Sorry for the lack of blogging. I'm 38 weeks today and just trying to keep up with the masses here. My To Do List is shrinking though and I'm starting to feel as though we'll be "ready" when she comes. But who knows what the next two weeks will bring. Friday night Steve and I will get one last date by ourselves for quite some time and I'm looking forward to that as well. Everything seems to be on schedule to deliver the little girl two weeks from Friday. Let's hope I make it.
But onto other things. So, last night we participated in California's Primary Elections. We usually try and make the effort to vote even if it's not convenient. It's important. We've got a system down now where one of us goes in to vote and the other watches the kids in the car. Then we switch. I always tease Steve and ask him who he voted for and why. Most of the time we're the same...every once in awhile we're not quite. Well, before we went, Isaac asked me what voting was and I tried to explain it to him as best as I could. He then asked if he could go with me. I thought, well, why not?! So I took Isaac in with me to vote and when it was Steve's turn, he took Caleb.
When Steve got back to the car, he looked like he was going to burst. My mind immediately went through the turn of events and what possibly could've happened. I asked him if all was well and he said, "Not now...get in the front." Intrigued, I got into that front seat as fast as I could considering my size. I'm sure it wasn't pretty. He then went on to tell me that Caleb did great inside and watched him vote and everything. He even got to put the ballot into the electric ballot box. I'm waiting for the punch-line. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Then Steve said that he had noticed Caleb looking all around like he was waiting for something. Steve thought he was just intrigued by being inside the Fire Station (that's where we vote). However, that evidently wasn't it. As they were walking out, Caleb grabbed Steve's hand and very respectfully but forcefully said, "DAD! Why didn't we get on the boat!! Where's the boat?" It took Steve a second to realize what he was talking about. The boat?! What?! Aaaaahhh...that whole time, Caleb thought they were going on a boat, not going to vote. No wonder he seemed so pleased to go. The poor kid had waited so patiently all that time only to find out there wasn't any boat. Steve held in his laughter as best as he could and then explained to Caleb that they weren't going on a boat but had gone in to vote. To which Caleb replied, "Oh, okay." At least he was all right with the switch. Who knows where he thought they were going. Man, I love that kid.
I am Nikki Dauphin, wife to Steve since July 2002, and mom to four boys and one little girl. Currently my husband is pursuing his PhD in mathematics, so as you can imagine, with five kids in tow, there are many adventures to behold! I'm learning how to raise a brood of boys and one precious princess, be a homemaker, how to be a lovely wife to my handsome and dashing husband and how to love those around me. Stop and stay awhile. Family stories, recipes, musings on life and lessons I'm learning are all a part of this blog. I love the life I've been given and thank God for His many blessings.
Steve-My amazing, fix-it, brilliant, math-loving, puzzle-solving husband is a Math PhD student pursuing his graduate degree through Colorado State University. He is also a Year Round Graduate Intern for Sandia National Labs researching and working on projects related to national security and preparing for his dissertation. We met at Cal Poly, SLO and were married in 2002. Seriously, he's my best friend.
Isaac-Laughter. My precious firstborn. Blue-eyed, blondie, logical, lefty. Particular, orderly, courageous, funny, and intelligent. Sees the world in patterns, numbers, colors and shapes. My first son. My joy.
Caleb-Brave. My mischevious secondborn. Brown-haired, coal-eyed, soldier. Needs explanations about how the world works. "Mathy", inquisitive, architectural and mechanical. Silly, passionate, tough, long-suffering and smart. My second son. My love.
Joshua-Saved by the Lord. My irreplaceable thirdborn. Bubbly, gregarious, social and playful. Loves to be surrounded by his family. Cuddly, kissable, chubby and charming. Life of the party, full of joy, overflowing with humor and laughter. My third son. My light.
Elliana-The Lord Has Heard. My long-awaited daughter. Petite, dark-eyed, beauty. Strong, coordinated, cheeky and spunky. Sharp as a tack and a flitting socialite. Loved by every member of her family. My fourth born. My only daughter. My treasure.
Nathan-God Has Given. My fourth son. Yet, it never gets old. My youngest little gift. Gentle, strong, sweet, angelic. Blonde and light-eyed. Littlest of them all but full of life and love. My fifth born. My littlest man. God's given. My gift.
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