Last week, after an awesome first day of school, Annelise missed her second day (Thursday), so we've already tossed her record for perfect attendance out the window. Not that she was really hoping for that or anything. I don't know if she just picked up a little bug somewhere or if her Monday morning spent raking and spreading pine needles ignited her allergies but she was equal parts sniffly and stuffy (if that's possible) so a day of rest and Vicks VapoRub was in order.
After a brief visit to the library we settled in with a late morning treat, hot chocolate for her and coffee (of course) for me and our new reads.
And speaking of books, I'm currently enjoying a mystery/crime series set in England by Deborah Crombie (the Kincaid/James series). Not only does she create interesting, layered characters but weaves a really captivating story as well.
Since school is back in session, we are back to no TV during the week for Annelise, and after a summer of lots of TV I'm really looking forward to tightening things up a bit. In the past since she doesn't watch it during the week we were pretty laid back on the weekends and one show or movie would soon lead to another. Ugh! She likes the Disney show Shake It Up and some of her friends watch it and gush about it but I've gone back and forth about letting her watch it. I just don't like the way kids on Disney shows act (exception: Lizzie McGuire, that was a cute show), they're (usually) sassy and act way too big for their britches, and of course that sort of behavior is easily and quickly mimicked. It seems like my saying I don't want her watching a certain show makes her want to watch it even more, so we've been going round and round about what she can and can't watch.
Over the summer, in desperation for good TV, we watched some I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show and Leave It To Beaver on Netflix together. Now that was some good TV! Plus there are no annoying commercials. The good news is she likes these shows now (well, Lucy not so much--yet) so I'm glad we have that option on Netflix.
It's hard to wean off screens (computer, TV, iPad, iPhones, NintendoDS) but we're trying (at least limit the time spent on them, not wean off completely). So with that goal in mind we've been breaking out the games again and it's been FUN (I mean, I know they've always been fun but when you get out of the habit of playing and are numbed by screens you kind of forget).
Thursday afternoon Annelise and I played Pentago (she whooped me), Boggle (we had dud letters and gave that up after one round) and Mancala.
We had played Mancala before but at the time Annelise wasn't that impressed, this time she ate it up (possibly because she was beating me) and even taught Scott to play when he got home.
I kind of love that.
And it didn't involve a screen.
Do you limit TV and/or other screen time? What works for your family?
What are your family's favorite board/card games?