To wrap up this week, I want to share a couple screens we can't get enough of around here. First up is this little screen:
For Christmas, Santa (a true believer in reuse) regifted an iPod Nano (minus the earbuds) and gave it to my 2nd grader. Along with it came a docking/speaker station, which is super lightweight and easily carried from room to room. This little set-up has dramatically changed the mood of our home, as well as the habits of our kids. We loaded up the iPod with fun, favorite tunes for both kids and adults so everyone enjoys the music. And it's on a lot. Now, I like music just as much as the next person, but we seldom ever listen to our CDs anymore. Music! I've missed you! When the kids are down in the playroom, they've got the tunes going and there's spontaneous singing and dancing and toe-tapping. Dance party in the living room? Yes. Music for drawing to? Please. Having this little device allows the kids to feel in control of some part of their media experience, and it's a great substitution for other screens.
But then there are quieter times, when the kids are off at school, and I find myself drawn to another screen...the window in our breakfast nook. I can spend long stretches of time staring out this window, watching this scene unfold just a few feet away:
A mama robin has built a nest, and if all goes well we'll have a bird's eye view of the eggs, the hatching, the feeding and the fledging. Do I feel like I'm wasting time just standing here at the window, observing? No. It's a gift. (And probably better than sitting on my ass reading about Heidi Montag's implants.) We feel blessed to have the opportunity to watch this cycle unfold. We talk about the family, we watch mom and dad swoop through the yard, picking up debris and scratching for food. We wonder when she'll settle in and pop out her eggs. Our fingers are crossed!