Today was wonderful! Elliot finally got his rating for this year and he got a raise that amounts to about $130 extra per month! I am so proud of him! He has been working very hard, not only to do a good job, but also to maintain a positive attitude about work. I know he would love to be home with Zach and I more often (he has said so often) and it is hard for him to be gone from sun up to sundown weekdays, but he has still worked hard enough that they recognize it! :)
Tomorrow is the open house at E's job, so Z and I are going to see him. We had to get special security clearance badge things in order to get on base. It should be fun- they have a little potluck, make snow for the kids in the temperature testing chamber (he works in the environmental testing department) and play Christmas music on the vibration tester. This also means I have to make a double batch of cookies to take tonight, as well as wrap the presents for the needy family they adopted.
In other news, we have decided to try teaching Z baby sign language. He is the perfect age, and the benefits are numerous. For example, babies who learn to sign can communicate their needs and wants sooner than their peers, avoiding frustration that stems from an innabilty to communicate effectively. Accordinjg to Scientific America, they also learn to read more easily, have greater vocabularies and pick up new languages more easily when they are older. It also helps with the development of motor skills. We have decided to go with ASL (american sign language) as we feel it will be more beneficial to know later in life than some made up baby sign language. Yes, we know we risk being made fun of (remember Meet The Fockers?) but we think it will be fun, and a great way to bond. We are going to start with the words milk, more and up (as in pick me up). http://www.babies-and-sign-language.com/
Here is a great video of a baby signing.