Things have been busy around here..
About two weeks ago we celebrated the Islamic New Year. Afterwards we observed 10 days of mourning for the atrocities committed against Imam Hussain, the grandson of the Prophet in Karbala, Iraq during the month of Moharram. 

It's practically September now.. meaning school will be starting soon. For now our school district has proposed a hybrid system. You have the choice of opting for 100% virtual learning, the rest of the students have been divided into two groups. Half of them will attend school on Mondays and Tuesdays while the other half will attend school on Thursdays and Fridays.. Wednesday everyone will stay home. September will also be a month of half days just to see how things go.. We have opted to send the kids to school for two days a week. We're not sure what to expect exactly, wouldn't be surprised in the school decides to go virtual even before it starts.. or if everything shuts down again within a few weeks. And we do all have the option of switching to virtual if we don't feel comfortable with the way things progress.. so anything could happen. Just 8 more days to go.

Just before all the craziness begins we are going away for a couple of days.. we have rented a house upstate and we have been counting down the days for this getaway.. praying for good weather and lots of sun. 

A little something the boys and I did

And a weekend adventure.. the Tree Top Adventure Course at Turtle Back Zoo

It was a junior course, not too high up. The higher course you see in the picture was the adult course. We couldn't zip line because the kids didn't weigh enough. D managed it pretty well.. H had to be rescued 3/4th way in.. he was too scared and his little arms and legs just weren't long enough.

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Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Synopsis - In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the eighth-grade social food chain. Then, to her amazement, the “coolest girl in the world” moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all---beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be: Kate, doomed to be forever uncool, with a loving family who mortifies her at every turn. Tully, steeped in glamour and mystery, but with a secret that is destroying her. They make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer’s end they’ve become TullyandKate. Inseparable.
From the beginning, Tully is desperate to prove her worth to the world. Abandoned by her mother at an early age, she longs to be loved unconditionally. In the glittering, big-hair era of the eighties, she looks to men to fill the void in her soul. But in the buttoned-down nineties, it is television news that captivates her. She will follow her own blind ambition to New York and around the globe, finding fame and success . . . and loneliness.
Kate knows early on that her life will be nothing special. Throughout college, she pretends to be driven by a need for success, but all she really wants is to fall in love and have children and live an ordinary life. In her own quiet way, Kate is as driven as Tully. What she doesn’t know is how being a wife and mother will change her . . . how she’ll lose sight of who she once was, and what she once wanted. And how much she’ll envy her famous best friend. . . .
For thirty years, Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship---jealousy, anger, hurt, resentment. They think they’ve survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart . . . and puts their courage and friendship to the ultimate test.

Thoughts - This was an epic saga.. a beautiful story of friendship between women. I related with Kate on so many levels and I have had my fair share of bright and shiny Tully's in my life. I don't want to give anything away but if you can manage a long book than I would highly recommend it. This was my first Kristin Hannah book. I have heard good things about her other books as well and have added them to my TBR list as well.. Have you read Firefly Lane? Are you a Kate or a Tully? 

I read two other books this last month. One a quick page turning thriller from James Patterson Women's Murder Club series.. and another less intriguing book The Keeper by Jessica Moor.. I almost did not finish it many times and I wish I hadn't.. I finished it over the weekend and it had no clever ending to redeem itself. Oh well.  
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Friday Photography

Watermelon Window -Vibrant and colorful window of the Palads cinema in Copenhagen, Denmark.. Read more about our trip to Copenhagen here.

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DIY Bean Bag Toss

Look what we made!

It was a full family effort. We had some wood and paint lying around from previous projects. M and the boys made the structure. The boys and I designed and painted it. And my mother in law made the bean bags. 

We voted on the design

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