Didn't 2011 just fly by for you? It certainly did for me. For us- me, Akber and Maryam. When I look back at these pictures, I see a trail of how far I've come in terms writing, photography and just life in general.
I started the year off by sharing with you a very private part of my lfe, one I hadn't spoken about before and not even my closest friends knew about. Then there were happier times as we celebrated Maryam's second birthday- the day was full of sunshine, joy and lots of cake and laughter.
2011 was also the year my little lamb started nursery, was potty trained, learnt to count, dance, paint and much much more. She became independent, wanting to 'choose' everything herself from her clothes to her food to what doll she wanted to play with. Two is such an independent age.
May saw the start of my foray into editorial work as I started writing and photographing recipes for various magazines. I can say that I had truly found something I love doing, something I take such pride and joy in, something that excites me and teaches me new things.....everyday.
This also coincided with a new look for the blog. That was such a turning point for me. I love the new sublime design. More muted, cool and relaxed. Not long after, I spent the summer back home in Tanzania.
A blissful summer where I was pampered and looked after in my first trimester. As I recovered, Maryam was introduced to the joys of drinking fresh coconut juice, eating steaming cassavas straight off the grill and rice and coconut fritters.
We spent the peak of summer and Ramadhan back here in Dubai and Maryam started nursery full time. After a wonderful, relaxing weekend in Ras al Khaimah in October, it was back to work and I had the pleasure of working for various online magazines. With a 2 year old, baby number 2 on the way I didn't think I would manage to cook and photograph much. But I'm happy to say that our kitchen has been busier than ever.
Especially when my parents visited in October. Sharing kitchen space with my Mom is always such a joy. She is such a natural in the kitchen I can't wait ot have her back in January.
And so that was our year- the year of discovery. Maryam discovered her independence and I, my true vocation. 2012 will begin with a new life Inshallah. I don't know what else it will hold for us but I look forward to whatever it is. I wish you a wonderful year ahead- full of health, laughter, family and of course, food. Thank you for being a part of my journey this year. Will you stay around for 2012?