Just Goofing Around at McDonald’s

David and Najwa at McDonald's

Sometimes after school, when I have to get Najwa, I confess, I cheat with her dinner. We go to McDonald’s. Shame on me. At least while we’re there, we like to goof around a bit. Najwa in her disguise  More...

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Najwa blowing bubbles
By David Gaines On Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Chasing Bubbles in the Front Yard

Some days, when there’s not much to do after work, Najwa and I will grab the “bubble juice” and just chase bubbles in the front yard.  More...

By David Gaines On Sunday, March 27th, 2016

Najwa Mining For Crystals

WHen we went to Engineering Family Day last month, she met with some metallurgists who talked about how mining minerals. She even got to make her own toothpaste. And then I saw this Crystal Mining Kit. This educational More...

Najwa the future doctor with a stethoscope
By David Gaines On Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Priming Najwa to Become a Doctor With a Real Stethoscope

A couple of years ago I copied what my homeboy Eric Mack did for his daughter and got Najwa a play doctor’s bag with its various instruments. Thanks to it and Doc McStuffins, Najwa says she wants More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Making Faces at Ben’s Chili Bowl at Reagan National Airport

Najwa and I were at Reagan National Airport to see mommy off for her work trip to Vancouver. We had a little time to kill so we grabbed some half smokes at Ben’s Chili Bowl which thankfully opened a location More...

Najwa creates her own spa for pedicures
By David Gaines On Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Welcome to Spa Najwa

Last month, Nduku took Najwa with her to get her nails done.  Or maybe it was her eyebrows.  Whatever it was, Najwa also got a pedicure.  And apparently, the moment had an impact on her. The irony of More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, January 23rd, 2016


It’s been several years since the last massive snowfall in Washington, DC, better known as Snowmageddon. Najwa was conceived back then. Now our little one is all [relatively speaking] grown up and More...

By David Gaines On Thursday, December 31st, 2015
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Najwa Getting Her Feet Pampered

I’m not sure how I feel about Najwa going to spas already, getting her toes done, and all that other girly stuff, but mommy insisted and Najwa’s kind of adorable anyway.  More...

Najwa hanging ornaments on the Christmas tree
By David Gaines On Friday, November 27th, 2015

Putting Ornaments on the Christmas Tree

We finally broke out the Christmas Tree.  More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Guitar Rock Concert on the Porch

Just before Najwa hopped on her new bike she got for her birthday, she did a little guitar jam on the porch.  More...