Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Chapped Lips.. Any suggestions?

Ashlyn has the a really bad case of chapped lips. I have tried everything that I can think of. At one point it looked like what we were using was burning them. So we are back to just vaseline. If any one has any suggestions, I would love to hear them. The picture do not show them that well, but you get the idea.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Are you a Visitor?

That was the question for the second time in a few months that I was asked today in Relief Society. I have been in this ward for 5 years. We just recently split and some members were added from another ward. I am not able to go to Relief Society all of the time because we do not put Weston in nursery. So I had the opportunity to go a couple of months ago, and the person conducting welcomed me to Relief Society. A lot of people laughed about it because obviously I was not a visitor. Well, it happened again today. So I guess that should tell me something.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Middleton Unplugged, Well Sort Of

For the month of March our church has teamed up with the community and other churches to put on Middleton Unplugged. They are asking families to unplug their electronic devices (computer, video games and TV) and plug back into their families. Not a bad concept. The community has sent out a calender with ideas on other things you can do besides sit in front of your electronic device and ignore your family.

As a family we have decided to limit our electronic time and if we are doing something that involves an electronic device, then we will be doing it as a family. For instance, the kids are no longer on the Wii unless we are all playing. Hunter cried about the Wii situation, but he is doing well. We have set up some family gaming nights. Each child has 30 minutes of computer time, mainly for homework. No TV shows like Hannah Montana and Sponge Bob. We can watch TV shows that the whole family will watch together. The TV has been off all night. For me....I am limiting my computer time to when the kids are asleep or not home. I very rarely watch TV and if i do it is when the kids are asleep. So we will see how this goes. I have decided to keep up on my blogging because it is my journal, so there is my excuse.

When this was first brought up, I thought, in March? What about March Madness? So, I was told that as long as my family was watching it together, then it would be considered okay. I am glad that my kids like basketball.

So, Monday night was family puzzle night. Since Weston has destroyed all of our puzzles, I went out and bought each child a new puzzle. Ashlyn and Hunter each got a glow in the dark puzzle. Weston got a Cars puzzle. This took all night to put the puzzles together. But it was fun. I think Shaun did most of the work on the puzzles.

Her is the picture of the boys working on Hunter's dinosaur picture. Notice the big helper under the table.
Here is Ashlyn's snow leopard puzzle. Hunter kept calling it a leprechaun for some reason and it was making her very upset.

So, that was a first activity during "Middleton Unplugged." We will see how the rest of the week goes and adjust accordingly. Hopefully we can make it through the whole month with the guidelines we set up. Wish us luck.