IN PICTURES: JANUARY

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The month began with us taking a little road trip to the Columbia RIver Gorge area. (More photos in a later post)

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After we attended a Kindergarten informational for our school district, it hit me that we just have a few months left where Anya gets to spend most of her day with me. And I have been capturing our afternoons and evenings a lot more and also trying to spend some quality time with her.

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I took her along with me to see this Pakistani movie that was playing and it reminded her of her fascination with ‘shadi’ and one day I got I got to do shadi with Ugly Doll. Yay. More about watching Ho Mann Jahaan here.

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Surprised my girl with a net canopy over her bed to find when she comes back from school one day.

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Trying to capture more of the imperfect pieces of our lives. Came back one morning after dropping Anya and took these to show how not-perfect my house looks many days!

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With Bilal working from home a lot too with his new job I miss my alone time at home and really cherish the one day I get most weeks! Also love watching ‘The View’, these ladies and their discussions remind me of my main girls and our discussions. lol. // And dreamy views on the way back from dropping Anya many days. // Making lists as I enjoy my guilty pleasure Coke one day when I reached early at pick up time.

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NOTHING LIKE GIRLFRIENDS : An evening with these same main girls as we got together to celebrate a friend’s baby who arrives this spring inshaAllah. Here is what our version of a baby shower looks like, a cozy night-in with a potluck dinner, chai and lots of gupshup. // Also got to meet the amazing mom behind UrduMom when she was in town. Bonding over chai discussions as our girls played around. How fun. // And happy mail when you find a card from the first ever friend I made online. Love her.

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Bilal playing his cricket and making me watch the replays and we’re not as excited as we were about the return of X-Files but watching it brings back so many memories.

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WEEKEND Evenings // Her sweet message to me before I left for a shoot,  Sunday evening walks, Skype with her taya. And finally we can do family movie nights (Though finding a movie is hard with her)

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We introduced her to our KInect finally and she has spent many afternoons playing Dance Central since then.

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WEEKENDS out when we go to our favorite park specially when its sunny

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NIGHT TIMES in our house: Finishing up dinner as she dances along before Bilal gets home // Random hanging out in the hallway one day as he was on the phone with customer service for our Internet Provider and Anya brought us a picnic // Finishing up some crafting one night

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NIGHTTIMES when I enjoy my chai and reading before bedtime in her room as she plays with her doll house More here.  // I put a note my dad wrote in a frame on my nightstand and love having it there

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HER ARTWORK: Her artwork, sigh. I can’t keep them all and its so hard to decide. One day she won’t write us all these love letters and I cherish them because of that!

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She has started to read and that has been so exciting Alhamdullilah

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And the countdown to turning 5 which she has been waiting for the past whole year, has finally begun! You might remember this from here too.

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My husband has finally mastered his Kashmiri chai after diligently getting after it for days.

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REMEMBERING MY DADDY He passed away on 17th January four years ago and I thought of him a lot this month. More about the memory journal here.

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Loving my Quran classes on Tuesday and trying to do a Quran time with Anya on Fridays.

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These little moments of me-time that help me stay sane.

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Previous Months-in-photos here.

Thanks for stopping by. Lots of love.

(Except for the first few photos from my DSLR the remaining were all taken on my cellphone using this app.)

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3 thoughts on “IN PICTURES: JANUARY

  1. I don’t know, if its the writings or the photography in the blog that I like more. Both are awesome. Between the two, Nataliya gives one a lovely feel and whole ambiance of the topic at hand. Loved this one too. Thanks for sharing your joyous moments, and making me feel close to you and your life.

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