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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......

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Stargirl!

Sierra Star Allen (aka; Stargirl or Starchild) turned 11 years old today. I've learned a lot from her in those 11 years....she's exceptionally good at helping me remember the little girl I once was and still am in many ways.:)

Her first request today was for a hairstyle from moi.....

she looks so grown up.

But she's a properly irreverant 11 year old, for whom pretty hair styles are less important than having fun, being silly and playing hard. So the pretty hair didn't last long...

Bleu started burning a HUGE brush pile at about 10am. It was perfect for marshmallow roasting and experiments with melting candy, marshmallows and almost some plastic (step away from the plastic La...and quit encouraging her Jess!! Bad, bad environmentalists)

My favorite fire image was a stream of marshmallow goo sliding down the hot dome like lava.

We had "hot-n-ready" pizza.

And a Nerd moment on the trampoline...
Yes, they were literally bouncing and searching for loose candy here, even after hearing about the dishsoap that Jalen and Sierra had all over the trampoline last week.


The Mums........

The improv..

Sweet, friend love.

Silas's version of American Gothic....doesn't he do it well?

Pure joy. Aleah and Tyler made this beautiful Pinata with their Mum....it was almost heartbreaking to watch such a work of art get smashed!

But smashed it got.
No blindfolds here...they just wanted to smash away!

Happy, happy 11th Birthday sweet stargirl. It was a beautiful day and you are a beautiful person.

You and your friends make me smile....

The day just wouldn't be complete without Jalens favorite way of celebrating with cake.

Remember HIS birthday?

He took it to a whole new level this time. Creating a pink mush out of the white cake layered with strawberry filling. Yum again...

I think I'll pass on the cake this time.


Blogger Sandy said...

Oh my gosh, Ren, your children have grown so much! Sierra is absolutely beautiful, but so is her mother so no big surprise there. :-) Jalen has shot up a lot too!

Take Care~Sandy

7:20 AM  
Anonymous Linda said...

That is an excellent pinata!

10:56 AM  
Blogger Snavleys said...

And, once again, I was not there to celebrate, which today is making me cry.......literally! I am WAY over-due for a visit! Tell Sierra I will call her today, as I spaced it out yesterday. And her card will be a little late, as always! Happy Birthday Star Girl!!

1:07 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Happy birthday from the Pacific Northwet!

1:46 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Oh, I am so glad that you are posting loads of pictures again. I can't believe how grown up and beautiful Sierra is. My little baby girl will be 11 in a few weeks. Amazing.

3:51 PM  
Blogger laura said...

love all the pix!!! i'm so glad we got to spend the day together and that it was beautiful outside too =)!!!

see ya'll soon!

1:05 PM  

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