Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Earth Day SPT...

I found this Earth Day surprise in my yard this morning. I inherited all kinds of beautiful flowers from the previous owner. They pop up and surprise me each spring. So fun.

In honor of Earth Day, today's SPT posed the question "Do you consider yourself to be a part of the green generation?"

Well I can say that I have never littered. Thanks mostly to the crying Indian from the commercial of my youth, and while living in Gilbert I regularly recycled because we had road side pickup. But only recently have I started seriously thinking about what I can do to better care for the earth and its resources. Monday night we had a special family night and talked about what we could each do to conserve energy. We decided to limit our TV and computer use and to be more mindful of turning off the lights and other appliances when we leave a room. It's a start and we hope to add to it as we go.

Tonight in honor of Earth Day, we had an electricity free dinner. We didn't use any electricity to prepare dinner and we ate by candlelight (no paper plates or napkins either). During dinner each person took a turn to tell what they would do to help improve the earth. Rick and Easton missed out on the fun, but had fun of their own at a Daddy daughter dance. They did get home in time to share some of the yummy banana pudding that Paige made though. In keeping with the non-electric theme, she whisked the pudding by hand. Impressive. It was a wonderful evening. A time to reflect with gratitude on this glorious earth that has been created for us and the importance of our stewardship over it.

8 comments:

CrabbyFamily said...

What a wonderful fhe idea... GO SHUMWAY'S!!!

linda said...

WOW...I'm impressed! What a great way to remember Earth Day and really fun for the kids too! I bet they loved the no electricity (and candles) at dinner!

Our city initiated curb side recycling but I didn't sign up for it...I was mad that we had to pay for it...but maybe we need to "rethink" our thinking on this one!?!

Dacia said...

That looks like so much fun. What a great way to teach your family about conserving engergy. I'm sure they had a great time, I know my kids would.

lelly said...

your electricity-free dinner looks like it was a big hit (we do something like this for winter solstice every year.) kids enjoy it, and they hopefully learn something, too.

i think it's great to include taking care of the Earth in family lessons.

Bren's Life said...

That was such a cute FHE. My kids love to have candle lite dinners, but I rarely do it. And if I had to give up the paper plates - ugh more dishes to wash & doesn't that mean using more water & energy using the dish washer?? Anything to get out of washing dishes..

I really could see you wearing a dress everyday.. Because you just are so cute like that..

Lacie said...

What a great family idea to celebrate earth day~ I will put it in my back pocket for next year!

Alisa said...

I am going to copy the dinner idea-
my family would love that.

The monkey bunch said...

Great FHE idea. And it makes you realize how dependent we are on electricity! Bet the kids had a great time.