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A child’s senses

This morning’s conversation:

Niki: Eyes are for looking.
Me: Ears are for..
Niki: hearing..
Me: Hands are for..
Niki: touching..
Me: A mouth is for..
Niki (cuts in): eating ice cream!

27 years I thought the mouth was for kissing, how naive.


Cutest Daddy Photo Contest

Sometimes boredom causes me to enter photo contests even though I know I probably won’t win. Doesn’t matter because it’s fun to try. If I actually win, that would be awesome.

Today I entered this photo in the Cutest Daddy photo contest on and am now asking you all for your help.

show me "mad"... perfect!

If you think my photo is the cutest, go there and rate and recommend it before March 14, 2008 with however many stars you think it deserves. There might be a pop-up asking you to subscribe, but you don’t have to. Just close it and then vote for me! The higher the start count, the better. Personally, I think it deserves 5 stars, but maybe I’m being bias.

If the photo makes it to the top 5 after Round 1, we’ll go on to Round 2 where you can vote again. If that happens, I’ll let you all know. The winner will receive an 8GB iPod Nano. If that’s us, you’ll make one awesome 5-year-old so extremely happy.

So go now and vote! Then cross your fingers, toes, and anything else you’d think would help us win this contest.

*Note: Rating and recommending are two separate things. Please do both.


Nikisha da Vinci part 2


We buy her sketchpads to encourage her creativity. We bought her this before the easle.


CSI Seattle

I woke up to the quiet words “Daddy. I need your help.” from the master bathroom. She has the cutest little voice, but there was something that worried me.

There was blood splattered on the wall, drops on the carpet, and some smeared on the edge of my towel as Niki reached for the light switch. The shower is running and Dave is cleaning up some of the mess. I get up and walk into the bathroom to see what happened. I pull back the shower curtain to find Niki with a bloody face. She had a bloody nose and couldn’t get it to stop this time.

I guess it’s been too dry in my apartment. Add the fact that Niki’s been sick all week and was super dehydrated despite my best efforts to get her to drink more liquids. This morning would make Day #3 she had a bloody nose. I immediately dug out the humidifiers, filled them and turned them on.

This isn’t the first time she’s had a bloody nose. She gets them every now and then. She gets them so much that she doesn’t freak out or anything. She’s quite the trooper for a five year old. She just goes to the bathroom, gets some tissue, covers her nose and lays down until it stops. That is what she did the first two mornings it happened, and I only knew about it because I saw some blood in the sink and on her shirt.

I’m sure if CSI came to Seattle, my apartment would make the perfect “crime scene”. Let me just say this, I’m not punching her THAT hard.


The Baeby, the Sissy and the Pantry.

Lorelai climbs into the bottom pantry and disappears. I call to Dave and say,
“Look. The baeby is going to Narnia”
. This happened about a month ago.

Last night, she climbed in again, but Niki saw her this time. She calls out to me and says,

“Mommy! The baeby’s going to California again!”


Shake Like Jelly

Videos from Niki’s 2007 Winter Concert.
She was awesome. I loved every second of it.


    We want to see Santa do the mambo, the mambo
    See santa do the mambo, the mambo
    See santa do the mambo, the mambo
    Mambo Santa Clause


    You don’t have to bring me a choo choo train
    My Sis don’t want a toy
    Mom don’t want a diamond ring
    And Papa just wants some joy


    We like your tummy big and round
    Your kisses have got around
    Just want to see you mambo and
    I hope you won’t let us down


    Well my Papa does the mambo on a cane
    My Mom is learning too
    You shouldn’t feel anything cause
    We can do the mambo too



    Snowflakes falling from the sky,
    From the sky, from the sky
    Snowflakes falling from the sky,
    To the earth below

    Watch them as the dance and whirl,
    Dance and whirl, dance and whirl
    Watch them as the dance and whirl,
    Soft white winter snow


    Let’s sing a winter song, let’s sing a winter song,
    The days are short, the nights are long,
    Let’s sing a winter song.

    The winter wind is cold, the winter wind is cold
    It freezes noses, ears, and toes.
    The winter wind is cold.

    Winter now is here, winter now is here
    Put on your coat, your hat, your gloves
    Winter now is here.

*A few pics from the concert.
**Bonus video from Nik’s 5th grade mentor/friend, Jenna: Hip Hop Reindeer

Sorry about the quality of the videos.. I had to compress them to upload them. If you want the originals, let me know and I might just email them to you.


Teeth grinding

  • ohman. finished. nervous. #
  • ohman. a new tooth. #

I finished the first part of the project I’m helping my friend with. I was scared I might not, but I pulled through. I’m nervous what this might cause. Hopefully only good things.

Anyway, the baeby’s 7th tooth popped out over the past few days. It’s a big one in the back. Hopefully the pain will stop soon. Added to that, Niki has a tooth that popped out, too! One of her permanent molars. The insanity I’ve been enduring the past week is driving me to “pop out” my own tooth!

I love my little stinkers, though. So, I’ll figure out how to deal.


Head Injury

Today Niki got her first injury at school.

She brought home a note explaining what happened, what they did, and how she felt.

“Nikisha fell down while trying to get the ball at kickball. We put ice on Nikisha’s head for 15 to 20 minutes in the clinic. She felt good & wanted to go back to class.” ~ the School Nurse

They included some symptoms to look out for and should said symptoms occur, we should contact her doctor or emergency room physician.

She’s fine, so don’t worry. Just thought I’d share with you all the news.


The Kindergartner



The FUN pack


Scholastic Books order #2 of 3


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