Category Archives: Kaleya

Let’s Play Chess

Last night, we took the family over to the Nashville Chess Center.  Why were we there you ask?  Well, Kalonji went to meet the administrative staff at the center to discuss potential collaborations for Kalonji’s non-profit.   Admittedly, I know absolutely nothing about chess,  but Kalonji has been teaching Kaleya & Jihad how to play.   They were having their Holiday Party and there were at least 50 or so people there.

It is located in a gorgeous old home on Belmont Avenue.

Picture of the Chess Center building

And, the space is divided into areas for play, for learning, and they even have a small library.  It was fun to watch some of the regulars play even though I couldn’t follow along.   One of the members set Kaleya & Jihad up on a computer to do a chess tutorial.  Kaleya knows how a few of the pieces move so she was actually explaining them to me.  Jihad was doing his own thing – he didn’t need me at all :-)

Jihad snacks

Jihad and Kaleya play

You know me…I had to take some pictures in their library.

a view in the libraray

cool chessboard

my librarian self loves the classification

The  club is open two nights a week and a few hours on Sunday afternoon so we will likely join after the holidays.  Kalonji wants the kids in his mentoring program to understand the rules and ways of the game as a way to further stimulate strategic thinking skills.   There may be more chess reported here on the blog in the near future  :-).

Kaleya is SuperHuman

Over the weekend, Kaleya showed me one of the routines they have her class do in PE class at school. I thought it was great! Obviously a way of doing some strength-training with the kids. Kaleya is already pretty strong, but one-armed pushups??  Puts me to shame :-)

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One week, Jihad even came home and said they were doing a Michael Jackson routine as a whole grade exercise at his school.  How cool.   Nothing like PE was when I was young.

Scenes from a Birthday Party

Over the weekend we held a birthday party for Kaleya’s 6th birthday and had a fabulous time! Despite the fact that we just moved into our new place and there were boxes around, we still made it work. :-)  Having no living room furniture yet worked to our advantage so we could set up tables and chairs for everyone.

Throughout the course of the afternoon we had about 10 kids and 10 adults there and we were so glad everyone came out.  Kaleya and her pals ran around mostly among the rooms upstairs, watched tv, ate cake,  played games and just had fun being kids.  Her true birthday was last weekend on October 16th, so on that day, she had one of her very good friends with her

and they had a great time playing with Kaleya’s new dollhouse

For yesterday’s party, the cake was a Princess & the Frog cake — right now one of Kaleya’s favorite movies – though, from the expression of her face in this photo you wouldn’t quite know it :-)

But, she perked back up – really got into opening the presents and we enjoyed getting to hang out with her and her friends.

Happy 6th Birthday Kaleya!!!!   Can’t wait to do it again next year :-)

Week of the Tooth

Here it is Sunday and I find myself terribly behind in posting our family news of the week.  It’s been focused largely on both of the kids and their teeth.

Last weekend Jihad was complaining of tooth pain, and I know from experience that is some of the most horrific pain to have, so we took him to the dentist on Monday.  Follow-up with an orthodontist on Thursday resulted in his lower lingual bar getting removed.  He was ecstatic! Now, the visit to the orthodontist was an experience in and of itself.

Free advertisement here for Dr. Gluck – his office staff was incredibly friendly, they related well with Jihad and showed a genuine interest in him as a person, and they didn’t even charge us for the check or the removal of his lingual bar! Now, Jihad has one more baby tooth to come out and when that is out Dr. Gluck wants him back in for braces.

Jihad looks through a scrapbook of testimonials for Dr. Gluck

Then, on Thursday night, Kaleya lost one of her front teeth – she was excited! She’d been working it out for a few days and so I knew it was going to happen soon.  Just now as I write this post, she came in to tell me the one next to it is also loose.   Here comes anot
her visit from the tooth fairy :-)

Kaleya shows her new missing tooth.

Ready 4 School

It’s August and the start of a new school year!  Today was the first day of school for the Kaleya & Jihad.  Of course, Jihad’s well experienced in this, but this is Kaleya’s first year as she is entering kindergarten.  How quickly they grow up.  Of course I had to take a few pictures this morning :-)

posing

showing off the Disney Princesses backpack

who has school spirit? (more like school rocker spirit?)

Kaleya in the classroom

Back to Work

It’s official.  July 1 was my first day back as a full-time employee at work now that I’ve completed my degree.  I re-joined our team (Knowledge Management) as the Associate Director for Research.  These are big shoes to fill so I’ll have to work diligently to make sure I do my absolute best!

In other news, last weekend we took Kaleya to a “bring your friend” day at a dojo and while she was a little timid at first, she warmed up to it.  You go girl!

at karate class in June. big brother accompanied her on the mat to help with her nervousness.