So the T.V. thing....
I have to say, right off the bat, that this was a personal decision for our family. We don't judge or push our ideas on anyone else... ever. We really believe you have to do what is right for your own family in all areas.

What I didn't anticipate when we stopped watching t.v. was that people would look at us so strange. It's like we are crazy or something. "But, what about the news!" they ask. We have the internet - who needs to watch the news on t.v. The poor sales person at DirecTV just couldn't understand that we didn't want t.v. anymore. She was entirely confused at our call to end service. They still call us and send us offers to come back. It's been over two years now.

The reason Daniel and I decided to omit the t.v. from our lifestyle was simple - we missed each other. We would put the Eve to bed and then watch t.v. until it was time for us to go to sleep. It was pretty boring.

Another thing we noticed, was how easy it became to adopt the talking patterns and lifestyle habits of the people we watched on t.v. into our lives and marriage - in minor ways of course, but we didn't really like to see those little reflections in ourselves.

So, what do we do now?

We love to read, we love to talk, and to just be with each other. We do dishes together at night. If I am washing he'll sit on the counter next to the sink and we chat, vise versa. Some nights we go sit on the couch and hang out, we quietly talk or just sit next to one another. We also love to play Yatzee, or War - basically the only card game I can play!

I must say that we still are able to watch some shows that we love. We just watch them on Daniel's laptop. ABC has a a ton of full show episodes on their website. We watch Dancing with the Stars just like everyone else in America. Except the commercials are only 30 seconds long. And we have to wait until Tuesday night instead of watching it on Monday. No big deal.

I admit - I really, really miss watching football. I loved spending Sunday afternoons hanging out with Daniel watching the pig skin fly. But for us, taking t.v. out of the equation was a really good decision for our marriage and family life. It simplified our lives, brought us closer, and freed up a ton of wasted time. And, it was really easy. We unplugged it.
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