whatever happened to building forts?

The article below sums up something that has been bothering me lately. I've talked before about how technology is changing the way kids interact with their peers. When I was little, I didn't have video games and (obviously) cell phones to distract me. The kids on the street played outside together. We ran, jumped, built forts, climbed trees, make up dumb games, played sports, played in the creek, spied on the neighbors with binoculars...you get the idea. We were creative, imaginative. 

I'm not saying that because kids have phones now they are not interacting with their peers, because they are. They are constantly chatting with them, whether through Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat, etc., all day. I'm just saying it's different. It's not an active social environment. It's good for kids to play, not only for the obvious reasons like exercise being good for your health, but for simply the fresh air and the joy of being outside. 

It's funny because I had already written a portion of this post before Matt and I watched This is 40 today and they had a scene that really spoke to what I am saying. I'm not saying I won't let my kids play with iPads, iPhones, iMacs, etc. It's about getting to a point where you're not relying on it for entertainment and it's not the main focus of your day. I think that's the goal.

Children should be allowed to get bored  

So says education researcher Teresa Belton:

The academic, who has previously studied the impact of television and videos on children's writing, said: "When children have nothing to do now, they immediately switch on the TV, the computer, the phone or some kind of screen. The time they spend on these things has increased.
"But children need to have stand-and-stare time, time imagining and pursuing their own thinking processes or assimilating their experiences through play or just observing the world around them."
It is this sort of thing that stimulates the imagination, she said, while the screen "tends to short circuit that process and the development of creative capacity."

To read the full article, click here.


like looking in a mirror


MOM: Easter dinner is Sunday night at our house. Hope u guys r free. Be there or be….oval (like an egg!) 

Mom: you left your phone at home. 
(ten minutes later) 
Mom: answer me, amy!!! 
Mom: seriously, not kidding! in big trouble if you dont!! 
(five minutes later) 
Mom: oh. you’re phone isn’t with you. have a good day at school! love you. 

Dad: I’m at a company-wide meeting in the Nationwide Arena. 
Me: Cool! Do you win prizes? Is there free food? 
Dad: No food. There was a Nationwide pin given. 
Me: A pin? That’s it?? 
Dad: They also gave us a pom pom. 


travel catch up

I have been doing a lot of traveling lately and haven't been good about recaps. Trying to be better about it, it will be nice to look back to remember details about my travels.

In mid-March Matt and I went to Macon to visit our friends. It was a college reunion to celebrate two of my friends having babies! It was great to see everyone and play games like "Samford Celebrity."

For St. Paddy's Day we went to Savannah to see Young Harris friends and our friend Jenny and her boo Ben. Savannah has the second largest St. Patrick's Day celebration in the country. All day people tailgate, watch the parade and celebrate after. On Friday night we stayed up until 3 am and got up at 5am. It was exhausting! Both trips were great, but three in one month is a lot! Looking forward to just one trip a month for a while.
Matt's friend got in a dance off on River Street:
 We danced with guys in onesies:
 Me and Jenny:


liking this week

I had a request from one of my followers to include links with the products I feature for Trendy Tuesdays, so I will now have those. 

Have a great day!!


go and fix your makeup

I like Miranda, she seems like she would be cool to hang out with. Like this song too ~




MOM: I think the man that did our taxes is out of jail im gonna see if i can get a copy of them 

DAD: Holy smokes! I just found a little plastic film I had never peeled off my computer! I am going to peel it off! Wow! Really livin large tonight! 

MOM: will you go out tonight and party with your friends or stay home and eat meatballs alone again? 
ME: meatballs 
MOM: please go out I want grandchildren



 mom: your father found the chocolate I hid 
me: wait what? why did you hide it? 
mom: he is getting fat I hid it in taco kit and now he is running around screaming how could you do this to me and waving taco kit 
mom: ps when you get home there is mnm’s in ur bookshelf dont tell him unless emergency 

MOM: Watching house hunters. Young couple newlyweds. She has 2 turtles. She takes them with her everywhere. She asked them what they thought of new home. She took them on a picnic to decide which home. As an observer, He is not happy. Marriage 1 year at most.  

MOM: If I get reincarnated as a cat, I still won’t eat my vomit. 

Mom: How do i get sound on facebook. 

Me: So what kind of phone did you get pops? 
DAD: I got the free iphone4 and love it 
Me: Awesome! They are really easy to use and pretty helpful. Too bad you didnt get the 4s Siri is pretty nice Dad: I already have two women telling me what to do 

MOM: What does it mean when the icons on my ipod are doing the Harlem Shake? 

Mom: Just figured out. Dads a visionary dancer. He’s been doing Gangam style for years. 

i knew you were hipster when you walked by

I had a wonderful time in LA! Just like last time! Here is my recap of the trip:
I was by myself on Friday, since Anna had to work. I did a lot of people hipster watching.
On Saturday Anna's aunt took us around Palm Desert. It was such nice weather the whole time!
Santa Monica
On the way to Palm Desert
Santa Monica
We met up with our friend Caroline in Manhattan Beach.
I spent $7 on my first ever Pinkberry. Yes I give it an A+.
Sign in Anna's condo complex
Shopping in Palm Desert
Anna dragged me around UCLA's campus because she said it looked like Hogwarts. Not quite, but it was still gorgeous! :-)
Tons of energy plants on the way to Palm Desert/Palm Springs