Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Debate Party!

Our friends had us over to watch the first presidential debate and we had so much fun. We laughed so hard that it hurt. They're great friends to laugh with and we love that we can have intelligent conversation with them. Plus they make a mean queso dip (SO SPICY!!).

Poor Shawn is so outnumbered at these things.

And check out that TV -- Mark gets to go over and enjoy some good BYU football with Shawn. It's been years since he's been able to do that--he usually get the score online and reads about it. He and Shawn have a good time.

Hey look, it's the debates!

Playing Video Games is part of good political discourse, right?

This picture was taken at 12:31 AM. We had just started to leave and then we started talking more and Shawn suggested we sit. That was it. We left about 2 hours after that. The good thing is we all homeschool so sleeping in a bit the next day is an option. The bad thing is . . . not for Rebecca. She gets up at 5-something in the morning to drive a school bus before coming back home to homeschool her 4 kids! (But she took a nap during the debates and got a second wind). :P

The kids don't mind staying up once in a while like this. No complaints at all. We paid for it with some grumpiness the next day. Staying up until 2:30 AM is NOT our norm. Of course, Rebecca's little one conked out at some point (that's him sprawled out asleep on the floor next to the video gamers). I know we come across as highly responsible parents in this post.


Jill O said...

I am always so amazed at kids that can stay up all hours and not totally loose it. How do you do it? My kids totally turn into pumpkins (and not the good kind) at 10:00. And sleeping in NEVER happens, regardless of what time the fell asleep. We follow the whole early to bed, early to rise thing if we want to or not.

Rebecca said...

The last picture and comment are so funny!!! I'd like to add even though I keep my 3 year old up all hours of the night he did sleep in until at least 9 or 9:30 the next day - at least thats when we woke up and found him making his own breakfast :).

Boquinha said...

ROTFL, Rebecca! I'm totally laughing out loud! See how homeschooling fosters independence?

Jill, I'm not sure. M's like that--he gets up pretty much at the same time every day (more or less). K can totally sleep in. He's more sleep sensitive. She's less so. Thing is, after a night like this, bedtime is a breeze for the next few days! :P

I've had people ask me this before (because their kids get up at 5-something every day!!) and I'm not sure, but I think the secret lies in keeping them up late (nothing major, but later than usual) multiple nights in a row--they get used to it and eventually sleep in a bit more and get used to doing that (and by sleeping in, I mean 7ish). Also, when our kids are old enough to recognize numbers, we teach them about the digital clock and how the first number tells a lot--if it's a 5, go back to sleep!! :P