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Hi. I"m living in the Northeast with my supportive hubby, 2 great girls and toddler son. I run a home based business around scrapbooking and rubber stamping and love everything about those crafts! I also work p/t as a Physician Assistant in Internal Medicine...back after a 10 year hiatus to take care of the kids--loving that, too!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Just when you thought this blog was done!

Here I am again!  It's been a busy year...A YEAR...can't believe that.  I think about posting often, but just can't find the time to sit down, gather my thoughts and put my fingers to the keyboard.  So many changes in a short time, but such is life.  Let's see...

First, BOTH girls are now involved in the HHS Marching Band...well, technically, the season is over, although that is what keeps this entire family running around from August to November!  Leena joined as an alto sax player in the 7th(!) grade, and Yasmeen is actually IN high school now, as a 9th grader.  Yasmeen continues to play trombone, but in Marching Band, she is playing Baritone.  I never knew what any of these instruments were, but considering Mohammed and I are now official band groupies, well, you get up to speed pretty fast.

Second, Adam has started Kindergarden and recently celebrated his 6th birthday.  He still goes to Goddard in the afternoon and LOVES it...Kindergarden, not so much.  In his own words, "it's work, work, work".  Guess he prefers to play.  Don't we all!

Next, I have recently switched jobs.  I'm no longer working in the solo practice I had been with for the past 3+ years, and have since joined the Robert Wood Johnson Physician Enterprise (RWJPE), which is like the Kaiser Permanente of this area. They are a huge institution that has acquired a lot of local practices in NJ and several hospitals.  I still work in Internal Medicine, but a bit further away.  My commute has jumped to 50 minutes (from about 30), but I have no regrets.  The practice was located to a brand new suite and everything is shiny and new.  The patients are still getting used to a PA, but they are slowly coming around.  I have been there all of 1 month, so I guess it will take a little more time.  You can find me at www.rwjpe.com under "Providers", then Internal Medicine.

Mohammed is the rock in our family.  He is observing all these changes around him from the secure vantage point of a stable job with J&J and is chugging along with business as usual. He participated in a stretch assignment earlier this year that was in partnership with their sister company in Latin America and he was actively trying to learn Spanish.  Considering the amount of Arabic I know, he will be granted a lot of slack from me.  He actually knows more Spanish than I know Arabic (and understands even more). Que Bien!

So another year winds down (how does time go so FAST?) and we are gearing up for a tough winter.  Hopefully I can get on here a bit more often, but with that said, please understand if time gets away from me.  With our ever changing schedules, school activities, and volunteer commitments, something has got to give.  Hope I can do better.

Thanks for hanging in there, here is a summary of 2014!





 

 

 

 

 




 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 


 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

It's feeling a lot like winter in NJ these days (even though we've only just gotten there…yikes).  In the past month, we've had 2 delayed openings and 1 snow day in the schools.  The girls, of course, are giddy and enjoying their time outside with friends, but it sure does make for an adjustment for Mohammed and me.  Thankfully, he has had the flexibility to work from home and make sure the kids have some adult supervision. Luckily, I was home for one of the delayed openings, so that made for a short school and work week for us all!

As for the happenings at the Khashab household these past months since my last post in February, well, we have had quite a bit of activity, as  you can imagine.  With 3 kids, 2 cats, and a trio of fish, life is never boring (or completely organized) for us.  Beginning with the most recent events and going back in time, Adam just celebrated his FIFTH (!!!!) birthday.  We celebrated at home on the day of his birthday with pizza and cake (his request) and gifts of course.  Then, over the weekend, he had one heck of a shindig with his Goddard pals and neighborhood friends.  It was shark themed, and after 3+ months of preparations, the stress of making sure I could entertain 20+ preschoolers is finally over (and it WAS a hit).  Even Adam's teacher told me on the Monday after the party, that several kids came in to school that morning raving about all the fun they had (thank goodness!).  And of course, Adam made out like a bandit with a ton of toys/games and gift cards to Toys R Us!



Next, Aileen and I attended a LIVE Dave Ramsey event.  I addressed my interest in simplifying our life in my last post and part of that is attaining financial peace (or freedom) for our family.  This includes developing a monthly budget, paying down any debt and saving for our future.  Dave Ramsey is an expert in this field and has a huge following of people who follow his "baby steps" to financial peace.  I turned Aileen onto it as well and we both were able to make it to a program he held in Newark in late November.  It was very inspiring and empowering to see so many different people gathered together for  the same purpose.  And as for Dave and his daughter, Rachel, they are amazing motivational speakers!



Then there was the end of the Marching Band 2013 season Yasmeen missing the challenging schedule almost immediately after their last competition and football game.  As grueling as the schedule is, I actually miss it as well since it gave our entire family a way to participate in something that Yasmeen absolutely loves.  Mohammed is part of the "pit crew" that accompanies the band just about everywhere they perform (with Adam in tow sometimes), and I help out with the serving of snacks at football games and as a cheerleader at competitions.  Leena is also a great snack helper, so we're all doing something!  Even though the marching band doesn't perform again until the Memorial Day parade int he spring, the BAND PARENTS association is still join strong playing fundraisers and being involved with something called "Winter Guard"-which is the color guard  program for the winter.  The fundraiser I'm spearheading is a scrapbooking event in April, so I'm still busy too.

Prior to that, there was a family trip down to Maryland to support Yasmeen and her band at the Bands of America regional competition in Towson.  We didn't see her at all that weekend (other than on the field), but we DID take advantage of being and Maryland and drove over to the National Aquarium to see the Black Tip Reef Shark display that we knew Adam would be crazy about.  Even though the band didn't make it to the semi-finals, our trip was worth the hassle after seeing Adam's awe when he spotted the sharks swimming so close to him at the aquarium.






In December, we spend time with family and visited NYC on Christmas Day.  Luckily it wasn't that crowded and we were able to see the sights without many crowds.  We headed back to NJ when it was time to eat, but we did have our fill of the Big Apple and Adam even got to ride the subway across midtown and back again.













And on our way home, this is what we saw...


And so this is how the story continues... We are just days away from 2014 and I can't wait to see what adventures are in store for us.  I have even decided to take on the challenge of "One Little Word" by Ali Edwards for this year.  After much contemplation, and with the help of all 5 of us, I've decided on the word SIMPLIFY!  As in simplify our possessions, our things, our spending, our meals, our financial obligations, our daily routines, our wardrobes, our stress levels and our time killers.  Here's to a great year!!