Yesterday, Kaleya and Q and I took a trip over to Fannie Mae Dees Park (aka Dragon Park b/c there is a big dragon sculpture on the playground to play on) to celebrate the 7th birthday of a family friend. We are a single car family and since Kalonji had to report for reserve duty this weekend, we took the bus. I had not realized it, but this was Kaleya’s first time riding the bus – she was so excited about it! We had a fun day!
I also captured a video of Q rolling down a hill – loved hearing his giggle as he came down.
Well, here’s a belated post! But, I have to do it b/c I wanted to chronicle how Kalonji and I spent our 11th anniversary. Our anniversary is New Year’s Eve and we were fortunate to be able to steal away for two days and spend the weekend in Louisville – without any of the kids. I can’t recall the last time we were sans kids for any significant period of time.
We went to Louisville to meet up with an old friend of Kalonji’s and just hang out around town. We were there from Saturday the 29th – Monday the 31st. Our hotel was right on the Ohio River – on the Jeffersonville side. We stayed at the Sheraton. Here’s a pic from the hotel website.
Our room was nice – see example below. We didn’t have a King, but rather two Queens, so that we could have a better view.
We arrived Saturday night, so that didn’t leave us room to do much, but we did have a late dinner with Kalonji’s friend Dave and his family. Kalonji and Dave went to high school together at Jeffersonville High School, where Kalonji went for his junior & senior years. They had not seen each other since graduation day, 1990 – 22 years ago! It was so great to meet them! I could tell why Kalonji and Dave got along in high school – their tastes and outlook to life are so similar. Dave was even able to scan in a picture he had of Kalonji in high school – classic!
Sunday morning Kalonji and I had brunch at the hotel restaurant, where we had a gorgeous view of the river.
Then, we wandered around Louisville some, spending time on Bardstown Road – a great strip of businesses, etc.
We then had dinner again with Dave and family and spent Monday doing a little shopping before heading back to Evansville. What a great weekend. And, we even managed to get a picture of Kalonji and his brother, and all the kids – a great way to bring in the new year!
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.
What an amazing day we had on our day trip to Chattanooga today. In 13 years of living in Nashville, we have done little to explore our surrounding areas. I’m determined to change that and today we started with Chattanooga; I’ve been wanting to go to Lookout Mountain for awhile. So go we did.
I took many pictures, but here are some highlights.
Lookout Mountain – was our first destination. It is literally a small town up there, with churches, schools, and more. We drove up to the top to Point Park to look around. We went to the Eastern Overlook and looked out upon Chattanooga. It was really chilly up there so we didn’t stay long; didn’t even go over to Umbrella Rock, but next time. The National Park Service’s Visitor Center has a nice mural depicting the “Battle of the Clouds” that happened there, so it was informational.
Lunchtime at Hill City Pizza – it was time for lunch by the time we finished looking around Point Park, so we found our way over to Hill Street Pizza. Lunch was GOOD!!!
Covenant College – I’d done some reading prior to our visit and learned of this campus on the mountain, so I wanted to drive and see it. So glad we did. It was absolutely idyllic. I could only imagine going to school in a setting like this – literally, perched on the mountaintop and tucked away. It is the beginning of Spring Break so there was hardly anyone on campus. The chapel was beautiful and the views amazing. What was really neat was that the main hall can be seen from the interstate below. Go to the picture album (link below) to see.
Hunter Museum of American Art- after Covenant College, we descended the mountain. Since the weather was chilly, we thought it best to save Rock City & Ruby Falls for another day. The Incline Railway isn’t open for the season yet, so we couldn’t do that either. So down the mountain we went.
We were making our way to the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge and saw the museum was right next door. Free admission the 1st Sunday of each month meant we were going! It was 4:20 when we got there, so we only had about 30 minutes, but we made the most of it! The art we did see was nice; they had a great kids book for Kaleya, and I was even impressed by her interpretation of a piece of art (Elizabeth Murray’s “Rollin’ Stone” – while not what the artist says it is, I could see Kaleya’s point in that she thought it had something to do with the heart and the human body.)
Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge – longest pedestrian bridge in the world. We walked across it and enjoyed the views. Afterwards, we had ice cream at a shop next to it, the Ice Cream Show. They offered more than 17,000 flavors of ice cream – what?!? I had the Winter Wonderland – vanilla with oreos and peppermint.
Then, we made our way back home. Incredible day!! I checked in so many times on FourSquare that I became #1 of all my FourSquare friends – a first for me!
All of the pictures are online here, but here is a slideshow.
After a leisurely morning at home today, we ventured out for a few hours. First, going to Edwin Warner Park, then stopping at our favorite used bookstore in town, McKay’s.
At the park we first went to the Nature Center to see what they had. It was fun! Stuffed animals, dead snake skins, a geological exhibit, a “tree-trunk” interactive area, and more awaited us in there.
We then went outside to walk around the trails some. We didn’t stay long since it was more than a little chilly, but we’ll be back out there soon.
After the park we then went to the bookstore. Picked up a movie for Kaleya, and books for everyone else.
At the store there was a great book about comic-cons. Many, many pictures of the cosplay and one that had girls all dressed up like princesses.
Then, we picked up a fabulous book of New York Times newspaper covers spanning 1851-2009. The book itself has selected covers, but the DVDs that come with it have the full-text of ALL covers and the front page articles. This will make excellent educational fodder for the kiddos.