Wednesday, December 5, 2007

About what we do for our Daily Routine: every day is a unique day.

My day...

Wake up (must start there :)

Morning Devotional... Which includes.

1.Opening prayer
2.Reading in The Children's Friend (LDS Church magazine intended for children, wonderful way to teach values with new interesting stories, the kiddos love it)
3.Reading a part of proverbs (This is where DH asked me to start, lots of great one liners, if you can filter through all the other stuff.)
4.Working on our memorization poem. We are memorizing poems form this book right now.
5.Writing down or drawing (depending on age) at least one thing they are thankful for.
6.Writing down/ drawing one thing they like about the spotlight family member of the day.
7.Writing down/ drawing one thing they can share that day.
8.Working on the primary song we are learning, and singing and reviewing all the other primary songs we have learned, as long as is enjoyable.
9.Reviewing the daily calendar.
10.Reviewing the chore pay stubs.
11.All of the above, or mix and match the options as we feel the need.

2nd Breakfast (like the hobbits in Lord of the Rings. We call it 2nd breakfast because most likely the kids woke up before me and already ate first. :) My newest goal is to wake up before them and do one batch of dishes and laundry. But that has not been our standard.

1 hour cleaning time. Everyone MUST work for one hour, and you get paid for the jobs you get done. The faster you work the more you get paid.

1 hour personal improvement - I.E. Shower, Get dressed, Read a book, write in your journal. Etc. Works allot like cleaning time. We are paying for activity in this category at this time, but are open to the idea of revising this in the future.

If no other homeschool groups activities or family/friend activities are scheduled for the day then we have time for circle time.

1.Learn the interesting factoid of the day.. normally done by themes. I.E. flash cards with large pictures of interesting items on the front and interesting facts on the back, every one picks one or two cards to read for the day.
2.Learn the themes song or poem (themes like birds, insects, states etc.).
3. Memorization flash cards flipped through in a Glen Doman fast way. memorizing things like home phone number, math problems, and reading/spelling words.
4.Interactive play like games, floor numbers line, Drum talk, rhythm band play, Clock games, any learning games.
5.Question of the day. Where we write down questions about the world that the kids wonder about and pick one for Eva to help me research the answer during study.
6.Math Manipulative play, done at the kitchen table, lots of little pieces, and maybe work book sheets to match. Play as long as child is interested.
7.Any other fun learning idea we may have pop up and enjoy.
8.All of the above, or mix and match the options as we feel the need.

We eat lunch about now, maybe earlier, depending...

If everyone is still in a good mood, and scheduled events are not pressing on our time then we start into our traditional schooling.

Study time. This is where we follow an actual educational program...

1.Reading in McGuffey's Readers, one on one with mother. Or other reading series depending on child's interest level. We also have a reading program I wrote, or Bob books, or the God is Good series, or Dick and Jane or actually 3-4 other reading/ learning series that we rotate through to keep up the interest level.
2.Working on McGuffey's Eclectic spellers. Doing Active/repetitious spelling activities. It has been shown that repetitious movement while learning to spell can help with the brain retention and with the child's attention span. Anyone seen Akeelah and the Bee, remember how she learned to spell jump roping? I have funny balance boards, twist boards, bouncing balls, we move on. Or we pass a ball around and spell as we pass. Things like this.
3.Working on Ray's Arithmetic verbal math problems.
4.Working on various worksheets or work books of the child's selection. I have a nice selection I buy and each child gets to choose the workbook and the worksheet they want to do. They cover the three R's and other interesting subjects like geography.
5.Copying a poem we are memorizing as beautiful as possible for presentation. Or writing in Journals or writing a letter or card for a family member or writing a shopping list etc.
6.Working on creative writing of stories. Poems, etc.
7.Doing the research for the circle time question.
8.All of the above, or mix and match the options as we feel the need.

Free time for the kiddos and me... Kiddos can play with friends if the toy room is clean. Kiddos can watch a movie if it is dark outside and their bedroom is clean. Maybe I clean some more. Maybe I work on a project. Maybe I get some Internet time. Depending.

Dinner time with Papa

Family Classic reading time – Papa reads out loud from the classic of choice. Right now we are reading mostly from the BOM but we have read so many wonderful books like the entire Narnia series and the entire Little House on The Prairie series.

Family Prayer

Get ready for bed.

Bedtime Story – If the kiddos are having a hard time sleeping then I will read them a story out of the classic I am reading to them. Right now I am reading The Life of Our Lord by Charles Dickens.

Or Eva will read to them from the book of her choice. Right now her favorite is “Three short stories you can read to your cat.” I am not sure it helps them go to sleep at all because they are all rolling laughing throughout it. But I love it because it helps Eva get good reading practice.

Or the kids will read the books of their selection, under their bed light, to themselves.

Hopefully the kiddos will sleep :)

I then get my precious much anticipated personal study time and Internet time, uninterrupted, hopefully if they are asleep. If I do not schedule this time in then I find that when it is time to sleep I can not sleep (like now) and I end up spending my sleep time studying.

I realized that in “Schooling all the time” fashion (maybe unschooling) my family has over a dozen learning patterns that we pop in and out of throughout the day depending

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Concerned about Curious George

Curious has been having progressively worse and worst trouble breathing while sleeping at night. I have been trying to get appointments to help with this issue. Last week we saw Dr. Tagge's assistant a great ENT and he scheduled surgery for Curious to have his Tonsils and Adenoids removed, and tubes put in his ears. This appointment is not until June 25th. I was glad to have the appointment but felt anxious that it was not soon enough.

So I called my family doctor Potter and asked his staff if they could send me with an Oxygen tester or oxmitery test I took it home last night and taped its sensor to his little finger. Curious was mad at something when I did so his heart rate showed it. But in a surprisingly short amount of time it dropped to 40. This is a fact I forgot to tell the doctor today, Curious had greatly fluctuating heart rates even when awake. I then proceeded to not sleep as I watched his oxygen and heart levels. His oxygen looked much better then I expected, it was ranging between 95 and 80, which is not good but better then I expected. But his heart rate was distressing to me. It went from 140 ish to as low as 22 when I was looking, and many times this change in rate was in a matter of seconds. I went online and found that his heart rate for his age should range between 60-150. So he was not maxing out at the top, but goodness, he was dropping so low. Can a person go any lower and still be alive? I wondered to myself.

Then today we went to go and see Dr. Potter. After looking over the results he wrote a cover letter to both Curious's ENT and his Cardiologist and faxed it with the oximirty test results. Also Potter advised me to call both doctors and see if telling them the results would encourage them to set quicker appointments for him. The results of the oximitery were lowest oxygen level 79, and lowest heart rate 20 (goodness, if that don't cause worry I do not know what does.) I left a voicemail for Tagge's head nurse, and got ahold of someone who emailed Dr Williams. I am going to call again first thing in the morning.

While worrying about the test results I asked Dr. Potter what should I do between now and when the other specialists can see Curious. He said not to let him sleep alone. And was glad to hear that Curious sleeps with me. But he also said that it was not bad enough that Curious need to go to the hospital.

Later I reconsidered his opinion. I know that when Kerry takes her little baby into the Emergency room for troubles breathing they will not let her leave the hospital unless her little girls oxygen level is 90 or higher. Many times Issy in the low 80's has been put on oxygen. So inother words if I took Curious into the hospital while he was asleep they would not let him leave.

Later in the day I picked up Granny from the Airport and she noticed that Curious has labored breathing even while sitting in his car seat awake.

Dr. Williams the cardiologist told us that it was most likely that Curious's heart murmur would close on its own by the time he was two. But Curious's pediatrician and our family doctor both tell us that it is not closed yet. So under normal circumstances we would go and see Dr. Williams when Curious turned two.

But if Curious's heart started to have troubles supporting his body as it got bigger we might notice him having troubles with eating, and breathing. Thus his difficulty breathing while asleep, and apparently normally, is a sign of his heart not being able to support his body since it has grown.

Which I think means that Curious is in for heart surgery. Already Curious is in for his ENT surgery. And he needs dental surgery. Ideally they try to avoid surgery before a child is two. How many surgeries can a little tiny boy take?? Each and every one of these surgeries would involve general anesthesia. I hate the idea of general anesthesia. HATE IT. Now how am I suppose to feel about the need for it three times, and with a breathing and heart problem?

It is going to be a long night tonight as I watch Curious's every breath. Jeff is on oxygen at night for his difficulties breathing, he is already working on a setting the oxygen up for Curious instead. And Jeff plans to call Dr. Potter tomorrow and insist on putting Curious on oxygen at night. Also Jeff wants me to request that at any or all surgeries that there be a specialist there just to watch Curious's oxygen and heart rate.

Jeff and our neighbor Jeff just gave Curious a blessing. It did give me peace. Curious was blessed with health and strength. He was blessed that he would respond well to treatment. His doctors were blessed that they would be inspired by the Lord and know how to help him. And he was blessed that he will be healthy and strong. Also he was blessed that he would grow with strength in the Lord and will follow his teachings.


Saturday, May 26, 2007

Shopping at Ikea!

I am sure no one is surprised to hear that I have already been to Ikea twice!!!

And I am thinking I really missed out on the boat, what was I thinking? I TOTALLY should have went to work at IKEA part time in the evening so that I could get their %30 off employee discount.

Ok so Yes Ikea is busy. But if you go on a weekday during the day it is not at all insane. They have parking helpers that usher you right to your spot to park in. Also the whole store is built for large amounts of traffic. So while there were allot of people you could still walk through the place well. I am sure the weekend will be insane. But going on a weekday during the day was not bad.

The store is HUGE, no not big, GIGANTIC.

Day 1, Thursday (day 2 of the grand opening): I went with the whole load of kiddo's. We went to the kids play place. This is how it works. Your child must be out of diapers, taller then a mark on the wall, and shorter then another mark on the wall. My little 4yo Ari almost was not tall enough to go in. Next you grab a bin with a number and have all of the kiddo's take off of their shoes and put them in a bin. Then you fill out an information sheet, you know, name address ages. Then they give you a PAGER, how great is that, a pager. (Later in the day I saw a daddy going back to pick up his little girl because she was crying and they paged him.) Then they look at the clock and write it on your sheet. Your kids can play for one hour, but in one hour you need to pick them up. The pager has a number that matches the shoe bin. Your number is written on a name tag for your child. The your children are let into a "control" area where they only seem to let one set of kids in at a time, while they make sure everything is in place. Next the kids are shown to the play area with bathrooms, a climbing wall, "a swimming pool full of balls instead of water" (this is how my kids described it), a movie loft with bean bags, a pet shop, twirly trees with a hide away inside of one of them, a rocking reindeer, a bouncy turtle, and bear chairs (last three are Ikea items of course, selling to the kiddos ;).

Next Sterling and I took the elevator up to the second floor. We looked around and were still not done with all of the top floor in a hour. We were almost to the kids room shopping area by then. Just past the kids shopping area is restroom and the food court and an elevator to go down and get your kids. We went down to get the kids and they all said "Pretty please mom can we come back again and again, allot of times." And of course my answer was "if you are good this shopping trip :)".

The kids and I then went back upstairs to see the kids shopping area. It is totally touchy feely. They expect the kids to climb on the beds and play with the toys. By the toys is a "try it" area where some of the toys are set up out of the package for the kiddos to play with. In between the different kid room displays are little mouse holes. The kids go into a room and climb on and play with everything until they get bored and climb through the mouse hole to the next room. Your main job is to keep up with them :). One display room had a tea party set up on a table and all the kids sat down and had a little tea party, until they got bored and jumped through another mouse hole.

My plan was to explore this area until we were done and then go use the restroom and eat. After eating I was going to consider taking the kiddo's back down for a second turn in the play place (if they let me). But just about this time little Sterling (who was way past his nap time) decided that he was sick of moving on past all these cool stuff. And the big Giant stuffed turtle cushion was too cool to want to leave EVER. Sterling started screaming when I took him off of it and he did not stop until we got into the van. Se la vie.

Total time in the store about 1 hour and a half, and we only saw about 1/3 of the store.

Day two, friday (day three of the grand opening): The girls are off to Granny's, and I only have Sterling. Sterling is well rested and happy. This time I start out exploring the store backwards. The day before while I was hurrying out of the store with a screaming baby I saw the "scratch and dent" section just before the registers on the east end of the store. I decide to start here. It is full already, and I found two good deals, a toy with some missing parts, and a little kid stool.

After the As Is section I start to realise that going backwards might not be the best idea. Every step I take into the store I am going to have to retrace on my way out. I was worried because I did not have a huge yellow bag for my strange cart, but luckily I found one easily when I did get past the warehouse area to the showroom. The down stairs is full of all of the little things, dishes, lights, blankets, etc. I found lots of great kitchen gadgets that I have been missing, filled up my bag, and did not pay allot by the time I left.

Everything is different in person then on the web page. Half of the things are bigger then they look on the internet (like the GIANT sun lights for the girls room), and half of the things are smaller then they look on the internet (like the cute silver light for the kitchen.) Some things are better built then I expected (like the trofast towers) and others are not built as well as I had hoped (like the knodd garbage cans). I am going to have to totally re plan everything. :(

Friday BTW is allot busier then thursday was, almost too busy.

I was hoping that the store had more selection and items then the web page, but for the most part this is not so. I think I found a few items I do not remember seeing on the web page, but they are the exception. Also I expected to see everything on the web page in the store, and this was also not so. There were some pictures I liked on the web page that I could not find in the store.

On the way out we got to taste test some sparkling juice, found some Swedish orange cookies to buy to snack on, bought the crazy large IKEA blue bag instead of the plastic bags, used self check out, and were happy with our experience.

Total time in the store about 1 hour and a half. Still we only saw 1/3 of the store, 2/3rds of the store down, one more 3rd to go.

P.S. If you have not already seen my ikea decorating plans check out my multiply page.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Super Cute Mothers Day Card!

Look at this Cute Mothers Day Card that my girls sent me.

Saturday, May 12, 2007


Hello! I have been seeing a GREAT doctor about my hypothyroid and he has been allot of help. I am amazed at how much thyroid problems effect ones health and life. I am so glad to have found a solution to my medical problems.

My first doctor said that I tested normal for hypothyroid (I was on the outside edge of normal with both tests) and even though I have all the symptoms of hypothyroid he would not treat it, and treated me like it was all in my head.

Then I found Dr potter on this web page (you can see him down listed under Sandy) . He explained that most doctors are timid to over treat hypothyroidism because there are some health risks involved. But that while it is risky to over treat it is actually EXTREMELY more of a health risk to have hypothyroidism go untreated. And with modern blood tests it is very unlikely a person would be over treated for hypothyroidism.

Here is my sisters Blog on thyroidism and it has some good information. Give it a read, we are convinced that WAY many more women have hypothyroidism then are tested for it and treated for it.

BTW the treatment for thyroid problems is a synthetic version of the hormone our bodies would make anyways. Synthyroid has helped me think better (I discovered that my thyroid problems were affecting my memory quite a bit), feel better emotionally, get tasks and jobs done better, sleep better, my arms and legs do not ache nearly as much. Basically all the symptoms of fibromyalgia, synthyroid seems to help.

Like my sister, I am GLAD to be diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Now all the different medical problems I have had in my life that are related to a low thyroid can be solved.