Sunday, April 20, 2008

Cooking, and the Car Wash

Safa came up with the idea of a cook-off between her and Hamza today, a sort of 'Iron Chef' Khan family style, so to speak. Zakir picked the secret ingredient, strawberries, and our budding chefs got to work. The judging was based on creativity, taste, presentation and how clean their workspace was at the end of it all. Safa's dessert was a trifle of sorts, vanilla pudding layers with fresh strawberries, and topped with flavored sugar crystals. Definitely a 10 for taste, but lacking a bit in clean-up and presentation. Hamza's drink ranked high in presentation (OK, the sugar coated glass rims were actually my idea!), but his strawberry, banana, peanut butter smoothie wasn't quite perfect in taste. I have to admit I just don't like peanut butter, but I give him credit for the effort. Plus he actually found the recipe online, so the points he would have lost in creativity, he earned in resourcefulness. The 'secret ingredient' for next Sunday has already been revealed, we thought we'd give them a head start. I wonder what they'll do with noodles? I think this could be the start of a fun trend in our home!


Today was car-wash day, the MINI and Zakir's Audi got a thorough cleaning, and the process was great fun for the kids. Bilal came in the house soaking wet and very happy; apparently he enjoyed soaking everyone with the garden hose, so Zakir gave him a squirt, or two, or three also.


Hard at work, and enjoying it

I'm wet!

I also started working on Safa's room this weekend, as promised, well, about 6 months ago. That was when I finished painting and furnishing Bilal's room and had promised Safa that her room was next. OK, I'm a procrastinator, I admit it, but at least work has commenced. Zakir repaired the broken shelf in her closet and I steamed off the cloud decals that she inherited when she moved into that room. We aren't going to paint the walls; they're a pretty blue color, instead we are going to apply some wall art, and finally get her some drapes to cover those ugly white blinds. This will probably take several weekends, since I don't see much happening during the week. I still haven't finished last Thursday's office work, that's just not what weekends are for!

Tuesday is our fourteenth wedding anniversary, and I think we're finally ready to 'cut the cord'. Monday night (Vicki couldn't come Tuesday) Zakir and I are going out to dinner. We haven't gone out without the kids since before Bilal was born, so this is waaayyyyy overdue. The hardest thing is knowing that neither Zakir nor I will be there at Bilal's bedtime. It's probably not such a big deal, but it's never happened. Even when he was in the hospital after open heart surgery I spent every night sitting next to him, reluctant to travel the twenty minutes to our house where I could have slept in my own bed. And now we have a bedtime routine that helps our little wildman unwind and get ready to go into his crib, and I won't be there for him! We know that he doesn't like the slightest deviation from his usual schedule, so I don't know how this will go! The positive side is that he adores Vicki, and she has been caring for him for more than a year, we're not leaving him with an unfamiliar person. Plus Safa and Hamza will be home so he can 'tuck them in' as he usually does before he goes to bed. Still, I'm a bit nervous.

2 comments:

Tina said...

I love watching the iron chef - what a great idea! I also know about the anxiety of leaving, especially with Vaeh having the button. I'm really the only one who knows how to put it back in, so needless to say when we're able to get away its not very far! Hopefully you all enjoy your dinner! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Vanessa said...

Sounds like you guys are having alot of fun! I too washed my car yesterday. Sometimes its the last thing I think of, but it really needed.

Hope you had a wonderful dinner. Happy Anniversary!

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