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Thursday, August 31, 2017

On Packing Lunches for The Man Crew

Healthy Lunch Choices
Hi Friends, now that the initial excitement of a new school year has begun to wane, does the thought of packing eleventy billion lunches this year have you feeling less than thrilled? Have you considered streamlining the process by doing something like this? Getting ahead is always always ALWAYS better than being behind, don't ya think?

https://www.facebook.com/tastyjunior/videos/471179346569491/

I use a modified version of this system (OK, OK, when I remember to plan ahead, I use this system) to keep mouths full of delicious and nutritious things. I don't make sandwiches ahead, but I keep supplies on hand to make them quick and easy. I did even splurge recently on getting the little packets of mustard and mayo so we don't eat soggy sandwiches all week. I spend a little time over the weekend to chop veggies, prep drinks (We aren't big into juice boxes or Capri Sun, so I fill our reusable water bottles with water, or iced tea) and make sure there is plenty of fruit, nut and cheese choices ready to grab on the way out the door.
In the mornings, we make a quick sandwich (or cracker, meat, cheese choices) and toss in some fruit, nut, veggie options, grab a water bottle and we're out the door.

In other news, DT and I are considering upgrading to Bento Boxes for our lunches at work. Anyone have a great one to recommend? I'd love glass, but with all the bumping and "oops"es we have in our life, I'm not convinced this is a good idea. Steel is the next best...who has a favorite brand?

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Adventures with Mr. T and Slick: Week 2

Week two started off really well with Mr. T and Slick digging into Adam and Eve's original sin. How often we are quick to blame others and try to cover up our own sin. :( And how quickly the whole world went to shambles once sin entered the world.
We started read aloud time this week, music studies (Hello, Vivaldi!) and added a few things to our timelines. The boys love coloring their timeline pieces and them laminating them. We worked on adding a few pages to our history notebooks, and the boys' sentence structure is improving already.
We learned about the four types of energy this week and it was a delight for me to see the understanding dawn in their eyes as we tried different activities and had much dialouge about the differing types.
Circle time continues to be a hit, and the boys are doing so well with their speech ideas and Scripture memorization. Mr. T in particular always has something to share.
Areas of focus this week at circle time are days of the week and months of the year. And remembering to sit still at circle time. LOL!

Follow along with us this year as we learn about His Story from the Creation to the Greeks!

Four types on Energy! I don't know about them, but I'M learning so much :)

Heloooooo, Antonio Vivaldi! It's been lovely listening to the Four Seasons all week long.



Saturday, August 19, 2017

Schooling with Mr. T and Slick: Week 1

     Mr. T and Slick have hit the ground running and are enjoying their first week of school. Jodi is doing some assessments with them this week to be sure of their reading and arithmetic levels before she starts assigning work. Together, the boys and I (Kristy) are slowly working our way up to a full afternoon, so we are starting off slowly with Circle Time, Bible and some history. We are going to be learning about public speaking this year, so it's something we are focusing on in Circle Time. Both of them are NOT shy and aren't afraid to ramble on and on, so making sure we don't overshoot our planned speech time may turn out to be more of a challenge than making sure we talk long enough.
     Week 1 of My Father's World has us studying the days of Creation, reciting 2 Timothy 3:16 and dabbling in art. Mr. T LOVES art, and Slick tolerates art, so it will be a bit of a trick this year to balance the projects out so that they are both pleased. These next few weeks, we will be covering some art basics, like drawing straight lines, working on ellipses and learning about not getting frustrated by not being a perfect artist from day one. First project was to draw with a pencil in their mouth, after learning about Joni Eareckson Tada, who is a very talented artist despite being a quadriplegic. They both loved this project and in fact, have recreated it several times on their own time. They've learned how to work together on something they can't do on their own, like take the cap off of a marker.
     We are also studying The Sabbath, which is a great reminder to the adults as well, since Jodi and I both work many hours, at work and at home. We baked Challah bread and made table coverings. Slick was especially interested in the resting part of Sabbath, although he seems convinced that resting means he can have unlimited time on his tablet for the 24 hours. LOL! I'm working on Slick's schedule to keep it reasonable as he currently practices gymnastics for 12 hours a week and attends youth group activities twice a week.
     We had our first synergy group meeting this week and while we were missing a student, we enjoyed ourselves quite a bit. We did a science experiment, we baked bread, and we had our first official speech opportunity.

     Follow along with us this year as we learn about His Story from the Creation to the Greeks!
SCIENCE!! Whenever I say we are going to do a science lesson, they both shout, "SCIENCE!!"

Slick hard at work coloring the days of creation.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Best Thing I've Heard All Week

     A brilliant friend of mine (Hi Amy!!) called her new boyfriend a 'gentleman savage' on Facebook this week, and it struck a chord in me. It's quite possibly the best description of what I want my boys to be when they are grown. I want them to be wild and free, but with a heart for Jesus, good manners (as needed), great work ethic, and a tender love for their spouses and children.
     I've often called my sons wild hooligans and this is often a good reflection of them, as they are loud, rowdy and sometimes (OK, often) obnoxious. I've even been known to call my children feral, and this is occasionally true of their behavior. However, both of these less-than-stellar nicknames are said with much affection and deep love and they don't appear to be offended by either one.
     This is my life as their mama in a nutshell. Dastroyah decided this weekend after church that he was going to turn his much beloved Pathfinder into a dune buggy of sorts, and there was MUCH laughter in the front yard as the best demolition crew in the lower 48 tore that poor thing to bits. Once they were satisfied that it looked the way they wanted, Dastroyah, PattyCakes, Alex and Nathan piled in for a test run. They were shirtless, filthy, and loud, and for a split second I considered hushing them and telling them to clean up and get shirts on before they headed out. But another split second later, listening to them laugh together and watching the camaraderie between all of them, I swallowed my desire to hush them and just enjoyed watching them drive away with their arms, mouths, and legs flying. I dared a peek at Hercules who was supervising the buggy project while working on his Beast of a Truck, and the joy in his eyes was unmistakable from the time spent with them. A few minutes later, they returned and all tried to shout over one another to tell us how the test drive went and how they were already making plans to change this or that. Then they went in the house, ate everything, cleaned up a little and tumbled out the door again like a rabid 4 headed Tasmanian devil to share their special brand of crazy with someone else. One of them even remembered to bellow thank you as they went out the door.

And so they are...wild and free, but with a heart for Jesus, good manners (as needed), great work ethic, and a tender love for their mama.
My work here is done.

#GentlemanSavage

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

It's the Little Things


I've discovered as I make this journey through life, that it's not the HUGE things that make or break your day, week, month or LIFE....it's the little things. So in celebration of those little things, list a few things that made your day, week, month or LIFE sweeter or brighter.
  • It's an hour long chat with my sweet 'Shua while he drives home from work that gets me caught up on all the new things in their life.
  • It's a work week vacation! I vacation during the day while Dan works and then we get to spend the evenings together uninterrupted while we enjoy a hotel stay.
  • It's The BIGS being willing and able to care for the littlest MeYeR while Dan and I enjoy our work week vacation.
  • It's being completely caught up on laundry AND dishes at the same time, even it only lasts 5 minutes. LOL
  • It's being able to leave grocery money for the boys to use, and knowing they know how to buy and prepare decent meals.  
  • It's catching up on my reading goals for the year. 
  • It's working in my planner and realizing that I'm having success in nearly every area of my goal list, even if there is still plenty of room for improvement.
  • It's a new job that brings less stress and allows for more family time.
  • It's making fun summer plans with friends.
  • It's sleepovers for your child's friend that is moving away.
  • It's pizza and movies together on a Sunday evening. 
I like the idea of this type of post. If you do too, post a few of YOUR little things. I'm making it a goal to be more positive this year...join me!
~K~

A clean and beautiful hotel room, Food Network on the TV, and my bare feet up and relaxing.


PS. Looking over this list, several of them are actually BIG things. 
  • My grown son calls me every week or so to keep me updated about his life. That makes me so happy!
  • It's a small getaway that we need and can afford. 
  • Intentionally spending time as a couple so that when the children are grown and gone we will still have a relationship to take us into the golden years together.
  • It's having raised children that have become responsible, capable, amazing young men.
  • It's making wise job choices that bring more important things to our life than just money.
  • It's making memories with our children.

Monday, June 12, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 14

Day 14: Surprise! I packed a bag, pawned my responsibilities onto someone else, and ran away for the work week with Dan! Quiet, relaxing days in a hotel reading and blogging, followed by evenings spent with Hunky Dunky Hercules! YES please! 😍
Oh My Word, I love this man!
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 13


Day 13: A Sunday evening at home with this goofball. As I mentioned earlier, I've been traveling often in the past several months and DT has been passed back and forth between The BIGS quite a bit. He's ready to just be home with Mama and Daddy for a while. Daddy ended up being busy Sunday afternoon but DT and I enjoyed some time together playing video games on the PlayStation3 Move, folding clothes, going together to take care of Jude (Jodi's dog) and ending the evening with some RedBox movies and pizza. We watched Moana and saved Monster Truck for Monday.  Pretty much a perfect Sunday evening in my estimation. 
*Ahem* Perhaps someone takes more after his mama than we originally thought. LOL!
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 12

Day 12: I spent a few hours at the new job working on that master book list again. With Jodi away for a few weeks and the office officially closed, I can set my own hours for a while. I can live with that. The boys and Dan were all busy so no one was missing me right then, so I used the time to earn a few more dollars to tuck away for a later summer adventure. Sounds good to me!
In other news, any excuse to eat next door at Enrique's is a good excuse. LOL!
Starting the Master Book List: EVERY Thomas the Tank Engine book ever written.
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Friday, June 9, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 11

Day 11: A bountiful box of soap that not only keeps our bodies and clothes clean for the next few months, but enough to share as a beautiful parting gift to a friend who is moving away. Soap that not only smells good, but cleans well, has no unnecessary ingredients and is so beautiful that it needs no embellishments to give as a gift. Thank you Melissa over at www.CadronCreekSoapworks.com for the happy package in the mail! 
A soapdeck, and a bar of each coconut, ginger lime and honeysuckle. YES PLEASE!
I shared with the Game Night Crowd this evening as well, and we were all like kids at Christmas, digging through the box and unwrapping bars to smell them. Everyone went home with a pocket full of goodies...good times! Thanks again, Melissa.

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 10


Day 10: My first day on the job with Learn For a Lifetime! Hello better hours, helping children, reading tons of books and getting paid to make lists! Today I started a master list of the books in our lending library, which I realized quickly was going to take me a kajillion times longer than I had anticipated, give or a take a millennia. But a job that allows/encourages you to take a break from the "work" to play a game with this sweet little face is the kind of job I want in my life.
SO, can you Guess Who?
Mr. T joined me for a game of Guess Who
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 9

Day 9: Derek has been passed back and forth and around between The BIGS like a hot potato for what seems like months between gymnastics meets, Mama K needing to travel with his auntie Karen, work demands, Mama K going to meet Baby Caden in IL and Daddy and Mama K stealing away for a few days together.
He said sadly to me the other day that he was tired of me being away, and he wished I could be home Like I used to be...OUCH. So, today we played video games together, went out to dinner, made silly videos and fun photos on SnapChat, and I sang his bedtime story in my silliest, loudest voice. ''Twas a good day for us. 💚



Derek loves the white freckles, but not the heart shaped nose


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 8

Day 8: Road Trip Fun! Have you seen The THING?!? Karen had never seen it so we stopped and enjoyed a few happy minutes traipsing through the "museum" that houses The THING. Worth every penny of the $1.00 of admission. LOL! Good stuff!
And yes, I know this is a terrible photo of both of us, but when you ask a stranger to take your photo, you get what you get and you don't pitch a fit. Amen.

In other news, Karen got a clean bill of health from the heart surgeon, who just told her to eat more and walk more. Hallelujah!
Sister-Girl Road Trip Adventures: Going to see The THING
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Monday, June 5, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 7

Day 7: I learned to use SnapChat today. I had downloaded it a while back, mostly so DT and I could play with the filters, but it's actually a pretty fun way to keep in touch. My friend, Dani walked me through some of the basics (I'm not very technologically advanced) and I'm having a ball with it.


A sweet friend told me I looked like a Disney Princess in this photo. I'll call that a win. 😉
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Sunday, June 4, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 6

Day 6: Road Trip! Karen and I are headed to Phoenix for her (hopefully) last post-op check up following her heart bypass earlier this year. We're hoping for a clean bill of health, some extra sleep and to enjoy a few days with less responsibilities. YES PLEASE!
Hello AZ, may this be the last time I visit for a while...
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 5

 Day 5: FREE BOOKS! Are there any happier words in the English language than "Free books"? Not in my world, that's for sure! I carried home probably 25 books. (shhh, don't tell Dan) I'm still at the homeschooling conference but this is what caught my eye today.
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Friday, June 2, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 4


Day 4: My first Homeschooling Conference, and I'm representing my favorite curriculum company, My Father's World. I had a blast meeting with all the parents and kids, from the we-haven't-started-yet parents, to the We-are-on-our-20th-year parents. Great curriculum, great parents, great experience!

I want to BUY IT ALL
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Thursday, June 1, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 3

Day 3: A remake of a silly picture we took 5 years ago on our first trip to White Sands together. The crowd may have gotten smaller, but the shenanigans are the same. What a wild and wacky pack of hooligans!
These guys make my heart happy!! DT-11, G-16, A-7 next week
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 2


Day 2: Live Christian Music on the Plaza, great weather, food trucks and my Sister-Girl. Life is good.
Happy Sister-Girl!

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

#100HappyDays: Day 1

 The #100HappyDays Challenge starts now! From today until just after Labor Day, some friends and I joined the #100HappyDays Challenge to remind us to look for the good in each day. The blessing. The positive. The laughter. It's also a sweet way to document summer fun. My photos will be a mix of what things make the family happy and what makes me personally happy. I started with me. Hope that's OK.
Hercules fixed my star lights on the back porch, which to most people is a really little thing. But I just adore them and was so sad when they slowly went out last summer. Dan went to the store and got replacements and then he and David fixed them. I just spent some time sitting on the back porch enjoying their merry twinkle in the middle of a rain storm. Glorious.
Day 1: Twinkle lights
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Baby Caden: Happy Memorial Day!

Happy 1st Memorial Day, sweet grandson! I love your hat!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Fitness Challenge: #MakeFatCry

I have to do SOMETHING about my weight.
4-5 workouts at PFit just aren't doing it. (Probably because I sabotage myself in the drive thru lane, but we aren't talking about that right now) Anywho, I decided to take it up a notch by joining a 30 day challenge put on by Betty Rocker at #MakeFatCry. Well, she is kicking my heiny in unprecedented fashion. It's all body weight workouts and each workout is only 15 minutes, but there have been several days that I could barely walk. But I guess that means it's working, so I'm going to keep going until the end. I'm on day 10 today and I need to do day 9 because yesterday got away from me. But, I'm not quitting or giving up.
Anyone want to join me?


Suprises in the Mail

I have amazing friends. Friends that are so good to me that it's humbling. God has so richly blessed me in this area of my life. I have a sweet friend who makes darling crocheted items for her family and friends. A few weeks ago, she made a 'gypsy head wrap' for one of her littles and I mentioned in passing that it was lovely and I wished I had one just like it. Low and behold, a week later, here came one in the mail. I snatched it out the package while squealing with delight and put it right on my head because...friends, when your amazing-outstanding-selfless friend makes you a precious gift, you wear it whether it is 92* or not. Because LOVE.

If you love crocheted items but are like me and can't make them for yourself, check out her little slice of the cyber-land. She does a great job and has completely reasonable prices.

New Games at the Man Crew House

I purchased two new games for the Game Night tables this week.



First up is Pandemic, in which you play as a team to save the world from 4 illnesses that are trying to kill of all the humans. It is super fun and takes quite a bit of strategy and cooperation to save the world. Lots of  moving parts, but overall, quite simple to learn...but it takes a while to master. Several options for your role to be in the game keeps the game fresh each time for nice longevity of the game. Several of the Game Night crowd had been requesting it since I borrowed it from the B-Bunch's game cabinet a while back, so I promised them I'd have it by this week. It's a HIT!

Next up is SuperFight, where you use randomly chosen cards to create the best 'fighter' you can, out of things that range from "Your Mom" to "Chuck Norris" to "A Class of Kindergartners" and with powers like "100 stories tall" or "Superglue fire hose" to "in a potato sack". Oh goodness...the arguing, the laughter, the FUN!! I got a good deal, so I have the base game, and 5 different expansions that add things like locations, scenarios, geeky references, and a such. Just reading the rules is hilarious. (See above) This was also a huge hit this week.

I'm sure there are people that find it outrageous the money we drop on games around here, and I suppose I understand that since games are pricey. However, a few things. I can drop $75 on a night at the movies, or even a nice restaurant, or on fancy clothes...but games bring the family together. Even if we only play these games 5 times, that is FIVE TIMES that my family and/or friends came together and made happy memories. (In other news, in the 4 days that I've owed these two games they've both already been played more than that. Just sayin') Also, I always shop around a bit and make sure I'm getting the best deal I can. I got a steal on both of these and spent less than $50 total, including shipping. SCORE!

What's new on your game tables?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Coming Soon! The 100 Happy Days Challenge


Hi friends! I'm wanting to document some happiness around here. Life is sometimes hard, and often feels rather uphill-both-ways-in-neck-deep-snow blah blah blah. So to combat that feeling, I've decided to join the 100 Happy Days Challenge. Starting on May 30th (the day after Memorial Day) I will be doing the challenge. It's a great way to focus on the positive in our lives by noticing something that makes us happy each day for 100 days.


I chose May 30th, because to me, summer starts then. Memorial Day is official kick off weekend of summer. So from May 30 until a few days after Labor Day, I shall be documenting something that made me happy that day. I'll be posting on FB and also here. I'll be using the hashtags #100HappyDays, #100DaysOfSummer and possibly #TheManCrew as well.


If you want to play along, and I hope you do, you can join the challenge by heading to www.100happydays.com and signing up. You can choose your start date, your favorite platform for posting pics, and even choose a custom hashtag if #100HappyDays doesn't suit your fancy. Hope to see you there and here!


Monday, May 22, 2017

A Sermon on Marriage Parts 2 and 3


If you're looking for the follow up on the marriage sermon series, you can find them here and here. The rest of the series was excellent, focusing first on serving one another and then keeping the love alive, and both of them stepped all over my toes, and possibly Dan's as well. You'd think after being married for 20 years, we'd have all of this figured out. You'd be incorrect. *ahem* Being the stubborn people we are, we still struggle with some of the basics, even though I'd not hesitate to say our marriage is strong and growing. But that doesn't mean we have it all figured out and our life together is perfect. It means that we are always growing and changing and working to make our marriage better...and that sometimes we are more successful than other times.
It does mean that this sermon series was a blessing, and a spring board for several great conversations, and that you're never too old or been married too long to get some tips and learn a few new things.
Thanks Pastor Dennis for this series!

Who Am I?

This is what's on my heart tonight. (I apologize to the people who come here looking for a laugh)



WHO AM I?
If I'm not a nanny anymore, who am I?
If I'm not the sister who handles all of the family drama,  who am I?
If I'm not a mama to a handful of littles anymore, who am I?
If I'm not the powerhouse that can belt out a Sandy Patti solo for special music, who am I?
If I'm not the wife/mama who can "do it all" then who am I?

What if I turn out to be no one?  *crickets*

I'm in a season of change, and change can be frustrating and upsetting to someone who craves routine and structure as much as I do. I'm working so hard to learn to not be so busy, to make room in my/our chaotic life for breathing, relaxing, for Sunday afternoon naps followed by cuddling during a movie, and for spur of the moment activities not to be a tragedy or an unwelcome intrusion to our schedule.

And I'm doing that. I've got the house cleaner, more regularly, more often than probably ever before. The bills are being paid on time because I can not only find the bills, but I have enough mental clarity to remember to pay them. Derek is getting to bed on time more often. *I'm* getting to bed on time more often. I have time to workout, and grocery shop, and get everyone to the necessary places on time. We're eating at home again, instead of living in the drive through lane. I have time to occasionally indulge in a Sunday afternoon nap with Dan, or to meet a friend for coffee, or even blog again (woot!)

BUT, there's also this awkward feeling inside of me. One that reminds me eleventy billion times a day that I could DO more, BE more, SERVE more, if I wasn't so busy being not so busy. And what if I'm disappointing people who have learned to count on me? And what if I'm being lazy under the guise of being intentional? What if I'm overlooking the important while I'm trying so hard to SEE the important instead of the urgent?

 What if?

And, *gulp* what if....when you take away my flaming chainsaw juggling, baking bread and throwing a dinner party while baby-wearing and homeschooling awesomeness...there is nothing left of worth? What if all I have to offer the world is little old me, insignificant in any meaningful way once all the busyness is stripped away?

I.
Don't.
Know.

Lord help me, because I don't know. I learned last year that I was finding WAY too much of my identity in being Dan's wife and his approval of me. And with my boys turning into men at an alarming rate, I can no longer make my identity about being a mama of littles. Life is changing and I'm struggling to find where I fit into my own new chapter of life.





And that's OK.
Jesus loves me, even in my mess. Jesus knows who I am, who I was, and who I'm going to become. That is so comforting. I shall cling to His hand while I walk this new path. I'm still confused and I'm still feeling blown around by the winds of change, but I know I'm safe in His arms.
That's good enough for me, even if I don't know what's around the next bend.
To be continued...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I INTENDED to blog, but...

...the evening simply got away from me. I'm working on being IN bed by 10pm and it is currently 9:52 so I'm just waving and wishing you all a good night's rest. I'll be back soon!


Baby Caden: 3.5 Months

Baby Caden is growing up WAY too fast for my taste. He's so stinkin' cute! When Pat saw this photo, he asked if human babies 'grow into' their hands, like puppies do with their paws. I had never thought about that before.
Things that make you go Hmmmm.
'Shua and Lauren, kiss that sweet baby from {Grand}Mama K please.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Baby Caden: Sleeping Again

Caden is so precious, whether awake or asleep! I can't believe he's already 3.5 months old.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Screen Free Week Follow Up

The Bad News: It appears that we totally stink at SFW. Like abysmal failures. Not that the effort wasn't there, just that we are way more addicted than I thought. Oops.
On Monday, I allowed DT to download an educational game and try it...for over 30+ minutes.
On Tuesday, he watched some tv while we were waiting for G to finish up her riding lesson because he was bored and hadn't brought along anything else to do.
On Wednesday, he had to tag along for Sister-Girl Night and so Roger downloaded him a few games on his Xbox and we didn't want to be rude.
On Thursday, we attended Community Group and the kiddos all played games on one of the parent's phone. *le sigh*
All the days, I checked my email constantly, had I-Miss-FB-pangs, and checked my bank account like it was going out of style. I even read a book on my Kindle, although I'm not sure if that counts against me or not.
And by Friday morning, Dan was home and watched TV all day long.
EGADS!
The Good News: While there was obviously MUCH room for improvement, all is not lost.
We played tons of board games together and with the B-Bunch girlies and laughed ourselves silly.
We played and worked together outside in the beautiful spring weather.
We ate better meals because we had 'time' to cook.
We cleaned the house and then enjoyed our clean home to welcome friends.
We read lots of books because we weren't always attached to a screen.

Bottom Line:
Officially, we are terrible human beings because we could not even manage one 24 hour period without screens.
Unofficially, we are members of the 21st century in America and it's practically impossible to go a full day without using any type of screen at all. We work on them, play on them, socialize on them and even do school on them.

The takeaway? It's frustrating to me that we did so poorly, and I want to do better, but I'm willing to see the positives of the effort we made. So I'm going to call this past week a wash and start making plans for at least one ACTUAL screen free day per week this summer.
Anyone want to join us?
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