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                 January 14th "The Evening Edition"

As I share my days through "Hitchhikers Guide to Unschooling" I usually just share what happens early in the day as the goal is to have the posts up everyday by 6pm. Here is a rare look into our evenings for January 14th.

Dad was running late so we had dinner without him around 5:30. We don't have normal diner times here, Dinner can be any time between 5 and 8 depending on how hungry every one is and what is going on. We had chicken and beef tacos, salad, refried beans and chips with pica de gallo. The kids set the table as well as cleaned it off and put up leftovers.They also feed pets and Dora cleaned the kitties litter box.

After dinner they all played video games until Dad got home around 7:00. He ate dinner and then we all decided to watch a movie that had just came out, "The Butler." (Everyone except Bubba he hung out in his room playing guitar and doing whatever teenage boys do!) This is a great movie for older kids as it is rated PG13. It is the true story about a black man that worked his way up from being a boy slave to being a butler in the White House. It tells alot about the civil rights movement. Just a few of the discussions we had during the movie: shooting of JFK, different presidents and their take on the civil rights movement, who the Freedom Riders where, black and white school segregation. We had to pause the movie several times for talking and discussing various things.

Somewhere towards the end of the movie Dora was tired of sitting idle so she began to work on this glass bead bracelet. 

After the movie it is about 11 and I begin to get ready for bed. Before Dad comes to bed he takes a few minutes to join Bubba and help him with a song he is learning to play on the guitar.

The kids go to bed whenever they want. Dora is usually asleep by this time but she stayed up working on painting a shirt with fabric paint (pic to come!). Bubba and Bret usually go to bed sometime between 2 and 4:30 after staying up watching shows, playing video games and working on various projects.


This post was written as a part of the year long series "Hitchhikers Guide to Unschooling".