I was actually excited to get back to the City quilt today as Dorothee sent me three shopping bags. Thanks Dorothee! But alas, life got in the way. I cleaned up the garden this morning because it desperately needed it and I wanted to work on it while it was still cool outside. I had hoped to lure the kids outside as well, but had no luck. Then it was time for lunch (al fresco), and I managed to clean some floors and the glass door which has suffered dearly between our hard water and the kids’ squirt guns.
I banned the kids from TV, computer or Xbox for the rest of the day since I’ve realized that my son was using his hour of screen time here, then going to the neighbor’s house to play some more with him (mostly at the neighbor’s insistence), and, if he’s lucky, he’d get invited to another friend’s house for more screen time. I was sensing more grouchiness than before the new neighbors, and the best friend’s aquisition of a few new games. Needless to say, I’m being the “bad” mom and insisting that the kids play over here so I can monitor my kids’ screen time, or play outside. (I figure my son can play at the neighbor’s when he’s NOT already used his screen time already, and if the neighbor wants more computer/game time he can go home without my son.)
Down side is that I can’t work on anything that needs any concentration. I’ve cut out a summer dress, so maybe I’ll work on that.
Up side is that, when forced, the kids can and will find creative ways to play. (As opposed to letting a black box entertain them.) The boys suggested a fort in the back yard and I felt I had to comply:
The girls wanted in on the action, so I rigged up a tablecloth between our fence and the picnic table on our patio:
They’ve had ice cream in the forts and are now devising sign-in sheets and secret passwords. One would think I could go sew now, but I keep getting requests for supplies, drinks, repairs, etc. At least I can feel good about my parenting today.
Oh, and honey, this is the “square ball” Katja was talking about. The cheese lady at Edeka loves my kids 🙂