Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Reading to the Girlies...

Well...I've been pretty quiet blog-wise for a couple of weeks. No real reason. On March 11th (the day of the Japanese Tsunami) I flew to Arizona to get Grandma...and then she and I packed up her car and came on back home. So she's with us again for the summer and you know that means that I hafta play with her all the time. Poor, poor, pitiful me...I have a ready playmate...and dishwasher...and driving buddy...and babysitter...such a life, I tell ya ;). Still it does cut down on my interest in blogging. Cest la vie.

But I learned a new trick today, so I thought I'd share.

I've been looking for a way to post audio for a long time. There is SO much that we do on mp3 these days...MOSTLY reading.

It's a fun way to hand a kid a break. If someone is in the middle of a story that's a little too hard for them...I like to read a chapter and stick in on their MP3 player for them. If we need to read a book for a class or for church and we are having a hard time all being together at the same time, I'll read and record and make a CD or put it on their MP3 players.

Anyway...this morning, because we just finished a book, Beanie said, "Hey mom, could we read "Where the Red Fern Grows"? I happened to be sitting here next to my computer...and actually had it's mic all set up...and decided to just record what we were doing...reading, eating, shushing, etc. Like a bolt from the blue it occurred to me that all these months I've been looking for "posting audio online" when I SHOULDA be looking for "free podcast posting"...well, duh!

After everyone left the table I did a little googling...found SEVERAL free podcast sites...and ba da on line...finally. I wish that all my synapses fired ALL the time...but at least I can be thankful that EVENTUALLY something will strike least so far.

So anyway...if you are are the first two chapters of "Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls as I read them to my girls while they ate their lunch this afternoon. If you listen you will discover that I'm not a particularly gifted reader-alouder...but if I DO continue the story online, you are BOUND to catch me crying. Always look for the silver lining. ;)

Where the Red Fern Grows, Chapter 1 - (a little over 10 minutes) it starts a little quiet but I must've shifted around because it gets louder somewhere just after the title. Live and learn, dontcha know.

Where the Red Fern Grows, Chapter 2 - (just shy of 16 minutes) Monkey Face had decided that eating was not really her thing, so there is some shushing and snapping...just keepin it real.

See ya around...