Friday, November 27, 2009

Eid Al Adha 2009

We began our celebration at dusk the night before the Eid. We had a special dinner, with homemade peach cobbler. We opened our gifts. The Eid lights we strung this year were pink, and we made felt star and crescent Eid flags to use over and over again each year.

Although, Eid night was a family affair, the day of Eid was all about community. First we had the Eid prayer in Murfreesboro, a city east of Nashville. where the kids ate sweets, jumped on bouncers, and rode a pony.

In the afternoon, we went to a community center in a Nashville suburb, where they had more food, more bouncers, more face paint, more friends, and more fun! Although, I spent most of my time in the kitchen helping the hard working sisters, it was a very rewarding experience to see the smiles on everyones face.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Space Camp- Huntsville, Alabama

We drove down to Alabama to go to the Space Camp Museum. I am a child of the 80's and the movie Space Camp increased my curiosity for not just space camp, but space travel. After visiting the museum, my children are just as excited about space as I am.

3D animation has improved so much, even Lil A was reaching out to touch the flies, in the movie "Fly Me to the Moon".

Saturday, October 31, 2009

SAVY Fall 2009

Big A and her all girl Savy team invented a "domino knock-mo" which was a complex machine. Big A and her team were the only team to use all 6 simple machine which included a pulley, wedge, lever, inclined plane, wheel & axle, and screw.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

S Man meets a President

S Man has an incredible memory. He has known all the Prophets and dates for a long time. He now knows all presidents, facts, dates, how many terms they served etc. So when President Lincoln showed up on Bicentennial park, he was able to ask some of his many questions.
Z Man and Big A were excited to hear the cannons go off.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


The MAS (Muslim American Society) center in Nashville holds boys and girls scouts. Big A is now a junior girl scout and she is pictured below in full uniform with her friend.
The MAS center is runned by a very dedicated couple. They recruited Humble Dad to lead S Man's boy scout troop. S Man loves having his dad as his leader. Both the boys and girls have had an indoor camp out. Although, the best thing about the scouts are the friends they have made.

Friday, September 25, 2009


Eid Mubarek!

Our fasting month of Ramadhan is over, we feel cleansed and blessed. We have also met some nice new people in Nashville. Now is the time for us to celebrate!

Big A and I will be in an Eid Fashion show, strutting the walkway together as mother and daughter.

Below are some cute and funny videos taken at the Eid celebration at Vanderbilt University.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Nashville: Child Friendly

Our first impression of Nashville, is it reminds us of home in many ways, especially the natural beauty. Driving through the mountainous terrains of Tennessee is similar to the drives we took to Tahoe and the forests in TN are similar to Yosemite and other National Forests in CA. The drive we have taken many times from Memphis to Nashville and Nashville to Chattanooga is majestic, waterfalls trickle down the cliffs along the highway.
However, there are dissimilarities also. Nashville is truly a child friendly city, with well equipped community centers, libraries, and parks in every neighborhood, in fact some of the best are in lower income neighborhoods. Many of the community centers have public indoor pools and walking tracks. Some hold free or low cost art classes, ballet classes, while most all of them have sports leagues.

Our favorite, "free" event is held at the main downtown library every week. The pictures below does not do this theatre justice. It is the most beautiful children's library theatre I have ever seen. The children on stage show the diversity: Look for Z Man and Lil A in the middle.
Every week this library holds 6 storytime shows with puppets. It also has a new marionette show every month that runs on weekends. The marionette shows have been running for more than 60 years with 350 marionettes in their collection.
Lil A is in the Library's Art Room making ART!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Big A & Z Man's Special Day.

\Every month when we go to Dallas, we pass Medieval Times. I grew up on King Arthur in Camelot, Lancelot and Guinevere. It's funny how you are exposed to things as children and then you start to understand it as an adult and you say to yourself "what a horrible thing, no wonder why there are so many divorces." However, the story of King Arthur and Knights of the Round Table still interest me. Z Man, especially loves knights, costumes, figurines, he loves it all.

Humble Dad needed to stay in Dallas for the week on business. Medieval Times was having a great Thurday special so we finally got to go. We stayed at our favorite hotel chain: the Embassy Suites, inside pool and great Omelets. Only a mile down the road, we could have walked, since it was so late we decided to drive.

It was great, the food was way too much for us to finish, we took home doggie bags. My kids had fun cheering on their knight, Big A couldn't stop giggling after our knight threw up some carnations for us to catch. All they needed was Salahuddin, and it would have been the perfect show!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

The Daddy Mountain: Leaving Texas

The Daddy Mountain by Jules Fieffer is a great story for any daddy with a young one. And as we are packing to leave, Lil A is hanging on to the daddy mountain for dear life.

The day has come where we have to say "happy trails to Texas, until we meet again". Another crazy move that we accomplished. Our packing skills are not the greatest as you can see from the picture. But Alhumdulilah"All Praises are due to God", we made it through!

We are moved and settled into our new apartment in Nashville, TN.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Diamond Mining in Arkansas

We were in Idabel, Oklahoma for three weeks accompanying Humble Dad while he's working hard. Oklohoma is where most of the remaining Native Americans live and when you enter the state, their presence is immediately felt. We loved going to the store, for a walk, to a restaurant and seeing Native Americans everywhere.
While in Oklahoma, we went to the Museum of the Red River and saw some nice artifacts. Then we took an hour road trip into to Arkansas, which was another cultural lesson. At many of the stores and on the roads in that part of Arkansas were Amish people. We started homeschooling this summer and everywhere we went, we found something to study. In Arkansas, we were headed for the Craters of Diamond State Park, the only public place to search for diamonds. It was smoldering HOT outside! But, they were well prepared with an attached water park.

We also went to a Native American Mound and the following picture were taken in the museum and store, the last three were at the Diamond Mine.

Friday, June 19, 2009

S Man & Lil A's Special Day.

Most Muslim's do not celebrate birthdays. Most Christians (some still don't) did not start to celebrate it until the 4th century dismissing it as a pagan holiday. And spiritual Jews still do not celebrate birthdays. This is something that I have struggled with throughout my children's life.
On one hand, I am not a pagan, I believe in one God, and therefore try to stay away from all pagan traditions. On the other hand, I want to acknowledge the changing of each year in my child's life. So what do we do, we acknowledge it in an intimate family setting.
 This year we needed to go into the big city- Dallas, and take a break from our small town. Since S Man and Lil A's birthdays are soon we went to the Rainforest Cafe today.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Howdy, Library!

S Man & Z Man wanted to send a big "Howdy, Partner" from the Tyler Library. We are loving the theme this summer. We are learning about Texas, through stories, movies, and non-fiction books.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Boys and Snakes

What is it with boys and snakes? S Man & Z Man are so proud of the snake they caught. A day at the lake is always an adventure for our children.

Friday, May 29, 2009

East Texas Gymnastics- Finale

Big A's  last day at the East Texas Gym. It was an exciting gym experience...we will miss it. They come out in numbers to support one another and why wouldn't they, they have a National Team Member- Alaina Johnson hailing from there. It was awesome to watch her train while watching Asha.

Big A was asked to join the pre-team, but we declined because we will only be in Texas for a total of 8 months . The owner at East Texas raved about her previous training- go Roswell, GA GYM!! She said Big A is very talented, I think she should know talent.

Monday, May 25, 2009

BEACH - Destin, FL

I have said it before and I will say it again, I will drive any lengths to get to a BEACH. Sleeping kids in the van, beach towels & boogie boards in the back, sand toys on the floor...whatever it takes to get us there.

It just happened to be Memorial Day weekend, so there were plenty of sights and sounds for our kids to experience including fireworks. Although, most of our time was spent on the beach. We take it easy when we go to the beach: no mess to clean up, no cooking, plenty of space to roam: we can stay at the beach all day. We have even built a bonfire and slept on the beach in Huntington, CA for the Unassisted Birth of Z Man.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Fallen Wren

We found a baby bird in front of our door. My mothering instincts are strong...I am so fearful for this bird. I called our local wildlife rehabilitator and we will have to drive it to a town 45 minutes away. Right now, she told me to feed it dog food and scrambled eggs, yes cannibalism. Whatever works, I want this bird to live.. I have to feed it every two hours like a newborn and my children are starting to get jeolous from the attention the bird demands. But the bird is so cute...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

San Antonio, TX

San Antonio is a wonderful city. We had so much fun! When you go downtown and do the Alamo and the Riverwalk, you feel as you are in a different time or a different land. The Riverwalk reminds people of the city of Venice in Italy. We dined on the river at an Italian restaurant, watching the people and the river taxi pass us by. The Alamo is a beautiful museum. Whether you agree or disagree with the war, the people- Mexican (the Indigenous people), Caucasian, and/or African-American all agree on the Fiesta. The kids are out of school on vacation and all participate in the celebration. Our plan was to visit my only cousin living in Texas: Cashawn. This picture is of Cashawn, her husband: Gerry, her son and Humble Dad and I.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Corpus Christi Beach

We love the beach. I love the beach so much that I will drive however far to get to the closest one. The closest beach to Tyler, TX was in Corpus Christi, TX on the Gulf of Mexico. Can you guess who is being buried up to their nose... yes, it is S Man. He looked like a zombie afterward. We had so much fun here and it is just an hour from San Antonio and Houston. And it is only April, how many places can you swim in April?

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Zoo Tyler

Does Z Man look like he's having fun, well Humble Dad does anyways.

Flower Girls

Tyler, TX has an annual Azalea festival and here are my girls wearing their flowers. I love this picture so much I put it on my phone's front page. They happen to be in front of one of our favorite places: the library.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Zoo Tyler

While Big A and S Man are at school at Andy Woods Elementary, Z Man and Lil A get to take field trips to our favorite places: zoo, library for story time, friday play group.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Discovery Science Center

We bought a membership to the Discovery Science center in Tyler, TX. The kids have so much fun here. Memberships at museums are a must for any family with young kids. This membership has allowed us free entrance to science and children centers throughout the country.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


We just moved here 3 week ago, Feb 1st. Tyler, TX is definitely the smallest city we have lived in, but we are always able to find things for our children to do.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

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