Monday, May 11, 2009

what do
the 1830's, play doh & amoxicillin
have in common?

They all played a huge role in our first week unplugged. Last Monday, the littles and I spent a gorgeous Spring day- seriously, the weather couldn't have been more perfect- at Old Sturbridge Village. A local (ish) living museum that invites you in to the daily workings of an 1830's rural Massachusetts village. The girls loved it and absorbed much more information than I thought they would. That was especially evident at the end of the day, when we stopped so that they could "play" in the "play area" (playhouse-sized replicas of the village- complete with dress up clothes and detailed props!). The authentic details of their "play" were amazing to watch, as they acted out a day and night as an 1830's family with another set of children who were already playing when we got there.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, I progressively felt worse and worse as the girls amused themselves with no less than 24 cans of Play-Doh and a box of toothpicks. Thursday afternoon I caved and went to the doctor's where I was put on amoxicillin for strep throat. The next few days are a blur as I spent most of them sleeping (Thank God it is John's slow season, as he was able- and willing!- to pick up all of the parenting slack). All I know is I awoke Sunday morning to breakfast in bed, an array of thoughtful and fun gifts and the smiling faces of my family. I love my life!


As for us adults? Falling asleep without a TV on was extremely hard for me. Much harder than going completely without a TV was for the girls. That was an eyeopener! We have spent a lot of time alternating between buying things for the new house and lamenting how longggg of a wait it is until we close. :) John and I both started reading ALWAYS LOOKING UP by Michael J. Fox, an interesting read about the past ten years of his life. I have also started researching private schools as a possible option for the littles next Fall- Shaye has been expressing an interest in going back to school, "if they can teach me stuff I don't know". That's a big if in the lower levels of our public school's system. We'll see, for now I'm just looking in to all of our options. And- right this minute- we are headed outside with a 52 count box of Crayola sidewalk chalk.





6 comments:

purejoy said...

pretty brave to unplug. and with strep. you are a warrior!!
glad you're feeling better.
love the new blog look.
just wanted to say hi.

Tammy said...

So glad you're feeling better! Gotta love that Play-Doh:)

Heather Benza said...

hmmm interesting that the unplug was hardest for you when you were falling asleep. So really you just need noise or the light to fall asleep not really the television at all.

tommie said...

Just contacted the girl who did your blog design. I am excited!

ArtMind said...

Ohh, I missed so many of your posts lately!
It seems like a good thing to unplug for a while & I'm glad you are feeling much better know.
Did I tell you already that I just LOVE your new blog lay out? I so much more prefer two colomn blogs - less confusing and I like how the reading part is large!
You'll be packing up boxes soon, I suppose? Good luck on getting everything organised! Happy weekend, Gina! :)

ArtMind said...

Ohh, I missed so many of your posts lately!
It seems like a good thing to unplug for a while & I'm glad you are feeling much better know.
Did I tell you already that I just LOVE your new blog lay out? I so much more prefer two colomn blogs - less confusing and I like how the reading part is large!
You'll be packing up boxes soon, I suppose? Good luck on getting everything organised! Happy weekend, Gina! :)

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