Well, as it turns out, there is this cool thing, called a radio, which aides me in my laundry-folding endeavors. And, with a little extra organization of toys, I've been able to keep the babies more occupied during school lessons. Surprisingly, I find that I don't actually CARE that much about House, Cuddy....or ANY of the completely unrealistic & morally degenerate characters I've come to enjoy on television. It's not like we're living in the Dark Ages. We do have (gasp) books. We also have 4 computers with Internet (tightly monitored of course), 3 of which have been provided to us by the government, for our on line schooling.
Before we gave up TV, I was already on an organizing & cleaning kick. Isaac is less of a baby now (*sniff sniff*), so I have been able to accomplish more anyway. This "no-TV-thing" is helping me somehow to get even more organized & efficient. I, myself, didn't really watch TV during the day. But I guess it was a bit of a safety net for me with the kids. Now I know I have to be organized......or chaos will ensue & I'll be making an extended visit to a nice little white padded room where I can slam my head against the wall as often as I want to & it won't hurt very much & where huge run-on sentences & bad spelling & grammar are expected. I am making an effort to send the kids outside to play more.
I have to admit, I occasionally can't take it any more & I resort to letting them play games.......
The only thing I feel badly about is Jarod missing his cooking shows. He is a creative soul, who wants to be a chef when he grows up. He hasn't heard from his mentor, Alton Brown, in a long time. He is a little depressed about that.
Probably, once a month, we will have a TV/Wii/junk food day. (I also banned junk food from the house, when Justin banished the TVs & the Wii. The kids thought, at first, that they were being cruelly & unusually punished for something & were convinced they were all going to die.) We will bring a couple of the TVs in from the garage. Justin & the boys will have a Lord of the Rings marathon in the living room, while I watch Anne of Green Gables in my room. (I might even invite some girl friends to join me.) Jarod will get to watch "Good Eats". We will eat yummy stuff to our hearts' content. Then, out the TV & junk food will go for another month. That's the plan, anyway.
It's been about two weeks without TV so far. Two looooong, miserable weeks. Just kidding. It's been mostly good. Our lives are definitely better, over all, without the boob-tube. :) Thanks, honey! "No TV" is great idea! (I left a goodbye note, along with your suitcase on the front porch. I'm sure your mom will love to have you around for a while.)