Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Signing Love

I don't think it's too big of a surprise for most of our friends and family to know that we are teaching sign language to Isabelle. We taught it to Jadon when he was younger and it has been a life saver so we're continuing to teach it to Isabelle. Even though we've been doing this for years, we still encounter weird or confusing looks from some people whenever we tell them that we're teaching Isabelle sign language. So why sign language?

I think everyone has heard about the wonderful stage of parenting known as the "terrible twos." This is usually the time when kids will go through many tantrums. Tantrums usually occur because a child gets frustrated from not being able to communicate what they want or how they feel to the parent. Sign language helps to reduce the terrible-ness of the terrible twos by giving the child a way to communicate what they can't yet say. Little kids are much better with their hands than they are with their speech and teaching them sign language gives them the chance to communicate much earlier on than they normally would with vocal speech alone.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Summing Up Summer

Summer is officially over (and has been for a little while now). It's sad to feel autumn in the air and to realize that the summer weather will be gone very soon. As exciting as it is to think about all that comes with colder weather (Halloween, Black Friday, Christmas, etc.), you can't help but wish summer would stay for awhile longer.

This has been our first summer at our new house and it's definitely been a fun one. We went swimming a numerous amount of times in the beginning of the summer at the neighborhood pool. It's a nice pool not too far away from our house that's great for little kids because of their water squirters and large shallow area. Isabelle is a lot like Jadon when he was younger because she loves the water too. She loved playing with all the squirters and splashing everyone like crazy.

This year, we finally put Jadon in swimming lessons. We've been wanting him to do it for awhile now, but finally were able to for the last session of the season. It was his first set of lessons of any kind and didn't go too well at first. He refused to get in the water for the first 2 lessons, but absolutely loved it when he finally got in. He didn't learn anything (seriously such a waste of money) but he enjoyed it and it was his first taste of group lessons. We'll probably put him in some private lessons at some point so he will actually pay attention and the teacher can then focus on him alone. We want both the kiddies to learn to swim when they're younger for safety purposes so we'll definitely be better about starting Isabelle earlier too. Side note: Andrew thinks it's hilarious that I'm a "good" swimmer compared to the rest of my family (with the exception of a couple New Yorkers...) and that's not even saying much, because he likes to tell everyone I almost drowned him on our honeymoon. For the record, I'm pretty sure I can swim to save my life.