Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sunny day

Sometimes we manage to pack a lot of fun into one day, and we has just such a Saturday a couple of weeks ago. Sadly, Zakir wasn't able to join in the fun because he had a conference to attend, but the boys and I made the most of it.

Bilal and I started the morning of with a couple of highly competitive games of Jenga.

Later, I took the boys out and we had a picnic in the park. The weather was perfect for some outdoor fun.

In the afternoon, Hefty received a long overdue bath, with special spa treatment. I really don't want to share the 'before' pictures, too embarrassing!

Even the interior was squeaky clean by the time the boys were done. Of course, with the amount of driving I do in an average week, it wasn't destined to stay clean for long, but for a few hours, at least, it passed the White Glove test!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Getting chilly

First fire of the season:

And it's only early November. I wonder how it's going to feel for the rest of the winter? There's nothing more heartwarming than logs burning in the fireplace!

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Fall weekend outdoors

Sometimes it feels like we don't slow down enough to take in the beauty of our surroundings. So last Saturday we made the extra effort to head outdoors to enjoy the beautiful color changing foliage of our Alabama Fall.

On the recommendation of a friend we headed to Horse Pens 40, which is a nature park no more than a 45 minute drive from our home. I can't believe we'd never checked out this hidden gem ever before! The park is home to some amazing natural rock formations, as well as a great variety of flora and fauna. The day was chilly and brisk, but the sun was bright, making for a gorgeous fall day.

As soon as Bilal saw the opportunity for climbing, he was in heaven.

It was hard to keep up with him!

And if you think our dear teenager did not accompany us on this trip, you'd be wrong. He was hard to keep up with too, but because he didn't want anything to do with us. Maybe waking him up at 10:30am was just too early for him! So he acted like the elusive sixteen year old he can be. Yes, he's there, in the distance!

And up there, on that rock:

But we didn't let his reluctance bring us down, it was a beautiful day!

Bilal was so disappointed to leave, he just couldn't have enough of climbing rocks. We will probably have to bring him back again some day soon!

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