Archive for June, 2012

Sign Language: Weaving it Into Daily Activities

Saturday, June 30th, 2012 by by

So I have gone over the who, what, where, how, why and when of signing. Today I am going to go over a little more about the when and what.

Signing Can Be Incorporated Into Everyday Activities

As I have said many times, language is not learned in a bubble. Children learn language all day, every day, within every activity they take part in. This is important to keep in mind as you think about how to incorporate teaching your little ones signs. Remember: sign language is just that, language. Therefore, the more you can sign, the more your little one will learn. And the more relevant those signs are that you are teaching your little ones to them, the quicker they will pick them up and use them! So…how and when can you weave sign language into your day? Let me give you some examples!

  • Wake up: When your little one wakes you can greet her with a hello, Good Morning and snuggles…maybe some milk and an “I love you.” :)
  • Diaper changes: This is a great time to introduce the sign for diaper!
  • Getting Dressed: Yup…we gotta get dressed so this is a great time to introduce some simple signs like shoes and socks or hat.
  • Breakfast: All meal times are excellent times to introduce signing vocabulary. The signs more, all done, and please are great ones to use during meal times, but don’t forget to teach her the names of some of her favorite foods! Maybe banana, apple, bread, or waffle would be good ones to start with!
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60 Years & Counting

Saturday, June 30th, 2012 by by

Two little love birds sitting in a tree…

My grandparents celebrated 60 years of marriage this weekend. Can you even imagine?

They met in Holland many moons ago. My grandfather was a missionary, and my grandmother had just joined the Mormon church. He replaced the missionary that had converted her family. My grandfather and his companion missionary visited her family’s home a lot, allowing them to get to know each other. They also spent time talking during choir practice. A couple of months later, my grandfather was transferred to another city where he completed the rest of his mission., but by then he was already madly in love. (more…)

Food Fun Friday: Cinnamon Toast Crunch Treats

Friday, June 29th, 2012 by by

If you are looking for a quick no-bake dessert or treat, you’ve come to the right place. I know this is quick because I prepared it in 15 minutes. Faithful readers know that my family is currently residing in temporary housing while we wait for our home to close. We didn’t take a lot with us to the new place, so creating something to share with you all was a bit of a challenge. When I opened up the cabinets, I noticed I had brought marshmallows here for some reason. Very odd, but I started to get an idea. We did not have Rice Krispies, but we did have Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Hmmm…
You will need:

  • Marshmallows
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal
  • Butter
  • Pan


The Days

Friday, June 29th, 2012 by by

“Mom, how long has summer been so far?”

“About a week.”

“It feels faster. I want it to be slow.”

“That would be nice.”

“I’m pretty sure it would feel slower if we went out for ice cream everyday.”


A Few Changes Can Lead to Great Photos: Tip 1

Friday, June 29th, 2012 by by

Life Lesson from Photography School

Contributing Photographer: Carla Ackermann

Every Tuesday for the next several weeks we will be exploring some basic photography concepts in this series “Life Lessons from Photography School.”

This wonʼt be a time where we learn a whole lot of technical stuff; there are hundreds of websites to do that! We are simply going to explore a few little changes that can be made to improve your photos. More importantly, we will see how these same concepts can help you improve your life. That is the focus! Letʼs see what we can learn from photography school…..

Change Your Focus


Baby Brain is REAL!!!

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 by by

I never would have thought so before now…and yes, I can see and hear all of you who are shaking your heads and chanting, “Never say never again, Karith!” Of course, that’s not just a great James Bond movie, but an expression for a reason. I have done some of the dumbest, flakiest stuff lately, and it just seems to be getting worse.

Here’s the short list of what I’ve done…or at least, what I’m willing to cop to.


My darling husband, CJ, has usurped our entire garage for all of his tools, clothes (yes, the man has WAY more clothes than I do – trust me, no one was more surprised than me) and his motocross stuff that is, of course, of value to him. Well, I had to run out the other day after he’d left to run a quick errand. The garage door needed to be closed, then locked. A simple enough task. So I closed it, and I even put the pad lock on it, or so I thought. Sure, I put the lock on, but the way that I did it was essentially for asthetics with no function whatsoever. All his stuff was ripe for the taking. Doh!


Thursday: 5 Ingredient Lemonade Pie

Thursday, June 28th, 2012 by by

This is a nice summer treat- perfect for barbecues or picnics. And, of course, you can accompany it with a glass of lemonade… or just of milk. Enjoy!


*1 can Western Family sweetened condensed milk

*4 egg yolks

*1/2 cup white sugar

*1/2 cup lemon juice

*graham cracker crust

Mix the lemon juice and sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Then, add the sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks and mix until smooth.

Pour into a graham cracker crust. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, or until the center becomes firm. Garnish with graham cracker crumbs and a slice of lemon. That’s it! Gotta love pie recipes that are, indeed, easy as pie.


Reusing Jar Candle Tops

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 by by

I’ve had 4 Yankee Candle jar toppers sitting in my kitchen drawer for about 6 months. Every time I open the drawer, I think I need to throw them away, but you know me; I just couldn’t do it.

I finally found a use for them! Call me crazy, but it worked well :-)

This was great for The Older! Since one of the aspects of his PDD includes the inability to eat foods that have touched each other, I was able to serve him grapes that were in their own little container. He loved how “different” this was, and he actually ate every single grape. I’m going to try this with all different fruits and see if I can get him to try other varieties than just apples and grapes ;-)

Life……Not Always The "Ideal Situation"

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 by by

Tomorrow is “D” Day, and I should be sleeping, but instead I thought I’d blog, get it all out so to speak. When some people ask me about the divorce and I answer honestly, they’re surprised. Surprised that I have already moved on, that I am actually looking forward to the divorce. What most people don’t know, and I haven’t even shared here, is that my soon to be ex-husband was a cheater. Not just once, but many times over. When someone does that to you after promising you forever, then it is unforgivable. I stayed so long for a few reasons, one of the reasons being that I refused to “give up.” “Till death do us part” and all that jazz.

Then, last year, I realized that I would one day die, and I did not want to die thinking that I could have been with someone who was faithful, who did love me more than life itself. Also, I didn’t want my children growing up seeing it. So I made the choice to move on. It wasn’t easy, but life is never easy, is it? Tomorrow we make it final, and I am happy about it. I won’t apologize to anyone for being happy to no longer be married to someone who obviously didn’t love me enough to be faithful. It saddens me that it didn’t work out, but we will be ok. Me, my ex, and the kids. We’ve found a way to be a family apart, and everyone is happy. My ex has moved on and is dating someone, and so am I. We’re both happy. I am not just happy, I’m actually falling in love. Scary, yet beautiful. He was a friend first, and I think that’s why it was so easy. He’s also so good with my kids. They love him already. I can’t blame them. :)

So even though tomorrow should be a difficult/sad day, it won’t be. It will be the end of one part of my life and the beginning of another. I am excited. :)


Simple Sew Summer Girls Dress

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 by by
I saw a few simple summer dresses with one ruffle at the bottom, and I knew I had to give it a try and make a few for Baby Bear to wear.

Here was our inspiration