Sunday, September 30, 2007

Live Long and Prosper

As we learn more and more sign language, we tend to use it more and more in our regular family life. It is common for Raymond to flash me the 'I love you' sign as he heads out the door for work. Well, like in spoken language slip-ups, sometimes the wrong sign comes out. A couple days ago as Raymond was headed out the door he turned to me and said "I love you," while flashing me the 'live long and prosper' hand sign from Star Trek! Ha ha ha!! Oh well, it was a nice sentiment!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Words

I just posted about Charlie's latest word, "No!" and thought I would post a list of words and signs Charlie knows.

Words:
Ball (ba), Bubbles (ba ba), Balloon (Boooooo, or Bababooooo), Moo (as in the cow says 'moo') (Boooooo), Blue (Boooo), Baby, Bye Bye, Hi, Night Night (na nei), Dada, Mama, More (mo), Three (eeeee) and of course No! Wow, that's 16 words!

Signs:
Ball, Hat, More, Shoes, Socks, Mom, Dad, Cat, Bird, Dog, Fish, Eat, Water, Brush Teeth, Sleep/Sleepy, Milk, Wash Hands, Medicine, Play, All Done, Bath, Car, Train, Bear, Baby. There's probably more, but I can't think of them right now. I think 25 is pretty good!

I should say that at first Charlie learned many of these signs by watching his Baby Signing Time videos, and did not necessarily know what all the signs meant. That is, he would repeat the sign if he saw it on the video, or if Ray or I signed it, but didn't know the connection. In the last month and a half or so he is really connecting his signs with the object or action or person they signify. It is so cool that he can tell us when he needs medicine, or when he is sleepy, or when he wants more of something. He is excited to tell us when he sees a dog or a cat, and likes to point out when he sees mommy brush her teeth or wash her hands. We are communicating, and it is trully wonderful to see his satisfaction in his ability to participate in the exchange.

"No!"

Charlie has learned a new word. "No!" He says "no" to almost anything we ask him or tell him these days. Just this afternoon as I was sharing some bits of my sandwich with him I asked him if he would like more, he looked at me and shook his head and said "No!" and signed 'more' at the same time! He also seems to know the correct context for saying no as he emphatically tells us "NO!" as we carry him to his room to change a diaper, get ready for bed, brush teeth, and other annoying little chores we do in life. I am very proud of him learning a new word. He is getting pretty good about learning new words. But I've got to say, I often wish it was "Yes" or "Okay" or "Yeah" in stead of NO! Oh well. He's making some great progress.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Buddy Walk 2007

We went to our second Buddy Walk this past weekend! We had a really great time. Charlie's new friend, Brooke, and her family was there. A bunch of our friends from our weekly playgroup joined us, as well as Grandma, Grandpa, and friends from church. It was a beautiful day, and there was lots of fun stuff to do before and after the walk. It was great to celebrate our son in such a special way with so many special people with us. Here are a few snapshots from our day.

Here's a picture of Charlie and Brooke (6 months old--isn't she sweet!)
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The walking part was a good time for a nap!
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Our Family
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Our group of walkers
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Aaron and Sarah
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They had balls AND streamers to play with!!!
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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Diapers on the Line

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There's Just Nothing Like Dirt and Rocks

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Happy 90th Grandpa!

I just have to post a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Grandpa who turned 90 on the 3rd! We went down to a big family bash Labor Day Weekend. Grandpa and Grandma hosted a wonderful party at their home with most of the extended family there, as well as close friends from over the years. It was wonderful to celebrate my Grandpa. He has had a very full and interesting life. I love listening to him tell stories from his youth: Working in a dairy making butter. Meeting a beautiful young woman named Phyllis in a little church where his brother was filling in as preacher. How he earned the nick name of "Chilly Chalmers" among his fraternaty where he had the job of keeping the books, and so kept the boiler turned down low to cut costs. Serving our country during the second World War. The illness that ultimately brought him and his young family to California where he worked for Lockhead. Living the American Dream...

Happy Birthday, Grandpa! Have a GREAT 90th year!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Signs that Charlie is a Big Boy!

Here are three signs that Charlie is now a Big Boy:

1. This morning the phone rang, and Charlie answered it. No joke! The phone was on the coffee table where Charlie was standing. It rang, he picked it up, pressing the on button as he did, then put the phone to his ear and began talking!!! What was really cool is that it was his Grandma on the phone, so she got a special treat!

2. Also this morning, Charlie went poop on his pot! (Okay, I know you moms of young children can appreciate this!) We are not working on potty training formally, but if I think he needs to go number 1 or 2 I put him on his little pot and we read a book. Well today Charlie did a two!! We were very excited about that!

3. CHARLIE IS GOING TO BE A BIG BROTHER!!!! Yes! It's true! We are very excited to announce that we are expecting a baby in March! What an honor for Charlie to become a big bro. He is going to be so excited to have a playmate, sibling, and friend.
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