In August my DVR broke. It ate up all the shows I had recorded and erased all future recordings. After many reboots and a call to Verizon they happily sent me a new one. They even threw in extra memory. So I had to sit down and think about what shows I used to record and what new ones (Fall TV!) I wanted to try.
At the same time as my TV show crisis I was deciding about whether to sign the kids up for activities. Which soccer program do moms like (every kid in New England does soccer, right?), should Ned try martial arts to help his level of focus, Jo loved "swimming" in the lake this summer, should I sign her up? Do all of these have Saturday or Sunday games/practices*? How far do we have to drive? Are there overlapping options?
My DVR is pretty empty these days. Other than pre-school my kids are complete unscheduled.
My husband is a big fan of unstructured weekends. With the rush of the fall and pre-school I never managed to get the right "schedule" going for activities for the kids. You know what, though, I'm starting to love our lack of structure. I want my kids to be "bored" and say to them - figure out something (other than TV) that is interesting. Do you want to ride bikes? Hey, how about a short "road trip" for apple-picking?
At first I felt "lazy" - like if we weren't going anywhere that I needed to be cleaning the house or doing laundry or making some sort of food from scratch or running errands.
And to some moms I am probably judged as such. But in my house I'm having family time. If you need something I'll get back to you Monday. If I remember.
* Our nanny takes care of my three kids plus hers and all kids require naps (her son still has two a day) and there is morning preschool. No way we can make this work during the week at the moment.
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