I hope it's not too late to wish all Muslims Salam New Hijriah. I planned to write some entries yesterday and even the day before but there were too many things that I had to sort out first. So, today at least I have this short entry. This entry does not contain any information but I just want to share some beautiful moments we had yesterday.
Fathini and my MIL came out with a brilliant idea of having "a pool party" on Tuesday (yesterday). My husband loved the idea since he wanted to have a simple BBQ with his family members just like a-get-together-thing. So, he bought all the things we need like a small BBQ set, 2kg of chicken, frankfurters, some drinks, paper cups and plates, tissues, charcoals and buns. My older SIL and my BIL offered to bring some other finger food and salad.
01 Muharram 1432 H/ 07 December 2010
We started the BBQ party quite late since my FIL called a Rentokil guy to spray some chemicals around the house and do some fogging at 10 o'clock. Only by 12, we could started to prepare. My hubby took about 1 hour to set and light up the fire! (we were so used with BBQ set that comes with a gas cylinder in NZ). When my older SIL & her hubby arrived, they brought the main entertainment for kids which was the swimming pool (since Fathini asked her auntie to bring it for the kids).
By 2 o'clock the food was almost ready except for burger patties because my BIL, his wife & their son did not arrive yet. 20 minutes later, they came and our small BBQ party was on the full swings. The kids couldn't wait to get into the pool and the adults were starving. Our simple BBQ meal contained BBQ chicken (marinated by my hubby and younger SIL), BBQ frankfurters, BBQ burger patties, fries, fried meehoon, salad and jacket potato. The drinks that complimented the food were strawberry yoghurt drink, apple carbonated drink and blackcurrant juice. Our dessert was vanilla & strawberry ice cream in a bun. While the four cousins (the kids) were having fun in the pool, the adults devour the food.
About half an hour later, the kids started to feel cold and hungry. So, they came out of the pool and started to ask for food. Hafizah was the last one to came out of the pool. She cheekily spent more time in there until I had to literally fish her out of the pool. My MIL prepared hot MILO for the kids to warm them up. They were all so cute when they were shivering. After the a cup of HOT MILO, the kids took a bath before they ate something. By 4 o'clock, we wrapped up the party and took a rest in the living room with other activities like story telling session between my MIL & her grandchildren and chatting for us. My FIL was the only one who were fast asleep while all his grandchildren were making a lot of noise.
HOW WAS YOUR NEW YEAR YESTERDAY? IS THERE ANY SPECIAL ACTIVITY THAT YOU DID? I REALIZE THAT OUR ACTIVITY MIGHT BE TOO WESTERNIZED BUT OUR MAIN AIM WAS TO STRENGTHEN THE FAMILY BONDING. SINCE IT WAS A NEW YEAR, WE HOPE TO BECOME A FAMILY THAT LOVES EACH OTHER IN ANY CONDITION.
Here are some more photos that I snapped yesterday: