It isn't often this mama lays down the law.
Two Sundays ago, sitting out on the swing seat on a glorious autumn day, while every other member of the family sat inside looking at a screen, I felt the need.
No screens for any of us, from sun-up to sun-down.Into the foreseeable future.
Our first Sunday, we drove far away from temptation, into the mountains, to gardens with trees blazing with reds and oranges, to a picnic in a quiet park, to the bribe of the old-fashioned lolly shop.
Yesterday we stayed close to home.
Yesterday there was time to:
Play catch with a boy for the longest time.
Sit in the sun with a big girl on my lap.
Make a double batch of pizza dough from scratch.
Take a long, neighbourhood walk.
Come home and bake pizzas together.
Eat pizzas together.
Rest and chat on my bed for a while.
Look at Lego design books.
Play six rounds of Scattergories.
Read, ride a bike, practice catching some more.
Make a trip to the library.
By day's end, I felt I'd actually spent time with the four other people in my family.
I think it's good when mama lays down the law. I need to do it more often.