We are currently toward the tail end of the holy month of Ramadan.. as of today we have one week of fasting left. For those of you not aware of what Ramadan is, well it is a month where we fast from dawn to dusk.. so at present approximately beginning around 4 am and ending around 8:30 pm. During the fast no food of any kind is permitted. And while I know the hours seem long it's not really all that hard.. it takes a day or two to get used to it and then you can hardly tell.. I personally miss food just because food is awesome but there is not a lot of I'm too hungry to function type of scenarios.

We are also celebrating a birthday this month.. D turned the 6 on Thursday :) Since we were all fasting.. minus the kids of course.. we will be taking a rain check on the family celebrations.. but the big boy started his day off with some whip cream covered MnM pancakes. And D continued the celebrations with an ice cream party at school.

Friday was D's last day of school.. in a few months we he starts public school and I'm not sure if I'm ready for that just yet :( When I asked him if he was sad he asked 'sad about what?'

 Saturday was graduation.. 

Each child was supposed to create a centerpiece for graduation about themselves from infancy to now.. 

But before the year ended D's kindergarten class put on a little art show.. below are some of the class's work and the ones that D did.

Van Gogh

Jackson Pollak

Piet Mondrian



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Into the Light - Taken while driving through the Chesapeake Bay Tunnel connecting Virginia to Maryland. To read more about our trip read here

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New Jersey's Grounds for Scultpure

With D's Kindergarten year coming to an end their class decided to visit the Ground of Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. I had been meaning to check it out for sometime now so I was excited when I found out it was going to be a family trip. We left H at home with the grandparents.. and though we arrived late D had an exam at his Saturday Islamic school that he couldn't skip :( We stayed even after everyone left and I'm already thinking we need to plan another visit sometime in fall. If you have never been to a sculpture park you must add it to you list of things to do..

Now get ready for a ton of pictures!

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36 Hours in Boston

For Memorial Day Weekend we planned to leave town for a few days.. we weren't sure how my ankle would be doing by that time so didn't want to book flights plus we were travelling with the boys and my in laws... The weather has been all over the place so a beach vacation was out of the question.. in the end we thought Boston would be the perfect destination. But as the weekend got closer the forecast showed rain and we were on the fence about the whole thing.. Thankfully mother nature was on our side and we left Friday afternoon to beat the rush.. well some of it at least.

We checked in to the AC Marriott in Medford. Something to always keep in mind when travelling.. if you have a car then finding a hotel outside the city is often a better option.. It was just a 15 minute drive plus we got free parking..  

Saturday morning we woke to a beautiful sunny day and started our day with a great big breakfast at Friendly Toast

We followed up breakfast by walking around MIT mainly to capture this beautiful building.. The Ray and Maria Stata Center designed my Frank Gehry

After MIT we drove over to Harvard.. having never gone to a college with dorms and the experience of being on our own, there was an excitement when walking through the Harvard yard. It was graduation weekend and there were graduates and their families everywhere.. You can't blame us for imagining our own little D one day walking the Harvard halls. 

After a bit of wandering about we made our way to Harvard Square where we spotted the Curious George Store!

The day turned out to be hot so we cooled down with a few Italian ices.. nothing is better than the lemon one.

Then D and I snuck into the Harvard Book Store to explore.. we found a great fact filled state book he liked.

We bid farewell to Cambridge and drove by Fenway Park before heading to get a bite to eat. We stopped by the much highly rated 169 4.5 star yelp reviews to be exact Gyro City. What a disappointment.. on the hot sweltering day they had no air conditioning on and it just seemed so uninviting.. we were looking for halal options for the in laws instead we opted to go next door to Fiouna’s Persian Fusion Cuisine.. still nothing to write home about but good enough.  

Next stop Newbury Street.. we strolled along the shop lined street.. D on the search for ice cream Emack and Bolios in particular.. H on the mission to pet every dog that he saw..

When we finally found Emack and Bolio's they were already sold out of all there special cereal cones.. only two chocolate oreo ones remaining.. and 5 of us :( Plus on this very hot day the ice cream shop was like a sauna.. we finally picked our ice creams, already melting before our first lick.. delicious but if only they had more cones and the shop hadn't been so uncomfortable..

With are bellies full of ice cream and are feet in need of a break we made our way to Boston Common and the Public Garden

Bubbles, carousels and chasing squirrels had everyone ready for dinner. We drove in circles around Anna's Taqueria before we finally decided that I'd hop out of the car to place an order and just eat at the hotel if M didn't find a parking spot.. he didn't.. we ate at the hotel.. the food was amazing.. even when 20 minutes old. And since we were quietly stuffing our faces in our room there are no pictures.

Day 2 started off a bit chilly.. we had forgotten to pack hoodies and cardigans.. so we were just gonna suck it up! We had breakfast at Anthony's Waterfront Cafe, a good simple cash only kinda place.. good food. After breakfast we began to explore the North End. Strolled by the waterfront, played in the park, shopped in Quincy Market and the many beautiful streets

We stopped to grab a bite to eat at Benevento and devour two delish pizza's. We stopped by Mike's Pastry to pick up a few cannoli's before leaving..

But before we got to the cannoli's we needed to get to the museum of science to catch a Duck Tour. We are not tour people, we don't do hop on and off buses but so many people told us we had to do the Duck Bus.. so we did the duck bus. We had a great conducktor Almost Educated Aron and it was a nice funny tour.. learnt some cool facts and best of all the WWII style amphibious vehicle goes into the water too.. and guess who got to drive?

the highlight of his trip.. since Aron found his name to hard to pronounce he was referred to as Walter.. and yes he is wearing two hats.. 

And with this we concluded our trip.. we drove back Sunday afternoon and where able to spend Monday relaxing at home. Oh and not to forget.. Mike's Pastry

Pistachio, chocolate and not sure what the last one was.. the pistachio was sooo good.. the chocolate I didn't even get to taste, the kids had dibs on that one. Perfect for the drive home.

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