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January 1st, 2014
As promised here is the rundown of our day so far. Dad is normally at work but is still on Christmas vacation until Friday. As I write this he is taking over the dinner responsibilities, something I would normally do and cooking this awesome looking chicken:
Dora (11) and Bret (14) are running up and down the hallway blocking each other and yelling something about passwords. Bret of course has his Ipod in hand and one earbud in one out probably listening to his favorite band "Falling In Reverse". From the time Bret gets up before his eyes are even open good he has his ipod in hand and music playing. Bubba (15) is playing "Ghost" on the Playstation 3 after being asked to respect everyone because within the last hour he has squished his sister by diving on her and poked his dad with a spear, enough said.
I woke up at 7:30 this morning, some of you may think this is early but to me this is sleeping in! I lounged around in the bed til 8 where I got up and noticed Dad was already on the laptop. I took "the girls" outside to go "potty" and joined him in the living room for a few minutes and watched the 2013 highlight reels of the Today show. I fed the dogs and cats breakfast and promptly got started on the two sinkfulls of dishes left from last night. Dad came in and started cooking breakfast and by 9:00 Dora had joined us and was asking if I needed help with the dishes. The kids don't have any chores but she often volunteers to help out. After breakfast and dishes we went back to the living room where we halfway watched a rerun of The Glenn Beck show and joined along discussing our favorite Christmas movies. Dad got back on the computer and Dora, my aspiring photographer used this time to take pictures of any and everything from the people on the tv to the mix matched socks she was wearing.
It was at this time "the girls" set in play what would be a long day of "bone feuding ". Sudsy (white, pitbull) had decided that she will have the bone she wants today which always happens to be the one Kitonna has in her mouth! Now, we do not have a bone shortage, we have bone landmines everywhere in an effort to keep them from literally ripping up the carpet! This is still going on as I write this 8 hours later!
Dora wanted to dance so we cut on the 2013 Greatest hits and I began to dance with her. Dad mentioned something about mines and it ended up like this:
This went on for quite sometime and then Dora wanted to watch cartoons. She watched Spongebob and The Fairly Odd Parents Movie with Dad while I checked emails and facebook and had some computer time. Around 1:00 Bubba got up and Dad, Dora, and I went to run some errands. Post office and CVS. Here is Dora learning how to use the stamp machine so she can mail her letter to her penpal.
When we got home Bubba (15) was enjoying a few minutes of Guitar Hero.
Dad decided since we just got the heads up on buying our place he should check out the attic since we have talked about adding a few new rooms. All of the kids were excited to explore this new area. Bret woke up about this time.
The kids decided they wanted to make "Rock Candy" something we found online a few days ago. (Will share more details later!). So we made that, talked about crystals, and watched a You Tube video that showed how sugar crystals looked when they began to grow under a microscope. Then, Dora and Bubba decided to make a New Year's cake:
Bret spent some time looking up and watching videos on You Tube trying to discover new things about "Ghost". Dad played a little on the drum set. Add in a little laundry, playing and taking care of the pets, Minecraft, running through the house acting like a "Creeper" and you are pretty much caught up!
This post is a part of the new series "Hitchhkiers Guide to Unschooling." You can read more about this series HERE.
For more videos on our family check out my You Tube channel HERE.