The Culprits

Monday, October 25, 2010

Cruel & Unusual

A couple weeks ago, Justin decided we needed to get rid of our TVs. He feels that, if there is a TV in the house, he will watch it in the evenings, instead of spending quality time with his family. He has really been putting an emphasis on family time.........which I love. BUT. Even though I have actually wanted this (or thought that I did) for quite a while, I admit that I panicked a little when he actually brought it up for serious discussion. What would I do without Diego, Elmo & Big Bird to help me with the little boys, while I did school with the older boys?! How would I fold laundry?! And what about Cuddy & House?! Will they stay together? Will House ever learn to love Cuddy's child? Will he ever marry her & make an honest woman out of her? Will her love for him mend his wounded soul & abusive personality? Will Cuddy actually be willing to subject her child to such a mean father figure? Will House go to Celebrate Recovery to help him with his anger & admit there is a God who loves him & can help him with his hurts, habits & hang-ups? (OK. So I daydream. I won't apologize for it.)

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.

We are having more creative fun & keeping up on school better.
I'm even having the little ones do "school".

Nice, organized school & activity bins.

I've created a personalized & organized work space for Seth. He NEEDS it, now that he's in high school. Note the neat, "new" bookshelf.

Seth's "science lab".

He's been learning the bass & already plays beautifully. LOVE those low notes!!!

Isaac has been scaling new heights. I'm so happy about that. He's fallen off of this toy shelf twice in the past week. I'm considering gluing his feet to the floor.

We've all been keeping the house cleaner together.

Without Justin's TV shows to compete with, I can practice my music more in the evenings. Isaac "helps".

A new puppet theatre made it's debut.

Pirates have attacked.

If ya can't beat 'em, join 'em. It's better than walkin' the plank! Aarrrg!

Diabolical architects have been born.

Small toys have been victimized.

Jarod made home-made play dough. Gideon discovered a cool mold.

Titus found a better one.

Our dryer died & Justin installed a new one. Can you tell who's been TV deprived? " spiiiiins!!! Look, Mom! It's a Mooooooovieeee!!!"

I have to admit, I occasionally can't take it any more & I resort to letting them play games.......
.....or to letting them watch a show on line. I'm not SUPERWOMAN, OK???!!!

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.)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Bad Time-Travel Blog Post

Seth doing Wii @ his B-day party.
On the Water Front in Down Town Seattle.
Me & Isaac on a Ferry Boat in Puget Sound. It almost looks like Isaac is having fun, except for the scream of terror.
The boys & some cousins, keepin' cool @ Grandma & Grandpa's house.

Pics from: our trip to WA (including Grandma's memorial, Uncle Joshua & Auntie Heather's Pig Roast & a Ferry Boat ride in Puget Sound), the Fall Fair @ our Church, Seth's B-day......and other stuff. Not in order. As usual. Lately, I've been blogging like a bad time-travel sci-fi movie. I jump all over the place in time-sequence. It's all jumbled & smashed together into one wonderful, action-packed, confusing, emotional & dizzying Summer. At least.............I think it was this Summer. I apologize to the family members & friends we visited, who did not make it into the blog. I really do want to download more pics, but I simply must move on with my day. I do love you. My niece Daralynn.

My brother Mark & nephew Asher.

Titus & Isaac @ REI in Seattle.

Auntie Melanie & Uncle Nick @ the Pig Roast.

Seth & Uncle Nick @ Ivar's on the waterfront.

Gideon & Titus @ the Pig Roast. Eating alternatives to actual pig.

Cousin Sorin shooting Jarod & Micah @ the Pig Roast.

Justin giving the boys pony rides @ the Pig Roast.

Justin & my Papa-in-law, Jim, having some "guy time".

Gideon & Titus on the ferry.

Jarod & Micah on the ferry.

My brother Ted & my Uncle Don @ my Grandma Flo's memorial service. They have the same facial expression.

Gideon @ the Fall Fair.

A cute little clown.

Spiderman was @ the fair.

My sis-in-law Tracy & lil' niece Aven.

Isaac & Cousin Braeden.

Titus & Nakayla.

Isaac @ the Fall Fair. "DOWN WITH NAPKINS!!! POWER TO THE ICE CREAM!!!!"

My Daddy holding Isaac & Cousin Zander.

Mel-honey & Isaac.

A sea gull @ the waterfront.

My studly man in front of the vehicle we borrowed from our friend on our honeymoon.....16 years ago!!! Aaahhhhh, the memories!!!! *wistful sigh* Thanks for the good times, Pearl.

Uncle Michael with the boys on the ferry.

Uncle Micheal, Auntie Jubilee & Isaac @ Ivar's.

Grandma Florence, to whom we said goodbye. I will always love & remember & miss her. What a great woman. What a personality. What a servant to others & lover of Jesus. This picture captures her lovable, silly, strong essence perfectly. (Especially considering the ever-present hankie sticking out of her pocket. ;)

My Grandma Virginia @ the memorial service. I was SO HAPPY to see her!!!! I love my G-ma!!!

On Seth's B-day, Seth endures a right of passage into hairy-almost-manhood. As a Facebook friend of Justin's pointed out: this seems an ironic picture. Shouldn't someone, who is teaching someone to shave, be familiar with the act themselves?

The boys with my cousin Benjamin @ the memorial.

Me & two of my sisters (Keri & Trixie) with our "babies".

Jarod @ the Fall Fair.

Justin & Isaac @ the Fall Fair. My man is so hot. Look at those muscles. Look at what a nice Daddy he is. Look how cute my baby is in those glasses. (Can you tell I like this pic?)

More Gideon @ the Fall Fair.

Seth & a few more of the buddies who came to his B-day party. The shirt & big head are his daddy's fault. My baby is 14 now. That's HIS fault. I TOLD him to quit growing. He never listens.