Archive for September, 2011

I am having one of those weeks where I feel like the only things in my life that are consistent are stress and utter chaos.

I have sooooooo much to do.  Seriously, if I didn’t make a list, I’d never get it all done.  And my list is so long I feel sure there must be non-essential things like researching medical air evacuation , but I’m not that lucky. I really have to do all of it.

My grandparents are coming to visit next week, so I’m putting off nearly all of Kelvin’s birthday party prep until they’re here.  I’m hoping to get some help with it, or at least some help with the kids while I work on it.  They’re awesome like that.

But before they get here, I need to finish up my writing for the week (a Holy Day yesterday put a cramp in it, but I’m just about done), go grocery shopping, run errands, bring a dinner to a mom in MOMS Club, go to church tomorrow, do statements, do taxes, and get the house reasonably clean.  Did I mention I have about 48 hours to do all that?  Do you see why I’m almost crazy?  I’m not even worrying about getting close to perfection with the house.  I’m just going to clean the bathrooms (they need it….desperately), sweep and the change the sheets on the bed they will be sleeping in.  And that is as good as it’s going to get.

I just have to brag on my little girl for a minute.

Ava is my child who has a hard time concentrating and sometimes has difficulty retaining things that I’ve taught her.  When my mom recommended the Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons book, I was skeptical to say the least. A book that only costs about $12 that is a foolproof method for teaching a child to read? Even a child who sometimes has trouble remembering letter names and sounds?  A child I was sure I cause me to pull my hair out while teaching her to read? Sounds too good to be true!  But my mom swears by it and she has 9 kids and home schools, so I usually take her advice on things like this without question.

I’m so glad I did!  We are now on Lesson 14 and Ava read a sentence last week!  A whole sentence!  Granted, it was “See me eat”, but still.  I’m so proud!

This book really is foolproof.  It shows you exactly what to say and prints the words the parent should say in pink and the responses the child should have in black.  It doesn’t get much easier than that.  It teaches a new letter sound every few lessons and focuses on letter sound review, saying words slowly (as if sounding them out) and then quickly, rhyming, sounding out words that use the sounds that have already been taught, and sounds writing.  The only thing I’ve found that I don’t like about it so far is that I don’t like the way they want the child to write the letter “a”.  Easily remedied, though. If only food allergy testing austin was so straightforward and simple!

If you’re searching for a good preschool/kindergarten reading curriculum, this is it!  Especially if you’re on a budget, because this book is as cheap as it gets and it really does work.

 

Have I mentioned that I don’t like this time of year? I seem to have done a complete 180 from what I used to be before I had kids. Fall used to be my favorite season and I’d much rather have winter than summer. Now spring is my favorite and I absolutely detest winter. If it could be summer year-round, that would be fine with me.

We’re only a few days into our first cold spell of the fall and the kids are already sick. We had them at Urgent Care this afternoon with nasty coughs that they’ve had for over a week. So we’re back to nebulizer treatments several times a day and buying stock in Vicks Vapo Rub. And if this year is anything like past years, this is just a taste of what’s to come. Usually my kids can’t go more than a few weeks without picking up another bug in the winter time. Fabulous.

I’ve also been in denial about when it’s going to get cold. I kept thinking I had plenty of time to start buying the kids’ fall and winter clothes. Now that it’s been too cold to even open the windows the last few days, I’ve been snapped out of my denial. So I ended up dropping a load of cash on clothes online last night and I’m still not done. Fun times. I may wait for Black Friday sales to finish up some of it.

So I can’t deny that Fall is here anymore. But I can still hope for more warm weather!  After all, it’s only the middle of September!

 

I have not blogged in a long time. I really miss it, but I’ve been so busy. A few weeks ago, we lost one of our biggest accounts. It’s temporary and we will be getting the account back in a few months, but it really threw us for a loop. We’d become pretty accustomed to our lifestyle, so I took the plunge and became a Work-At-Home-Mom. You know, in my spare time. I just kind of squeezed it around the parenting, the household chores, the homeschooling, the MOMS Club responsibilities and everything else. So some things have slipped through the cracks.  Like blogging.

Since I became a mom, I’ve always done some work from home. Mainly blogging. But I took my writing to a whole new level these last few weeks. I began writing for Demand Studios on a regular basis. I’d written for them before, but only casually. Lately, I’ve been making $60 or more a day, so that’s definitely not casual. LOL

A lot has changed these last few weeks. Here are some of the things I’ve noticed:

  1. I’ve relaxed my standards for the housecleaning. Not that our house is filthy now (or that it was perfect before), but I’m not nearly as anal as I was before. I haven’t steam mopped in a few weeks. The beds only get made when I change the sheets once a week. Once in awhile, there are two days’ worth of dishes sitting in the sink (eek!). And you know what? Life goes on. The sun is still rising and setting. Imagine that!
  2. I guard my time with the kids more strictly. Before I started writing, I didn’t have any problem with leaving a game of Mr. Potato Head for a few minutes to throw the laundry in the dryer. I am determined not to let my writing interfere with how much attention the kids get from me, so nothing gets in the way of my time with the kids now.
  3. The kids can entertain themselves for a little while. I’m equally as determined not to use the TV as a babysitter (any more than I did before, anyway). I usually write when the kids normally would have been watching TV or after they go to bed. But sometimes I don’t get my writing done when I need to and end up having to write when they’re awake. The other afternoon, they spent two hours playing nicely in Ava’s room together!  I have never seen them do that before.
  4. Sometimes things don’t go according to plan and that’s OK. We have a routine for each day and if we follow it, everything gets done without me writing at 1:00 am. But at least half the days, something goes awry and I’ve learned just to roll with it. I’ve been getting a LOT of lessons about rolling with the punches lately. Hold the sport trophies …Sometimes I’m good at it, other times I’m not.

That’s all for now. I’ve only been at this a few weeks, so I’m sure I still have plenty to learn.

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