FFYF: Too Much Screen Time Edition

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The older boys were gone all weekend, which meant the younger boys had no competition for computer playtime. Everyone is particularly fond of a game called Roblox, in which players create worlds and games with their own rules with characters that look vaguely like Lego pieces. They can create an environment in which multiple characters can play. The result is two boys playing on separate computers in the same environment, which necessarily involves a lot of chatter back and forth across the basement. After all, if you’re in the heat of battle it’s pretty handy to holler out directions to your twin.

It can get rather loud, but for the most part they have a great time. If tempers flare, there’s always the Go Outdoor option. Generally speaking I try to keep track of what they’re doing and maintain some order and balance. Each boy has his own account on Roblox and they frequently will invite one another to their latest place to try out whatever obstacle or challenge has been put in place.

I knew they’d been online too long when The Manager yelled over to the Captain saying, “Dude come over here in real life!”

Hey! It’s Friday! Let’s have some fun.

Welcome to the April 23, 2010 edition of fun for your friday!

Katie Sorene presents 13 Most Awkward Family Vacation Pics posted at Travel Blog – Tripbase.

udaarif presents emoticon maho ternyata ada di dunia nyata (ga ngakak ane rela kimpio sama miyabi) posted at Kumpulan Artikel Aneh | Unik | Gokil | Extreme. (Editor’s note: I have no idea what this post says, but the picture is TOTALLY worth the click. Hilarious!)

Cole Garrett presents Friday 4/2 posted at Dry Humor Daily, saying, “This article presents an alternative to the usual silver screen outing on a given Friday night.”

Madeleine Begun Kane presents Tubing Blues posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Cheryl Ragsdale presents A Bad Day? Funny Photos to Make You Laugh Out Loud posted at That Girl is Funny, saying, “Are you having a bad day? I’m having one of those days when nothing I do seems to work. If I could take pictures and show you, this is what it would look like. dog squashed between car seat”

Pamela Jorrick presents Fun Family Hike or Sneaky Attempt to Cause Extreme Spousal Suffering? posted at Blah, Blah, Blog.

Digerati Life presents How To Cut Costs On Hair Care Once and For All! For Serious Savers Only posted at The Digerati Life, saying, “A funny story about hair care!”

Andrew Hall presents Me vs The Evil Overseers posted at Laughing In Purgatory, saying, “My analysis about the morality of an anti-tipping policy.”

Mike presents poop posted at Wat Not 2 Do, saying, “This was funny”

Toni presents My Baby Bookworm posted at Wifely Steps, saying, “It’s never too early to get kids interested in books!”

No Fo Pa presents clipping nails in the office posted at No Fo Pa, saying, “Avoid embarrassing social mistakes. Vote. Research. Share. Behave.”

Earnest Parenting: help for parents who want to limit screen time.

The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • Andrew @ Blogging Guide April 28, 2010, 7:06 am

    Great fun carnival. I did like the pics by Cheryl – I missed them first time around.

    Andrew
    .-= Andrew @ Blogging Guide´s last blog ..How to create awareness for your blog =-.

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    • Amy LeForge May 7, 2010, 10:14 pm

      Thanks Andrew. I’m enjoying all the participation each week.

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  • Corinne Edwards April 28, 2010, 7:07 am

    Wonderful list – and always a giggle on your posts.

    Although my four boys are grown – finished college and ARE WORKING (thank you God) I always love your posts. Brings back memories.

    (Not so much that I want them all back in the house)

    I should give you confidence, however, that someone you know survived four boys.
    .-= Corinne Edwards´s last blog ..TOO BUSY – BUSY – BUSY =-.

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    • Amy LeForge May 7, 2010, 10:15 pm

      Corinne, that gives me more hope than anything. Boys are creatures I will never completely understand. I’m hoping just to outlive the chaos, lol.

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  • Debbie @ Happy Maker April 28, 2010, 8:13 am

    Thanks Amy for keeping me on track of what the little ones are into these days. When your kids are grown it is very important for a grandparent to keep up on these things. Don’t want those grandkids to realize I did come from those days when we had to walk to school up hill in 2 feet of snow.
    Have a very happy and fun day.
    Debbie

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    • Amy LeForge May 7, 2010, 10:22 pm

      LOL Debbie. Make sure to tell them how you were barefoot walking uphill both ways, won’t you? Always important to stuff in as many details as possible to impress the kiddos.

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  • Bruce "the Mid-Life Mentor" April 28, 2010, 8:43 am

    Good story about the boys. Great “Real Time” ending. Hope home school is still going OK. Loved the blog carnival, especially No Fo Pa !

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    • Amy LeForge May 7, 2010, 10:24 pm

      Hi Bruce, the home schooling is going okay. We’re still talking about options, and I don’t know exactly how everything will work out. It’s a question of whether or not the older boys will take some initiative or not…and whether it’s right to expect that of them. If only I had now the wisdom I’ll enjoy when they’ve made it to college!

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  • Benjamin April 28, 2010, 7:59 am

    Thanks, Amy!

    It will probably be a few years before my little girl is ready for roblox… but I’m looking forward to it! 🙂

    keep smiling,

    Ben
    .-= Benjamin´s last blog ..Daily Meditation – Principles (4-22-10) =-.

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    • Amy LeForge May 7, 2010, 10:16 pm

      Hi Ben, those years will go all too quickly. And I don’t even know the half of it!

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  • Michelle Vandepas April 28, 2010, 9:44 am

    LOL – I haven’t let my daughter on the computer too much yet. She already watches too much TV. but I love the concept of the game being free form where they can use their imaginations. I also loved Cheryl’s photos!
    .-= Michelle Vandepas´s last blog ..Linda Binns, Feng Shui Expert from Harmony Inside and Out =-.

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    • Amy LeForge May 7, 2010, 10:27 pm

      Michelle, if I could have kept them off the computer more I would. But I’m married to a programmer, and this is a techy family. So, we manage. They don’t actually watch a huge amount of television, unless you count the shows that run while they’re on the computer. I’m kind of glad that they prefer the games to the tv. In the “for what it’s worth” department.

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  • Tom April 28, 2010, 9:50 am

    This is funny. I’m just trying to get my daughter into computers, she is only two, but never too early. I like how kids grow up with computers, it’s almost like a second language, and if it is controlled and balanced, it can do them lot’s of good.
    .-= Tom´s last blog ..Why Is Braille on Drive-Through ATMs? =-.

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    • Amy LeForge May 7, 2010, 10:30 pm

      Tom, you’ve got to be the first parent who’s said they wanted their kid on computers at a young age. Funny….people talk about television all the time, but rarely about computer exposure with youngsters. I think you’re right about controlled and balanced. It can be scary though. There’s so much potential for them to wander off while they’re still sitting right in your home. We’re getting into that phase around here.

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  • Joel April 28, 2010, 11:19 am

    A computer for each twin would have been great fun for me when younger!
    Great post, thanks for the links. I especially liked the vacation photos but they were all interesting. Not sure I agree about the tipping one though (Evil Overseers).

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    • Amy LeForge May 7, 2010, 10:32 pm

      Joel, what they really want is a computer for each boy. And the hankering for a laptop…oh my. Then there’s the desire for an ipod, an iphone, playstation, and more. It can be overwhelming! I’m glad you liked the links. I think a person should be able to leave a tip if they want, but I’m not totally sure about that either. It’s a difficult call, especially if the company policy is no tips. I’d hate to get someone in trouble by leaving a tip.

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  • Beat Schindler April 28, 2010, 1:24 pm

    The story made me laugh because it describes father and son in my case. When my younger son was in his teens I – very willingly – filled in the role of video games playing twin brother. I remember with equal fondness and intensity all the fun moments. Makes me think that maybe too much importance is attached to the indoors/outdoors aspect of it. That said, 20 years later, for fun and recreation, both me and my son spend way more time outdoors than indoors. Nature is an awesome force.

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    • Amy LeForge May 7, 2010, 10:34 pm

      Beat, that’s great to hear! I’m seeing more and more fun between Hubby and the boys and it’s really neat. We’re trying to do more outdoor things. Seems like we get stuck in the busyness of life too often though.

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  • David Rogers April 28, 2010, 2:32 pm

    My daughters are very much dominated by Facebook, perhaps one reason I’ve never really got “into” Facebook myself (yet!). But this seems a great blog carnival – in fact I’ve never really cottoned on to the carnival concept either (and I can’t blame my daughters for that!)

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    • Amy LeForge May 7, 2010, 10:40 pm

      David, my older boys are getting interested in Facebook. I find it a bit confusing, but it’s navigable. Glad you liked the carnival. If you have something fun or pleasant to share, feel free to submit here. We’re all friends, after all!

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  • cheryl from thatgirlisfunny April 28, 2010, 3:29 pm

    Hi Amy,
    I love being in your fun, funny carnival! I hope more people decide to join in with our merry band.

    On another note, have you noticed what happens when you put blog carnival fun into google? I think it would be wise for you to slip the word funny into your text as much as possible too – you could end up in high places 😀

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    • Amy LeForge May 7, 2010, 10:41 pm

      Cheryl, why no! I hadn’t searched with those particular terms. Thanks for pointing that out!

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  • cheryl from thatgirlisfunny April 28, 2010, 3:31 pm

    Ooops! My link didn’t post! It will this time 😀
    .-= cheryl from thatgirlisfunny´s last blog ..35 Funny Reasons to Love and Hate Facebook =-.

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  • Raymond Chua April 28, 2010, 8:42 pm

    I’m still single and not much to comment about my children. However, I love the pictures shared by you. Some made me laugh like nuts. LOL

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    • Amy LeForge May 7, 2010, 10:41 pm

      Raymond, then my work here is done. 🙂 Glad you smiled and laughed.

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  • Jen @ Blog writing services April 29, 2010, 3:33 am

    This post made me smile so much! It’s good to know there is a ‘Go Outdoors’ option for when things get too heated. My brother and I have recently started bickering over Farmville, and who gets the highest score. This may sound fine, but he’s nearly 40 and I’m not far behind! Just goes to show people never grow out of the sparring and fun that games can offer!

    Jen x

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    • Amy LeForge May 7, 2010, 10:42 pm

      Jen, oh I hope I’m not moderating sibling rivalry when they’re forty! They’re gonna have to work it out on their own well before then. Else I’ll have to shout “go outside!!!”

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  • Lisa April 29, 2010, 6:19 am

    Funny! A blog carnival is a super idea — and your post gave me a good laugh to start my day! Thanks!

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    • Amy LeForge May 7, 2010, 10:43 pm

      Lisa, so glad you had the laugh! Come back soon and enjoy more, won’t you?

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  • Mitch April 29, 2010, 7:00 am

    I think I spend half my day laughing, life seems to happen so fast I would probably go nuts otherwise 🙂

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    • Amy LeForge May 7, 2010, 10:46 pm

      Mitch, I’m learning about the wonder of laughter more and more as I age. Good for you on the daily laughing. Very important.

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  • Keller Hawthorne April 29, 2010, 7:16 pm

    Great carnival Amy! I really enjoyed Cheryl’s photos – especially the bookstore one.

    I love the idea of blog carnivals. I’ve never participated in one, but they seem helpful. I may have to look into them.

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    • Amy LeForge May 7, 2010, 10:47 pm

      Keller, Cheryl is the big reason I’m doing this one. She’s quite the carnival cheerleader, lol!

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  • cheryl from thatgirlisfunny April 29, 2010, 11:42 pm

    Lol! I’m hanging out on stumble (don’t ask why I’m still awake) and this page just popped onto my screen. I’m not sure if I stumbled when I visited previously. You can bet I’m stumbling it now. Earlier, one of Corinne’s pages popped up too 😀

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    • Amy LeForge May 7, 2010, 10:48 pm

      Cheryl, yay! I’m glad to see that the page is showing up. Are you not a late night person?

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  • DetailingPro May 5, 2010, 1:27 am

    Quality time with your boys is cool… I do love spending time with my kids esp in carnivals. They love it so much!!
    .-= DetailingPro´s last blog ..Auto Detailing Prices In Traverse city =-.

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    • Amy LeForge May 7, 2010, 10:50 pm

      DetailingPro, carnivals are fun, aren’t they? I wish there was an easy way to enjoy them without all the junky clutter that seems to come home afterward.

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  • Logo Designers May 26, 2010, 7:26 am

    Hi everybody and its a good story about the boys. Great “Real Time” ending. Hope home school is still going OK.

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