Day 92 | Peeking out at Passers-by at the Scientology VM Tent

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Dressed up in her fuzziest outfit & hat, Mackenzie accompanied me on the Metro down to the Scientology Volunteer Ministers tent at the National Mall. She was nice & warm, but also developed some of the cutest rosy cheeks from peeking out at passers-by on the Mall.

This tent was put up by my folks at the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, DC.

Scientology Volunteer Ministers tent at the National Mall

Scientology Volunteer Ministers tent at the National Mall

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Day 87 | A family walk around the block

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We decided to get some fresh air and take a walk around the block today & enjoy our fantastic November weather.

As an aside, yesterday Mackenzie had her checkup at the pediatrician. She was 13.5lbs and a full 25" long. For her age (87 days) that puts her in the 90th percentile on weight, and the 95th percentile on height! We sort of knew she was going to turn out as a tall, slender girl! 🙂

So, what to do now? Well, if you know the normal operating condition, the right thing is to not change anything!

Day 85 | Mackenzie at the Scientology VM Tent

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Today I went down to the Scientology Volunteer Ministers Tent to volunteer for a while helping people with their day-to-day problems. Mackenzie was on full-time duty cheering everybody up, and was all smiles & chuckles to anyone who came near us. It wasn’t until the end of the day when they started breaking up the tent that I got the idea to take a photo, and at that point she finally decided to pass out.

Mackenzie at the Scientology VM Tent

It was a great day though.   Totally awesome weather for a 15th of November (something like 68°F all day & sunny) and we got to help a whole bunch of people with solutions to day-to-day problems in their lives.   While I was there we helped several people relieve stress in their day with some Scientology Assists, and some other couples improve their relationships with each other with some on-the-spot training in communication techniques.

Of course, Mackenzie was a big help, as sometimes all people need is a friendly face to help brighten their day up, and that’s something Mackenzie can provide in spades!  🙂

 

Day 82 | Offering Programming Motivation Services

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Mackenzie offering me some giggly suggestions as I try to get a little work done while she laughs at my apache configuration errors.

Day 77 | Waiting in the car with Mackenzie while mom shops @ Target

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Mom needed to run into Target to get a few things while I stayed in the car with Mackenzie. And what else to do while she’s giggling away than to snap pictures with the iPhone! Too bad I don’t have video on this thing, though, as her sounds were just choice.

Day 70 | Mackenzie at the Grand Opening of the New Founding Church of Scientology Building

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Kat, Mackenzie & I at the Founding Church of Scientology Opening in Washington, D.C.

Kat, Mackenzie & I at the Founding Church of Scientology Opening in Washington, D.C.

Sorry for the out-of-order post, but this past weekend has been just an absolute flurry of activity with the opening of the new Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C..  In addition to being arguably the most important Church of Scientology in the western hemisphere, it also happens to be my local church, so my wife & I have been down there pitching, helping with as many parts of the opening event as we could.   And with the pre-event preps, the opening on Saturday, and all of the post-event flurry over the last 2 days, yes – it’s only now that I’m getting to write about it.

The event itself was outstanding (as you can see above from the ribbon cutting).  Tons of Scientologists and non-Scientologists came in from all over, and I got to reconnect with tons of old friends who hadn’t seen me since we had the baby.   The speakers were great, especially Mr. David Miscavige‘s speech dedicating the building.  He quite concisely stated why the building is so important, but also what’s so important about all of us now making full use of the building to bring solutions & help to the people & politicians of the area.

Mackenzie looking out at passers-by at the Founding Church of Scientology Grand Opening

Mackenzie looking out at passers-by at the Founding Church of Scientology Grand Opening

We of course brought Mackenzie to the event, dressed for warm weather, and strapped to my chest on the BabyBjorn – despite the fact that I was wearing a suit.   She just loved the event.  She insisted on being front-facing and able to see the speakers when the event was happening, and then toured the building with Kat & I.  Out of the 7 massive floors of the new building, she stayed wide-awake for 5 of them, smiling & giggling and meeting approximately 1000 effusive guests along the way.   At 1001 though, she hit “people overload” and just fell straight asleep.

That worked out fine, as Kat & I were then able to tour the rest of the building & meet tons more people who got a chance to see a cute, sleeping baby.   Boy, that new church is big.  But more significant than its size is the sheer number of different areas where it’s set up to help people.  There are training rooms, seminar spaces, places to educate people about human rights and the dangers of drugs, and it just goes on and on.   Lastly, of course, there was the Chapel – where I’m excited to be able to have the naming ceremony for our daughter sometime soon.  Who knows, maybe we can be the first naming ceremony there!

Opening of the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C.

Opening of the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C.

Day 71 | Her first words: “Warm butt”!

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Today MV said her first words! Up until now, the best we’ve gotten are test sounds like “Ngaa” and “Adaai“.

But this afternoon, Mackenzie was busy chattering away to me after I changed her diaper, so I figured I’d get her into something more comfortable and with less drool on it.

So, I was busy changing her into the lovely purple uniform you see here, and told her that I was going to also put on her cute brown Gap cargo pants so she can be MV Warm Butt. She smiled at that, so I repeated it for her and said, “yes! Warm Butt!” She then immediately repeated back to me, and with nearly perfect duplication, “Warm Butt!” — and then laughed about it. I about went exterior!

No doubt about it – that was not a coincidence, that was an utterance of controlled sound in duplication of what I said. Fantastic!

Unfortunately, I didn’t have my good camera on me, just my iPhone – so all you get is a still of her planning her next outburst.