Monday, October 1, 2012

Saving the Schedule for our DVR

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.


T. said...

Rob and Caroline are going to do Super Soccer Stars in the spring. There are classes all over metro Boston, so I am sure there are multiple ones close to you to choose from!

ElizabethEK said...

Love it. We are with you. Emily is signed up for nothing. Family time = awesome.

erock said...

I'm big into "family time" as well as DVR time, so it's nice I found a DVR that gives me the opportunity for both. I got the Hopper from DISH, and there are some great features which ensure I can save time watching, and don't have to worry about recording space. First, PrimeTime Anytime is great because it automatically records every prime time show, on all four major networks, for me. I also like that, on these recordings, I can use AutoHop to skip the commercials. I work a crazy schedule at DISH, so skipping the commercials saves us a ton of time. I also like that there is a USB port on the DVR, so all of my recordings can be backed-up on an external hard drive for safe keeping. It's just a perfect blend of fun and useable features.

Almostima said...

I'm really resisting scheduling classes. Between birthday parties, sporting events, extended family visits and what not, I know that any class will just be added stress, added fighting about him not wanting to go, and then on days we miss the class I'd be kicking myself that we're wasting money on this.

Here's where I love pre-school: They embed a gymnastic class in the regular work week and even a spanish emersion class now!