Friday, August 29, 2008

Hurry, hurry!

Today was the third time since the start of the school year that Hamza woke up, got dressed, brushed his teeth, had breakfast and was at the bus stop in 10 minutes flat! He forgot to set the alarm on his iHome today again, and I dozed off after Zakir left for work very early this morning. It wasn't until 6:48 that I realized Hamza was still asleep. The bus comes to the stop sign down the road right at 7:00am. Luckily I have been pressing him to pack his bag the night before, so he didn't have homework and textbooks strewn all over the kitchen. OK, I should probably be the one to wake the kids up, but I am so used to them being on auto-pilot in the mornings for the past couple of years that I rarely even go upstairs in the morning, except to pick up Bilal when he wakes up.

I spent a couple of hours at Hamza's school this morning, volunteering for the fundraiser that is going on right now. It never ceases to amaze me how many parents, both moms and dads are willing to volunteer their time at our school, in response to one single email from the PTA volunteer coordinator. I am so glad that our kids are in a school system where parents are so involved and pro-active. Until this year I've not really been able to give much time to the school, since I was previously employed 40+ hours a week, then I wouldn't leave Bilal except for work when he was younger. Now if the school needs help I can just block my schedule and take a day off work. That's definitely one of the benefits of being self-employed, although paying for your own health insurance has to be the worst thing.

I caught Zakir taking a little midday siesta today, and I thought this was cute:

Zakir, with Bilal's blankie wrapped around his neck...... like son, like father

And these pictures are from a couple of days ago:

Hamza was sitting on my bed and Bilal was on the floor, next to the bed. Both my boys said they were "checking my email". I know that Hamza sends and receives emails from his grandparents, but I wonder who Bilal has been getting emails from? He has to mimic everything Hamza does.


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