Wow! Things that happened in March: Ashar turned 15, we celebrated my mom’s 80th birthday with a huge surprise party, we confirmed a huge trip for this fall, we went to a Comic-Con, and, in a technical sense, Ashar finished the attendance requirements to complete her freshman year of high school. Whew? So anyway, with that said, we had a pretty busy month and hopefully this wrapup will be a good way to show some of the highlights!
(If this is your first time catching our month-in-review posts, welcome! Check out our archive of previous wrapups here for some more info on why we take this approach to documenting some of our unschooling learning adventures.)
And this book she’s reading, it’s weighty. She reads for sometimes an hour or more before bed every night, and she’s diligently plowing through it, but MAN. I’m actually excited for her to finish it so she can take on something lighter!
Movies and TV
- Kingsman: The Secret Service (This was an AWESOME movie.)
- Fight Club
- Weekend at Bernie’s
- Weekend at Bernie’s II
- Shrek 2
- SpongeBob SquarePants (Ashar and Kaitlyn started working their way through the TV show; Kaitlyn and I went to see the new movie, which was actually a decent amount better than I expected.)
- Top Gun
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Porco Rosso
- Spirited Away (Can you tell we went on a Miyazaki kick? These movies are amazing and beautiful. Highly recommended.)
- Ocean’s Eleven
- Ocean’s Twelve
- Ocean’s Thirteen
- Yes Man
- Star Trek: Voyager
Board and card games
- Monty Python Fluxx
- Star Fluxx (These two games are HILARIOUS fun and awesome. Great for creative thinking.)
- Texas Hold ‘Em
- Timeline: Inventions
- Timeline: American History
- Timeline: Americana (We saw a demo of and picked up the first of these games at the Central Pennsylvania Comic-Con, and it was one of the best impulse purchases I’ve ever made. We have had a ton of fun figuring out what happened when. Even history-major Kaitlyn is often stumped, and it’s cool to see what Ashar knows!)
This was actually a huge thing we added into our family time in March; we go in cycles on our board and table gaming, and last month we got some new games and really spent a lot of time trying them out.
Places, projects and odds and ends of stuff we’ve talked about/read/geeked out over
- ZooAmerica in Hershey: Kaitlyn and Ashar spent one of his days off here while I was working. They also did the “designed for little kids but kind of a Central Pennsylvania requisite” tour of Chocolate World. Of note at ZooAmerica, Ashar was most interested in learning more about a bird called the Gambel’s Quail, a neat desert bird with a cool top feather. We intend to see some of them…
- … when we drive to Arizona this October for the Free to Be unschooling conference!! This is a huge, huge, huge deal for us and I’m so excited to hang out with my unschooling friends from around the country and to have Ashar get a chance to spend time with her unschooling friends. Also, we’re driving across the country and taking a two-week vacation, so that’s cool even without the conference!
- Central PA ComicCon: We went to the first day of this as a group, then Ashar went back on the second day with a good friend of hers and the friend’s boyfriend. They had a blast!
- We had a surprise 80th birthday party for my mom, with family from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, friends from various groups she’s been part of and some other longtime family friends. We also had a nice family dinner out at Red Lobster on the actual date of Mom’s birthday to celebrate.
- Ashar’s 15th birthday: Two parts to this. First, for her birthday, Ashar got to take over our house’s master bedroom and bath, and most of her gifts were things to convert this into a Batman-themed “Batcave.” We also went to our favorite Japanese restaurant, Masa, for dinner, during which we talked about where the Bahamas are, the meaning of their flag, what mochi is and more. (The Bahamas thing came after Ashar received birthday wishes from there on our Unschool Rules Facebook page!
- Wolf Sanctuary: Ashar took her fourth (we think) trip to this cool place with Chris as part of a field trip with the Wildlife Watchers 4-H Club.
- Yum: We talked about what foods we’d like to make into potato chip flavors as part of the Lay’s Do Us A Flavor challenge. I went with a chicken-bacon-ranch combo; Ashar wanted something like a 10-cheese chip.
- Cool animal things: How the penguin got its waddle and why we don’t want to feed bread to the ducks and Species in Pieces (an awesome look at endangered species that led to talks about ecology, geography, development, programming and more) were on our list this month.
- Vroom: This look at James Bond’s cars through the years is super-cool.
So what’s new with your family this month? Drop me a comment! I love hearing from all my “blog friends!”