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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Mommy Visit

Wow, I haven't updated in a long time! I've just been lazy since my mom was here and left.
We had the best weather most of the time she was here, so we got to take advantage of being outside a lot.
I am trying to convince my parents to move here when my dad retires, so part of my job is to make Portland very appealing when compared to where they live now. It doesn't take much!

Layla enjoyed a lot of time in the stroller while we did mini-hikes around the city and various buttes (small extinct volcanoes). While we were up on Mt. Tabor Layla walked straight uphill for probably a whole mile herself. She took a great nap that afternoon!

Layla got really used to having her grandma around, and it was hard for all of us when she left. Layla still goes in her room and asks why grandma isn't there anymore. Then she will say "Grandma, far away." I really hope that changes someday and she is able to come live with us.

We also had some great Ethiopian food at a place called Bete Lukas. The food was great, and I actually got to enjoy it because Layla was good for almost the entire time. I used to hate going to restaurants with her because she would never let me eat. My mom also got to meet some of my Somali friends, and even got some henna done by one of them the night before she left.

In other news, I am actually going to apply with an agency to do Somali medical interpreting part-time. I have a friend who does it, and she is convinced that my Somali is good enough.

I'll write more about that later.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

15 comments:

Ahavah-Shim'on said...

It IS good to hear from you! And its always very sad when people you love are far away ... my sister lives in Teneriefe - a whole four hours flight away...

How Layla has grown! I think her grandma must be really missing you all...

Somali medical interpreting! Now that is a huge wow in my book... of course you can do it! I've seen that wonderful vid you posted not to long ago... sounded perfect to my ears :0D

Twizzle said...

Mashallah, Alhamdulillah y'all had a good time :)

yummmm I love Ethiopian food! :)

NeverEver said...

awww yay mommy visit!!

I'm glad that the weather cooperated with your efforts :-D

Susanne said...

Glad you had a nice visit with your mom. The interpreting opportunity sounds fantastic! :)

♥Tiffany Nicole♥ said...

Ohhh good for you!

Looks like you had fun with your moms.
That would be awesome if she lived closer.
I find Grandma living with Grand-Daughter is so much for for the both of them.

Mama Kalila said...

Looks like fun! :-)

Mona Z said...

Love the pics, glad you had fun. Layla is so cute! Portland is supposed to be one of the best places to live.

יסמין said...

I am happy for you all. I hope that your family does move out to NW.
As far as the part time job-Mazel Tov! I hope you get it, because it would be great opportunity.

Candice said...

I hope she got convinced! :) Glad you had a great time altogether!

Roshni said...

Salaam Stacey! Welcome back: we missed you! Glad you had fun with your mum, I lived away from my mum for 3 years when in Pakistan and it was the hardest time of my life, my husband wants to move to Canada when we get married, but I’ve mixed feelings about it! Good luck with the Somali Interpreting: I actually wanted to request you to write a post about learning Somali: in particular, what advice you would give to some one like me who wants to study Somali but hasn’t got much of a community around: ya know, online resources, tutors, TV/Somali radio online and other things that might help? Any advice you have would be fab! Take care and keep us updated when you can!

Nurul said...

is that ur mom???? she is super pretty! :) so glad u had a nice time during ur mom's visit. alhamdulillah :)

Ciyaalka Xaafadda said...

I'm really glad that you've all had great time. Good times had by all it seems. Layla rocking her sunflower, splendid! :-)

Good to have you back! :-)

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

Thanks everyone! Yes that is my mom Nurul, and I can only hope to look that good in my 50s!

caraboska said...

Took a look at that restaurant site, I'm getting hungry just thinking about it!

dust n roses said...

ur killing me with the ethiopian food and the time with your mom; Two things i miss SOOOOO much living in Afghanistan, but glad you had a good time, the pics are so cute!