I am hoping this is a turning point for the kids to see that I was serious and actually followed through.
Our new evening routine is working out well. After spending 4 weeks leading up to Christmas reading Jotham's Journey every night before bed (kids called it Jammies for Jotham), John and I decided to keep it up. We are currently reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond, a read-aloud that we fell behind on in Ian's American History Core. The girls have heard it before and the littles could care less but it is family time. The kids willingly get jammies on. Tonight they sorted socks while I read :) For us it is good ole fashioned family time. All 7 of us in one room for about 20 minutes with the only technology being the light bulbs. Our next book will be another American History favorite Johnny Tremain. I love that they love to listen and want to still be read to. We even get the occasional good natured fighting over who gets to sit next to mom or dad.