Sunday, December 31, 2006

Eid-ul-Adha Mubarak and Happy New Year!

We’ve been back from vacation less than a week; it was a lot of fun (and very tiring.) So far Eid has been equally tiring, or perhaps I just haven’t recovered from the vacation? Aren’t vacations supposed to be relaxing? What’s up with that?

Anyhow, sorry I’ve been MIA. I’ll write more in 2007. For now I hope all of you have a wonderful Eid-ul-Adha and a prosperous new year!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Happy Anniversary!

One year and 133 posts later I’m surprised to see that this blog is still going strong. When I first started this, it was really a way for me to document everything I am doing with my girls so I remember for the future. I really didn’t think people would be reading or even benefiting from it. Now I notice many people visiting daily, thanks to the statcounter and emails I receive. I just wanted to thank you all for visiting and for all the emails that I get from all over the world. I apologize for not replying to you all right away, things can get a little hectic around here (no thanks to SIMS 2, which by the way we will be playing on our drive up to Toronto, WOOHOO 21 hours of SIMS!!!) Anyhow, I know a lot of people don’t leave comments, I’m not a big commenter either, but I would love it if (just out of curiosity) you all would either leave a comment or email me and let me know how you found my blog and what you liked reading. Also please let me know if there is any other topic you might like me to blog about regarding homeschooling, islam, raising children, etc… (I am still working on a socialization post. Inshallah will be up soon.)

We’re leaving in a few days so I won’t be around for a couple of weeks. I hope you all have wonderful holidays, vacations and for those going to Hajj, please keep my family in your prayers.

Thanks once again for reading. :)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Caroline Maryam Ward

Caroline Maryam Ward is a homeschooling mom of 7 kids from the UK. A few years back she answered some homeschooling questions for the Islamic Home Schooling Advisory Network. I feel that she did a very good job of addressing issues such as: discipline, organization, and the ever popular, socialization. Here is a link to the article:
Question Time.

And for those in the UK, click here to learn more about the Islamic Home Schooling Advisory Network.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Confession

My deepest apologies for not writing for a while, it’s a bit crazy here, we are swamped with work.

Oh okay fine I admit that I have a secret addiction!!!!!! Happy now? This addiction takes over once in a while so any spare time that I usually have during the day (and night, mostly night) usually vanishes. I have to seriously fight this addiction to get anything done around here so as you can see with homeschooling, cooking, cleaning, etc… blogging doesn’t even come close to the top. I’ll get to the addiction later (maybe) but here’s what else has been going on.

1) We are going to Toronto next week! A relative’s wedding reception has come up out of the blue so we have to go and since it’s such short notice we are actually driving up. We’ve done this once before, about 4 years ago, and it was so much fun. It is a beautiful drive; we are looking forwarded to it. I can’t wait to see my mom and my sis, even though we will only be in Toronto for a few days, it should still be loads of fun, inshallah. When we told the girls they were also very excited!

2) I started the reading lessons from the book “Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons” with my three year old last week. I was planning on starting in January but she actually told me that she wanted to read so I started them. It was really sweet, she was trying to read a book (like she always does) just making up the words by looking at the pictures and then all of a sudden she stopped and says to me “Mama, why can’t I read it like you and Apa (big sister)?” So I told her I would teach her how to read it soon, inshallah. Well she wasn’t satisfied with that and demanded I teach her RIGHT NOW! So anyways, we started and she is really enjoying it. We are on lesson 7 and she knows how to make perfect m’s on her Dora the explorer magna doodle now. I catch her practicing writing m’s on the magna doodle several times during the day.

3) My five year old will have completed two more classes by the end of this month and then another one by the end of January. That will leave us with three classes for the rest of the year, but then we will pick up two electives in January, if they are available. Also her teacher told me that when she has completed math (which she will by the end of January) she will ship out grade one math to us and we can start on that early instead of waiting till next fall. So that should give us more of a workload. It shouldn’t be too bad I hope. Plus I’ll be busier teaching the three year old how to read and then also the month of Muharram begins in January as well.

4) Okay, okay I will admit my shameful addiction. I hate to do this because it is SUCH A WASTE OF TIME but oh my lord I cannot stop playing The SIMS 2. This game has such a hold over me. I was addicted to the original SIMS way back when it first came out, and then when SIMS 2 came out I was totally addicted to that. Luckily I changed computers and somehow lost the cd so I wasn’t able to play it for a year or two. But that itch to play comes back every now and then and I was itching to play it for months. So I finally broke down and told my husband (BIG MISTAKE) because he of course got it for me right away and here I am staying up half the night making sure my SIM is socialized and not hungry and is increasing their skills constantly. My lord this game is so addictive, once I start 3 or 4 hours will go by in a flash and I will not notice at all. It will only feel like 10 minutes, SERIOUSLY! So I was playing it one day while the girls were napping and then my five year old woke up and snuck up on me while I played and she got so into it. She told me to explain it to her so I did and the next thing you know she's yelling "Mama hurry the SIM really needs to go to the potty, or they will go all over the floor again.” Now that was REALLY hilarious! So finally I had to create a new SIM family and of course for some reason they all have the same names as us. So my five year old’s SIM was specifically designed by her and does everything she wants her to do. Same goes for my three year olds, except she didn’t want her SIM to be a child; she wanted hers to be a “big girl” so my three year old’s SIM is actually a teenager. Am I bad that I got my girls addicted just like myself?

Okay sorry to all the non-SIMS-playing people for all the SIMS talk. I hope I didn’t put y’all to sleep. So this is what has been going on. But really, it’s getting ridiculous with this SIMS addiction. Hopefully I will be able to kick the SIMS habit after we return from our vacation, unless I take my laptop with me and then we will be sitting in the car the whole time playing SIMS.

My goodness I need to put an end to this!!! HELP!!!