Happy Friday. I know today is Friday the 13th but it’s a lucky Friday, isnt’ it?
Today I like you to say hello to Sarah who blogs at Lingotastic. Her family speaks multiple languages and her husband is German which is why I welcome her even more on the blog. More German families. Yay.
First of all, tell me a bit about yourself.
I’m Sarah I’m a mum of three aged 16, 9 and 7. We’re a bilingual German and English family (plus a few other Languages too). When my children were young I found it difficult to find resources and support for our bilingual journey. About five years ago, with another Mum I moved on from teaching Sunday school for 10 years, and set up our church mums and tots singing group. When my youngest child started school I launched my Lingotastic Classes where we make, play sing and have fun with Languages together. I also blog about our language journey, cultural experiences and good language learning resources. My hubby is currently retraining to be a secondary German and French teacher so we’re all now teaching or in school! Last year I recorded a mostly German CD of simple songs I use on our classes which is a great fun resource to use at home or in the language classroom.
How many times were you woken last night?
As my children are older this Is a rare occurrence nowadays. It’s more staying up to pick up my teen from parties!
Do you co-sleep?
Not any more. My youngest used to be in our bed by morning until she was about four. used to wake up with a crick in my neck in the morning.
What time do you normally wake up?
Alarms go off at six and six thirty.
How much average sleep do you get a night?
About six hours. We have to get up early for my hubby to get to work and get everyone up and out for school.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
I reach over and switch on the teasmade. I usually check my e mails, twitter and facebook before I start the day.
Tell me about your typical morning routine.
I wake the girls at about 7 and make sure my son is awake and getting ready for school.
I get the kids to school and either head off to work, pick up shopping we need, prepare for my classes, send e mails, squeeze in some language learning or whatever needs to be done.
When and how often do you prepare the family dinners? Give us a few examples what you would cook.
We usually eat together as a family each evening. We eat a mixture of typical English and typical German food, like Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Gruenkohl. What we eat depends on when I’m working and when the children finish school or their after school club. I have a few go to easy meals for when time is short (often pasta) I cook a stew on days we are in a different times so easy to warm up as needed. We tend to try different things to eat.
What’s on the menu for lunch?
I often eat leftovers from the night before, sandwiches or a tin of soup. A few of my classes start at 12 so tend to take sandwiches with me for afterwards.
What activities have you got planned for the day for the kids?
They are at school in the week. At weekends we spend time together. At the weekend we went along to a local Christmas market in St Albans where we were very happy to find Bratwurst and Gluehwein and order in German.
Do you generally eat dinner together as a family or get the kids fed first?
We aim to eat together as much as possible. Hopefully a chance to talk together about our days at school.
What do you do after dinner?
After dinner we get on with homework, read play or watch tv until bedtime. The children go to clubs a few evenings a week so they have to be taken and picked up from them.
What is your bedtime routine?
When me and hubby are finished what we need to do in the evening we have a cup of chamomile tea and set up the teasmade for morning.
Most importantly, when and where do you normally blog in those 24 hours? Do you have a schedule?
I try to blog twice a week, though every few weeks one is a guest blog . When the kids are in bed (8- 9 pm) I spend some time on social media and blogging. A smartphone means I can blog anytime. I’m actually writing this whilst waiting for my dentist appointment. As a Mum I find I have small pockets of time available so I find ways to make the most of these.
Thank you Sarah for giving us a look into a day in your life. I’d love to come around for dinner some evening. I don’t cook that many German meals to be honest. Only every now and then when I crave something but unfortunately you can’t cook everything in Ireland because I am missing the ingredients.
Blog URL: www.Lingotastic.co.uk/blog
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