Totally married, loves gallivanting, raising a Too Cool For School Trio in
West Sussex, England.
Living very happily outside the box I never quite fitted in.
Everyday I spend 15 minutes chronicling the previous 24 hours in our home educating lives and each post is titled after a great track.
Many of our meals have featured allotment produce, our bus passed its annual MOT, S was the first person in our village to finish the library summer reading challenge, E and I had a great day in London at the Imperial War Museum. Many of our friends came to our local park to celebrate the Unschooling highlight "Learn Nothing Day" and S was pleased to see her BFFs, O has had a few THDs. We've been guests at one of the best, and most original, weddings ever. The first time the trio have shared such an event with one of their friends. We've seen fireworks from our beach hut in Worthing and work has begun on the log cabin at the end of our garden.
London. Brighton. My life was like that in 1994.
The photo above is TDO and the trio at my University. I graduated from there in 1994. Who Knew.
TDO = The Daddy One
BFF = Best Friend Forever
THD = Total Home Day
I also realised yesterday that the decision to share our family decisions - from breastfeeding, co-sleeping, La Leche League, holding La Leche League meetings in our home and, more recently, all things home education related have influenced the lives of others, perhaps, more than I ever realised before.
And, that whilst reflecting on the old friends I still have from 25 year ago at University, for the children of our friends and our childen's friends they have known us all of their lives.......and they are not really new friends at all. Because I met many of them as babies at LLL I seemed to have blinked and double digits have arrived.
And of course on my own wedding and marriage. I was really sad not to have picked up our name tags from the table. They were so beautiful and aesthetic but when I came back from helping O on the loo the tables had been cleared away. Then, just now, I found them nestling safely in TDO's pocket.............
O's black Yoshi remains elusive. O spent much of yesterday making hearts with his hands.
An amazing 24 and 8 or so more to report. It mattered little that S washed out the curls that took an age to put in her hair. E's started the day with sausage tasting at our local butcher (I was vegetarian until we moved here!) and then a wedding at my old university. An amazing wedding. The sun shone. It was personal, thoughtful, individual and unique.
Really special. Wonderful to return to my old university from 25/20 years ago depending on start / finish date! The trio were awesome. They sat through the ceremony and the speeches in a way I never imagined they would :) Mostly because they were so good! Never have I sung along to a song like today's title track at a wedding before or listened to a Best Man speech from a man dressed up as an otter......
When we arrived there were rosettes on the tree with specially selected song lyrics and we had fun choosing the ones we liked best, the ceremony itself was inspired and there was a bouncy castle too and a VW camper ice cream van!
The Meeting House has cool coloured glass - the unusual architecture of Sussex Uni is one of the cool things about it
When I was a student at Sussex University I always said I would never live far away from the University as I liked the area so much. Of course I couldn't predict the various property price bubbles (even as an Economist!) but we do have a beach hut in Worthing.......so,
After the ceremony and the meal and speeches the evening evening was for adults so we came home via our beach hut and the fireworks on Worthing beach. We pulled up just as they started.
Should we ever be invited to another wedding for the trio the bar has been set very high.
S rocking the dress she made with her Granmda - we were all in blue :)