Monday, March 14, 2011

Better Than TV

It’s evening, and dinner is done. The dishes are in the dishwasher and the kitchen is closed. The kids have been bathed and pajama-ed, and we’re ready to wind down for the night. Only one problem: there’s still ONE HOUR until bedtime. We’re on the home stretch, but there’s still plenty of time for the train to get off track and a meltdown to ensue. So what do we do?

We resort to the fort! I built it this morning after we woke and found SNOW (three-stupid-inches!) on the ground outside. I was still feeling sluggish after last week’s illness, so I knew it was going to be a long day unless I came up with a good plan. So I pulled our beloved LoveSac away from the wall, then tied a rope from the curtain rod to the computer desk and draped a dirty sheet (it’s laundry day) across it and onto the LoveSac. It made a handy lean-to, which the kids clamored into and started stacking pillows inside. We read books for an hour, until I was on the verge of sleep and had to rouse myself to make lunch.

Tonight, the kids were excited to invite Daddy into the fort for cuddling. Katie wrote a permission slip for him to sign before he could enter it, then they crawled in while I snuck around taking photos of them reading books.IMGP9483

I joined the family inside the fort and we read another book about McDuff the dog and a baby. The baby’s first word was “woof,” which led us into a discussion of the kids’ first words. I told them stories about their first words and they guffawed and squealed with delight when I told them how they mispronounced those words.

We had a staring contest, which Dan and I deemed “unfair” because we’re old and wear contacts and our eyes dry out too fast to win a staring contest with Katie.IMGP9509

Dan taught Jackson how to have a Thumb War.IMGP9506


Then, blessedly, the hour was over and bedtime had arrived. We all had smiles on our faces, and I remarked to Dan that I’d rather spend that time in the fort than plugged in to the TV. Memories are so much better than the boob tube.IMGP9502


JC's Loft said...

What precious pictures E! Jackson is going to kill you in about 10 years for taking that picture of him and Katie kissing LOL


TinkDoll said...

I love it! You are so resourceful. I bet you all had sweet dreams!

Brina said...

I LOVE IT! We do this too...we're always looking for ways to make the last hour fun and not miserable!!


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