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July 31, 2013

Last week we redefined the word “togetherness.”

Truthfully, our family bonding overload had less to do with me putting family first, and more to do with me feeling guilty about sending Maya off to summer camp mere minutes after relocating to a new city.

Pics 1 & 2 : Scootering with Maya, our first dinner in our new home (I boiled pasta), an outdoor concert in Lincoln Center.

Scootering around town with Maya, our first dinner in our new place, a rainy outdoor concert in Lincoln Center.

In any case, since Maya needs to be occupied – at all times – there has been little rest for the weary. Or the fasting.

  • We visited Best Buy (Ali’s idea of fun) where Maya and I learned about the importance of HDMI inputs. While there, Ali researched and finally purchased a Smart TV. (I have yet to figure out how it differs from any other TV – except that I feel less smart when I use it.)
  • We went to Central Park (Maya’s idea of fun) where a kid threw Maya’s water bottle in the sand and then called her a name. (Apparently annoying kids live on both coasts.)
  • We spent hours at Bed, Bath, and Beyond, West Elm, and CB2 (nobody’s idea of fun but necessity demanded these trips). While there, we debated the benefits of vinyl versus cloth shower liners and square plates versus round plates. (Note: My refusal to pack basics like dishes bit me in the a@#, just as I knew it would.)
Dinner at PizzArte, more pasta at home, enchiladas at home, a picnic in Central Park.

Dinner at PizzArte, more pasta at home, “decent” enchiladas at home (per Ali), and a picnic in Central Park.

By the weekend we were all sick of each other. One rain filled visit to Lincoln Center, a few tears, and several sarcastic comments later, I finally stepped in and put a stop to family time.

We came home, I Googled away, and minutes later I’d enrolled Maya in two weeks of intensive ice skating.

(My idea of fun. And the best idea of the week.)

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  1. July 31, 2013 12:50 am

    Hehe, sometimes there really is such a thing as too much togetherness!
    I am actually oddly jealous of getting to go buy new plates and prowl around cb2-but it probably seems less fun when having dinner depends on having ANY plates upon which to eat it:)

    • August 1, 2013 1:51 am

      For a while we were eating off the 3 small salad plates I packed…it made me realize just how much we actually do need a set of plates. 🙂

  2. July 31, 2013 2:07 am

    HAHA yes about too much family time…and anyone who begs to differ is lying! What did you guys end up going with- square or round plates? Although square plates look more modern, my vote still goes to classic round plates!

    • August 1, 2013 1:52 am

      We went with the square…I’ve only had round ones before! So I thought it was time for a change. 🙂

  3. July 31, 2013 3:09 am

    I empathise with you Ameena. For I went through the same situation a few days back. The only difference is that, I could not enroll my daughter for any activity!!! So I guess there will be a lot of mother and daughter bonding till purvi starts her school 🙂

    • August 1, 2013 1:53 am

      I’m sorry…was everything full? Lots of parks / museums / friend options hopefully?

  4. July 31, 2013 3:18 am

    Maya will thank you profusely when she grows up to have killer legs as a result of the intensive ice skating 😉

    • August 1, 2013 1:54 am

      Such a good point. Maya actually loves it! She’s done this particular camp before so I knew she’d love it again. 🙂

  5. July 31, 2013 4:07 am

    Google Hillard!

    • August 1, 2013 1:54 am

      I did…and it looks amazing! It’s just a tiny bit far from Manhattan and since Maya gets car sick I think things could get ugly on the ride up there. 😦

      But I appreciate the recommendation! Thank you J.

  6. July 31, 2013 4:09 am

    Your posts are always amazing. Very innovative. Wishing you a happy stay in NY. Dreams do come true. Now all you need to do is move to London… Cannot wait to explore NY with you Ameena.

    • August 1, 2013 1:55 am

      London is my next stop / place to live, hopefully Maha!

      • August 1, 2013 6:46 am

        Excellent:) we will make sure you get a very Royal Welcome 🙂 If you move to London, Then two of your dreams have come true, one living in NY and second living in London. Now all we need is for you to write a book, publish it, became a multi millionaire so you can have your dream house,actually 2 dream houses, overlooking Hyde Park and Central Park. Bliss

  7. July 31, 2013 4:34 am

    I have to admit my idea of fun has lot to do with enrolling ayaan and amaan to a. summer camp b. drawing class or even they go to school.

    • August 1, 2013 1:55 am

      Yes, school is the best because it’s mostly free. But summer camp is really worth every penny. 🙂

  8. seana permalink
    July 31, 2013 5:12 am

    We just got back from a 3 night stay in AC with my 22 yr old son and his girlfriend, That’s a lot of togetherness. We figured we’d amuse them at the beach during the day- although I cant fathom why 2 22 yr olds couldn’t amuse themselves. It rained both days. So much for that plan. We moved them into their own apartment this past Sunday. A lot more bonding, And why did they pick a 2nd floor with a lot of steps? I think they re out to get me.
    I’ve never heard of ice skating camp? My sis sends her 3 kids to all kinds…Lego, film making, performing arts, etc. She has to send them because the babysitter (school) closes for the summer.
    Maybe Maya can wear Ali’s ear muffs if her ears get cold skating 🙂

    • August 1, 2013 1:57 am

      You are a very open-minded mom to go on vacation with your son and his girlfriend…truly, I am impressed. And I too am unsure why you had to arrange for their amusement?

      School is definitely the best babysitter…no argument there. 🙂

  9. Lydia permalink
    July 31, 2013 6:17 am

    Hahaha…it’s hillarious. You’re good in finding summer camp for Maya. That was quick! Ali’s idea of fun is very similar to my husband’s (his is a visit to Home Depot! Eek!).

    • August 1, 2013 1:58 am

      Luckily we avoid Home Depot like the plague…never of us like that giant place! At least we have that in common. 🙂

  10. July 31, 2013 6:40 am

    omg, that is so funny about HDMI inputs – we just got a new TV and i definitely got schooled on HDMI inputs and AppleTV and all that fun stuff as well! lol.

    • August 1, 2013 1:58 am

      Was it a Smart TV? If so, I believe my husband would be super proud… 🙂

  11. July 31, 2013 7:22 am

    haha @ smart tv making you feel less smart. I kinda agree to that. Sounds like you guys are finally settling in.

    • August 1, 2013 1:59 am

      Aside from having no furniture I think we are settling in quite nicely Eddie! 🙂

  12. July 31, 2013 8:18 am

    Ice skating camp will be a great way for Maya to make new friends in NYC. Pure brilliance. Do they have a Best Buy camp for Ali? Better check…

    • August 1, 2013 1:59 am

      I wish Best Buy had camp…imagine how much free time I’d have on my hands if both Ali and Maya were occupied during the day?

      Best idea ever.

  13. July 31, 2013 8:29 am

    Agree, it’s definitely possible to have too much family time (with or without fasting)! So glad you guys are settling in well 🙂

    • August 1, 2013 2:00 am

      Too much family time is definitely increased when fasting. I’m sure you’d agree A!

  14. July 31, 2013 9:40 am

    Aww, hehe. I’ll Maya will have a blast at summer camp – and you need time to settle in! 🙂

  15. ittakestime permalink
    July 31, 2013 11:57 am

    You look all set in NY now 🙂

    • August 1, 2013 2:00 am

      We need some furniture but for the most part we are settling in nicely!

  16. July 31, 2013 1:46 pm

    Awwww… Can’t believe someone called Maya a name and threw her bottle, kids can be so cruel. Yeah, we all need me-time, so important. Hope you guys are settled and are all doing well. Love your new location. 🙂

    • August 1, 2013 2:01 am

      Thank Honey…looking forward to meeting up after Ramadan finishes!

  17. Shauna permalink
    August 1, 2013 12:40 am

    Ameena!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been following but haven’t had one second to comment. So sorry! I love the new place and the view!!!! How spectacular! You are doing so well, so happy to see it. I’m so glad all is working out. Love to you,

    Shauna xo

    • August 1, 2013 2:01 am

      Thanks for the comment and for following Shauna, and please don’t apologize! I’m sure you have your hands full. 🙂

  18. August 1, 2013 1:37 am

    🙂 – That you found summer camp for Maya in a snap! What would moms do without Google, I wonder?

    😦 – That kid in the Park, sigh.

    :S – HDMI Inputs…I hear you!

    😀 – On too much family time, I’m eager for school to reopen too …..!

    • August 1, 2013 2:02 am

      I agree…what did anyone ever do without Google?

      And school…. LOL

  19. August 1, 2013 3:32 am

    I have been sending my daughter to a summer camp. She hates waking up and grumbles a lot. But the moment she’s at the door of the camp, she’s out of sight. She wouldn’t even take time to say bye. Summer camps are the best thing to happen.. well for moms, during summer.

    Maya looks adorable in her skates!

    We are looking forward to have some “together time” during Eid holidays.

    • August 5, 2013 2:47 am

      Funny how Maya can’t wait to leave me every morning…not that I blame her I suppose!

  20. August 1, 2013 7:23 am

    I’m so happy you’re here, sorry about the tears and that this had to happen while fasting. I can’t believe how “adjusted” you are in such a short period of time. Ice skating is a great option, no guilt-ok?

    • August 5, 2013 2:48 am

      So nice of you to say Lauren…not sure many people have ever use the words well-adjusted when referring to me. LOL

      Hope to see you again soon!

  21. August 1, 2013 8:09 am

    I keep telling my 2 year old that school (aka daycare) is soo much fun (all with big eyes and loud expressions!) he vehemently disagrees. He doesnt see why mummy loves school so much and why he can’t just play at home with mummy! Poor kid is at my mercy, he is going to hate me for packing him off everyday against his will.
    The scars I’m giving my child…. I was so happy to find that kids under 2 dont have a memory. I could do whatever. Now that he is retaining everything, I’m trying not to damage him too much – just a little.

    • August 5, 2013 2:49 am

      Maya doesn’t remember anything from her daycare days…and trust me, it was SO hard to leave her there at first. But eventually she came to love it.

      Don’t worry about the scars…they are mostly a problem for us parents rather than the kids!

  22. August 1, 2013 8:34 am

    i feel the same way about smart TV- more features=more confusion for me. I hope you get some lone time while Maya will be rocking her ice skating lessons 🙂

    • August 5, 2013 2:50 am

      Not sure about alone time but I’m finally getting a handle on work emails…that’s progress!

  23. August 1, 2013 9:55 am

    hey, I cannot get on your blog about Lisa Genova, But I LOoooooVED Still Alice.

    Here is my interview w/ Her.


    • August 5, 2013 2:50 am

      Still Alice was one of my favorites! I really loved that book. Not sure Lisa Genova can ever match that one…

  24. August 1, 2013 10:10 am

    We go on holiday tomorrow for our time of ‘togetherness’. Your post doesn’t inspire me with confidence! Especially as I’ve been banned from taking my laptop. Something about it being my wife’s 40th birthday and needing to give her attention or something…

    • August 5, 2013 2:51 am

      Banned from taking your laptop? Beg your wife to reconsider. Because when she needs a break (and you all will) a laptop can be a life saver.

      • August 26, 2013 11:33 pm

        Ah ha alas it was in vain. I was allowed, however, my Kindle. So all was not lost 😉

  25. August 1, 2013 7:44 pm

    Too much of a good thing?? haha. I am glad you guys are getting settled in, Maya should start school soon right?! 😉

    • August 5, 2013 2:51 am

      Not until September! Crazy how long her summer will be this year.

  26. purabinaha permalink
    August 2, 2013 1:18 am

    I love reading about Maya…so looks so cute and is a smart girl! Hope you have settled in completely by now. And yes, that “first dinner” picture looks perfect!

  27. August 2, 2013 9:51 am

    You all look like you had a great time! At least you made the time before you have start working 🙂

    • August 5, 2013 2:52 am

      I’m working…just from afar. I still need to find a job / another client!

  28. August 3, 2013 5:24 pm

    Your place looks so nice! And at least you tried with the family time ;)!

  29. August 4, 2013 10:06 am

    That day sounds EXHAUSTING. Hurray for summer camp! (why didn’t I think of that?!)

    • August 5, 2013 2:53 am

      Summer camp is definitely a lifesaver, no matter how I struggle with enrolling Maya every summer!

  30. August 4, 2013 6:07 pm

    You’re such a good momma. And a wise one. You need to know when enough is enough.

    PS You’re in NY!!!!

  31. August 5, 2013 1:23 pm

    My daughter would be in complete agreement. She is busy trying to convince her husband to dump their sons with me, when they visit New York later this year 🙂
    The view from your new home looks fabulous!

  32. August 5, 2013 4:56 pm

    Ah, family time…it can be both rewarding and stressful. Sounds like you’re enjoying exploring your new locale 🙂


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