Joyful Liberation

Joyful Liberation

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Waterford Upstart Program

 Today Rowan enrolled in the Waterford Upstart program.  He actually had fun taking the evaluation test but I was right to go with my instincts that there was NO way he would have done it last year.   Typically this program is for preschool but it actually is for up to 3rd grade...they just start them where they test in to the program and go from there.  He took a test today while Willow and I learned all about the program...Willow was so bored and said that this was the worst thing you could do to a child hahaha! But, Rowan keeps asking me for ABC Mouse.com and he loves Starfall so I think he will like this...if not they will just boot us out of the program.  I personally think it is silly that they require you to log in for 15 min a day even if you are on vacation! So we may be booted out just for that reason since we will be missing days with camping trips and Disney this fall. But, for now, he likes doing it so we will participate.

He was not too thrilled with everyone clapping for him at the end!
 
Each month he will get a medal on a postcard mailed to him and he can attach them to this.  I am not big on reward systems like this because well...I think it really just creates a person that is dependent on the rewards and being a "people pleaser" to get rewards instead of accomplishing things of ones own resolve.  But, he is excited to get stuff in the mail and we will just make it all about fun.  We are not in this to create some super genius prepared for the public school system LOL

Adventures being 5~

Magic Treehouse Club: Midnight on the Moon

 
Time for bookclub again! This time it was at our house and it was The Midnight on the Moon book~
 
 Since Jack and Annie were able to collect all the things needed to turn Morgan back into her human form, Rowan and I collected all the things for our friends to have...we had moonstones, mangos, "mammoth bone" flutes and Peanut the mouse~
 
We made rockets that fly to the moon~

I barely took any pictures...and they were very poor quality phone pictures, but a great time was had by all!



Maggie wanting to be a little mama to baby Aspen~


There was also a lot of gaming and playing going on!

Another awesome day being an unschooler~




Sunday, July 16, 2017

Hiking Stewart Falls

 
Hiked to Stewart Falls with some great friends today!
 
 
 He sure loves Zackary~
 
 Love my sweet boy~





 Taking a break~

 These two loved building together~




 The falls were so beautiful~



 Family shots~


 Getting wet!


 The water felt great but it was SUPER cold!



 David going under the falls~
 




 Wet bear hug~

 Such a fun group!

 His creation~


 Hiking down with King Rowan, a cat, a knight, a giraffe, a panda and a fairy...fun times on the trail~

 Another awesome day!

Life is good~


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Hiking Taggart Lake in The Grand Tetons

 
 
We drove to the Tetons to pick up our trailer that was being rented and spent a lovely day there! We pulled over to check out the rapids where David and Willow will riding next week!


Willow and David will be heading over "The Lunchcounter" next week! Willow is so excited!




After we picked up the trailer we headed to the mountains for a hike~

We were going to hike around String Lake but it was packed! So we kept driving and and decided on Taggart Lake~

So glad we did! It was amazing~

Rowan rode the whole way...






So many beautiful flowers!

Lupine...one of my favorites~




The Grand Teton~




So many beautiful birds!

We hiked through a new forest...it was an old burn area.  It was neat to see all the new growth~





It was about 1.5 miles in...so super easy hike~
 
Absolutely beautiful!


The water felt amazing~
 


















So adorable~





He knocked out on the hike back~


It's a beautiful life~

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I am a mom to 5 amazing kids and married to my best friend and love of my life. We co-habitate with 1 cat, Asha, 2 dogs, Maggie May and Juniper Wren, a Chinchilla names Ozwald, and a Hamster named Fat Panda. We have lived in Salt Lake City for 13 years by way of Tennessee and Oregon. I love to be with my kids, knit, run, craft, sew, paint,travel, hike and play :) I love our crazy life!