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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......

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Yummy stuff

First things first (can you see my priorities here?)........let's talk truffles.:)

These lovely works of art were a gift from a sweet unschooling Mum named Mara at the NE unschooling conference. I think it pays to mention truffles in your blog bio and talk about chocolate when you speak publicly. Yes, it really pays.

We had a mini-truffle tasting party a few nights ago. Everyone declared these the best truffles ever. Especially the lemon-filled one which was a favorite of all the tasters. It was almost painful to cut these up, so beautiful they were. Thank you Mara!! If any of you are drooling about now, you can order your own lovely truffles from Knipschildt Chocolatier.

On Saturday we all (other than Jared) headed up to the Mountain Expo in Erwin. We tried our hand at archery, something I haven't done for a very long time. It's like riding a bike. I did fine and the kids found a new passion. Looks like we'll be getting some bows and arrows soon.

Jalen had an especially hard time giving the bow back. Luckily this was a small town event where taking turns was less important than sharing passions. They were really sweet about letting him stay as long as he wanted.

They both checked out the kayaks. Bleu and I have kayaked enough to know we didn't really feel like paddling a stinky pond that day. But we have kayaks on the list of things to buy. We adore how kayaks can get into areas that hikers or motor powered boats can't. They're especially great at getting close to wildlife with their quiet ability. We've always rented kayaks and been in love with kayaking for many years...it's time to do something about it.

Yet another passion awakened....Sierra rocked out the climbing wall (no pun intended..truly). Once again, the guys were really cool about letting her go until she was done. They kept encouraging her to try the next difficulty level until she got to the top of the most difficult wall. When she came down, the guy in charge came over excitedly and said "You have GOT to get her out on some rock!"

Well yeah...that was the plan for years (another thing we let go while living in Florida). Bleu and I did a lot of alpine climbing back in Oregon, but I was the only one interested in rock climbing. Babies and moves and lotsa stuff got in the way of exploring that interest though. The Mountain Expo helped us get back in touch with those passions and we're meeting a climber up at the rock wall tonight! Yippeee!

Another thing the kids love in summer-time is swimming of course. Their favorite public pool has a slide, so we bought summer memberships and we're heading back up today.

Swimming and rock climbing all in one day? Sounds like a recipe for F.U.N. And some tired peeps at the end of the day.;)


Blogger Snavleys said...

You weren't kidding when you were telling me about those truffles, those are definitely a work of art - they have to be delicious or that would be a shame! Your day at the mountain thingamajig looks like it was a lot of fun, and a public pool- that looks like heaven!! We still haven't gotten a warm day. It looks like we won't be having summer this year! I miss you guys so much!!!! SMOOCHES!!

1:12 AM  
Blogger laura said...

now i'm all sad we didn't go to the pool with you!! ah well, maybe next time!

9:25 AM  
Blogger LeaAnn said...

Looks like fun!!! We've been hanging at the UWF pool lately. Brandon is into the diving boards. So far he is only doing crazy gymnastics off of the low one but he thinks about it when he's standing on the high board, I can see it in his face. -sigh-

1:05 PM  

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