Our Feisty Fisks

Raising the female population of Indiana one child at a time

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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Daddy's Little Girl

(It's too bad I have to interrupt a series of posts, but tonight's events require it.)

Doni was at school this evening preparing for the next school year so Ava and I were at home by ourselves. I was laying out on the floor watching Ninja Warrior while she threw her toys all over the place ("playing" as she calls it). Suddenly I looked up to see her smiling and walking towards my face. Unsure what to expect, I smiled back at her. She proceeded to stand next to my head, bend down, and plant two kisses on my lips! I thought to myself, "What just happened?" Ava has NEVER given me unrequested kisses before! Lately she's even been stingy with requested kisses. And not one, but two! Little did I know I was in store for more impromptu kisses throughout the evening. As it stands, she has given me 5 kisses and attempted 6 times (one time she totally missed my face). I can only hope to get into the double-digits before bedtime.


  • At 11:27 AM, Blogger Kin said…

    First- super cute about the kisses, I love it! Second- I have an overwhelming sense to make fun of you for watching something called Ninja Warriors, but I'll be nice & save it for another time :)


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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Ohio - Show me what ya' got (Part 1)

This month we went on a Midwest-style road trip through the big ol' state of Ohio. We planned on hitting the 3 big C's, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland. Because our calendar for the month of July was packed tighter than the thighs of The Hulk's shorts, we left the morning after Doni got home from a 4 day jaunt in Kansas City with some college friends. I'd tell you how excited she was to get in the car for a road-trip after driving 9 hours the previous day, but believe me, neither of us have the time or that.

We started out with a quick two-hour drive to Cincinnati (actually Newport, KY) to go to the Newport Aquarium. After briefly taking a detour due to being in the wrong turn lane, we got straightened out and parked in the maze of underground parking. Normally we would have balked at the aquarium's $18 entrance fee, but, hey, this is vacation! It was a very nice aquarium with (strangely) a Lorikeet feeding area. One question... Why are there birds at an aquarium?!?!

The next day we left bright and early for Columbus. Halfway there we stopped at an outlet mall where they had a store with kitchen supplies. The store had samples of dips set out for guests to peruse. Impressed with a garlic-flavored oil and spice combo for dipping bread into (like "Fine Italian Dining" as the bottle proposed), we purchased it and finished our trip to Colllluuuuuuummmmmbus!


  • At 8:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That baby's crocs match her mom's. :)
    ~lisa v


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Monday, July 23, 2007


Sparky died yesterday. For nine months or so he had been acting strangely and losing weight. We recently found out that he was more likely 10-12 years old instead of the 8 years old that we thought he was. Yesterday he was not walking right, had a very tight, tender abdomen, and would not lay down. We took him to an emergency pet hospital and came to the conclusion that he very likely had something pretty bad going on. We decided to euthanize him as he was clearly uncomfortable and in pain.


  • At 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Aww, I'm sorry you guys. At least he's not in pain any more. Has Ava noticed her brother's missing?

  • At 11:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Awww Sparks, I will miss you. I'll remember you most for having the worst possible dog gas ever. That is so sad, but I'm glad that he didn't have to suffer for too long and that he's not suffering anymore.

  • At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    oh, no! not sparky! that is so sad....i'm sorry you guys. that is so sad...if only he and norah could have met...they would have been friends.

    i hope ava doesn't miss him too much. :(

  • At 1:09 PM, Anonymous sarah said…

    Was sparky the quiet one or the crazy-"Ill lick you all over" one?

  • At 9:50 PM, Blogger Jeremy said…

    Sarah- Sparky was the quiet (we always called him persistently lazy) one.


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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Busy Fourth

Around the fourth of July there is a lot going on around here and we tried to fit in as much as possible. We went to a festival that was PACKED full of people and spent nearly $30 on artery-clogging fair food. With the heat and shear onslaught of people we decided to not stay very long. In the early evening we went to a parade where the parade participants threw gobs of candy to those on the side of the street. Since Ava isn't quite at an appropriate age for hard candy and Tootsie Rolls, Doni and I picked our favorites and left the rest on the street for the children to pick up. Apparently we're pretty intimidating because they laid there the entire rest of the parade.

That night we put Ava to bed when she started acting tired only to wake her again when it was time to leave for the fireworks. Having been asleep for 2-3 hours at this point, she was not impressed with being awoken at 9 pm. I started rubbing her back to win back her favor, but had to quickly stop as she started to drift back off to la-la land. The entire trip to downtown Indy she gave us her patented "eyebrows". They were pretty good fireworks, but Ava lost interest after the first couple of minutes. Still, she appreciated them enough to wave good-bye to the sky when they finished.

The next day we left to go to the beach on Lake Michigan with Aunt Terry and Jacob (cousin). Ava took in the expansive water and long shoreline as we walked to our plot of sand. She wasn't, however, too keen on putting her feet into the water. After the first time her feet went in the water she drew them up in front of her to keep from letting this clearly traumatic experience from happening again. You'd think that the water had burned her like an acid bath from the way that she had acted. She warmed up to the experience after sitting on the water's edge for some time and eventually crawled right into the lake. We had to keep her from getting too overzealous because we haven't yet taught her the back-stroke.

I did take the time to teach her one vital skill that will serve her well for ages. This is a skill that every child learns, or at least should learn, at a young age. It will serve her well and form a basis for learning many more skills. As I'm sure you've already figured out, I taught her how to feed me grapes. From now on I shall eat like an emperor.


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