First, we had a family photo shoot at our home a while back, which was a birthday gift from my fabulous hubby, and was done by the most fabulous Erin Johnson. (You check out her MOMtrepreneur interview on the right column of this blog.) It was such a perfect gift for me...a way to capture my sweet little boys' childhoods, and also to celebrate the fact that we survived (barely) a year of fighting to sell our home to get to this wonderful new (old) home on a lake! I think if you look closely you can see the relief in our faces. There are SO many GREAT shots but I'll just post a few favorites...
|All of us by the shoreline...love the sepia tone!|
|Sweet little Toby was losing his patience with this photo shoot stuff...started to tear up and retreated into his "Monkey." This one really captures his sensitive side!|
|My boys (and "Puppy") on the dock! Believe me, I'm about as close as I could be without being in the photo here! :-)|
The other thing I wanted to share unfortunately has no photos with it, but I promise it's not to boring. ;-) Over the past month or two my hubby and I have sortof evolved our evening routine and it's been awesome. In the past we've gotten the kids in bed by 8, and then often spent the remaining 3 hours of our evening zoning out in front of the TV. Granted, I am usually doing other things at the same time, like emailing, crocheting, or whatever. But sitting in front of the TV for 3 hours is just not the best use of our time.
So, without going into the lengthy story of how it evolved, here's what we're doing now:
8:00-9:00 - "The Productive Hour" - We both spend time getting something done on our to-do list.
9:00-10:00 - "The Deck Hour" - We sit on the deck with a beverage, no computers, and TALK!
10:00-11:00 - "The Vedge Hour" - We vedge out in front of the TV.
It has been so simple yet so awesome in so many ways. At the end of the night, instead of feeling like a vegetable, we feel satisfied that we've gotten something accomplished. We have some quality time to connect and talk about our day without interruption. And we still get to watch the Tivo'd shows we like. Often times the deck hour will extend right up until bedtime and we skip TV all together. I suppose in the winter "The Deck Hour" will have to turn into "The Living Room" hour or something.
So there you have it. A small change in our routine that is really a life changing thing, I think! I know it may not work for everyone, but I thought I'd share it as a great way to cut a little TV out of your day, get stuff done, and stay connected to your spouse in the chaos that is child rearing!
Have a beautiful weekend everyone!