Monday, January 31, 2011


Do you know anyone that doesn't like bubbles?  I mean, sure, sometimes they can be messy, or you might get dizzy from blowing so much, but bubbles are so much fun!  My mom used to use dish soap and water, sometimes it worked out well, sometimes not.  Miracle Bubbles for Cole.  Then they came out with Gazillion.  Fun, lots of bubbles!  But kinda pricey...

This weekend we bought Kaylan a bubble blower.  Within 5 minutes of showing her bubbles and the sign a week or so ago she had it down and was signing "bubbles please" and you really can't resist that.  So we got out the Dawn and water, and it worked fairly well.  Woo I was getting tired of blowing though!  So we got a bubble blower.  It came with Super Miracle Bubbles.  I was skeptical, but they worked really well!  TONS of bubbles!  $3 for a huge bottle!  Unfortunately, Kaylan was terrified of the sound, which was very vacuum-esque... But slowly Cole warmed her up to the sound.

By being his usual funny self, she can't help but not be scared :)  And she was able to have the wonder of bubbles without me hyperventilating....

And I think Cole was having more fun than her at times....  ;)


Sunday, January 30, 2011

*insert creative title for signing here*

I always wanted to learn sign language.  When I was little, I would imagine my hearing (already at 4 just slightly impaired) would completely disappear or (being sick all the time) I would lose my voice, and need to learn sign language.  I never really talked anyway, as I was a shy child.  At some point in time I learned the alphabet.  In high school or college, I got a book and learned a little, but never very much or for very long.

Kaylan has changed that :)  When my daughter turned 1 and still did not babble anything except Ahhh, I decided we would try signing.  I looked up some words on the internet, found some great sites for individual signs, and decided to start with "milk".  At 17 months, still no words, barely any babbling, we called Birth to 3, Wisconsin's early intervention program.  She qualified for help as she was at the speech and cognitive development age of 9 months.  We knew she was smart, just not talking, but since she wasn't talking the cognitive questions weren't answered.  So I got more aggressive with signing. 

The library is a wonderful thing.  I ordered a couple different signing DVD's geared towards children.  We watched them all, and I watched Kaylan to see how she reacted.  Many of them were boring.   Baby Signing Time was not.  There was music, singing, animation, Kaylan and I were hooked.  The songs were in my head, I was consistent in remembering to sign when I was home, Kaylan started signing more words.  Soon Ben jumped on board. 

Kaylan is now 21 months and has 60+ signs.  She hasn't had another evaluation but the workers say she is right where she should be for communication, even if it isn't spoken.  She loves signing.  I love signing.  We sign all the time.  The magnadoodle is her set of flash cards.  We draw a car, she signs car.  We ask her what she wants us to draw, she signs star.  Her favorite books are ones that she can sign with.  She doesn't always sign correctly, but just as with talking, there is room for mispronunciation.  And she's sooo cute about it.

Baby (don't mind the mess, she tears it up as soon as we pick it up :)
 The end of balloon (you put fists to your lips then blow and expand)
 Please (rub hand on belly/chest in a circle) really can't say no to her when she signs please :)

We love signing.  I plan to continue even after Kaylan starts talking.  I tell everyone how much we love Signing Time, and how much it has helped our family.  Cole is learning too, though not as avidly interested in it as Kaylan and I.  But it would be nice if we had other families to sign with.  In the meantime, we'll just keep enjoying Signing Time and maybe in the spring when we are out and about we will be signing and someone will come up and sign to us.  Hopefully I'll know enough by then not to stumble and embarrass myself....


Saturday, January 29, 2011


Well, I was going to post about Sign Language and how it has helped our family, but boy it was a long day!  I don't think I can make that coherent of a post tonight ;) 

We got our tax refund yesterday, and spent the day shopping!  Ben and I got new clothes (me more than him) and a new mattress, and a new TV!!  Our old one was ANCIENT.  Its 26 in, so a bit smaller than our old one, but thats OK :)  Cole got a new mattress and new socks.  Kaylan.... got a battery operated bubble blower!  But it scares her, cause it sounds like the vacuum....

Here's a picture of Cole and Kaylan at the mattress store.  Its kinda bad quality cause its from my phone...

But they were having a good time.  Well goodnight, I'm off to watch Big Bang Theory with Ben :)


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Introductions are in order...

Hello!  I decided to start a new blog, one that I will keep up on. 

    I have 2 children, 12yr old boy Cole and 21 month old girl Kaylan.  I live with my daughter's father who is a SAHD who loves his XBox 360 (and his daughter of course).  Having raised my son myself, it is quite amazing to see how well he takes care of her.

   My son has issues in school and we will be trying online schooling next year.  We are currently working on cleaning and organizing his room so we can pack and move this spring. He is bright and unique and has a fascinating perspective on the world.   

My daughter has a speech delay, (as in NO words yet) but nothing apparently "wrong" with her.  So we are using ASL to communicate.  I always wanted to learn ASL :)  I'm really hoping after she starts talking she'll keep signing!  For now, she loves it. 

I'm 100lbs over weight and continually struggle.  I've been overweight my whole life, or so I thought anyway.  Looking back, I wasn't all that bad.  Now though, I can no longer say "at least I'm not THAT fat".  And yet, I can only stay consistent for a few weeks. 

I work as a Scientist in a Pharmaceutical company in Wisconsin. I've been there 5 and a half years and it has its ups and downs but I can honestly say I don't believe I could ever find a better job/company to work for.

Well that's all for now.