And today, she is 12. Where does the time go! Happy Birthday Kaleya!
It’s been several weeks in the making, but this weekend we finally did it! We have two new members of the family – Piper & Penny. Piper & Penny are a bonded pair of guinea pigs we adopted from Clover Patch Sanctuary.
Aren’t they adorable? Penny is the one on the left in the pic below and is an Abyssinian Guinea Pig and Piper, on the right, is a short-haired guinea pig (read about guinea pig types). We think they are about a year old. Penny is the alpha pig 🙂
Bringing them home and setting up their cage was quite fun! I have learned so much about guinea pigs these several weeks so it’s so cool that they are here. Kaleya’s been a great caretaker and I am sure we will have fun getting to know Penny & Piper even more as they get settled in.
What a great time we had this afternoon visiting the FanBoy Expo in Knoxville!
We met wrestler Randy Morton before we even made it inside
Kaleya wore a t-shirt w/ the Nightmare Before Christmas theme (Night before Comic Con), and it was perfect! We saw several Sally & Jack combos there.
Kalonji w/ artist Ren McKinzie
and of course there were lots of Dr. Who cosplayers
lady dressed as CatWoman
We got a signed autograph from John Ratzenburger! We also had a chance to take a picture with him and talk awhile – it was great!
Kalonji w/ The Dude
with Wonder Woman
group selfie while at the Nightmare Before Christmas Q&A panel with Ken Page and Chris Sarandon.
Yesterday, after a business meeting I had in DC wrapped up, I decided to stop for a detour on my way to the airport. I was able to take a tour of the US Capitol building and it was highly educational!
The tour was very well organized. You pick up a ticket in the Capitol Visitor’s Center and fortunately, I was just in time for the very next tour.
It started with a short video, “Out of Many, One” that gives a historical overview of the building. Then, we split up into tour groups. Each of us in the group wore audio headsets that allowed our tour guide to speak directly to us and only us.
What a great way to do this!
We started the tour in the Rotunda, where we learned about the room itself, the artwork in the room – along the walls and in the center of the dome, and the statues.
The tour then moved to the National Statuary Hall to learn about all the statues throughout the building. This room used to be the original House chamber. The history behind the statues is interesting – each state was allowed to donate two statues of anyone they wanted, so long as the person was deceased. And, statues could be made of marble or bronze.
I think my favorite statue of all the ones I saw was this one of King Kamehameha I in the Visitor’s Center. It weighs over 6 tons!
After the National Statuary Hall, we visited the Capitol Crypt, which was built to be the final resting place of Thomas Jefferson. He died well before it was finished. The columns and archways provide support for the Rotunda and Dome above.
All-in-all, the tour lasted about 30 minutes. It was so well worth the time! I learned so much and I highly recommend a visit.
I have so many more pictures and details in my online album that you can check out!
Love this! Kaleya’s 1st stop motion video!
Last year, I knit Kalonji a Dr. Who 4th Doctor scarf for Christmas. Then, I crocheted myself a 4th Doctor “inspired” scarf to match him. Then, I decided I liked the colors so much that I wanted to make us a 4th Doctor-inspired bedspread. Six months later, I’ve finally finished it. We have a queen-sized bed and this is the largest crochet project I’ve done. I’m hooked (pun intended) and want to make more bedspreads!
Had a great day yesterday with Kaleya and her friends. They took BFF pics!
A few are below – more can be found here.
Oh, today was great! We visited the Walden Farm for all kinds of fun! We went with family friends and had a wonderful afternoon.
…and where does the time go! This week, Kaleya turned 10 and we had quite a time celebrating.
Monster High, My Little Pony, drawing supplies and more among her presents. Kalonji took the Father-of-the-Year Award though with this present. He commissioned a painting for her that incorporates two of Kaleya’s favs – rainbows and Dr. Who (the blue box is his time travel machine, the TARDIS).
Then this weekend, we held a slumber party for her. She’s been wanting a slumber party at a hotel for awhile now, so we finally did it. It was great! We played cards, played doll babies, watched TV, painted nails, played video games — all the things you expect from a group of kiddos. And of course we had birthday cake.
Thanks everyone! It was fun!
Watch out world! Kaleya is a mini-librarian in training. Well, at least for her school she is 🙂
This weekend we spent time getting their library set up. The school is building up a new space for the kids, so lots of sweat and tears are being expended these days as everything is nearing completion. The library is no exception. And, of course, I the librarian has to train my mini-me to help out.
We had a ball!
Requisite “before” picture
Getting books out of boxes
We are starting to see some organization..
Kaleya in her “library”
the textbooks & workbooks section looking good
showing off the fiction books, authors last names begin with O-Z. Tons of Magic Tree House series books!
Kaleya explaining how things are organized
And explaining how the check-out log will be kept
We certainly had a productive weekend. Though, we are not done, we had a great start!