Sunday, June 19, 2011


exhaustion has a whole new level with a two week old baby and toddler... do I feel like working on my business after a day with my two boys... will i survive? The verdict is out at this point.

Too tired to form words.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

New baby and business

Finding it difficult to weed through the dirty diapers and find my desktop to conduct business... socially I'm stuck in the house, can't drive for 4 weeks due to surgery, can't run after Geran or pick him up or clean as I did before... 6 weeks until I can take longs walks and exercise again.... no baths either... how can a girl relax, socialize and build herself up enough to want to sit in front of the computer catch up on bookkeeping? My body is leaking, bleeding, aching and sagging more every day after birth. My babies want my attention I can't give them and I divide myself between good wife and good business owner... sigh.

Random thoughts, I know, but sometimes talking to this blank screen is like cleaning out ones purse... It's got to be done and you still can't figure out how all this random shit was put in there in the first place and after you feel clean and ready to go out again and face the world.

Somehow I make time... correction STEAL time to get it all done and still find time to snuggle my two year old before bed and cuddle with my two week old.

Until next time, good night.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

History of Sign Language

Sign language is a language which, instead of acoustically conveyed sound patterns, uses visually transmitted sign patterns (manual communication, body language) to convey meaning—simultaneously combining hand shapes, orientation and movement of the hands, arms or body, and facial expressions to fluidly express a speaker's thoughts.
Wherever communities of deaf people exist, sign languages develop. Their complex spatial grammars are markedly different from the grammars of spoken languages.
Stokoe, William C. (1976). Dictionary of American Sign Language on Linguistic Principles. Linstok Press. ISBN 0-932130-01-1.Stokoe, William C. (1960).

Hundreds of sign languages are in use around the world and are at the cores of local deaf cultures. Some sign languages have obtained some form of legal recognition, while others have no status at all.
ASL is what is commonly used in North America, but even from BC to Toronto, you will find that the signs can and will differ based on what is culturally accepted in that area. But don't worry, the Deaf community will correct you, if you get a sign wrong or if it differs from their area.
Even with the most basic signs, you can communicate with the Deaf and they LOVE it when you try to communicate with them. I have always found people who are Deaf are very patient and enjoy teaching sign, even if they don't know you.

I have taught baby signs to my son Geran since he was born 23 months ago, he has over 70 signs and is well ahead in his literacy skills. I have already started signing MILK to my new 2 week old, Nash. Geran started signing back to me at age 4 months, mimicking the sign MILK and then spontaneously using it at 6 months. I am curious at what age Nash starts. With Geran helping teach sign as well, will he be even more accelerated? In the meantime, I hope Geran doesn't loose his passion for signing. It would be great if he could sign simple sentences with the Deaf community. We will see.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New Baby Nash

Well we now have a name to our baby... Born May 31st at 8:09am baby Nashville Jeffrey Minchau was born at 9lbs 4oz and was healthy as was mommy.

Life has been busy in the last two weeks with lots of visitors and guests and family staying with us. My little boy Geran has adjusted very well to the new baby, showing love and kisses only to baby Nash. He looks for baby each morning and asks to hold him at least once a day.

I am excited about my new journey with my two boys... Geran is already teaching baby Nash the sign for MILK. I can't wait to witness how signing will influence the new baby with Geran's extensive vocabulary.

He is still 1 years old and knows the entire alphebet including how to recognize them on billboards, paper, tv, books. He even tells me a word that each letter starts... like D is for dog. He can count to 10 and recogizes his numbers as well. Signing has boosted his literacy abilities and I expect the same for Nash.

So exciting!