Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A New Year

2013 has been an eventful year in many ways, but most of all with the construction of our new home. We are now well settled in our home, although there is still work to be done to have the home completely organized. But we are so much farther into it than almost 2 months ago when we moved in, so the rest will eventually fall into place too, I'm sure.

Safa started her senior year in high school, which is a crazy busy year for her, and Hamza is now a tenth grader. They are not only busy with school, but they've also managed to keep quite a social life. Well, Safa for sure, although Hamza has had his share of spending time with friends. Bilal is a second grader this year, and it's a blessing that this is the first school year that he hasn't missed a ton of school from being sick with sinus mess. Sinus surgery earlier in February really was a great idea. Although he has had his fair share of sinus infections since then, they have all been relatively easy to treat.

With the move, we have haven't had the opportunity to travel much this year, although we hope to remedy this in 2014. A trip to Pakistan might be in the works, depending on several things, especially work, of course. But it would be nice to go back home for sure, even if it's in the heat of the summer. Our last trip was in 2011, so it's due.

And how did we spend New Year's Eve? Nothing big, like most years. Safa had a couple of friends over to spend the night.

They celebrated their New Year in their own unique way, with 2014 glasses and lots of candy.

Hamza went to a friend's house for a get together, including fireworks. But he was back home well before midnight. We had the cousins over for dinner (actually they brought half of the meal with them), and Bilal asked to go to their house to spend the night. Since it was OK with everyone we packed his bag and sent him on his way with them, with the plan to pick him up some time mid morning. But we got a call an hour or so later that Bilal had a headache and had thrown up, and wanted to come home. So back home he came, and spent the night in our room on his makeshift bed on the floor. This is the third time in a month that he has had a headache like this, I think he is starting to have migraines. My poor baby! Hopefully this isn't something that will continue. He's been through enough! Luckily after a good night's sleep and some Tylenol he was feeling fine this morning. And he'll get to spend the day with his cousins tomorrow anyway, when Safa babysits. He did have a chance today to play with the sparklers Hamza brought home for him.

Hoping and praying for a prosperous new year for all our friends and family. 2014 has a good feel about it.


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