In other news, the girls completed several weeks worth of day camp. Leena attended a photography class, plus 2 weeks of Summer Dance Intensive. Yasmeen had 2 weeks of band camp, plus private weekly lessons to learn the trumpet and a week's worth of cooking. Adam laid low, although I know I've got to get him into preschool soon!
I've been working the usual 2 days per week schedule I've been lucky to maintain (with the occasion fill in day here and there), but starting September 10th (right after the girls are back in school), I'll start working Mondays as well. Luckily, it's a condensed day, so I can get out early. Hoping it doesn't make me want to quit-LOL!
Mohammed is busy at work, too. Unfortunately, he DOES have to work all week, but can sometimes sleep in a bit during the weekend. Between home maintenance, the occasional firehouse event and our latest hobby, he's pretty busy too.
What latest hobby you ask? Well, for the past 10 days, we have been running a saltwater aquarium. We inherited a 55 gallon tank and put it to good use. Mohammed really felt that if we were going to make any effort in maintaining a tank, it might as well be a saltwater tank. I've been reading on the internet and buying "live rock" and testing the water daily, and yesterday, after finally getting the water, salt content, ammonia levels and ph just right, we finally added FISH. We bought 2 black clownfish and they are just adorable. Let's hope our calculations and advice from the aquarium store were good enough to help them survive and thrive. These babies can last up to 10 years (although most die after 2-3 from "stress")...yikes. Feeling like I'll be a little obsessive about keeping the water right. Wish us luck!
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL 2012
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT THE BEACH
VISIT FROM GIDO, SHOO SHOO AND AUNTIE MONA (& THE KIDS) FOR MOHAMMED'S BIRTHDAY
TRAIN RIDE IN FLEMINGTON
TRIP TO THE LAKE MID-WEEK (WITH ICE CREAM AFTER)
SETTING UP THE TANK
FIRST LIVE ROCK
FINAL SETUP: PRETY PROUD OF IT! NO FISH YET...
THE MESS OF CONSTRUCTION...WHERE OUR BATHROOM USED TO BE!
OUR ESCAPE TO DORNEY...
THE FISH- OSCAR AND OCTAVIA