…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.
Today is Kaleya’s 7th birthday and we’ve had an incredible day of it. We are so thankful for our friends that came out today to help us celebrate and I know Kaleya thoroughly enjoyed it. The weather was absolutely beautiful and could not have been more perfect.
Kaleya has been into Monster High recently, so we had a Monster High themed bday party. Monster High is a collection of dolls with characters depicted as the children of famous monsters (e.g. Dracula, Frankenstein, etc.).
We let the kids play outside for about an hour before having food and cake. They blew bubbles, played jump rope, chased each other — all the things that kids do.
After playing, the kids came inside for some snacks and then cake & ice cream.
The cake itself was a Monster High cake and Kaleya specifically wanted the piece that had Frankie’s face. (Frankie is the daughter of Frankenstein and Kaleya is going to dress like her for Halloween this year).
We also had a piñata to open. Jihad was nice enough to stand on a chair and hold it while the kids took turn pulling one of the strings to see if they would get the one string that would open it. Kaleya went first, but she didn’t get the right string. Several kids later – it was found and boy did they scramble to get their treats.
Awesome does not even describe how much fun it was to watch them. Shortly after, the kids begin to leave. Thank you all so much for coming to spend the time with us and Kaleya. What a great birthday!
Of course I have even more pictures than what I’ve shared in this post. You can find them here.