Friday, February 27, 2009

RIP Hummer- RIP

Ok, I know this car creates quite the controversry. When Ryan and I purchased our AWESOME 2006 H3- we recieved a LOT of criticism (that we didn't ask for). Regardless of what others say, we have learned not to listen to people (after very expensive lessons) English bulldogs are GREAT companions (yeah ours was aggressive and cost us THOUSANDS of dollars in damage!) buy a house now or you never will get into one (ha!) and after we have heard bad advice after bad advice- we have thrown caution to the wind and do our own thing- after all, WE are the ones paying for it.

Regardless, when we bout our ADOREABLE H3 a few years ago, we recieved a lot of unsolicited criticism- people thought we paid a ridiculous amount for it (yeah right! It wa totally within our budget!) we were tld we were environmentally hating people (uhh it gets better gas mileage than my mazda 6- yeah. About 22 mpg) and people thought we were just snobs. Well we're not. It was between that and an Audi- two seater so it's a good thing we went with a more 'family friendly' car. Anyhow, I saw this article and it made me sad... very sad... despite what others may say, Ryan and I have been VERY happy with our Hummer. We thought about getting another one for me (in a pretty slate blue color) and I am sad to read this article...

GM ready to pull plug on Hummer
Posted Feb 26 2009, 11:44 AM by Kim Peterson
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Get ready to say goodbye to one of the most polarizing and controversial cars to ever hit the road. General Motors (GM) has been desperately shopping its Hummer brand around, but as weeks tick by with no clear buyer it's looking like Hummer production will soon end.
GM has said it would decide by next month whether to kill the Hummer line. But that could happen as early as next week, according to the Financial Times. Hummer's heyday was in 2006, when it delivered nearly 72,000 models in the U.S., but sales fell 51% last year.
Hummer would join a number of other GM models in the automotive graveyard. Saab is also for sale, and will receive bankruptcy protection in Sweden. Pontiac will become a niche brand with just one or two models. Saturn is headed for a 2011 phase-out.
It's sad to see so many names go, but GM needs to throw out the dead weight if it hopes to become a healthy, profitable company. Saturn, Hummer and Saab generated an average pretax loss of $1.1 billion a year between 2003 and 2007, according to the Globe and Mail.
GM's survival was even more in doubt Thursday, after the company said it burned through $6 billion in its fourth quarter. Quarterly sales fell by a third to about $31 billion.
GM is closing plants and cutting production, and it expects to burn through another $14 billion this year. Its bank account is pretty much shot; it ended the near with just $14 billion in cash -- including the first $4 billion in loans it received from the government.
GM has said it needs at least $11 billion to $14 billion to stay in business, according to the Financial Times.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Ok, a couple of things- clearly- no one wants my totally awesome gift I was giving away on the 'pay it forward' post so does that mean I get bad karma or something? I sure hope not! So anyhow, you guys missed out on an awesome free gift from me- so sad (and no I'm not revealing what it was- let's just say- it was pretty awesome- I give pretty awesome gifts!)

So here is a shameless shout out- DOES ANYONE KNOW ANYBODY IN NEED OF CHILDCARE next year? I am opening up a FULL-TIME, FULLY EQUIPPED MONTESSORI SCHOOL- if I must say I am THRILLED about- but what excites me is teaching again, in a philosphy I truly beleive in, and to offer this service for parents that want more than childcare for their children, for parents that want thier children to experience a wonderful, education environment. I need to get a stable class established for next year. Please, if anyone knows of anybody that needs child care and wants a positive learning experience for their child, please spread the word! Help me spread the word and maybe my awesome mysterious gifts may appear in your future!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Montessori Monday...

Ok, here is the first Montessori Monday moment.I pondered over what I could possibly write about FIRST- there are just so many topics to choose from and so much to the Montessori method (I did go to training for two years) and then it occurred to me. Montessori starts with the basic and then moves to more complex, as I will in my Montessori Monday Moments. Today I will discuss part of the philospohy and history behind Montessori.

Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman physician in Italy began her medical practice and became intrigued by how the mind affects the body and how the mind of a child, how the enviornment of the child affects the body. Shifting her focus from the physical, Dr. Montessori went back to college and studied philosopy and sociology. In 1894 she became a professor of anthropology at the University of Rome. Why is this relevent? Because she was still intersted in the development of children and how thier minds worked. A few years later, she left her medical pracice and her professorship to develop an afternoon program for young children to keep them off the streets. It was here that Dr. Montessori observed children and learned these inherent truths.

Children need a sense of order. They thrive in an environment when they know where to put something how to use something, and can master a skill for themselves. Children are trying to establish a sense of independence at this age (I'm sure you have all heard of the terrible twos or have had a power struggle with a three year old over something). What is really happening here is the child is trying to establish thier sense of independence and learn how to function in the world. I am not saying children should run amuck and do whatever they feel like all the time, that would be chaos (and actually defeat the sense of security a child craves when there are rules and boundaries) The child wants to know that his choices are valid. If a child won't eat his dinner, insead of saying "eat your dinner" offer him a choice (not of dinner) but rather "would you like to eat your carrots first or your sandwich?" The child then has a choice and feels important enough to make that decision for himself. This fundamental building block will help him know his choices are important and he can make good decisions, and he doesn't need a parent to do it. Now if he still won't eat his dinner, say "you have two choices, you may eat now and be full, or you can wait until breakfast in the morning" he will then choose (and you can bet he will most likely eat his dinner- if not he will DEFINATELY eat breakfast!)

One of the most important qualities of Montessori is follow through. A child needs to trust what you say. If the child does not eat his dinner, mean what you say- you may eat breakfast in the morning. A child then establishes trust in your words and what you are saying, and while he may be upset, he knows there are rules and boundaries, and he feels SAFE in his environment- safe enough to make his own choices. Eventually his choices will become more complex and he'll feel confident in making them.

I will be posting more tidbits on this blog, but I have also started another Montessori blog where I will have a plethora (eventually) of information on the Montessori method. Please, check it out- the link is on the side.I have so much more information that I will be sharing and I'll be adding to the Montessori website as well (I still have to talk about materials, learning styles, ect.) Please check it out- let me know what you think and have a wonderful Montessori Monday!

Sunday, February 22, 2009


I have created a blog (I tried to create a website and it was hours wasted- I like the blog approach much better) to help launch my new school. I will be adding Montessori philosophies, montessori moments (ideas, beliefs ect.) and still continuing to add information about my new school. Please, check it out here

Let me know what you think!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Ok, Tammy got me! (And I am SOOOO late on this! Sorry Tammy!) Anyhow, go to your sixth folder and pick the sixth picture and blog about it- here it goes:

This was when my sister came into town from Salt Lake and got to meet Hailyn for the first time (she was so excited- so was Hailyn!) and strangely enough Aunt Melanie helped me take Hailyn to the doctor moments after this picture was taken- she had a cold and I worried about an ear infection (she was only two months!) but it turns out she just started teething early- sigh- what can you do!

Pay it Forward...

"The first 3 people to leave a comment on this post will receive a handmade (or possibly store-bought) gift from me during this year. When and what will be a surprise. There's a small catch though...Post this same thing on your own blog and then come back and leave a comment telling me you're in. Remember, only the first 3 comments receive the gift!"

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A MONTESSORI school...

Wow! I just came back from the most bizarre and wackiest interview at a private school in my life. Let's just say- it did not work out- and I couldn't care less- I nearly jumped out of my seat and ran for the door- instead I endured an hour of listening to the strangest 'philosophies' of my life-while being attacked an judged for having 'hippie roots' (yeah I'll come back to that!) The more I learned about this institution, the more scared I became. I realized, I am truly out of luck when it comes to sending Hailyn to school! I have yet to find a school in Las Vegas that I feel compleatly comfortable sending her to- and keep in mind she is four months. Unless some drastic changes happen here in Vegas in the next few years, I am going to have to take matters into my own hands.

Ok, back to the'hippie roots'. Because I believe that children are all unique and amazing and special in thier own way, I am a hippie. Because I beleive children (and people!) are individuals wach with thier own unique spirit I am a granola crunching berkinstock wearing tree hugging hippie. If being an individual makes me those things then yes, call me what you will- I have never been so misunderstood in my life. So the problem still arises, where do I send my daughter (yes, three years down the line?) Where? I truly feel that several parents out there are in the same predicament that I am in- and it's a tough predicament!

What truly makes me sick is that these parents at this particular school are paying $12,000 a year (per child) and there is no logic behind thier educational system! Go ahead, show me the test scores that prove the children can regergitate information such as reciting all fifty states- but you have that child point to a map and SHOW me where is Nevada? What is a concerned mother to do?

Then I reliazed. I am a certified, expereienced, Montessori teacher. When I say 'Montessori' there are one of two thoughts that probably run through your brain. Either 'tree huging granola crunching berkenstock wearing hippie' or 'what is Montessori?' Well, I love granola and the environment but I am not a hippie!

So what is Montessori? Montessori is a philosohy of education that focuses on each individual child. Maria Montessori, a physician developed this method at the turn of the century when she was asked to design an afternoon program for poor children to keep them off the streets. As she watched and studied children, Dr. Montessori noticed certain traits inherient in all children, and designed a curriculum around these traits.

These traits inherent in children are the need to explore materials. As children explore with materials, thier brain processes the material and learning that is compatible with that individual child takes place. When I child learns a concept it is truly one of the most amazing expereinces to witness.

Another trait of a Montessori education is that learning is individualized specificaly for the child. A child is never bored or overly challenged. Mary may want to do a math lesson first thing in the morning because perhaps that is when she is most alert, while Johnny may want to work on his sounds. A Montessori approach allows the child the freedom to choose what he or she wants to work on. The teacher does keep lesson plans and does ensure that new lessons and new concepts are being taught, but the child is allowed the freedom to choose when to work on a specific lesson. There is structure for the children, but freedom within the structure.

Let me assure you, there are people out there who maybe have the impression that a Montessori cirriculum has no guidelines- or even a curriculum. I can assure you that is not true. I did not attended school for two years to become certified in a method with no curriculum- what would I do for two years? There is an extensive curriculm, I have the binders to prove it to you.

Yes I am a certified Montessori teacher. I recieved my training from 'the Harvard' of Montessori teacher education Center for Montessori Teacher Education-New York.
I have worked in a Montessori environment for four years. What I love about Montessori are many things. The first is that children are all individuals with unique and amazing qualities. Any parent knows thier child is unique and special. Montessori celebrates this fact. Another reason I love Montessori. I won't get into too much philosophy, I have already written a 'novella' but I will have a 'Montessori Moment' every Monday and I am toying with the idea of starting my own Montessori website. I truly beleive that there are many parents in the world -(especially Las Vegas) that are frusterated with the educational options. They are parents who want thier children to learn and grow in a safe and poisitive environment. These parents want thier children to be valued as individuals. For these parents, I offer a solution...

So here is my idea.
I HAVE to open my own school! It's ESSENTIAL! There are so many wonderful parents out there who truly take an interest in their children's education. Parents who (rightfully so) quesion why a certain teaching technique is used verses another technique. There are parents out there who want education to be a POSITIVE expereince for thier children, they want children to learn and grow and THRIVE in a safe and positive environment. I need to open my own school, it must be done.

So I have researched it, and I cannot get a business loan right now due to the econommy. The lenders told me I need to set up a school at home for the time being, show that parents and children attending the school have a vested interest, and then show the lenders that this school is essential to the community.

So I plan to offer an at-home fully 'furnished' Montessori education classroom and teach children ages 3-6 at home. My plan is to open in the fall.

If you or any parents you know may be interested in a quality, nurturing environment for a child to take thier first steps in the education world, if you want that child to have thier first expereience with education be a positive one, please comment on this post and let me know.I am currently establishing and preparing for the logistics of next year (class times, a parent handbook, school philosophy, prices, ect.) let me know if you know any interested parties and let me know if you have any questions (or encouragement) for me

Monday, February 9, 2009


Ok, our little munchkin is now four months old TODAY- ahhh! Time is going by SOOO fast! Well, here are the stats:
Weight: 13.4 oz 50-75%
Height: 25 1/4 inches 75-90%
Head: 40.4 25%

So she has slipped on the scales a bit- no worries. She was a chunck at birth and is now slipping into average- which Ryan and I both did- and Ryan and I are both average height/weight. She is doing great- teething like a monster still- Dr. said we could start her on rice cereal whenever we'reready to- probably this week. I am still trying to keep her tiny as long as I can but she insists on growing! She's amazing!We'll keep you posted on the cereal thing- ohhh and she got her shots today- ouchie! Here's a recent pic of our growing girl!

It's been a WONDERFUL four months- gosh we LOOOOOVE this girl!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Six Things....

Saw this on Krista's blog and thought it would be fun...
1. If I had a superhero ability, I would want to fly- I would go anywhere and everywhere in the world- but I'd want to bring people along too
2. I have BIG ideas- all the time, my brain never shuts off
3. I always wonder 'what if'
4. When I was little I wanted to play Alice from Alice in Wonderland at Disneyland
5. I absolutely hate to cook... or clean...
6. I have always been intrigued by WWII- the times, the people, the courage, the love stories

Ok, I tag the first six people to read my blog! (Although I don't think anyone reads it....ha!)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


I've been having some issues loading some pics to blogger- so I loaded them on flickr and left some comments- check it out (link on the side) there are some royally cute pictures of her highness...

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Some cuteness...

Yes, it's true, I'm obsessed with my daughter! Here she is- just playing around...

Hailyn LOVES to twist her bib around to the back and pretend it's a cape- here she is flying! Super baby!

One smart cookie...isn't she cute?