Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Life-A-Palooza and more fun at the 2013 Life is Good Unschooling Conference

From LIG LifeAPalooza 2013

We are so lucky at Life is Good Unschooling Conference to have Amy Steinberg come out every year and perform for us in Vancouver, WA.  She's so full of energy and love and light and embraces the unschooling community as much as they embrace her. She hosted the Life-A-Palooza this year at Life is Good and we saw some really wonderful talent that night. 

These little girls were enjoying the show and enjoying watching with their good friends. Sometimes it's more fun to watch the kids' reactions to the performers in the audience than the actual performers. 


From LIG LifeAPalooza 2013


From LIG LifeAPalooza 2013
From LIG LifeAPalooza 2013

Frank of the Greybeards and the Greybeards and their Hot Back Up chicks ended the Palooza with some great music and little ones and teens alike enjoyed and danced to the music all night.


From LIG LifeAPalooza 2013

This year we finally made it to VooDoo Donuts in Portland and mmm, those donuts were worth the wait in line! (which goes out the door!) And, yes, that's a maple/bacon donut on there!!


From Life is Good Unschooling Conference 2013
From Life is Good Unschooling Conference 2013

Livie and I enjoyed this great Jugglemania and Science Circus Show...


From Life is Good Unschooling Conference 2013

That is, until the giant pizza came right at us, and on top of that a dozen or so kids! Yikes! But, we made it out safely! Whew!


From Life is Good Unschooling Conference 2013

I didn't see much of Violet this year. She was off and about with new friends and old. She went to a few of the events and funshops but mostly just enjoyed hanging with other teens. She made some wonderful new friends from other states, some of whom she skypes and texts with now, weeks after the conference. She dressed up for the Better Than Prom Extravaganza, sadly I didn't get a photo, but she looked very cute!


From Life is Good Unschooling Conference 2013

I hosted an International Candy Funshop this year, idea stolen borrowed from the Good Vibrations Conference in San Diego.
From LIG Int'l Candy Funshop 2013
Lots of great candies to sample and it was a hit with kids and adults alike. The candy disappeared in about 1/2 an hour! Funny enough, my kids weren't even interested. Not too surprised, though, as candy is not limited in our house, and it's really become no big deal for them to have unlimited candy around. Violet really loves Japanese Pocky and it's available at a local supermarket. Livie's not really into candy, except occasional sour candies and bubble gum.

From LIG Lobby and other fun 2013
Livie had fun in the Minecraft/Computer and fort building room again this year. Also, some fun times swimming with some friends she had made last year, and who have since visited San Diego a few times. They're up in L.A. area, so not too far away. She skypes and plays Minecraft with them online.

My good friend Ginger, and I enjoyed the Zentangle Funshop. Ginger's gotten really good at Zentangles and makes these beautiful name in Zentangles creation that she's given as presents to friends (and I'm honored to have one).

Here's a nice little box that she made with Zentangles on it.


From LIG 2013 Zentangle Funshop
and some other great artistic creations going on


From LIG 2013 Zentangle Funshop

And, of course, I love enjoying the scenery up in the NW and taking photos when I can. 


From Life is Good Unschooling Conference 2013


From Life is Good Unschooling Conference 2013
Here's a funny sculpture we saw on a bike shop in Portland when we were driving around one day.


From Life is Good Unschooling Conference 2013


Here's a few more photos I took with the iphone while out and about. During a break from the rain, Dan and I took a walk down by the Vancouver Fort along the river and saw some really cool things.


This collage is of Esther Short Park across from the Hilton, where we stayed and the Farmer's Market and local area.
It was another great year and it was great that my husband joined us this year. It was so nice to come home to sunshine and warmer weather. I love visiting  the NW and all the beauty that the rain brings to it, but this sun lizard needs her sunshine!

Till next year, Life is Good was another good time.


Sadly, I have to add my condolences to a family that lost their dad and husband that weekend. I was really saddened by the news after I got home and my love and thoughts of comfort go out to them during this time.


Mandy
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