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20 Questions with D

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1. What is your favorite color?  Red 2. What is your favorite toy/game?  Labyrinth board game 3. What is your favorite fruit? Green Apple 4. What is your favorite food? Burgers 5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  Cookie Dough 7. What is your favorite tv show?  Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix 8.Favorite Movie? Liar Liar 9. What is your favorite animal?  Gorilla  10. What is your favorite song?  Seven Years Old by Lukas Graham 11. What is your favorite book?  The Percy Jackson series, The Lost Hero series + Trials of Apollo series 12. What is your favorite city/country?  Grand Canary 13. What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Ninja Course 14. What do you want to be when you grow up?  Dentist 15. What is your favorite thing to do with mummy?  Read Harry Potter 16. What is your favorite thing to do with baba?  watching Rangers and Giants games 17. What is your favorite thing to do with Hasan?  playing basketball 18. What makes you feel sad?  mummy's lectures 19. Wh

D Turns Twelve

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Last week D turned 12!  We celebrated with some birthday waffles Then we went to our local book sale we picked up this huge pile for $9 Afterwards D got a free scoop of ice cream for his birthday from Baskin Robbins. He requested a restaurant that made chicken alfredo so we found an Italian restaurant.. we don't eat much Italian that's not pizza or homemade. And then birthday cake.  ps we are travelling :) follow me on instagram to find out where and what we are up to.                       Etsy             Instagram             Twitter             Bloglovin   

Kitchen Renovations - Before and After

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When we bought this house eight years ago we knew the kitchen had to go but there was so many other things around the house that needed fixing and it was all much easier than having to live without a kitchen. It wasn't hideous so we made the best of it. In 2013 we had a wall knocked down and opened up the floor plan, put in some new flooring and slapped on a fresh coat of paint. You can see more of our renovation posts here .  Now that most of the house had been fixed up we knew it was time to take a sledgehammer to that kitchen. And if that wasn't enough the dishwasher only washed sometimes and half the stove didn't heat up, after a leak our floors had started to bubble.. the kitchen was begging for a makeover. BEFORE While we were at it we thought some new living room furniture wouldn't hurt. Give the whole space a brand new feeling. But I'll post about that in another post. IN PROGRESS  We went to multiple kitchen design places months before any of this started.

Grand Canyon

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Over Memorial Day weekend we went on a very short and quick little getaway to the Grand Canyon. M's parents are visiting. And while they come often, well because they come often and stay for extended periods we sort of forget to make a big deal out of it. So this time we thought to take them somewhere. We left Saturday early morning. Thanks to the time difference it was still morning when we landed in Phoenix and sweltering hot. We rented a car via Turo - its like an AirBnb for cars. Our initial 3.5 hour drive very quickly turned into an almost 5 hour drive to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. Thankfully we were prepared with books, music and snacks and managed to check in around 3pm. We stayed at the Red Feather Lodge just outside the Grand Canyon in the Grand Canyon Village.  After getting a park pass we parked and boarded the Kaibab Rim (Orange) Route shuttle. I was impressed with how well organized the park was. I had researched all the trails to make sure they were fun enough

Reunion and a Wedding

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I was born and lived in Chicago up till the age of ten.   We were surrounded by family. Uncles and cousins. The grown ups were all immigrants.. living hard lives and trying to create a better future for the next generation. My generation. I can't put into words why that is relevant, only kids of immigrants know.. you live smaller lives, busy lives, you rely on the family around you. Even those who are not your family become your family. It takes a village.. and we had a tight village. We were lucky to grow up with multiple fathers and mothers.. so much love. We never did anything just the four of us.. everywhere we went we went as a whole.. loaded up in a van. In retrospect it sounds insane, we joke about it; but when you are little it's perfect.  But my immediate family, the four of us left Chicago when I was ten. Back in the day when there was no internet and hence no way to keep in touch. We grew up, drifted apart.. even when we did get internet, emails, texting.. the conver

lately

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The leg compression socks did not work, they gave a good leg massage but they were too clunky and at far too many wires sticking out of them, not practical for me to put them on in the middle of the night when my RLS is acting up. And using them before made did nothing to help with the RLS either. So they will be returned. I have also been badly hit with allergies this year. So I am drinking a lot of tea. It's not my drink of choice but it helps keeping me feeling good in the cold wintry months and I guess now in the spring as well. In hot water I pop in two tea bags, one green tea and one of the Traditional Medicinals Tea , a splash of lemon juice, honey and a shot of The Ginger Peoples Pure Ginger Juice .  I was not reading much during Ramadan.. so I finally picked a book out off my stash. I feel like being swept away into a fantasy so I choose An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. We were waiting on a couple of replacement items in our kitchen which arrived last week and were fi

Mother's Day

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We are still getting back into the rhythm of things after Ramadan. We had two more Eid Celebrations to attend before the week was over. I am ready to go back to a normal routine. My usual expectations for Mother's Day are low. Not to say that my family ruins it or anything.. but we are generally low key people and sometimes things are so busy.. like they were this past week that we just treat it like a normal day and just everyone just says the words 'Happy Mother's Day' a then we just go about our day.  I have jokingly and seriously told my kids several times the above. Drawing made by @coupdegracefarris  It's not all about the Hallmark sponsored idea of cards and flowers, it's more about brushing your teeth when I ask you, a cleanish bedroom, a dinner that did not involve any negations and so on so forth.  Anyway.. back to the day at hand. On Saturday night they took me out for dinner. The weather has been absolutely dreadful and the restaurant was dark so we