"Death by Popcorn"
We have refined one other aspect to our entertainment habits: we've nearly cancelled movie watching in our home. Now, instead of giving our kids the freedom to throw in a movie at any time, we've limited our dvd watching to one evening: Fridays! and we call it "Family Movie Night."
For the past two years we've been enjoying the "Lois and Clark" television series (heavy editing done for content...but our kids and daughters are "super" fans!). We watch one episode every week and we stop during the summers (just like the tv show). We tend to watch a double feature and make a ton of popcorn (courtesy of the popcorn machine Pop-Pop bought the kids for Christmas). Typically a "tv show" followed by a "feature movie."
this has been a really good thing for our family. First, it limits the need for movies/entertainment to fill all of our heads. Second, it highlights certain movies, so the kids make good choices for what they want to watch. Third, it has elevated our together time on Friday nights - everyone gets amped for family movie night (some willingly take naps!).
Last night we watched our typical "L and C" episode, then as a surprise we watched "Nanny McPhee" (Kendra had just finished it as a read aloud book this week, so we compared the book vs. movie - fyi...the book won!). Above is a photo of Mangogirl #3, who regularly doesn't make it to the end of "FMN" because she often cheats on her nap (note the popcorn that was thrown during a particularly scary moment of superman!).
Quietly making noise,