Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Just about sums up Sweden

not writing much as cold has progressed on to flu-like symptoms, but while the paracetamol works, I'll continue. Well I read this article just now, and as the roller-blading Dad pushing the doublebuggy on the road I once saw, and the lady who was probably approaching 80 cycling along quite fast, this link shows some of Sweden's quirky traits, this time feminism gone loony.

I think my kids would've been expelled, maybe making guns from lego, or pretending to be firemen. Sweden has got to wake up to the fact that equality can never exist and equity via Islam is the key.

Monday, February 26, 2007

love kids, hate admin

S and M Hama beading non-stop yesterday, alhamdulillah I needed to do some important stuff so I could get on with that. The younger ones do find it hard to make their own patterns esp H, and want me to do it for them which defeats the point somewhat! The iron's been seeing a lot more use than normal, it's hardly ever used on intended items ie clothes!
We're all still cold-inflicted so off school today(M is well but enjoying a day at home). I had to make lots of phonecalls (admin stuff) and I just don't know how the permanently homeedding families manage, as most institutions are only open in the day when kids are awake. Then you have to hope you will not be put on hold for half an hour while you grab a quiet opportunity when the littlies are napping. Then, when you finally get to speak to a human being, someone wakes up, and you find yourself apologising for the noise, screams and hope they have kids and understand. Alhamdulillah I think because of the illnesses, today I managed to get the calls done within the nap time! (Apart from the British embassy which say they're open from 9 am but have all their lines closed, is there some holiday going on I don't know about ? so I've had to make do with an e-mail which they'll probably ignore..)

Saturday, February 24, 2007

bits'n bobs from the past few weeks

Ok, been meaning to write stuff after kids are in bed but then I’m too zonked to do much so let’s see how I get on whilst kids are occupied. Having quite an anxiety-filled day as we were to go out to meet friends, but can’t due to snow (car blocked in and dodgy steering so thought best to leave it). Hence there's been lots of arguing, moaning.
S is doing a Hama bead set, M was doing some mazes but now driving a car around so probably some more trousers will need patching in the not too distant future. H is just lying in bed (was up 6 am this morning) and Hafsah is trying to get in on the act with M I think. Ah H has just told Hafsah to spit something out which she obediently did. It turned out to be a raisin. I’m a bit stressed with as he’s not eating v well at the moment and seems to have a constant cold. Giving the Sanatogen from England (you can only get vit A & D for under 6 here in Sweden) so hope that’s keeping him going.
Past tenses in English continue to give me reminders of my speech therapy days:
H ‘eated’
Me ‘ate’
H ‘no,eated’

Today he seemed to be able to snap his fingers.
H ‘What’s snap mean?’
I tried to explain it’s like the noise/action when you break something e.g. a stick
H ‘I don’t want to break my fingers’

He made up a lot of stories about a monster and a boy, starting with ‘One upon a time..’, strange that as I don’t recall reading many with this type of beginning. Most bedtime ‘stories’ seem to be the factual ones S requests, e.g. the Lego DK book. I do try to plead for a more traditional type story as it’s so much more enjoyable to read. H also like his Dora phonics ones which are also a bit of a strain to read, at least they’re short. Then it’s up to M’s choice as to whether I get to hear a story I’d like!

A few small steps in H’s speaking. He’s made noises and ‘f’ sound for thirsty (I may have already mentioned that) and laughed out loud when the kids at nursery made popping noises with their puffed up cheeks. He’s not shy with his teacher, grabbing her top for attention! He said ‘hej’ to a friend’s daughter (out of earshot of her mum) and said ‘hej då’ (bye) in the changing rooms at nursery when no teacher was actually there.

Hafsah has become fascinated with looking at books (the pictures), she sits at the bookshelf selecting books, and coos/ makes happy noises as she looks at them.
She seems to know how to annoy the boys by taking apart their games e.g. the snowboard/ sledge ramps they’d made with cards and blue tak on the tilted whiteboard the other day. She’s had a bad cold recently and has only just regained her normal voice; it was a bit husky before.
S asking me to wear niqab on a few occasions, he says I’m too shy! Hmm..
Other questions from S include why salt is bad for you? Came up as they want salt on their chips. Found out a bit from internet that basically it raises blood pressure. The sodium in salt makes more water go into the blood which increases its pressure, to which he concluded we shouldn’t drink water!
Another question to follow up is ‘why do they talk English in the US?’
M: ‘Why does Allah need angels? (Subject of Mikael came up after Magic school bus weather story)

M went shopping with his Dad last weekend and came back happy as had won a cd computer game from doing a ‘tips promenad’ at the local supermarket. This is where you walk around and answer questions. Basically a healthier type of quiz. M had managed to get all the answers right mashaAllah, with DH and staff members helping to read the questions in Swedish. It sounded like they were food related e.g. where does milk come from? They were pleased as it was a Mulle Meck game (approximating Bob the builder but for older kids) which we often have trouble getting from the library. It also shows how their Swedish has improved as in the game there are many instructions, all in Swedish (Norrland accent a bit like Punjabi!)and they seemed to understand everything.

Trying to instil in S (and hopefully other kids and myself )‘to finish what we start’, getting a bit fed up clearing up half-embarked on projects.

M enjoyed his stable course, learning to brush, clean hooves, put on the tack and had a few turns riding. He stopped short of cantering although S was egging him on to make the pony go faster! It brought back nice childhood memories of when I learnt to ride.
As I said snow has hit south Sweden and so managed a few goes down the man made slope near us. Older 2 were ok, but hard to keep the other 2 warm as weren’t running up and down the slopes, even though I brought a hot water bottle and cocoa. Abu Jaan, you’re needed! (where he is its 35C I think)

Friday, February 23, 2007

Just a quick post

as having a pretty bad cold at the mo', with 2 younger ones also affected. Hafsah also has 3 teeth coming at the top so nights have been giving me unwelcome reminisences of the earlier months.
It snowed the other day so have been sledging twice. M's been horseriding earlier in the week as it's half term and many of the sports clubs have free or fairly cheap try-out courses the kids can attend. Haven't made as much of it as could due to having little ones to drag along as hub is away plus now I can't get the car out due to snow drift.
I'm beat so that's it for now.......

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The North European dust-mite attack

Well, finally got round to posting some photos taken back in November. If you check the red building top left window you should notice something I fairly often come across , a duvet flung out of a window for airing . I should, but I'd have to clean the windowsills first which is a whole new task to add to the 101 things to do. So dust-mites, they love it 'hos oss' (at our place). Also the view of the playground from our balcony which I would love to just let them play in while I stay home and busy myself, but fears of strange men, dogs etc prevents us ,although I do think the chances are minimal.
Oh yes those grey metal bars bottom right of the top picture are for hanging one's rugs on to beat the little mites away. I can't recall seeing anyone doing that though.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Some bits we've been doing

M had another day at home on Wed as it’s a long school day and Quran class has been moved to Wed. Realised he only knows months of year properly in Swedish, so did a little bit about that. Played top trumps Dr Who cards. We haven’t actually seen the recent series as we can’t get BBC here, and I think the writers were on some form of hallucinogenic maybe, the characters are weird, but the good ol’ darleks are also in there. I was terrified of them as a child EXTERMINATE. Anyway the game did give a chance to recognise initial letters, and 2 and 3 digit numbers. Just had a slight panic as I heard the sound of a marble rolling on the floor and then Hafsah had something in her mouth, she wouldn’t let me look inside. Alhamdulillah it was just a bit of apple skin she was chewing on but the other day it was the other way round when I thought she was chewing some food, but a while later spat out a magnet- aah that could’ve been dangerous. A boy in Sweden had to be operated on from swallowing magnets which nearly perforated his bowel...
They’ve been playing camping out on the balcony in the freezing weather, using hot water bottles. One is a proper one and the others improvised from plastic bottles filled with hot tap water. Could’ve made it a bit scientific with insulation and radiation discussions, but I’m afraid Hafsah had to have her supper and ours had to be cooked right then. Normally schools don’t have lessons at 6 pm either!
MashAllah the journey to school (and back this week as I’ve had the use of the car) has helped a lot with their surahs. They have no choice but to listen to the CD’s and they do actually ask to listen to the ones they’re learning at school/ Quran class. So now I’ve got to get my act together as the boys are not long off being a head of me on the memorisation front.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Some photos of our trip on 5 Jan

Still haven't fathomed out how to lable them, and why do they end up in the opposite order than expected? I don't have time right now to work all this out!!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Hafsah loves me..

or just sucking my cheek, but it seemed like a first kiss has happened and it was very sweet

Was the last post just to check your powers of observation?

but alas, no, it was a despErate margArine incident that shows I am too tired to educate anyone right now. I thought there was a rat in that word but must have been mistaken......zzzzzzzzzz.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Some quotes from H first one while he was doing some ‘typing’ on the computer.
Me ‘Have you finished your work?’
H ‘Can I watch TV-work?’

‘Now I can do it quickler’ (combination of quickly and quicker?) (this was in reference to him taking off paraphernalia (see on a bit) or not as the case was when he wasn’t so quickler last week, in order to go to the toilet) The cold Swedish air does result in a sense of urgency.

Quote from M:
‘If you fast, you grow smaller’ (reasoning: always telling them to eat so they grow bigger). Nice theory but I think cheese stuffed chillies won’t reduce anyone’s weight.hehe.

The other day I felt bad having to stop S and M reading one of the English books I’d found from the library I think its called ‘Margerine and marbles’ by Banana press. It’s disappeared into the mess right now. It seems like quite a good series for S as it’s semi-factual/scientific and the reading level’s not too hard. The morning rush for school has always been a strain and recently it has seemed even harder, to get back into a routine since the holidays.. So in order not to be extremely late I had to insist they got their jackets and all the other paraphernalia on to get out the house to school. In the end we’ve had another note back about S not being in time to school at all this week (DH been working late all week so getting up early v difficult for him) Sometimes feel should just let them carry on with their really educational activity and be properly late. They do seem most motivated first thing once they’ve got up.

Today was scouts which I haven’t been t for a while. They talked about Hjrah from Makkah to Medina, and that it was further than Skåne to Göteborg (Gothenburg) and it took 3 weeks. After a snack they went for a brisk power walk round the nearby park/ countryside in a group pretending to do Hjrah! M seemed quite warm when he came back, taking off his snow suit even though it felt cold out today.. Downside of today H lost his gloves which I’d only bought last week and were not cheap (big red things with extra bits that go up the arms so no chance of anything getting through them) This was the 2nd pair this winter. I hope whoever’s got them now, deserves them, I have another pair I haven’t yet taken back as I’d bought whatever I could find as its hard to get them at the end of the season and as I didn’t have said child with me, I didn’t know exactly which size would fit. (I only take kids shopping with me now if I’m really desparate, it’s all too stressful). Then S lost his for a while but they’ve turned up Alhamdulillah. Moral of story, do gloves, & hats roll call when leaving playgrounds etc.