I'm a mom of three wonderful children: my princess Safa, my rascal Hamza and my heart baby Bilal. He was born with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot, and with the grace of God has done great since his repair. I have been married to my husband Zakir for 22 years. I work part time as a family physician, running a medical practice with my hubby, and spend lots of great time at home with my kids.
My husband, my friend and business partner. We consider ourselves citizens of the world, having lived in many different places including Pakistan, Hawaii, Connecticut and our present home in Alabama. Our latest venture together is the medical practice we run. One of the perks of working together is that we eat lunch together three times a week, albeit boxed meals while sitting at a desk. Couldn't be much better than that!
My first born, and probably the easiest of the three, (so far at least), a beautiful child inside and out. Of all her characteristics the one I love and admire the most has to be her sensitivity, compassion and empathy towards others. She is a bright, friendly college sophomore who is both intelligent and fun-loving. Her current interests aside from school include Karate, she is a second degree black belt, and plays the guitar, both acoustic and electric. Although playing the guitar doesn't come naturally to her she does enjoy it, and we are hoping that the determination and tenacity she expresses in other areas of her life will soon rub off onto her guitar playing. She also enjoys debate, and writing poetry.
He was the youngest child for nearly eight years, and it wasn't easy for him to give up that position. But he is a cool big brother who has taught Bilal 'the ropes', such as how to jump off furniture and how to wield a light saber. Hamza is a bright, energetic young man who needs to be constantly challenged to keep him out of trouble. He is a bit of a math wiz, and can often solve math problems in his head quicker than Safa can with a calculator. He is a third degree black belt holder in Heiwado karate and also loves to be outdoors, riding his bike and playing basketball.
The baby of the family, he gets away with a lot just by turning on that cute little smile of his. Today he is the picture of health with his rosy cheeks and bright eyes, but it wasn't always that way. Bilal was born with a broken heart, tetralogy of fallot, to be precise, which is a cluster of four unique heart defects. He underwent open heart surgery at the young age of 8 weeks, and made an amazing recovery. The same fighting spirit that helped him heal so rapidly is reflected in his personality. We are constantly challenged to channel and soften that spirit, without crushing it. It is a part of who he is. This summer he celebrated his tenth birthday.
Our fifteen year old red tabby, who has a temperament to go with it
She was a malnourished ball of fuzz when we adopted her twelve years ago, now she's queen of the castle
Our canine furry friend is a six year old Great Pyrenees, who loves the cold weather, and hates water.
Ms. Lola Cherry Cola is the newest member of the Khan family zoo, a young chinchilla, and Safa's personal pet.
We ate at a variety of restaurants while on vacation. One of them actually encouraged you to shell and eat peanuts while waiting to be seated, then while waiting for the orders to be made, and scattered the shells anywhere and everywhere. It rather grossed me out, but didn't seem to bother anyone else, especially Zakir, who willingly participated.
But I admit, the paper tablecloth was quite novel, and the kids entertained themselves for quite a while.
'My dog is very white and fluffy'
Hamza got straight to work. It started simply enough with one math team formula.
And then it expanded.
And then he went rather crazy.
Until there was barely any space left to write on. More math team formulae!
I honestly don't think I have ever seen a child love math this much! Considering it was Spring Break!
We got home from Myrtle Beach on Friday evening. It wasn't the best homecoming, but more on that later. I still have a lot to share from our vacation. We spent a short while at the Nascar Speedpark while we were there last week. The kids really enjoyed riding the go-karts.
Bilal was too little to ride the real thing by himself
And then we had a little fun in the arcade before we headed out for some outlet shopping.
You can see they are wearing sweaters and sweatshirts. the last couple of days of our vacation were a little chilly, for sure.
Bilal has been asking Safa to design him a pair of shoes as she has done for herself and friends in the past. So when we finally found a pair of white shoes in his size we got them and Safa set to work. Bilal's request was dinosaur shoes, and this is what she came up with:
I think she did a great job. She just has to use a sealant and they will be good to go!
And we actually made it to the beach! After a chilly, dull morning, and a couple of cool days before that, the sun smiled down on us today. We walked down the Boardwalk and took in the sights of Myrtle Beach, with a cloudy sky and a little chill in the air.
We stopped at Pier 14 for a tasty lunch and some smoothies for the kids.
And we got our first (maybe only) family photo of the trip, compliments of our very nice server.
After lunch we walked out on to the pier, then back up towards the hotel. By then the sky had turned a beautiful shade of blue, the clouds were long gone and it had even warmed up!
So we headed right back out, this time to get a taste of the sand in our toes.
Bilal ventured into the water some, even though it was chilly. But it was just lovely, sitting in the sand for a while, enjoying the gorgeous sun basking down, as the waves were crashing on the beach. Blissful!
It's a beautiful morning and I am sitting on the balcony of our condo, sipping a cup of tea and enjoying the ocean view with a cool breeze blowing. Spring Break has started, and yesterday we drove to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to enjoy a few days away from home and work. We have come without any fixed plans, but I'm sure we'll find plenty to do, along with lots of down time. Looking forward to a relaxing few days, before we have to head back home, and to the humdrum of everyday life.
I finally managed to take Bilal to get that mop on his head reduced today. Safa also had a trim, but it barely made a difference in the length of her hair. It was such a relief to get all that excess hair off his head!
And did I mention that Bilal pulled out another classmate's tooth a couple of weeks ago? Apparently he really is becoming the class dentist!