I mentioned a while back that the entire B. family was going unplugged on June 1st. Just for one week. Just to try it out. Time is an unbelievably precious commodity in our house and I never feel like we have enough of it. What little time we have is whittled away watching TV, surfing the internet and my new boyfriend -- my iTouch. I don't remember the last time I read a book. Or created something just for myself. Or sat alone with my own thoughts.
My oldest daughter can quote every episode of SpongeBob at age three and my new baby probably thinks that my iTouch is actually attached to my hand. I don't remember the last time I looked at my husband's eyes. He's normally looking down at his laptop while his face is illuminated by the screen. I have to ask him a question three times before he hears me.
Family time has become an episode of "Big Bang Theory".
This is ridiculous and something has to give.
So, I made the grand suggestion that we unplug ourselves for a week. No TV. No computers. No iTouch (my fingers quiver as I type that last part). Surprisingly, my husband agreed. We've tried to explain to Baby G. that we're starting a new family tradition. Every year, the week after school lets out, we're going to re-group as a family -- sans electronics. She looked at us like she we were in a freak show. And then, the eternal three year-old question.... "WHY"?
She's not going to understand, which makes it even more important that we disconnect from other people's lives for a while.
The big "Unplugged" week was supposed to start on Monday, but my car died last Friday. Died to the tune of $6,000 in repairs. Anyone who has been in my minivan knows that after the "Korie on a cell phone vs. fire hydrant" incident of 2007, my car is not worth dumping $6,000 into it. So, we're car shopping this week. I kind of need to have my computer to do research -- blue book values, trade in values, financing, etc. So, our "Unplugged" week has been bumped one week out (assuming I can find a car this weekend).
Plus, not having a car AND not having TV makes me frickin' Amish and I'm not willing to go that far.
I've been busy looking for "unplugged" activities. The entire family is going to paint birdhouses for our backyard "whimsy" garden. We're going to make up a batch of ooblek. We're going to tie-dye T-shirts (and a onesie for Baby A). There will be more reading. And eating as a family. And eye contact! Any other suggestions for additional family activities? I'm planning to make a family journal and take lots of pictures (NOTE: My digital camera does not count as technology - there are limits to what I'm able to do...).
So, things will effectively shut down here next Monday and we'll be back up the following Monday. If you have any family activity suggestions, I'd love to hear them!