Here and Now…!

  
Hello there!! So what have you been up to lately? I know I haven’t wrote in here for what seems like an eternity, but it has been a go-go-go with barely enough time to come up for air! There were also few minor mishaps, like the fact that Adam threw my phone in the water, and it remained there for two hours, since I was too busy to look for it. Add to that the fact that my laptop suddenly decided that it was time for it to shut down forever. So yeah all good lol! 

This past whirlwind though was made up of a lot more. Going to Oman for ten days to spend Eid with the family -Did I mention that it was just me and Adam? Yup!! Baba had to work 😦 – Adam being 18months, active as ever and so ready to learn new things! This also means being everywhere he is not supposed to be, and wanting to spend our whole day out and about. There was also wanting to spend more time with the family which meant not sleeping before midnight and sometimes 2am. And everything in between! 

Even though I was busy, I was -good- busy, you know what I mean? I don’t like wearing busy as a badge, however I liked THIS busy, I really did. And now that I am home and back to my routine, I always have to remind my self to “take a chill pill” lol 

But of course there are these moments, these little freeze frames where time stops and goes slowly, or at least if feels like it anyways; like the day I was putting Adam to sleep, he was in his bed, it was dark, apart from a faint light coming from my phone. Adam saw our shadows in the ceiling and decided he wanted to play some more, he started moving his hands and feet and laughing hysterically! I looked at the watch and it was way past his bedtime, but guess what? Who cares? I joined the party and we started dancing and moving all around the room, while looking at our shadows! And I thought to my self: ” I would have never payed attention to these shadows, if it wasn’t for Adam” it made me happy that we didn’t miss it! It made me happy that my little Adam is actually teaching me how to have fun! My little baby boy is growing up and we are actually having fun together! It is so magical to watch these moments! These moments are the slow, special ones, and I know to take them in, file them away, keep them for later. 

Or when someone hands him something, and he politely replies: “K Youuuuu” it is always a special moment for me, I feel like a PROUD MAMA, it feels like a reward for all the hard work I put out there for the sake of my family! 

I realise that we are at a very special season in our life (every season had been so special so far), Adam being 18months still a baby sometimes, yet all grown up most of the time. When he comes running to me just to give me a kiss and continues his marathon, or when he calls out for me with his soft sweet little voice that melts my heart: Mama Mama Mama!! Him being so independent like a little man! Always ready for the next adventure! 

So yeah it is and it has been a whirlwind sure, just like anyone’s life. We all get busy, we all have our things. But we all have our moments too. We stand in the middle of life going around and around and around and we pause! We take a breath, we close our eyes, we refuse to let anything disturb our magical moments! -not even writing about them- we soak them all in, hopping to remember them as vivid as they seem now! I also realise that life won’t be slowing down anytime soon, nor do I want it to, but I do want to pause every once in a while, grab the little bits and pieces as life goes on just as crazy and quickly as it does! 

Ouiam 

Happy Reading: July! 

  

I have made it a goal to read every night before bed. I always feel better ending my day with a book in my hands, instead of my phone or iPad, so I’ve got myself a stack of books (both virtual and paper) next to my bed. I also usually carry my Kindle around wherever I go, just in case I get some free time to do some extra reading!  And below I will share with you my last month’s list of books. I have to admit that I have enjoyed them all, and each one of them added a little something to my life! So without further ado (can I have a drumroll please?!) here is my list:
1-The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin: If you have been reading my blog for a while, you would notice that I have recently read one of Gretchen’s other books, and I really loved it, therefore, I decided to read another book of hers. As the title states, it is a project done by Gretchen, in one year she wanted to tackle all the areas that she thought would make her happier. This is not a “Self-help” book, as much as it is a journal, where she kept track of her journey into being a happier person, what she did and did not, what she liked and what she didn’t and of course the final result! And just as her previous book, this one gave me plenty of ideas and mainly pushed me to start my own “Happiness Project”! A Must Read!! 
2-How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Farber and Elaine Mazlish: I know, the title is a little ….hmmm, how should I say that? Let’s just say a little strange lol, however, the content of the book is highly engaging, with examples of each situation you might encounter as a parent and how to deal with it and make the most of it. Even though my son is only 16months, and the book talks mainly about older kids, it still helped me build a foundation of how I want to raise, educate and TALK to my son! If you are a parent then it is definitely THE book!! 
3- Blood Feud:The Clintons vs. The Obamas by Edward Klein: Do you remember few months ago, when I talked about Hliary Clinton’s new book: Hard Choices? Right then, I really hopped that she would become the next president of the United State Of America! Not only because she was a female, but also because she saw things differently! She was the woman in the “pantsuit”! I admired how she wanted to be Hilary the woman, and not always Bill’s wife! I admired that she wanted to tackle Asia as a priority, when she was a secretary of state; and how she came out publicly about Benghazi, Putin, China and many more highly sensitive subjects! However after reading this book last month -If what came in it is 100% true of course, because you can never be sure when it comes to politics- then I am very confused! This book shows a completely different side of Hilary and most definitely, not the one she was displaying in her book! It also brought tons of facts about president Obama that I am sure many of us didn’t know of! Nevertheless, I must say I really enjoyed reading this book, and if I could vote, I would still vote for Hilary! 
4- The Husband’s Secrete by Liane Moriarty: A perfect book for the summer! Cecilia thinks she knows her husband inside out, yet she is surprised to discover a dusty sealed envelope with : ” For my wife -to be- opened only in the event of my death” written on it! What a dilemma…! I really enjoyed this book! 
Happy Reading! 

Ouiam  

 

Thank God It’s Friday: The Eggplant Feast! 

  
I just realised that I have missed last week’s post of “Thank God It’s Friday”, and that’s probably because days are flying by, and I can hardly know what day it is without checking my calendar! See that’s the thing about Ramadan, the hours are slow yet the days are so fast! Ramadan is a very busy month, contrary to what one might think, we cook food during Ramadan way more than we do in normal days (which is kind of counterproductive, since this holly month is all about fasting and cleansing our bodies!). I have to admit though, that in our household we hardly make it to the main course, we stick to fruits and dates to break our fast, then some samboussas (will share my recipes for the samboussas sometime soon) and soup for dinner then something light for Sohour. 

Today I made something very light, yet super yummy that Adam, his dad and I love so much! I call it the eggplant feast lol, I will share its recipe with all of you! All you need is: 

2 medium eggplants 

1 tablespoon oil 

Salt and pepper to season

1 tablespoon butter 

1 crushed garlic 

Parsley and coriander (few leaves each, cut finely)  

2 tablespoons tomato paste 

1/2 cup of water

About 6 to 8 slices of Cheddar cheese.

Cut the eggplants into thick slices, season with some salt and pepper. Poor the oil in a pan and add the slices of eggplants, cook them until they become soft, then remove them and let them cool. Mean while, melt the butter in a pan, add the garlic, parsley and coriander, season with some salt and pepper, then add the tomato paste and water, once it thickens then the sauce is ready. In an oven-safe pan, place the eggplant slices, cover them with the tomato sauce, then add the cheese on top, and put it in the oven for about 10mins! We usually have it with some Quinoa and we all love it! 

Bon Appetit! 

Ouiam