Sunday, April 29, 2012

Screen-Free Week



It seems that my family is addicted to screen time.  It is not uncommon for my family to be in the living room together on various forms of media: computer, ipod, DVD, Wii, ipad, ect...  The Dater-Roberts family love our technology.  Obviously, since I have this blog, I can be included.  I often feel like my day is not complete without updating my Facebook profile or playing my words in Words with Friends.  

So as a result of all this screen obsession, we are participating in Screen-Free Week.  (It actually stared a little early because a certain young man had a little rule enforcement problem and lost 2 days of screen-time this weekend.)  The entire family is joining in starting on Monday morning.  Jan seems to think that this might be hardest on yours truly since I have this little iphone and pinterest addiction...  We shall see.  


We started practicing today in a restaurant that had not just one little TV by the bar, but FOUR different TVs that you could choose from- FOUR.  A little excessive?  Why would you need to watch TV when going out to dinner anyway?  Shouldn't you be talking to the people at your table?


Phoebe snuck in a little last-minute golf before the screen-free week begins.  

We don't have any specific plans for our week.  We haven't brainstormed various non-media activities.  We haven't made ourselves t-shirts (ohhh, that's a good idea!)  This weekend, the kids went bike riding, played a few games of Sorry, did some crafts, and dusted off the legos.  Elliot is hard-core addicted to media and did find out that a TV left in the attic got a fuzzy PBS channel.  We caught him.  The rest of the TVs we turned off the power strip.  As of tonight, we are done with media until next Sunday.  Wish us luck. 
 The Dater-Roberts get UNPLUGGED!

Practicing not-watching TV with Auntie Sue.





Friday, April 27, 2012

This Moment


 {this moment}

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.  (From Soulemama- see link in sidebar)
Just one little comment:
OLIVE YOU! 


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Make yourself a skirt

I have to say that right now I am desperate for some new clothes, and (as usual) we don't have a lot of extra money hanging around for new clothes.  I very nicely was given an opportunity to paw through an experienced sewers stash and take whatever I wanted.  This woman had sewed since the 70's or so and had some wonderful fabrics in her collection.  I was drawn (surprise, surpise) to a bright yellow polyester check. It's scratchy as all get out but so fun a fabric.

I decided that I would make a skirt with the fabric.  I used this pattern: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2011/how-tuesday-sew-a-skirt-in-one-hour/ .  It was super super simple and really did take about an hour.

Can't you just imagine a whole polyster suit made of this? Yellow checks!  I think I may have to make a skirt for Phoebe out of it too because she was jealous.  I just love it. 
It looks a little lighter in this photo but it really is more of a cheerful dayglow yellow.  It is your basic elastic waisteband skirt.  No frills.  Zip, zip.  

If you need a beginning sewing project, this is definitely a good starter project with fast results.  

Friday, April 20, 2012

This Moment

{this moment}

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{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.  (From Soulemama- see link in sidebar)