20200629

20 Questions with D

       
1. What is your favorite color? Red
2. What is your favorite toy/game? Roblox
3. What is your favorite fruit? Raspberries
4. What is your favorite food? Pasta
5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Cookies and Cream
7a. What is your favorite tv show? Pokemon
7b.Favorite Movie? Bruce Almighty
8. What is your favorite animal? Gorilla 
9. What is your favorite song? Bad Guy by Billie Eilish 
10. What is your favorite book? The Percy Jackson series
11. Who is your best friend? H.C and AQ
12. What is your favorite city/country? Budapest
13. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Play Cricket and Basketball
14. What do you want to be when you grow up? Dentist
15. What is your favorite thing to do with mummy? Playing board games
16. What is your favorite thing to do with baba? playing cricket and tennis
17. What is your favorite thing to do with Hasan? Watching videos
18. What makes you feel sad? Mummy Baba screaming at me
19. What makes you feel happy? Movie nights and Game Nights
20. What was your favorite thing about your birthday? Hitting the pinata 

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
20 Questions with D at 7
20 Questions with D at 8 

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20200622

Time for a Few Celebrations

Friday was the kids last day of school.. hello summer! Now usually I love summer vacation. The kids and I are ready to break out of our routines, we don't do any classes or camps and just try to relax (in a A type personality semi organized manner) lol. But we are in the age of COVID and I have already had three months of way too much kid time.. so let's see how this goes.

Tomorrow is D's 10th birthday.. double digits.. so we threw him a surprise party over the weekend. It was a small close friends and kids outdoor backyard party.. we did our due diligence with social distancing, hand washing etc.. It was wonderful seeing everyone after so long.. Not a lot of pictures.. didn't even get one of the cake.. :(  But we had our first pinata


Sunday was Father's Day.. the kids made a coupon book for M



 
Our restaurants are open for outdoor eating but with elderly parents in the house we are still not ready to venture out for a meal so we did what we've been doing for the past few month.. Mexican take out and left over ice cream cake.. nom nom. 

     
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20200608

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

      

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Synopsis- People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Thoughts- This was probably, emotionally the worst time to be reading this book.. it was gut wrenching, tear inducing and incredibly raw. I loved it more than words can express. It is book like these that should be recommended high school reading. I would wants my boys to read it when they are of high school age. I can't say much without giving it away but it dealt with race, bullying, rape, consent, homosexuality, pressure of sports, fitting in..  It was so beautifully written.. I highly recommend it to everyone.. I stayed up way past my bedtime compulsively reading through it.. 

PS. Upon further investigating it turns out Rockville, North Carolina did add it to there 10th grade Honors class and after parent outrage the book was banned. I guess I am not surprised.. 


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20200601

lately

Thank you so much for all your kind words on my last post.. 

We are in June.. can you believe it? 19 more days of school left.. phew. Our summer vacation is going to have to be cancelled.. I am putting off cancelling our flights till we get closer to July.. we were supposed to be visiting family and friends in Pakistan.. M hasn't seen his sister in over four years. 

The kids take a crash course swim class every summer and we were just informed that they will take place as scheduled.. so that's something to look forward to. D is also turning 10 at the end of the month.. we are hoping things will open up a bit more till then and maybe we can have a little picnic with some friends and family to celebrate. 

It has finally warmed up and we had our first barbecue of the season.. 


We live in a semi wooded area so we are no strangers to deer roaming our streets and yards.. but it was our first time spotting a fawn as small as this one laying down as such. We usually see them sprinting around their mothers.. but here a mother was nowhere to be seen and the baby didn't move when we approached.. for a moment there we thought it was injured.. we were reassured by animal control that that was not the case and the mother would be back to collect her probably weak and tired baby in a bit.. and she did.. in a few hours the fawn had disappeared. 


A robin laid eggs in a bush near our front door.. but unfortunately a predator got to the little eggs before they could hatch.. thankfully there is another nest in another bush.. some finch eggs and a cowbird egg. Fingers crossed these hatch. 


M picked up a bird house to make sure our future bird eggs stay more protected.. 


After a month of no reading (was trying to focus on more religious reading for Ramadan).. I finally picked up a book :)


Did you know Daniel Radcliff and many others are reading chapters of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Check it out here. And JK Rowling just released another book online to read for free.. check it out here and she is asking for children who read it to help illustrate it.

I also very recently started binging on Schitt's Creek.. if you like me haven't seen it yet you must.. it is the perfect light hearted show for the pandemic.. I am four seasons in and there is not an episode I didn't like nor a character I am not rooting for.     

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