our power down thursday went very well. we got off to a rocky start, though. at 7:30, my 6 year old was already whining about wanting to watch tv. i had to cheat a little. the girls were playing with play dough in the morning, so it was absolutely necessary for me to break out the vacuum. also, after lunch, i let them watch a movie. we watch a movie everyday after lunch and before naps. i didn't think i was going to get them calmed down enough if their routine was broken. other than that, though, we were powerless. the kids actually had to play with each other and the room full of toys actually got played with. we spent all afternoon playing outside. it was nice because they played and for the first time, the oldest didn't complain about wanting to go inside. they didn't even seem to notice that they were taking a bath in candlelight.
all in all, it was a good day. it wasn't nearly as hard as i thought it would be. i'm amazed that my husband was such a good sport about it. when it started getting dark, he started lighting candles instead of turning on lights or the tv (which i expected him to do). i definitely we will be doing this once a week. i think it's good for us as a family and definitely a good experience for the kids.