*ESHIALO SHILALA*

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Super-Zoom

We have been trying out my mom's new camera that has an amazing zoom lense. Of course we have a perfect subject on which to practice. These are some of Fazal's amusing facial expressions.


"Hello?! Are you there?! I said, I want a large pizza with all the toppings!"


Thursday, April 24, 2008

Tickles

Not only does Fazal appear to always have a joke going on in his mind, he is extremely ticklish. And when my toes appear like aliens out of nowhere to tickle his ribs, we both have a good laugh!


Sunday, April 20, 2008

Little Drummer Boy


...and just a few more :-)

It was so nice to have a few young cousins around who new exactly how to occupy Fazal's attention! This photo is from the rehersal dinner on Friday night.


Matt & Clare, such a lovely pair :-)
Blowing bubbles for the newly married couple along with the little ring bearer! (I wasn't there, Fazal needed to relax away from the crowd for a bit) Mom was the photographer!
My dear sister and brother-in-law
Did you ever read the children's book, "The Princess and the Pea"?
Mr. Prince in the photo here didn't mind the hotel accomodations one bit (can you tell?) Oh gee, is there anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable, sir? No, no put your feet up a little longer. More milk perhaps?

More photos from the wedding....

Relatives and more relatives!



Fazal was in his best clothes :-)


Congrats to Evan and Amanda!

Christina's cousin Evan got married last weekend to lovely Amanda, and Fazal and I were able to attend. They had a beautiful Baha'i ceremony in Maryland. Here are a few photos:
Many relatives attended - it was a very nice reunion of sorts!
Fazal's very first plane ride! He did VERY well........








Saturday, April 19, 2008

Happy Holidays

Happy Passover (Pesach) to our friends of the Jewish faith!
Have a joyous holiday.
This coming Monday will also be the first day of Ridvan, the holiest day of the Baha'i year! More on what that means later........

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Firsts...

This past weekend, Fazal had his first plane ride, first stay in a hotel, and he attended his first wedding (Christina's cousin Evan and Amanda). He also met a LOT of relatives! Congrats Evan and Amanda it was a beautiful celebration and we wish you a lifetime of happiness! We hope to put some photos of the wedding up soon but we totally will depend on donor photos because since daddy didn't come with us, mommy didn't have enough hands to take pictures. Fazal is in a bit of a phase where he only wants to be held by his parents, but did well with the crowds and party filled weekend anyway. His top two teeth are poking through now too. This is the only photo from last week I have to post for now, so until later..........


Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Learning to Eat

I mean, if you ate like this, would you wear a shirt?
Prunes, yes prunes, are a favorite of mwana here, and the applesauce you can see on his chin are a close second.

It is pretty cool to note that Fazal's great-grandmother, known to all as Taowee, used this highchair when she was a baby herself. Whether she was the first, we don't know. We are going to have to update some of it's (non-existent) safety features but otherwise it is perfect.
All cleaned up to hang out with koko!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Fazal at 7 months

Since it is officially Spring, it was time for a spring-like yellow sweater!




Sunday, April 06, 2008

MLK, Teeth, and other thoughts...

Yesterday, Fazal turned 7 months old!! It seems incredible, and yet so much has happened in that stretch of time, I can believe it has been 7 months. We so much look forward to the next seven, and can't wait to see what new experiences it holds for us.

This morning, we saw that one of Fazal's upper teeth had pushed through. He wasn't very happy about it - he was clearly pretty uncomfortable. That makes 3 teeth in total. More and more, he likes to try the food we eat, trying little pieces of bread, soft cheerios and other foods...it seems like he wants to be doing what we are doing, so when he sees us eating, he feels completely left out if he is not eating. He makes his complaints known immediately!! He is also developing a liking for chai, which is a good thing, since it is a staple in our household :-)

Finally, I have to make mention of the fact that Friday, April 4, was commemorated in the United States as the 40th anniversary of the murder of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the black American civil rights leader who inspired thousands of people of all races and religions to stand up for and demand equality and fair treatment of blacks and other minorities in America. A few things struck me when I was watching the coverage on TV:
- He was only 39 years old when he was killed, which means he was already changing the world in his early thirties. Who says youth can't move the world?
- He preached non-violence and racial harmony until he died.
- Perhaps, without his efforts and those of many, many others, my family would not even exist today. When he lived, inter-racial marriage was illegal in many states. The fact that we can today live in the neighborhood we live in, we and our children go to any school we apply to, eat in any restaurant, and expect at least a basic respect wherever we go is based on many people's hard work and sacrifice.
- I realized that although 1968 seems like a long time ago in many regards, he was killed, and the civil rights movement was at its pinnacle, only 6 years before I was born. There is no reason for my generation to take it all for granted.
- To hear a recording of my own grandmother's recollections of going to Alabama in the 1960's to cook during a civil rights march, and her decisions effects on her white community, go to my cousin's website (Click on the link to "Evan" on our sidebar)

So, thank you Dr. King and all those who worked with you. I personally appreciate all you did.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Perpetual Motion

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See some of Fazal's new moves. :-)

In Need of a Good Laugh?

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He has quite a laugh and is very ticklish. :-)

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Simply Tuesday

Grandma came to see me tonight....

We had fun!
See my bed behind me? (They tell me it's for sleeping, but who wants to do that when being awake is so much more interesting?)
Well, my super daddy worked on it this weekend and it's getting closer to being finished!!
Just having fun