Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
I've been asked how I do it all. And I'd like to make it clear that I don't. I do have bad days. There are times when we don't do anything and my house is upside down. I sometimes fantasize what life would be like if I sent my kids to school.
But in the end.... Despite the 'bad' days.. It's all worth it.
This is what the boys have been up to while I've been hiding from them... The have a cricket bats as swords, ski masks as helmets, Carpenter gloves and socks on their hands, and slippers on their feet. They're playing Knights and i have to admit they're kinda cute.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
|Image from Pinterest|
|Finished Product Fail|
|Ibby is my lil artist. He loves sitting and doing crafts...|
|And then there's Yusuf... not really the crafty type. But he still had fun. Maybe if we used more string it would have worked better lol.|
|Alhamdulillah even though it was a fail, the four kids really enjoyed themselves :)|
Thursday, December 6, 2012
However, it just recently occurred to me that Im not as chirpy in the morning as I used to be.
I kept forcing myself to wake up early despite being cranky, and would notice our whole day would be thrown off due to a crabby start. I would sit down with the boys for breakfast and with my eyes barely open Id be put in the spotlight to answer life's greatest questions from a five year old (why is a fork called a fork? do asteroids hit planets? what eats a shark? when? why? how?....ahhh!).
I have come to accept I am no longer the morning person I used to be. And I have also discovered the greatness of coffee.... yes I know it sounds funny but in all seriousness, Im really finding it gives me that extra boost that I need [ Yes I know exercise would probably help but were in survival mode at the moment, inshaallah well get there soon too].
I love waking up to Summaiya cooing, Ibby cuddling beside me and Yusuf kissing my forehead. But after the first few moments of cuteness, I need some time for my brain to wake up. I have told myself to no longer feel guilty if my husband is around and willing to watch the kids so I can get an extra half hour of shut eye. And I wont feel bad anymore to send the kids down to the basement to play while I enjoy my morning tea or coffee in silence while I check my email (or blog).
When I used to picture how homeschooling would work in our home I would think of us all waking up at the crack of dawn and enjoying each others company etc etc... and though that may happen sometimes, it doesn't need to happen all the time. I think alhamdulilah we do alot together. Our homeschooling may not be perfect, but were learning to tweak it along the way to make it perfect for us. Whenever people ask me about homeschooling, I stress that I believe homeschooling mostly has to do with a change in lifestyle and focus on relationships, academics are secondary.
My kids are awesome and I love spending time with them. But I need to start the day off right and stop feeling guilty for doing what I need to do to make my day a lil better.
Maybe when Summaiya starts sleeping through the night Ill become more of a morning person again. But if not, that will be okay too.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Today we spoke about the ayah in surah hujarat and about how Allah made different people and countries so that we can learn about each other and how no one is better than someone else just because of what country they are from.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Alhamdulillah for being apart of a local homeschooling group. Today we had a fieldtrip to the science centre. The older kids got to participate in a discovery class where they pretended to be detectives, we checked out a space exhibit, sports exhibit and lots more.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Someone gave this to the boys when Summaiya was born so we pulled it out today. It has a few different experiments and today wr did the rocket launcher. We just puy vinegar and baking soda in a tube n then placed the foam rocket on it. It was fun but we were kinda diaappointed at how little it popped...we were hopkng the rocket would go a little higher. Maybe next time well put more :)
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Our routine usually includes:
-listening to surah kahf
-trying to arrive early, and a reminder of the hadith that the angels stand at the mesjid doors writing the names of the attendees
-dua for entering / leaving mesjid
-reminder to be quiet during khutbah (and now as yusuf gets older listening to more of the khutbah)
-greeting elders by going up to them and shaking their hands
-and most of the time we go out as a family for lunch afterwards
Last Jummuah, mashaAllah I noticed Yusuf really sat nicely and quietly to listen to the khutbah. The khateeb spoke about the tongue / speaking good etc. I realized that mashaAllah Yusuf is old enough to learn or retain at least one thing from the khutbah and I thought of the idea of having a 'Jummuah Journal.' Since writing is not one of Yusuf's strengths, I thought that he could get the needed practice by writing out what he learns in a journal every week. So the next day, we spoke about the khutbah and he told me what he remembered. I then wrote down a sentence to summarize it and then he copied it in his journal.
I hope inshaallah we can continue to do this on a weekly basis.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
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Friday, October 28, 2011
The planes and buses use the same road
We just got off our fourth plane! SubhanAllah it has been a very long and tiring journey! We are exhausted now and waiting for our bus to take us to our hotel. After we check into our hotel, shower, hopefully we will rest and then go to the mesjid inshaAllah.
My appetite is slowly returning alhamdulilah and I am getting more excited. But I think the exhaustion is just making me numb of too many emotions.
We can see mountains all around us. I find mountains to be such a humbling creation. I am reminded of the ayah in Surah Hashr:
"If We had sent down this Qur'an upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah . And these examples We present to the people that perhaps they will give thought." [Hashr: 21]
|Mountains in Madinah|
When I see a mountain, I think of how huge and strong it is, yet Allah says if the Quran had been revealed on it, it would have crumbled out of the fear and humility. And if we compare ourselves to a mountain, we are so small and weak. Do we humble ourselves when we read and hear Allah's word? Do we give it the respect and weight that it deserves? I pray Allah SWT helps us to give the Quran it's right, and that He makes it a witness for us, and not against us, Ameen.
|I like the palm trees|
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Friday, October 28, 2011
Alhamdulillah we have arrived! We passed the miqat about a half hour before landing and more than half the plane was already in ihram. Once we passed the miqat everyone began chanting the talbiyah. It was so amazing and emotional to know that we have finally arrived. I just kept thinking that subhanallah we are here, we are actually here! Allah has brought us here, to a land where I have never been to yet ached to see. The only place in the world I would sacrifice leaving you for so long. The land where our beloved Rasoolullah SAW was born, lived, received revelation, fought for us, strove to spread the deen and then finally returned to his Lord. The thought and feeling is overwhelming and humbling. SubhanAllah.
|Baba in line with our papers|
|Baba reading Quran|
Were sitting in the hajj terminal now and there is a lady in our group who is in a wheelchair. There is man who works at the aiport who keeps coming up to the lady and her family and insists on pushing the wheelchair so that he can earn a mere 10 riyals. This makes me realize and be grateful for the fact that alhamdulillah Baba has a reliable income and he does not have to go around looking for small jobs to do to collect money. Its not that I look down upon this man who wants to push the wheelchair, its just I feel sorry for him that he has to beg. May Allah swt make it easy for him and all those afflicted with poverty, Ameen.
When I first started leaning about Islam, I noticed that there is a such an emphasis on the kind treatment of guests and travelers. Its only after you experience travelling that you can understand and appreciate this. Alhamdulilah our travels have not been difficult but we are far from home, I am not an experienced traveler, and I have been feeling sick. MashaAllah Baba has been taking good care of me, making sure I feel okay, that I have the right papers, carrying my stuff etc, but when the people working behind the counters at the airports are nice, or when someone smiles and offers you water, it really makes a difference. May Allah reward all of those who try to ease the affairs of the travellers, ameen.
The lady who was sitting beside me on the plane from Egypt to Jeddah did not speak English but she kept gesturing to check on me and make sure I was okay. When everyone began saying the talbiyah, we were bot very emotional and crying a lot, so I gave her a tissue. It was a special moment.
Anyways, we are going to pray fajr soon.
Hopefully Ill be able to call you in a few hours, I hope. I feel so far away from you.
Miss you tons!
|I took this picture for you. You love these 'zamboni' machines :)|
|Family of sheep|
|4 stomachs of a cow|
|Learning about horses|
|Digging for horse bones|
|Ibby insisted this lama was a giraffe|
|Pumpkin growing competition|
|My gramma surprised us and met us there. She also took the train. I think taking the train was the highlight of our day.|