Know any Good Lullabyes a Daddy can Sing?

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The video above is from almost a year ago, when Mackenzie was only 3 days old, and on our first night home I was singing to her in an attempt to put her to sleep.  She instead was watching me interestedly, and didn’t end up going to sleep until much later, but we at least got to share a pretty precious moment together as father & daughter.

I unfortunately got the idea in my head though, that she doesn’t go to sleep when I sing to her, so I’ve barely tried to sing her to sleep since then.  But tonight, she was climbing all over the bed (climbing on EVERYTHING, really) so I gave it another whirl and sang her “A Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night“.   She fell asleep during the last verse.  It was just too precious, and was another one of those awesome father-daughter things where she was beaming at me all the way until her eyelids fell down and she went to sleep.

Now, while that was indeed wonderful — I’m in a bind.  What other great songs are there that a daddy can sing as a lullaby?   Good, memorable folk tunes would be best — i.e. not just Metallica’s One sung softly.  🙂   Definitely am open for suggestions.

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Now She’s Walking!! | Ready, Steady, GO!!!

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After she took her first steps a little over a month ago, Mackenzie has been toying with the idea of independent walking, but mostly has stuck to crawling as her primary means of motivation. However, that all changed this week when she all of the sudden just picked up and started walking around the house. It was just BLAM – next thing you know she’s walking.

And for the first two hours (where this video footage was taken) she was just learning a new skill regards walking about every 10 mins. When she first started, she couldn’t turn. Then, 10 mins later, she was turning on her own. Then, she learned to stop & pick up something & stand back up on her own. Then she learned to do it without holding on to anything. It was just bam/bam/bam one after the other.

So proud of her!

Video: Playing in the Fountain

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Video: Playing in the Fountain, originally uploaded by tadnkat.

Mackenzie wanted to individually and repeatedly sample all three of the fountains in front of the Washington Monument when we were out on a walk yesterday.

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.