Wednesday, February 8, 2012

preparing for Ayyam-i-Ha

This year, as we prepare for this very exciting and wonderful time of the year, i've managed to put this link up for anyone interested to download the tape by William Sears about Ayyam-i-Ha:
Ayyam-i-Ha tape. Enjoy:)
And here's our countdown box:

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Loius the Third

He's finally here, Louis Shayan, born 18th June 2011 weighing 4kg!
Its been a busy but special time the last three weeks, easing into a new family routine and just enjoying our precious new arrival. Two VERY excited siblings are ever ready to carry him, this little bundle of calm squishy huggable softness. That's right, calm. A word I prayed for from the moment I found out we're pregnant, all through a rather unusual pregnancy, that last awful week of being overdue, something i didn't think we were genetically capable of! Ok, so he's only 3 weeks old and its too soon to be sure, but so far, I'm thankful for every long nap he takes.
So many things I'm thankful for right now, having Vahid home for 2 blissful weeks, visitors a plenty with gifts and some very welcome and unexpected meals, and just a whole lot of love from many special people.
And so a new journey begins....

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

we're reading

This is one of those rare shots where the perpetual photographer is actually in the picture, and no one's posing. This was at the end of a long day, mamma bear is 6 months pregnant, and little bear is about to fall asleep to the sound of brother bear reading Frog and Toad. For Danny, it was one of those confidence boosting experiences, where he discovered he could read this book really fast (because it had been read to him umpteen times) without getting much help at all from me.
Since he turned 7, it seems like a number of things have just taken off for him. He's ridinghis bike without training wheels (took him just 10 mins to get the hang of it), he's super excited about spelling, to the point that i have to make him take a break, loving double digit addition and subraction, and determined to finish his handwriting book. I'm putting all this in writing because i know these bubbles of enthusiasm often fade, and just to remember.
Moments like these are the absolute icing on the cake of parenting for me.
When they were babies, all i looked forward to was when they could read, and we could talk about real stuff together. I honestly can't stand the baby/toddler stage. This is the part I hang out for, meeting the emerging personalities of these little souls, their sense of humour, the quirks, the awe in those innocent eyes as they learn something new about how life works. Moments when they say things that leave me speechless at how observant and wise they can be (followed closely by 100 moments when i wonder why i landed this job). Lots to savour amidst the daily grind.
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Monday, March 21, 2011

Ayyam-i-Ha 2011

Ayyam-i-Ha this year was much anticipated. We made a count down (advent) calendar. I used a 9 pointed star template to cut out 19 stars for the Baha'i month preceding Ayyam-i-Ha. Every morning the kids would take off one star and put it in the box. The box sometimes had a little present or something to do to prepare for Ayyam-i-Ha, like make cards, bake cookies etc.  During the 4 days, the kids had a ball, with numerous parties and presents from family and friends. Lots of precious handmade ones this year, mainly made by children for each other. A memorable evening with grandparents listening to a music we hadn't heard since I was a child and rediscovered. (William Sears tape about Ayyam-i-Ha).

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Before and after - coffee table

Posted by PicasaOkay, so i've got a lot of time on my hands...but honestly, I LOVE doing this. Getting an old piece of furniture and giving it new life. I actually enjoy the process of transforming things, whatever it may be.
I get the pieces from various sources, often its something lying around, like the old coffee table which had been outside for kids use. After the glass lifting episode previously, i thought it safer to get something less fragile. Nothing nice and pretty lasts long with the residents of this house, so i'm pretty happy with cheap sturdy solutions. The chess table in the background is hand carved African wood, a thrify find from local market, and Danny's introduction to chess.

Before and after - rocking chair

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2 special people

I just realised how few pics I have of hubby on this blog, so here he is with my dear grandma. These two get along quite well actually, her house is one of his favourite places to visit, and their conversations are interesting. Vahid breaks out into 'fluent' farsi, and she tries to pop in a few words of English, and thus they communicate quite effectively.

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best friends

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rosy picnic

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A new discovery

Behold, she has just discovered.....the endless possibilities of hot glue gun!!! So super easy to use and the gems really stick. Now for the hard part of getting little miss independent to wear them....
The idea of napkin rings inspired by Sarih and Soulemama. I made these with ribbon wrapped round a piece of toilet roll ring. Decorated with glass pebbles i had from an earlier project with magazine cutout glued underneath. The aim is to have each family member have their own napkin and ring and reduce tissue usage...doing my teeny bit to be green.
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