Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Roberts Unplugged


Thank you, fortune cookie. Don't mind if I do....

If I had to rate my marriage and family relationships on a scale of one to ten, I would sincerely give them a nine on most days. Eric and I just work well together in an odd sort of way, and there's very little we disagree on or don't communicate about. There is certainly room for growth and improvement in our family, but for most of the year things are pretty cool around here. Most of the year....

But not this time of the year. This time of the year we seem to get stuck in a rut. And it's not because the holidays bum us out...we're not stressed any more than usual about money...and as far as I know little Gracie doesn't suffer from seasonal depression or anything. But here is where the problem lies: while we're stuck inside for a long winter season, instead of spending more time together as a family, we spend less time actually engaging with one another.

In the spring, summer, and fall we spend most evenings taking walks and talking and laughing and just having pure family time with no distractions whatsoever. I've said it a million times and I'll say it a million times more, it's a huge reason why our relationships are so strong. We communicate face to face a lot.

In the winter, Eric comes home from work, we eat dinner, and then everyone goes off in their corner. The girls watch a movie, I get on the internet, Eric reads on his iPad...and we're basically sucked into the technology twilight zone until bedtime. It's kind of disgusting.

Soon Eric and I will start realizing we're snipping at each other more than usual about dumb things that shouldn't even matter. Our patience starts to run thin just a little faster with our kids. And we feel gross from sitting around doing nothing all of the time. It's been the same way for the three years that we've been married now, and something has got to give.

Gracie was thoroughly impressed by her daddy's strumming skills. :)

So last night we made a concerted effort to turn the tv off for a while and just spend some time as a family. Shocking! Eric busted out his guitar, we read a little bit of the Christmas story, and we sang some favorite holiday tunes.

Was it a little cheesy? Yes.

Did we keep the tv off all night long? No....

....But it's a start, and boy do I hope our thirty minutes or so of no television every evening helps us to remember that there are human beings living alongside us, even in the wintertime, and we should probably come up for air once in a while and actually speak to them. :) Man, do I wish the kids were old enough to play boardgames, because I would be all over that on long winter evenings. But since they are not, any ideas for activities that are free to do with the family would be more than appreciated.

On a slightly lighter note, I sure do love this time of year for all of the wonderful office swag that Eric brings home to me. :D Last night, it was this baby:

Holy nuts and caramel. It was so good. Before we Kumbaya'd our little hearts out we cut into this giant chocolate covered confection and gave ourselves a good sugar coma. (Don't worry Grandma Joan, there was an apple inside. Promise. Hehe.)


I'm still waiting for the box of chocolate-covered Hawaiian shortbread cookies that make my knees buckle every Christmas season. I eat them all by myself. To Eric's Stifel pal in Hawaii: Your cookies make my year! I hope you don't forget about us this Christmas. ;)

And lastly, an early confession this week: I've run out of Christmas cards! I never seem to order enough. Sooo...maybe I'll see if that collage will work on now and just maybe a few of our friends and family members will get the card I originally intended to make after all. Whoops, I just realized I never shared the "original" card here, so to all of you who don't have facebook:

Yes, I ended up using the blooper photos, because so many of you told me to. :)

And guess what? I just paused blogging to test out the new card, and it worked! Collage it is! Now to round up more addresses...I'm running out of time. Eek!

What a weird mix of potpourri for this blogging Wednesday. Ah well. My goal for this week was to shoot a video like I did last year to show you what we ended up with for the girls' Christmas gifts this year. We kept the budget the same - just $100 per kid. But did we do it?? Check back tomorrow to find out! :)


Melissa W. said...

That's not cheesy at all!! Sounds like our kind of night!

Melissa W. said...

Oh...and I <3 the card!! Turned out GREAT!!!

Heather said...

LOVE Gracie's expression in that first photo. I just want to pinch her cheeks!!

sblind2 said...

I love the card!!!

The Pettijohn's said...

Love the card and 100.00 wow that is nice. Vince and i do 50.00. Our kids would love you guys. lol.

Sarah said...

i know exactly what you mean about the rut. family time is a neccesaity!!

love the christmas cards, soooo adorable!!! :)


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