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[7 Jul 2012 | One Comment | 4,206 views]

As some of you might already know, we left Austin, Texas at the beginning of  May and we are now located in Pinellas County, Florida.  More travels for our constantly moving family.  This time I am hoping our stay is going to be a little more permanent.  A few years back, when we returned from our 14-month stint in Costa Rica, we were pretty focused on moving to Florida.  Then an opportunity presented itself and we made a change of plans and a little leap of faith.  We found ourselves …

feminism, headline, travel, writing »

[17 Feb 2011 | One Comment | 1,208 views]
Where in the world is…Texas?

It’s where I am, of course!  Austin, to be more specific.
This is sort of a long-overdue update post. The last nine months seem like they’ve been some of the longest of my life, and not a lot (any?!) blogging got done. I’ll make this post a sort of summary, and see where it goes. Perhaps more detailed posts will follow…
Update #1
We left Costa Rica!  Holy crap, right? Back to the good old USofA. Something I never really imagined we would do quite so soon. We spent about 14 months in …

headline, travel, unschooling »

[20 Feb 2010 | 9 Comments | 651 views]
Unschooling Language

When we moved to Costa Rica, Arp and I felt we had to eventually learn to speak Spanish. As adults, we had our own language goals almost immediately. We wanted to speak the local language, connect with locals, and begin to establish a sense of community here.  Arp plunged right in and started speaking to the locals (he learns language well in an aural fashion). I took my time and started using Rosetta Stone (I learn much more visually). But the kids took a different path, one that many expats …

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[1 Jan 2010 | 2 Comments | 1,066 views]
Playa Chiquita (Puerto Viejo) Rulz!

I just had to share some pics from the other day on Playa Chiquita, a wonderful beach that we tried for the first time on Wednesday. Tide pools, hermit crabs, sea urchins (both live, and some beautiful shells by the hundreds), crabs, and more stuff to explore than any life-learner could ask for. A great beach for kids!

costa rica, DIY, travel, unschooling »

[27 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 264 views]
Smelly water and updates

I managed to break our new (used) washing machine. I blame myself partially, but also our shitty rental. The problem is, the “mountain water” that we are using is literally filled with sediment and debris. Large debris sometimes. So the little filter on the washer intake got totally clogged. So then I had this seemingly genius idea to just remove the filter. I figured that would keep the water moving. It worked so well that some debris came right in and managed to clog the intake valve. The washer overflowed, …