Friday, November 26, 2010


Click here to listen to our newest story: Agent Tissue has an Issue

Working in a joint effort with someone can make things go by more quickly and efficiently.  Sometimes, depending on your helper,  it can take more time. However, the memories made are well worth the extra time!  We would love for you to share your joint efforts with us. 
You can send them to or on our Facebook Fan Page

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lighting the Way With Words

Even though she is trying to remain incognito, we would like to send out a special bright birthday wish to our little girl!  We are so honored we get to watch you grow into such a fun little person! Your strength, determination, and humor keep us on our toes and inspire us daily! 

Happy Birthday big girl!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Episode 27: Agent Tissue has an Issue

Click here to download: Agent Tissue has an Issue

Hi All,

It is that time of year! The cold weather settles in along with all the coughs, sneezes and sore throats.  We are constantly reminding our kids to cover their mouths, cough or sneeze into their elbows, use a tissue to blow their noses, NOT to use their sleeves or the bottom of my shirt to wipe their runny noses, and to wash their hands!

Every child needs these constant reminders. One strategy that we’ve found helpful is to take pictures of the kids practicing these things, and then post them around the the house as quick visual reminders. We post a few pictures of the kids washing their hands by the bathroom sink, and we post other visuals, like a picture of one of them coughing into a sleeve, in a central location near eye level (like on the fridge) so we can point to them easily as a quick reminder.  

We like to use them as the models, so they can take some ownership of the task at hand, which is keeping the house and themselves as healthy as possible.  Feel free to grab those pictures, and use them in your own house as reminders. Here are some examples of our visuals we posted:

What did you say? A word of the day! In our story there are many
juicy words that are fun to use and say.

device: a thing made for a particular purpose.
dissolve: to separate into parts or elements.
pursue: to follow in order to capture.
rickety: shaky

Try these activities to keep your imagination glowing after hearing the story.

1.  An acronym is a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words.  In the story ACHOO stands for "American Central Health Organization-Olfactory" division.   ACHOO is an acronym.  You can often make acronyms to help you remember your school work. For example, to remember all the Great Lakes, you can use the acronym HOMES. What other acronyms do you know or can you create?

2. Create your own visual reminders or print ours out and post them around your house in the appropriate areas.

After listening to the story, can you recall the details to answer these questions?

1. Who did Agent Tissue say he worked for?  

2. What was Agent Tissue on a mission to find?

3. Where did the boys search for the "runner"?

We want to send out bright birthday wishes to:

Paige U of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wil E of Virginia
Erika E of Virginia
Chloe of West Virginia
Dominic of West Virginia
Kiara of West Virginia
Prescott of West Virginia
Maggie B of West Virginia

A special thanks to our good friends, Kim and Dawn, at the Musing Mommies podcast 
for providing that bumper for us! You can download their 
podcast "for moms, by moms" over at  

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Our daughter loves to dance, especially hula! She enjoys creating different stories with her hands and swaying her hips along with the rhythm of the music. She also finds the rustling sound of the grass skirt  very amusing.  What type of dance is your favorite?  Share with us at or on our Facebook Fan Page.  
As always, we look forward to the many words we can share together!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Rock on!

Thank you all for such thoughtful and fun entries!

Congratulations to BRENDA!  

She is a grandmother to FIVE grandkids who are 7, 4, 2, 1, and 3 months old! We hope you and your grandkids enjoy dancing to the CD!