We started with the latter, at a local coffee shop called Brewed.
Brewed was happy to adhere to Otto's breakfast motto: different foods must not touch.
Martin and I can highly recommend the fritatta sandwich.
Otto proceeded to win several rounds of Connect 4 against Papa, which made everyone laugh.
The view from above.
We chatted up one of the owners and learned about their wine and beer, in addition to their coffee.
On the way back to the hotel, we stopped to look in the windows of a glass blowing studio. We watched the artists work for a while before the waved us inside.
We asked lots of questions about what they were doing, and they asked us a lot of questions about what we were doing. They were very interested to learn it was an unschooling conference, since all three of them had young children and were starting to think about school choices.
We watched them work for about 45 minutes, and by the end of our time there, they were all very interested to check out unschooling, and we have a name and a glass blowing studio to visit in Chicago.
Back at the hotel...
The boys set up their animation DVD and chicken button shop.
Gillian and Effie.
We attended the Life is Good Film Festival, which included two Max and Otto movies. There were some really good ones, and an especially impressive Star Wars Lego animation that got us all inspired. We hooked up with Aidan, another Lego stop motion animator, and the boys exchanged all sorts of information. Turns out Aidan is leading a Funshop tomorrow on Lego animation (we had already planned to attend but didn't realize who would be leading it). It was good for them all to make that connection so quickly.
We went out for a nice birthday dinner at The Little Pine Tree, a Korean American restaurant within walking distance of the hotel. It was a really lovely place, and such a good place to be on a cold rainy evening. They brought us tea as soon as we sat down, which warmed us all up.
There was some confusion, and we ended up getting the two dinners from the neighboring table in addition to the three dinners we had ordered. The owners let us keep all of them, so we had several fairly full boxes of food to bring back to the hotel with us when we returned. Excellent for sharing with other unschooling families (especially those with hungry teenagers).
Finished off with cinnamon tea.
Back at the hotel, it was time for the Music Fest. We stopped in to hear Carolyn and Bret sing a few songs and stayed to hear several more songs from other very talented musicians. Max took in the room and crowd, which is the same place where the talent show will be tomorrow night...it is a bit bigger than he expected.
We came back to the room to spend the last bit of my birthday with just our little family, drink the last of our champagne, and learn the sad news that our chicken Junior is probably in her final hours (we had been in contact on and off with our neighbors throughout the day, but despite all they were trying to do for her, things are looking very bad). We had toasted her at dinner, and now we spent some time together, taking in the news. Kind of a sad end to a nice day, but it was good to be together and to once again think about how much wonderful is in our lives.