Yes, we still unschool. Yes, it is still working. Yes, we still both work from home though it has shifted even more from me working to Shamus working while I hang with the kids and keep the household running smooth so he can focus and be productive. Yes, I still love our life and wouldn’t change it for the world.
Shamus is working, a lot. Things are financially stressful but that is another post (and one I have been pondering for a while but which may or may not actually get shared. All I can say right now is that God is amazing and much more reliable than any paycheck.) On that point I want to mention mint.com– if you are having a hard time seeing the big picture of your finances, suck at budgeting, or just like seeing everything in one place then it is well worth a look. It is working great for this financially challenged family and being free helps. We had recently discussed the possibility of me taking on a part time job to fill in the current gaps, but various factors nipped that in the bud. Mostly the fact that me being here facilitating the children’s learning is key (they would learn anyway but Shamus cannot field their constant questions AND write 3 comics a week, 3 articles a week, and do 30 hrs a week programming not to mention keep up on his blog and several side projects.)
The kids are happily occupied talking to fellow unschooling friends on Skype and text chat, interacting on FamilyRUN, playing Build-a-Bear (their favorite game to play? School–“except we know most of the answers already, but we get to learn new things too”.) They are also occupied playing Plants vs. Zombies, a lot. Talk about an educational game that you don’t realize is educational. Essentially you could think of it as a fun way to learn financial planning and organizing your resources— of course you could say the same thing about Star Craft and other strategy games. Due to the snow, snow, and more snow they have been avoiding going outside (especially now that there is no ice to skate on). The kids are also very involved in a new Lego Quest weekly challenge run by a friend on Twitter. Rachel is thrilled to have made friends who can talk when she can, Essie is reading her way through multiple series of books (having read all the Gregor the Underlander books in a week and moving on to several other series I can’t remember) , Issac is building all sorts of things and intent on beating Mario Galaxy on his own. We are spending a lot of time listening to audio books together, playing games together, talking together.
Me? Aside from all the cleaning and rearranging going on (lots of re-purposing and getting rid of which I find a quick way to beat the urge to go buy something new. ) Now that the website issues have been dealt with I have been free to work on painting (trying acrylics still. It is interesting but maybe I am getting somewhere?) I am doing less reading and spending time on the computer (due to eyesight issues) and more listening to audio books which means I am being more productive– I feel like I need to be doing something if I am listening to audio books. And since the cd player is in the kitchen and we are being VERY frugal in our meals I am spending a lot of time in the kitchen cleaning, rearranging, and baking. Yesterday it was no-bake cookies (naturally sweetened, carob, peanut butter, coconut, and oatmeal), homemade granola bars (naturally sweetened with oatmeal, cranberries, peanut butter, cocoa nibs, coconut, flax seed), and lots and lots of bread dough. The day before I chopped all the raw veggies in the house, making a nice salad mix and freezing the rest. Oh, and I finished a painting–a commission by my sister-in-law for her employers.