Friday, September 22, 2017

Renaissance Faire

 We started September off with a delightful day trip to the Bristol Renaissance Faire. I had bought discount tickets earlier in the summer and we could no longer be too busy to make it happen because this was the final weekend of the season. It was now or never.
 If you get a chance to attend a renaissance faire, I highly recommend dressing up for the occasion. It adds to the festive experience. We mostly raided our dress-up clothes and old Halloween costumes. I also finally let go of my beloved flip phone and can now attempt "selfies" on a legit smart phone. I know, I'm so behind the times. ;)

 Ayla stopped to chat with the flowers and ferns about what a beautiful day it was

Cam and Sylvia preparing for a fencing duel

 "I wish thee well, Sister Knight"

the victor

 Ayla and the elf enjoyed making silly faces at each other

 We cheered on the jousters

The Barely Balanced Trio was our favorite act of the day

We ended the faire with a drum circle dance in the rain

We left muddy and breathless from giggles with a long drive ahead of us. Definitely worth it.

Friday, September 8, 2017

August off the Camera

sibling love ... or somethin'
Sylvi ~ first day of Nature Nuts day camp
off and runnin'

smallest and largest books in the library

homemade jenga at Art the Park
hammering nails for string art
volunteer booth attendants

Cam and Ayla created a light/dark themed chalk drawing and won third place in the sidewalk chalk competition. I forgot to get a photo of the completed square.

wild plum pickin'

*photo by Robin                   

hiking with friends at Kickapoo Valley Reserve

Cam ~ last day of Wilderness Adventure day camp
On the last day of camp, they hiked in 4 miles off trail, pitched tents, and canoed back the next morning. It was definitely a full-on wilderness adventure.

 dancing under the apple trees

Ayla and Ember

eclipse day

over 80% eclipsed, photo taken through glasses

backyard apples

We added a handful of blueberries, plus maple syrup.
apple saucin' with Sylvi

2 of the 4 1/2 quarts of blueberry-maple-apple sauce that we made

My good friend and hair stylist/salon owner at Robin's Beauty Nest pulled off an fantastic cut/color party for these fabulous friends.

silliness with a friend at library bingo

And, just like that, another school year rolls around. This time, for the first time in 6 years, we have a full-time student at a brick and mortar school. Cam is a high school freshman at a local alternative public school with an emphasis on student-led, project-based education. 

While I completely believe that homeschooling/unschooling can be beneficial at any age or grade level (high school included), this is a good fit for our family for now and I'm excited to have found such an individualized schooling option near us. We're less than a week in, but Cam seems happy and engaged, which in my book are the two main requirements for a thriving education. :)

Sylvi and Ayla are still happy and thriving with unschooling, so we'll keep on keepin' on.