Thursday, November 28, 2013
Winter is here! We finally got our first snowfall that didn't melt away right away, and A couldn't be more excited. She woke her Baba up first thing in the morning to go out and play in the snow. So out they went and once they came back in A did a some school work and made a little bird feeder. For her feeder, she used pipecleaners, and threaded cheerios onto each section, and added string to hang it in the tree.
She has also been quite busy building cozy indoor forts for her and her little sister. MashaAllah it is so nice to see them play more and more together as S grows bigger and more mobile.
We also started some winter reading...
and winter nature journalling- snowflakes!
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
We were invited to my mother-in-law's for dinner, and we needed something to bring for dessert. So I looked around the baking cupboard for something I could make quickly, and decided to use up the baking squares I wasn't able to use last Eid. I also had some granola in the cupboard, and some mints as well. I simply melted the chocolate, added a cup of granola and stirred it in, then spread it out on a piece of wax paper on a cookie sheet, and sprinkled some crushed mints on top :). Then I put it in the fridge for an hour or so until it was set, and broke it up into pieces. This was my first time making chocolate bark, it such a great recipe because it can be customized to your liking. I really want to try it with nuts or maybe coconut flakes next time, inshaAllah.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Mom and Bapa came to visit last weekend with 3 kiddos and we went on a little field trip with them to the World's Biggest Bookstore downtown. Apparently the bookstore will be closed soon, and since none of us had been there yet, Mom thought we might check it out. The bookstore is currently owned by Chapters, so there was a lot of similarity to other Chapters stores, and I thought it lacked originality and charm. But all in all I think the kids enjoyed looking in the kids section and just being together. LittleA (6) and my sister MissL (9) are the best of friends and spent a lot of time looking at baking magazines hehe.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Now that my daughter is praying almost every prayer with the family, we decided to make a prayer times chart like the one we saw by Educating the Muslim Child, here. Using a frame we had on hand, and some scrapbooking paper, it was such a quick craft to make. To write the timings on, we used washable markers instead of dry erase markers, since the surface is plastic and not glass, and dry erase markers don't wipe off. We learned this the hard way, and had to cover up the dry erase marker damage with a flower in the corner. I hope this little chart will help my daughter become more aware of the natural flow of the day and make note of the movement of the sun and the shifting of time as each new prayer comes and goes and each prayer's timings are adjusted to match the day.
Today LittleA made a picture of a pile of leaves by tracing and overlapping leaf shapes on a piece of paper and then colouring in each section with a different autumn colour. At first she was going to cover the entire paper with overlapping leaves but as she was getting closer to completion she noticed how it looked like a pile of leaves, so she added a sun to the top corner. That is definitely quite a pile, perfect for jumping in! :)