Day two on the no screens experiment didn’t go as swimmingly as the first. I had to endure a lot more complaining from my 4yo and I found out that the two older boys had stayed up watching
TV the night before. I missed American Idol and I had to find out that they almost sent Michael home! I mean, Michael, are you kidding me??? Thank goodness the wise judges used their save. I am dying to know what happened on LOST. There are only 5 episodes left of the entire SERIES and yes I have seen every single episode! And now I don’t get to find out how it ends??? sigh I just want to watch a little bit of TV but I know if I turn it on, the kids will also.
I did end up letting the 4yo have 30 minutes on the computer last night. The truly amazing thing was that when the time was up I looked up to tell him and he was already gone. He said he thought his time was probably up. wierd.
Another odd consequence is my oldest child blaming Lara, the Lazy Organizer for ruining his life. He has gone as far as turning off the modem when he sees me reading her blog. He and the other kids tell me 10 times a day “we are not becoming vegan Mom!” I never said we were becoming vegan, but I guess they are relating the no screens thing to Lara because she hasn’t watched TV in like 11 years and thinks it’s the biggest waste of time. What they don’t realize is that I have wanted to do this for a really long time. Lara has just been the one to give me the motivation to try it. Lara, if you are reading this I’m sorry my kids are blaming you! It’s totally not your fault. I admire you so much and I am learning so much by reading your blog. Thank you for writing it!
Dinner time was an adventure. Dave finished painting one of my bedroom walls (yes my room has been halfway painted since August) and didn’t get started on dinner until 8:30. I didn’t want to complain because he hates it when we bug him about dinner but I was starving so I finally did. He made spaghetti and it was really good. But there was no room around the table for Dave and I this time. I have no idea how we squished in yesterday. So instead of heading to my room to watch my precious TV and eat my dinner I sat on a chair by the wall and proceded to eat my spaghetti in my lap. I wasn’t too happy about this predicament and so when Rani turned and saw me and said with a smile “at least Mom is in here!” I just got mad mad mad. Rani just has a way of saying things that make me feel two inches tall. She means well…I know she does. But she always makes me feel like the queen of the crappy moms. When she is saying yay mom has joined us I hear “it’s about time mom. It’s been like what…3 years since you’ve eaten dinner with the family? sheesh!”
After dinner we did read two more chapters of the Magician’s Nephew, so that was good. Everyone seems to like that.
This morning Finn started up again and since he had finished his chores already he started in on me about the computer. I told him he could have his 30 minutes now or later. He chose now. 15 minutes later he turned off the computer. I asked him if he was done and he said “yeah, it was boring.” I was just beginning to enjoy the taste of victory when he came in begging to play the Wii. AAAHHHHHH he argued to the point that I had to put him in time out because he just wouldn’t stop.
Can I just say that trying to be the world’s best mom overnight when you are pregnant just plain sucks rocks. I don’t want to be anybody’s mom today. I just want to curl up in my bed, close my door and watch TV!
I did get a few things done yesterday. I organized a shelf in my laundry room and washed all the previously clean laundry that was all over the floor of the laundry room. I went to walmart and bought a peg rack for coats since I’m not as skilled as Lara that I could make my own. I also bought a curtain rod for my bedroom, new kitchen curtains and a couple of plastic bins to put Rani’s outgrown clothes in for when I start on her closet. Once I get the coats out of the coat closet I hope to have room for our school supplies to go in there instead of the various places they are located around the house at the moment. Of course then I will have to wash and sort the coats and take some to the DI. Yes I should be doing all of this now since I have to leave in 2 hours to take the kids to dance and I haven’t even showered yet. sigh I don’t think day 3 is going to be any better than day 2.