Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mothers Day 2013

These are my Mother's Day gifts Caitlyn wrote me a card thanking me for helping her with her homework and brushing her hair along with the promise of emptying the dishwasher. On the next card she thanked me for buying her nice clothes and for being fun and funny. On the paper flowers She wrote "nice person" "Healthy person" and "Makes good food"The last gift is a flower pot filled with flower pens that she made during our Activity day Girls activity. I am a very lucky mommy!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Caitlyn, Anwar and I went to a Fundraising Event last night to benefit affordable housing in the East Bay. There were some politicians, housing advocates and a lot of bankers in attendance. They had a children's table with games, coloring and face painting. They also had some great food. (The cheese!) Afterwards Caitlyn told me how much fun she had and we had a talk about how important it is to go to college so that she will be able to go to more events like this when she is a grown up. (I always try to get in my college plugs)
Caitlyn with Senator Mark DeSaulnier

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

We all have the same goal

I spent about 3 hours upstairs with my neighbors, who happen to be Muslim, we talked about Boston and about how we had both hoped the bombers were not Muslim because it affects how people look at them versus how it would be if it was a christian or a catholic or another race.
I really enjoy spending time with their family, they have 5 kids who are so well behaved.  They would give you the shirt off of their back.
I told them I had to go and feed Caitlyn dinner and the husband said "no don't leave, we will feed you our best food". His wife then made us an entire tray of dinner and dessert and drinks.
We talked about so many topics, they are so well versed in History and religion and politics. The interesting and sad thing is , he brought up internment camps and said that is something that they think about. He also told me how after the Boston Bombings the department of homeland security called the Fremont Mosque and told them if they received any threats to let them know and they would send someone out to help keep them safe. He said that was very reassuring.
He also told me , how they limit where the go because his wife wears the full headdress and that he does not want her to wear it but she wants to. She was telling me she feels so naked without it and asked me why is it the other women can walk around with everything showing but it is not okay for her to cover up. I told her , this is a free country and she is free to dress how ever she wants. Then her husbands started laughing and said "Noooo, I want her to be American, she needs to fit in". Sorry but I really can't tell another woman to take off her Hijab....I told him I see both sides but it is up to her.
 When I was leaving they were getting ready to pray and he told me come back anytime, if you need anything and we have it, it is yours. "I am your brother and she is your sister. It does not matter if you are Christian and I am Muslim, we have the same goal, to be good people and to do what God wants us to do. Great Night spent with Great People

Monday, March 25, 2013

Banana Walnut Oatmeal

Here is the Oatmeal recipe i was telling you guys about.

Banana Walnut Oatmeal
1 med banana mashed
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup milk ( I use vanilla soy or coconut)
1 tbsp wheat germ
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tbsp walnuts crushed ( I used sliced almonds)

mix banana, oats, and milk cook in microwave for 3 mins stirring after each min (I did mine in the stove top) After cooking stir in remaining ingredients and serve. serves 2 people or one hungry person. You do not get hungry again for hours!

Nutrional info per serving:
cals 230 fat 6g sat fat 0g cholesterol 0g sodium 65mg carbs 36 g fiber 5g sugars 14g protein 10g iron 1 mg

recipe from oxygen magazine