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
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.
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
One of my absolute favorite children’s books is From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. If you’re not familiar with the book, an essential part of the story involves two children who spend the night in a museum. The characters in the story are a sister and her younger brother, who were about the same age difference apart as my brother and myself, so the story greatly resonated with me. As I read this book I would fantasize about what it would be like to live in a museum – I was sure I could have a LOT of fun.
Well, the Museum of Science & Industry in Chicago is seeking to make this a dream come true for people like-minded as myself. If only I was free to do this – I’d certainly be willing to try. They are seeking someone to move-in to a special residence they’ve constructed and live at the Museum for a month – all the while capturing their experiences via blogging, videocasting, and social media means.
Oh my. I’m exhausted! In my last post I wrote that it was Jihad’s birthday. Well, Friday, July 9th was mine. Between Friday night and Saturday night we packed in enough fun for both of us.
Friday evening, we went to dinner at Kyoto Japanese Restaurant. We went there last year for Jihad’s birthday so it was a great place to go again. Who can not love the fact that you get fire in your face during dinner? I didn’t get any great pictures, but we had fun.
On Saturday we were busy just about all day. We had a birthday party for Jihad at Chuck E. Cheese followed by a Nashville Rollergirls roller derby game. It was the Music City All-Stars vs. the Tallahassee Rollergirls.
We’ve never hosted a party at Chuck E. Cheese before. While I expected the chaos, it was certainly a lot to bear – almost overwhelming! We had about 20 kids total and about 15 adults. It was crazy! But we had so much fun.
The cake we had for him was a Star Wars cake from Publix – a marble cake with buttercream frosting – good stuff. It had Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker on top battling it out.
We think the kids enjoyed themselves. We were there for more than 3 hours, and I’d not expected that. The schedule at Chuck E. Cheese is well-planned – we had a party hostess assigned to assist us all. Time passed very quickly. Here is a video of Jihad in the TicketBlaster. He won the largest prize there is to get in there too – a red ticket that gave him 200 free tickets.
After all was said and done, we packed it up and headed over to Municipal Auditorium for the roller derby game.
This was our 2nd time attending a roller derby game. We went last year and enjoyed it a lot! So, we’ve been looking for an opportunity to go back. The Nashville Rollergirl teams are just cool. There is even a Nashville Junior Roller Derby. You have to be at least 10 years old to join, so if they’re still around when Kaleya comes of age – we’ll have to see if she has any interest.
Prior to sitting down, we ran into one of the players, Jersey Jackhammer.
Then, we sat down, and watched a great game. NRG won the game 159 to 70. I’m still learning how the game is played, but I have the basics down. Well enough to know when we were doing good and when we were not doing good enough. Here is a clip of a round or “jam” as it’s called. We see Rambo Sambo taking the “lead jammer” position. Then, she circles back around to catch up and ultimately break through the pack to score points for her team.
The kids seemed to enjoy themselves. They asked questions about how the game was played and even Kaleya joined in with applause when she heard everyone else doing it because of a good score. It was a great game – during one bout, Rambo Sambo scored 28 pts. Another player that was fierce was Lady Fury. All the players were great though.
After the game we went down to the speedway to see if we could meet the players; and meet we did! Many of them were still on the floor and we liked how well they interacted with the crowd. We got a whole series of pictures of Kaleya w/ the players and one of the Jeerleaders:
Kaleya with Union-Jack-U-Up
As we were leaving the auditorium, the entertaining band, Halfbrass, was outside performing impromptu. Kids were dancing, some of the Jeerleaders were dancing, and the crowd was singing. See the video below.
A great birthday weekend so far! We plan to go back to their next game on August 7th. All in all, a great day and now I must go to bed! However, before I go, here are some things to know
Now it’s Friday and again, we slept in before getting a late start out. I had a hard time deciding what we would do this day but eventually decided on the Florida Aquarium. Despite the high admission price it was well worth it. In addition to the aquarium exhibits, they had an outside water play area that the kids played in.
The Aquarium offers scuba lessons which they call “Swimming with the Fishes” – that was interesting to watch b/c they have a tank where you can look at people learning to scuba.
Here is the “No Bone Zone” where you can touch some of the specimens.
Then, the kids went to the water play area for awhile to cool off.
Now, Kaleya was playing with the water squirt machines spraying other kids. I predicted that if she got sprayed she would not like it. Sure enough, she got sprayed and I hear her over there crying so went to see what was wrong. After she calmed down though she went right back over to get in the mix again.
After the aquarium we then headed to Honeymoon Island Beach. I wanted to go to a beach that was not filled with tourists and Honeymoon Island certainly was not. The shore was rocky, but overall the kids enjoyed it – they actively searched and found many seashells and began a small collection.
So, today we’ve been hit hard in Nashville by massive amounts of rain and flooding all around town. My part of town has been affected too – just a few streets over from me homes are completely flooded. So far, we are okay. My neighbor’s yard has a ditch and that seems to be capturing a lot of water. I was able to take this video today