Oh Beautiful June! My favorite spring/summer month. Our back yard oassis was in full swing with flowers, unbrellas and water play. June is my favorite month to spent some time reading Ralph Waldo Emmerson in the shade with the wind blowing, in fact, the whole month of June has a very romantic, meditative, zen feel for me.
May was a month of going within for me. It was a month of letting go of a pattern in my life and making the change within, in order, to not attract the same situation. Sometimes people react crazy to a situation and call it normal - but what they are calling normal is crazy. As John Lennon said “The more real I become, the more unreal the world becomes.” I reached out to many women that gave me support. This process of letting go was a gentle process. Our family continued on with fun activities that had a richer depth to them. One of those activities was Xtreme Gym. The kids love the interactive fun at this cool warehouse gym!
We had another snow storm the first of May,however, it melted quick. Besides celebrating Mother’s Day mid-month with beautiful flowers and food, I finally got in the garden. I had the best helpers. I didn’t plant any of the veggies that I would normally have planted by this time - like spring peas, carrots, spinach, kale, or lettuce. I did plant all my summer and fall squash, sunflowers, beets, turnips, radishes, cucumbers, pole beans, pumpkins, watermelon, canteloupe, dill, parsley, basil, oregano and cilantro. It was so beautiful to spend hours in my garden making it ready for new growth which was a nice symmetry to my inner process.
Then it was time to get ready for the Life Is Good Unschooling Conference. We connected with several friendships that continue from one conference to the next and we made new connections too. The kids enjoyed the talent show and John was ready to learn Yu Gi Oh! the card game (much to his friend’s Michael’s happiness since he has been trying to get John interested for several conferences). We brought our Wii and it was a great hit with a group of kids playing morning and night. We particpated in a rocket launch, nerf gun wars and John played some Mindcraft. We went to Trader’s Joe (two buck chuck of course), the park, the farmers market and walked downtown for a yummy french toast and waffle breakfast. John made new friends and one of those new friends, RJ, went to OMSI where we toured a real submarine. Lena enjoyed it all.
This year I took the down time that I needed - even if it felt like I was missing out. Like all events, there are groups or cliques of friends. They tend not to be the exclusive sort since it is an unschooling event. It was fun to observe the groups with the fresh perspective that I had been cultivating this month. I could see - for the first time at a function like this - the groups that were a repeat of old social patterns that I was breaking. Instead of pushing myself to be around these people/groups (which is my habit even though it makes me feel bad inside and anxious), I asked myself what I needed to do to feel calm and happy! It’s a childhood pattern (not unique to me - we all have something) that I have carried into my adult life; And it’s a process that brings me relief and joy. Our friend Dennis came to house sit while we were gone. It was great to have him back in the house since last we saw him was late November of last year. We didn’t get to visit for long before we had to catch our plane to Portland but we look forward to an extended visit on our return.
Spring arrived via the calendar but not by the weather. We received several heavy snow storms (which was good for our moisture levels), however, it delayed gardening for me. This picture is the snow storm we received mid month which was close to 15 inches.
We purchased 4 more chicks this month. We delight in raising them from babies. Unfortunately, one baby didn’t make it. It died within the week of purchase. The other 3 are strong and full of life. Their names are Long Neck, Stripe and Splinter (after a character in Ninja Turtles). We celebrated a special birthday for all of us: Bradley’s! Happy Birthday!
Towards the end of the month, we attended The Blue Man Group in Devner. We first had dinner at our favorite little sushi joint in Louisville, CO. They have a special seating area where we take our shoes off and sit cross legged under a low table. We love it! It feels like ‘our’ special spot. The Blue Man Group has been a favorite for us since 2004 when we attended a performance in Chicago.
The performance in Denver was a repeat of the one John and I attended several years ago in Denver. Lena was too young at the time so this was her first time to see the Blue Man Group. I enjoyed it the second time as much as the first.
We had front row seats far left which I thought would amazing since we had to wear the poncho’s that they provide for the first several rows. Last time we saw the Blue Man Group in Denver, we were in the 4th and 5th row seats middle. I think they are the best. After the show, we got autographs - which, as you see, were Blue Man kisses!
And at the end of the month we celebrated Lena’s dance recital. She has asked for the last several years to do ballet and so we have been doing ballet since she was 2. We have tried several locations. We really enjoyed Lemon Sponge Cake in Boulder; However, at a certain age or skill level, the parents are not allowed in practice. That doesn’t work for us. A year ago we found Dancing Soles in Louisville, CO. Parents are always welcomed to practice and it is fun, low pressure dance. In this recital, Lena was a sweet fairy and the whole performance was fun and enjoyable for all of us.
The end of March I started 30 Days of List. I really enjoy how creative I get with each day and the prompts that the ladies at 30 Days of List have provided this year. My favorite part of this small project is of course list. It is a snap shot of my life in this moment in time. I am posting each day of my list on my blog. Happy listing!
March was also a great month for skiing! I finally skied with my friend Cary and we went to Breckenridge. I went to Eldora several times by myself. I skied once with my partner which was wonderful since it is rare we spent a whole day together and then we had a date night. It was also a month of reevaluating connections made and making new connections. Other dates included two with my children and one with just my daughter.
The end of the month was a casino theme party for my friend Cary’s 40th Birthday. Cary’s party was full of food, drinks and gambling. The top prize was an IPad Mini. Cary kept it classy and fun!
February is a special month for me because it is my son’s birthday. I remember all the details of that Thursday in Missouri when he was born. It forever changed in the most amazing ways. We celebrated with a Halo theme party at an indoor zip line center with cupcakes from Boulder Baked. Our home celebration included eclairs which was his requested cake.
Time moves so fast since the birth of my children and I feel deeply touched to have them part of my life.
i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling) ~ e.e.cummings
And of course, Valentine’s Day took place in February. I’m not a fan of Hallmark Holidays and especially this one. It skews the celebration of relationships, in my opinion, which needs to be a daily practice not once a year. I do enjoy the red and hearts and celebrating Valentine’s Day with my children. Bradley took me out for a wonderful dinner at Aji ~ which turned into a great night!
My girl received her yellow belt! She was very excited and had practiced all her positions none stop for weeks. Ninjitsu at the Boulder Quest Center is a great place for kids of all learning styles.
At the end of the month, we drove up to Ft. Collins to visit the Museum of Discovery. It’s new to Ft. Collins and it was a great experience with a number of musical experiments and fun foam buildables. It also has The OtterBox Digital Dome Theater which is The digital dome planetarium. This was our first visit but not our last for sure! Here is the link to find out more about this museum: www.fcmod.org
- Unschoolers Waterpark Gathering February 3- 8, 2013. Sandusky, Ohio
- Always Learning Live Unschooling Symposium May 2-5, 2013, Elk River, Minn.
- Autodidactic Radical Gathering of Homeschoolers May, 2013 ,Springmaid Mountain, N.C.
- LIFE is Good Unschooling Conference. May 23-26, 2013. Vancouver, Washington.
- Trailblazer June 10-15, 2013. Asheville, N.C.
- We Shine June 16 - 21, 2013. Jelly Stone Park at Birchwood Acres, Greenfield Park, NY
- Summer Montreal Unschoolers Gathering June, 2013 (tentative), Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Northeast Unschooling Conference. August 22-25, 2013. Wakefield, MA
- East Tennessee Unschooled Summer Camp. Aug 11-18, 2013. Buffalo Mountain,TN
- Rethinking Everything. September 2012. Dallas, Texas
- NBTSC. July 29 - August 5, 2013. Camp Latgawa, Eagle Point, Oregon – August 20-September 3, 2013. Camp Myrtlewood, Bridge, Oregon;; September 20-October 4Farm and Wilderness Tamarack Farm Camp, Plymouth, Vermont
- URock - September 15-18 Oregan Coast
- Autodidactic Radical Gathering of Homeschoolers September 29 - October 2, Springmaid Mountain, N.C.
- Always Learning Live Unschoolers Symposium. End of December 2013 – Albuquerque, NM
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“There are no choices that are really a detour that will take you far from where you’re wanting to be — because your Inner Being is always guiding you to the next, and the next, and the next. So don’t be concerned that you may make a fatal choice, because there aren’t any of those. You are always finding your balance. It’s a never ending process. All is well.” ~ Abraham-Hicks
Allow Your Cork To Float
“Every time you praise something, every time you appreciate something, every time you feel good about something, you are telling the Universe, “More of this, please. More of this, please.” You need never again make another verbal statement of this intent, and if you were allowing your cork to float — all good things would flow to you.” ~ Abraham-Hicks