Sunday, April 28, 2013

Going screen free....

For quite a few years now our family has participated in a week long fast during the spring from all forms of social media, video games and t.v. However this year it will be a lil bit harder because the kids have grown far beyond the world of make believe & Legos. Plus Killian is slightly (as in completely) addicted to video games & cant seem to fathom that there is anything else you could possibly do with your time. So for the sake of keeping us all sane I thought it would be best to make a list of possible activities. Of course if you happen to see me running, screaming through the streets naked lend a girl a hand & get me online immediately.Feel free to join us, not naked in the streets, but in any of this weeks activities. ;-)

  • Schoolwork- We'll still be doing our homeschooling so we've got a week full of science experiments and lots of not so fun reading & writing. 
  • Cleaning out the front garden- Yep screen free week often means spring cleaning week.
  • Organizing our camping gear- To save ourselves from temptation we plan on going camping next weekend.
  • Make a few yummy desserts and then sit and stare at each other while we eat them. Ideas...Lunch Lady Brownies, Hocus Pocus Buns,
  • Cook dinner together as a family. 
  • Go fishing.
  • Bring in all the neighbors trash cans on garbage day.
  • Toss the football, shoot some hoops, play soccer or throw a frisbee- Hum we might need some sporting equipment. 
  • Do dinner at the park. 
  • Go letterboxing.
  • Make a family date at the lake.
  • Visit McClung museum.
  • Read the bible with the kids before going to bed.
  • Play some croquet.
  • Surprise some neighbors with mowed lawns or some other much needed help.
  • Go mini golfing.
  • Spend some time at UT Gardens
  • Pretend like were photographers and do our own backyard photo shoot with everyone trying there hand at it.
  • Start a game of baseball with friends.
  • Visit the East TN Historical society and do a side trip to Rita's.
  • Explore some of the greenways on bike.
  • Take a hike.
  • Build a toad home or fairy garden.
  • Do tons of spring cleaning.
  • Be a night detective and see what animals you can spot at night. Night goggles mandatory. 
  • Build something from scratch.
  • Go bowling.
  • Build a backyard obstacle course.
  • Play balloon paddle ball.
  • Play a game from our past such as jacks, pick up sticks or marbles.Ok by the time I was 8 video games had already been introduced, but oh well you get the point.
  • Have a backyard treasure hunt.
  • Visit Ijams.
  • Bake a loaf of bread and do our own family communion. 
  • Shoot BB guns.
  • Have a backyard campfire complete with ghost stories and roasted hot dogs. 
  • Visit the animal shelter and love on some animals.
  • Take snacks to the homeless and love on people.
  • Pick up garbage in the neighborhood.
  • Learn to use our sewing machine.
  • Work on our secret hide out. 
  • Make some treats for the neighbors and love on them.
  • Do a lemonade stand with kool aid and sweets instead.
  • Visit Knoxville Museum of Art.
  • Do at home mani-pedis (boys included).
  • Go to library and read, read, read.
  • Beat the kids at Monopoly, Phase 10 or some other game. 
  • Create something beautiful.   

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