Sunday, May 3, 2009

unpink... unplugged!

Beki offered up this challenge for Spring/Summer `09 - unplug your family for 1 day a week. She says it's harder than it sounds. We are going to try! We chose __________ as our unplugged day and let's just say the girls are less than thrilled to have to commit to a whole day without electronics- which makes me all the more excited for it. For more info or to accept the challenge yourself, click on the link below.
I started this post on March 7 and never finished it. I couldn't figure out which day would be best (IE: easiest) to be unplugged each week. Then we found the house. With the great fenced in backyard. In a lovely lakeside sub-division. With a room downstairs that was destined to be John's "mantown" since it was remodeled by the current owners. He plans on buying a new flat screen TV for that room. I plan on taking the flat screen that is currently in our bedroom and putting it in the upstairs living room. That left us with two TVs- currently in our living room and the girls' "playroom". I was adamant that there would be no televisions in any of the new bedrooms. Enter yesterday's yard sale. Those two TVs? SOLD! So for the next month (give or take a few days...) we are, for all intents and purposes, UNPLUGGED!! Yes, it makes me a little weak in the knees, but it is my hope that with a month of no TV and heading in to such a great new environment to explore and spend time in... the unpink ladies will be unplugged all summer!! I'll keep you updated...



9 comments:

Ashley said...

Getting past the first two weeks is the hardest. After that its not so bad. We're not entirely unplugged, but we did pull our satellite and only rent movies from Netflix.

It has cut way down on the wants for toys and snacks that the kids would always see when watching Nick or Disney.

All in all I'm happy with the results. Good luck to you!

nikki/WhiMSy love said...

We gave up T.V. (though we watch movies sometimes) last Fall. It was VERY hard at first! But now I see how much time we spend together as a family & all the creative play that happens. It was WELL worth it!!

gina said...

Oh, I wasn't even thinking about the added benefit of not seeing all those ads! I hear so many "I want that!" s while they are watching a show. :)

Kat said...

Great idea. We 'unplugged' by the kids having a 'no screen' week a couple of weeks ago. I have to admit that it is as hard for me to go without the computer as it is for them. (I didn't make it...kind of hard when your work is on teh computer, but I didn't even let go of the fun stuff.) But we did some great things that week. (Several library trips. Roll making, cake decoratiang, more outside playing, new game playing.) I am planning to have unplugged days regularly come summer.

Wendy said...

All summer?! You are a stronger woman than I...

gina said...

Cross your fingers for me... although it won't be every day that we give up the computer- I'm not super human you know. ;)

Tammy said...

Can't wait to hear how this goes. I think I could do the TV, but I couldn't go without the computer for very long either!

elexisb said...

Oh my gosh, good luck! Eric would die if he couldn't watch the Mets!

PamperingBeki said...

Girl, you are stronger than me!

Seriously.

It is hard enough for me to do one day a week. Which is pathetic, really.

I did grow up without a tv, however. Didn't have one until I was a teen. And I think I turned out fairly normal. ;-)

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