Monday, 30 August 2010

Family Carnival

Tara Allman: March 17, 1967 - June 28, 2010

Tara's family are the ones whooping and hollering as they throw themselves fully clothed into the pond at WildKids, they are at the top of the climbing tower calling everyone up, Zack plays chase with all the kids at gymnastics and ends up with 10 of them hanging off him, and Zack and Noah each have to lead a team when we play Capture the Flag because they are both so good you have to split them up! On June 28th, they lost Tara, sweet home schooling mama and love of Zack's life - all you had to do was witness one look he gave her and you knew they were that special kind of couple that just belongs together.

Yesterday, the local homeschooling community came together to honor Tara's life and help raise enough that Zack can just be together with his babies for the next few months, without worrying about money. And man, we did that and a whole lot more!

The support from local homeschoolers and the greater community has been amazing, and truly uplifting.

As one of Gillian's fellow organizers said:

"We made a statement yesterday — that we will not be complacent in the face of personal tragedy. The world is a better place today because of what we did. The Allman's have a little more cash to carry on with. And more than that, everyone who was at the carnival had their lives touched. We all experienced a world where people care for each other, help each other, and celebrate together. The hope and goodwill we created will ripple outward in countless ways and touch the lives of many.

None of us will ever forget that special day when we turned our sadness into a celebration of life, and when we came together to show that we matter to each other."

Oh, and we had a bit of fun in the process too...

Steven was the greeter for the day:

Food and drinks were donated from a whole pile of stores (actually everything was donated):

Snow cone dudes...

Kelly and Captain Sparrow hosted the lollipop pull...

Adrian about to go under:

Pimp Daddy gets a makeover:

Zack about to enjoy a lovely murky swim:

Magic show:

And the fans go wild...

Marimba (Tara's group):

Fish pond:

Marimba crowd dancers...

Cupcake walk:

There were an amazing amount of items and services donated for the silent auction (that's Tara's mum & dad picking up their winnings):

And now Gillian can sleep. Well, almost - seems there's still a bit of sorting out to finish up!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

I've been in a cave... for forty days

Here Ferg is laying out some weapons for a Halo battle he's planning three weeks or so from now (he has very set plans for his birthday celebration this year!)...

Ten p.m. multi-egg option feeding...

Grannie and Grandad swung by for a visit:

Ferg and Grandad had a major grass epee battle:

The requisite shot of someone uncomfortably playing Rock Band drums:

This post brought to you by I Still Believe by The Call
bye bye Michael Been

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Brambles n' Beach

Off blackberrying...

Desperate blackberrying:

Fruits of...

At the beach...

Found a floaty thing/ side of a house:

Sunday, 8 August 2010

We Walk Through The Woods - Take Oasis

Gillian's new ice cream maker, a b'day gift from the BEGRUVI clan, makes awesome slushies. I gave her a ShamWow...

Blackberry season is upon us:

Effie taught me Chess this morning...

Effie and I continued working on some seasonal "stream" cleanup today in advance of the Fall rains. We're attempting to get the water to flow a little more efficiently and lessen the boggy marshness of the alder grove and in turn have fewer alders toppling over in the wind. Effie's seems quite keen to help with such a project:

Here she is releasing some stagnant water:

This was a muddy bit of work and, naturally, transformed into some tree painting:

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Monday, 2 August 2010

Lazy hazy days

Besides laying low and gulping back pineapple-rum slushies all weekend...

Hula-girls popped by to serenade Gillian with birthday wishes (and an ice cream maker!!):

Kristal and Rob's park-like setting is perfect for such a camp-out (though us four slept in the house(!?!):

The croquet games get more and more challenging...

An unsuspecting croquet player about to be gulped up by a B.O.U.S.:

I propose we increase the challenge even more next time and play in the neighbour's yard:

Sunset dips in the pool:

Ultra paint-in:

Some serious legoing...

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Up-island Unschooling Campout

Chatting and laughing:


Massive water fight:

Multi-tasking Mamma: