Category Archives: Kaleya

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!

My Morbid 4-year old

I went to Walgreen’s the other night. Kaleya sits behind the driver’s seat and as I was getting her out, the car in the spot behind me and one spot over was about to leave. So, I had pretty much already had her out when I saw this, so I held tightly right next to me so she couldn’t move and I said, “Kaleya, stay right here next to me, don’t move.”

Then the car left and Kaleya says “Mommy, why I have to stand right next to you?”

Me: “Because there was a car there and I wanted you close to me so it doesn’t hit you”

Kaleya: “Oh, so it won’t make me dead?”

Oh, that made me laugh! Then, as I was telling the story to Kalonji later that night, Kaleya started elaborating, saying that if the car rolled over her it would make her dead.

Morbid huh???? She’s just like my mother!

Want to learn about Construct Validity?

Well, I won’t make you, but this is what I spent my morning doing – so much fun! Actually, it is not all that bad. The class I am taking this month teaches about how scales are developed (think Myers-Briggs) and how they are assessed for reliability and validity. The interesting thing is that twice this weekend I had situations where I was able to put some of what I’ve learned to use.

In family news, we had a relaxing weekend. I did some genealogy stuff, the kids played some educational games and we even went out to eat once. Not too exciting over here. 🙂 Those World Word videos are doing good though – today I asked Kaleya to spell the word “pie” and she was able to do it without really thinking! One of the episodes she has is all about pies.

And, I also added my twitter feed to the sidebar of my blog, so if you visit the site you can see what I’m up to. Until later…

Too Many Emails

I have over 1200 emails in my gmail inbox.  So, you know what my New Year’s Resolution is this year? To keep my inbox to 100 messages or less and do a better job at archiving emails as I should.  I have been successful at keeping my work email inbox down to less than 100 messages at work for the past 3 or 4 months now, so it’s time to get going on my personal email.   

Hope everyone is enjoying their new year.  I start classes again on Monday and will be taking a Health Behavioral Methods course.  I will also be finalizing plans for my thesis work this month so it makes for a busy time for me.   I’ve had a horrible headache since last night, so am trying to rest as much as I can before the weekend is over. 

In child news — Kaleya opened one of the DVDs we got her for Christmas – Word World. This is a PBS series that I think is cool — they make the shapes of animals, items, etc using the words that spell the word – see example below.  With this approach, Kaleya can spell the word aloud and right away know what it spells without prompting from us – a great approach to learning how to read!


Picasa Faces

While catching up on some blog reading tonight, I saw that Picasa has a new “faces” tagging feature for their web albums.  I decided to give it a try and how cool!   

After scanning all the pictures I have in my Picasa Web Albums, it brings up collections of faces for me to tag.  I present to you, the Many Faces of Kaleya.  I am very impressed that it recognized her 🙂
It even has clustered her with family members, including one picture of Kalonji’s mom as a little girl 

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. 🙂

Kaleya Loves Hairspray

Signing says “To Kaleya – You Rock! Taylor Parks”

This is what we received in the mail today for Kaleya! Kaleya has been all over Hairspray the past month and she loves Little Inez’s part. So, Kalonji found her on MySpace and I requested an autographed picture for Kaleya and she sent it. How cool!

Kaleya & Friend

Look! A DigiScrap page! I haven’t done a scrapbook page in quite a while now. I had a separate blog for it, but decided to let that one go as I don’t do this often enough to justify a separate blog. I have plenty other blogs to keep me busy 🙂 This is Kaleya over Memorial Day Weekend with her BFF.

I was inspired to do a page after one of the genealogy blogs I read posted about scrapbooking + genealogy. The guest poster listed a website that I was not familiar with and I just spent about two hours downloading freebies. Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!