Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Rock stars posing with their new cuts!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
From heaven a King will come who will reign through the ages,
The sign of the Judgment:
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
One thing the Dr has been asking about for awhile is if we had moved E to a big girl bed. I have been putting it off for ages because I was worried about the transition, and how it would affect Iz with them sharing a room, etc. And we were really starting to enjoy sleep for the first time in 2 years!!!
She said now is the time, so this weekend E went from this:
To our surprise the transition has been pretty easy for the most part. Nap times are not as easy, but she goes down just like when she was in a crib and stay in bed (asleep) all night long. Praise God!
We are also getting rid of the highchairs. Both girls want to sit at the big table now when they eat, so 2 highchairs and a crib are going away. Anyone need anything???
Thursday, November 13, 2008
"You should be thinking about how can your child become bilingual? We should have every child speaking more than one language...I'm serious about this...We should be emphasizing foreign languages in our schools from an early age because children will actually learn a foreign language easier when they're 5 or 6 or 7 than when they're 46 like me!"
Remember all those high school Spanish classes? What do you remember? Not much I bet. But, I guarantee your child will still be saying "Come on vaminos" when they get older after being exposed to Dora. Why? Children learn language easier, and retain it. And the earlier the better! Babies can learn a new language before they can even talk. Don't believe me? How did your baby start communicating with you? Non-verbal, then short sounds, followed by real words, finally structured sentences. This is how kids start learning a new language whether it is their 1st or 5th!
Your child can learn a new language here! If you are not in the Dallas area, try this one!
Friday, November 7, 2008
So don't update your links just yet. I am tossing a few ideas around....but we are definitely NOT making room for another baby.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
My plan at this point is to have classes starting this January. In the summer, we offer language-immersion day camps! Right now my first objective is finding locations and teachers to hold class.
In the mean time, please feel free to check out our website at http://www.langokids.com/ . I don’t have the DFW North section up and running yet, so please feel free to ask any questions you may have. And, please feel free to forward to any parents you think might be interested in children’s foreign language as well as native speakers of French, Spanish, or Mandarin that might be interested in teaching. Must love kids!
If you have any questions, or would like to be on our mailing list, please contact me! firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Naturally I was concerned about the health of my family, so we have converted most of what we eat to organic produce, nitrate free lunch meats, whole grains, and we have ditched high fructose corn syrup. I bought natural shampoos, body soaps, paraben-free moisturizer and deodorants, and we are currently looking for a filtering shower head.
A lot of friends and family roll their eyes at me, but the truth is that these things (aside from the awful deodorant) taste better and make our skin feel better. We love making our food as colorful as possible by adding organic avocados, tomatoes, and spouts to ordinary turkey sandwiches! It feels better to eat and live clean.
Today as I was watching my morning news show, a piece came on about the dangers of teen girls an their products. From what I understand, they tested 20 random teens and every single one of them had harmful chemicals in their blood (such as parabens, SLS, formaldehyde). They also said that the average teen uses 17 beauty products a day. That seems like a lot, but add up what you use. (BTW, toothpaste has SLS in it too...nice hunh?).
They gave a list of ingredients to avoid in your products to reduce the amount of chemical exposure. My notes are included in red for your reading pleasure.
— DMDM hydantoin and imidanzolidinyl urea, which are toxic contaminants
DMDM hydantoin is a preservative that works by releasing formaldehyde into the product. It is used in shampoos and cosmetics to prevent molds, mildews, and bacterial spoilage.
— Fragrance and dyes, which can lead to allergies, cancer and problems of the nervous system
— Methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone, which can cause allergies and problems of the nervous system
— Parbens or “-parben,” which can lead to hormone disruption
Parabens are phytoestrogens (plant hormones) found in plants such as blueberries. They are used as preservatives in food, cosmetics, sunscreens, shampoos, and many other products...like lipstick.
— “PEG” and “-eth,” which are toxic contaminants
Polyethylene glycol. Used in toothpastes and creams as stabilizers. Some report that this chemical has a "low toxicity"...but when it is in everything you use??? Who knows.
— Sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate, which can cause skin damage
Commonly used in many soaps, shampoos, detergents, toothpastes and other products that we expect to "lather".
— Triclosan and triclocarban, which can lead to problems with the thyroid and environmental concerns Found especially in antibacterial products and plastics with microban. Found in 75% of all liquid hand soaps and 30% of bar soap. Studies have shown Triclosan to be present in the milk of 3 out of 5 nursing women. Studies on regarding the effects on the thyroid gland led to evidence of a hypothermic effect (lowers body temperature) and a "non-specific depressant effect on the central nervous system. Good times.
— Triehanolamine (TEA), which can cause allergies and contain toxic contaminants
It's scary to see all the weirdness they put in things. Anyway, if you are interested you can check out the full report here and listen to what Dr. Manny had to say regarding the report. Something that really caught my attention is that for years we have been hearing people say that the average age of puberty-onset is dropping. One example was premature breast development in 8-9 year old girls. Now they are showing evidence of hormone-altering chemicals in teen girls' blood. Coincidence? You decide!
The full report
Today was the best she has had yet. She cried when she was dropped off, but Mrs. J said she didn't cry the rest of the day. She also took pictures of her and sent them home so we could see her playing happily and enjoying snack time. Her favorite thing about school must be the hand washing. She always wants to wash her hands over and over. Maybe she will pass on that passion to her siblings!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
On our way!
Some of you parents will notice her car seat harness is not where it should be. Well, she doesn't like it there and moves it. Any ideas for how to keep it up where it should be would be greatly appreciated!!