Trailer Park Unschoolers

Because you don't need to be rich to unschool!


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Merry Christmas!

It’s been a good and bad Christmas for us here in Texas. Poor Sander spent the day sick as a dog. Luca hit his head on the coffee table last night and had a giant lump as a result. It was a rough start to Christmas.

However, the kids all enjoyed it. That’s what matters, right? We all ate until we could eat no more. Oz and I both got a good, long nap. We both needed it. Sander kept us both up most of the night. The kids got to watch movies most of the day. Corde learned how to make buttermilk pancakes and deviled eggs. It was a pretty good day, all told.

As we do every year, we’re going to hold our gift of the year event. Since I don’t have pictures of everything, nor the links, I’ll be posting from the library on Friday. Normally Oz would have to work, but his job let all the temps go on Monday, talk about timing. However, keep your fingers crossed. There is an even better one coming up, and with a little luck and a few prayers, he could even start on Monday.

I hope you all have had a fantastic Christmas! Best wishes from all of us!


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So Busy This Time of Year

I feel like I’ve been such a slacked with blogging. This time of year is always hard. Not having a computer and internet makes it harder. It’s just not an easy time of year.

I’ve been wrapped up in working, which doesn’t help. I feel exhausted. I had a lot of knitting to do. We’ve been working on event planning. Corde and I had a photo shoot for a friend’s business. It’s been crazy. Hopefully we’ll have some time to update soon.

In the mean time, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. I know we will. Here’s some pictures so you can at least see a hint of what we’ve been up too, the photo shoot and our park day for Sander’s birthday.

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My Aunty Is My Ho-Ho

I’ve known for a while that Corde is topple for Santa. Beekee still seems to believe for now. Sander? There seems to be no fooling him! He know who the real Santa is.

This year I mentioned something about my aunt and Christmas shopping. Sander had to announce that his aunt was his Ho-Ho, the way he’s been saying Santa. He even had to get on the phone so he could say hi to Santa. It was adorable.

Years back, before I took this chill stance on stuff like this, I would have gone on the hunt to add the magic back to Christmas, to really work to make the kids believe again. I always thought a kid that doesn’t believe in Santa was missing out. I would jump through hoops to bring that magic back again.

Now I realize it’s all part of the process. It’s all about being honest with my kids. If Sander wants to believe his aunt is Santa, well, with the number of gifts she sends, is she wrong? She always goes out of her way to make sure the kids have a fantastic Christmas, and that’s really what Santa is all about. Why should I try to deceive him because he’s ready for the truth?

The more I think about it, the more it bothers me that parents lie to their kids. For us, Santa has always been about the magic of Christmas, and the myth was more of a way to have fun with the mystery gifts. The story is a fun way to show that the display of love is more important than knowing who the gifted is. It’s all part of the fun.

It got me thinking about those crazy elf on the shelf moms. Not only do I find elf on a shelf creepy and a lot of work, but it seems like deception. It’s like a modern, Christmas-themed boogie man. Be good or the elf on the shelf will mess up your home! It’s always watching! It seems like the whole thing is just a big deception aimed to make kids be good. Aren’t there better, more respectful ways?

Though, I have to admit, this whole elf thing could be a lot of fun when the kids get older and are aware of the whole thing. It could be license to play harmless pranks and have some fun with it. Move the elf while no one sees, play cute, harmless tricks and blame the elf. It could be a fun little holiday game to break the tension. I just think we need Beekee, at least, to be a little older. Otherwise I can see this as being a disaster, very messy, and ending with an elf acting like the hanged man in tarot, dangling from a foot in a tree outside somewhere until he gains a sense of perspective! Until then, I think we need to be elf-free. Maybe that time will come.


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Too Much Going On

Hey everyone! Sorry I’ve been gone so much recently. Life has been chaotic. Since I last checked in we had another D&D night, Thanksgiving at a new friend’s house, and all kinds of craziness. This week we get to look forward to a surprise party and more gaming. I’m starting to feel like we’re finally finding the people we need in life!

Today I’ll keep it brief. More than anything the kids and I want to remind you to support local and small businesses this holiday season. Don’t forget about craftspeople too! There are plenty of people out there selling fantastic hand made goods. You should definitely keep that in mind!

Which has me asking how you do your holiday shopping! I know there’s this big community that does the want/need/wear/read thing. We don’t, probably because we don’t need to buy anymore books. My aunt has us covered there. Typically the kids get one gift from me, one from Oz, and one from Santa. Sadly, Corde and Beekee don’t typically get presents from their dad. They also get a whole bunch of stuff from family.

And, because I have to add a shameless plug in here, I’m finally getting my business together! I don’t have any product listed yet, but I have some photos up as examples. Now I just need to get my stock together! Check us out at Bear Foot Knits!