Sunday, April 29, 2012

A different generation

Safa was babysitting her little cousins a few days ago. Mobeen was playing with the iPad and she asked him, "Want to play pat-a-cake?"

His response, as he handed her the iPad, "Sure. Can you download it for me?"

And later, she was making shadow puppets on the wall with her hands, for the little boys, when Mohsin piped out, "Just like the Xbox!"

Kids and technology these days!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Kids at the playground

Sunday afternoon was perfect for a ride to the playground. The park we chose is most appropriate for kids six and under, so it couldn't have been better for the little guys. The boys had a lot of fun.








And Atlas came along for the outing too.

He was a celebrity! He shook hands with, and got petted by more kids and adults than he ever has before.


He took it all in, and just loved it!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lucky me!

I had the chance to visit this adorable little guy today!

Our friend Christina had her baby yesterday. So glad I had the chance today to go see him before they went home from the hospital.

Isn't he precious? And Christina looks great too!

Welcome to the world, little Wyatt!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Our anniversary

Today Zakir and I are celebrating 18 years of marriage. We have continued to grow closer over the years, despite the inevitable ups and downs that all families tend to have over the years. Looking back at some of the old photos makes it feel like yesterday. But here we are, so many years later, with three wonderful children, a lovely home, a business partnership and so much more to show for it!

And I think it is the first time in eighteen years that Zakir even made me breakfast in bed this morning! A delicious frittata with toast. I can say that so many years later he's finally learning, hah!

Otherwise today it's been a typical day so far; I am at Sunday school with the boys, Safa is at home (hopefully studying) and Zakir is up at the hospital working, since he's on call. We hope to get out this evening and have a nice quiet dinner somewhere.

The end of the school year is drawing close already. Bilal has started saying "I'm nearly in first grade" and "I'm nearly six years old!". Please don't remind me hon, life is going by at too fast a pace already!

I am so blessed, I love my crazy, busy life!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Again!

Mohsin loved the huge inflatable slides at Ijump. He was completely fearless and couldn't have enough of them!

"Again!"

Headed back up
And down

So much fun!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Kindergarten program

It's Tuesday and I'm not working, but I have done so much this morning that I'm almost wondering if it would have been more relaxing to go to work! But with the kids at school I don't have to stop every five minutes and mediate between their fights, so I have got a lot accomplished. I have even got a head start on dinner for tonight! Finally decided to sit down and have a little break.

Last night we went to Bilal's kindergarten program at Paine. Can you guess the theme?

Yes! All the songs were about zoo animals. So much fun! This is Bilal just before the program started.



Mrs. Murray was the music teacher at Paine when Safa and Hamza were little. She's been around for a long time and kids love her.


Bilal's class was in one of the back rows and there were lots of kids in front of him who were taller than him, so we didn't get to see him much. Can you see him in the back?


It was a fun program, especially watching all the five and six year olds try to dance without knocking each other over, hah!

And speaking of the zoo, I will be chaperoning Bilal's class to the zoo in May. Was I crazy to sign up for a zoo trip in summer weather?! At the last field trip to the Pumpkin Patch it was 55 degrees, but felt more like forty. I just hope it's not 100 degrees this time!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Great Afternoon

After a rather cool morning the weather was gorgeous this afternoon. Zakir decided to give Atlas a much needed bath. The dog was not thrilled.


Definitely not his favorite activity! But the end result made it worth it, after he dried off and started looking more like himself. Look at that fluffy pup!


And best of all, I got my nephew fix! Love it when the babies come over!


We had a blast playing outdoors.


I actually managed to lure Safa off the sofa to come outside and join in the fun! That's a real accomplishment!








And she asked for a picture with her Baba, because there just aren't enough of those.


I love this one!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Why the Award?

As I mentioned in last night's post, Safa was among a total of 100 tenth grade students in Jefferson County who got honored at an event last night. These are a group of students called super scholars. They scored the highest scored in the county based on their PSAT/NMSQT scores (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). For their achievement they were introduced by their principal and recognized by the superintendent of Jefferson County schools, Dr. Hammonds. Safa, and her fellow students were presented with a certificate and a gold pin. 

 

The keynote speakers were a group of medical/dental students who had all graduated from JCIB ten years ago, and all were about to graduate from either medical or dental school.It was a pleasure to listen to these successful young adults who were, only a few years ago, sitting just where the current 10th graders were last night.

After the one hour ceremony we gathered the students together for some photos.







And to end the evening on an even better note, a group of parents took their super scholars out to Yogurt Mountain for frozen yogurt.


Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Jefferson County Super Scholars

Safa and many of her classmates were honored at an event hosted at Birmingham Southern College this evening. It's late now, so I'll share the details later. But here is a group photo of some of her friends who received an award.

More tomorrow!

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