more weekend please

June 6, 2011

movie night
How can weekends go by so fast?!! I really don’t like it. I think weekends should be three days long. Despite going by quickly, our weekend went well. I didn’t quite get everything done that I had planned as having your car battery go completely kaput on you really changes plans on leaving to go get plants at the nursery, but things were done.
Ben is almost done putting together another garden bed (I can hear him hammering outside as I type this). I cleaned out the front porch, did some weeding and deadheading in the garden, and did some garden furniture moving around. I made enough space back there that we will have room for another 6 ft. long garden bed. We are so excited, but now we just have to actually make it. A project for next weekend? Maybe.
And just to be clear, though we have decided to go without a television, I don’t think it is wrong to have a television or allow your children to watch television (my kids are very familiar with yo gabba gabba). I think you do what you think best fits the personality of your family and for us, that means trying without a television for now. Plus, when I do need to get cleaning done, there is always She-ra on Hulu! I am a normal mom after all…
Though we don’t have one, as you see in the picture above, we still had a family movie night. What did we use? A projector, computer, and nice, big, white wall space and we had ourselves our own movie theatre. So having no television doesn’t mean we will cut out family movie nights, cause those nights are special. We had lots of them when I was growing up and Ben did too. What was showing at our house? Tangled. And the girls loved every bit of it, even Soulie.
Hope your weekend was just as swell! I am starting off Monday with a huge pile of clean laundry to put away, so let’s hope I can find some time to do it.

20 comments on “more weekend please”

  • I also don't like the fact that weekends go by so fast! And I think would it be three days long it also would be to short! What about five days weekend and two days worK?

  • Rubyellen says:

    penny and jazz- i am right there with you on that idea! that would be bliss!!!

  • We used to have only a projector too! I kind of miss the days of no tv and just using our living room wall for movie nights, there's something magical about it!

  • Since i end up watching everything on my computer anyway (though last night i got sucked into watching SIster wives cause i just cant believe how any woman could be ok with that situation…) I totally wont mind giving up my tv and just using a projector, or having a tv with no cable and just hooking my computer up to that.

    I cant believe you have that many tomatoes!!! I am totally jealous! Since im renting, i didnt want to dig up too much of the yard so i only have a small garden with 6 tomato plants, a ton of zucchini and yellow squash, and green beans:) Im super excited cause i already have a couple little baby green tomatoes:):)

  • Eleni says:

    Wow, they look absolutely mesmerised! Family Movie Nights were a big thing in my household, too – it's why I love movies today. But I completely agree with you about TV just being a time vampire, so well done!

  • Bron says:

    Yay for movie night! We tried to watch Tangled recently but the preschooler was terrified and said he wanted to go to bed 🙁 The Mr & the teen quite liked it 🙂

  • Manda says:

    A projector is so rad. Your girls should be lucky. I think my husband would be jealous!

  • Bethany says:

    My little girl saw this picture and immediately said, I wish I could have that kind of couch. I asked what exactly she liked in this picture (since I'm unsure it's actually a couch) and she said the pillows and the girls. I think she needs a sister quite desperately– two brothers just doesn't look as fun as your girls. 🙂

  • thinkpriddy says:

    a projector movie night! so dreamy!

  • So Yeah So says:

    We made the choice to go without cable in order to save money. We get along fine with just Hulu Plus and Netflix. I mean, come on, all the entertainment you want for less than $20 a month? Score!

  • Hayley says:

    My daughter just loves She-ra! It's so fun to see her getting into it like my sister and I did. Also we are big fans of Tangled over here. My daughter is convinced she going to marry Eugene. She is asking God to turn him from a cartoon to a human. Nothing is impossible right?

  • As long as you have a way to entertain the girls when you need to, no tv sounds great. The only way I get to cook dinner some nights is Bubble Guppies! (I couldn't get through Yo Gabba Gabba.)


  • Malori says:

    TV's are ridiculously expensive. Going without for a while (especially when there is so much online television AND you have the ability to project movies onto your wall) is awesome. Kids who watch less TV have to be more creative to keep themselves entertained which will just make them better people when they grow up. Good for you 🙂

  • Misha Lulu says:

    how fun!

  • That picture is great! Sounds like a lovely weekend. 🙂

  • How did you combine a projecter and a computer, I am so intrigued. We watch stuff mostly on the computer, and the thought of projecting on the wall seems so fun! Do tell……..

  • Rubyellen says:

    misha- soul was completely addicted!

    anklebiter books- there is a connector from the projector to the lap top. just like you would for a power point in a college class.

    hayley- i love your daughter's prayer. when i was a kid, i wanted the barbie in the barbie commercials to come out and be my big sister. i wanted a big sister soo badly!!!

    flaxseeandsoynuts- we have lots of tomato plants, but let's hope and pray they all do well. so much learning behind it. and… last year, we had 29 varieties and they all did so so. we are hoping this year is better!

  • jozen says:

    oooh… tangled was the first movie the girls watched in a movie theatre and when we happen to pass the theatre they always yell “rapunzel”!!!! I think they think she lives there!

  • blue zadie says:

    Ruby, what kind of projector do you use? Where did you get it? If you don't mind me asking…

  • Eliza says:

    So fun!!! How blessed you are with such cuties!!! And I respect you guys for your “no tv” decision…how great!

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