Part of the "talking" was that we decided we'd run the course of Netflix and now just watched TV so we could have a mind-numbing couple of hours before bed. We both agreed, we need a TV fast.
We'd talked about it before, but you know how TV is...it's a comfort, a terrific babysitter, and a great way to while away the hours. Yesterday I responded to Kate's inquiry on the Hip Girls Guide to Homemaking blog (for a chance to win a set of homesteading books by Ashley English), "Tell us what you most appreciate about your upbringing. We’re in the cusp between Mothers’ and Fathers’ days here, so let us know how they influenced you the most."
My response? "My parents raised me (and my brothers and sister) with a restriction on TV watching: we could watch 30 minutes (except news, news was a freebie) on weekdays and 1 hour on weekends. That meant a lot of imaginative playtime, inside and out. I hated it when I had no idea what movies/TV shows other kids watched, but now I love the idea."
And it really hit me, I want M to have that same experience.
This morning I closed my eyes, squishing them tightly shut prepared for the pain of ripping the band aid. I canceled our membership. One quick jerk, so I wouldn't back out. We don't have cable and without the antenna we only get frustratingly fuzzy stations. TV won't be an option until the cold weather comes, then we'll reassess.
Remember last year when I talked about allowing yourself the fun of summer camp?
This year we'll start a little earlier. (Perhaps M and I already have with all the time we've spent soaking our little piggies in the play pool.)
- Sew a windsock (or maybe even a few!)
- Fly a kite
- Use the clothes line as a fort!
- Hang a wooden swing from the branches--one both C and I can sit on.
- Make sun tea
- This one may not sound so campy fun, but: Eat according to the food plate. With the (hopefully!) abundant summer crops, a plate of 50% vegetables should be an easy and delicious experience.
I'm not the only one thinking about the potential of an active summer. Ellen of the Long Thread tweeted the Summer fun list at Modern Hostess,who linked to Meg who really has it down to a science! Ellen also tweeted these vegan shoes from The Generation (and they have arch support--hello happy mama feet!) which I'd happily sport all season long.
How about you? What's on the radar for summer?