We don’t follow football…I had to look up who was going to be playing this year! I shared with the kids that my family would pick sides, girls v boys and order pizza and cheer for “our team.” They loved the idea so Sunday we descended on Papa’s room and his huge-mongous TV with Pom Poms, poppers, balloons, pizza, wings, dip the works.
The kids really enjoyed it Josh was the Seahawks good luck charm right up till the end. Every time he left the room they scored…so whenever they had the ball we wouldn’t let him back in, LOL. When the Patriots had the ball and Josh was present they wouldn’t score. He had a blast running back and forth, can I be in here now? The big kids actually followed the game and I think we made some great family memories over it.
We are trying something new here in the Holland house. My kids watch WAY too much TV. I know are you shocked? School work doesn’t take all day and they watch TV the rest of the time, I know bad Mommy. I won’t be taking home any medals in the Mommy Wars…oh well.
The other day one of the kids had a full blown fist fight with another kid over what they were going to watch on TV. Now you may be shocked again, but with three boys fighting, yes with their fists, happens pretty often. Then one of them had the audacity to back talk me when I requested a tv power change, ie give the controller to your sister. Back talk? Oh yeah they have seriously got their priorities messed up! So I spent Sunday developing a plan, a new schedule, a paradigm shift for my little couch potatoes.
I made up a new schedule, one that does not allow screen time in any form from 9-5. From 5 to 8:30pm they are scheduled into blocks of controller control 😉 opposite their bath time. I haves also put the older two in charge of overseeing the younger two during their bath time…this was essential in that their bath times overlap dinner prep.
I announced this new change Sunday night. No one grumbled, weird maybe they didn’t hear me, or understand? Monday morning roles around and my oldest arises and makes breakfast all according to schedule, they clean their rooms on time and then set down to read, play games and enjoy the warm morning. The day went fine, we had a small scuffle in the afternoon when cries of “We’re bored!” were immediately met with extra chores and suddenly the boredom vanished.
The only real complaints to be heard as we enter day two are understandably from my Ephraim. His whole world is ordered by the amount of video games and screen time he gets. I’m not too worried though, he is taking an interest in Robby’s D&D study and playing imaginative games with Josh. I think he can handle this.
Bobby will be starting in a new section which will mean humane hours and a chance to really do his job.
Robby is starting 6th grade, he and Talitha have started home bar/bat mitzvah training.
Talitha is working through 4th grade. She has been doing very well over all, becoming quite the caring, young lady.
Ephraim is flying through 3rd grade as though everyone skips 2nd. I believe he took a day to learn long division?
Josh is doing well in Kinder, though he was a little disappointed that he has not yet learned to read.
Sarah is a little spitfire! We don’t do preschool, more of a relaxed interest led learning right now. She is eager to learn numbers and doesn’t like to have to wait for her turn to do “school.”
What am I up to? Well that anxiety that set in on vacation seemed to get worse and worse as the months wore on. I am just now feeling like I could get back to normal. This was an exceptionally long stretch, haven’t had it this bad since 2007. With the kids being older this time, they unfortunately had to see it, but also rose to the occasion to help me out, when I had to take to bed for the day. They are good kids .
I have picked up crocheting again, and I’m loving it. I haven’t written to often this last year and I can’t say I will write more this year. I’m reading a lot more, lots of things too. Amish Romances, of course, a few titles to keep me ahead of the kids on Hebrew and bar/bat mitzvah training. I picked up a new title that I haven’t started yet, Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls, recommended by a friend.
This is the third night of Chanukah and I have had so much fun celebrating with all the different congregations and families we have met here in San Antonio. We went out to Paradise Canyon for an evening celebration, having the opportunity to see some dear friends of ours.
We went down to the Riverwalk yesterday and enjoyed Chanukah on the River, which is a great San Antonio-only Chanukah celebration with river boat cruise, wonderland for the kids, and a concert by Describe.
We topped off the evening by lighting candles, playing the dreidel and singing great songs with Bobby’s mom.