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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......

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sierra's slideshow

My girl just showed me this slideshow she sent all her friends at myspace. I just had to steal the code of course.:) If you need to shut off the sound, the little icon to the right of the star will do that for ya.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Post-party happiness

I only have a few pics of all the fun we had last weekend, but here it is anyway. On Sunday, we had a surprise birthday party for Laura at Austin's house (no pics of that!). She had no idea and was so overwhelmed it made her cry!! We ate so much good food, danced, drummed, talked and birthday-wished ourselves silly.

We had so much fun...Kelli and Alice's crew all came into town along with our local families to celebrate her special day. On Monday, the "Chocolates" (better known as the Traaseths) and Bowmans came over to our house to extend the fun. It was a gorgeous day so we just swirled in and out of the house, talking and eating and jumping and swinging....

Silas ran some static electricity experiments.

La and I getting in the required photos-we-take-of-ourselves.

Samuel, Kyra and Karina enjoy the swing up by the woods.

Everyone soaks up that lovely sunshine....

Sierra had been feeling cruddy since Sunday and missed a lot of the activities, but she wanted to see everyone so she laid on the couch and absorbed all the goings-on.

Our next-door neighbor friend Payton, brought over her teacup chihuahua puppies to show everyone.

Dang they're the cutest things ever!

Then it was time for goodbyes....the "Chocolates" headed back to Georgia and La's family went home for some much needed rest. By the time everyone left I could feel a heaviness in my chest (no, not that sad kind...the flu kind) and knew I was coming down with something nasty.

By late Monday night I was sick...still fighting it today and boy does it suck! I don't DO sick, don't these germs know? Apparently they didn't get the memo. My friends Echinacea, Goldenseal and Garlic are trying to get the message through.:)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Teen rebellion? What IS that?

Join me on Wednesday, March 25th from 1pm-3pm EST to talk about older children and teens and the transitions we experience as unschooling parents. The more people, the merrier! Let's talk about what unschooling looks like as children transition to adult life and issues that might arise (like how to cope with your child bending down to hug you...what is THAT all about?).

I hope you can join me for a lively and interesting discussion! Details here (including the password for the chat room) at Sandra's page.

Feel free to share this with lists you may be on...or your local friends...or your dog for that matter.

P.S. For anyone stopping by that might not know us, I am currently the unschooling parent of a 19y.o. who is living away from home, a 15 y.o., almost 12 y.o. and an 8y.o. and believe that "teen rebellion" is a bunch of baloney....haven't experienced it thus far.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Thank you for being a friend.....

I probably should have made this into a cool slide show like La would have....but I didn't.
If you want the best effect, scroll to the bottom and start the video and then look at the photos while listening to the song.:) Then just pretend it's a cool slide show thingy like La would have made.

Thank you to every person that is in these photos and many who are not, for being there during the good times and the not-so-good time, for loving me even when I'm not acting very loveable, for seeing through me and into me, for backing me up and helping me back down. You all mean the world to me....


When I die, let them judge me by my company of friends
Let them know me as the footprints that I left upon the sand
Let them laugh for all the laughter
Let them cry for laughter’s end
But when I die, let them judge me by my company of friends

When I die, let them toast to all the things that I believe
Let them raise a glass to consciousness
And not spill a drop for grief
Let the bubbles rise at midnight
Let their tongues get light as thieves
And when I die, let them toast to all the things that I believe

I believe in restless hunger
I believe in red balloons
I believe in private thunder
In the end I do believe

I believe in inspiration
I believe in lightning bugs
I believe in slow creation
In the end I do believe

I believe in ink on paper
I believe in lips on ears
I believe what's shared is savored
In the end I do believe

I believe in work on Sundays
I believe in raising barns
I believe in wasting Mondays
In the end I do believe

I believe in intuition
I believe in being wrong
I believe in contradiction
In the end I do believe

I believe in living smitten
I believe all hearts will mend
I believe our book is written
By our company of friends

Copyright 2007. Words and music by Danny Schmidt.