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.
…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.
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!
10 hours of braiding later, I have finally finished Kaleya’s yarn braids! This has been a long time coming.
I first read about yarn braids around a year ago. I liked the idea of doing her braids with yarn as it looks natural. We have not used any chemicals in her hair ever (e.g. relaxers), and as challenging as it is to do her hair in its natural state, we are very committed to not putting a relaxer in her hair.
This summer, I put twists in her hair and it’s pretty much been in that style since. I have loved the twists – they are a great protective hairstyle and she’s enjoyed having them. So, I began to really consider switching to yarn braids as not only is it also a protective style, but the yarn would add consistency to the dimension of each braid and the yarn adds weight. Many thanks to Rory of the Chocolate Hair/ Vanilla Care site for all the tips and info she’s posted about yarn braid extensions – it was all a great help!
Between 10 hours of braiding last night and today, we are now done! And, Kaleya loves them! I personally love how they look – they do indeed look natural, and I made the decision to just tie them in a knot at the end and cut off the excess. These should hopefully last around 6-8 weeks. I could get used to this
During the last week of August Kaleya was on television! Her school was featured in the local news for the changes that the new principal, Jahi Rohrer, is trying to make to help bring the school up.
Kaleya can be seen at 0:58, at the end of the row of students doing their morning cheer.
Though we withdrew Kaleya from the school just two days after this aired, it was still cool to see. Kalonji is President of the Parent-Teacher organization and he will still be involved with the group. However, we felt for Kaleya’s best interest that we needed to transfer her to a different school.
I am so tickled! Today, I taught Kaleya how to do latch hook. Latch hooking was the origin of my craftiness – I learned how to do it when I was about her age and would do it for about 10 years. My sister gave Kaleya an old rug that she’d made, so when I saw it, I realized Kaleya was about the right age.
She got a little bored with it, but hopefully, as we make it an activity we do together, she will become more interested.
Kaleya’s school hosts a “museum night” four times a year and they are cool events. Last week, they held their third one of the year. The themes vary by grades and on Kaleya’s floor the theme was “Rainforests.” Here are some pictures of the evening.