Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday Snapshot(s)

"If you could only love enough, you could be the most powerful person in the world". -Emmet Fox
True to it's name, this post is a documentary of our afternoon.  This afternoon.  'Cause I'm so on top of it.  For once.  (Take note as it may be a very long time before this happens again).

We have a Sunday rule of no TV or video games that  I was terrified to implement at first.  What were my children going to do all afternoon without a screen to stare at?  The first couple of Sabbaths were difficult, filled with whining and disbelief, and "I'm bored", all of which seemed to creep down my ears and make my back ache.  But I held my ground, and told them I would be happy to find a chore that could cure their boredom, and if they asked to turn on their DS's  onemoretime they would be missing them on Monday, too.

And on the third week, it happened,  We finished lunch, and Nathaniel turned to London and asked, "Do you want to go upstairs and play?"  And off they went, hand in hand, like Hansel and Gretel skipping into the woods to find a giant gingerbread house made of candy.  And they played together. All afternoon. I'm not exactly sure what, but I know from the aftermath that it involved princesses, army men, and legos. All the while Rich and I napped. A napping mom is a happy Mom.  I love Sundays.

Today they worked on drawings in their Pokemon card binders, little detailed drawings done in pen on lined notebook paper.  London had flowers and houses with little beds for the mice, and a magnificent drawing of the Snowbird resort, complete with 10 floors, a baby swimming pool, a 'hanger thngy" and "you get to watch TV in bed".

Nathaniel's rendition of Snowbird came complete with the arcade on the third floor, an ongoing bingo came, and a reception center.  There's even a ghost in the attic.  (Maybe we'll have to check for one when go we this August)  Looking at this, I'm just really amazed that no one in this drawing has a weapon.  Sometimes I think that boy must have been a WW2 vet in his past life. What a boy!

London makes her 'Scalliwag' face, and then leans in towards me and whispers, 
"Mom, just so you know, we. are. made. of. meat."

And since I've had a nap, I'm not even thinking about putting her in the oven.

Just so you know.

"The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. " -Audrey Hepburn


Debbie said...

Mmmmmmm. Meat. I LOVE meat (just not the human kind). Love those drawings too...good for you for holding your ground on your Sunday rules. Those hard things are worth it for sure.

Allyson & Jere said...

Love this! Love EVERYTHING about this post. Darling pictures of the kids.

Must admit, when you said his rendition of "snowbird" I thought of snowbirds, as in old people that come and stay in AZ all winter. hehehehe My bad.

Venassa said...

That is such a great idea! Kids these days (what am I, 65?) don't play as much as they used to when I was a kid. Plus they look like they're really enjoying themselves.

Melissa said...

I am so jealous of your commitment. My kids are way older than yours and we still don't have great Sunday rules. Nice job!

Our Family said...

I love Sundays for this reason. We have had a "no screen time" rule at our house for a few years, and I STILL get grief from Ryan occasionally. (Especially on Super Bowl Sunday)!! It is SO fun to see my kids actually use their imaginations and have fun playing together. Those are beautiful pictures of your beautiful kids.

Megan said...

Darling, cute meat. I'm going to have to trade with you for a little bit of photography before my kids get too much bigger.

We haven't crossed over to no t.v. yet, but we play. A LOT.

Love happy sibling/friends. Love when Noah goes down for a nap that he knows Ty Ty will be home when he gets up. Love that Jocelyn (Winnie) is his best friend.

You just don't get that watching t.v. Good for you!

~Dana said...

I love this kind of journaling! Way to go, Family History Pro!