Category Archives: birthday

June 20th-21st

Friday was Iain’s 9th birthday and with all the familial turmoil that has gone on in the last few months, my sister and I wanted to do something really cool for him that day. So we got up REALLY early and drove for three hours to the beach. In no way was this an environmentally […]

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Joan - June 23, 2008 - 11:08 am

Iain’s party sounds so much like something that would happen with my dad as well. I’ve blogged a little about Catherine and I starting to attempt gardening. Right now we’re doing prep work for some fall planting. I plan to be in full force next spring.
I’ll email you later.

whimsigal - June 23, 2008 - 2:19 pm

I’m going to have to go read that because I really want to have a garden but don’t even know where to start.

Dads. They mean well. LOL

Carri - June 24, 2008 - 1:49 am

Happy Birthday Iain!! Sounds like you guys really had a great time! And you’re right, Dads do mean well. Too bad he can’t be his own filter, but it’s good he’s got you to do it for him.

Laura - June 26, 2008 - 10:06 pm

Yep, that’s a lily. :)

Happy Birthday Iain!

Birthday Boy Again!

Today is Ryan’s actual birthday and I woke up this morning feeling totally at peace with life and as a result, we had a beautiful day. When the boys woke up, I asked Ryan what he wanted to do. Since it was his birthday, I let him be in charge of our itinerary for the […]

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carri - March 28, 2008 - 11:25 am

Happy Birthday Ryan!

I’m so glad ya’ll had such a wonderful day!

Tara - March 28, 2008 - 12:08 pm

Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day! Keeping those nature sketchbooks at the ready is something I have to remember to do with my son.

Stephanie S. - March 28, 2008 - 1:19 pm

Why, indeed?

Deeg - March 28, 2008 - 3:52 pm

that is a great idea…or maybe one day a month each of you (yes parents included) get to have a special day where its all about them and what they like.

My daughters girl scout troop does this in a way. They meet every other week and there is a new girl chosen each week who is the PIG (pretty important girl) the week leading up to the special girls day the other girls work on projects for her to show that they care (could be as simple as a drawing they did out of inspiration of her…or a necklace or art project)

that day the P.I.G. gets to chose the snack they all eat and things like that.

Birthdays are fun because the day is all about you and the people that love you come together to show you just how much you are loved…I agree-why can’t we do that more often?

I love the pictures btw-especially the goofy faces…and sigh, i miss cold stone-all the ones near me shut down this year. sniff sniff

LittlePaintedPolkaDots - March 30, 2008 - 11:54 pm

What a great way to spend the day! Thanks for the reminder that everyday is special.

I had a funny title but I forgot it.

The past few days around here have been, well, pretty much the same as the several days preceding it! Me on the sofa, kids in the playroom. Day in, day out. Wait! What is that? The kids are coming into the family room to hang out with me! And they brought an activity with them: […]

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sunny - March 6, 2008 - 2:28 pm

Please share your story!

Everyone has a love story, and I love reading them all! I pester my friends all the time for their stories.

[waiting, chin in hand, to hear the sweet story…..]

dharmamama - March 6, 2008 - 6:43 pm

When I switched our unschooling focus from “unschooling” to “living joyful lives TODAY”, everything fell into place. Following any type of curriculum or coerced work doesn’t fit in there at all. I was able to completely drop the thoughts about learning. It was SO freeing. I completely trust that they are learning all they need, and it doesn’t even cross my mind any more. It took practice. :)

Maybe think about how to finagle the paperwork requirements to fit your life, not how to finagle your lives to fit the paperwork. This is *your* life and *your* family.

peace ~

whimsigal - March 6, 2008 - 7:00 pm

Sunny, thanks for responding to that question! Maybe this weekend, I’ll put something up!

Dharmamamma: I “know” that on some level. In fact, when we first began this path, I was so passionate about that. I’m feeling a little, Gosh, I don’t know, tired about it. Worrying that I’m not preparing them well enough to compete in the future. I’m sure I’ll work through it, it’s just a difficult time right now. Thanks for your comment!


Mama Podkayne - March 6, 2008 - 10:09 pm

What state? We live in Iowa (and may move to Ohio in 2009) and even though we have pretty detailed ways that we have to report (when the time comes) unschooling is rampant and successful. Many moms I know blog it and then use to print a book off and turn that in for a portfolio.

Also, I have 4 homeschoolers in my online college composition class. The unschooler is by far my best student. He designs video games as a hobby.

I can send you the link to his mom’s page, as she is the radical unschooling guru in Central Iowa. In my blogroll, Zamozo.

whimsigal - March 6, 2008 - 10:25 pm



The problem is definitely rooted in my own insecurities. I know that there are successful unschoolers out there since that’s what got me started down the path. I’m just in a funk from laying around so much I think. Maybe this weekend I’ll get out Rue Kream’s book or go back through Sandra Dodd’s website. It just feels like I need an injection to get me pumped back up about it.

Does that make sense?

Madeline - March 6, 2008 - 11:20 pm

First, please post your story despite Pioneer Woman. What timing it is to read this. I just read her for the first time a few days ago and was feeling… I guess it was a combination of awe and envy,for the first time in the blogging world. I am a farmer’s wife who doesn’t really farm but cooks, like her, and loves my camera. But we do not have a sprawling ranch, with a lodge for guests and the best camera equipment and I spend way to much time with my kids to be able to spend time writing so well….or just can’t. You know? And then I got over it. She is inspiring me to better blog posts and new cooking ideas. Please post your story.

Anyway, on the unschooling front, I just got the “Unschooling Unmanual” in the mail and have only read a few of the pieces but it is perfect for small bursts of attention. Will you still be in NC in Sept. when the unschooling conference happens there? I highly recommend that.

whimsigal - March 6, 2008 - 11:34 pm


Thank you so much for your comment! I also suffered from Pioneer Woman envy for a while then I realized that she, like you said, inspired me to do some things that I wouldn’t have done before. I think I will post part of the story tomorrow, bear in mind that it’s not as funny or irreverent as the Pioneer Woman’s story. :)

THe “Unschooling Unmanual” sounds interesting! I’m going to have to run off and order that to add to my collection. I’m not sure where we’ll be in Sept. I did hear that this is the last year for the conference though!

Thanks again for taking the time to comment on this worrywart of a post!


carri - March 7, 2008 - 11:45 am

Okay, let’s see…YES! Post your story. The photos are wonderful. He’s such a cutie! And your unschooling worries…

Have you joined an email list in the state you might move to? I’m sure there’s an uschooling one. There are for most states. Reading about how others in that state are doing things might help ease some of those worries.

Maybe you these feelings are stemming from your not being able to get out and being kind of trapped on the couch. When I went through my depression, my parenting and schooling choices became an obsession. Worrying over every little thing with the kids. I am imagining that being stuck on the couch can make the world seem a little topsy turvy like that.

Do you have a porch you could maybe sit on for a few minutes here and there. There is just something about the smells and sights from outside that can make all those worries seem silly, ya know?

I really hope you are feeling much better soon. Looking forward to reading your romantical story!

piscesgrrl - March 15, 2008 - 4:53 pm

Hallo, I’m catching up on reading – it’s been a while since I’ve gotten a chance…

First off, PW has staff. No one can blog as often as she does, and food blog, and photoshop blog, and make calendars, and edit every photo to the nth degree, and and and and… without staff. So until you decide to go out and get a nanny, stop comparing yourself to someone like her. PW is very talented, but I like reading the regular folks like us who have good days and bad days and sometimes don’t have time to blog and sometimes don’t have anything captivating to say when we do. Y’know? Ok, there’s that.

As for unschooling – you’ve just got too much thinking time right now (I agree with what Carri said above). Right now, I’m having trouble shutting off the naysayers in my head too, even though I *know* and *believe* wholly in the rightness and beauty of unschooling. If it helps, I turned Brady’s radical unschooling into a transcript for his school admission – I am more than happy to send you a copy. Just email me – piscesgrrl(at)aeroinc(dot)net. And, I will help you do that when the time comes, if you want. Just say the word! I’d find it fun and be able to help without the subjective wiggyness that you’ll feel during the process. A friend helped me with mine and that was great in keeping me from flaking out over it.

And as for the love story, I know I’m too late to chime in on that cuz you’re already sharing it. So I’ll just say woohoo! Can’t wait. Our women’s group retreats 3-4 times per year and we often have 2-3 activities scheduled (the rest of the weekend is taken up by long walks, lots of chocolate, non-stop chatting, and gut-busting laughter!). For our retreat in May, one of the activities is for each grrrl to share her love story. We’ll sprinkle them throughout the weekend. Can’t you just feel the swooning now? But with this group, there will definitely be some eyebrow raising yumminess too. ;-)

I’m going to try my darndest to be at the L&L in Sept – if I go, I expect to see you there! (In other words, um, please?)