Joyful Liberation

Joyful Liberation

Friday, March 30, 2012

Spy Hop

Today, Mara went to Spy Hop and recorded two of her original songs... Here they are :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Leonardo

 Today for homeschool swap with Dust Fairies and Darwin we headed for $7 Wednesday's at the Leonardo, Utah Science and Technology Arts Museum.  It was really fun!

 First we checked out some elephants in Africa, the pyramids in Egypt, the Statue of Liberty and then tried to look up the worlds largest kfc but it had disappeared!  We blamed it on Area 51 ;)

 This guy was so wonderful with the girls :)

 Then it was off to the lab...which was closed to the school groups and we were grateful! Go after 1 to have the place to yourselves. 
 This was so hard! trying to do a maze in a mirror with pregnancy brain and wild hair!  lol

Then we added to this drawings that will be on display once finished...

Really cool sculptures and paintings all throughout...

Then off to be a got very confused when the girls started doing cartwheels and back walkovers!

 On the green Beach's floating glasses!

Stop motion animation...

Generating takes a lot of power to run those old light bulbs!

Then the girls wanted to find their homes...

Willow sitting on our house...we could even see Maggie in the backyard!

 Learning to walk with prosthetic feet...much harder than you think!

 Back for more stop motion animation...

Love our unschooling life...

Happy St. Patty's Day 2012!

 Looks like a Leprechaun left some "pots of gold (and silver ;))" but he got a away...again!

 After the checking of the trap we made a gluten free puff pancake...of course it had to be dyed green!  It didn't puff up as much as with regular flour but it was still a hit with the kids :)

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Flash Bang Pop Fizz: Part 2

 Willow is my science girl.  She has been telling me since she was a tiny one that she is going to be a Wildlife Biologist when she grows up.  I believe her, she is an animal whisperer!  Today I overheard her tell her friend, "if I had 3 wishes they would be to be a Wildlife Biologist, to talk to animals and to teleport"  lol...
Lately, she has been begging for experiments.  I remembered this great book I used years ago and got it for $.50 off Amazon! She loves it so far :) You can check out  to see some of our past fun with this book :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Mara's new mint green room that she painted all by herself :)
  Maybe it is nesting, maybe spring cleaning fever or maybe this is 4 years in the making, finally finishing what we started! Whatever it is, it is happening.  The painting and tiling will happen over the next 3 weeks and then the carpet is coming. 
Mara's beautiful wall of art :)

 Willow's new purple amethyst room with stars courtesy of Mara :) Everything is still in a big pile in the middle of the room until we finish the touch ups and the closet.

 Peering down into the basement (don't look at the mess!) ... the carpet is nearly gone and the walls are painted...
 Josh's cave lol, he chose a dark purple.  It actually looks pretty good :)

This weekend is finishing up the kids rooms, ripping out all the trim work and carpet that is left, painting the upstairs hall and starting on the master bedroom.   The carpet guy came out today to get the official measurements on the rooms that will be carpeted and that should happen in the next 3 weeks.  In the meantime, parts of the den, the dining room and the master bathroom are going to tiled.  I am tired just thinking about it.  Don't worry, I can't do much.  Thank goodness we have these strong kids lol!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Classic Fun

Today we headed to Classic Fun Center for a day of skating, scooting, bouncing, climbing and playing with our friends Jen, Degn and Danika :)
 The ticket master!

 Searching for the perfect loot to bring home....
quite happy with her selections!
Then it was off for some crazy bounce house fun!  Too bad I am pregnant and couldn't join in!

 Getting rollerblading down...her 2nd time and I think she is doing fabulous!

Little monkey in the jungle

Till next time...2 weeks to be exact :)  They have a free bounce back day for Mom's Club (with coupon) good all this month.

Here are some videos of our fun!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Black Holes

 More snow and more cold meant we needed something to do inside! We were planning on the aquarium but then Dad suggested meeting him for lunch and that took us downtown.  So, the Clark Planetarium it was... After taking Mara to school, a trip to the gym and an acupuncture treatment for mom we headed to lunch.  Then off to the planetarium for an afternoon of discovery.
 We decided to see a movie about Black Holes but that left us with about 1 1/2 hours to kill...

playing with the clouds

learning about neon and xenon gas

making electricity

where she could have stayed all day...

a trip to the moon...

and then to mars...

watching to world go round...

and even though we had a wonderful lunch, she was starving again...I swear she is about to grow 10 feet!

and the day was complete with a new friend from the gift shop...
 unschooling is so much fun...

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I am a mom to 5 amazing kids and 2 partners and married to my best friend and love of my life for 28 years now! We co-habitate with 2 cats, Asha and Gustav, 1 dog, Juniper Wren, and 2 Chinchillas, Ozwald and Turbo. We have lived in Salt Lake City for 15 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!