Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Grateful I'm a Reader

I don't enjoy television. I'd much rather read a book, play with my boys, exercise, or be outside. The exception to this is The Biggest Loser. I love that show. We record it and watch it Friday or Saturday night. But last night I had to find out who won before somebody slipped and told me. Big mistake. My boys were wrestling, making up funny names for the contestants, giggling, and generally just driving me crazy. I actually said, "If you can't be quiet and listen to the show then go to your rooms!" Oh, ornery Momma. It hit me then how grateful I am that I usually spend my nights reading chapter books to my boys and I don't really have any must-watch shows (besides Biggest Loser). I like my sleep too much to stay up late watching television and I'm not sure how anyone watches with their children. But maybe the boys were just extra rambunctious last night. Do you have any favorite shows? If so, how do you fit them in?
Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Reading on the level

I love reading aloud to my boys, especially when they're ready for chapter books. My boys have figured out if they want to stay up late they just have to say, "One more chapter, it's so good!" Last night Double Fudge by Judy Blume made it so I didn't fold the laundry, clean up the kitchen, or get enough sleep. We have so much fun with different books, but I have to be careful about reading above their level of understanding. Today my five-year old asked me to read him the Star Wars Trilogy. Um, probably not something he's going to understand or enjoy. Is it wrong to read a book above their level of understanding? Parent's Corner has a great article about choosing "Just Right" books. Basically it's important for the subject matter to be something your child will enjoy and not be too far above or below their level so they stay interested. I usually try to follow these guidelines but after I've read picture books with my five-year old he climbs onto the top bunk and listens to his older brothers' books until he falls asleep. I hope I'm not messing him up somehow, but that's just how it works right now. How do you keep your children interested in reading yet challenge them? What works well for your family as far as a reading aloud schedule?
Monday, May 16, 2011

Keeping Up

I'll sleep when I'm sixty. At least that's what I tell myself as I drag my tired body out of bed at five a.m. each morning. I love my crazy, busy life but there is a small part of me that dreams for those days when I don't have so many responsibilities when I can sleep in and still fit in a workout and get some writing done. Then I talked to my mom the other day (who is sixty). She told me a list of all the things pulling at her - work, children, grandchildren, church callings, friends with cancer and other awful diseases, home, garden, etc. etc. I almost cried, "You mean I'm never going to get to sleep?" It comes back to what we already know - enjoy the journey. Keep a positive attitude through it and maybe some days sleep in just because your poor body needs a break. How do you keep up and still keep a smile on your face?
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Fairy Thorn by Dorothy Keddington

Dorothy Keddington has been one of my favorite authors since high school. I read and reread Shadow Song, Jayhawk, and Return to Red Castle. I was thrilled to find a new book released recently, The Fairy Thorn. It was classic Dorothy Keddington: romantic, suspensful, fun. But I did decide I'm getting too practical when I thought, "Oh, come on, her insides turned into melted butter just by looking at him. Again?" I used to melt myself over expressions like that. Looks like I'd better set up some dates with my honey and leave the wild boys home for once. Read what other Dorothy Keddington fans are saying.

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