That's right, the doors have been shut and NO ONE in the house gets to watch any tv.
I know, I can hear the gasps now as you are reading this, but we are a week and half into this and it has been the best thing we ever did.
I remember hearing of a ward trying to be like the missionaries and give up all media for a week and the thought came to myself, "there is no way I could do that." I panic when the power goes out and I can't get the tv to work and I always say to myself, what am I suppose to do now? I know I don't watch TV as much, but that is my choice, I can always turn it on if I really wanted to.
I also had a YW that her and her father made a bet that they could go a month without watching tv, which the bet quickly died when BYU sports was on.
So how is it possible that this has been great for our little family of 3. Well, let me explain!
Shaeler wants to play more. We are calling friends over and she is drawing and coloring. When I am outside she is riding her bike. She is no longer the couch potato sitting in front of the tv. She is being the little child she should be. Now, she does get tv at grandmas, which is fine, but out our house, she is back in the No Fly Zone!
As for myself, the peace and quiet has been wonderful. Then to hear the laughs of Shaeler playing with her friends. And the projects I am getting done is UNBELIEVABLE! I have a list of things I need to get accomplished and my productivity has increased 100%. I am trying to get a few more projects done so I can go and buy the books I want to read. For some reason, I can't always be a reading bum.
So I challenge you all today, to turn off the tv's, DVRs, Tivos and just be. Set the remote down and enjoy the quietness of your home. Sounds will appear that you were not aware of before and you will appreciate the blessings that comes with it. It has been a blessing for our family and it may turn into a banishment for life in our house. (Well other than GC and when my mom is in town.;))
PS. I also want to acknowledge the "suckiness" of my camera shots. I am fully aware of it and have done everything humanly possible to try and fix my camera. Just to let you in on a secret, I was given enough money for my birthday that I am getting a new camera. It is now being shipped and should be here in the next day or so. I am so excited, I cannot wait!!