(20:114) ربِّ زِدْنِي عِلْماً

Saturday, March 26, 2011

What to Expect When You're Not Expecting... (Yet?)

Lifeguard on Duty

This is the first time in a long time that I haven't had a baby on the way or been nursing one. It's kind of weird. I miss it. No, really.

However, I am taking advantage of the time that I have been given and I am more mindful than ever of the opportunities that I have to study and learn, InshaALLAH. I am trying to spend more quality time with the children and hey, if and when the next one comes, they will all be old enough to help in one way or another, right?

There are some key activities that I want to accomplish in the meantime. In no particular order, they are:

1. Get in shape. I am in terrible shape at the moment. I have a bad back and knees and feet! and have to see a physiotherapist because of it. This has to be high on the list because I like to stand. And walk.

2. Eat a balanced diet. Sister Farhana might have to help me with this one. I'm good for a while and then I slack off BIG TIME. My food pyramid is upside down.

3. Get rid of clutter. It's a madhouse over here. I've started getting rid of junk and plan to give some things that we just don't need to charity. It's a big project.

4. Get outside more. This is mostly hindered by the weather (it snowed again!)

5. Go to the masjid regularly. I honestly don't go that often, but I've been going a lot more since the Sheikh comes to town regularly.

6. Work on being the woman that I want my daughters to emulate and my son to respect. This is a hard one and truly, none of these on the list should stop ever, but I'm just thinking out loud and because I have the clear mind to do that, it's on the list.

7. Research my family tree. This takes a lot of time and effort. It's very tedious and stressful sometimes but it is rewarding. I've learned a lot about my family in a short amount of time.

8. Memorize more Qur'an. I'm working on it (nearly) every day. I need to make it every day. Right now, I'm memorizing about 5 out of 6 days.

9. Take care of myself first. That's what this is all about, isn't it? I often think of the children first and usually don't get to myself. It's not good to lose one's self.

10. Enjoy needing only one stroller. LOL

What are some things that you are working on?

Friday, March 25, 2011

Muslim Womenpreneurs Bazaar

I probably won't go but figured I would put the word out...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Visited the Dollar Store

I'm pleasantly surprised whenever I go to the dollar store. I always find something that is useful and the children can go a little nuts without breaking the bank. I was happy to find items that keep the four year old occupied and I found a few items to help us along in our curriculum.

My four year old hates to feel left out or like she is missing out on the fun, but I don't think that she is ready to sit still and focus on reading and writing just yet. She literally begs me each day to "have school with her" and tells me that she sees me spending school time with the others and that it's not fair. I even tried to get some activity books for her but she wants "real books". LOL, maybe she is ready?

At first, I thought that she just wanted more quality time but she quickly let me know that she wants to "do stuff in books". And so I've given in after weeks of pestering and ordered books for her. InshaALLAH when they arrive, I will let you see. In the meantime, I've purchased some puzzles to add to our collection - she's getting good at them so I tried to find some that will slow her down a bit. Here are a couple:

By the way, do any of you have a special way of storing puzzles? Do you keep them stacked or put the pieces in Ziploc bags or anything?

Remember oh so long ago when I told you about the Western Sunrise course? AlhamduLILLAH, I took the exam and scored a 93. One of the questions was something that I did not know AT ALL and another was something that I should have known but missed it anyway. Well, we are just finishing up our section on Ancient Egypt and then I think that we will cover 'Isa (alayhi salaam) and the spread of monotheism and tawheed next. This means that we will talk a little bit about the struggle against Rome and how the Muslims traveled Westward along the Mediterranean coast. This is all just a broad overview but it gives my oldest more chances to practice her geography and study another prophet of Islaam, InshaALLAH.

The dollar store had a few items that I think will be handy for this:

I'd like to start getting out more for science but it snowed here again so I don't see it happening just yet. We are anxious to get out into the night sky to take a look at the stars. This year, earth science is on our curriculum, so the children grabbed a few pairs of binoculars (to look at the moon) and I found this:

We also grabbed a few odds and ends, like brainteaser books, read aloud books and crayons!

Why oh why do we lose so many crayons and where do they go?! See that plastic box? I've refilled it probably three times since August. Actually, if you could see my walls...that's where the crayons have gone. O_O

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Muslims in Early America

Muslims in Early America from Unity Productions Foundation on Vimeo.

I'm Changing This Blog! I Think....

I don't know if you've noticed how I've disappeared over the last few weeks, but I'm trying to figure out what direction I want to take with this blog. I'm sort of just going through the motions with it because I'm not happy with it right now. I'm still here just behind the scenes making notes and brainstorming. Are there any suggestions? What inspires you to visit a blog? Is there something that you miss on the blog that I used to do?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Hate Comes to Orange County

Make du'a for your brothers and sisters, InshaALLAH.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Revisiting Nutrition

It has been a while since we've talked about healthy eating habits around here and since everyone is older, now is the time. I've noticed that they eat all the time. I mean, all the time. There is not a moment that goes by that I don't have a child asking me for something to eat. The older ones have learned how to use the toaster to make sandwiches and the younger ones couldn't be happier. Now if only I could get them to clean their rooms.

I loathe getting the bi-weekly fliers in the mail, (if you didn't get enough sale papers on Wednesday, you can read the same papers again on Friday). I never look at them. They usually end up in a pile on the table by the front door until someone takes them out to the recycling bin but this time I had an idea (I do get them from time to time, AlhamduLILLAH). Keep in mind, I looked up several food pyramids and I chose the one that I agreed with the most.

The younger kids did a little copywork from Enchanted Learning to complement the lesson. My four year old is not reading or writing yet but my five year old is.

My eldest is still working her way through Egypt. We're using the next section of our History Pockets and she finished reading Mystery of the Whispering Mummy in the Three Investigators Series. She really likes detective series. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

All Caught Up In Geography

We've finally gotten back into our groove, sort of.

My daughter did notice that the flags were pretty similar and I had to give a mini-political talk about how the Khilafah was carved into pieces and the flags were all created by Mark Sykes after the so-called Paris 1919 "peace" conference. I think that if there were true peace after this treaty, all of this swift justice wouldn't be passing through Africa and the Arab nations right now.

Sometimes it gets deep in the homeschool. ;)