Apocalypse Ready

People ask me all the time about the kids education. Our school doesn't look like anything they can relate with. Some people say our schooling style is untraditional; however, I would disagree. Our school is probably more traditional than the current system, and I truely believe our learning is a much better learning model For us. Traditionally, if we are talking over hundreds of years, kids learned by watching and working with adults. This sitting them in a building with a bunch of their peers, to learn math and science and writing from books is a relatively new concept. And here is where I start to digress - let me get back on topic, being apocalypse ready.

I see our, the Trochesset Tribe, learning or education, kind of like preparing for the apocalypse. While I am saying this jokingly, I am also a bit serious (not about the apocalypse). What skills would my precious babies need to survive?

One, they would need people skills. They would need to be able to communicate their wants and needs with each other, and strangers. They would need to know how to deal with people who are not on the up and up. They would need to quickly assess if someone was foe or friend. So, these are the people skills we work on every day. How to pick up on others body language, and how to honor our initial gut feelings. They learn how to work as a team, yet know when it is sometimes best to work alone.
They will also need to know how cook; how to sustain themselves nutritionally. We teach them that their body is a temple, and they need to take care of that temple. Listen to what their body is intuitively telling them. When are we hungry or tired. Knowing the difference between a good burn and a hurt. They learn science everyday. From dissecting a snake to watching the birds fly. They learn about their bodies because we talk about them. They learn how to find pecans, and crack them, and know that acorns eat'n raw may be good for a squirrel but not for us.
They need to know how to make their own clothes. Learning to knit, crochet, and sew. Make designs that express their personality, and are still utilitarian. Learn how to knit a cast net, so they could catch their own fish if necessary. They learn animal husbandry by caring for the sheep, and watching the shearing, and then washing, and carding the wool. They see the cotton in the fields and learn how to spin it into string, which can be woven or stretched.
Creating a shelter is also important. They learn that a home doesn't have to be the huge house on the hill - home is so much more, and it doesn't have to be very big. They learn how to be happy with what they have, and that material things do not make us who we are.
They learn what it takes to survive in an unpredictable world.
They learn that sometimes, when they are really, really scared, sucking it up, and stepping out with courage they feel the best.
They learn how to survive.
They are apocalypse ready.


We Have Arrived

Biloxi, home sweet home!

At least for the next couple months.

We got in about three weeks ago. I haven't had much writing time because we are liv'n it up. I am finding as the kids get older, I have less time to myself, and most of the time I love it. We are engaged in learning together, every waking moment, and it is so much fun. Right now, at this very moment, they are all enjoying some much needed quiet time, and I have a few things rolling around in my head I wanted to get jotted down.

Today we spent the morning at the beautiful Biloxi front beach. We are currently staying at Keesler AFB famcamp, which is just right up from the sparkling waters. I love this camp because it is so close to everything.

We were previously camping at Davis Bayou, in the Gulf Coast National Seashore, at Ocean Springs. We said hello to Alli the alligator, and even talked with JJ, the park ranger, who remembered us from last year. Our voyage to Davis Bayou has become an annual thing.

One the road from Iowa to Biloxi, we went through St. Louis, and down to Nashville. We stayed at Camp Walmart in Troy, Mo, and then Stayed the weekend at Rend Lake, Illiniois. We really enjoy the COE campgrounds, and the Gun Creek campground at Rend Lake had the most amazing sunsets we have seen since Arizona. We stayed a couple days there, and then headed out to Nashville. Near Nashville we stayed in two COE parks right on the rive or what they call the Cheatham Lake area, which were postcard picture perfect. I would recommend them to everyone, Harpth Bridge and Lock A.

From Nashville, we hit another camp Walmart in Alabama, and then cruised into Biloxi the next day. When we first got here, we went to a fantastic boondocking spot right on the Beach - Treasure Bay Casino Parking Lot. I love this place. Treasure Bay use to have this really cool pirate ship floating out in the bay, which was its casino, but when hurricane Katrina came through it leveled the place. The casino retreated into the landside space where the hotel used to be. Now there is just an empty, broken-up, parking lot were locals come to fish. We parked there for two nights. It is kinda nice because John, who is a late nighter, can go roam the casino, and stretch his legs, while we sleep. And did I mention it is free, and right on the beach!

Life is great! Hopefully we will get settled into a routine now, and I can get some much needed writing done.

Hugs to you all, and we will see down the trail!