Unplugging My Family: Our 30-day-commitment without tv or internet – Day 5

Unplugging My Family

This daily blog (scroll down further) is  about my 30-day personal challenge to go without television or internet from home and help out my fellow New Jerseyan’s who suffered devastating losses do to Hurricane Sandy.  Please spread the word about this as I will be raising money for those in need and also developing a stronger bond with my family.

I lucked out.  The hurricane just left me without power, internet or tv for a a little more than a week.  I’ve decided to cancel my service for another 30 days.  The money I would have spend (about $130) will go to The Red Cross.  Here’s why I’m doing this

Most folks I know complained about how horrible it was living without power  for several or more days.  Call me crazy but I found it to be one of the greatest weeks of my life.  My family and I became closer, I felt completely cleansed and de-stressed from not being able to check emails and stuff, and I got more sleep than I’ve ever gotten.  My hope is that I can inspire other families to “Unplug” for 30 days and discover the most important thing in the world—each other.   I ask that you too take my 30-day challenge.  If you decide to do it, feel free to reply to my daily posts and write about your own experiences.   And as I mentioned, I’m going to donate the monthly cost of my television and internet subscription to the Red Cross to help families who suffered tragic losses from the hurricane.  Feel free to do the same should you commit to my challenge.

 

Unplugging My Family – Day 5:              Thursday, 11/15/12

Not much to talk about today.  I got home from the office at 6:40 and prepared dinner as I waited for Krista and the kids to return from an event.  They got home at 7:20, dinner was ready to go and we all sat down  to eat.  Obviously no television, and you know what – no problemo.

Ashlyn was extremely tired and a little uncharacteristically grouchy, so we put the kids to bed a little earlier than usual, around 8:15.  I laid in Matthew’s bed with him for a good 20 minutes and we had some quality talking time.  Ashlyn was out like a light as soon as her head hit the pillow.  Matthew and I talked about school, sports, God, a little bit of everything.  I find this to be so valuable for kids—just talking with them freely without any distractions.  I encourage you to do the same.

After I gave Matthew his final kiss good night, Krista and I laid in bed and talked for a while.  We had a pretty good argument on Sunday and we never got a chance to hear each other out and clear the air.  Well, we did and I feel better about it.  I then went downstairs for my usual 15 minutes of meditation.

Have a good night!!!

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