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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......

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Catching up

Wow, I haven't blogged in so looooongg....I feel like something's missing lately without my blogging time.:) Hope everyone had a marvelous Christmas/Yule/New Year/Whatever-you-celebrate season.

Things were (as usual) close to home and simple, but very fun and sparkly at the same time. There aren't as many gifts to unwrap anymore, because most of the family sends the kids money now (life changes have made this easier) but the kids were thrilled with everything they got (and of course they love the money too). Sierra has been crooning into her Karaoke machine again tonight, Trevor happily teases us about our small computer screen now that he had a new computer and monitor (19" flatscreen, darn him), Jared can't decide whether to play on his new Xbox 360 or be on my computer playing World of Warcraft (he and Sierra got their own account finally!) and Jalen has been busily building and destroying cities and tracks on his new train track table.

Oh, and there was the Christmas kittie. Bella is still here and seems to have decided she's staying, we've been adopted I guess.

Working 30 hours again has been a lot less stressful this time around. I love, love, love working for MAC and am acting as Product Specialist currently (must turn in a big project to make it official) which is a fabulous challenge and exactly what I love doing (training people and sharing product knowledge). We're actually going to have medical insurance again, since 30 hours is considered full-time. I feel a bit ambiguous about the whole insurance thing, it's such a scam. At the same time I don't like having no protection in such a jacked up system. sigh.

Markus is staying busy, and thankfully can do a large majority of his work right here at home. I have a great feeling about this coming year!

We ushered in the New Year by singing Trevor Happy Birthday (like we do each New Year!), my tall, lanky first-born is now 17. I can hardly believe it. He's such a neat guy too.

Sierra and I went downtown for "First Friday" a couple nights ago. Found several friends and after picking up a handthrown mug for her, we met a group at Acoustic Coffehouse for more talking, drinking and eating. A guy I'd met down there previously showed up. He splits his time between here and the Peruvian jungles, bringing back handcrafted items by the tribal people to sell. Sierra made her own purchase of a handwoven bag, all of the embroidery on it was made from cotton they grow, dye and weave in Peru. She was tickled. My girl loves to hang out with me and my adult friends...they all think she's such a neat kid (and they're right). It was so cool watching her asking this guy (don't even know his name) about all the items and how they were made. On the way home she asked where Peru is. After a brief explanation she says "well I want to go there!!"

Peruvian dude takes very small groups into the jungle occasionally. We may have to join him sometime.)


Blogger kelli said...

Aww, man. The kiddos are getting so big!

I can't believe Trevor is 17. Happy late Birthday Trevor!

miss you guys,,

oh,, and we've had a blast playing WoW with Sierra! :D

9:26 AM  
Blogger the Goddess diana said...

aaaahhhhh, I got my Ren fix!!
Happy Mother's Day to you dear friend! Whodathunk *this* is where you'd be after 17 years of motherhood? Exactly where you need to be!!
ABUNDANT Joy on the menu this year, I've placed my order ;)

Kelli doesn't want to move to Corvalis with us, something about wanting us all to move closer to you... ponder that and explore the possibilities!

5:16 PM  
Blogger kelli said...


I said I'm torn between the 2 coasts.

Really Mary! :D

8:24 AM  
Blogger Louise said...

Hello and Happy New Year.
I have you tagged you from my blog (www.starchildsearching.blogspot.com) to do the 6 weird things about me meme. Hope you want to play ;o)

5:07 PM  
Blogger zenmomma said...

You’ve been tagged. I like knowing what makes my friends weird. Check out my blog for details. http://zenmommasgarden.blogspot.com/

10:17 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I guess I'm double tagging you! You must be really weird...hehe

2:47 PM  

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