Thanks for the yahoo group suggestions. I am a member of WashingtonRadicalUnschoolers and someone else suggested the Eastside group, as well. On your collective recommendations I think I will check it out. Snoqualmie area is great. My brother lives in Renton, and often invites us on excursions in your area. Our favorite is visiting the falls then stopping at Krispy Kreme. Look forward to seeing you online.
I used to be amazed at the abuse that Sandra took and how she could keep coming back and posting again and again with such clarity and passion. Now that what I write is attacked on occasion it is easier to see how little it effects my life. It is only words on a screen. And what I'm saying is important, at least to me, so I keep writing. Thank you, again, for thinking of me.
Have you read Jane Smiley's "Horse Heaven?" My friend who loves Dick Francis recommended it to me and I really enjoyed it.
Michelle is a manga and anime fan, but has a narrow focus so far. She loves Pokemon, Digimon, and started watching Inuyasha a few years ago. I've watched most of the Inuyasha episodes and have a soft spot for him :-) She reads Inuyasha manga and recently picked up a couple of Inubaka manga (can you see a theme?)
Yup, I finally got my act together (well, as much as possible LOL) and joined.
Blizzcon *was* fun. I hope some people we know can go next year - that would be even more fun. We had a couple of days with friends we met at Life is Good, which was really great, also. And though the costume was a lot of work, I would do it again in a heartbeat :-)
I'm going to check with our dentist about when Michelle's appointment is this week, then I can let you know about getting together.
I just wanted to let you know my user pic is Songo and Kirara from Inuyasha. I am not familiar with the characters you mentioned in the comment you left. I will have to check the one you mentioned out.
The post you wrote about unschooling young children where it sort of looked like you finally convinced Sandra that it was OK to say pre-school parents are unschooling was the thread that I liked so much. However, I like reading whatever you write there, because you always add something either useful or interesting and on-topic, and I've never seen you exhibit diahrrea of the mouth.
Margaret is coming back into popularity, I think. I considered it when I was expecting my 2nd (we didn't know the gender). My grandma's name is Margery, and I suggested Margarita to my husband, but he didn't like it. In Spanish it means "daisy." I thought "Meg" would be cute, like the character in "A Wrinkle in Time."
It's true, we're thinking of moving to Mexico. Fabian is from a little village in the state of Oaxaca, and we'd like Will and Elias to have some time with his family. The best way to live there would be to have some kind of income from the US while our output is in Mexico so we can still try to buy a house here at some point. We talked about a 5 years in Mexico, 5 in Seattle, 5 someplace else kinda deal. It could all change, though.
Hey, Margaret! I was thinking of you today. Is that you I see occasionally posting on AlwaysLearning or another Margaret Z? If it's you, your insight is much appreciated. I really like what you said a few weeks ago about unschooling very young children.
Heh, I guess that description would be appropriate! :) There aren't too many of us around! My son and I have been reading tons of manga for the past year, when we started going to the library every week. I love our library!
I get to a lot more TPA park days than EU (today is at St. Edwards). They have them in Duvall at Mc Cormick and Taylor Park sometimes - A lot of people like McCormick beacuse of the beach. Carnation has Told Mc Donald Park and Remlinger Farms. I don't really know of too many parks further out your way. Any good ones in Snoqualmie or Fall City?
That does sound like a nice place! What is the cost of living there? Do most people commute to the city for work? Are there lots of business in North Bend? How could I make this work...hmmm lol
It would be so nice to live around a bunch of radical unschoolers! The nearest unschoolers I know of are about 3 hours away:( It's funny we have a huge homeschool population here in Dillon compared to our size but most families are strict school at homers. We've gone to their get togethers before and I get grilled as to what curric. I'm using this year and the benefits of theirs ugg! It's more stressful then anything! It's hard being a radical! lol
Well, we'll have to look into that area. It seems like it would be a great "in town out of town" place & with radical unschoolers already there woohoo!
That was probably me;) You look familiar to me too, it's too bad we didn't get to talk more at the conference (or even exchange names lol.)
I love the conferences, it's so nice to be around so many loving families. But... for this small town gal it gets a little overwhelming & I get even more quiet then usual!
My dh & I were talking about a small town like yours just the other night. We were saying that we love our small town life, but feel so isolated from other unschoolers that sometimes we wonder if we could have both, small town outside a bigger town. So what is Snoqualmie like? It looks beautiful!
Sorry, a little long winded tonight but I do have to say I love your pictures, very cute kids! (I was trying to figure out the slideshow thing too, so if you figure it let me know k lol)
SCT=Seattle Children's Theater? Awesome! I always wanted to do stuff there, but my parents said it was too far. I did some shows with Studio East and workshops with Taproot.
I probably did go to Inglemoor with your husband. I was a sophomore in '96. I'll bet I'm in his Scandia yearbook (check pg. 101, I was Sara St. Clair way back then.)
Hey, you know what I just did? I looked at a Mapquest aerial image of my parents' house. Too cool! I was checking out just how close Arrowhead Elem. is to it (pretty close, although I went to a private elem, so I didn't go there). My brother's truck was even in the picture.
My husband will have to quit his job if we move back, but it would be worth it to be near family.
How's housing in Snoqualmie?
We lived in High Woodlands neighborhood, right in that Bothell/Woodinville/Kirkland mesh at 160th St. I lived there my whole life until I moved to NC in 2003. I went to Inglemoor, so unless they went to drama conferences or all-state choir, I probably didn't know your brother or your piano teacher (awesome that you were taking lessons!). My husband and I are talking about moving back there, maybe up to Bellingham area or out Ellensburg way, someplace affordable for a single-income family. What do you think of Snoqualmie?