Tuesday, October 21, 2008

31 Things....

1. Where is your cell phone? in my purse.
2. Where is your significant other? at work, out in the cold
3. Your hair color? dark brown (needs some help)
4. Your mother? Sally
5. Your father? Phil
6. Your favorite thing? My Daughter's laughter
7. Your dream last night? Which one, I always have so many when I'm pregnant.
8. Your dream/goal? To become a stay-at-home mom
9. The room you're in? Ultrasound Suite
10. Your hobby? photography, scrapbooking, thrifting, niche blogging
11. Your fear? Spiders....ugh, they're everywhere I swear.
12. Where do you want to be in six years? Anywhere as long as I have my family with me...maybe onto kid number 3? =)
13. Where were you last night? out to dinner with my hubby - our Anniversary
14. What you’re not? happy with my co-worker (LONG story)
15. One of your wish list items? New underwear - I know kind of sad, but this pregnancy and weight gain is taking a toll on the ones I have.
16. Where you grew up? Minnesota
17. The last thing you did? Ultrasound of a Liver
18. What are you wearing? light blue scrubs
19. Your TV? is at home alone - I should really leave now and comfort it =)
20. Your pet? Dart (cat) - Cody (Weimerainer) no longer, went to the farm
21. Your computer? PC at home....
22. Your mood? a little sad, I miss my baby girl - she stayed with Grandma and Grandpa last night and I haven't seen her since yesterday morning before work.
23. Missing someone? oh sure - rub it in....see #22
24. Your car? Pontiac Grand Prix
25. Something you’re not wearing? My wedding ring - too swollen
26. Favorite store? Target
27. Your summer? too short
28. Love someone? I love several someones
29. Your favorite color? Red
30. When is the last time you laughed? this morning before I left for work
31. Last time you cried? Been awhile since I've had a full out cry. Otherwise I have little tear shedding almost daily, but I think it's the hormones.

Thanks http://4littlemen.blogspot.com/ for the idea. Anyone that feels like joining in....post a comment here with the link to your post.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bloomsbury Farm

Last weekend we went to Bloomsbury Farm with my sister and kids. They all had so much fun and it was a beautiful day.

Brenna really enjoyed all the animals that she got to pet and feed.

Looking for a pumpkin "just her size"

This is one of my favorite pictures. Brenna was running after the girls heading to the race track.

She had a blast riding behind the tractor in her own little car.

Brenna and Jaden had a great time together, even held hands on our way out.

What a wonderful time we all had, lots of memories made that day.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Brenna at pumpkinfest

Brenna's 3rd time going down this slide.

jasons awesome patio job

before picture

Friday, October 3, 2008

Signing Time

I think one of the best things we ever did with Brenna is introduce her to Signing Time - a sign language series of DVD's aimed towards children. Thanks to my dearest friend Lucia who first told me about them, Brenna has been able to communicate to us what she wants LONG before the words ever came to surface.

We taught her a few of the basics to start off...milk, more, please, thank you and eat. These came in really handy when she moved on to solid foods and whole milk. Instead of trying to figure out what she wanted and dealing with a temper tantrum, she was able to tell is exactly when she wanted something...ok, so the sign for milk was pretty much for anything to drink...water, juice, etc...but it was the basic fact that she was thirsty.

After the initial teaching of those few signs, we kind of forgot about the DVD's. We'd pop one in every so often, but Brenna didn't seem to be all that interested in it. So we didn't force anything. As she began to talk more, she took up an interest in the DVD's again. It's amazing what she can sign now. Both her signing and regular vocabulary are growing at a fast rate and she uses them hand in hand. Even Grandma and Grandpa are picking up on the signs and ask what does "this" (they'll do the sign) mean? It's been such a great communication tool for us.

The Signing Time videos are my favorite, it's very basic and really teaches you how to do the signs and a good way to remember them. I've come across a couple other videos, but they are really no match for these. It has been shown in studies that sign language for children before they can talk helps prevent tantrums and the terrible two's. Sign language comes so easy to them, they pick it up a lot faster than the actual words. Just think of how young kids learn to wave "goodbye" before they actually say it....same thing.

My Mom brought up the question when we were first teaching Brenna, "Does this make them NOT want to speak the actual words, since they are signing it?" I wondered that too...but I've come to find it almost helps Brenna learn the word. On average she'll learn a new sign....use it for a little bit, and then she'll start speaking it while she's signing soon after. It's been amazing to watch her figure out the signs and then hear the words come out of her shortly after. There are a TON that she's doing now.....train, bird, cracker, banana, bread, cheese, cereal, socks, shoes, stars, day, cold....there's just so many, you'd have to see it for yourself.

I'm so proud of my little one. Yes I know, we all learn to speak and communicate with each other, but to see her really focus on how to do the sign and then actively use it on a day to day basis.....it's just so neat.