We have had a lot of event filled weekends this Fall and, as a result, have fallen out of our Friday Family Fun Night rituals.
Last weekend we were away from home (again!) and when we arrived home on Monday after an exhausting drive on a very foggy, driving snowy, blowing snowy, swirling snowy, rainy snowy, SNOWY snowy, Cobequid Pass, we decided that we would reinstate the Friday Family Fun Night tradition and have a weekend of very nearly zero obligations.
We are trying to keep it simple, remember?
In keeping with the manifesto, I made a very simple plan.
MYO Pizza – which everyone loves!
To make it even simpler, I made all the pizzas using ready made pizza crusts.
The Things shared this happy-making Pepperoni & Cheese pizza.
Daddy-O chose a more classic Pepperoni & Cheese with veggies (red pepper, red onion, mushroom).
I was very excited to try the Kinnikinnick ready made gluten free crusts that friends in the know suggested.
I am thrilled to report that the pizzas turned out great and that the crusts themselves are quite delicious.
It’s really nice to know that I have a viable option for those nights when I just need to keep it simple.
Doesn’t that look delightful?
Mine had the Kinnikinnick crust, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, red pepper, red onion, mushroom, pickled jalapeño slices, and gluten free turkey sausage.
It was glorious!
After everyone had full tummies it was time for us to settle in with the evening’s planned entertainment. We opted to skip a movie in lieu of the excellent Bullying Awareness schedule on the Family Channel.
The cast of “The Next Step” hosted the evening and introduced some of our favourite shows – “Austin & Ally”, “Girl Meets World”, and “The Next Step” – all of which were featuring bullying storylines tonight as a part of their Stand UP to Bullying campaign. All three shows led to much discussion about friendship and bullying and how important it is to stand up and speak up and to never, ever be a bystander.
We especially loved “Girl Meets World“. It is so well written and I love how they keep managing to tie “Boy Meets World” storylines and characters into the show. It’s just so well done!
The Popcorn Pix feature presentation was another trip into bullying territory, with “Contest”. It was very good, but pretty harsh in many ways, as well. Very serious subject matter, obviously, and they hinted at some very heavy elements of being the bullied one. Overall it was very good. Definitely not for the younger ones. Thing 2 is 8 and she was snuggled up pretty close the whole time. Still though it’s such an important topic and we really cannot talk about it enough. No one can. Keep talking!
So, how was your week?
Did you have a good one?
What will be on your agenda this weekend?
What about your plate?
Did you take in any Bullying Awareness Week programs or events?
Do you have an open dialogue with your kiddos and the young people in your life about bullying and mental health and how to get help if the need arises?
The following is a true story that happened today.
Dude: “HE WON’T BE COMING BECAUSE IT’S SNOWIN’ LIKE [email protected], HERE.”
Me: *blink blink*
I’m sorry, but you have *got* to have the wrong number.
Dude: *audible gasp*
“Oh my God! I’m SOOOO sorry!”
“I am so, so sorry. Sorry!”
Me: That’s all right. Don’t sweat it. I hope you find the person you’re looking for. Bye.
Sometimes you just have to laugh – with a stranger, apparently.
I think technology is making us all a little bit .. umm .. well .. to use a phrase Thing 1 might use, “Well, doi!”.
What do you think?
Is technology making us ridiculous?
Has human interaction become foreign, somehow?
Do you think we are becoming to fellow humans, as these aliens were to the phone?
*This looks identical to the phone that was in my house when I was a kid.
**Little Known Peady Fact: My iThing rings like an old phone because the ring tone is – wait for it – “Old Phone”.
***Full disclosure: We are watching “Her” and I am having thoughts!