Saturday, July 24, 2010

Unplugged, Part 1

So, when we moved here, we decided to unplug the TV. Well, kind of. We decided that we would not get a cable or satellite TV provider (though I do love PBS and BYUTV!) Why? Well, we have long noticed that we watch a lot more television than we would really like to, and our kids were starting to "self-serve" with TV (and, more importantly, with the DVR). And so they were watching more tv than I was really comfortable with. Efforts to limit the tv watching were really only marginally successful, with at least one of my children (so far) throwing major tantrums that resembled David Banner's transformation to the Hulk. So, we unplugged. BUT with a small Netflix account and weekly family movie nights.

We're on our way! So far, I have learned that I need to spend more time with my children! Initially the kids did great, playing with toys they hadn't play with in a while, and listening to books on tape, etc., but the novelty wore off soon enough, and there we were, on the verge of pulling each other's hair out, or........TO BE CONTINUED!!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

An update (a MAJOR upate!)

Well...we have moved! Jared has gotten a new job teaching at Michigan Tech University in Houghton, MI. We live in Hancock and have a lovely little house that is just perfect for us (some pictures to follow!) We moved mid-June and are still settling in (after a two week vacation to Virginia for a family reunion). Everyone seems to be adjusting fairly well, but I have forgotten all of the many things that need to be done when moving! Change of address, change of bank accounts, changing utilities, changing license plates and driver's licenses (and how many pounds can I (without guilt) fib about?). On Monday I am going to register the children for school and start tackling a LONG to do list! I think there are....15 or so boxes left to unpack...not bad!