came in to watch television.

"You like that snow, don't you?" I asked as we pulled off wet shoes and socks (for what seemed like the tenth time). "Yeeeaaaaah" he says slowly with a smile. From beach to mountains, what a change. I think I'm the only one missing the beach right now. If only I could have both within a close proximity!

We finished off the outdoor time with snow ice cream...the kids thought it was awesome and kept sending me out for more clean snow. Too fun!

Snow Ice Cream:

Fresh, clean snow (of course!)
vanilla (or experiment with other extracts)
1/2 and 1/2

Mix to taste and enjoy!! Yum.....


Blogger katie said...

i really enjoy reading your blog. i'm glad you added new flickr pictures - it helps to place faces with names. i bought the cd for your "mindful parenting" talk with sandra dodd. i cried, my husband had light-bulb moments. thanks for that.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

hi~ just passed through came acrossed your blog and found it interesting....hope you don't mind if I come back by.

2:59 PM  
Blogger Ren said...

Thanks for the comments! Glad the CD helped in some way...that always warms my heart.:) Come back anytime.

Ren Allen

5:52 PM  

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