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Our Journey with Radiance and Rosebud

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1-888-436-6846

Events summarized by Kailysia & Kaila Beckwith Compiled with comments from:

Renee Stewart (Grandma)


Kailysia’s journey with Radiance

Nov. 22, 2008 – Jan. 20, 2010

Kaila’s journey with Rosebud

This book is dedicated to kids who have lost their will to dream, and to those who help kids dream again.

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OUR JOURNEY WITH RADIANCE AND ROSEBUD Copyright Š 2010 published by MSFC/Renee Stewart, Ed.D. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without written permission from the author. ISBN 978-0-692-00808-9 Printed in the United States of America

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Our Journey with Radiance and Rosebud Table of Contents Foreword vi

Preface viii

Introduction ix Prayer x Acknowledgements xii

A Note of Thanks xiii

The President’s Girls (Poem) ~1~

Dad’s Letter to His Girls President Obama’s Letter to Malia & Sasha ~3~

Secret Code Names ~6~

Clipart Symbols ~7~

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************************************ On the Journey November 22, 2008 until January 20, 2010 ~ 8 -233 ~

************************************ Just Like Me (Poem) ~ 234 ~

Tweenia The Story of Tweenia (Poem) ~ 235-239 ~

Make School Forever Cool (MSFC) Theme Song Secret Messages Photos ~ 240-248 ~

Learning Activities 100 Questions ~ 249-254 ~

A Message to Parents ~ 255-257 ~

Grandma’s Reflection Grandmothers (Poem) ~ 258-262 ~

References /Credits/Resources Post Index ~ 263-274 ~

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Foreword MSFC is a blog by tweens for other tweens, and it reports every story from a tween perspective. For instance, when the President and First Lady visited Buckingham Palace, the headline read, "Malia and Sasha's mom and dad meet the Queen." Needless to say, Kailysia and Kaila have been all over the “Bo the Dog” story from its very beginning. Even before he was chosen, they were conducting an online poll on what he should be named. There's a dictionary icon you can click on to look up words you don't know. And if you're so young that you haven't learned to read yet, you can click on another icon to hear an audio version of the text. (That was Kailysia and Kaila‟s idea.) There are also lots of fun facts to learn and games to play, but when you click on the "Games" link you have to read a Bible verse first. (That was Grandma's idea.) And there's another link you can click on to donate to StandUp For Kids, Kailysia and Kaila‟s favorite charity that helps homeless children. Now, one of the nice things about being a newspaper columnist is that I have absolutely no hesitation about calling up perfect strangers. vi


So I called Kailysia and Kaila at their Grandma's house and they were a total delight - smart, sweet, enthusiastic, and extremely polite. "The only reason we started the fan club was because we couldn't find a kid-based website on the Obama girls," said their grandma. They were fascinated when I told them they could start their own fan club where other kids could read about America's First Daughters. The whole experience has been incredibly empowering. Their fondest hope, of course, is to meet the Obama girls in person. But what will they say to them if they do? "I'm just going to treat them like real people," said Kailysia. A lot of people say, “Oh gosh, you're the president's daughters!� But I'm going to treat them like we've been friends forever. Martin Snapp, columnist for the Bay Area News Group

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Preface The idea for a Malia and Sasha Fan Club began November 22, 2008, at grandma‟s house. In order to end our loud chatter circulating through the house, grandma gave us a project to complete. She asked us to write a letter to President Obama as many other children had done. We wanted to congratulate President Obama, but we really wanted to know more about Malia and Sasha, the president‟s daughters. Grandma encouraged us to do some research on the girls. After researching and finding only bits and pieces of information, we were happy to share with other children the information that we had found. Grandma suggested that we start our own fan club, and this is what we decided to do. We published our first post that same evening, and thus created the Malia and Sasha Fan Club weblog. The mission of the fan club is to Make good choices, Serve and learn, be Friendly and fair, and be Courteous and respectful. We‟re inspired by Malia and Sasha and our dreams are for everyone to know about the fan club, and maybe one day we might even get a chance to meet the President‟s daughters. Kailysia and Kaila (K&K)

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Introduction Our Journey with Radiance and Rosebud is about two sisters taking a virtual journey with President Obama‟s daughters by following them via the news media. The book blossomed as a result of the Malia and Sasha Fan Club created for kids fascinated with America‟s First Tweens. Although this is a children‟s book targeted for the tween age group, Our Journey with Radiance and Rosebud involves three generations. There is a message for parents and also a reflection from grandma. You will find four poems and a prayer, and each journal entry is indented with clipart. All learning activities correlate with the MSFC weblog. The authors have included a clipart symbol explanation page related to math, vocabulary, videos, and questions for kids to answer. There are two Morse Code messages, and you will need Internet access in order to decipher the messages. We hope you enjoy your journey.

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PRAYER

God of Heaven and Earth, we thank you for life and life more abundantly. We thank you for leadership in the greatest country on earth, the United States of America. We thank you Father for the gift of family that we see evident in the life of our President. Father God, we pray a covering not just for the leadership of America, or the White House, not only for President Obama and his wife Michelle, but particularly for their daughters Malia and Sasha. While being children of the President of the United States of America, and in the spotlight each and everyday, we cover them while in school, in the parks, when traveling, when shopping for fun and fashionable wardrobes and games, or maybe just being outdoors playing with their puppy BO, it is our prayer, God, that you will protect Malia and Sasha, as well as their parents and others who attend to them. x


It is also our prayer that they will be educationally, socially and spiritually developed, and even though their roles are very important, it is also our prayer that they will have a chance to enjoy a wholesome childhood. We also pray, Father God, that their parents will continue to cover them with prayer everyday, and Father God, while Malia and Sasha did not ask for this we are truly thankful for their position to influence so many others in a positive way. Now we pray that you will give them everything they need to deal with the pressures that come along with their newfound responsibilities. Lastly, but certainly not least, Father God, we thank you for the lives that will be changed all over the world for the better as a result of Malia and Sasha. prayer. Amen.

Pastor Donald L. Johnson Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church Bartlett, Tennessee

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Acknowledgements I would like to thank Martin Snapp who is truly a columnist of the heart. He not only wrote the first article about the Malia and Sasha Fan Club, but also kept in touch on a regular basis to see how my granddaughters were doing and would send them articles he thought they would enjoy reading. Sincere thanks to my pastor Donald. L. Johnson who so eloquently wrote a special prayer for Malia and Sasha. Also, a great thank you for encouragement and support from the Historical Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church. The President’s Girls was written by Dominique Cash who is gifted in poetry and created this poem for my granddaughters to add to this book. Thank you, Dominique. I would also like to thank Dr. Betty J. Cooper for giving her time to edit Our Journey with Radiance and Rosebud and for other creative suggestions to help launch this book. I want to thank my husband Chuck Stewart for his patience and understanding and for always creating Malia and Sasha memorabilia to add to our granddaughtersâ€&#x; playroom. Thanks to my mother Armittie Heard and my sister Michelle who support me in all of my endeavors. I want to thank my son and daughter-in-law who gave me two beautiful granddaughters with dreams and aspirations to believe they can do anything they put their minds to. I also want to thank family, friends, and coworkers for encouragement. Above all, I give thanks to God for without him I could do nothing. Renee Stewart (grandma)

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A Note of Thanks Grandma always said, “If you can‟t find what you want, then go out and create it yourself.” That‟s exactly what we did! Our Journey with Radiance and Rosebud is for readers who want to take a fantasy trip with Malia and Sasha Obama during their first year as tweens in the White House. As we take our virtual journey with Malia and Sasha, we want to thank friends and family who made the journey possible. We especially want to give “shout outs” to the following family members and friends:

Mommy and Daddy Grandma Renee and Papa Grandma Ann Auntie Michelle Great Gran Granddaddy Gwen McNeary Beulah Luscombe (Courtney)

Kailysia and Kaila (K&K)

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The President’s Girls

Did you giggle when you walked through the White House door? As you stepped on to those historical floors, Did you think of all the fun stuff too? Or did they give you a list of the can and can‟t do„s? Beautiful smiles And long brown curls. Sasha and Malia President Obama‟s Girls.

Can you run and play on the White House Lawn? Have friends over for pizza, watch movies all night long. I wonder do you like the same things I like, Acting silly with my sister and riding my bike. Beautiful smiles And long brown curls. Sasha and Malia President Obama‟s girls.

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When everyone is fast asleep do you open your door And try to sneak, for a dash to the kitchen late at night For some milk and cookies and a good food fight. Like me, I know you‟ll take the dare although security‟s everywhere. Beautiful smiles And long brown curls Sasha and Malia President Obama‟s girls.

When you finally close your eyes to rest And all is calm and still. Do you thank the Lord for all he‟s done, Your father ran the race and won! Beautiful smiles And long brown curls. Sasha and Malia President Obama‟s girls.

Poem by Dominique Cash

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Dad’s Letter to His Girls In a "Dear Malia and Sasha" letter, President-elect Barack Obama explains to his two young daughters why he ran for the highest office in the land.

Dear Malia and Sasha, I know that you've both had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food your mother and I probably shouldn't have let you have. But I also know that it hasn't always been easy for you and Mom, and that as excited as you both are about that new puppy, it doesn't make up for all the time we've been apart. I know how much I've missed these past two years, and today I want to tell you a little more about why I decided to take our family on this journey. When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me -about how I'd make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn't seem so important anymore. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours. And I realized that my own life wouldn't count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for -3-


happiness and fulfillment in yours. In the end, girls, that's why I ran for president: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation. I want all our children to go to schools worthy of their potential -- schools that challenge them, inspire them, and instill in them a sense of wonder about the world around them. I want them to have the chance to go to college – even if their parents aren't rich. And I want them to get good jobs: jobs that pay well and give them benefits like health care, jobs that let them spend time with their own kids and retire with dignity. I want us to push the boundaries of discovery so that you'll live to see new technologies and inventions that improve our lives and make our planet cleaner and safer. And I want us to push our own human boundaries to reach beyond the divides of race and region, gender and religion that keep us from seeing the best in each other. Sometimes we have to send our young men and women into war and other dangerous situations to protect our country - but when we do, I want to make sure that it is only for a very good reason, that we try our best to settle our differences with others peacefully, and that we do everything possible to keep our servicemen and women safe. And I want every child to understand that the blessings these brave Americans fight for are not free -that with the great privilege of being a citizen of this nation comes great responsibility. That was the lesson your grandmother tried to teach me when I was your age, reading me the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence and telling me about the men and women who marched for equality because they -4-


believed those words put to paper two centuries ago should mean something. She helped me understand that America is great not because it is perfect but because it can always be made better -- and that the unfinished work of perfecting our union falls to each of us. It's a charge we pass on to our children, coming closer with each new generation to what we know America should be. I hope both of you will take up that work, righting the wrongs that you see and working to give others the chances you've had. Not just because you have an obligation to give something back to this country that has given our family so much -- although you do have that obligation. But because you have an obligation to yourself. Because it is only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you will realize your true potential. These are the things I want for you -- to grow up in a world with no limits on your dreams and no achievements beyond your reach, and to grow into compassionate, committed women who will help build that world. And I want every child to have the same chances to learn and dream and grow and thrive that you girls have. That's why I've taken our family on this great adventure. I am so proud of both of you. I love you more than you can ever know. And I am grateful every day for your patience, poise, grace and humor as we prepare to start our new life together in the White House. Love, Dad

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Secret Code Names

If everybody knows Malia and Sasha's secret code name, why is it considered a secret service code name?

The United States Secret Service uses code names for U.S. presidents, first ladies, and other prominent persons and locations. The use of such names was originally for security purposes and dates to a time when sensitive electronic communications were not routinely encrypted; today, the names simply serve for purposes of brevity, clarity, and tradition. The Secret Service does not choose these names, however. The White House Communications Agency assigns these names. WHCA was originally created as the White House Signal Detachment under Franklin Roosevelt.

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This symbol stands for a question.

This symbol indicates a math question. (pencil and paper needed) This symbol indicates letters written to Malia and Sasha.

This symbol indicates a video you can view on our weblog.

This symbol indicates vocabulary words chosen from our blog.

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November 22, 2008 Saturday Afternoon

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Our First Post Saturday, November 22, 2008

What kind of dog do you think Malia and Sasha should get? I think they should get a Shih Tzu. Isn't he cute!

Photo credit – Yvonne Hering/Wikimedia Commons

We

heard

that

Malia

and Sasha were invited to appear on the Hannah Montana show!

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Do you think their mom and dad will let Malia and Sasha go on the Hannah Montana show? Why or why not? Secret Service Code Names

What are Malia and Sasha's secret service code names? If every person knows the First Daughters’ secret code names, why are they called secret code names? Tuesday, November 25, 2008

What

is

Malia

and

Sasha's

Favorite Dessert Malia and Sasha love ice cream. Their dad loves chili. We love ice cream too. Our dad loves to EAT!

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Malia and Sasha's New School Malia and Sasha will attend Sidwell School of Friends.

The University of Chicago Laboratory

School is where they use to go to school.

Malia

and

Sasha

Give

Back on Thanksgiving Eve Malia and Sasha joined their parents in shaking hands and dishing out holiday wishes to hundreds of people who lined up for hours at the food bank. Malia and Sasha handed out wrapped chickens to the needy and food boxes that included potatoes, oranges, bread, peanut butter, canned goods, oatmeal, spaghetti, and coffee. Malia and Sasha's dad wants them to learn the importance of volunteering to help others, and giving back to their community. - 11 -


How will you help your community? Thursday, November 27, 2008

Malia

and

Sasha

Will

Have to Make Up Their Own Beds in the White House They will have maids and servants and live in the best house in the whole wide world! Why do they have to do chores?

Why is Malia and Sasha's mom making them do chores? Do you think they get an allowance?

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Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you and your family have a Happy Thanksgiving! Saturday, November 29, 2008

Malia and Sasha Will “Bear the Responsibility” We want a dog! We want a dog, dad! This is what we asked our dad several times before we received a ―No‖ answer! You see our dad is allergic to dogs just like Malia. However, unlike us, Malia and Sasha will receive a hypoallergenic dog. President-elect Barack Obama said the girls would bear the responsibility for looking after the new puppy that he promised them as a reward for their patience during his election campaign.

It

would be the girls’ duty to ―scoop the poop‖ left on the grounds. - 13 -


We don’t know about Malia and Sasha, but after we

do

our

homework,

attend

after-school

curricular activities, go to church, and do our own chores, we probably would be too tired to ―scoop any poop.‖ We guess dad was right; getting a dog would not be a wise choice for us right now.

Malia and Sasha Sent Their Wish to Santa President-elect Barack Obama said he and his family would be spending some cash today. "We are going to do some Christmas shopping," he said on the U.S. News and World Report’s web site. Malia and Sasha sent their wish lists to Santa.

How Many Rooms? Malia and Sasha will be moving into an 18thcentury home (The White House). Their new address

will

be

1600

Pennsylvania

Washington, DC. - 14 -

Avenue,


Malia already has her eye on somewhere new to do her homework: the Lincoln bedroom. She told her father: "I'm going to sit at that desk because it will inspire big thoughts." Malia and Sasha will live on 18 acres of grounds and 132 rooms including a cinema, a swimming pool, a solarium, and a tenpin bowling alley.

Chocolate Chunk Cookies for Malia and Sasha Sales of chocolate chunk cookies at a CafĂŠ in Des Moines, Iowa, jumped from 400 to more than 1,000 per week ever since the Obamas seemed to love their sweets. The family visited the place often during the summer of 2007, when the Illinois senator devoted much of his time in Iowa. Word got out about the Obamas' chocolate chunk love during a stop in Iowa last month when his staff ordered about a dozen cookies for the family. Soon sales jumped with requests coming from as far away as Mexico. - 15 -


What is your favorite cookie?

Friday, December 05, 2008

Malia and Sasha Influence Style All eyes are already on Malia and Sasha, and their choices in clothing have received praise from the children’s apparel industry. Whether they are dressed up on election night or casually attired for school, designers said their style is approachable and something that young girls can look up to.

Inauguration '09 - What Should Malia and Sasha Wear What do you think Malia and Sasha will wear to their dad’s inauguration? - 16 -


Shenandoah Native Pens Obama Coloring Book Malia and Sasha Obama have already been given copies of Ms. Walsh’s coloring books. When Barack Obama won the presidential election in November, he incited a feeling in many Americans that anything was possible. Shenandoah native and children's author Chris (Offenburger) Walsh took that message even further with a motivational coloring book to commemorate

the

inauguration

of

our

44th

President. Walsh said she didn't want it to only be pictures to color. "The man is so inspirational. He can't say a sentence without inspiring me, so there's a story as well," she said. The coloring book, 11 pages long, tells the story of Malia and Sasha’s dad growing up with dreams and goals, as

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well

as

disappointments.

There's

a

message

throughout the book that all things are possible. The easiest way to obtain a copy of the book is to contact Walsh via her email at cita512@aol.com. You can buy Chris Walsh's other books online at Amazon or Target. Wow! Read Ms. Walsh's comments about our website! We're excited!

Here is a picture of Chris Walsh! Her book is entitled Whispers of Greatness. We enjoyed reading her book.

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Malia and Sasha's Favorite Foods Malia and Sasha have a few favorites of their own. When they stay over at a close family friend’s house they often request her fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. Their close friend said there's one dish Malia can't resist. "I'm the only person that can make French toast according to Malia ... she loves French toast, my French toast," she said.

What is your favorite dish?

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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Malia and Sasha Wanted Jonas Brothers Onstage at DNC After their mom’s speech, Malia and Sasha took the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, but had no idea their dad was going to be beamed in live via satellite. When their mom told the girls she had a surprise for them, their mom was pretty surprised at Malia’s question, "Is it the Jonas Brothers?"

The

democrats'

mascot

is

the

donkey. What is the mascot for the Republican Party?

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Malia and Sasha's Activities Malia likes soccer, dance and drama.

Sasha

enjoys gymnastics and tap dancing. Malia and Sasha both take piano and tennis lessons.

What activities do you enjoy?

My Girls Want a Playdate with Obama's Daughters "His girls are a little older than mine," said Chris

Rock

about

President

Barack

Obama's

daughters Malia and Sasha. "My girls want a playdate.‖

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2008

Malia

and

Sasha

Get

Their

Christmas Tree Malia and Sasha and a friend of the girls picked out their tree on Chicago’s south side.

Many

people were there to take pictures and see the Obama family pick out the perfect tree.

Malia and Sasha Will Ride the Train to Inauguration 2009 The daylong trip will take place on Saturday, January 17th. It will kick off in Philadelphia, where President-elect Obama and his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha will hold an event in the city. Then they will proceed to Delaware, where vice president-elect Joe Biden and his family will join them. The third stop will be for an event in - 22 -


Baltimore, Maryland, before the train arrives in Washington, D.C., on Saturday evening. The events are expected to reflect the history of the cities in which they are held: Philadelphia, the

home

of

the

constitutional

convention;

Baltimore, the scene of the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812 and where the National Anthem was composed; and Washington, D.C., the nation's capitol.

Have you ever traveled by train? Monday, December 15, 2008

Designer

Offers

Her

Clothing

Ideas for the Inauguration A tween designer said she had already been thinking about how she would dress the Obama girls and their mother and would love to share her imaginings. She took into account the personalities of Mrs. Obama and the girls as she did her - 23 -


sketches. "When I watch Michelle interact with her family and others, I see genuine strength, focused determination, and loving attention," she said. "Malia, her 10-year-old, looks very thoughtful and full of grace. Sasha, her 7-year old, looks so curious and sweet. My designs, I knew, needed to celebrate these great attributes."

What is the designer’s name?

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2008

Nickelodeon

Planning

First

Inauguration Coverage Nickelodeon TV, the children's' network, is getting ready to cover its first presidential inauguration.

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Young reporter Lily Collins, rocker Phil Collins' daughter, will be in Washington on Jan. 20 to report Barack Obama's inauguration from a young adult’s perspective.

Malia and Sasha Say Goodbye It’s probably hard to leave your friends and transfer to another school and make new friends. Malia and Sasha had to say good-bye to their friends at the University of Chicago Laboratory School.

There was a celebration in their honor

that the whole family attended.

They will start

school at Sidwell Friends in Washington, D.C., on January 5, 2009.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2008

Malia

and

Sasha

Heading

to

Hawaii for Family Vacation President-elect

Barack

Obama,

his

wife

Michelle, and their two daughters will spend the holidays in the Hawaiian Islands. They are planning a beachside vacation with friends at one of Oahu's most exclusive properties. On their last family vacation to the islands in August, Malia and Sasha’s dad went bodysurfing and took them snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, a nature reserve that is one of Hawaii's most popular tourist destinations. The family also visited the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, walked along the beach and ate shaved ice.

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SUNDAY DECEMBER 21, 2008

Kids Free Concert We know that Malia and Sasha love Hannah Montana and so do we! What we didn’t know was that President-elect Barack Obama would host an Inauguration event just for America’s children featuring some of the most popular music groups that people our age love to see! He is making sure everyone is involved. This special concert will be held on January 19, 2009, at the Verizon Center.

Malia and Sasha Attends GreatGrandmother's Memorial Service in Hawaii Barack Obama celebrates the life of his late grandmother at a memorial service Tuesday, December 23, 2008, in Hawaii.

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The president-elect scattered the ashes of his grandmother

into

the

water.

Obama's

wife

Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha joined him on the rocky shoreline, along with a small group of other family and friends. Madelyn Dunham, Obama's grandmother, passed away from cancer two nights before her grandson was elected president. She was 86. Kaila and I are so blessed to have both of our great-grandmothers still living. To President-elect Obama and family: You have our deepest sympathy. From K&K and family

Malia and Sasha Eat at Mall in Hawaii Malia, Sasha and family friends are eating at a table at the mall watched by a crowd of onlookers. The secret service agents struggled to hold back people trying to get closer to snap pictures of President-elect Obama eating a tuna and melted cheese sandwich and Malia and Sasha enjoying a local treat made from finely shaved ice and fruit syrup. - 28 -


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2008

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

What did you get for Christmas?

Malia and Sasha Head to Marine Amusement Park President-elect Barack

Obama

left behind

reporters assigned to follow him Friday morning when he and daughters Malia and Sasha headed to a marine amusement park.

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Malia and Sasha Check Out the Sea Lions The Obama family members and a few friends went to Hawaii's Sea Life Park. The group caught a dolphin show on Friday before visiting a touch pool and the sea lion exhibit where it was feeding time.

Click the Hawaii's Sea Life Park link on our weblog to see the Dolphin Cove video. There are cool pictures too!

Oh No...Uno! We found photos of Malia and Sasha with their mom and dad playing Uno! Who's winning? We love to play Uno also!

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friDAY, December 26, 2009

Thank you, Ms. Grimes Our grandmother bought us Nikki Grimes' book entitled Barack Obama: Son of Promise,

Child of Hope for Christmas. We love the book and will treasure it forever! We learned that Nikki Grimes received a lot of awards. She was born and raised in New York City. Ms. Grimes began writing poetry at the age of six and has been writing ever since. Thank you, Ms. Grimes, for a great book!

Here is a photo of Ms.

Grimes and the book grandma bought us.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 01, 2009

May God continue to bless and keep you! FRIDAY, JANUARY 02, 2009

Malia and Sasha Arrive Safely in Chicago President-elect Barack Obama arrived home in Chicago on Friday after leaving Hawaii. He plans to spend just over 48 hours at home before moving his family to Washington on Sunday, in time for Malia and Sasha to begin classes at Sidwell Friends School. The future first family will stay at the historic Hay-Adams Hotel, just steps from the White House, before moving to the Blair House on January 15, 2009.

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The historic Hay-Adams Hotel is named after two distinguished men who previously lived at this hotel. What are their names? MONDAY, JANUARY 05, 2009

Malia and Sasha are Ready to Go to Their New School Malia and Sasha went to their new school. This is their first day of school at Sidwell Friends. Their mother took them in a Secret Service motorcade with SUVs and a police escort. First Malia was dropped off, then Sasha. thursDAY, JANUARY 08, 2009

Malia

and

Sasha

Prefer

Toast to Fruit Loops for Breakfast Ditto! I'm hungry now! - 33 -

French


Malia and Sasha's Lunch Menu at Sidwell Friends What was on the menu? Tomato basil soup, market pasta salad, salad du jour, organic spinach salad, Philly cheese steaks, roasted local veggie melts, organic baked french fries, steamed organic broccoli, organic pears, zucchini bread, French dip au jus, roasted veggie melts, steamed broccoli, and cinnamon orange slices.

What would you choose to eat on this menu?

A

Nintendo

Wii

for

the

White

House - Awesome! The inauguration of Barack Obama will be a first for the United States in several different ways, including the fact that for the first time

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ever, there will be a videogame console in the most powerful entertainment room in the world. When President-Elect Obama moves into the White House, he'll be bringing the Nintendo Wii that he gave to Malia and Sasha for Christmas. Obama spent some time playing on the console with Sasha and Malia during their vacation in Hawaii, and is reportedly a much better bowler in Wii Sports than he is in real life, ha ha! That’s funny!

What's your favorite Wii game? SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2009

Community

Service

Project:

STANDUP FOR KIDS Hi. My sister and I are going to help raise money for the StandUp For Kids organization where we live. We're asking all our friends and classmates to ask their parents to donate their old - 35 -


cell phones, inkjet cartridges, iPods, laptops, and digital cameras for a worthy cause. Their mission is to help homeless and street kids. We're kids, so we want to donate to kids. Check out their website by clicking the STANDUP FOR KIDS logo on our weblog. Kids can make a difference too!

Our Famous Quote from Malia Obama: Malia was drawn to the Lincoln bedroom during a recent tour of the White House. There, in the stately chamber that Abraham Lincoln used as his private

office,

the

incoming

First

Daughter

reputedly said to her dad, "I'm going to sit at that desk because I'm thinking it will inspire big thoughts."

1. stately, 2. chamber, 3. repute

What is your famous quote?

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Kids Inaugural On Jan. 19, the night before President-elect Obama is sworn in, the Disney Channel will air "Kids Inaugural: We Are the Future," a concert in Washington honoring military families. Malia and Sasha are expected to attend. SUNDAY, JANUARY 11, 2009

Doggy Choice It’s finally down to two!

Will it be the

labradoodle or the Portuguese water hound? Malia and Sasha will decide soon. Malia has allergies and both of these choices would be great since they are hypoallergenic dogs and don’t shed much. The AKC has recommended one of these two breeds.

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What does AKC stand for? If you have a dog, look it up on the AKC website to find out something about your dog. If you do not have a dog, find one you like on the AKC website and tell us why you want that dog as a pet.

What Dog Would You Choose for Malia and Sasha?

Obama Family Visits Lincoln Memorial After

riding

in

a

motorcade

from

their

temporary home at the Hay-Adams Hotel, the Obama family entered the grounds around the Lincoln Memorial.

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Once inside, Obama and his family had the opportunity to gaze at the nearly 20-foot statue of the 16th president and see on the walls the carved inscriptions of Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address and his Gettysburg Address. Did you know?

President-elect Obama plans to use the same Bible at his inauguration that Lincoln used for his swearing in. Obama will be the first president since Lincoln to use that Bible, part of the collection of the Library of Congress.

MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009

Malia and Sasha's Grandma will Move into the White House She is the first grandma to move into the White House. - 39 -


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009

Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers for Inaugural-Eve Kids Concert Teen sensations Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers are set to headline a concert for kids on the eve of US President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration. The concert is set to take place in Washington, D.C., on January 19th and will be hosted by future first lady Michelle Obama, Vice president elect Joe Biden's wife Jill, and their families.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 17, 2009

Malia Plays Photographer on Mom's Birthday Like the hundreds of thousands flocking to Washington to witness history, Malia was already at work on her inauguration photo album. As President-elect Barack Obama launched his tour on a restored 1930s train car to Washington, D.C., on Saturday – which happened to be Malia and Sasha’s mom’s birthday – Malia snapped pictures of her father’s profile on a small digital camera. She also snapped pictures of little sister Sasha leaning against her mom on stage inside Philadelphia's 30th Street Station.

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Dear Mrs. Obama, We hope you have a blessed birthday and many more to come!

SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 2009

Malia

on

Dad’s

Swearing-In

Speech: “Better Be Good” Malia put the pressure on her dad to deliver a great inauguration speech. When

Sasha

noted

that

Lincoln's

second

inaugural speech, engraved on the other side of the memorial, seemed a little long, Obama said, ―Actually that one's pretty short. Mine may even be a little longer.‖ Then Malia turned to her dad and

said,

―First

African-American

Better be good.‖ - 42 -

president?


MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2009

National

Day

Community

Service in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Community Service event: The Obamas and Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his wife

Jill

joined

volunteers

in

a

community

renovation project in the Washington area to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated 40 years ago. Monday is a federal holiday that commemorates the Jan. 15, 1929, birth of Dr. King who advocated peace and equality among all races. "Dr. Martin Luther King's life was lived in loving service to others. As we honor that legacy, it's not a day just to pause and reflect -- it's a day to act," Obama said in a statement.

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2009

Congratulations

to

Malia

and

Sasha's Dad: President Barack Obama The 44th President of the United States of America! Malia

and

Sasha

with

Grandma

on

Inauguration Day Marian Robinson and granddaughters Malia and Sasha Obama wore matching scarves and gloves. The first daughters also wore J. Crew jackets with ribbons.

Malia and Sasha Find Big Surprise Behind Door It was reported that Malia and Sasha kicked off inauguration night by watching High School - 44 -


Musical 3 and Bolt with some of their friends from their new school Sidwell Friends. They then had a scavenger hunt around their new home to learn its history. At the end of their hunt, Malia and Sasha opened a door to find Kevin, Joe, and Nick Jonas. "I just wanna hang out at the White House!" Kevin, 20,

told

reporters

at

a

Television

Critics

Association panel for their Disney show J.O.N.A.S. last week. "I know there's a bowling alley," he added. "And if I ever got the honor to bowl at the White House...."We walked into a room, and they were playing ping pong," he said. "They beat me. It was a little tough with 25 Secret Service agents!"

Sasha Gives Dad a 'Thumbs Up' WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2009 Did you know? Lincoln Inaugural Bible . . .

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This is the Bible upon which President Abraham Lincoln was sworn in for his first inauguration in 1861. Did you know on January 20, 2009, President Obama took the oath of office using the same Bible Lincoln used?

How old is this Bible?

THURSDAY, JANUARY 22, 2009 Need Some Advice Jenna and Barbara Bush gave Malia and Sasha advice. Our favorite thing that they said to Malia and Sasha is "Surround yourself with loyal friends

because they'll protect and calm you. Join in on some of the fun and appreciate the history."

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The Bush twins go on to say:

"Slide down the banister of the solarium, go to T-ball games, have swimming parties, and play Sardines on the White House lawn. Have fun and enjoy your childhood in such a magical place to live and play. "When your dad throws out the first pitch for the Yankees, go to the game. "In fact, go to anything and everything you possibly can: the Kennedy Center for theater, State Dinners, Christmas parties (the White House staff party is our favorite!), museum openings, arrival ceremonies, and walks around the monuments. Just go. Four years go by so fast, so absorb it all, and enjoy it all!‖ Jenna and Barbara also told Malia and Sasha who to seek out in the White House for various circumstances, and recommended that Malia and Sasha "cherish" their pets in times when they need

"quiet comfort."

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 2009 Nightline (K&K) Everything happened so fast! Our mom and dad surprised us and said we were going to be on ABC News Nightline.

You can view the video on our

weblog located in the side bar. SATURDAY, JANUARY 24, 2009

We

would

like

to

thank

everyone who gave us great comments after we were on ABC NEWS NIGHTLINE. We had 1,600 visitors before the show but now we have over 2,300 visitors after the show.

Our mom video taped us when she surprised us with the news that we were going to be on NIGHTLINE. You will hear a lot of screaming! - 48 -


MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009

When Do You Think Malia and Sasha will Get Their New Puppy

TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009

The Obamas are known to be big Harry Potter fans, with the U.S. President reading the books aloud to Malia and Sasha. What actor do you think invited Malia and Sasha on a personal tour of the Harry Potter set?

What books do you like to read?

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WEDNESDAY JANUARY 28, 2009

Spanish

Club

Sevilla

Presents Malia and Sasha with Shirts Malia and Sasha are reportedly set to receive two shirts from Spanish football club Sevilla. The shirts will show the names of the girls and the numbers 20 and 44. The 20 is a reference to President Obama's inauguration on January 20, while the 44 honors the position as the 44th U.S. president. Malia and Sasha have said they are fans of football. Did you know that Sevilla FĂştbol Club is a Spanish professional football club that plays in the top-flight Spanish La Liga Championship? The club was established on October 14, 1905, making it the oldest football club from Seville.

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2009

What is Sasha's real name

“Unleashed!” The Secret Lives of White House Pets ―Unleashed!‖ is a collaboration between the Kennedy Center and the White House Historical Association

which

provides

information

about

presidents and their animal pals. The play travels back through time and tends to focus on the more unusual pets - including a cow, two goats, a snake and an alligator.

Question:

Where

Center?

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is

the

Kennedy


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2009

Who

Would

Like

to

Join

a

Basketball Team President Obama said Sasha wanted to join a basketball team.

Question: Are you a member of a basketball team? TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2009

Miley Cyrus Shares What It Was Like to Perform for Malia & Sasha We read that Miley said she did not think a family has ever been so famous. She said the girls were super sweet; she hopes they keep their heads on the ground. - 52 -


Miley also said the girls were so into the show. "They were taking pictures like every other fan – they were really cool and appreciative of me being there. I really liked that."

What do you think Miley meant by saying she hopes they keep their ―heads on the ground?‖

What is an idiom? Give an example of an idiom. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2009

First Dog Coming in the Spring President Obama said the first family will select a dog in the spring. - 53 -


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 05, 2009

President and First Lady Make a Stop at Second Grade The president and first lady took some time out to visit a second grade classroom in Washington, D.C. They shook hands, talked about Sasha (their own second grader), read a book entitled ―The Moon Over Star,‖ and took some time to answer those tough questions.

The tough questions for

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were from the pack of second graders in the class. One student asked the President, ―Do you have a favorite super hero?‖ President Obama answered, ―I do.

Spiderman and Batman are my

two favorites.‖ Another student asked Michelle

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Obama, ―What is it like living in the White House?‖ The first lady responded, ―You know, it’s a nice house.‖ Teachers at the school said the kids were excited for the rest of the day.

Who is your favorite super hero? Have you read "The Moon Over Star?‖

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 06, 2009 Fun Family Night Out

The

Obama

family

spent

the

evening of Feb. 6th in the presidential box at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington,

D.C.,

applauding

the

Alvin

Ailey

American Dance Theater. It was the first family’s idea of a fun Friday night out.

What is your idea of a fun family night out?

SATURDAY,

FEBRUARY

07,

2009

Malia and Sasha Visit Camp David President Obama and his family made their first weekend visit to Camp David, the presidential retreat in the mountains of Maryland. - 56 -


For more than 50 years when presidents have wanted secluded The

privacy, lodges

presidential

they

have

and

cabins

retreat

is

sought of

the

Camp

tucked

cool, David.

away

in

Maryland's Catoctin Mountains.

Question: Camp David is named after what former president's grandson?

monday,

FEBRUARY

09,

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GREAT GRAN!

Love you!

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2009


KeKe Palmer Visits Malia and Sasha

Photo taken by Dionne Brown who took her daughter Kennedi to get an autograph from KeKe Palmer at Spin City. Ms Palmer was the Mistress of Ceremonies at the Freedom Awards Ceremony in Memphis. The awards are given once a year to people whoâ€&#x;ve influenced civil and human rights.

As part of Nickelodeon's inaugural event last month, KeKe Palmer got the chance to go to Washington, D.C., and meet Michelle, Malia, and Sasha Obama. She chatted with them about Chicago, where both Palmer and the Obama family are from, and about being in the public eye. "I still can't believe I got to meet them," Palmer said. "You never think about the President and his family as normal people, but they're so normal. It was just so weird hearing them talk about how much they loved the show. It was so cool." - 58 -


TUESDAY,

FEBRUARY

10,

2009

Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana Screening at White House

(photo: cartoonized.net)

Miley Cyrus is planning on screening ―Hannah Montana: The Movie‖ for Sasha and Malia Obama, according to reports. ―When I was doing the inauguration they said they wanted me to come and show them my new movie,‖ Cyrus said. ―I would love it. I’m stoked.‖ WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009

Greensboro Kids Send Giant Valentine to White House

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Greensboro, NC – ―Malia and Sasha Obama, will you be our valentine?" is the message on its way to the White House. Kids from all six units of the Boys and Girls Club in Greensboro put their creative minds together to create a special Valentine's card for the First Daughters. The huge card and two caps went into the mail Tuesday for a journey to Washington. More than 70 boys and girls helped create the handmade card.

Malia and Sasha Spend Valentine's Day in Chicago President Obama took a flight to Chicago with his wife and daughters Malia and Sasha, and mother-in-law Marian Robinson for a holiday weekend. It will include a Valentine's Day dinner and a basketball game with President Obama's family and friends. - 60 -


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2009

Monday, FEBRUARY 16, 2009 Happy Presidents Day!

U.S.

Presidents

Day,

officially known as Washington's Birthday, is a federal holiday in the United States and is celebrated on the third Monday of February. In 2009, Presidents Day falls on February 16. - 61 -


Today President Obama is welcomed by Colonel Eric A. Snadecki, Air Force Vice Commander, 316th Wing, as his family walks down the stairs from Air Force One. Malia, Sasha, First Lady Michelle Obama and mother-in-law Marian Robinson arrived with the President at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Information and activities for Presidents' Day can be found on our weblog. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2009

Did you know? The first black artist to perform at the White House was Thomas "Blind Tom" Green Bethune who in 1859 played the piano for President James Buchanan.

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Thomas Green Bethune was born in 1849 and died in 1908.

Math Question: How old was Thomas when he died? wednesday, FEBRUARY 18, 2009

Refugee Kids’ Advice to the President

By Mary Wiltenburg Second graders want him at their birthday parties. Sixth graders want to end homelessness. Third graders worry about job loss. Kindergartners are eager to come to his house and play. For the past month, students at Georgia’s International Community School have been sharing advice and - 63 -


messages for President Barack Obama, collected in a slideshow. Kids related their families’ struggles with unemployment, housing, and utility bills. Students born in Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, and the U.S. begged Obama to end fighting in different corners of the world. In addition to serious worries, kids were entranced by the first family. They complimented Michelle Obama’s dresses, shared messages for Malia

and

Sasha,

and

empathized

with

the

challenge of choosing a First Dog. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2009

Congratulations, Kailysia and Kaila The Memphis Blogroll Commercial Appeal Blogs Your Malia and Sasha Fan Club web blog made it in ―The Memphis Blog.‖ The Memphis Blog, your one-stop shop for the best blogging in Memphis. - 64 -


On March 28, 2008 the site was removed due to a change in criteria.

Malia and Sasha’s Mom Opens the White House to Kids

First

Lady

Michelle

Obama

welcomed 180 children to the White House today to listen to a lot of performances. This celebration is part of African American History Month. The children were mostly sixth and seventh graders from local Washington, D.C., schools, children of the White House staff, and residence staff. "We were all very much kids like you guys," Mrs. Obama told the children. "We just figured out one day that our fate was in our own hands. We made decisions to listen to our parents, our teachers, and work very, very hard for everything in life. And then we worked even harder anytime anyone doubted us." - 65 -


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009 Julia Roberts Wants to Plan Play Date with Her Kids and President Obama’s Girls

Actress Julia Roberts reveals her desire for a fantasy dinner party with President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle and says she would love to plan a playdate for her kids and the Obama girls.

Did you know? Julia Roberts was the voice of the spider in the movie "Charlotte’s Web." Julia Roberts was the voice of Hova in the movie "Ant Bully." Both movies were released in the year 2006.

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Malia

and

Sasha

Receive

$1

a

Week

Allowance

Malia and Sasha receive only $1 per week for allowance, but they have to work for it. President Obama said he gives Malia and Sasha just one dollar per week for doing their chores. The girls are asked to set the table for meals, rinse dishes and keep their rooms and closets tidy. Malia and Sasha are also expected to follow the same rules that they had back in Chicago. Bedtime is still 8 p.m. and they're expected to set their own alarm clocks and get themselves up for school in the morning. Part of keeping their rooms clean is making their own beds. And when they eventually get a dog, they'll be in charge of walking it and scooping the poop.

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If someone gave you $100, what would you do with it?

If you saved 20 quarters every month for 7 months, how much money would you have saved? SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2009

1st Set of Questions for Malia and Sasha 1. What is your favorite color? 2. We know you love ice cream, but what flavor? 3. Malia, how tall are you? 4. We know you love to play Uno, but what is your favorite board game? 5. What is your favorite game show? 6. Do you or your sister ever argue?

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7. Malia, do you like being born on the 4th of July? 8. What is your favorite room in the White House? 9. Have you ever been to Incredible Pizza? 10. What do you like best about school?

Monday, FEBRUARY 23, 2009 Sasha Plays Ball!

President

Barack

Obama

and

First Lady Michelle Obama took time out of their busy schedules to go watch Sasha play basketball. Malia accompanied her parents to Kensington Parkwood Elementary School on Saturday to watch Sasha play ball.

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Tuesday, FEBRUARY 24, 2009 'High School Musical's' Corbin Bleu

The Brooklyn-born Bleu, 19, has played Chad in all three "Musical" movies. Q: You sang "Moments that Matter" for the Obama girls last month? A: That's one of the ones I'll be performing (in the Bay Area). It's been in rotation a lot, and I performed it for the Kids' Inaugural Party for Michelle Obama and the first daughters.

What city is considered the Bay Area?

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Middle School Girl, Guest of First Lady First Lady Michelle Obama hugs an 8th grade student of J.V. Martin Middle School in Dillon, SC. This is the school that then-candidate Obama promised not to forget during the primary. The young girl was prompted to write when she heard of the stimulus bill. She had to go to the library because her family did not have a computer at home, and the school’s computers, ―hand-medowns‖ once used by felons in the state prison system, weren’t available. She hoped those in Congress would help her school because it is unlikely that the leaky roof will be fixed otherwise. ―People are starting to see my school as a hopeless school with little education, but it is not,‖ she wrote. ―We finally want to prove to the world that we have a chance in life just as children at other schools. We feel good about what we are doing and our present conditions will not stop us from succeeding in anything.‖

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2009 Malia

and

Sasha

Settle

on

Breed

-

Portuguese Water Dog

According to reports, the family has settled on a breed, but not necessarily an exact dog. They are planning on adopting a rescued Portuguese water dog, a breed that is less likely to be found in shelters. "The Portuguese water dog is a fun-loving dog with a lot of energy," said public relations manager for the American Kennel Club. "It's a great family dog, but they have to understand the dog will require quite a bit of exercise. Two young girls who are very active are good companions for the dog." Malia and Sasha will get their dog in April!

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What do you think is a good name for Malia and Sasha's dog? This is Our 100th Post! Hooray! SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2009

Happy Birthday! We would like to say Happy Birthday to our great grandfather who is 88 years old today. He is in the hospital and we hope he gets better!

Blog of the Day Award Congratulations, granddaughters! I received the following email message:

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Your site has won a Blog of the Day Award (BOTDA). Your award will go live sometime on Tuesday, March 3, 2009. Response from K&K: Thank you for the nomination and we want to thank the judges for choosing our weblog! Vote: Frank or Moose?

Malia and Sasha would like to name their Portuguese water dog Frank or Moose. Use the poll (right side bar) to vote your choice. Please comment if you think Malia and Sasha should choose

another

name.

It

is

reported

that

America's First Daughters will get their new puppy in April. Grandma is going to show us how to create a pie graph and we will share the results of our poll with you later.

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monday, march 02, 2009

Snow Day at the White House for Malia and Sasha Malia and Sasha joined thousands of students across the country whose classes were canceled because of snow.

A winter storm dumped four

inches of snow on the White House.

Malia and

Sasha did not have to go to school.

TUESDAY, MARCH 03, 2009 Miley Cyrus Talks About Meeting Malia and Sasha

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cartoonized.net We read that Miley Cyrus told a well-known TV personality that the first daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama, were "very cute" and "very nice" when she met them. Thursday, MARCH 05, 2009 President Obama Surprises Malia and Sasha with a Swing Set

First daughters Malia and Sasha Obama came home from school today to find a swing set installed while they were away.

The

swings were set up within sight of the Oval Office. According to AP reports, a spokeswoman for the first lady said Malia and Sasha squealed with delight upon seeing the swing set, and the girls played on it for almost an hour on a chilly, wintry - 76 -


day in Washington. The Obamas have been trying to make the White House feel more like home for the girls. Thus a 100-percent wooden swing set was made by a South Dakota company.

Did it snow in your city? If so, how many inches of snow did you get? FRIDAY, MARCH 06, 2009 Gifts for Malia and Sasha from British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's Wife

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah presented Malia and Sasha clothing gifts from the High Street Chain Top Shop. The

Telegraph

reported

that

the

Prime

Minister’s wife personally handed over the gifts to the President’s daughters, Malia 10, and Sasha 7. She also gave the girls several children’s books by British authors. - 77 -


Can you name three British authors?

Rudy Huxtable on Sasha and Malia

Reporter: Chris Yandek Keshia Knight Pulliam knows a lot about what it was like growing up in the spotlight. Twenty-five years ago (yes, it's been that long) she found her way into our living rooms and our hearts as one of the Cosby kids. Now, the nearly 30-year-old actress (her birthday is next month) opens up about what it was like, and how President Obama's girls can stay grounded. "You can't live for others or worry about what people have to say," she tells reporter Chris Yandek. "You just have to be your most true, honest you and you'll be fine. People are going to have something to say regardless of how good you do. At the end of the day, that's just what it is, their opinion. You can't live your life based on - 78 -


others’ opinions." Pulliam says a normal childhood helped her keep her Hollywood career. "I really loved being able to spend time with my peers and go to regular school," she says. "Like I said, I guess I just had the best of both worlds. I was able to do so much more than anyone else my age or older would've been able to do. I got that interaction with my peers in addition to having a full-fledged career."

SATURDAY, MARCH 07, 2009 A Briefing at Sidwell

What's the latest agenda item for Dad-in-Chief Barack Obama - a parent-teacher conference. The president and First Lady Michelle Obama left the White House on Friday afternoon to attend a parent-teacher meeting at the Bethesda campus of Sidwell Friends School, where daughter - 79 -


Sasha, 7, has been a student since January. According to an AP report, crowds of people lined

the

streets

to

cheer

the

president's

motorcade as it swept through the city.

Make sure your parents attend the parentteacher conferences at your school! MONDAY, MARCH 09, 2009 Alicia Keys Pays Homage to American Icon Michelle Obama and Daughters Malia and Sasha

Glamour Magazine called upon several Hollywood celebrities for its 70th Anniversary American Icon issue. Grammy-Award winning Alicia Keys pays homage to First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia on what appears to be the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. "She has worked hard for everything she's accomplished, and done so with grace and humility. So many women and girls can identify with her - 80 -


story," says Keys of Michelle Obama. tuesday, MARCH 10, 2009 Budding

U.S.

Scientists,

Including

Nine

Indians Meet Obama

President Barack Obama meets 40 high school scientists, nine of whom are IndianAmericans, the highest number from any ethnic community in the country. Chosen from more than 1,600 applicants from across the country, these 40 high school scientists are the national finalists of the 2009 Intel Science Talent Search. The winner will receive a grand prize of $100,000. A 17 year old from Wisconsin whose focus is developing new methods to inhibit bacterial bio film growth on the surface of implanted medical devices said Obama shared with them how his daughter Malia was interested in science. The student said "He told us about his daughter Malia’s interest in science and about what she was learning - 81 -


in school related to infectious diseases. President Obama is really interested in science and wants to help scientists."

Do you like science?

(why or why

not? FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009 Personalized Autographed Books for Malia and Sasha from Lisa Leslie

Lisa Leslie presented personalized autographed books to President Obama for Malia and Sasha. Lisa has written a new chapter in her career. Her new book, Don't Let The Lipstick Fool You:

The Making of a Champion, was released weeks ago and it has been a hit among basketball fans, players, and coaches. The following is a quick description: - 82 -


A three-time Olympic gold medalist, three-time MVP of the WNBA, and the first woman ever to dunk in a professional basketball game, Lisa Leslie is considered one of the greatest players in the history of women's basketball. Now in her own words,

she

points

the

spotlight

onto

her

remarkable life off the court, where being a confident champion was not always simple. As a child growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Lisa was timid, awkward, and over six feet tall in the sixth grade. Opponents challenged her, and she struggled to overcome self-imposed fears and limitations. But as her interest in basketball grew, she toughened both her game and her resolve. She also learned she could retain her femininity and throw a few elbows too. Lisa's book can be purchased on EBay and Amazon. Congratulations,

Lisa

Leslie,

on

meeting

President Obama and also writing your new book!

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TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day About St. Patrick's Day . . .

Did you wear your green today?

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and the Irish. He was born about 389 A.D. in Northern Wales, which at that time may have been part of England or Scotland. Saint Patrick had an adventurous life. He was captured by pirates at the age of 16. The Irish pirates brought him to Ireland to tend the flocks of a chieftain in Ulster. Six years of slavery made him a devoted Christian. He escaped to France and became a monk. In 432, a vision led him to return to Ireland as a missionary bishop. He brought - 84 -


Christianity to Ireland and taught there for 29 years. He used the shamrock, a 3-leaf clover and Ireland's national flower to explain the Blessed Trinity. Sometimes the shamrock grows 4 leaves. St. Patrick founded 365 churches, baptized over 120,000 people and consecrated 450 bishops. What Do the Leaves Symbolize? One leaf is for FAITH... The second for HOPE... The third for LOVE... And the fourth for LUCK! In Irish tradition the Shamrock or three-leaf clover represents the Holy Trinity: one leaf for the Father, one for the Son and one for the Holy Spirit. When a Shamrock is found with the fourth leaf, it represents God's Grace. For your enjoyment, in the lucky clover game there are lots of three leaf clovers, but only 10 four-leaf clovers. You need to find all 10 four leaf clovers

as

(See

quickly MSFC

as

possible.

Activities

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on

Gook our

Luck!

weblog)


The Rock Wants Barack Obama to Play Him in a Movie

According to the news, the Rock claims he's often mistaken for President Obama because they both have links to Hawaii and both sound alike. The actor discovered there's a huge collection of his movies in the White House. He said that Malia and Sasha were big fans of ―The Game Plan."

Did you see The Game Plan and Race

to Witch Mountain? Which one is your favorite? President Obama Picks Memphis to Reach NCAA Final Four

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Although we are huge fans of Malia and Sasha, we are basketball fans of our Memphis Tigers! Go Tigers! Our dad is going to have a fit if they don't win! President Barack Obama's NCAA bracket has Louisville, North Carolina, Memphis and Pittsburgh in his Final Four. The First Hoops Fan filled out his bracket for ESPN at the White House on Tuesday, sticking primarily with No. 1 seeds. The only exception was Memphis, seeded behind Connecticut in the West regional.

Who is your favorite team? Malia and Sasha Will Go to Camp David for Spring Break

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President Obama will spend time with his wife and Malia and Sasha for spring break at Camp David. The presidential retreat at Camp David in Maryland is 20 minutes away by helicopter. Thursday, MARCH 19, 2009 When is the First Day of Spring 2009

March 20th is the 1st day of spring for 2009. Did you know? Spring comes between the 19th and 23rd of March every year. It changes on a yearly basis because the first official day of spring is the (Spring) Vernal EQUINOX. This is when the sun is directly above the equator. It rises due East and sets due West but does not do so on the exact same day every year since the calendar is not - 88 -


exactly 365 precise days every single year. In 2009, spring will arrive on March 20th. The sun will be above the equator, crossing to the northern hemisphere around 11:47pm.

We would like to thank all our visitors for their encouraging comments and visiting our site. We're going to take a spring break from MSFC and will launch the next post on Monday, March 23, 2009. Have a Great Spring Break! sunday, MARCH 22, 2009 Michelle Obama Starts White House Organic Garden to Promote Healthy Eating

In an effort to educate the American public about healthy eating, First Lady Michelle Obama broke ground today on a new organic garden on the South Lawn of the White House.

Along

with

local - 89 -

elementary

school


students, she prepared the soil for the first working kitchen garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s "victory garden‖ during World War II. Malia and Sasha’s mom hopes that the garden can help people better understand where their food comes from and how to make healthier food choices to combat obesity in the United States. She also mentioned how getting her children involved in growing a vegetable garden makes them more curious about fresh fruits and vegetables and encourages them to try eating them. monday, MARCH 23, 2009 The Candy in the Little Canister: Starburst

The New York Times President Barack Obama on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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Excerpt from transcript: Answering the question how cool it is to fly on Air Force One, Obama said, "Now, let me tell you, I personally think it's pretty cool, especially because they give you the jacket with the seal on it. I will tell you, though, Malia and Sasha, my daughters, they're just not as impressed." "The first time we went on Marine One, and we go

up,

and

we're

passing

the

Washington

Monument, circling around on the way to Camp David, Sasha looks over and she says, ―Are those Starbursts?‖ There's, like, the candy in the little canister. So they're splitting up the Starbursts and we're flying over the Lincoln Memorial. So they got another whole level of cool."

We love Starburst candy too. What is your favorite flavor?

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MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009 President Obama Recalls Sasha's Fight for Life

”When Sasha – our little

precious pea – was just three months old, she was hospitalized

with

life-threatening

meningitis,‖

Obama said at an unprecedented White House Internet town-hall meeting Thursday. The president said, "The doctors did a terrific job, but frankly it was the nurses who were there with us when she had to get a spinal tap.‖ The result showed that Sasha, now 7, was better, and Obama will always appreciate RNs. "I'm biased toward nurses," he said. "I just like nurses."

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Who was the First African-American Woman Nurse?

Mary

Eliza

Mahoney

became the first African-American female to study and work as a professionally trained nurse in 1879.

What else do you know about Mary Eliza Mahoney?

Find the information on our

weblog.

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Tuesday, MARCH 31, 2009

Malia and Sasha (See MSFC Activities on our weblog) wednesday, april 01, 2009 Malia and Sasha's Dog Arrived Today - April Fools!

The history of April Fool's Day, sometimes called All Fool's Day, is not totally clear. There really wasn't a "first April Fool's Day" that can be pinpointed on the calendar. Some believe it sort of evolved simultaneously in several cultures at the same time, from celebrations involving the first day of spring. The closest point in time that can be identified as the beginning of this tradition was in 1582 in France. Prior to that year, the New Year was celebrated for eight days, beginning on March 25. The celebration culminated on April 1. With the - 94 -


reform of the calendar under Charles IX, the Gregorian Calendar was introduced, and New Year's Day was moved to January 1.

Malia and Sasha did not really get their dog today, this was our April fools joke for our website. Thursday, april 02, 2009 Two New Kids' Books - 1st Dog and Which

Puppy? The presidential puppy is about to arrive — and so are two new children's picture books about the next canine occupant of the White House. Although the puppy's breed remains a mystery, Michelle Obama says the family is leaning toward a Portuguese water dog.

J. Patrick Lewis and Beth Zappitello author of First Dog. Kate Feiffer, author of Which puppy?

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friday, april 03, 2009 Malia and Sasha's Mom Dines with J.K. Rowling

Sarah Brown, wife of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and First Lady Michelle Obama had dinner in London with Ron Weasley, Hermione, Hagrid, McGonagall, Dumbledore, and the person who created each one of these magical characters, J.K. Rowling. The Obamas are avowed fans of Rowling's "Harry

Potter"

books,

whose

multi-volume

adventures they've been reading over the years with their daughters, Malia and Sasha.

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saturday, april 04, 2009 Malia and Sasha's Mom and Dad Meet Queen Elizabeth II

President Obama called home to tell Malia and Sasha that he had met the queen of England. The spokesman said the girls had been talking about their dad's visit with the queen in the days leading up to the trip.

Queen Elizabeth was born in 1926 and became queen in 1952. How old was she when she became the queen?

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How did Queen Elizabeth II become queen? (See weblog) Tuesday, april 07, 2009 President

Obama's

Sister

Maya

Soetoro-Ng

Inks Book Deal

Candlewick Press announced today that they’ve agreed to publish a book by Maya Soetoro-Ng, President Barack Obama’s school teacher half-sister. The book, entitled Ladder to the Moon, was reportedly inspired by Soetoro-Ng and Obama’s mother and the author’s own daughter. Here’s the press information, via Politico:

Ladder to the Moon, Maya Soetoro-Ng’s first book, is inspired by Maya and Barack’s mother as well as by Maya’s four-year-old daughter. What lessons, the author wonders, might her daughter - 98 -


have learned from her grandmother had the two ever met? In Ladder to the Moon, Maya SoetoroNg pays homage to her mother’s tradition of storytelling and celebrates her mother’s enduring legacy of service with an unforgettable story of love

and

compassion

being

passed

along

generations. Brimming with the beauty and magic of the night, Ladder to the Moon is a modern-day fable that will charm readers of any generation with its lush prose and timeless message about discovering one’s own strength. wednesday, april 08, 2009 Demi Lovato Rises Above Disney Success

Exclusive interview! SheKnows.com /Joel D. Amos

Lovato is 16 and has become a fixture to Disney Channel audiences as Sonny - 99 -


Monroe in Sonny with a Chance. Also a stalwart on Disney radio, Lovato’s music career has crossed over to mainstream success with her hit This is Me – a duet with Joe Jonas. The song is from the Disney Channel original film Camp Rock that starred Lovato and The Jonas Brothers. After the huge success of that film, Lovato has not looked back. Lovato’s biggest honor, she says, is performing for the Kids Inauguration in front of Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama. Hail to the New Chief: SheKnows:

What

was

it

like

to

be

in

Washington, D.C., during inauguration weekend? Demi Lovato: Wow, that was actually really crazy. There was a ton of energy. Everyone was so excited. The entire plane I was on going to Washington was filled with people going to the inauguration. Everyone was so excited. It was awesome. SheKnows: And for you to be asked to perform for

that

particular

concert

for

Inauguration, how honored were you? - 100 -

the

Kids


Demi Lovato: When I found out, I actually cried because I was going to be a part of history, and in a way, everyone who was there was a part of it. Just even being there and being in Washington at that time in our history was incredible. SheKnows: Did you get to meet Malia and Sasha Obama? Demi Lovato: I met Malia and Sasha and Michelle Obama. They were just so incredibly nice and down to earth. First musical memories: SheKnows: Speaking of being blessed, you are blessed with such an innate talent. When did you first remember exhibiting that talent? Demi Lovato: The first memory I have of wanting to

be

a singer or

actress was

in

kindergarten. We had a talent show at my elementary school and that’s when I decided to sing something. I messed up and I could have given up right then and there and said I’m never going to sing again. But it meant so much to me and I had so much fun out there that I thought, you know what, suck it up and sing for the rest of your life - 101 -


because it feels awesome. Whether I became famous from doing it wasn’t ever on my mind when I was a kid. I honestly just wanted to keep singing because that’s all I wanted to do every minute of the day basically. SheKnows: How has your family aided you in truly keeping your feet on the ground? You are remarkably so down to earth. Demi Lovato: I don’t think I ever got any advice. I think it’s a matter of support. No matter how much advice people give you, it sometimes can always be the same thing in a way. What really matters to me is when people are there for me, no matter what. When they give you support by lending a helping hand in whatever situation you’re in -- that’s the best thing my parents and my family could have given me. That’s what matters the most.

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Obama Family to Welcome First Dog Tuesday

Malia

and

Sasha

are

finally

welcoming their new puppy to the White House this coming Tuesday! The black Portuguese water dog comes from a kennel in Texas. It was sold to a family who gave it back, and now will be "re-homed" to the first family. The six-month-old dog is named Charlie, though the

Obamas

will

rename

it.

A

website,

FirstDogCharlie.com, claims to have a photo of him! Charlie will be presented to the family by U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, whose own Portuguese water dogs, Splash and Sunny, are from the same kennel. Malia and Sasha's new pet is actually from the same lineage as the Kennedy dogs. The Portuguese water dog was a natural fit for the Obamas because of Malia's allergies - the breed is one of only a few that is completely hypoallergenic.

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According to Michelle Obama, the young girls have floated Frank and Moose as possible names for their forthcoming furry friend. So stay tuned! saturday, april 11, 2009 MSFC Poll: Name of Malia and Sasha's Dog

We would like to thank you for voting for the name of Malia and Sasha's dog. According to our poll, 30% voted for Malia and Sasha not to name their dog Frank or Moose.

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Frank got 18% of the vote, but Moose is the winner with 52%. Hopefully we will find out the name of Malia and Sasha's dog on Tuesday. (We had 61 people to vote). sunday, april 12, 2009 Happy Easter: The History of Easter

Easter Sunday is considered the most important Christian holiday. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his death. It is popularly celebrated with egg hunting and toy bunny rabbits. Easter Sunday is on April 12, 2009, this year. Easter Sunday is preceded by the season of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting and repentance culminating in Holy Week and followed by a 50-day Easter Season that stretches from Easter to Pentecost.

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Chocolate and candy eggs have become popular in this century, but exchanging of eggs in the springtime is an ancient custom. Egyptians buried eggs in their tombs. The Greeks placed eggs on their tombs. A Roman proverb states, "All life comes from an egg.‖ In most cultures, the egg signifies birth and resurrection. So when the church began to celebrate the Resurrection in the second century, the egg was a popular symbol. The Germans brought the symbol of the Easter

rabbit to America. The bunny as an Easter symbol seems to have it's origins in Germany, where it was first mentioned in German writings in the 1500s. The first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germany during the early 1800s. The first bunnies were not made of chocolate; they were made of pastry and sugar.

We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins, was resurrected, and we will be with Him for eternity!

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Malia

and

Sasha

Name

their New Puppy 'Bo' The first family has settled on a first pet — a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog that the Obama girls are naming Bo. The dog is a gift from Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., who owns several Portuguese water dogs himself. "We couldn’t be happier to see the joy that Bo is bringing to Malia and Sasha," Kennedy said in a statement. "We love our Portuguese water dogs and know that the girls — and their parents — will love theirs too." We read that Malia and Sasha chose the name Bo for the pup because first lady Michelle Obama's father was nicknamed Diddley. The name for the dog was an apparent reference to the singer "Bo" Diddley.

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Who is Bo Diddley? (see weblog)

monday, april 13, 2009 Obamas Celebrate Easter with Fergie

The White House announced that over 30,000 people from 45 states and the District of Columbia would attend this year’s Easter Egg Roll. This year’s theme Let’s go play, encourages America’s youth to lead healthy and active lives. For the first time, tickets were distributed online allowing families from across the country to attend this annual tradition. This year the White House is proud to welcome families from Hawaii, Alaska, California and 42 other states as well as the District of Columbia. - 108 -


FAMILY AFFAIR President Barack Obama and the First Family – wife Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha, and their grandmother Marian Robinson – kick off the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday.

He’s All Ears The most powerful man in the world chatted up the world's most powerful rabbit, the Easter Bunny, at the all-day event, which featured a concert and other activities like yoga, soccer, break-dancing, jump-roping and the traditional Easter Egg Roll. BUNNY BUSINESS Pop star Fergie serenaded the crowd – including First Daughters Malia and Sasha Obama – with her hit songs "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Glamorous," as well as the National Anthem. Speaking to People Magazine about her performance at the egg roll, Fergie said "It was a special moment in time as I - 109 -


got to see Michelle, Malia and Sasha dancing and singing with me to my songs."

Did you know that Fergie was on Kids Incorporated?

tuesday, april 14, 2009

The

Wait

is

Over

-

The

Most

Famous Dog in America is With the First Family President

Barack

Obama

and

his

family

welcomed their new dog Bo to the White House and showed him off around the grounds. The 6-month-old Portuguese water dog made his debut Tuesday afternoon in front of reporters and photographers.

What do you think about Bo?

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sunday, april 19, 2009 A Post to Our Great Grandfather

Our Great Grandfather, Reverend John H. Heard, passed on April 16, 2009. He was 88 years old and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Our great grandfather was too sick to know that we started our Malia and Sasha Fan Club. We told him that Barack Obama was our 1st AfricanAmerican

President,

but

we

don't

think

he

understood. He had Alzheimer’s. He is in heaven now and we hope he can see our new First Family. We love you, great grandfather, and will miss you dearly.

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monday, april 20, 2009 Bo's Half Sister Ruby and Bo have the same father. A family received about 20 e-mails Tuesday afternoon from fellow members of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of the Twin Cities who saw reports of the presidential pooch and knew Ruby’s lineage. ―To think that this dog is lying on the carpet in the White House right now, and we’re sitting here with his sister, is pretty wild,‖ a family member said. (Go to weblog for the complete story and a picture of Ruby). Malia Takes Bo for a Walk Malia runs with new dog Bo, a 6-month-old Portuguese water dog, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Bailey, One of 10 From the Same Litter Now Meet Bo's Sister Everyone is talking about Bo, the first family’s new dog in the White House. Bo is a Portuguese - 112 -


water dog and his 6-month- old sister Bailey lives with a family in Kingwood. Bailey is enjoying some attention, even if it is only because of her famous sibling. Little did this family know that America’s first family would later receive Bo, a male from the same litter of 10 puppies, as a gift from Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts. Kennedy a Portuguese water dog lover gave Bo as a dog gift to the president and first lady for their daughters. His puppy, Cappy, is also from the same litter. (See weblog for complete article and photos) wednesday, april 22, 2009 Happy Earth Day

Earth Day, celebrated in the U.S. on April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness

and

appreciation - 113 -

for

the

earth's


environment. It was founded in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teachin and is celebrated in many countries every year. The date for Earth Day is in the spring for the Northern

Hemisphere

and

autumn

for

the

Southern Hemisphere.

Which hemisphere do you live in?

thursday, april 23, 2009 The First Lady on Sleepovers, Gardens and That Crazy Dog Bo By Rachel L. Swarns

Today First Lady Michelle Obama held a ―Take Your Child to Work Day‖ at the White House. She answered questions from children eager to hear about sleepovers in the Executive Mansion. The First Lady also answered questions - 114 -


about the Obamas’ new dog and what she liked least about her new life. The young people — sons and daughters of White House employees and local journalists — gathered in the East Room. Before she took their questions, Mrs. Obama urged young people to work hard, respect their parents and help those in need. ―We want you to think about serving your communities because you don’t have to be a White House employee to do it,’’ Mrs. Obama said. ―You can do it now. You can do it first of all by listening to your parents. That’s a service in and of itself, just being a good kid.‖ ―You could volunteer at a homeless shelter, right? You could work for a soup kitchen. You could volunteer in a garden. You could help tutor another kid in your class who’s having trouble. You could walk your neighbor’s dog, mow the lawn.‖ ―There’s so much that you can do right now,’’ she said. ―And we want you all to start thinking now about what you can do to be good public servants, not when you grow up but right now.’’ Then came the questions. - 115 -


―Well, what does your dog like to do?‖ one young man asked. Mrs. Obama laughed. ―Oh, he is a crazy dog,’’ she said. ―He — you know, he loves to chew on people’s feet.’’ A girl piped up: ―What’s your least favorite thing to do in the White House?‖ Mrs. Obama pondered. ―I don’t think I can list one thing that I just don’t like to do,’’ she said. ―Everything that I do here is really pretty worthwhile, even if it’s hard. Maybe it’s running on the treadmill. Why don’t you put that down — when I have to run. Sometimes I don’t like to do that.’’ And on to the sleepovers. ―When your kids have friends over, and they stay a night, where do they stay?’’ ―Sometimes they sleep in the girls’ rooms, or sometimes they sleep upstairs where there’s a TV,’’ Mrs. Obama said. ―They like sleeping in front of the TV, probably like you all do when you have a sleepover.’’

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saturday, april 25, 2009

Brooklyn

Girl's

Letter

from

White

House 'Life-changing' A little girl's life changed this week when she received a letter from America's First Lady. An 8 year old girl wrote to the White House last month asking how Malia and Sasha were adapting

to

their

new

friends,

new

school,

homework, and living in the White House. Mrs. Obama's letter encouraged the little girl from Brooklyn to talk with her family or teacher about ways to help in her community. Given the chance to go to the White House, the little girl said she would most like to see the puppy. But

if

she

bumped

into

President

Obama,

congratulations would be in order. ―The thing that's most important is that we have our first African-American president,‖ she said.

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For now, it's back to her favorite subjects of reading and math. But the photo Michelle Obama sent her will be a treasured reminder. ―I am going to frame it and never ever forget it.‖ friday, may 01, 2009 Malia

Headband

Giveaway

from

Andrea's

Beau Andrea's Beau is a family-run business that designs gorgeous hair ornaments for women and girls. It’s hard for my granddaughters to choose because Andrea has so many unique styles. The hair accessories for little girls are sure to make any girl feel like a princess. The store has more than just hair ornaments. For little girls they have gloves, handbags, and even pinch clip gift sets to hold the little princesses clips. Andrea headbands

created and

a

clips

collection made

from

of

women's

irresistibly

beautiful silk flowers, trim and ribbons from around the world. Soon after the birth of her - 118 -


beautiful daughter Maria, Andrea was inspired to add a girls' collection comprised of unusual materials and quality not seen in the children's market. Choose your favorite headband for Malia by going

to

the

sidebar,

ENTER

click

under

GIVEAWAY, type in your name, email address, and submit. Here is Andrea when she was 7 years old. As a little

girl,

Andrea

was

exposed to the world of aesthetics,

color

and

textile

trends,

fashion

houses

and

factory

operations. This little girl’s dream came true. You have to go to her website - www.andreasbeau.com and read her story. Her headbands are exquisite!

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Presidential Response; Obama Answers Letter to His Daughter A seven year old girl from Hermitage is excited to learn that President Obama has a daughter Sasha who is her same age. The second-grade student wrote Sasha a letter telling her that she attends church and likes school and cheerleading. She wanted to know if Sasha wanted to be pen pals. This little girl sent the letter shortly after the president’s inauguration. While her family told her not to get her hopes up, she was confident she would get a response. ―I knew I was going to get something back,‖ she said. About 2 1/2 months later, a response arrived from the president. ―I was excited,‖ said the aunt who is raising the little girl. ―Excited is an understatement.‖ She carried the letter all through the house saying, ―I got a letter. I got a letter!‖ The form letter on card stock had an embossed - 120 -


presidential seal. President Obama thanked this little girl for her thoughts and kind words and said it was time to work together and renew our nation’s promise. The

little

girl

from

Hermitage

was

not

disappointed that Sasha did not respond. ―Her dad did it for her,‖ she said, thumbing through albums of family wedding photographs. She took the letter to school and showed it to her teacher and friends who thought it was cool. wednesday, may 06, 2009

First

Lady

Writes

Peoria

Second

Grader A Peoria elementary student shows off a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama to her classmates. A young second grade girl wrote a letter to Sasha Obama asking about life in the White House. A letter came back from Sasha's mom Michelle. "What does the letter say?"

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Dear ________________, Thank you for writing to our family. Our daughters are happily settling into their new surroundings. I appreciate how hard you worked on your letter. Keep up the good work. Sincerely, Michelle Obama It came with a trading card with the First Lady's picture on it. thursday, april 07, 2009 National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer Task Force's mission is to communicate to every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer. This is also a day for mobilizing the Christian community to intercede for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church, and Family. - 122 -


friday, may 08, 2009

96 Year-Old Missoula Woman Makes Quilt for First Dog Bo Yes she can! A 96 year-old woman made a quilt for Bo.

The memory quilt, more than four feet

long and just as wide, depicts the Obama family and Bo, the Portuguese water dog that arrived at the White House last month ago. This

96

year

old

woman

registered

last

November for the first time in 14 years so she could vote for President Obama. The quilt itself is one of hundreds, or maybe thousands, that this Missoula woman has produced. She found time to sew way back when, on the 2,000-acre farm in North Dakota where she grew up. She and her late husband later ran the farm. ―I drove lots of horses, lots of tractors, lots of trucks, and lots of self-propelled combines,‖ she said. ―If I could have a piece of land right now I'd - 123 -


still have my cows and pigs and chickens. I love the farm.‖ For nearly four decades this family farmed the land before they retired and moved to Missoula in 1966.

The

96

year

old

woman

has

nine

grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

She keeps in touch

with all of them on her own computer. ―I keep working, thinking of something to do all the time, but I do keep myself busy,‖ she said. ―It seems like I no more than get up and it's time to go to bed again.‖ She has made quilts for all her progeny, a legacy they will all soon share with the Obamas. The presidential quilt isn't necessarily for a bed. ―It's more like a wall hanger,‖ she said. ―It's especially for the dog and for the girls.‖ On one side of the quilt, she embroidered Obama's campaign slogan: ―Yes We Can.‖ On the other side in matching green stitches: ―Yes We Did.‖ To see this beautiful 96 year old woman and the quilt, you will have to go to our weblog! - 124 -


What is the definition of progeny? sunday, may 10, 2009

To all the mothers in the world and especially our mom, Lisa Beckwith! Love ya, Kailysia & Kaila monday, may 11, 2009

Malia and Sasha: The New Craze

From Essence.com Malia and Sasha Obama are the next tween idols, according to the Washington Post. Young girls want to be their BFFs (best friends forever), others want to know everything about them and some want to be just like them. Call it an obsession, but the tweens who love the Obama Girls call it inspiration. According to the Post, first children - 125 -


before the Obama girls have been adored and highly thought of, but Sasha and Malia take the

cake; just ask the creators of the Malia and Sasha Fan Club website. wednesday, may 13, 2009

Steelpans

in

White

House

-

President Took Gifts Home for Malia and Sasha U.S. President Barack Obama purchased two powder-coated tenor steelpans, one red and one black for daughters Malia and Sasha during his visit to Trinidad and Tobago for the Fifth Summit of the Americas that took place last month. Trinidad is known as the land of calypso and steelpans.

Prime

Minister

Patrick

Manning

presented cuff links shaped in the form of steelpans to the 33 leaders who were in the country for the Summit. Steelpans (also known as steeldrums or pans, and sometimes collectively with musicians as a steelband) are musical instruments and a form of - 126 -


music originating from Trinidad. Steelpan musicians are called pannists. Make sure you play the animated steel drum and visit the Jumbie Jam website. You must view the TCL Skiffle Bunch on our weblog.

Trinidad is known for the land of what?

Thursday, may 14, 2009 Of The Tweens, By The Tweens, For The Tweens

(Photo) Martin Snapp interviewing the animals at Children's Fairyland in Oakland.

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by Martin Snapp A columnist of heart and mind It's the coolest blog on the web: The Malia and Sasha Fan Club, created by two sisters in Memphis, Tennessee, who are about the same age as the Obama girls. Read about them on my blog: martinsnapp.blogspot.com

Martin Snapp is a longtime newspaper columnist in the San Francisco Bay Area. We enjoy reading his blog and decided to have a blogroll. Mr. Snapp's will be our first (see sidebar).

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monday, may 18, 2009

Malia and Sasha's Dad Cheers at Soccer Game On Saturday, Malia and Sasha's dad went to see them play in separate soccer games. President Obama cheered and clapped along the sidelines at Sasha's game with two Chicago friends. At one point, after Sasha's team scored, the president excitedly shouted "go ... go ... go ... goal." President Obama then moved on to Malia's soccer match. tuesday, may 19, 2009 Students Mailed Cards and Letters to Malia and Sasha Fourth-graders at Mary Walsh Elementary School in Springfield came back from spring vacation to find a letter from First Lady Michelle Obama. As part of a class assignment from their teacher, the students mailed cards and letters to - 129 -


Malia

and

Sasha

Obama

shortly

after

the

presidential inauguration. The First Lady thanked the students for their kind wishes, saying, "Many of you asked about Malia and Sasha, and I want you to know that they really enjoy living in the White House and discovering the history that surrounds them." She urged the students to "keep up the good work and know that everything you need to accomplish your dreams is inside of you. With a lot of hard work, you can do anything!" Valley Girls Thrilled by Reply to Their Invitation to Malia and Sasha Two Cave Junction friends were watching presidential inaugural

events

on television in

January. They were most interested in coverage of Malia and Sasha Obama’s sleepover party. They thought it would be fun to invite the children of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for a sleepover in their tree house. And that’s where their story gets interesting. - 130 -


In February, they hand-wrote a letter to Malia and Sasha saying that they saw their dad get to be president on TV and thought it was cool. They asked if the Secret Service could get the Obama girls out of school and let them fly on Air Force One to Oregon for a sleepover with them. In their letter, they asked if Malia and Sasha liked ―American Girl,‖ the board game, and ―Sorry,‖ and if they really had a bowling alley in the White House. The tree house is no ordinary one. It features a stairway instead of a rope ladder, a spacious balcony and bay window. It has a pretty door and a tinted roof to let in light. The girls opened the envelope and pulled out a sheet of white paper, dated March 16 that bore the watermark and letterhead of the White House. It was signed by Michelle Obama who thanked the girls for writing. She wrote, ―Our daughters are happily settling into their new surroundings and routines. They’re having fun making new friends and working hard on their homework.‖ - 131 -


She also urged them to do volunteer work and be involved in America’s future. Mrs. Obama closed by writing, ―I appreciate how hard you worked on your letter. Keep up the good work.‖ The families of both girls realize that the Obamas must receive thousands of letters asking to visit the children at the White House or inviting them to visit their hometown. So far, no invitation to visit Malia and Sasha at the White House has arrived. These two girls are still hoping to be invited there one of these days if Malia and Sasha are unable to visit them in Oregon.

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thursday, may 21, 2009 Young Girl Sends Letter to Malia and Sasha An

11-year-old

fifth

grader

at

Crossville

Attendance Center sent a letter earlier this year to the daughters of President Barack Obama, and much to her surprise, got a letter back from First Lady Michelle Obama. This tween girl lives in Carmi with her parents and brother. During an interview with their local newspaper this week, the tween said she watched the inauguration of the president with a great deal of interest and particularly liked watching the parade that followed. What made her decide to write the president's daughters Malia and Sasha was that she realized the girls would have to move into a new house because of their dad's job. She knew exactly what that felt like. "I wanted to welcome them to their new home," she said. "I was hoping they would settle in OK." Even though Malia and Sasha were moving into the White House, this 11 - 133 -


year old girl still thought it was hard on kids to have to move and thought she could be a comfort to the young girls. When asked how she reacted to receiving a letter from the first lady, she said, "I thought it was pretty cool!" Her mom agreed and said "She was jumping up and down and screaming. She was pretty excited." saturday, may 23, 2009

Mrs. Dittmer's Summer Reading List Of all the columns Martin Snapp writes each year, none is anticipated so eagerly by his readers as the annual ―Mrs. Dittmer's Summer Reading List.‖ Mrs. Dittmer is Helen Dittmer, the librarian at Redwood Day School in Oakland. For two decades, she has made a more profound difference in many people's lives than any other teacher they ever had, including high school, college and grad school. Many of them still go back to her for help with their research assignments, long after they - 134 -


have graduated from Redwood. She tries to know each child personally, so she can recommend books they'll like. Go to our weblog to view the reading list. What books will you read this summer? monday, may 25, 2009

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a holiday in the United States observed in late May. Previously designated Decoration Day, it was initiated in 1868 by Gen. John A. Logan for the purpose of decorating the graves of Civil War veterans and has since become a day on which all war dead are commemorated. The three-day weekend is about more than barbecues, blockbusters, and the beach!

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tuesday, may 26, 2009

Checking

the

Pulse

-

Tweens and Books

Posted by Meredith on 05-05-2009 Ypulse.com Did you know: Tweens are bookworms‌ and proud of it! If this doesn't give you the warm fuzzies, nothing will: 90% of the tweens who responded "enjoy reading." Most report reading around 1 to 5 books per month for fun, but an ambitious 27% report they read 6 or more. Also in comments, tweens were more than happy to identify themselves as "bookworms" and shout out the running total of books they've read so far this year.

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thursday, may 28, 2009

Ukulele for Malia and Sasha At

a

fundraiser,

Bette

Midler

(who

like

President Obama grew up in Hawaii) gave President Obama a ukulele for his daughters Malia and Sasha. Bette Midler is an American singer, actress and comedienne, also known by her informal stage name as The Divine Miss M. During her career, she has won four Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award, and has been nominated for two Academy Awards.

A ukulele is a small musical instrument with 4 strings. Ukuleles are usually made of wood and have fretted necks. Ukuleles were developed in Hawaii during the 19th century after Spanish seafarers had introduced guitars to the islands. In Hawaiian, ukulele means ―jumping flea.‖ - 137 -


Who is Pineapple Pete Mr. Pete has been playing music since he was five years old. He can play trumpet, trombone, piano, guitar, ukulele, harmonica, and can sing. He is the owner of Uke School.

Did you know: According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the easiest instrument in the world to play is the ukulele. But that doesn't mean you can just pick up a ukulele and play it. But it does mean that you can learn it quickly and easily. Uke School is designed to make it as quick and easy as possible to become a functioning ukulele player. Pineapple Pete has an awesome website where you can learn to play the ukulele quickly and easily. Enjoy! Go to MSFC Activities to play the instruments.

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saturday, may 30, 2009

Go Tsunamis! According to reports, President Obama and First Lady Michelle watched Malia's soccer team — the Tsunamis — take to the field. For the record: Malia's team won! YEAH!!! monday, june 01, 2009 Winner of Giveaway Congratulations to an 8 year old little girl whose first name is Mary from Odenton, Maryland, who won the headband from Andrea's Beau in our giveaway. Poll results: Sixty-eight percent (68%) voted for the Schiffi headband for Malia.

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Now it's time for you to vote on the headband you think Sasha would like. The same rules apply. The deadline is June 15, 2009. Cast your vote and entry on sidebar. Good luck! Choose a headband for Sasha!

Math Question: (Malia's headband) If 68% voted for the schiffi headband, what percent voted for the sheer headband? How did you get your answer? tuesday, june 02, 2009 Oh-bama! 7-Year-Old Destin Girl Gets Reply After Writing President Earlier this year, millions of democrats beamed with pride as President Barack Obama entered the White House. One Destin second-grader sealed her delight in an envelope and dropped it in the mail — just in time for Inauguration Day. In her letter, she told President Obama that - 140 -


she was giving a speech about Martin Luther King, Jr. in an oratory competition. She also made sure to say that in a mock election she had voted for him and thanked him for all he was doing. The last line said, ―Please write me back!‖ Getting her timing just right, this young girl mailed her letter on Jan. 17. Then she waited. Her form letter arrived on a Saturday afternoon, with a message of thanks for her support. The young girl said she already has her sights on being a teacher or a politician when she grows up. For now, her next task will be writing to first daughters Malia and Sasha Obama to see if they would like to be pen pals. This young girl plans to frame her Obama letter and hang it over her bed. ―It’s my first letter from the president, kind of like my first tooth,‖ she giggled.

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wednesday, june 03, 2009

Malia and Sasha Will Go to Paris! Malia and Sasha Obama will fly with their mother to France on Friday to join their dad for a family weekend in Paris. It will be the girls’ first foreign trip since they moved into the White House in January. President Obama is scheduled to return to Washington on Sunday, but First Lady Michelle Obama and Malia and Sasha plan to stay on in Paris for a few days next week.

What did you learn about Paris from the video?

(see weblog - video from unitedstreaming)

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sunday, june 07, 2009

Happy Birthday, Sasha! We know you will have a real cake, but this is our happy birthday cake to you. We hope you have a fantastic 8th birthday and hope you get lots of presents. Click comments and wish Sasha a Happy Birthday! tuesday, june 09, 2009 Malia and Sasha in London Malia and Sasha are off to London. The family stopped at The Audley in the exclusive Mayfair district which is suppose to have the best fish and chips! Malia and Sasha visited Big Ben and the Tower of London. Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the northeastern end of the Palace of Westminster in London. Often the nickname is also used to refer to the clock and the - 143 -


clock tower. Big Ben is the world's largest fourfaced chiming clock. Malia and Sasha will get a chance to visit the Harry Potter set! Dear Sasha, When is your birthday? We heard on the news that your birthday was Sunday, now we're reading reports that your birthday is Wednesday. Please ask your mom or dad to say the date of your birthday so there will be no confusion about your date of birth. Have a Happy Birthday! We hope you're having a great time in Paris and London. Thanks, From your true fans p.s. - We posted your birthday cake on June 8, 2009!

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Malia

and

Sasha

Visit

UK

The Lion King

As part of their private visit to London, First Lady Michelle Obama and Malia and Sasha joined an audience of over 2000 theatre goers on Tuesday, June 9th, to see Disney's THE LION KING at the Lyceum Theatre. The visit to the award-winning musical was in celebration of Sasha's 8th birthday. wednesday, june 10, 2009 We Are From‌: Great Britain Awesome! Grandma found this cool video about kids from Britain. It could not have come at a better time since Malia and Sasha are in the UK!

Discovery Education - 12 minute video - 145 -


The video is about children from other European countries offering their views about the United Kingdom and its people, its customs, and its weather. (see weblog)

What did you learn about British kids? Thursday, June 18, 2009 Will the Real Bo Please Stand Up Question:

Which dog is Bo Obama?

(go to

weblog to see photos) Bo from Kosen is a lifelike Portuguese water dog. Judging from the pictures, he looks pretty realistic and is made by a German company. The lifelike dog measures about 20 x 5 x 13 inches, nearly the size of Bo, and weighs about 12 ounces. Although the company planned to present the copycat to President Obama on his recent visit, time constraints would not allow this to happen. Bo - 146 -


from Kosen is handcrafted and is expected to be released by the end of June, 2009. Answer: The 1st photo is the real Bo ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We want to welcome Malia and Sasha back home. We hope you had a great time in Paris and London.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Note: We will let you know the winner of the Sasha headband giveaway next week. friday, june 19, 2009

Malia and Sasha's Mom Launches White House Music Series-Jazz Mrs. Obama launched a White House music festival that brought together 150 students and music legends like Wynton Marsalis and Paquito D'Rivera. This event was a workshop on jazz which the First Lady called "America's greatest artistic gift to the world." Mrs. Obama said she wants young people, including her own daughters, Malia and Sasha, to become aware of all kinds of music. - 147 -


The music series will continue later this year with workshops on classical and country music. The first lady launched the White House music series with a jazz studio including a classroom session and a concert. saturday, june 20, 2009

Bo Gets a Portrait The newest White House resident now has his own official portrait. Bo sits on the South Lawn with his new home. There is also a Bo baseball card featuring fun facts about the First Dog. (go to weblog to see Bo’s portrait)

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sunday, june 21, 2009

We

would

like

to

say

Happy

Father's Day to all dads, but this post is dedicated to the best dad in the whole world, our dad Kyle Demar Beckwith. "Happy Father's Day, Daddy!"

From Kailysia & Kaila

monday, june 22, 2009 Malia and Sasha with Dad When America's First Family headed out for a Father's Day treat they didn't forget their pet Bo. President Barack Obama spent quality time with his daughters Malia and Sasha over the weekend, taking them for ice cream. And they also picked up some ―puppy pops‖ frozen treats for their new Portuguese water dog that has had the run of the White House since April. - 149 -


The happy trio all had vanilla custard ice creams at The Dairy Godmother parlor in Alexandria, a few miles from the executive mansion. As the Obamas left the store, a round of applause broke out from customers and staff. tuesday, june 23, 2009

Malia and Sasha's Big Adventure First Daughters Malia and Sasha Obama, along with their grandmother Marian Robinson, rode San Francisco's newest cable car Monday afternoon. Sasha Dunks Her Dad's Chief of Staff

According to informants, Sasha Obama was the star of the first-ever White House luau. She wowed the crowd with a pitch so tough that the 8-year-old sank her dad's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, in the dunking booth.

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wednesday, june 24, 2009

Nick Jonas Talks to Obama, Senate About Diabetes Nick Jonas took some time off from touring to head to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to lobby for diabetes research. While in Washington, the 16year-old met with President Obama and some kids who had the disease.

Although the Jonas Brothers visited Sasha and Malia Obama at the White House earlier this year, Nick told People Magazine that this was the first time he had ever met the president. "It was great," he said. "He came up and thanked me for meeting his daughters and playing for them.‖ I said, ―It's a pleasure to meet you.‖ He said, ―It's a pleasure to meet you too.‖ Then we took a picture with about 100 kids. - 151 -


thursday, june 25, 2009

Hundreds Gather in Front of Michael Jackson’s Childhood Home in Gary, IN Fans formed a prayer circle on the front yard of Michael Jackson’s modest childhood home Thursday and hundreds more crowded the street after word spread that the ―King of Pop‖ and Gary native had died.

To the Jackson family: You have our deepest sympathy. friday, june 26, 2009 Malia and Sasha Go to Beyonce Concert The first lady took First Tweens Malia and Sasha to the Verizon Center to see one of their favorite singers, Beyonce.

They brought along

friends from Chicago as well as staffers from the White House. Beyonce sang for the Obamas' first dance on inauguration night as well as other inaugural events throughout the weekend in January. - 152 -


tuesday, june 30, 2009

Malia and Sasha Lei It On There was a congressional luau on the South Lawn of the White House attended by President Obama, who was born in Hawaii. The president wore a purple lei as he walked from the Oval Office holding the hand of daughter Sasha. The Ray Charles recording "What I Say" was playing over the public address system. Daughter Malia, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden followed, along with First Dog Bo.

to Ava Anderson who won the Sasha headband giveaway

from

Andrea's

Beau.

Ava

lives

in

Lakeland, Tennessee. Ava chose the light pink Gossamer Flower. - 153 -


saturday, july 04, 2009 Happy Birthday to Kaila, Malia and America! Malia's

11th

birthday

celebration

started

yesterday with about 20 girls going to the Camp David presidential retreat in the mountains of western Maryland.

Happy 233rd Birthday America!

Kaila! (9 years old)

Malia! (11 Years old)

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Watch

a

video

of

the

History

of

Independence Day: History Channel. (see weblog) monday, july 06, 2009

It's Here! Are you ready to join MSFC?

Malia and Sasha Land in Moscow, Russia Malia and Sasha are in Moscow, Russia. Wow! We have learned a lot about the countries they have visited: Paris, France; London, England; and now we're going to learn about Moscow, Russia. Read the story of 10 year old Treavor who lives in Moscow, Russia by clicking St. Basil's Cathedral. (see weblog)

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What is the largest country in the world? wednesday, july 08, 2009

Malia and Sasha Are In Italy! Malia and Sasha indulged in a typical Italian pleasure — gelato. Malia and Sasha went with their grandmother to Giolitti, the capital's best known ice cream shop. ―The girls were given aprons and cloths, and learned

how

to

make

ice

cream,

choosing

blackberry and banana flavors,‖ said shop owner Nazareno Giolitti. Giolitti showed Italian state TV a tub of some of the blackberry flavor the girls made, and said that after Malia and Sasha left, the leftover ice cream was snapped up by customers who wanted their cones filled with it. Read about a kid's life in Italy on our weblog. - 156 -


thursday, july 09, 2009

Take a Tour with Malia and Sasha

Take Off Guides These guides are the first free, printable, always up-to-date travel guide books. You can choose from Barcelona guides to Rome guides and get them with three simple steps: select, download, and print. If you don't want to print, just save the guide on your computer and enjoy the sites at your leisure. (See Weblog) Malia and Sasha Meet Pope Benedict XVI There are no photos or videos of Malia and Sasha meeting the Pope because the girls were ushered out of the meeting room before reporters and photographers were allowed back in for the final moments. The first lady's mother Marian Robinson also had a moment with Pope Benedict XVI.

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What is the number for Roman Numeral XVI?

Malia

and

Sasha

Arrive

in

Accra, Ghana U.S. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and daughters Malia and Sasha arrive in Accra, Ghana.

They visited the Cape

Coast Castle.

Weblog - Click icons to learn about each of the following - thumb piano, folklore, and mask.

Did you know: Slaves were kept at Cape Coast Castle in dungeons while awaiting transport to the New World. Around 1000 male slaves and 500 female slaves occupied the castle at any one time in separate dungeons. They would be locked up for 6 to 12 weeks, waiting for their turn to board one of - 158 -


the

ships.

The

dungeons

must

have

been

unbearable with hundreds of slaves crammed in together and no toilet facilities. There were only a few windows to let in fresh air, and a channel down the middle to carry away urine and feces which completely covered the floor of the dungeons.

Why do you think it was important for Malia and Sasha to visit Cape Coast Castle? friday, july 10, 2009 A Young Boy Hopes to Meet President Obama A 12-year-old Ghanaian child who resembles U.S. President Barack Obama, as reported on local TV, reads a book at his home in Accra on July 9, 2009. He hopes to meet Obama during his visit in Ghana. He really looks like President Obama. Go to our weblog and see for yourself.

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monday, july 13, 2009

Welcome Back Home, Malia and Sasha We hope you had a great time. We enjoyed learning about the places you visited. Wow, for the summer you went to Paris, London, Moscow, Italy, and Ghana. Well, last year we went to Disney World and had a great time. We're getting ready to go to Chicago to visit Grandma Ann. We're going to tell her about all the places you visited. We're glad you made a safe trip back!

Malia and Sasha Went to the Jonas Brothers Concert Awesome! Malia and Sasha went to the Jonas Brothers concert last night! We wanted to go! - 160 -


They went with their friends from Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Remember they had the Jonas Brothers perform at the inaugural youth concert and the brothers also surprised them at the White House scavenger hunt. We could not believe grandma never heard of the Jonas Brothers until we started working on our weblog. tuesday, july 14, 2009 TWEENS: All Questions Must Be Answered Correctly We appreciate you wanting to join MSFC, but you must have the correct answers to get on the membership

list.

Although

you

may

print

a

certificate, you will not be an official member until your name is on the membership page. The correct answers can be found on our website. Just go to the Google search box at the bottom and put in your key words. You can sign up as many times as you like until you get all the correct answers.

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Come on and join, represent your state/country, and let us know how you're going to help your community! Congratulations to our first new members who passed the Internet safety test and the Malia and Sasha trivia questions. wednesday, july 15, 2009

Wonder Girls Perform for U.S. First Lady, Daughters The Wonder Girls can now add the ladies of the White House family to their list of fans who have seen them live. The Wonder Girls were originally scheduled to perform 13 concerts with the Jonas Brothers, but the American Band requested them to stay longer and continue opening for them. The world tour is expected to reach 1.5 million fans in North America, with the Wonder Girls performing their hit song ``Nobody'' in English. Monday's

―sold-out‖

concert

was

Washington, D.C., at the Verizon Center. - 162 -

also

in


monday, july 20, 2009 Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

According to several news reports, Malia politely declined the invitation to be on Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader because it interfered with her school schedule.

We know

that the news reporters cannot talk to Malia and Sasha without their mom and dad’s consent.

So

we’re not sure how true this is. Anyway, Malia will be in the 6th grade when school starts. We love this game so we will include it on our weblog! Play online FREE, no registration, no email address needed.

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tuesday, july 21, 2009

Malia and Sasha at Madame Tussauds Malia and Sasha are touring Washington, D.C., while school is out. We heard that the first daughters visited Madame Tussauds yesterday afternoon. It was reported that museum officials said Malia and Sasha giggled while they took a picture with their mom and dad’s wax figures. They also snapped shots with Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, and J. Lo. The First Daughters waited patiently in line to see the museum's version of the Oval Office. It was reported that they were courteous and even declined an offer to jump to the front of the line. thursday, july 23, 2009 Malia and Sasha's Grandmother Says It's a Wonderful Life Malia and Sasha’s grandmother provided a glimpse into her life at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. after she read "The Napping House" to a group of - 164 -


elementary school students in Washington. On the Education Department's outdoor plaza, she read a story about a grandson, a dog, a cat, and a mouse that fell asleep on top of a grandmother but were awakened by the commotion after a flea bit the mouse.

Robinson appeared as part of a weekly summer reading series put on by the Department of Education. She said Malia and Sasha don't watch much television, but they do read and play games. "I think they can only watch an hour a day," Robinson said. "But they are at an age now where they'd rather read books or play games with each other so grandma is beginning to feel left out. I spend a little time with them, but they're growing up now." Go to our weblog to read the entire article! MSFC will return next week. We’re taking a vacation. Membership names will be posted on Wednesday for kids who join this weekend. - 165 -


thursday, july 30, 2009

Malia and Sasha Tour Luray Caverns Reported approximately 6 days ago, Malia, Sasha and their mom did a little sightseeing when they toured Luray Caverns, a popular tourist attraction in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. The grounds of the caverns feature caves with geological

formations

as

stalactites

and

stalagmites.

What is the difference between a stalactite and stalagmite? Game:

Join Zipper on his exciting trip to

explore the dinosaur caves of Arizona. Can you help him discover the hidden secret in these mysterious caverns? (Go to MSFC Weblog Activities)

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friday, july 31, 2009

Thank You, Mr. Anonymous We would like to thank Mr. Anonymous for $97.00 to bring our fundraiser up to $200 for our favorite charity, StandUp For Kids. Don't forget to join MSFC by telling us what you're doing for your community. Represent your state. saturday, august 01, 2009

WNBA Inspires Malia and Sasha It is reported that President Obama said Malia and Sasha have never known a time when women did not play professional basketball in the United States. Obama welcomed the championship WNBA team Detroit Shock to the White House's South Portico to honor their season. The Shock has won three championships since they started playing in 1998. - 167 -


Tuesday, august 04, 2009

Happy Birthday, President Obama Malia and Sasha will probably celebrate their dad's birthday today. We hope their dad and our president will have a great day filled with many presents!

President Obama was born August 4, 1961. How old is he today?

Who Ordered the Obama Burger Malia and Sasha went out to lunch with their mother to eat at Good Stuff Eatery on Thursday. According to the news, people were really happy to get a picture of Malia and Sasha. Their mom had been there before, but this was Malia and Sasha's first time visiting the restaurant. - 168 -


They

ordered

a

Farmhouse

Cheeseburger,

Colleti's Smokehouse Burger and the new President Obama burger topped with horseradish mayo, red onion marmalade, crumbled blue cheese and bacon. They also ordered milkshakes.

What flavor of milkshake do you like? sunday, august 09, 2009

Back to School-Bittersweet Oh well, we have to go back to school tomorrow. It is bittersweet. The bitter is Kaila and I don't like to get up so early in the morning and have to do a lot of homework. The sweet is that we get to see our classmates, learn new things, and make new friends. We had a great summer! We will let you know when Malia and Sasha go back to school.

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We think they are going on one more trip before school starts. We had fun learning about all the places they went on their vacation. Our grandma thinks school is cool and created this video. Our great aunt (Michelle Houston), named our website Make School Forever Cool (MSFC). monday, august 10, 2009 Happy Anniversary

Happy 13th Anniversary to our mom and dad (Kyle & Lisa Beckwith). We love you!

from Kailysia & Kaila

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sunday, august 09, 2009

Malia

and

Sasha

Visit

the

Betsy Ross House Malia and Sasha got a private tour of the Betsy Ross House Saturday afternoon. We read this in the Philadelphia news. The article stated that Malia recently wrote a paper for school about Betsy Ross and wanted to see for herself where America's most famous seamstress had sewn the U.S. flag. They also stopped at Independence Hall and then made a stop on South Street to take a look at artist Isaiah Zagar's mosaic work.

How many years did Betsy Ross live? Can you name one of Isaiah Zagar's murals? (See Weblog)

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wednesday, august 12, 2009

Perseid Meteor Shower On or about August 12th every year, the earth passes through a portion of the solar system that has a lot of debris from comet Swift-Tuttle. This area appears to be in the constellation Perseus. The meteor shower is therefore called the Perseid meteor shower. This shower displays more "falling stars" than any other during the year. Falling stars are really small particles (usually smaller than a pea) burning up as they hit the earth's atmosphere. You can usually see at least one falling star per minute, or around 50 to 80 per hour.

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thursday, august 13, 2009

Gelato or Ice Cream Malia and Sasha had gelato at Capogiro in Philadelphia on the weekend when they visited the Betsy Ross House. Remember, they made gelato in Italy. We think Malia and Sasha prefer gelato over ice cream. From the menu, Malia had dulce de leche and fior di latte; and Sasha kept it simple with dulce de leche. Wow! Gelato originated in northern Italy in the 1500s and the sale of gelato was one of the major sources of income for the area; so at one point in history, only royalty could afford gelato. Gelato is served cold, but not frozen, so the appearance is more like frozen yogurt than solid ice cream. Gelato cannot be frozen as properly as ice cream, so for that reason it is made daily and best served fresh.

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sunday, august 16, 2009

Malia

and

Sasha

Tour

Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon The first family spent Friday night at a lodge in Montana.

Malia

and

Sasha

went white-water

rafting. The next day they took a helicopter ride to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and drove through the park in a motorcade. Then they stopped at the Old Faithful General Store where Malia and her dad had to decide which flavor of ice cream to purchase. Next stop on Malia and Sasha's weekend tour was the Grand Canyon National Park.

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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - The $50,000 Question A contestant won $50,000 yesterday on Who

Wants to Be a Millionaire with a question about Malia and Sasha's secret code names. Wow! We know all the Malia and Sasha fans knew the correct answer to that question. Here is the question and the multiple choice answers: The Secret Service reportedly refer to Malia and Sasha Obama by what code names? A: Radiance & Rosebud B: Twist & Shout C: Junebug & Kittycat D: Pigtail & Ponytail

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Five seconds into this question, the contestant poses this question to news veteran Connie Chung, who's not too sure it's Radiance & Rosebud. She then takes a risk by not using the Double Dip here and locks in Radiance & Rosebud with: 16 seconds left...both are right for $50,000! sunday, august 23, 2009 Bo Heads to Martha's Vineyard The Obama family and Bo are taking a summer break. They're scheduled to arrive today at Martha's Vineyard where they'll spend a week in the sun. sunday, august 23, 2009

Senator Ted Kennedy Died Today President Obama said in a statement that he and First Lady Michelle Obama were heartbroken to learn of the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy, whom they called ―our dear friend.‖ - 176 -


―An important chapter in our history has come to an end,‖ the President said. ―Our country has lost a great leader who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States senator of our time.‖ The Obamas have a connection to Kennedy beyond politics. Sen. Kennedy recently gave Malia and Sasha their dog Bo, a Portuguese water dog just like Kennedy’s own dogs. The President has ordered the flag at the White House and the flags throughout the federal government to half mast. tuesday, august 25, 2009 Did you know?

Exactly 400 years ago today, on August 25, 1609, the Italian astronomer and philosopher

Galileo

Galilei

showed

merchants his new creation, a telescope.

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Venetian


thursday, august 27, 2009 Happy Birthday, Daddy

Happy birthday to the best dad in the whole world.

We will celebrate dad’s

birthday this weekend. We wanted to share some pictures of him when he went with our church’s mission team to Swaziland, Africa. We will have grandma make a slideshow and share it with you later.

Obama's Children Have Local Pen Pals A 10-year old Memphis girl got a special letter from the White House. The girl said she wanted to write the letter to do something creative over the summer. She decided to write to First Daughters Malia and Sasha Obama.

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However, she got a response from First Lady Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama gave the girl inside information on what it's like for Malia and Sasha in the White House. Also the First Lady gave to the girl a personally signed picture of herself in the White House. friday, august 28, 2009 Obama Responds to Local Girl’s Letter A big Obama fan penned a letter to the President

that

included

such

things

as

her

admiration for him and how she had worn an Obama pin during the campaign. She said that since they shared the same Aug. 4th birth date, if he ever visited Ambler on his birthday, she would make sure that he got some really good cake.

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saturday, august 29, 2009

Happy Birthday, Grandma! We want to wish our grandmother Ann Sanders who lives in Chicago a very happy birthday! Love you, Kailysia & Kaila

sunday, august 30, 2009 The First Family Vacation Comes to An End President Obama and the First Family wrapped up their Martha's Vineyard vacation Sunday. But before heading back to Washington, President Obama took Malia and Sasha out for some sweets.

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The president said the girls were each allowed one treat. While they explored the store, the president shook hands and posed for photos.

monday, august 31, 2009

Way to Go, Bo Bo was very popular at Martha’s Vineyard when President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, vacationed there last week. There were T-shirts with First Dog Bo Obama’s image. Bo came off Marine One sporting a new leash. It said ―I Love Obama.‖ (go to our weblog to see Bo sporting his new leash)

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wednesday, september 02, 2009

Download Bo's Trading Card Bo: The Portrait, the Baseball Card Get a trading card of Bo without trading for one! A June 25, 2009, file shows President Barack Obama's daughter Malia Obama, 10, reading a trading card featuring her dog Bo as the family participated in a United We Serve service event at Fort McNair Fitness Center in Washington. Click trading card of Bo to download and print your own picture and facts about Bo. (See Weblog)

What is Sasha doing? Sasha is hiding behind the sofa as she sneaks up on her dad! (see weblog)

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The President and wife Michelle said they have enjoyed spending more family time together since their move to Washington. The late JFK junior would often play under a secret panel in the desk which he’d call ―my house.‖ monday, september 07, 2009

Happy Labor Day! What is Labor Day? What is the history of Labor Day, and why do we celebrate it? According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the first Labor Day was celebrated on September 5, 1882, in New York City as the idea for a labor movement.

In

1884,

the

first

Monday

in

September was chosen as the official date to celebrate this ―workingmen’s holiday.‖ According to the Department of Labor, Labor Day constitutes a yearly

national

tribute

to

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the

contributions


workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. President

Grover

Cleveland

signed

a

law

designating the first Monday in September as Labor Day nationwide. Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.

A

List

of

Malia

and

Sasha's

Fantastic Summer Vacation Stops Malia and Sasha went on a fantastic vacation when school closed for the summer, and we've been very busy trying to keep up with Malia and Sasha's summer vacation. Although we may never ever get a chance to visit these countries, we learned a lot about the kids who live in these countries, the culture, and the famous monuments. - 184 -


The virtual tours on the Internet are cool. Our grandma also included some Discovery Education videos of the kids who live in these countries. Here is a list of the places Malia and Sasha visited. If we left some out, it is just because we missed it on the news. Paris, France London, England Great Britain (UK) San Francisco, CA Moscow, Russia Rome, Italy Accra, Ghana Concerts: Jonas Brothers, Beyonce, Wonder Girls, Jazz Concert Tours: Madame Tussauds, Luray Caverns, Betsy Ross House, Yellowstone and The Grand Canyon, Martha's Vineyard, Harry Potter's set, and The Kremlin

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1. Where did Malia and Sasha see The Lion King? 2. Do you know the name of the cities and/or states where Malia and Sasha toured? 3. Did Malia and Sasha meet Pope Benedict XVI? 4. Where have you toured in your city? tuesday, september 08, 2009

Malia and Sasha's Dad Will Speak to Students Today Well, we started school about a month ago. Malia and Sasha and other kids did not start until today. We hope all the kids who start today will have a great day. We will share our views about President Obama's speech this weekend.

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Click here for full text of President Obama's Back to School Speech. (See Weblog)

friday, september 11, 2009 National Day of Service and Remembrance

Today

many

events

nationwide mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Some call it a "National Day of Service and Remembrance" and others refer to it as "Patriot Day."

Whatever

the

case

might

be,

some

observance of the date - like 9/11 - is most widely recognized throughout the United States. Martin Snapp is a columnist of the heart and mind. He is featured on our blogroll. Read his heartwarming article on how to really honor the victims of 9/11. - 187 -


I was almost three years old, and my sister Kaila was just 14 months old (1 year and 2 months). We hope and pray this tragedy will never happen again! saturday, september 12, 2009

What K&K Thought About President Obama's Speech Kaila - I thought President Obama's speech was inspiring and I also thought that we should make an effort and take responsibility for getting a good education so we can get a successful job. Kailysia - I think that President Obama helped a lot of kids recognize the importance of going to school and getting an education. He really made me think that it is really cool to go to school, even though other kids might think school is boring and not cool. Getting good grades is a good thing!

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Our favorite part was when President Obama as a boy complained to his mother, and she said ―This is no picnic for me either, Buster!‖ tuesday, september 22, 2009

A Great Big Hug! When President Obama came home yesterday, Malia and Sasha were playing with Bo. Malia and Sasha gave their dad a big hug! sunday, september 27, 2009

Go Malia Go! The first couple cheered for Malia at her soccer game Saturday.

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Malia and Sasha's dad took some time out Saturday to cheer Malia on at her soccer game. Their mom and dog Bo were also there to cheer Malia on.

monday, september 28, 2009

Monument Quiz Malia and Sasha along with their family visited the

Washington

Monument

and

Jefferson

Memorial Sunday evening. The assignment below is for Kailysia and Kaila and all the kids who want to test their knowledge. Click here and practice until you get a 100% score on all three landmark quizzes! After you pass the three easy quizzes, go to the next level. Tell me why you think it's important to recognize monuments. - 190 -


To my granddaughters: You don't have a choice! I will test you on your next visit to my house (enjoy and smile). thursday, october 01, 2009

Happy Anniversary to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama Malia and Sasha's mom and dad celebrated their wedding anniversary on Saturday, October 3, 2009. Happy Anniversary!

Malia and Sasha's parents got married on October 3, 1992. How many years have they been married?

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friday, October 09, 2009 Malia and Sasha's Dad Responds A fourth grade student received a letter in the mail Tuesday at Torrence Elementary School, Keokuk, IA. ―I read the letter to my class,‖ he said. ―It just arrived today. My parents don’t even know. They’ll be happy for me.‖ The fourth grade boy and his fellow third grade classmates participated in the Flat Stanley project last year.

Click Flat Stanley to see what the project is all about! (See weblog)

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Sasha

Has

a

Science

Fair

Coming Up

Do you have a science fair coming up? Go to our weblog to see exciting science projects!

First Ever Tween Summit Favorite Disney star Debby Ryan has just announced that she will host the first ever Tween Summit in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, October 10th.

The Tween Summit takes place on Saturday, October 10th, at the Capital Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW. First Tweens Celebrate World Space Week with a Star Party

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Tweens Examiner, Ms Twixt First Tweens Malia and Sasha Obama celebrated World Space Week by inviting astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Sally Ride and 150 D.C. school children to a "star party" at the White House this week. The White House South Lawn was transformed into

an

astronomy

classroom

with

twenty

telescopes set up by NASA staff. Party guests viewed the moon's craters, Jupiter and its moons, and several other stars. Guests also enjoyed other space-themed activities, but no word on whether astronaut ice cream from the Air and Space Museum was served. friday, October 09, 2009 Malia and Sasha Congratulate Dad on Nobel, Remind Him It's Also Bo's Birthday WASHINGTON

(AP)

-

Moments

after

President Barack Obama got the news about winning

the

daughters

Nobel came

Peace to - 194 -

Prize,

his

congratulate

excited him.


Eleven-year-old Malia and 8-year-old Sasha came to see their dad not long after White House press secretary Robert Gibbs telephoned Obama with the news, awakening him in the early morning hours. Appearing later in the Rose Garden, Obama said, ―It wasn't how I expected to wake up this morning." He said that after he heard about the award, Malia walked in and said, ―Daddy, you won the Nobel Peace Prize and it’s Bo's birthday.‖

Then

Sasha added, ―Plus, we have a three-day weekend coming up.‖ So it's good to have kids to keep things in perspective. Happy Birthday Bo!

Congratulations to Malia and Sasha's Dad for Winning the Nobel Peace Prize

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I told my granddaughters that President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize. They were very excited and then asked the question: What is a Nobel Peace Prize? I immediately went into my teaching research mode and gave them an activity so they could come back and tell me the answer. (1) They had to click Mr. Nobel's photo to read how this all started. (2) Answer the question: Where does the money for the Nobel Prizes come from? (3) Watch the 3 minute video. (4) Play the games.

These games and simulations, based on Nobel Prize-awarded achievements, will teach and inspire you while you're having FUN! (see weblog) The Electrocardiogram was one of their favorite games! Congratulations, President Obama!

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tuesday, October 13, 2009 Excerpt from Ms. Twixt: The Tween Summit took place this past Saturday at the Capital Hilton Hotel in Washington. The day was all about tween girls - what tweens want, their dreams, and what they want to see from the government, parents, schools, and society. While a majority of the girls in attendance were from the Washington area, I met families who had travelled from Florida, Washington state, and California. Jess Weiner moderated the day's sessions. On the topic of the First Tweens, she said that girls are ―so excited to have tweens as role models in the White House‖ not just because their father is the President, but because they are so relatable. Malia and Sasha Obama live lives so much like other tweens - they attend school, play soccer, care for their pets, take vacations with their parents, cheer for the Jonas Brothers - just like other tweens. Jess also heard from girls at the Summit who said they wanted tween girls to see "more real - 197 -


girls" in the media, and that they wanted to be featured and acknowledged for their own efforts. Many of the girls attending the Summit were active in their communities and emerging leaders. AllyKatzz.com organized the Summit, and they will be publishing the input from the girls' sessions shortly. Girls spent the morning and afternoon sharing their insights on all kinds of issues and contributed their comments on "the White House Wall".

thursday, October 15, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mom!

Today is

our mother's birthday. We have the best mom in the whole world! Love you, from Kailysia & Kaila

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Malia and Sasha's Mom Becomes Honorary National President of Girls Scouts ―It is my great pleasure to serve as Honorary National President of Girl Scouts,‖ said Mrs. Obama in a written statement. ―With their innovative

new

programming,

ground-breaking

research, and emphasis on service and leadership, Girl Scouts is preparing the women of tomorrow to be a positive force for change – in their own lives, their communities, and across the globe.‖ friday, October 16, 2009 First Tweens Attend Fiesta Latina at the White House Tweens Examiner Ms. Twixt First Tweens Malia and Sasha Obama attended a celebration in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Fiesta Latina. - 199 -


The event was part of PBS’s ―In Performance at the White House" program, a series started in 1978 to showcase the richness of American arts in a historic American building. This was the second such program filmed at the Obama White House; the first was in honor of Stevie Wonder. Performers at the event included Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, Gloria Estafan, Eva Longoria Parker, Jimmy Smitts, and many more. For more on what's new and cool for tweens and their parents, go to: www.MsTwixt

saturday, October 17, 2009 Bo's Birthday Party with Brother Cappy Go to weblog to see all of Bo's photos.

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thursday, October 22, 2009

Malia and Sasha's Mom Hits 142 at Hula Hoops (Photo cropped from circus smirkus Wikipedia) First Lady Michelle Obama exercises with a hula hoop during a Healthy Kids Fair on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009. Mrs. Obama managed 142 swivels of a hula hoop yesterday during a "healthy kids fair" on the White House lawn. The first lady also gave a pep talk about eating right to about 100 children and parents from local elementary schools.

"Look, my favorite food in the whole wide world is french fries," she said. "I love them. Dearly. Deeply. I have a good relationship with french fries and I would eat them every single day if I could. I tell my girls this: ―If you're getting the right foods for most of the time, then when it's - 201 -


time to have cake and french fries on those special occasions, then you balance it out."

friday, October 23, 2009

Dear

Mrs.

Obama,

Please Come Dear Mrs. Obama, please come to the grand opening of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in our grand city of Memphis! The big celebration will be June 15, 2010.

We inserted this video clip for you to see. There are lots of kids who sent you postcards inviting you to come. Do you think you can bring Malia and Sasha?

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saturday,

October

24,

2009

Obama Family Official Portrait Released Yesterday the White House released the first official family photo of the Obamas. The picture was taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. See official portrait on our weblog! thursday, October 29, 2009

Malia and Sasha Received Vaccine for H1N1 Flu It was reported that Malia and Sasha Obama have received the vaccine for the H1N1 flu, otherwise known as swine flu. saturday, October 31, 2009

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The Obama family celebrated their first Halloween

at

the

White

House

by

inviting

Washington-area children and military families to trick or treat. According to the White House, up to 2,000 kids between the ages of 6 and 14 years old were on the grounds of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue Saturday evening. Three 1,000 lb pumpkins shipped in from Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin were on display while children were entertained by Star Wars characters, snow globe fairies, bubble makers, and wandering trees. The National Parks Foundation provided sweets for the children. What do you get for Halloween at the White House? (1) A box of White House M&Ms with the president's signature imprinted on it (2) A sweet dough butter cookie made by White House pastry chef Bill Yosses

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(3) A National Park Foundation Ranger activity book (4) A serving of dried fruit mix made up of cherries, apricots, pears, apples and papayas. wednesday, november 04, 2009

Malia and Sasha Attend Miley Cyrus Concert First Lady Michelle Obama took daughters Malia and Sasha to the Miley Cyrus concert last night in Washington, D.C. AWESOME!

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saturday, november 07, 2009

President Barack Obama walks with his family to Marine One helicopter to depart the White House for Camp David. tuesday, November 10, 2009

Malia and Sasha's Mom Visits Sesame Street to Help Celebrate 40 Years! Happy Birthday, Sesame Street! Google is also celebrating Sesame Street's 40th Anniversary.

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Cast Your Vote for Deidra! Last Day! MSFC says “Go Deidra Go!”

Cast your vote now! Last day! Deidra seventh

Shores, grader

a at

Colonial Middle School in Memphis, Tennessee, where she holds down a 3.8 GPA. She has the whole town behind her to become NBC’s Kid Reporter. Today Memphis’ NBC affiliate WMCTV is hosting a voting rally at Shores’ school to encourage her classmates and supporters to cast their votes. Voting ends today at 5 p.m. EST.

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wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veterans Day! About Veterans Day Great Britain, France, and other countries celebrate November 11th as Armistice Day to commemorate the ending of World War I on November 11, 1918. Fighting ceased at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month. Canada celebrates Remembrance Day on this same date. The history of Veterans Day in the United States is as follows: - 208 -


1919 - President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th as Armistice Day to remind Americans of the tragedies of war. 1938 - The day becomes a federal holiday. 1954 - Congress changes the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all United States Veterans. Today in the United States, Veterans Day commemorates the courage and patriotism of all the men and women who have served in the United States military. Hurry home Sgt. Nina Lee. We miss you! Our Nina is serving in the army in Afghanistan. - 209 -


thursday, November 12, 2009

Congratulations, Deidra! We're so proud of you! You will make a great kid reporter! Going on the cruise is awesome! Ask Al Roker if you could interview Malia and Sasha. We've added you to our Cool Kids page.

See Deidra’s video on our weblog!

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monday, November 16, 2009

We Finally Tasted One of Malia and Sasha's Favorite Desserts Gelato seems to be a favorite dessert for Malia and Sasha. After calling Ben and Jerry’s, Baskin and Robbins, TCBY, and Bruster's, we could only find one restaurant that served gelato in Memphis. Grandma took us to CafÊ Eclectic and we tasted gelato for the first time. I ordered the blood orange gelato and my sister Kaila selected the passion fruit gelato. We liked the passion fruit more than the blood orange. Grandma thought about getting the cinnamon gelato but changed her mind and decided to taste ours. So if Malia and Sasha visit Memphis and would like to have gelato, they will have to get it at CafÊ Eclectic. If there is another restaurant in Memphis selling gelato, let us know.

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Here we are eating gelato at Cafe Eclectic.

Do you know the meaning of eclectic? Look this word up by using the dictionary on the side bar. tuesday, November 17, 2009

Happy Birthday, Kailysia! Dear Kailysia, We want to wish you a Happy Birthday! From your family What did you get? (just kidding) - 212 -


sunday, November 22, 2009

Happy Anniversary, MSFC The Malia and Sasha Fan Club began last year on November 22, 2008. We're celebrating our one-year anniversary. We're having a great journey. We thank you for visiting our site! tuesday, November 24, 2009

Malia

and

Sasha

Attended Birthday Dinner for Valerie Jarrett President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Malia and Sasha attended a birthday dinner for Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president, on November 21, 2009, at her home in Georgetown.

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wednesday, November 25, 2009

Malia

Pats

a

Turkey

Named

Courage President Barack Obama granted his first pardon to "Courage," a turkey spared from the Thanksgiving table. Accompanied by daughters Malia and Sasha, Obama honored a White House holiday tradition that dates back to Harry Truman's time as president.

Did you have turkey for Thanksgiving? Go to our weblog to see ―Courage‖ the turkey.

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The Obama Family on Thanksgiving

The entire Obama family, President Obama, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and grandmother, Marian Robinson, started celebrating Thanksgiving early Wednesday morning. The family handed out turkeys, stuffing, pumpkin pies and other Thanksgiving Day favorites to families at Martha’s Table Food Pantry in Washington, D.C. thursday, November 26, 2009 We wish all of you a Blessed Holiday!

From MSFC

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friday, November 27, 2009 How Is The White House Christmas Tree Delivered

The

official

White

House

Christmas tree arrived by the traditional horsedrawn carriage at the White House on Friday. The tree is destined for the Blue Room where scores of volunteers will decorate it. A day after celebrating Thanksgiving, First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha

received

the

official

White

House

Christmas tree. The 18 1/2-foot Douglas fir was delivered from a farm in Shepherdstown, W. VA. Go to our weblog to see the official tree.

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saturday, November 28, 2009

Obama Family at Basketball Game President Barack Obama watches a college basketball

game

between

George

Washington

University and Oregon State with First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia and Sasha, and mother-inlaw Marian Robinson. Michelle Obama's brother Craig Robinson is head coach of Oregon State.

(FYI) Oregon State won!

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thursday, December 03, 2009

Obama Family Lights National Christmas Tree President Barack Obama got some help lighting the National Christmas Tree. First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha assisted with this annual tradition on Thursday. They helped the president press a button to light the 40-foot Colorado blue spruce growing on the Ellipse just south of the White House. The tree was planted in 1978. Every president since Calvin Coolidge in 1923 has presided over the lighting ceremony. Visit the National Christmas Tree Interactive Timeline! (see weblog) - 218 -


monday, December 14, 2009

Bo Gives Oprah a High Five! Did you see Oprah’s White House Christmas Special at the White House? Bo was so cute with his jingling Christmas bells! See ―Bo gives Oprah a high five‖ on our weblog thursday, December 17, 2009

Don't Forget About the Tweens First Lady Michelle Obama Wednesday appealed to Americans to dig deep and donate toys for

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needy children, urging them not to forget older kids in the ―tween‖ years. ―We've got, you know, more than enough toys for younger kids. And one of the challenges that this program has is really finding toys for the older kids,‖ the First Lady said as she toured a collection center for the Toys for Tots. She pointed out that the bins for the kids ages 11-14 were almost empty. She said everyone at the White House had stepped in to support the effort, which was first launched in 1947 by the Marines. President Barack Obama and his wife both donated gifts to the campaign, but no details were made available except that Malia and Sasha helped pick toys for children in their age range.

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friday, December 18, 2009

Lake Highland Students to Sing at White House The Lake Highland Academy Singers received an invitation to perform at the White House this holiday

season.

Fourteen

members

of

this

elementary group will travel to Washington, D.C., for a December 23rd performance at the White House.

Many famous musicians who have performed at the White House have played on a Steinway

piano

originally

given

to

President

Franklin D. Roosevelt. The history is not lost according

to

the

associate

director

of

the

Academy Singers who said she was thrilled to have an opportunity to play on the instrument. - 221 -


She is also hopeful to meet President and Mrs. Obama while the Academy Singers are "most anxious" to meet and sing for daughters Malia and Sasha. (See the Lakeland Academy Singers on our weblog) tuesday, December 22, 2009

Malia and Sasha Spread Holiday Cheer Malia and Sasha helped their mother spread holiday cheer, along with family dog Bo. The sisters also took turns reading "Snowmen at Night," a story about what these frozen figures do after dark. Since it's the Obama’s first Christmas in the White House, a child asked how the holiday would be different. "It will be easier to get on the plane," said Sasha. - 222 -


thursday, December 24, 2009

Malia and Sasha are in Hawaii for Their Christmas Vacation President Barack Obama arrived in Hawaii on Thursday for a holiday vacation in the state where he was born and lived as a child. The president, first lady and their daughters traveled to the island of Oahu for a vacation.

friday, December 25, 2009

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

The New Years Eve Movie – “Avatar” President Obama's family is spending part of the last day of 2009 watching the futuristic adventure film "Avatar." The Obamas visited a movie theater near their rented vacation home in Hawaii on Thursday morning for a screening of the 3-D hit. Officials say the first family and their friends had the theater to themselves to watch director James Cameron's tech-heavy film.

friday, January 01, 2010

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New Years Day - Shaved Ice for Malia and Sasha President Obama, Malia and Sasha, and guests went out New Years Day to have shaved ice. Island Snow is where they had this special treat. Island Snow is located in the town of Kailua. Last year Malia and Sasha's dad visited Island Snow and his order became famous and is now called "The Snowbama." It contains the favorite mix of presidential flavors: Lemon/lime, cherry and guava.

What is a guava?

What does Guava taste like?

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MONday, January 04, 2010

We hope you enjoyed your winter holiday vacation!

thursday, January 07, 2010 Students

from

Illing

Middle

School

Receive Letters from the White House As part of a lesson plan on letter writing, students in an eighth-grade language arts class had the option of writing letters to one of five celebrities. Two of the celebrities they had the opportunity to write were President Obama or his daughter Malia. Malia was chosen because she had entered middle school. Students who wrote to Malia received a personal response from Michelle Obama on behalf of her daughter, thanking them for their beautiful - 226 -


letters and kind words of advice as she entered middle school. Students who wrote to President Obama also received a separate letter back to them thanking them for their well-written letters. The students were excited to hear back from The First Family and said they would treasure these responses in their memories of middle school. tuesday, January 12, 2010

Earthquake Hits Haiti thursday, January 14, 2010 First Family Attends Malia’s Recital In a motorcade from the White House, the first family went to the Sidwell Friends School in Washington to attend Malia’s music recital. We know that Malia plays the piano, but what we don't know is whether she plays other instruments.

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FRIday, January 15, 2010

Help

the

People

in

Haiti Malia and Sasha's dad would like for everyone to help the people in Haiti. President Obama listed things we could do in America to help. We are glad to have this weblog so we can post what you need to do. Click the Help for Haiti logo. We're asking all kids to go to their piggy banks and take out some money. Then give your parents this money as a donation to help the people in Haiti. SUNday, January 17, 2010 Happy Birthday to Malia and Sasha’s Mom

First

Lady

Michelle

Obama

is

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Malia and Sasha will give their mom for her birthday.

We know that she had a surprise

birthday party last night at a restaurant that serves organic food. Malia and Sasha were not there, but their grandmother and some friends from Chicago were in attendance. Happy Birthday to our First Lady Michelle Obama!

Malia and Sasha Visit Vermont Avenue Baptist Church In Washington D.C., President Barack Obama speaks during church services at Vermont Avenue Baptist Church.

Michelle, Malia and Sasha were

also attended the services. speech

was

about

race,

President Obama’s struggle

and

hope

commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.

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MONday, January 18, 2010

Martin Luther King Holiday from MLK.Gov: On the Martin Luther King Holiday, people of all ages and backgrounds come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the ―Beloved Community‖ that Dr. King envisioned. Dr. Martin Luther King devoted his life’s work to causes of equality and social justice. He taught that through nonviolence and service to one

another,

problems

such

as

hunger

and

homelessness, prejudice and discrimination can be overcome. Dr. King’s teachings will continue to guide us in addressing our nation’s most pressing needs---poverty, economic insecurity, job loss, and education.

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Malia and Sasha Help Serve Hot Lunches to the Needy Today President Obama and his family are serving hot lunches to the needy at an organization in Washington called SOME -- So Others Might Eat. It is an event to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the federal holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader. First Lady Michelle Obama

was

there

with

her

mother

Marian

Robinson.

I think if Dr. Martin Luther King was still alive he would be amazed at how the world has changed, and he would really feel like he made a difference. I think he would be proud to see our first AfricanAmerican family in the White house. Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King, for all you did for us. --Kailysia

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Malia and Sasha have been in the White House for one year. Our Journey with Radiance and Rosebud ends here. Kailysia and Kaila‟s dream is to meet Malia and Sasha one day. I told them if it‟s God‟s will, their meeting will take place, hopefully in the near future. I know Our Journey with Radiance and Rosebud was a “tween” experience of a lifetime for K&K. Their trip was delightful and exciting, and filled with adventures beyond their imagination. I hope you enjoyed your journey as you flipped the pages thru and thru, and please encourage others to get a book and take the “journey” too.

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We

hope

you

enjoyed

and

learned

something you did not know by reading Our

Journey with Radiance and Rosebud.

We would like to thank our visitors for viewing our Malia and Sasha Fan Club site. Today we end our last post for this book. We are proud to say as of January 20, 2010, we have had 12,000 visits to our weblog from 105 countries!

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Just Like Me To see someone who looks like me My mind is puzzled Exactly how could this be? The media shows girls all of the time None quite like me None just unique, rare, a distinct kind I see your hair and itâ€&#x;s just like mine In ponytails, braids, platted or even straighten for those special times You play the same games that I play each day You even carry yourself in a different way Someone whose skin is identical to mine Brown, Bronze That color that only God could design Lord, I wonder how could it be Did you make more than one of me? Or did you just let the world see How talented, smart, and beautiful Your little brown girls could be.

Poem by Gwendolyn McNeary

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Tweenia Kaila and I are sisters, and Malia and Sasha are sisters. This section is about two old sisters who are in their mid and late 50’s. Grandma has one sister who is our great-aunt, but we call her Auntie. They are alike in many ways, but they are complete opposites when it comes to computers and decorating.

Auntie loves to

create things with scissors, glue, fabric, cardboard, etc.

She can just take simple things and make

something pretty. Grandma cannot make anything too good unless it involves the computer.

If you have a sister(s), what ways are you alike and what ways are you different? A few years ago, Auntie came up with an idea of creating a personalized doll. She felt the prettiest doll you could have was a doll that looked like yourself. She said that every child should have her own personalized doll. She made her first two dolls for her daughters (Chanelle and Tasha) and just took their photos and - 235 -


glued their faces on the cloth doll and dressed them up with pretty clothes and a wig. All of our family wanted dolls made, but the summer was over and Auntie had to go back to work teaching class. I was a baby and Kaila was not born when Auntie thought about creating dolls.

When we started the

MSFC weblog, we asked Auntie if she would make dolls for us to sell so we could donate some money to StandUp For Kids. She worked with a graphic artist and created a face to be airbrushed on. Since we’re tweens, she decided to name the doll Tweenia and this is why Tweenia was made.

I liked Tweenia, but I

wanted my face on the doll. Auntie just could not get the face glued on right. This is where grandma came in with her computer skills. Grandma and Auntie got together and TweeniaMe was created.

TweeniaMe

Tweenia

Kaila - 236 -

Kailysia


Our Auntie Michelle made us our very own Malia and Sasha dolls. Sorry, they are not for sale (smile).

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THE STORY OF TWEENIA One night while I lay in my bed, Another dream swirled through my head. I wish the world would truly see, A special dream God gave to me. And not just me, but you and YOU! We all have dreams that can come true. And so this doll was created to mean, Never give up, just follow your dream. She's soft and cuddly and oh so sweet, Her fragrance is my added treat! This time the dream was different you see, Because I had the dream and the dream came to be!

by Michelle Alana

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Tweenia is a beautiful realistic looking 18" cloth doll designed exclusively for MSFC StandUp For Kids charity. What Makes Tweenia different from Bratz, Barbie, Dora, and American Doll? Tweenia is soft and cuddley! She is filled with a sweet aroma. Tweenia wears a Kara-Lynn hair style by Monique that's very popular with tweens. Her dress is silver velvet with a ruffled skirt and shoes to match. But most of all Tweenia was created to represent YOU! TweeniaMe is made with your photograph. All TweeniaMeâ€&#x;s come with a hat that is attached to the dollâ€&#x;s head. TweeniaMe is more for show, not to be played with.

For more information on Tweenia go to www.msfcool.com and click Tweenia.

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MSFC stands for

Malia and Sasha Fan Club & Make School Forever Cool (Our Website)

***************************************** School is cool because … We listen We learn We laugh & We make lasting friendships ****************************************** Looking for some cool tween links and games? Looking for a “Make School Forever Cool” video? Go quickly to our website at: www.msfcool.com

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MSFC that's the place you want to be MSFC that's the place you want to be MSFC that's the place you want to be We want to make good choices when opportunity comes our way, We're going to serve our community learn new things every day We'll be friendly, fair to others that we meet, Courteous, respectful, our club will be. Yeah! Music created by our dad words by K&K To hear the MSFC Theme Song, go to www.msfcool.com , scroll your mouse over Games & More, click MSFC Song

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You have two secret messages written in Morse Code.

Mosaic by Ken Knowlton www.knowltonmosaics.com

Message 1 This is a famous quote from a famous person:

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www.hem-of-his-garment-bible-study.org/images

Message 2 This message comes from your Creator:

.-- .-. .. - . / - .... . / ...- .. ... .. --- -. --..-- / -- .- -.- . / .. - / .--. .-.. .- .. -. / / / .... .- -... -... .- -.- ..- -.- / ..--- --... ..--1. Go to our weblog and scroll down to the custom search. 2. Type in Morse Code and then hit Enter 3. Follow the instructions on the Morse Code page.

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PHOTOS

Hi! Iâ€&#x;m Kaila. Malia Obama and I were born on July 4th!

This is just one of our many books about the Obama Family!

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Here we are practicing for our book signing!

This is our letter from the White House signed by President Obama on November 6, 2009. - 245 -


We love meeting with Grandma and talking about cool ideas for our weblog.

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Pajama top and all, I like to start early working on our weblog. Kailysia

The final countdown for our weblog – visitors from all 50 states!! Kaila - 247 -


Our grandfather, Freddie Sanders (left), is pictured with President Obama on a campaign button with our uncle Joe (right).

Malia and Sashaâ€&#x;s mom and dad had a swing set installed on the White House lawn. Here is a sample image of the plaque that was placed on the playground system. You can view the original plaque by typing Malia & Sasha’s Castle in the custom search box at the bottom of our weblog.

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Learning Activities Directions: Choose two countries that Malia and Sasha visited and write facts that are different about each country in the outside columns. Then list five facts that are alike about both countries in the middle column. Name of Country___________ Facts only about this country

Similarities Things alike about both countries

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Name of Country___________ Facts only about this country


List 18 new things you learned by reading Our Journey with Radiance and Rosebud 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

Note: All MSFC activities can be found on our weblog side bar, just click

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100 QUESTIONS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22.

What is Malia and Sasha‟s secret code name? What is Malia and Sasha‟s favorite desert? Where do Malia and Sasha go to school? What did Malia and Sasha hand out on Thanksgiving Eve 2008? How many rooms are there in the White House? What is the name of the children‟s author who published the coloring book about President Obama? What is Malia and Sasha‟s favorite food? What activities do Malia and Sasha enjoy? Daughters Lola and Zahra wanted a play date with Malia and Sasha. What is their dad‟s name? Did Malia and Sasha ride the train to the inauguration? What children‟s network covered its first inauguration? What is the name of the school Malia and Sasha attended in Chicago? What was Malia and Sasha‟s late great grandmother‟s name? What did President Obama buy Malia and Sasha for Christmas (2008)? What did Malia say about the Lincoln Bedroom? What were the names of the two breeds of dogs for Malia and Sasha? Who was the first president to use the same Bible that Lincoln used for his inauguration? What did Malia and Sasha‟s dad explain in the letter he wrote to them? When is Michelle Obama‟s birthday? What two famous celebrities were at the Kid‟s concert? What is Malia and Sasha‟s grandmother‟s name? (Michelle Obama‟s mother) What did Malia and Sasha find behind the door on inauguration night? - 251 -


23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51.

What twins offered Malia and Sasha advice? What is Sasha‟s real name? Who wanted to join the basketball team? Where does the First Family go when they want to get away? Who was the first black artist to perform at the White House? Did the Obama family play Uno together? Where did Malia and Sasha see the sea lions? Did Malia and Sasha go to the Marine Amusement Park? What tween designer designed an outfit for Malia and Sasha‟s inauguration? Did Malia and Sasha meet the Jonas Brothers? What is Malia and Sasha‟s favorite cookie? Did Malia and Sasha write letters to Santa in December of 2008? What is Malia and Sasha‟s dog‟s name? What camp did Malia and Sasha visit? Did Malia and Sasha meet KeKe Palmer? Who sent a giant valentine to the White House? Who is NBC Today Show 2009 Kids Reporter? Who was the first African American woman nurse? What did the Obamas do on their first Easter at the White House? What columnist wrote a full article about the Malia Sasha Fan Club? What is the name of the Italian Ice Cream Malia and Sasha eat? Where did Malia and Sasha see The Lion King? Did President Obama win a Nobel Peace Prize? Who was invited to a DC school children‟s star party at the White House? Who was the host for the 2009 Tween Summit? Where did Malia and Sasha go first when they toured London? What was Malia and Sasha‟s big adventure on June 23? What did Nick Jonas talk to President Obama about? What concerts did Malia and Sasha go to? - 252 -


52. 53. 54. 55. 56.

57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75. 76. 77. 78.

Who won the Sasha headband Giveaway? Who won the Malia headband Giveaway? Trinidad is known for the land of what? Name 3 countries Malia and Sasha visited the summer of 2009. What question did Rebecca Kesler answer about Malia and Sasha to win $50,000 on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? What is Bo‟s brother‟s name? What is the difference between a stalactite and stalagmite? What is the largest country in the world? Name a book that Malia and Sasha‟s dad read to them. Where is the Kennedy Center? What two names did Malia and Sasha choose for their new dog before they named him Bo? What is an idiom? At the Good Stuff Eatery, what is the President Obama Burger topped with? Who is the Prime Minister of Britain? (2009) How many hula-hoop swivels did Malia and Sasha‟s mom do? How old was the lady who made a quilt for Bo? What did Malia and Sasha do on their first Thanksgiving in the White House? What did Malia and Sasha do on their first Christmas in the White House? When is President Obama‟s birthday? What is Kailysia and Kaila‟s dream? What city is considered the Bay Area? Where is Andrea‟s Beau located? What is the name of Kailysia and Kaila‟s favorite charity? What do Kaila and Malia have in common? What is the 12 year old boy‟s name who lives in Ghana and looks like President Obama and hopes to meet him. The Wonder Girls are from what country? Who is Lisa Leslie? - 253 -


79. What did Lisa Leslie present to President Obama to give to Malia and Sasha? 80. What does the MSFC weblog stand for? 81. What does the MSFC website stand for? 82. Malia and Sasha‟s swing set is made of 100% _____________? 83. Malia and Sasha helped save a turkey named__________for Thanksgiving, 2009. 84. What president started the turkey tradition? 85. How is the White House Christmas tree delivered? 91. Where did Malia and Sasha spend Christmas in 2009? 92. What movie did Malia and Sasha see on New Years Eve 2009? 93. What did Sasha give a “thumbs up” for? 94. What hemisphere do you live in? 95. Who was the voice of the spider in Charlotte‟s Web? 96. When is bedtime for Malia and Sasha? 97. What color do you wear on St. Patrick‟s Day? 98. Who is J. K. Rowling? 99. What did Bo give Oprah? 100.When are you going to join MSFC?

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A Message to Parents Predicting a man‟s future may not always be the results of appraising his educational background, understanding his upbringing, or examining his circumstances. Often the most important aspect of a man‟s future is determined by his

Our Creator was impartial and gave us all an imagination and a will, and the ability to dream. As parents, we should provide our children every opportunity to fulfill their dreams and aspirations. This is to say that as children grow up, we should cultivate and harvest their interests as venues for fulfilling their dreams. Basically, we‟re saying that if you can disrupt man‟s ability to dream, then you hinder his will to believe in his dreams. If this continues, ultimately man‟s future might be derailed or destroyed. It is our job as parents to provide environments that are conducive for dreaming. We are to protect the areas of our children‟s lives that dreams are initiated and cultivated, especially the heart and the mind. Therefore, we must be cognizant of what they are watching and who they are talking to. Good communication is always important in motivating positive relationships. If someone told you today that they would pay you a million dollars if you took a freshly sprouted flower and guaranteed its growth beyond 6ft, how much attention would you give that flower? You would more than likely spend time with it everyday. You would sacrifice time, own imagination, or should we say, his dreams.

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money, and effort to ensure that the flower received the essential amount of attention necessary for it to be healthy and to grow. You might even invest in some classes that would help you become more technologically advanced in cultivating that flower. You might possibly create a unique space for the flower to make sure that it is living in the best possible conditions. Perhaps we could go on and on regarding the infinite wisdom of horticulture. The point is that we see the value in the cultivation of a flower. The cultivating season is not fun sometimes and requires discipline when we would rather be selfish; however, it is the reward of a fully healthy cultivated flower that motivates us. Ok! No one has offered to give you a million bucks for a fully healthy cultivated child. Maybe not, but the reward of tranquility and blessings from the result of it is PRICELESS!!! As the parents of Kailysia and Kaila, our parenting skills have not always been perfect. We have made mistakes along the way and are still learning how to be the best parents. However, we have decided to dedicate our lives to making sure that the dreams that God has placed in their hearts are free to be expressed, communicated and cultivated. Just as many other tweens, our daughters enjoy watching television, surfing the Internet, and playing video games. Although we know they cannot be protected from everything in life, our goal is to limit television and other influences that might sway them from achieving their - 256 -


dreams. We desire our daughters to become their own trend setters by making wise choices and serving as good role models for others. Our goal is not to let MTV, BET, Disney, Nickelodeon, the Internet, or their friends set their trends for life, but that they become their own trend setters in the world. We are careful to judge what they are exposed to ALL THE TIME! There is never a day off, even though we know they can‟t be protected from everything. However, as their covering in the world, we should be the first to talk about the important things of life. We can share the truth! We can tell them that we love them and are proud of them in whatever they choose to do. We can be their biggest fans, if no one else is. Why? Because we know that a nurturing environment creates courage, sharpens the mind, develops focus, and grows faith. Thus the equation: DREAMS + FAITH + WORK = AN AWESOME FUTURE

As parents, our job involves protecting the atmosphere that dreams are born in, help develop our children‟s faith and becoming role models of good character and work ethics. It is our extreme pleasure to have shared with you a glimpse of our daughters‟ dreams, faith, and work. We hope you have found their book entertaining and inspiring, not only for your children but for many others across the globe. Kyle & Lisa Beckwith Kailysia & Kaila’s Parents - 257 -


Grandma’s Reflection:

The days go by~~the months fly~~ many years have passed away The next generation of children are here and they ponder . . . what was it like to be the first African-American girls to live in the White House?

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On March 21, 2009, President Obama was interviewed on CBS‟s “60 Minutes” and was asked how his girls were faring in the White House. He said they were adapting remarkably well, in ways that he just would not have expected. He added, “What‟s interesting is actually how unimpressed they are with it. I mean they – they‟re going to school. They are unchanged. They‟re the same sweet, engaging, happy, unpretentious kids that they were. They do seem to be having fun.” It hadn‟t been so long ago when my oldest granddaughter Kailysia, age 7 at the time, asked me, “Grandma, do you think we will ever have an AfricanAmerican president?” I didn‟t have to think long. I said, “No, not in my lifetime, but I‟m sure before your ripe old age, you‟ll get to see this historic event.” Less than two years later, I saw on television that Barack Obama was going to run for President of the United States. The first time I ever heard his name was from my girlfriend Gwen who said she believed he would make a great president. I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. I really had no idea who Barack Obama was until I listened to his heartfelt speech delivered at the 2004 Democratic Convention. I saw him again on the Oprah Winfrey Show. After seeing and hearing Mr. Obama, it brought back a thrill that I hadn‟t felt since Harold Washington became Chicago‟s first black mayor.

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A few months later my granddaughters asked me with anticipation and excitement, “Grandma, who are you going to vote for? I‟m voting for Barack Obama!” I said enthusiastically. They looked puzzled and said, “But Hillary is a girl!” I replied, “But Barack is an AfricanAmerican.” Then I asked them who they would vote for. They replied, “Well, we‟re girls, and we think women can do as well as men.” Yes, my granddaughters chose gender in the beginning, but they realized that if either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama became president, history would be made. My granddaughters soon changed their minds and climbed aboard the Obama bandwagon. I‟m not sure what won my granddaughters over to Mr. Obama‟s side, but I have no doubt that presidential daughters Malia and Sasha Obama played an important role. You would think it‟s enough that Barack Obama might become the first AfricanAmerican president. But what was even more exciting for Kailysia and Kaila was the idea of two African-American girls, almost their same age (tweens), living in the White House. January 20, 2009 On inaugural day, I watched television with teary eyes as Barack Obama proudly stood and took his oath of office as America‟s 44th president. Although my father was in the hospital on January 20th and I was very sad, my sadness - 260 -


turned to joy as I witnessed history being made. Immediately what came to mind was: “He‟s ready.” My dad lived only three months after the inauguration, and may not have realized that America had its first African-American president. I am grateful and blessed, however, that my mother is still living and witnessed this event. Since climbing aboard the Obama bandwagon, my granddaughters wanted to know more about presidential tweens Malia and Sasha Obama. Three days after the inauguration they were astonished by an invitation to appear on ABC‟s “Nightline” to talk about their Malia and Sasha Fan Club. Learning is a journey that never ends. My granddaughters Kailysia and Kaila took a virtual journey by following Malia and Sasha Obama via the news media. After such a fantastic trip, they asked me to help them publish a book using information from their weblog. We hope you have thoroughly enjoyed your Journey with Radiance and Rosebud.

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A grandmother's love becomes her permanent legacy and her timeless gift to the family. It is a gift to her children, to her grandchildren, and to subsequent generations. Grandchildren They lighten the darkest room; So mischievous, yet so innocent Lavishing love on you Wrapping you around their finger With their hugs and smiles, Bypassing mommy and daddy To ask Grandma or Grandpa For favors or treats; Knowing you will give in (At least sometimes!). Oh the thrill of a grandparent To hear "I love you, Grandma" Or, "I love you, Grandpa" It would melt even the coldest heart. What a joy they bring to our lives Filling any void that might exist, Giving opportunity and excuse To shop when otherwise not necessary; Playing their favorite games When baby-sitting How they tire you out! One would not exchange the value A grandchild brings Or the happiness and fulfillment That comes from having them tag along Or even cry for you when you leave; And you try to contain how you feel, Secretly. Never take them for granted, but always Thank God for his wonderful blessing of grandchildren! Poem by Beulah Luscombe (Courtney)

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POST INDEX ▼ 2010 (4) ▼ January (4) One Year for Malia and Sasha - Hooray! Malia and Sasha help serve hot lunches to the need... Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday Happy Birthday to Malia and Sasha's Mom Malia and Sasha visit Vermont Avenue Baptist Churc... Help the People in Haiti First Family attends Malia's Recital Earthquake hit Haiti today Illing Students Receive Letters From the White Hou... Welcome back Malia and Sasha New Years Day: Shaved Ice for Malia and Sasha 01/01/10 ▼ 2009 (179) 2009 (239) ▼ December (16) The Obama Family sees Avatar on New Years Eve First Tweens Have a Tropical Christmas The Obama Family in Hawaii Obama Family arrived in Hawaii From MSFC . . . Bo visits sick kids, barks at Santa A Visit to the Children's National Medical Center Look at Bo in the Snow! Shhh, don't Tell the President About His gift Lake Highland students to sing at White House Don't forget about the Tweens! Bo gives Oprah a high five! Andrea's Beau would like to offer you . . . MSFC Weblog Activities! Obama Family Lights National Christmas Tree Where is the Ellipse? ▼ November (16) - 265 -


Malia and Sasha at uncle's basketball game How is the White House Christmas tree delivered? We wish all of you a Blessed Holiday! The Obama family on Thanksgiving Malia pats a turkey named Courage Malia and Sasha attend a birthday dinner for Valer... Happy Anniversary MSFC Happy Birthday Kailysia! We finally taste one of Malia and Sasha's favorit... Congratulations Deidra! Happy Veterans Day! Cast your vote for Deidra! Last Day! Malia and Sasha's mom visits Seseme Street to help... Where are you going Malia and Sasha? Malia and Sasha attend Miley Cyrus Concert First White House Halloween for Malia and Sasha

â–ź October (21) Malia and Sasha receive vaccine for H1N1 Flu Obama Family Official Portrait Released! Dear Mrs. Obama, please come! Malia and Sasha's Mom Hits 142 at Hula Hoops Malia and Sasha's Dad keeps tab of what they are r... The President is a fan of Where the Wild Things Ar... Bo's Birthday Party with brother Cappy First Tweens Attend Fiesta Latina at the White Hou... Malia and Sasha's mom becomes honorary National Pr... Happy Birthday Mom! Report from the Tween Summit Malia, Sasha, Mom and Dad Congratulations to Malia and Sasha's dad for winni... Happy Birthday Bo! Malia and Sasha: Girls congratulate dad on Nobel, ... First Tweens Celebrate World Space Week with a Sta... First Ever Tween Summit! Sasha has a science fair coming up! Malia and Sasha's Dad Responds - 266 -


Happy Anniversary to President Obama and Michelle ... Thank You! ▼ September (11) Monument Quiz Go Malia Go! A Great Big Hug! What K&K thought about President Obama's Speech 9/11 Malia and Sasha's dad will speak to students today... A list of Malia and Sasha's Fantastic Summer Vacat... Happy Labor Day! What is Sasha doing? Download Bo's Trading Card! Way to go Bo! ▼ August (17) The First Family Vacation Comes to an End Obama responds to local girl‟s letter Obama's Children Have Local Pen Pals Happy Birthday Daddy! Senator Ted Kennedy died today Did you know? Bo heads to Martha's Vineyard Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: The $50,000 questio... Malia and Sasha tour Yellowstone and the Grand Can... Gelato or Ice Cream? Perseid Meteor Shower Malia and Sasha visited the Betsy Ross House Happy Anniversary Back to School: Bittersweet Who ordered the Obama Burger? Happy Birthday President Obama! WNBA Inspires Malia and Sasha ▼ July (19) Thank you Mr. Anonymous Malia and Sasha tour Luray Caverns - 267 -


Dear Miyania Malia and Sasha's grandmother says it's a wonderfu... Malia and Sasha at Madame Tussauds Are You SMARTER Than A 5th Grader? What happened on July 20, 1969? Wonder Girls Perform for US First Lady, Daughters TWEENS: All questions must be answered correctly Malia and Sasha went to the Jonas Brothers concert... Welcome back home Malia and Sasha! Afriyie hopes to meet President Obama Malia and Sasha arrive in Accra, Ghana Malia and Sasha met Pope Benedict XVI Take a tour with Malia and Sasha! Malia and Sasha are in Italy! Malia and Sasha lands in Moscow, Russia JOIN Happy Birthday to Kaila, Malia and America! ▼ June (20) Congratulations Malia and Sasha Lei it on Malia and Sasha Go To Beyonce Concert Nick Jonas Talks To Obama, Senate About Diabetes Hundreds gather in front of Michael Jackson‟s chil... Sash dunks her dad's chief of staff Malia and Sasha's big adventure Malia and Sasha with Dad Happy Father's Day! ▼ May (19) Go Tsunamis! Ukulele for Malia and Sasha Checking The Pulse: Tweens And Books Memorial Day Mrs. Dittmer's Summer Reading List Chaselyn sends letter to Malia and Sasha Valley girls thrilled by reply to their invitation... Students mailed cards and letters to Malia and Sas... Malia and Sasha's dad cheers at soccer game - 268 -


"Of The Tweens, By The Tweens, For The Tweens," Steelpans in White House - President took gifts ho... Sasha and Malia: The New Craze We hope you have a 96 year-old Missoula woman makes quilt for first d... National Day of Prayer First Lady Writes Peoria Second Grader Can you tell me anything about this photo? Presidential response; Obama answers letter to his... Malia Headband Giveaway from Andrea's Beau â–ź April (20) Giveaway entries start Friday! Giveaway! Brooklyn Girl's Letter From White House 'life-chan... The First Lady on Sleepovers, Gardens and That Cra... Happy Earth Day Bailey, one of 10 from the same litter! Now mee... Meet Bo's half sister! A post to our Great Grandfather The wait is over: The most famous dog in America i... Obamas Celebrate Easter with Fergie Malia and Sasha name their new puppy 'Bo' Happy Easter: The History of Easter MSFC Poll: Name of Malia and Sasha's Dog Obama Family to Welcome First Dog Tuesday Demi Lovato rises above Disney success President Obama's Sister Maya Soetoro-Ng Inks Book... Malia and Sasha's Mom and Dad meet Queen Elizabeth... Malia and Sasha's Mom Dines with J. K. Rowling! Two new kids' books: First Dog and Which Puppy? Malia and Sasha's dog arrived today - April Fools!... â–ź March (20) Malia and Sasha Trivia President Obama Recalls Sasha's Fight For Life 19 Facts About President Barack Obama The Candy in the little Canister: Starburst Michelle Obama Starts White House Organic Garden t... When is the first day of spring 2009? - 269 -


Malia and Sasha will go to Camp David for Spring B... President Obama Picks Memphis To Reach NCAA Final ... The Rock wants Barack Obama to play him in a biopi... Happy St. Patrick's Day Personalized Autographed books for Malia and Sasha... Budding U.S. scientists, including nine Indians me... Alicia Keys pays homage to American Icon Michelle ... A Briefing at Sidwell Rudy Huxtable on Sasha and Malia Obama Gifts for Malia and Sasha from British Prime Minis... President Obama Surprise Malia and Sasha with a Sw... Miley Cyrus Talks About Meeting Malia and Sasha Snow Day in the White House for Malia and Sasha Vote: Frank or Moose? ▼ February (25) Blog Of The Day Award! Malia and Sasha settle on breed: Portuguese Water ... Middle School Girl Guest of First Lady Fun Family Night Out “High School Musical's” Corbin Bleu Sasha Plays Ball! 1st set of Questions for Malia and Sasha Malia and Sasha Receive $1 A Week Allowance Julia Roberts Wants to Plan Play Date With Her Kid... Michelle Obama Opens the White House to Kids Congratulations Kailysia and Kaila: The Memphis B... Refugee kids‟ advice to the president Did you know? Happy Presidents Day! Nightline Video Surprise! Happy Valentine's Day Malia and Sasha Spend Valentine's Day in Chicago Greensboro Kids Send Giant Valentine To White Hous... Miley Cyrus, Hannah Montana Screening at White Hou... KeKe Palmer visits Malia and Sasha Malia and Sasha visit Camp David President and First Lady Make a Stop at Second Gra... First dog coming in the spring - 270 -


Miley Cyrus shares what it was like to perform for... Who would like to join a basketball team?

â–ź January (34) Our Favorite White House Photo of Malia and Sasha Unleashed! The Secret Lives of White House Pets What is Sasha's real name? Spanish club Sevilla presents Malia and Sasha with... What is this actor's name? When do you think Malia and Sasha will get their n... THANKS! Bush Twins Offer Malia and Sasha Advice Did you know? Sasha Gives Dad a 'Thumbs Up' Malia and Sasha find big surprise behind door Watch the Disney Kids Inaugural Ball Our First Lady: Malia and Sasha's mom (Michelle ... Our New First African-American Family! Malia and Sasha with Grandma on Inauguration Day Congratulations to Malia and Sasha's Dad: Preside... National Day Community Service in honor of Martin ... Malia on dad's swearing-in speech: 'Better be good... Malia Plays Photographer on Mom's Birthday Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers for inaugural-eve kids... A Letter from Dad to Daughters: What dog would you choose for Malia and Sasha? Malia and Sasha's Grandma will move to the White H... Obama family visits Lincoln Memorial First Dog Choices for Malia and Sasha Kids Inaugural Our famous quote from Malia Obama: Community Service Project: STANDUP FOR KIDS A Nintendo Wii for the White House! Awesome! Malia and Sasha prefer French toast to Fruit Loops... Malia and Sasha's lunch menu at Sidwell Friends Malia and Sasha are ready to go to their new schoo... Malia and Sasha arrive safely in Chicago - 271 -


Happy New Year Everybody! ▼ December (22) Oh No...Uno! Malia and Sasha check out the sea lions Malia and Sasha head to marine amusement park Malia and Sasha eat at mall in Hawaii Thank you Nikki Grimes Merry Christmas Everyone! Malia and Sasha attend great-grandmother's memorial ser... Kids' Concert Added to Inauguration Lineup Malia and Sasha heading to Hawaii for family vacat... Malia and Sasha say goodbye to their Chicago Schoo... Nickelodeon planning first inauguration coverage Designer Sally Miller offers her clothing ideas fo... Malia and Sasha will ride the train to Inauguratio... Malia and Sasha get their Christmas Tree Chris Rock: My Girls Want a Playdate with Obama's ... Our Malia and Sasha Collage Malia and Sasha's Activities Malia and Sasha Wanted Jonas Brothers Onstage At D... Malia and Sasha's favorite food Shen native pens Obama coloring book Malia and Sasha Influence Style Inauguration '09 - What should Malia and Sasha wea... Chocolate Chunk Cookies for Malia and Sasha ▼ November (15) How many rooms? Malia and Sasha sent their wish to Santa Malia and Sasha will have to “scoop the poop” Happy Thanksgiving! Malia and Sasha on Essence Magazine Cover Malia and Sasha will have to make up their beds in... Malia and Sasha Give Back on Thanksgiving Eve TV's Fall Ratings Hit: Meet the Obamas Malia and Sasha's New School What is Malia and Sasha's Favorite Dessert? Secret Service Code Name - 272 -


Wikipedia Malia and Sasha Information Malia and Sasha Obama invited on Hannah Montana sh... Our Favorite photo of Malia and Sasha What kind of dog do you think Malia and Sasha should have?

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Letter from our Congressman January 20, 2010–The end of our journey for the book January 21, 2010–Our family fasted and prayed January 22, 2010 –We received an email from Congressman Steve Cohen

We’re on our way to the 2010 Easter Egg Roll!

Thank you, Congressman Cohen

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Our Journey with Radiance and Rosebud is about two sisters taking a virtual journey with President Obama’s daughters by following them via the news media. The book blossomed from creating the Malia and Sasha Fan Club for kids who are fascinated with America’s First Tweens. Although this is a children’s book targeted for this age group, Our Journey with Radiance and Rosebud involves three generations. There is a message for parents and also a reflection from grandma. Hi there. My name is Ellen McCarthy and I'm a reporter at The Washington Post. I'm working on a story about kids who are fans of Malia and Sasha. It seems like I've come to the right place. Washington Post Recipient of headband giveaway from Andrea’s Beau: Thank you so much! My daughter Mary is so excited! She is 8 years old and in the 2nd grade here in Maryland. We are big fans of Sasha, Malia, the First Lady and the President! Mary wants me to be sure to tell you that she enjoys reading the blog, and to please say hello to Kailysia and Kaila for her. She sends her thanks to you for your kindness and generosity. Peace and Blessings, Ann G. (Parent) I wanted to let you know that I was interviewed by my local newspaper yesterday for an article to be run on Inauguration Day. The writer asked me if there was anything special that sticks in my mind throughout the whole taking orders time. I told him that one of my proudest moments was to be featured on your granddaughters' website. Chris Offenburger Walsh Childrens’ Author If you're as sick as I am of all the anger, hatred and negative energy that has been afflicting our country lately, this book is the perfect pick-me-up. By looking at recent events from a tween's point of view, these two girls remind us what America's real values are and why, despite everything, it's still the greatest country in the world. Martin Snapp, columnist for the Bay Area News Group

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America's First Daughters

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