(Alternately titled, “More Than You Wanted To Know…”)
Last week, I opened the floor for questions. A few of you had them, so I’m here to answer.
Eva asked, how many siblings do you have? were you home schooled for your whole school years?
Nick and I were homeschooled for our entire school career (except college, of course – I went to UAB (The University of Alabama at Birmingham) and majored in Accounting), and JC was homeschooled 3rd – 10th grade, going to Christian School before and after.
1) I’m pretty sure that the last time you did a q&a, I asked about Ali’s sleep schedule given that she was a regular napper even at the ripe old age of 3, almost 4. I’ll reprise the question. Now that you have a non-sleeper, what do the sleep “schedules” look like in your house and how on earth are you blogging/working. :-)
Ali still naps 2-3 hours a day and complains vehemently if I make her skip her nap. And although Noah went through a very bad stage of not napping, he is in general much better now, thanks to an AMAZING book. I got really desperate during his shortest of napping phase (15 minutes to an hour twice a day) and got the book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child after several friends recommended it to me.
The book made perfect sense to me. I made a few very minor tweaks to Noah’s schedule, and voila!! He immediately started napping drastically better (1 – 2 1/2 hours twice a day) and was extraordinarily more happy because of it. I highly recommend the book, although it’s ridiculously long – I also recommend skipping around to the sections that apply to you.
With that said, I still have less time than I used to, so I basically blog less and read blogs less. Before I got pregnant with Noah, I consistently wrote 6 posts a week. Now I’m usually around 4 posts per week, and I’ve just learned to be okay with that.
Also, I just work one accounting job from home now instead of two, so that definitely helps.
As to what our schedule looks like, it’s something like this:
7:30 – I get up, have prayer and bible time, take a shower.
8:00 – 9:00 – The kids get up somewhere in there, then we have breakfast and play time.
10:30 – 12:00 – Noah naps, Ali and I do school, read, or play.
12:00 – 2:00 – We eat lunch, get out of the house, see friends, etc.
2:00 – 4:00 – Both kids nap, I work and blog.
4:00 – 5:30 – We play.
5:30 – 7:30 – I either feed the kids (and Chris and I eat after their bedtime) or we all eat dinner together, play, have family time, and then put the kids to bed.
7:30 – 11:30 – Chris and I either have “Porch Time” (conversation and mochas on the porch swing) or watch TV. He often has work to do during the later hours, at which point I might do more blogging if I have the mental capacity to do so.
11:30 or midnight – We go to bed, way too late.
(Still Lora asking) 2) I’m curious about if/how you have been teaching reading. I’ve just started (very informally) with my son. When did you start, what did you use (did you use any curriculum), how well is she reading at this point, lessons learned along the way. You can answer as much or as little of that as you would like.
Ali loves anything to do with numbers, but is very resistant to learning how to read. I ordered the Hooked on Phonics DVDs for her, and although these were very rudimentary, they achieved a very valuable purpose: they helped her become interested enough to learn the basics, and definitely taught her the concept of putting letter sounds together.
Ali likes rules and hates it when words break said rules, so I did some research and found a book called Phonics Pathways. It does a great job of concisely going through each phonics rule and exception (I’ve learned a lot, too!) and providing a listing of all related words. We’re slowly making our way through the book, and she’s really soaking a lot of it up.
She is still very resistant to reading books, but loves to read single words or phrases. She’s able to figure out most words, except for the stranger parts of the English language like “ought” and “through”. But I’m sure those will come as we continue to go through our phonics rule book.
I don’t push her too much on it, though, because she’s only four, and I want her to love reading, not resent it. So I stick with the things she likes to do and am patiently waiting for her to decide on her own that she enjoys reading.
Karen – of all the blogs you follow if you only have a little bit of time which ones are the ones you check out first so as not to miss even a bit of bloggy goodness?
This may surprise you, but I don’t read a single “infamous” blog – not Dooce, not MckMama, not even The Pioneer Woman. The main reason is that I just don’t have time. However, I do read a LOT of blogs, and a lot of AWESOME blogs – all of your blogs. I blog for the relationships and I read for the relationships. With that being said, some of my longest-lasting bloggy friends are the ones I always read first, like Rachel and Mama Hen.
Angela in Arizona – What does ROLL TIDE mean? Do you get to enjoy any tasty snacks while at the football game? It’s difficult for me to really get into football, but I love a good snack!
Roll Tide. Ummm, I have no idea. Since I was a small child, I’ve wondered why Alabama is the Crimson Tide yet has an Elephant for a mascot, and why it’s the Auburn Tigers yet they have an Eagle for a mascot and say “War Eagle”.
(Obviously, the analogies of football are deeper than I could possibly understand.)
The vague answer is that Alabama IS the Crimson Tide, so chanting Roll Tide, I suppose, would be encouraging the, um, Crimson Tide to Roll?
I dunno. I never claimed to be an expert.
(I just asked Chris and he said that decades ago, a reporter used the analogy that Alabama running down the field “looked like the crimson tide was rolling in” and it stuck.)
But snacks!! Yes, there are definitely tasty snacks involved in football. Especially considering that we arrive in Tuscaloosa in the early morning hours, regardless of game time.
(Or at least we used to, but now that we have kids we’re allowed to arrive slightly later in the morning hours.)
We tailgate with a group of 10-20 people, all of whom bring a different tasty snack each week. So there are tailgating breakfast snacks, tailgating lunch snacks, sometimes tailgating dinner snacks, and then stadium snacks. So if snacking is what you’re into, whether or not elephants and tides and first downs make any sense, then you’d love our gameday!
In fact, I was just snacking on gameday leftovers right before writing this post – whipped cream cheese + crumbled breakfast sausage + drained Rotel is absolutely the most sinfully amazing dip ever concocted.
And no, I don’t know the calorie count.
Okay, so THAT ended up being mind-numbingly long. I do apologize for my narcissistically lengthy answers. However, if you have any follow-up (or randomly unrelated) questions, feel free to ask! I’ll answer in the comments.