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To Cable or not to Cable

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This pic kinda defines our lives. We do not watch a lot of tv, but the tv is mostly on while we are home. I have discovered we use it for background noise more than anything…but want to know what is mostly on? Sports.

Always a game. Baseball or football mostly, but basketball or soccer too. We just like games and my husband likes wrestling too, but he hates when I share that. If there is a show, it is usually a rerun of Friends or the Office or some show that I call “comfort shows”. I also like Hallmark movies and reality shows when I can handle the conflict.

So now that we have entered this phase in life where people are cutting cable…we often ask ourselves, should we jump on this train? Obviously cost is a factor but so is comfort. We want to be able to watch Rangers baseball, Mavericks basketball, and Longhorn and Cowboys football anytime we want. We can live without the shows, but not the sports. So for our 150 a month…not sure where we stand when what we have now is convenient and can be viewed on a tv in multiple rooms…maybe we just need to submit that we will save in other places, but for now we are cable people despite it being the untrendy thing to be.

One thing that does push my buttons is this new trend of a million different subscriptions to watch the show of your choice. Hulu, HBO max, Peacock, Apple TV, Netflix…seems like rather than cable with all the shows you now need 10 different providers to watch your one show..it kinda feels like cable with a twist and it makes me nervous. I feel like my shows are being held ransom for more money!

Whatever 2021 may bring…maybe it is the year to ask ourselves honestly “To cable or not to cable?”

Pushing them to Grow Up

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This is a mixed feelings post. My son has always been delayed in life milestones. We never knew for sure if it was us not pushing him to be more independent because we love the process of parenting or does he just need more time. So when we looked at the first free weekend in forever (due to the shut downs across the state), we gave it a go at bike riding without training wheels. In the back of my head, I thought he would never do it or not yet. Autism, ADHD and little grit often speaks louder than pure determination, but we pressed on and prayed.

It did not happen right away. He lost balance and struggled and found himself ready to give up. We talked. We reasoned. We motivated. Then we gave him a break. The next day he saw the “big kids” riding motorcycles and he got the fire again. We told him bike first…mini motorcycle second. Out of nowhere he got a wild hair and got to work. Older boys around us gave him tips and modeled. He did it at his own pace in his own way…but 24 hours later…we were on our first bike ride….together.

We talked about life, racing each other, stopping to look at cool things. Surreal moment of “he is growing up”! Another milestone never to be repeated. No looking back. We moved on to big boy bikes. It feels good! Sad that it is a sign of maturity and another reminder he is getting older and closer to leaving home. It happens that fast. But exciting that he is learning, trying new things and showing us he can conquer fears. Blows my mind how last week this felt impossible and now look at him go! Of all the ugly memories that came from this time in history, God has given us a beautiful memory made possible with time.