20170807

A Pilgrimage

I will be going away for a while.. 
We will be going away for a while..
We are going on a pilgrimage.. the boys will be home with family.
I don't know what to tell you because I don't really know how to describe it.. 
You can read a bit more about it here 

I hope to be back to blogging by the end of September.. 

Enjoy the rest of your summers.. and pray for our safe journey and return.
       
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20170731

20 Questions with D


1. What is your favorite color? Gold
2. What is your favorite toy/game? Trouble
3. What is your favorite fruit? Raspberries 
4. What is your favorite food? Pizza
5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Blue Ribbon Strawberry
7a. What is your favorite tv show? Odd Squad
7b. Favorite Movie Captain Underpants
8. What is your favorite animal? Rabbit
9.What is your favorite city/country? Myrtle Beach
10. What is your favorite song? All About the Bass - Megan Trainer (lol)
11. What is your favorite book? Curious George - Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
12. Who is your best friend? Hussein C and AQ
13. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Playing Tennis
14. What do you want to be when you grow up? Astronaut
15. What is your favorite thing to do with mummy? Playing board games
16. What is your favorite thing to do with baba? Playing board games
17. What is your favorite thing to do with H? playing
18. What makes you feel sad? When a toy gets lost
19. What makes you feel happy? When I get a lollipop
20. What was your favorite thing about your birthday? Watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway

To take a look back here are
20 Questions with D at 4
20 Questions with D at 5
20 Questions with D at 6
     
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20170724

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

D's Birthday wasn't the only thing we were celebrating this summer. Just days after school ended we were informed that D had been selected for a gifted program in school! Letting the proud mama moment soak in for a bit :)

Earlier in the year D had completed his first big chapter book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' all by himself and when we discovered that Willy Wonka was coming to Broadway we knew we had to go see it. It was his reward for working so hard throughout the school year and doing so well. But before we went to see the show we took a trip down to Hershey's Chocolate Factory in Pennsylvania to make some chocolate. M's sister had come to visit with her husband and kids and it was a fun way to spend the day. Though I do think they went a little crazy with the hairnet requirements.






and then earlier this month we took D to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway. 





It was a fantastic show.. a great first experience for D. I couldn't have imagined a better way to introduce him to the magic of theater. He sat at the edge of his seat, the performances magnificent. I was a little unsure of how they would translate the book in terms of book design and surprisingly they went with a very minimalistic approach and yet it worked perfectly. 

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20170717

D's High Flying 7th Birthday

For the last 2 years D has wanted to go parasailing.. the first year he was to small and the last it was too windy and our trip got canceled. So when his birthday came around we decided to take him along with two of his best friends parasailing.




       
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20170710

lately

I haven't blogged in a bit. Since the summer vacations started things have been busier that I had expected. Ramadan ended and we let off some steam by having friends and family over, then being invited by friends.


Also pretty much immediately started D's crash course swim class.. he hadn't been making much progress with all the years of classes he has taken so when someone recommended a crash course they claimed worked wonders with their child I signed him up.. it was a bit of a drive which meant I lost 3 hours every morning but D learnt how to swim.. So I am a believer and we will be doing this crash course every summer. 

We have been trying our hand at growing a few things this year.. my mother in law is growing mint and coriander while I'm growing strawberries. It has been an inconsistent crop.. we get like two red strawberries every few days and most have so far been consumed by H so we can't be sure if they even taste sweet.  


D turned 7 and more post about that will follow. He requested a homemade confetti cake with orange frosting.


      
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20170623

Friday Photography



Saved - In the Vatican City, inside St. Peter’s Basilica among the extravagantly ornate ceilings, the statues and paintings, above the Throne of St. Peter was a stained glass window with a dove also known as Bernini's 'Holy Spirit'. Simple by comparison but stunning none the less.

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20170619

Washington DC

The 10 hour drive from Myrtle Beach to home seemed far too long especially at the end of a trip when crankiness starts to emerge. So we decided to stop a night in DC before heading home. We left Myrtle Beach early in the morning grabbing breakfast on the go and we were in DC by the late afternoon. We spent an hour driving around pointing things out to the in laws.. making a stop here or there. Having already been to DC twice we were not as inclined to do a more a detail tour of the National Mall.


After settling in at the hotel we walked towards dinner.. we have a Nando's back home and my taste buds have such fond memories of the chicken.. when I found out DC had a Nando's and it was a three minute walk away from our hotel I knew we had to go and it did not disappoint. nom nom.. sorry no pictures.. too busy devouring it all.

The next morning we packed up and were ready to hit the road.. with just a detour or two first. When in DC breakfast must be done at Founding Farmers.. we love the place and tell everyone about it. Unfortunately they were booked solid that Easter Sunday :( and we had to make other plans. Instead we stopped by Busboys and Poets love the name! 


Eggs Benedict with Crab Meat 

Our second stop was the Air Space Museum. I wish we had time to do more museums but we barely had enough time to fully explore one if we wanted to get back home at a reasonable hour.





and then home sweet home. 


       
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20170612

Myrtle Beach

From Charlotte to Savannah and then to Charleston, finally we found ourselves in Myrtle Beach. With the way the weather has been we weren't sure how warm it would be so I tried to find a resort the had enough indoor activities in case it was too cold outside. With two indoor water parks Dunes Village seemed to fit the bill. While through out the trip the 6 of us for making it work in a single room with double beds here we were finally able to enjoy an apartment style room with two bedroom and two baths.. !! :) 

The Water Park



The Beach.. we got amazing weather :)




We had lunch at Rooster's in Broadway at the Beach, a boardwalk style promenade with shops and rides. For dinner we had Shawarma Company delivered to our room.. there is something so satisfying about being freshly showered eating in your pj's after a day of fun. The next morning we ate the breakfast buffet at the hotel.. seriously lacking in all departments but very convenient. We ate lunch at the hotel as well.. at the Captain's Cafe.. surprisingly so much better than breakfast. For dinner we thought about exploring the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.. so sketchy! We couldn't get out of there fast enough.. but we did find a great little thai place, Thai Lao.. so it wasn't a complete loss. 

We had a great time.. the boys loved it..
       

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20170609

Friday Photography

 


Rippled Road - Inside the intriguing Howe Caverns, in Upstate New York. A sepia toned photograph of the narrow winding caves. To read more about our trip click here

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20170605

Charleston

We are on day 11 of fasting and my productivity level has gone way down.. hence the lack of posts :( . The weather has also been so gray and rainy not helping in lifting our moods.. I just want to crawl in bed and take a nap.. and then a deer decided to hit my car!! So while that is being fixed $$ we have only one car.. meaning I get to wake up an hour earlier to drop him off at the bus station.. yawn. I don't mean to depress all of you.. not asking for a pity party.. well maybe a little one :)

Anyway.. I finally got through all the Charleston pictures.. and there were a lot and I'm ready to share! But before we got to Charleston we made a little stop to see a big old tree.. Angel Oak





We arrived in Charleston in the afternoon.. checked in and decided to head out to explore.. we walked along North King St. For dinner he stopped at Smoke BBQ and had the most amazing meal



 and capped it of with the very good Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream. Jeni's blew Savannah's Leopold right out of the water. 


and with full bellies we were ready to jump in bed.

The next morning we headed down King St. once again, but this time ventured south. We had breakfast at the Cafe Framboise which was nice, basic, did the job. Then we just wandered..


 The famous pineapple fountain in Waterfront Park 




 White Point Garden


and inside the City Market.. the outside market is a waste of time full of cheap looking China products you find on eBay. But the inside was considerably better. We ate some of Callie's delicious Hot Little Biscuit's.. nom nom. My MIL sampled and loved Sweet Charleston's Dried Okra Chips. 

For dinner we devoured the so good Mellow Mushroom Pizza.. the boys had plain cheese and we had Thai Dye.. so unusually good


We really enjoyed Charleston, I could almost imagine living there and then I remember the 100 degree summers and think nah! Before we headed out we grabbed some donuts from Glazed and headed to Myrtle Beach. The raspberry and coconut were both sooo good.



     
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20170526

Friday Photography




Rings - Taken in Karachi, Pakistan. A man with a ring adorned hand hanging out the window while he waits for the light to turn green.


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p.s Today is the first day of the Holy month of Ramadan, the month of fasting. 
     
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20170522

Savannah

Getting back to our road trip, which we started with a drive down to Charlotte and then a stop in Chimney Rock after which we headed down to Savannah. The next morning we started with a sublime breakfast at the Mirabelle Cafe. It was a beautiful day, we sat outside people watching and enjoying our food, the peach was everyone's favorite.



We didn't have a planned schedule, we hoped to just wander about enjoying the city and in all our enjoyment we ended up not taking many pictures. We also had a few hiccups. D had a bathroom accident, while in one of the squares something bit H's scalp and he ended up with so many itchy bumps in his hair which made him miserable. 




We had delicious taco's at Tequila Town, we walked up and down river street, visited the Colonia Park cemetery, the boys enjoy Pete the Cat art work in a City Market gallery. We stood in a long long line to get a scoop of ice cream from the infamous Leopold's Ice Cream. Very good and such interesting flavors though the very next day we ate even better ice cream in Charleston. 

We managed to have an almost good day with unfortunately far more downs than ups.. oh well. 
       
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