Tuesday, August 12, 2014

the baby!

Our darling girl. Here she is, all almost-ten-months of her, all grown up.

Remember this?

in between contractions, "oh no, take my picture so we can remember!"

minutes old...

And now, here she is!

mom and daughter

miss bedhead - i am in love with her hair

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: it has FLOWN BY!  How can life go so fast...

Just so I'll remember, here's what little Iz is up to -

crawling everywhere and pulling up on everything

eating Cheerios, watermelon, chicken, beef, eggs, all kinds of baby food, avacado, banana, beans, butternut squash, sweet potato...she wants to try it all! Will often grab food out of mom's hand...

very, very social.  Loves people. Smiles at strangers and laughs with friends.  Did I mention she's social?

Has learned to love her brothers and maybe be a bit cautious around them, as things are apt to get less than gentle accidentally quick.

is fighting nighttime sleep...life is just too interesting!

Mommy is certainly the favorite by far. It might have something to do with the food supply.

We sure love this little Isabelle. She is a delight to our days, the apple of our eyes, and such a gift from the Lord. 10 months. Craziness.


So, Jeremiah has been talking more and more about Minecraft.

As he is rapidly growing into a big kid, I am unaware of what new things are out there for the new generation to be interested in doing. New clothes. New toys. New video games (do they still call them that?). All the newness. Ugh.

So, I naively kept thinking that it was the cute game that my generation used to play, which I think was called Minesweeper?

remember this?  Oh, the hours wasted before Facebook...

No no. This is so far from that. This is Minecraft.

Riding rollercoasters, and building your own community, and the biggest sandpile ever.

On a screen. Next to nobody with you.

Sometimes I just want to scream with all the focus on screens. What is this generation going to become? How can I get them to still be creative?!

I feel like I spend at least a third of my day (and at least half of my time with Jeremiah) saying, "nope, we are done with screentime," or "Screentime is over for the day," or "you need to try something besides looking at a screen." And all of this in a family where they only are typically allowed 30 minutes of screen time a day! The way they ask about it, you would think I allow it all the time.

Now, I did my fair share of Nintendo and TV and movies growing up.  But this is a different animal. Handheld personal devices are everywhere. I find my 3 year old trying to turn a page in a book by swiping his finger across it. Everywhere you go, if someone has to wait somewhere - anywhere...it could be an amusement park! - they immediately pull their phone out and interact with that world instead of the one around them. Heaven forbid we look around and talk to people around us.

I am a little old-fartish about this...but I sincerely think it is going to harm society greatly if we do not figure out how to control the addiction to personal technology. I thank God at least weekly that I went to high school, college, and had my early years of marriage without the infringement of everyone being connected on a social network and checking their phones every 5 minutes. It amazes me how quickly this has become normal to do.

Ok, roll your eyes at me now. And no, I am not letting Jeremiah play Minecraft. I am going to pull every trick I can for as long as I can to get him to not play real video games for a while yet. At least that's the plan.  And I'm starting to realize how plans go when you are parenting...(sigh).