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My weekend sucked. Or did it?

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Last night, as I was reflecting on the weekend, I thought to myself- meh, this wasn’t a very good weekend. I had a feeling that the weekend was boring and we didn’t get to do much. Upon reflection, I realized that there were two ways to look at the different things we did this weekend and I was just focusing on the negative.

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The Negative Nancy: Was exhausted after coming home and still had a social engagement to go to. Ugh.

Upon Reflection: Had a great evening with neighborhood friends.

On Friday, one of our neighbors hosted a ‘girl’s night’ where a bunch of the neighborhood women met up to eat, drink and have a general estro-fest. I was exhausted when I got home from work but told myself that I could go for an hour or so and then I could come back home. I walked over six houses and had such a good time that before I knew it, five hours had passed. It was so nice to connect with women in the neighborhood. We probably ranged in age from our 20s to 60s but we all connected and laughed and shared our stories. It was so wonderful and I was so grateful that we sacrificed living in some vision of a ‘dream house’ to live among people who are friends, who welcome each other into their homes and genuinely care about each other. I am so grateful that Nouri will grow up in such a unique neighborhood.

Saturday Afternoon

The Negative Nancy: I stayed home like a bum while Feraz and Nouri went out for adventures (pictured above).

Upon Reflection: I got to engage in self-care because I have a loving husband who gives me a break whenever I need it.

On Saturday, Feraz lived up the subUrban dream and walked to the park with Nouri and walked to get groceries, giving me some time to rest and recharge. I’ve been feeling under the weather and it was so nice to sit at home, color my hair, do my eyebrows and paint my nails. I even was able to eat some brownies I had made the night before while watching a romcom on Netflix. So grateful for a husband that loves being a dad so much and always gives me time to re-energize when I need to. Later that night, we got all dressed up, got a sitter and went to my work holiday party.

Saturday Night

The Negative Nancy: Holiday party was lame and I’m too old to ‘party’.

Upon Reflection: We got to check out a cool museum we had never been to and got a sweet present to go home with.

The party was at the National Museum of Women in the Arts to which we had never been. We took in some great paintings and sculptures, mingled a bit, took some silly photos and got to see some people I really like. There was valet for the event so we didn’t even have to worry about parking in the city. As our holiday gift, we got this cool gadget called an Echo, which is incidentally one of Oprah’s Favorite Things, so obviously it is awesome. We also tried out one of our neighbors for baby-sitting and both her and Nouri did great!

Sunday

The Negative Nancy: Did we do anything today? I just remember feeling sick.

Upon Reflection: We took advantage of the great weather by heading to Roosevelt Island and then spent more time together as a family getting some shopping done at an outdoor mall.

I am loathe to say no to doing things but lately I’ve been feeling like putzing around the house. On Sunday, I really wanted to get out and enjoy the awesome weather so when Feraz suggested going to Roosevelt Island, one of our favorite spots when we lived in Georgetown, I had to say yes. The weather was perfect and so many people coo’d over Nouri and she looked adorable as she practiced walking with her papa. It was such a happy sight to see. Afterwards, we did some shopping and I didn’t feel any need to buy anything for myself. It feels so good to no longer need stuff to feel fulfilled. On the way home, we played a fun game with the Amazon Prime Music (check it out if you aren’t already using it!) 80’s station. We raced each other to see who could guess the song first and I WON 7-6. This is amazing because I am the absolute worst at games like this. Granted, I was up 6-0 and Feraz made an amazing come back. But as we were pulling into our cul-de-sac, Faithfully came on and I got it in the first two seconds to pull the W.

I’m so glad I took the time to write up this rather long and rather mundane recap of the weekend. I’ve been feeling a bit letdown the last two weekends in a row and it occurs to me now that the weekends have actually been great, it’s just I haven’t been taking the time to reflect on the infinite blessings we have in each day of our lives. I hope this helps you take a look at your day, weekend, life and find the beauty in it as well.

Family Pictures by Blue Lily

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A long time ago I saw photos by Blue Lily on a blog I read and was obsessed. I loved the work this husband and wife duo puts out. When I saw that they were coming to Maryland close to Nouri’s birthday, I knew I had to book them.

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We’ve been trying to get family photos done for ages but haven’t been able to get our act together. In this case, I didn’t find out Blue Lily would be in town until a few days before the shoot I was able to book. In an ideal world, I would have liked to have had a ton of time to plan things better, to have taken the day off work and to have maybe lost 40 pounds. But I had to work with what I had!

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The day we took these pictures and even looking at them the first time, I felt disappointed- I wished that Feraz had shaved, that I had picked a different outfit to wear, that I had coordinated our colors better. I wish I hadn’t gone to a new place to get my hair blow dried so I would have liked how it turned out.

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And that’s ok. Because I know that when I look at these pictures one, five, ten years from now- all I will see is my beautiful little family and how we took these photos to commemorate the first year of our sweet little Nouri’s life.

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Her first year did have a moment when I found myself parked in a random neighborhood stress eating a bag full of McDonalds alone as I cried but I’m thankful that there were only a handful of moments like that. Mostly there were evenings of rushing home from work to cuddle my sweet baby, laying awake at night marveling at the little angel we had made, evenings eating together as a family, watching Nouri go from a little blob to a little firecracker who has more of my personality than I am probably ever going to be able to handle.

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And so, so many laughs.

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