Sort of still feels like we are on an extended vacation away from home, but as more nails are put into the walls and more lamps are added to rooms it actually somehow starts to feel like 'home'..I guess.
We still have a lot more to do; we're still sleeping on a mattress on the floor until I can figure out which box has the brackets to assemble our bed.
One bit of good news is that Ali's room is all set up and my big boy 2.5 year old is sleeping all through the night (most nights) in his own room! Major mashAllah to that.
So without further delay, here is how life looks lately:
|Before shot of Ali's room|
|that bike is Ali's current obsession|
|made a first obligatory trip to Ikea and got some cute decor for the 'big boy room'|
|Bought Groupons for a halal restaurant, Tazza Cafe we've been to twice already! That Louisiana pasta was dee-licious!|
|Took Ali to a really nice children's museum in downtown Tampa. He absolutely loved it and my Grouponing found a deal on getting annual membership so lots more trips back here soon!|
|Right outside the museum is this great park with a lovely view, splash pad and a big playground.|
|discovered that 'SAHM' duties require coffee and since I hate the taste, this dollar store find makes it something I look forward to each morning.|
|Spent time poolside right across from our apartment..can't say I mind free amenities!|
|Enjoyed the evening summer activities at Clearwater beach: street performers, craft stands and a gorgeous view of sunset.|
|Free movies at the beach all year! Ali wasn't a big fan of Babe so we didn't stick around very long.|
|Attended a massive Food Truck festival, sounded ideal in our minds but in extreme heat/humid weather hour long lines got tiring real fast.|
|The best part: rock shrimp tacos and truffle fries at this Portuguese truck BemBom. seriously spicy and amazing.|
|Started adding some room decor and my mom's beautiful Islamic calligraphy art was the first thing up!|
|And the part that makes my days complete:|