We traveled to Italy in September 2013. Zach is not pictured
because he was studying in Germany at the time.
I'm Zoe's (16) and Zach's (23) mom, Chris. We live in West Des Moines, IA with their dad, my husband, Rick. Zoe and I are excited to be attending our third Always Learning Live (ALL) Symposium!
Our family has always homeschooled and we've been radically unschooling for the past 11 years. Zach is now working on finishing up his undergraduate degrees in History and German at the University of Iowa and preparing for graduate studies after that.
Zoe loves singing, dancing, playing video games, drawing, tumblr, swimming, cooking and cleaning "clean" meals, reading and learning about astrophysics, and watching TV with the family. She's busy most weeks with our local Unitarian Universalist church choir, youth group, dancing on a Hip Hop competition dance team and skypeing with her friends across the continent. She's considering getting a job this summer at a local grocery store. Finally, Zoe adores her pet dog, Ginny.
I have many irons in the fire at any given time - I work part-time for Pearson VUE as a test administrator; I recently retired from my 23 year freelance bookkeeping business; As an Iowa licensed teacher, I help other homeschoolers by serving as their supervising teacher; I facilitate an online and in-person local unschooling support group as well as a group for Central Iowa homeschooling teens; I enjoy reading and doing all things on the internet—keeping up with technology, current events, politics and social networking.
We are fortunate that Rick's commercial photography business is based out of our home so that between the two of us, there is almost always a parent home and available to hang out, talk, drive, prepare food and host social events. We're a stay-at-home team! Rick also enjoys bicycle touring (his goal is to ride border-to-border across each state—he's riding across Alabama at the end of this month) playing volleyball, watching football and spending time with his large family of origin.