Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ramadhan 1435

we're coming into the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadhan. its been quite smooth sailing, so far. the boys, though they whine and ask 'how long more' every 3 minutes and fall asleep in their plates during sahur and missed a week of sekolah agama because they can't get up and are the most difficult to handle from 530-730pm, have been extremely wonderful by not missing a single day of fast.

i vowed to not have a dining table filled with pasar ramadhan food this year and i've managed to keep to that, accept for one day. we used to have oodles and oodles of kuihs and lauks and satays for iftar and they either had to be finished during sahur or end up being shoved in the fridge. so this year, no more. Ramadhan is about controlling oneself, so controlling from toppling over the table with food we shall.

i actually made a list of what to cook this year, for sahur and for iftar. but some days, tiredness and laziness just takes over and the list gets thrown out of the window. but good thing i had back ups, i.e. googling 'what to cook with chicken' or 'quickest way to cook meatballs' helps.

i've kept our iftar menu simple this year. something quick and easy on weekdays, because picking up the boys would take up almost an hour due to traffic, and something slightly heavier on weekends, as i can take longer time to cook. alhamdulillah, for 14 out of 17 days, i've managed to lay the dining table with home-cooked meals for the family to break fast with.

iftar day#2…spaghetti meatballs, lamb chops and peanut butter cup brownies

iftar day#3…mee kari

iftar day#5…creamy baked chicken with fries and salad, nutella cupcakes for dessert

iftar day#6…nasi lemak, ayam goreng, sambal udang and vanilla cupcakes

iftar day#7…nescafe jelly to accompany bought satay

iftar day#8…nasi tomato, kurma daging and ayam masak merah

iftar day#9…baked meatball parmigiana with fries, carrots and broccoli

iftar day#12…steamed fish, ginger fried chicken and beef with oyster sauce

iftar day#13…kuey teow with fish ball soup and cream caramel

iftar day#15…butter rice, kerutuk ayam, chilli eggs and salad

iftar day#16…roast chicken with fries and salad and ice cream for dessert

iftar day#17…ayam cili and udang masak lemak

we substituted the kuihs with lots and lots of fruits and juices this year. the boys are quite happy with their iftar dishes, asyraf's been known to mutter 'sedap nya semua benda buka ni…' while holding on to his bursting tummy.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mid-Year School Holiday

the normally two weeks holiday in the middle of the school year somehow became two and a half weeks, this year. i'm not entirely sure why the holiday started on wednesday instead of saturday. oh well, more time at home for mummy to enjoy, yeah right!

to me surprise, the holidays this time around have significantly improved (as it should!). two and a half weeks seem to fly by when you actually know what to do with the stay-at-home kids. the first half week, ariff and akmal went to bicdc's holiday camp. so i was at home with only two who were stuck on their ps3. alhamdulillah.

pictures courtesy of the teachers in bicdc.

during those two days i managed to settle quite a bit of school stuff - i washed the school bags, washed and ironed all school uniforms, washed school ties, got the cleaners (cos i don't do this) to wash all the school shoes, cleaned the boys' school book shelves, replenish school stationeries and bought some activity books with the intention of doing some activities during the holiday. by the time the weekend came, all school stuff have been ticked off and can be put that aside until the last weekend of school holidays.

for the earlier part of the second week, i had to fast. the boys were wonderful to leave me alone with my migraine attacks and weak moments. they let me sleep the afternoon away with very minimal crying, hitting, smacking, fighting-over-toys outbreaks. thank god for the ps3 and playdoh. the later part of the week, we went down to melaka for a much needed break.

the third week of the holiday began the same way, i fasted for three days and asked the boys to leave me alone as the heat were unbearable. towards the end of the week, realizing the holiday was coming to a close, i took the boys out. on thursday, we went to klia to send off my mom, aunt and cousin who had to attend a funeral in kota bharu and on friday, we went out for movies and swimming to counter the hot weather.

i am a bit upset i left a couple of things til the very last minute - haircut for the boys, which means we had to be part of a long, long queue, and ariff's pendidikan islam 80-page homework, which means asyraf had to shadow him while he tried to finish it, after school had resumed.

alhamdulillah, they're getting much better at being at home during holidays. much better than the first holiday we had together back in 2012. that was a horrible time to think about. i can count on one hand the number of times i had to pick up the cane and that made me less stressed.


the value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults - peter de vries

grown-ups never understand anything for themselves and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explainning things to them - antoine de saint-exupery