Posts Tagged ‘parents’


I know most parents brag about their kids. Its only natural right? Sometimes the bragging can be an over the top “my kid is better than your kid” type, sometimes it can be the “proud parent” type, and sometimes it can just simply be “sheer amazement”.

Nariah is my first child. Things as simple as when they say “excuse me” or tell their first joke feels like a big deal because it’s your first child. Now there comes a point where you get those “come on now, is this for real?” moments and that’s what this is, at least for me and my wife it is. We’ve just had a parent teacher conference with Nariah’s kindergarten teacher. She’s reading exceptionally well and is pretty good at writing. Although the teacher mentioned Nariah would write the bare minimum when it came to sentences because she wants to be finished quickly and move on. If the exercise was for the students to write what they did this past weekend, Nariah would write something like “I went home. I had fun.” and leave it at that. Nothing along the lines of variance. The teacher was trying to get Nariah to get more creative with her sentences. Now this conference happened 3 days before this “sheer amazement” moment.

We’re visiting my grandparents in NC, and everyone is kind of doing their own thing. Nariah asks her granddad for some paper and something to write with. Over the course of the next few minutes I walk by and see her kneeling on the floor writing and drawing intently. “What are you doing baby?
I’m writing a story and illustrating it too! I’m going to read it to you guys
Oh ok, cool!

Now at this point my “Oh ok” was really expecting a simple “See spot… See spot run” type story. Oh, was I ever wrong. With Nariah’s permission she has given me the rights to share her work. This is a book she wrote all by herself with out any help. She did a pretty good job phonetically spelling a lot of words. Aside from her needing to “slow down” a little and finish out the words we know she knows already, this was awesome in my opinion. The concept of this story alone is a far cry from the 3 word sentences we had just heard about. I’ve added captions showing what she says on each page underneath each picture from when she read it to us for the first time. Click on the first picture to open up the gallery.

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Mommy, can I have an American Girl doll?

I don’t know about you guys, but that’s a dreaded question to hear nowadays. For those of you new to the parenting game, these are dolls that your child can get to look just like her and they can even get matching clothes so your daughter can look just like her doll. All this for only a hundred plus dollars. Oh don’t get the personalized book and many different accessories, then you’re rounding out the two hundred dollar range!  Before you write me off as being mean or ignorant to the joys of being a girl growing up, I’m just trying to figure out what does all this money get you. Maybe I’m wrong and somebody can “learn” me the ways. Do these dolls talk, or poop, or eat, or walk, or read your stories, or even blink? I just want to know what all this money is getting me my daughter. Regardless of the pending damage to my wallet size, the American Doll inquiry was indeed quite humorous.

Nariah and Toya are eating breakfast when she asked the aforementioned dreaded question.
Ummm, I don’t know baby, maybe we can talk about it for your birthday?
My Birthday? Well how far away is that?
Well, why don’t we use math to figure it out?

After counting down, they figure out its only over a hundred days away. Nariah isn’t to pleased with that.
Well, how many months is it then?

They count it down to 6 months.
6 months? We’re gonna have to find another special occasion day then, that’s too long to wait mommy!
Well, you have Christmas
Yeah, Christmas! Can we get one Christmas?!?!?!?
Well, then again, if Santa brings you one, then you won’t be able to have the joy of seeing your American Girl made in front of you at the store.
(Yeah Toya, way to fight back, kill the joy with disappointment!)
**silence**
(I think it worked!)
Part of the joy is creating the doll in the store, kinda like a Build-a-Bear. Wouldn’t you want that instead of Santa bringing it to you? It might not be how you want it.
Hmmmm, that’s ok…. I’m writing Santa a letter NOW!!!!!
(Nope…. didn’t work)

Keep in mind the “NOW” was the “yeah buddy, I’m getting an American Doll” type now. LOL.
Whoever came up with this idea is a very very very smart (and rich) person.
I think I’m going to come up with some “Broke Parent” dolls for these kids to buy to go along with their American Girl dolls.  That way they can have a true american family. We’ll see if between now and birthday or Christmas time if Nariah’s focus changes…

Nariah says… #80

Posted: June 28, 2012 in Comedy, Nariah
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I received this picture below from a friend of mine. It took me a few minutes to pick my jaw up off the floor and figure out what in the world I was supposed to say in reaction to this. I ended up at the playground with Nariah after school. I decided to show her and get her take on this picture.

She looked at it… Tilted her head sideways… Looked at me…. Looked back at it…. Said “Ummm“….

So I tried to help her out. “What do you think?
I don’t understand what it is, is this his hair? How did he do that? Why did he do that?
Would you get that done to your hair?
No
Nariah looks extremely bothered, and then looks up at me confused, “Daddy, did he ask his parents permission?