Friday, August 21, 2009

News from the Household

It's been hot and humid, with frequent showers, but Bilal and I managed to get out a bit today and play on his trike. He was begging to go into the yard, but the lawn is quite water logged, not to mention the fact that the humidity gets to me more than the heat. But we did spend a little quality time outdoors.

That is after he made a mess with his toys indoors. It's no fun playing blocks unless you dump them all out!

I have to admit, he is getting better at cleaning up his messes. He is starting to understand that if Mama says "We can't play outside until you clean up", it means, "We can't play outside until you clean up". Plain and simple. As long as I am there helping him a bit he will put his toys away.

Tonight marks the start of the holy month of Ramadan, a month of prayer, meditation and extra blessings. Tomorrow morning we will get up around 4am to eat breakfast, and then remain in a fasting state until sunset. No food, no drink, for about 15 hours. Safa has been fasting very regularly for the past several years; this year I am encouraging Hamza to fast more often also. In a couple of years he will be required to. Since the Islamic months are determined by the lunar calender (the year is about 10 days shorter than in the Gregorian calender), the months shift back by 10 days every year. So next year we will start Ramadan earlier in August, meaning longer, hotter days, and so on, until eventually we will be fasting in winter time.

We also plan to go to Atlanta tomorrow, for our much anticipated trip to Ikea. I just wish we didn't haven't to travel for 2 and 1/2 hours just to go to the furniture store, but I'm sure it will be worth it.

Poor Vader (Hamza's betta fish) died today. He had been acting sickly for several days, so I wasn't surprised, but it's so heartbreaking when you lose a pet, even if it's just a little fish! He doesn't want another fish to replace Vader, so we are now down to three pets (our cats, and Safa's new fish, Zing).

Ramadan Mubarak!


The Portas said...

Oh dear, Elijah does not know the meaning of picking up after himself yet. I guess that's next on the list of things to get started on.

Sorry to hear about the death of Hamza's fishy. :( RIP!

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