Week 8 of ISO

Currently playing : Hwasa – Orbit

Yay to the weekend! How time flies! It’s been two months since we started working from home and in ISO. Usually after Sahur, I will complete my Fajr prayers and Quran reading. On weekdays, I felt a little rushed. On the weekends however, I can take my time and as long as I can hold my Wudhu to read the Quran. And…..

Thereafter I have my weekend KDrama; The King: Eternal Monarch to watch, a date with my LMH on weekend mornings. Looking extra forward to every weekend now. If you haven’t catch it and hate cliffhangers, probably wait till the whole series is completed on Netflix.

Been feeling under the weather since Tuesday. Can you tell?

It’s been a super tiring week to be honest. Since last week, I was a little under the weather and lost my mojo can you tell? I just want to stay in bed all day. If I can homeschool Ayden on my bed I would! And call it “Alphabets Bed Session’! It happens I’m sure. My creative juices are not flowing, my usual “go-go-go” self is absent. I was bleargh.

Grateful that hubs managed to do some of the Learning Adventures with Ayden.

I picked myself up this week. Been reading the Quran on a daily basis even at least 5 verses (A goal I set for myself!). I’m still reading Surah Al Baqarah and it’s day 4. Still on it. Slowly but surely. I’m not good with resolutions. I told myself I am going to complete these books, this Ramadan. Hopefully, I can InsyaAllah. But my ultimate goal is to read as much of the Quran this Ramadan. May Allah makes it easier for me. Amin.

PS: Thank you Arina for the Quran translation and that scent for Mecca 🕋 it’s super calming. Love it!

Another cook out weekend in this household! We’re grilling Nandos Chicken tonight and cook up a storm of East Coast Favourites tomorrow!

xoxo

Planting Seeds

They say spending your day under the sun improves your mental health and immunity; I can’t agree more. It’s just amazing. With bare feet on the grass and just feel reconnected… revived… recharged.

Last summer we had a major hail storm, it was the most terrifying. It was so loud from inside the house, it feels like the windows were going to be smashed. There were big and hard balls of ice shooting down continuously for a good 10-15minutes. Our cars and the patio roof were damaged too.

Since then, Ayden has this fear of wind, when the leaves of the trees rustle, he will ask, if it’s going to be a strong or tiny one (in his words); or if there’s any wind at all. He will run and hide behind someone. And if he’s playing outside and there’s a big gust of wind, he will run into the house. We are slowly trying to help him overcome this fear. InsyaAllah

Since it was a sunny day on Monday, we decided to shift his “classroom” outside. It was nice and warm. We get to do a little grounding, jump on the trampoline and focus on the letter E. Ayden loves doing Mazes and Dots so much, I had to buy a book of them. He already gone through half the book!

As a family, we have been praying Maghrib together on a daily basis. When Ramadan, started it was my goal to include Ayden into our congregational prayers. As a four year old, there are no expectations. I lay his mat beside mine and he follows as and when he wills. And he does (partly!) but MasyaAllah a good try on his part. We do this for Ishaq too before we start our Terawih. He will have his “solat pants” and songkok on and his mat ready. When I hear him shouting out loud Amin after Ali finished his Al Fatiha and Allahuakhbar at each prostration, I am already ecstatic and grateful. I always mention this after our prayers how proud I am of him and so is Allah.

I often think, I don’t want Ayden to feel like he is forced to pray. I want to instill love in him to make him want to pray. I am sure we have been in households or in one ourselves where we were nagged constantly to pray by our parents that it became a chore, there’s no questions ask and to just do because we must. And I don’t want it for Ayden. I want him to love it, to love Allah without being forced to.

This is an article which I find amazing and have such great and helpful advice about planting the seeds of prayer in our young ones. May we find what’s good and what works for each of us.

https://seekersguidance.org/articles/prophetic-guidance/parenting-planting-the-seeds-of-prayer-in-our-young-ones-by-hina-mukhtar/

xoxo

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Mummy wins, Mummy guilty

Tonight was the night, I dread.

We have been moderately giving the IPad to Ayden for him to watch his favourite shows on ABC kids and playing educational games. Before, it was strictly when we are out and about.

Since Ramadan started, I’ve been giving Ayden the iPad while I carry out my Ishak and Terawih prayers.Tonight was different. He hasn’t slept all day, hence I was thinking of putting him to bed early, after all he must be so tired not napping the whole day!

Boy was I wrong, after changing to his Pyjamas, he started asking for iPad. I shook my head, he begun crying like there was no tomorrow, kicking and throwing tantrums. It was so hard to see but I was adamant that we both can get through this. The battle lasted for 20-30mins (it seems like an eternity for me!) finally as he was sobbing very hard; he crawled onto my lap, eyes shut and slowly drift to sleep.

I cradle him tightly for the next half an hour and gently kissed him on the forehead and whispered in his ears; “I’m sorry I had to do what I had to do. Mummy loves you very much”.

I think the part that scares me the most is when he starts to demand for it and worst when he expect it from me.

We’ll get there. Here’s to us trying 72hours without an iPad.

Weekends

Here i am sitting on the steps of the State Library blogging after savoring a delicious Apple Puff from Pafu. Its comparable; well may be a lil more delicious than my favourite apple turnovers from Delifrance.

All of that while listening to Julia Michaels. Such an incredible songwriter! All her songs, really, she definitely wears her heart on her sleeve. “They say all Good boys go to heaven but bad boys bring heaven to you..” Oh god those sultry lyrics, i think it’s genius! She even co wrote one of my favourite Linkin Park songs; “Heavy”!

The past few weekends has been super busy, since the long weekend we had from Australia Day. Beginning of February is very busy with this lil family of ours. Back to back birthday weekends! First Ali and then this weekend will be Ayden.

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Off to Geelong with the Syeds for a good beach day roadtrip but the weather suddenly takes a sudden turn, we had to endure cloudy and cold winds at Torquay and decide to drive down to Geelong after lunch and to our surprise. Mr Sun decides to show up! It was quite busy at the waterfront with Craft market, some carnival going on and some event. It was quite a delightful event for the kids.

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We had a wind down Saturday splashing about by the river just behind our area which we don’t even know until now! Pound bend Reserve definitely one in the list of our favourite picnic spots!

We packed on some bbq meats and sunscreen! And slowly, people driving in with their canoes and kayaks and some just clad in their swimwear all ready for a swim! Definitely great for families!

It was such a refreshing Saturday despite the hot weather! After the swim, we packed up and hit Chadstone for some AC and Dinner! Summer days in Melbourne is a good time to head to the mall for some cool down time! Once you had enough of the Sun that is.

Back to first loves.

What’s life without social media?

Honestly, full of curiosity but it definitely gives me a breather.
✖️ Facebook ✖️ Instagram ✖️ Whatsapp
Although I cheated on whatsapp when I have to call Bibik to video chat with Mum. Other than that, here I am back to basics with texting, emails and letters. Back to writing and journaling of which I used to love.
“Back to my first loves” he said.

My sincere apologies for unanswered messages on Whatsapp (im hardly on it) and social media. Texting me is the way to go.

Back to first loves, also meant for the love of libraries. If only, the State library was merely a walk away. The whole idea of immersing myself with a book; finding my little cosy corner in the library full of character which I feel is part of a good meditation on a Saturday morning. I knew Azura will agree with me on this one.


Ayden and Ali decided to come with me to the Library the other day, Ayden was happily glancing and hopping through the library and picking out picture books with cars and buses on its cover. And Mummy is thoroughly happy with her Marie Kondo‘s books that came in at the most apt timing! Also very excited to try out some kitchen experiments with Chrissy Teigen’s Cravings cookbook!


Marie Kondo’s Life-Changing Magic: A Journal – Spark Joy Every Day, is all about the KonMari method of decluttering and tidying. I am only halfway through the book, but acts of thanking each item before discarding them off, working through categories instead of places and most interestingly does the item sparks joy? If they are not, thank them and discard them. You’ll find it easier to discard them. I am quite a sentimental hoarder and find it quite effective using the KonMari method to declutter my clothes. With her method, folding is one of the highlights and the way to go. She can fold anything and everything. And using her method of folding too; you will learn to love folding in no time and find yourself maximising your wardrobe/drawer space! Can’t wait to finish reading her books and as you can see someone love it too! 😂


Ayden’s all time favourites are the Maisy books as well as Spots but these days anything with cars and buses really. And sometimes helicopters or aeroplanes too. Like any active toddlers, his attention span can for from 5mins to 0 in a second! Some mums are lucky enough to incorporate bed time storybook routine, for me, I’m just content if he sits with me reading a couple of books a day without any distractions. Our goals for 2018!

 

xoxo

ana

Ayden + Friends

This week we have been having several play dates which were only penciled the night before. Glad we all made it work!

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We had a great New Years Day with the Syeds. These days I fell in love with impromptu barbecues and picnics all over again. We checked out the Valley Reserve this time at Mount Waverley as they called it an award winning Playspace. I thought with the hot weather, the beach may be a lil too crowded! And the boys would love some adventure play area!

It was the tops of 26 🌤 We had a picnic mat full of noodles, pastries, fruits and snacks! It was such a relaxing day under the sun catching up on life and family getaway plans. It was just a great day to chill.

Ayden enjoyed himself thoroughly, that he even missed his nap and he just fell asleep as soon as we drove off from the park!

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It was my last day of the holidays, hence, we decided to drive to Werribee to stock up on my crafts only to realise after an hour drive, that they decided to close early! Boo! We’ve been planning to meet Ana & Ali (yup! A couple with exactly the same nicknames as us!) for a while now, but never got around to it! So we finally got to meet up at the Wonderland Playcentre for a play date and we had a late lunch at Ummah Thai with the family of 5!

I realised that Ayden loves the outdoor playground more than the indoor ones. Not sure why. He seems to be more intimidated and less motivated to play whereas he’s more eager at the outdoor playground, running around, climbing and trying out all the different slides.

The next day the hubs and Ayden decided to spontaneously join Ali’s fambam and Mai (and her girls) on a lil Adventure to the Zoo. Definitely in envy, since I was stuck at work the whole day! They had so much fun, I can tell from the photos and his laughters! Glad that he had a Baba bonding session! Looking at all the photos, glad the Ayden could join in the trip and immerse himself with all these animals he’s been watching on TV and reading in his books! Am actually going to sign up for the Zoo membership soon! Its really worth the price for just $9 a month!

Definitely more #AydenAdventures coming into 2018! Probably more impromptu picnics and road trips! Who knows?

xoxo

ana