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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......

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Nesta Fest and other such fun...

Have I mentioned we've been busy? Summer is full of activity and work, it seems everything is on steroids this time of year!

One day Sierra decided to haul out some of the contractor plastic I use to kill off weeds for new garden areas. We cleaned it and turned it back into the "slip and slide" we originally purchased it for. Lots of good water fun that day.

After you get wet and use up lots of energy playing, baking cookies is necessary. Didn't you know that? We used the handmade butter and buttermilk from the farm we visit occasionally. SO yummy.

In June we went camping for "Nesta Fest", a yearly birthday event for our friend Nesta, down in the Nolichucky River Gorge...one of the most amazing places on earth.

The noodle wars, which went badly a couple times. But overall were only a semi-painful battle.

Jalen with a friend and his new pet slug "Jeffrey" in the tipi.

We take up a section at the campground, filled with tents and friends and fires and lots and lots of laughter and talk.

Rob has got this whole river relaxin' thing figured out!

Building castles and dreams....

Just chillaxin! It's so beautiful and serene, time seems to stand still for us.

Birthday cake!

A man and his rock; I think he's fishing for something other than fish.

This one was definitely fishing for fish, but he let's them all go after observation.

Me and my buddy La taking in the sun....I'm nearly blind here as the river ate my sunglasses!

Barb even stopped by for a little bit, in between running kids to places and packing for a trip (did I mention she's crazy??) :)

Jalen hanging out by our little campsite. No, we didn't sleep in the tipi, that's our tent to the left. We really need more than a two-person mountain tent though. Soon, soon.

In the morning, before our friends are awake and other friends arrive for the birthday, the kids and I snuck down to the misty river. I feel more whole, more awake, more content there and I realized I need to visit the river often. So we do now. Every Monday at the least....working on getting a kayak next.

Then there was the visit from the Lovejoys and an afternoon spent at Boone Dam Lake. We stole Sadie away and took her home with us. They spent lots of time jumping off the concrete wall with the sign that says "keep off wall".

They jumped off the divider too....

...and made lots of cool designs with string, fingers and even faces.

Back at home...

...where the garden grows,

and grows,

the bees stay very busy, and butterflies stop in for brief visits.

There are hidden places in the brambles now, because it's summertime! How we love it.


Blogger kelli said...

oo, lovely post, as usual :) I'd so love to hide under that bramble! See you soon!

7:30 AM  
Blogger laura said...

i LOVE all this!! you know i had totally forgotten that sadie went home with you after boone lake!! sheesh. i need to slooooooow down!

and hey, that's the big orange divider at the lake that busted my lip and made it purple!!!

i'm so glad you take these amazing photos!!!

7:53 AM  

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