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My baby girl turned 7 today. Last year the night before she turned 6 she started to cry. She didn't want to get older, as getting older meant we were all one day closer to dying. Last night when she was going to sleep, snuggled up against me, she said, I don't won't to die before you and I don't want you to die before me, as we will be too sad without each other. My precious, such deep thoughts for a little one. Today she had a fantastic day and night. She fell asleep in my arms, snuggled against me. .
Cake decorated by the birthday girl.

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Fire + potatoes + damper = happy girls. πŸ˜„

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Yesterday the kids were tired, and exhausted an their anxiety reared its a ugly head. I need grounding today. I am going to work until I can't move. I will dig this stump out!

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Give the girl a saw and a "yeah sure, cut away!". As I was busy cutting small branches into little pieces, C cut all the big branches off the dying wattle tree. This gal might take after her mama.... πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰πŸ’ͺπŸ€”. No chickens were harmed when the branches were falling😌

Skills developed today we're estimation (where branches would fall) and patience.

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Today's parade in Bendigo was brilliant! To get our favourite spot, we got to the parade an hour and a half before it started. The parade went for about an hour and half and there were lots of floats and the two international bands were amazing! The parade always ends with Sun Loong, which he made a spectacular entrance as usual! Sun LoongΒ is believed to be the longest imperial dragon in the world measuring approximately 100 metres (330Β ft). Sun Loong replaced the retiring Loong dragon in 1970. Sun Loong has structural damage, so this year might be his last year. If he held up after today's parade, he will join the replacement dragon next year, which will then be his last parade πŸ˜”. I feel sad, as I have watched Sun Loong many, many times at our Easter parade. Swipe the photo to the left to see some pictures and video to see the length of Sun Loong.

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It has taken me on and off six days to get this stump out. I have shown the girls determination, to be persistent and that problems can be overcome. Far out it was hard πŸ‘ŠπŸ’ͺ. Just wish emotional problems were this easy!

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Today was huge for us. Having kids with sensitivies (and quirks) our family has never gone hiking and with my feet the way they were 12 months ago I would never have dreamed that we would be doing this today. It was only a short hike, but we did it!πŸ™‹ #InvestigateExploreDiscover #NaturalLearning #HomeEducatedKids #HikingAdventures #AustralianSummer

C's latest obsession - identifying local frogs 🐸

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I decided this space needed a fire pit and I love it. However, this morning as I was starting the fire I couldn't stop laughing. What mother builds a pond and fire pit in their kids play space? πŸ˜‚

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They say "patience is a virtue!". I ran out of the "patience" and cracked open a jar of olives to try. Not quite ready, but showing signs of being..... fantastic! 😘. C on the other hand said it was the worst thing she had ever tried.... Oh, she likes to push my buttons πŸ˜‰

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Well, guess who won our competition? That's right, the girls did! πŸ’ͺπŸ™ŒπŸ‘ŠπŸ€—πŸ‘. They might have had their stump out before my dad and I had even started this morning. Congratulations girls πŸ† Dad and I have dug so deep. Look at the photo's, there doesn't look to be an end in sight. Oh, I might have taken a little bit of skin off the side of my ring finger - ouch!

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What an amazing day (make sure to look at all the photo's). Memories were made today. I got to spend the day with my dad and my girls. Spending time with my dad reminded me of when I was little; how I would follow him around the yard just so I could be with him. But today we both worked hard. My dad convinced me that I should tackle the last big gumtree stump (oh yes, there are two more, but I think they are happy where they are πŸ€”πŸ˜‚). I said I couldn't do it by myself, so I enlisted help from the big gun, my dad! It did seem a bit wrong getting my 80 year old dad to help (see second photo of him swinging the axe, I think it's safe to say "he's still got it!"). Oh how lovely it was spending time with a kind gentle sole (this man has never in his life yelled at me!). My daughter's did think we'd clash, as at the start he suggested we do it a different way to how I've done the other stumps but we just work as one - beautiful πŸ€—. During the morning the girls decided they should tackle the stump next to us. A healthy competition unfolded. Before I knew it, the girls were crying unfair advantage because we were using a chainsaw and axe. You see, I wouldn't let them use the chainsaw or axe, they had to use a handsaw. But scroll through the photo's and compare their stump to ours - I think I was being fairπŸ€” (and responsible πŸ˜‚)? The girls did have a chook helping and the used the mattock, saw, shovel, and had cooperation and team work. They talked about how they needed to cut the surface root, dig away to find the tap root and how it would be a bit easier if they weren't digging in clay. A perfect example of how they have been watching me for weeks and they've learnt the lingo. These two can work hard and know how to remove a stump! I was busy making sure my dad didn't put the axe in my head πŸ˜‚. This is something we will talk about for a very long time πŸ’“

If my dad can move tomorrow, we will continue digging (look at the photo's of how deep we've gone). However, I think the girls will get their stump out tomorrow 😊, I mean πŸ˜”

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Hello. I'm Kylie from Natural Learning. I homeschool my kids, no actually I homeeducate my kids.Β  And lately when I have my kids out with me "on a school day" I am questioned by a member of the general public about why my kids aren't at school.Β  I stand tall and proud and take the time to educate people about the option of homeschooling.Β  I feel like I'm winning the battle.Β  But what is hard is when people who are close to you in an indirect way question your decision to homeeducate your kids, but what is crushing is when you think you are all on board to use unschooling/natural learning methods and you seem to be the only one walking that path.Β  That little voice of self doubt sits on your shoulder sprouting it's opinion in your ear - you're stuffing your kids life up! Last night I was defeated, this morning I have woken up with war paint on.Β  I stand tall and proud of my decision.Β  Don't mess with this mama bear!

That's the crankiness side of me out. So, let's start again. I'm Kylie from Natural Learning. I love gardening, especially permaculture principles. I love teaching my kids about nature. I have two gifted kids (if you've just rolled your eyes because I used the gifted word, it's time to unfollow me 😊), one 2E (we also deal with Dyslexia). Two of us are gluten free. And we're a homeeducating family.
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P.S. - I'm grateful for friends and family who give me the support I need to walk this rocky path of homeeducating my kids.
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P.S.S. - I'm about to find my writing groove again (I hope πŸ˜‰).
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P.S.S.S. - I hate selfies! πŸ˜‰
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A delish Mother's Day lunch inspired by @truefoodtv . R and I have been watching this fantastic YouTube channel about food and How Does It Grow and decided to try this yummy strawberry, Gouda cheese (Cheddar is hard to find in Australia πŸ˜‰) and basil toasted sandwich πŸ˜‹ πŸ’“πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ #InvestigateExploreDiscover #naturallearningaustralia #HowDoesItGrow #MothersDay

Happy Mother's Day to all Mama's! Hope you are enjoying time with your family.😘
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My two are busy enjoying Mother's Day. They often say it's hard work being a mum! R on the left is busy breast feeding and C on the right is changing her baby as the weather has suddenly warmed up πŸ’“
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I'm busy relaxing in the sun πŸ’–
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Look what I found in the garden today - A fairy garden in the making 😘. While mama works, the girls play. I'm grateful for beautiful autumn days, we all achieved so much today #PlayMatters #PlayIsImportant .
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It has taken me on and off six days to get this stump out. I have shown the girls determination, to be persistent and that problems can be overcome. Far out it was hard πŸ‘ŠπŸ’ͺ. Just wish emotional problems were this easy!

#InvestigateExploreDiscover #naturallearningaustralia #StumpRemoval #ImprovingOurGarden 😊

My baby girl turned 7 today. Last year the night before she turned 6 she started to cry. She didn't want to get older, as getting older meant we were all one day closer to dying. Last night when she was going to sleep, snuggled up against me, she said, I don't won't to die before you and I don't want you to die before me, as we will be too sad without each other. My precious, such deep thoughts for a little one. Today she had a fantastic day and night. She fell asleep in my arms, snuggled against me. .
Cake decorated by the birthday girl.

#InvestigateExploreDiscover #naturallearningaustralia #MyBabyIsGettingOlder

I'm not sure if this picture really captures what is going on. The egg looks big, right? But don't be fooled. That is the smallest Persimmon I have ever seen and yes it is grown by me, which means that is a small egg, egg laid by our Silkie hen. The apple to the right is store bought. The apple at the back grew too big to stay on the tree. Can you see the ruler at the back? My home grown apple measures 13cm across. Somethings I grow big, somethings I grow small πŸ˜‚πŸ€”πŸ˜‹. #InvestigateExploreDiscover #naturallearningaustralia #HomeGrown #EatingOurGarden #Permaculturebug #KitchenGardener #BigApple

We had so much fun today at #MelbourneZoo. R was our map reader, not only trying to read the words, but also reading the directions to keep us on track. Swipe across to see some of my favourite pictures and check out my earlier post about our Orangutan experience πŸ’“

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Today we went to the #MelbourneZoo and had the most amazing experience with the Orangutan's. C wanted to take her Orangutan book with her to show the Orangutan's. She opened her book and one of the adults came across to have a look. I then started getting our lunch out and she sat there talking to us with her eyes. I was so impressed with the girls and myself as we don't like crowds and people in our personal space - and yes people swarmed around us. The Orangutan's sat next to us for about 20 minutes. Make sure to swipe through the pictures.

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This is my best friend. She follows me everywhere, she is my shadow. To stop her missing me on Thursday I gave her a bone. Her face is swollen in the first photo as she has part of the bone lodge in her cheek. I only noticed it today as she avoided me all day yesterday (I thought she had cracked it with me). Luckily found a vet opened this afternoon and they removed the bone. Swipe to the left to see my best friend happy again 😊

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This is my third batch of olives curing... Yikes - I have no idea of what I'm doing. So many olives. I've already put some in jars and have to wait a month before tasting. I've worked out, over next few weeks I could end up with well over 30 jars of olives. Hope they taste OK-ish!

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Marinated home grown eggplant, chilli and garlic tossed in orgegano, sunflower oil and olive oil πŸ˜‹

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Today was the third and last parade for us this Easter - yes I am all paraded out! We went to Maldon which is Australia's first notable town (it is notable for its 19th-century appearance, maintained since gold-rush days). Swipe to the left to see a little bit of Australia's past and some photos of the Chinese lions and dragons. Oh, and the girls have taken their baby dolls with them everywhere this Easter, so I had to include a photo of them 😊

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