Category Archives: Jihad

Christmas Party 2009

Today,  I took the kids to our daycare provider’s Christmas party and we had a lot of fun!  Kaleya & Jihad seemed to really enjoy themselves, even though Kaleya was afraid of Santa!

Here is Kaleya w/ her bestie and you can link from here to the rest of the photos by clicking on the link at the bottom that says “December 2009”

From December 2009

and a video from today

Jihad Writes A Book

Jihad’s last day of school was Thursday – he’ll be moving on to 5th grade next year. Congratulations to Jihad!

From Early 2009

 This summer we have several things on the agenda for him to continue his learning – one of which invovles writing and helping expand his written vocabulary.  So, one of the ideas we came up with was for him to write a book that at the end of the summer, we will have printed and he can give to family & friends.  Who knows? Maybe he’ll be a famous writer some day 🙂

So, today we got started and he began writing up some stories he recently wrote. The plan is to do a short story every day in which he’ll incorporate a “Word of the Day.”  

Here is the author at work

From Early 2009

with of course, Kaleya to help..

From Early 2009

And, here is a sneak preview of the goodness that is to come!
Jihad Story Book

Now we’ve got to figure out a plan to work on his money skills.

How Did She Know That?

Me to Kalonji:  telling him how Jihad took the thermometer that is not intended to go in your mouth and put it in his mouth to take his temperature last week

Me to Jihad:  “Raise your arm. I have to put the thermometer in your armpit to take your temperature. And remember, this thermometer is made to go in one of two places.”

Jihad: “Where?”

Me:  “Your underarm is one place.  I bet you can guess the other.”

Jihad: “No, where?”

Kaleya interjects: “your bum-bum!”

HOW IN THE WORLD DOES SHE KNOW THAT?  Is it possible she remembers the doctor’s office doing that a few years ago to her? She couldn’t tell me how she knew that, but i’m floored! And, good think I’ve never used that particular thermometer for a rectal temp  🙂

Pictures from the Swimming Pool Party


On Friday night, I took the kids to a birthday party for my coworker’s grandson who turned 5 this week.  The great thing about this party is that it was a pool party! Kaleya & Jihad enjoyed themselves and Kaleya was particulary distraught to have to leave.  Neither of them know how to swim, but it doesn’t stop them. However, this summer, Iam going to have to get them in swimming lessons. I can’t tell you how many times I panicked if Kaleya got too close to leaving the shallow end of the pool!

From Early 2009

And, here is Kaleya w/ Jackson’s daddy. He took her around the pool so she could at least feel like she was kinda swimming 🙂

From Early 2009

More pictures here.

U Can’t Touch This

The kids on the DDR this weekend.  On Sunday, I bought a second mat b/c one is just not enough.  I love how much Kaleya is concentrating.  She doesn’t really know how to coordinate her feet with the arrows yet, but she’s trying!

She Finds His Name!

This is a snapshot of one of the bookshelves we have at home. Today, while Jihad was standing near it, I said to him, “Jihad, find the book that has your name as part of the title.” Kaleya was standing right next to him and please tell me how she was able to point to the RIGHT book within 20 seconds?

It blew me and Kalonji away! We know she has some pattern recognition going on, but this was just wild! That book has been on the shelf for a year now unmoved. Kaleya has been learning tons from her care provider and these type of things reinforce how wonderful we know her sitter is!

Have you found it yet? 1st column, 6th book from the bottom. 🙂

School Year Begins

It’s been awhile again since my last post, but a lot has been going on!

First of all, we have been getting ready for school. Jihad, my stepson, is now living with us, and he starts 4th grade on Monday. We are all excited at the start of the new year and hope to get a lot from it.

On August 1st, I officially became a student again! I am now a National Library of Medicine-funded Informatics Training Fellow within the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University. My supervisor was kind & thoughtful enough to guide me through the application process so that I could do this. Ultimately, it will work out for the best for both the library and myself and while it will be a challenge, I am definitely looking forward to it. In my fellowship, I will be getting a Masters of Public Health degree with a focus in informatics. I have been an NLM fellow before, that is what brought me to Vanderbilt in the first place, so I am VERY grateful to have another opportunity for training at this point in my career.

Then, yesterday, I had the joy of experiencing my first ever tooth extraction. Turns out I had a partially erupted wisdom tooth that was causing me toothaches this week, so it had to come out. My extraction was yesterday afternoon, but the pain was so bad Wed night that I spent from 2am-6am in the Vanderbilt ER where they gave me some Loretab, and then some bupivacaine to alleviate the pain. It was great! And, the tooth extraction itself was hardly a problem at all. The dentist was very funny – he kept me laughing the whole time and I didn’t even realize when he took the tooth out. Pain last night was kind of bad and even though he prescribed more Loretab, it didn’t work very well. But, this morning I started taking ibuprofen and it has been perfectly fine all day. I even ate a real meal at lunch today.

So, I am now getting back into some normal routine. I’m parked in front of the television right now watching the opening ceremonies of the Olympics – I’m so excited!

Happy New Year 2008

Happy New Year!!

Kaleya & her brother Jihad on Christmas Day.  

Over the holidays, we went to Indiana to visit the boys, then off to North Carolina to visit my family. We had a great trip and Kaleya really enjoyed herself playing with her brothers and her cousins. 

Kalonji and I also celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary over the holidays, we were married on New Year’s Eve. I wish I had blogged that long ago so I could go back and revisit the post 🙂 We were able to sneak away and go to the movies – we saw National Treasure 2 and enjoyed it. Over the holidays we also saw I am Legend and enjoyed that too. I still want to see The Golden Compass, but I’m working my way through the books right now (I’m on the second book, the Subtle Knife) and want to read all three before seeing it. I’d better hurry up though before I miss my opportunity!

Pictures are here.