Amelie at 5 years, Mia at 3-1/2 years, Desmond at 8-months
November 19, 2009
We did our first camping trip with other home-schoolers to Carpinteria State Beach, but it got rained out, unfortunately. We did spent a couple of nights, though, and actually came back after the rain dried up, but by then most of the other home-schoolers had left. We had a great time, though, camping right next to the beach.



Amelie and Mia had a great time running around with the other kids, chasing seagulls and feeding pretzels to the ducks (gluten free preztels, in case there were any celiac ducks out there).



Desmond was his happy self, as always.



Our idea of camping was actually pretty comfortable. We got to park the car right by the tent and had a self-inflating air mattress to sleep on, it was all pretty easy.



The second camping trip was in Northern California in the Sierras, and it was a really big group of home-schoolers. All week it was just roving groups of kids coming and going. They had a potluck dinner every night, which I thought was a great way to do it. They let the younger kids go first, and they had a system with clothes pins to let you know which items were vegan or vegetarian.



My sister Sue's little boy Henry just turned 5, and she had his birthday party at a local pumpkin patch.



Riding the train at the pumpkin patch.



Dream Big, gifts from my mom.



Oh, what a happy family!



Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?



Unfortunately, Mia was sleeping when we took the picture, but we did wake her up to go trick-or-treating. You can't miss out on that.



Before putting the fog machine away, we set it up in the front yard for the girls to play with. We had the mats in a tent-like configuration and shot the fog into it. Fog machines are pretty cool, and safe for 8-month olds, apparently.



We went to Amelie's former kindergarten's Winter Festival, it was great. This was a maze you were supposed to go through blind-folded.



They had all kinds of materials you could use to build a fairy house with (or wear, or eat...)



Desmond is getting bigger, but still so sweet.



Our little raw-fooder, ready to get going on those sunflower sprouts.



The weather has been nice lately, so the girls were out in the front yard, I think waiting for the ice cream man to come by.



Mia and Desmond.



All three together.



Until next month, call me and we'll do lunch!




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