Unplugging My Family

Unplugging My Family – Day 17:              Tuesday, 11/27/12

Our cable and television finally came back on last week.  We decided not to cancel our subscription as it would have been a major headache to have everything set-up again when we were ready.  Instead we are sticking to our commitment, as best we can, to not watch television and not use the internet while we are home together.

Although my kids have not watched any mindless television or been on the internet, my wife and I haven’t been perfect.  My son and I watched some of the Rutgers game (not as “meaningful as I hoped”) this past weekend and both my wife and I have gone on the internet a couple of times.  Although we haven’t been perfect, things are still a lot better.  But I have to tell you; it has not been easy since our service was restored.  I almost wish I had stuck to my original plan of just cancelling the service and restoring it when I was ready.

The good news is that all of us continue to do meaningful, family oriented things together like sports, games and just plain old conversation.  By no means are we controlled by technology.

Why I’m doing this 30 day challenge

This  blog (scroll down further) is  about my 30-day personal challenge to go without television or internet from home and help out my fellow New Jerseyan’s who suffered devastating losses do to Hurricane Sandy.  Please spread the word about this as I will be raising money for those in need and also developing a stronger bond with my family.

I lucked out.  The hurricane just left me without power, internet or tv for a a little more than a week.  I’ve decided to cancel my service for another 30 days.  The money I would have spend (about $130) will go to The Red Cross.  Here’s why I’m doing this

Most folks I know complained about how horrible it was living without power  for several or more days.  Call me crazy but I found it to be one of the greatest weeks of my life.  My family and I became closer, I felt completely cleansed and de-stressed from not being able to check emails and stuff, and I got more sleep than I’ve ever gotten.  My hope is that I can inspire other families to “Unplug” for 30 days and discover the most important thing in the world—each other.   I ask that you too take my 30-day challenge.  If you decide to do it, feel free to reply to my daily posts and write about your own experiences.   And as I mentioned, I’m going to donate the monthly cost of my television and internet subscription to the Red Cross to help families who suffered tragic losses from the hurricane.  Feel free to do the same should you commit to my challenge.

Unplugging My Family: Our 30-day-commitment without tv or internet – Day 5

Unplugging My Family

This daily blog (scroll down further) is  about my 30-day personal challenge to go without television or internet from home and help out my fellow New Jerseyan’s who suffered devastating losses do to Hurricane Sandy.  Please spread the word about this as I will be raising money for those in need and also developing a stronger bond with my family.

I lucked out.  The hurricane just left me without power, internet or tv for a a little more than a week.  I’ve decided to cancel my service for another 30 days.  The money I would have spend (about $130) will go to The Red Cross.  Here’s why I’m doing this

Most folks I know complained about how horrible it was living without power  for several or more days.  Call me crazy but I found it to be one of the greatest weeks of my life.  My family and I became closer, I felt completely cleansed and de-stressed from not being able to check emails and stuff, and I got more sleep than I’ve ever gotten.  My hope is that I can inspire other families to “Unplug” for 30 days and discover the most important thing in the world—each other.   I ask that you too take my 30-day challenge.  If you decide to do it, feel free to reply to my daily posts and write about your own experiences.   And as I mentioned, I’m going to donate the monthly cost of my television and internet subscription to the Red Cross to help families who suffered tragic losses from the hurricane.  Feel free to do the same should you commit to my challenge.

 

Unplugging My Family – Day 5:              Thursday, 11/15/12

Not much to talk about today.  I got home from the office at 6:40 and prepared dinner as I waited for Krista and the kids to return from an event.  They got home at 7:20, dinner was ready to go and we all sat down  to eat.  Obviously no television, and you know what – no problemo.

Ashlyn was extremely tired and a little uncharacteristically grouchy, so we put the kids to bed a little earlier than usual, around 8:15.  I laid in Matthew’s bed with him for a good 20 minutes and we had some quality talking time.  Ashlyn was out like a light as soon as her head hit the pillow.  Matthew and I talked about school, sports, God, a little bit of everything.  I find this to be so valuable for kids—just talking with them freely without any distractions.  I encourage you to do the same.

After I gave Matthew his final kiss good night, Krista and I laid in bed and talked for a while.  We had a pretty good argument on Sunday and we never got a chance to hear each other out and clear the air.  Well, we did and I feel better about it.  I then went downstairs for my usual 15 minutes of meditation.

Have a good night!!!

Unplugging My Family: Our 30-day-commitment without tv or internet – Day 3

Unplugging My Family

This is my third post (see a few paragraphs down)  about my 30-day personal challenge to go without television or internet from home and help out my fellow New Jerseyan’s who suffered devastating losses do to Hurricane Sandy.  Please spread the word about this as I will be raising money for those in need and also developing a stronger bond with my family.

I lucked out.  The hurricane just left me without power, internet or tv for a a little more than a week.  I’ve decided to cancel my service for another 30 days.  The money I would have spend (about $130) will go to The Red Cross.  Here’s why I’m doing this

Most folks I know complained about how horrible it was living without power  for several or more days.  Call me crazy but I found it to be one of the greatest weeks of my life.  My family and I became closer, I felt completely cleansed and de-stressed from not being able to check emails and stuff, and I got more sleep than I’ve ever gotten.  My hope is that I can inspire other families to “Unplug” for 30 days and discover the most important thing in the world—each other.   I ask that you too take my 30-day challenge.  If you decide to do it, feel free to reply to my daily posts and write about your own experiences.   And as I mentioned, I’m going to donate the monthly cost of my television and internet subscription to the Red Cross to help families who suffered tragic losses from the hurricane.  Feel free to do the same should you commit to my challenge.

 

Today I got home a little early from the office, 5:30 and had some quiet, alone time as my wife and kids returned from Ashlyn’s gymnastics at around 6:00.  I then prepared dinner and the four of us sat down together and enjoyed each other’s company.   We cleaned-up together etc. and not a word a word about tv was mentioned from either of my kids.  It’s as if they’ve forgotten about tv altogether, which is a good thing.

 

After dinner, I took my daughter upstairs for a bath while Matthew read downstairs on the couch.  Ashlyn and I ran around upstairs playing hide and go seek for about 15 minutes before her bath.  We had a ton of fun.

 

Unplugging My Family – Day 3            11/13/12

At around 8:00 we headed into Ashlyn’s room and my wife read 3 books to her while Matthew and I listened in the other bed (Ashlyn has two single beds in her room).  At 8:30 both kids were in bed and my wife and I spent some quality time alone talking about our vacation plans for next summer.  I headed downstairs a little later and did my meditation.  At 9:45 I was in bed for the night.  Day 3 = success

Unplugging My Family: Our 30-day-commitment without tv or internet – Day 2

Unplugging My Family

This is my second post about my 30-day personal challenge to go without television or internet from home and help out my fellow New Jerseyan’s who suffered devastating losses do to Hurricane Sandy.  Please spread the word about this as I will be raising money for those in need and also developing a stronger bond with my family.

I lucked out.  The hurricane just left me without power, internet or tv for a a little more than a week.  I’ve decided to cancel my service for another 30 days.  The money I would have spend (about $130) will go to The Red Cross.  Here’s why I’m doing this

Most folks I know complained about how horrible it was living without power  for several or more days.  Call me crazy but I found it to be one of the greatest weeks of my life.  My family and I became closer, I felt completely cleansed and de-stressed from not being able to check emails and stuff, and I got more sleep than I’ve ever gotten.  My hope is that I can inspire other families to “Unplug” for 30 days and discover the most important thing in the world—each other.   I ask that you too take my 30-day challenge.  If you decide to do it, feel free to reply to my daily posts and write about your own experiences.   And as I mentioned, I’m going to donate the monthly cost of my television and internet subscription to the Red Cross to help families who suffered tragic losses from the hurricane.  Feel free to do the same should you commit to my challenge.

 

Unplugging My Family – Day 2:              Monday, 11/12/12

Well, I got home a little later than expected today, 7:00 P.M.  I walked into the mudroom from the garage and as I strolled through the kitchen toward the family room I noticed my wife, son Matthew and daughter Ashlyn playing the board game Sorry.  Once again no Sponge Bob or anything else coming from the tv.  We soon sat down together for dinner and enjoyed a pleasant meal and conversation.  After dinner Matthew practiced his clarinet and played Ode To Joy perfectly.  I was impressed.  Then it was upstairs to get changed into my PJ’s.  Ashlyn and I layed-down on my bed for a little while  and talked about her day.  The kids then took baths and at around 8:30 it was time to tuck them in.  After they were in bed I meditated in the family room for about 15 minutes (yes, I do this regularly) and headed to bed.  My wife and I talked for a little while and by 9:30 we were both sound asleep.  I can’t believe how early I’ve been going to bed since my tv and internet went out.

Unplugging My Family: Our 30-day-commitment without tv or internet – Day 1

 

This will be the first post about my 30-day personal challenge to go without television or internet from home and help out my fellow New Jerseyan’s who suffered devastating losses from Hurricane Sandy.  My wife is on board with me.  I ask that you spread the word about this as I will be raising money for those in need and also developing a stronger bond with my family.

I lucked out.  The hurricane just left me without power for 10 days and 14 days later I still don’t have internet or television access.  Once my service is restored I’m going to call my carrier and cancel my subscription for 30 days.  The money I would have spend (about $130) will go to The Red Cross.  These first 14 days will not count towards my 30-day commitment to Unplug my family.  That challenge begins now but before I post about DAY ONE, which was yesterday, I’d like to explain why I’m doing this.

Most folks I know complained about how horrible it was living without power  for several or more days.  Call me crazy but I found it to be one of the greatest weeks of my life.  My family and I became closer, I felt completely cleansed and de-stressed from not being able to check emails and stuff, and I got more sleep than I’ve ever gotten.  My hope is that I can inspire other families to “Unplug” for 30 days and discover the most important thing in the world—each other.   I ask that you too take my 30-day challenge.  If you decide to do it, feel free to reply to my daily posts and write about your own experiences.   And as I mentioned, I’m going to donate the monthly cost of my television and internet subscription to the Red Cross to help families who suffered tragic losses from the hurricane.  Feel free to do the same should you commit to my challenge.

 

Unplugging My Family – DAY ONE:              Sunday, 11/11/12

Because I was in bed at 9:00 last night (that’s what happens when there’s no tv or internet) I woke-up at 6:20 A.M. before my wife and kids.  I brewed a delicious pot of coffee, opened up the blinds in my family room and settled myself down with a good book.  Occasionally I looked out the window and took-in the beauty of autumn.  By 7:15 the rest of the gang was up and we spent some time just hanging out.  No Sponge Bob, no Sportscenter, just us.  At 8:30 I brought my son to a local baseball field and we practiced for about an hour and a half to get him ready for travel tryouts next week.  At 11:30 and it was time for me to do the leaves, which took forever.  I really hate doing the leaves by the way.

It was a beautiful day for November (65  degrees) and my son and daughter were outside playing with some other kids in the neighborhood the entire time I was doing the leaves.  It was great!!  Later it was off to basketball for my son and then off to dinner at Blue Moon Mexican Restaurant.  We came home, did some reading and the kids were in bed by 8:30.  I fell asleep tucking-in my daughter.

All in all, it was a great day.  I missed all of the football games on Sunday, which sort of stinks……….. or maybe it doesn’t.   But, I got a lot of things done around the house, spent tons of time with my wife and kids and, my kids played outside—not inside—for hours.  Day 1 was a big success for the Kersting’s.