Monday, February 9, 2015

Children's Art Festival

Took the kids to the Children's Art festival. Aaliyah attended the collage making workshop and Ayaan attended the storytelling and dance workshop. Together we attended the Tickle me pickle improve comedy show, learned yarn bombing, made a giant hat and listened to Barbara Reid's story "Picture a Tree" and the story behind

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mommy in a Dumpster

Just when I thought that I have done it all, life throws a surprise at me. Actually, it got me straight into the dump. Our car was broken into last Friday. Totally our fault as we forgot to lock the car. It is a fairly safe neighborhood, mostly residential and it wasn't the first time that we left the car unlocked. We now know better. The thief wiped out all the loose change that he could find, scattered all the papers from the glove box and took Nasir's Cricket kit. I was a little upset, felt robbed and was not the happy me when I went to work that morning. Nasir assured me that he will take care of everything the reporting and all and urged me not to worry. Well, it was hard not to worry. I was

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Day of Goodness

My day of goodness started when I offered to take Fran to her doctor's office. She was worried about parking and running to her doctor's office for 5 minutes and paying for a whole hour of parking. Maybe its a generation gap or maybe she is like a grandma figure to me. I didn't mind buying a ticket or driving her to the doctors office. When you are

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Printing Homework a Chore

Ayaan detests doing anything to do with a paper and pencil. Especially if it has to do with printing. Although the actual "home-work from school is just reading an easy story book in French each day but because his printing still needs some work, I give him my own home-work. My home work consists of printing some three letter words or doing a little bit of Grade 1 Math. For any other Grade one EFI student this would be a piece of cake. For Ayaan its a different story. He is more into playing with his gadgets or creating make-believe stuff but

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Failed Responsibility

My current addiction is playing Just Words online. I find it challenging, therapeutic and a lot of fun. It also helps me to steer my thoughts from work to home. It is my after work pastime. Not a single work day goes by without a game (or two) of Just Words. Now I am well aware that any kind of addiction is bad for your health. So, I had to find myself a different hobby. On our recent visit to the library I borrowed a random novel to read. I picked "A Well Tempered Heart" written by Jan-Phillip Sendkler. I liked the title and the reviews were not bad either. It is a fairly good read and thought provoking too. One thought that I really liked was the statement "You are responsible for not only what

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Berry Time at Blueberry Farm

Went for blue berry picking at one of Birak's Blueberry farm on Blundel road. I ate more and picked less while the kids did just the opposite. It was fun picking the freshest and the largest of the blueberries.The berry trees were just the perfect height to provide ample shade on an otherwise

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Harbour Cruise

Our first Kids World trip for this Summer. The Harbour Cruise was a fun one hour adventure along Vancouver's harbour and waterfront. The tour guide narrated the history of the various landmarks and buildings along the waterfront. The kids were more interested in looking around and walking up and down the levels. I was enjoying the ride. There is something about the

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Public Works Open House

After dropping off Nasir at the Vancouver Airport we went to the Public Works Open House. The kids already had their breakfast, it was a Saturday and we were already out driving so it just was a perfect opportunity to visit this annul event. This was our second year attending this event. Most of the activities were similar to previous years but the kids were more