Sunday, March 23, 2008

Back in Birmingham

We had a great time in Mobile, visited some key landmarks and just hung out with Farah and Adeel the rest of the time. Dinner at Felix's Fish Camp Restaurant was delicious, and we go some great views of Mobile bay around sunset. Unfortunately the sky clouded over right before the sun set, but the sights were still lovely.

On Saturday we went to Battleship Memorial Park. Hamza and Bilal were in kiddie heaven. They are both fascinated by airplanes. I was surprised to know how much Hamza knows about some of the military airplanes, and basically Bilal just ran around shouting "Ai Yai!", his word for airplane. After checking out the planes we spent some time on the USS Alabama. There's a piece of history for you! The ship has been very well preserved, and is full of historical artifacts. We spent a lot more time there than we ever expected to, there was so much to see.

After the park we drove to Foley to the factory outlets, and did some serious shopping. It wasn't until we were headed back to the car that Safa reminded me that I hadn't bought a single thing for myself. That tends to happen a lot, I get caught up in buying things for the kids and don't realize that I didn't get myself anything. I guess I just got caught up in all the cool kiddie clothing outlets.

In the evening we went to Shogun for Hibachi. It was funny, because Bilal obviously remebered the last time we went to a steakhouse just a few weeks ago, because he kept hiding his face even before the chef even lit the fire. He did enjoy the meal, although he kept telling the chef "Bye", while he was cleaning up the grill. He feasted on rice, noodles and a lot of veggies. I don't know what it is about Hibachi that the kids always want to eat at a Japanese steakhouse. The menu's always the same!

We obviously managed to wear out the kids enough, all three of them slept in until about 8:30am this morning, and as a result Zakir and I got some extra shut-eye, that's pretty rare!

Even though the trip was a lot of fun, it was still great to come home. Safa's special request was 'real food', or home cooked food, since we had eaten out every meal except one breakfast while we were in Mobile. So we all sat down to a home cooked meal of chicken curry and rice this evening. All three of them were tucked in before 8 o'clock this evening, so I have had a chance to sit down and relax before work as usual tomorrow.


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