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Finally!!

I’ve Β jumped into the ‘colour your hair’ bandwagon. I know its not such a big deal these days… however, for me and those around me, it is indeed a big one!

They’ve been persistent in their efforts right from the days when I had just a couple of greys.. that is some 5-6 years ago maybe… cajoling, pleading, requesting, threatening even… And, I resisted it all.. not wanting to go through Β it coz I’m plain lazy when it comes to such activities that need to be done recurrently.. even if it promises to make me look nice.. and gorgeous maybe πŸ˜‰

And now, the grey’s have increased considerably.. they defiantly show up right on top, not hiding somewhere and playing peek-a-boo! They are not budging .. not falling off.. when most others in the vicinity , roughed by the weather, the water and other additives just give up and succumb to the power of gravity ever so often!!

So.. the appointment was made for me at the local beauty parlour. And reminders given.. to both, the parlour and to me.. multiple times to me actually! Coz they were almost sure that I would not keep my date with mehendi πŸ˜€ Β But, how could I not go when there was so much love and so much excitement. Yes, even Ammu was thrilled when she heard that I was to get my hair coloured with mehendi!!

Now, I have all reds instead of greys.. and my hair looks much better they say. Yes.. I can see the shine too πŸ™‚ Everyone around is happy about this and that makes me happier!! Only, it remains to be seen how religiously I maintain this!! πŸ˜›

Happy Monday folks!! Hope you have a great week ahead πŸ™‚

Tiny tidbits..

Convo between the two..

Adi telling his didi who his teachers are for the various subjects..

Didi gushing over one and then commenting over another..

‘Oh! She is very nice’

‘Really? She is your teacher? She is so strict. *towards me* She’s very very strict ma !!’

They are really petrified by teachers who are strict and who scold them for seemingly *in their opinion* silly reasons  😐

During vacations when I’d asked Ammu which teacher’s class she wanted to be in *in her earlier classes she’d been particular *.. she thought for a moment and replied.. ‘Its OK ma..any teacher. But my friends should be in my class ‘ Β Guess what.. none of her close friends from last year are in her section. Luckily, she has taken that in her stride..

When I suggested she make new friends.. she replied ‘All of them are my friends ma! I know everyone in the class’ I was left wondering.. she’s such a contrast to me who would talk to only a select few in the class…

Wake up! tales..

… sweet memories to keep forever πŸ™‚Β 

Waking her up in the morning used to be quite a task! It would take all my strength to stay calm and not panic. Especially during the days when D, our house help, had not yet joined us. It still is sometimes… which is another story altogether!! But, since D has taken over the cooking and packing of lunch boxes, I have become much more relaxed and that helps me summon the patience required πŸ™‚

Over the course of time, I realized that instead of saying or chanting ‘get up’ its better to say things that will catch her attention and make her respond.

Initially, I would try to wake her up by askingΒ how she would like to tie her hair. One pony or two ponies πŸ™‚ A lover of long hair and pony tails, she would wake up excitedly with her hairstyle on her mind!!

On some really difficult days, I would try to think if there was anything special about that day. Luckily, for me, most of the times it used to be a Tuesday!! Which made my job so much easier… I would tell her that it is the most special day because she was born on a Tuesday!! and, that would bring a on huge smile πŸ˜€

Then, gradually came the days of preferences ! .. with regard to her classes πŸ™‚

I ask her, what interesting class do you have today? And she wakes up excitedly!! She asks me to guess what interesting class she has and as I try to figure it out for the day, she’s up and about!

Art n Craft, Library, PT, Activity and Computer lab are her favourite periods at school πŸ™‚

I guess, she sub consciously awaits this question everyday… the day I wake her up without asking, she reminds me that I have not asked her the question πŸ™‚

One thing that has remained through all this is that I carry her from the bed, make her pray as in join her hands before the Ganesha, and then drop her in the bathroom πŸ™‚ From the time she was a kutti lil one to the now biggg girl… Sigh! Β Its something that I enjoy doing every morning…Β wonder till when I’ll be able to continue doing it

Next academic year, classes will start a bit earlier, supposedly to escape peak hour traffic. She has assured me that she’ll wake up early and get ready on time without any fuss. What will actuallyΒ happen, remains to be seen πŸ˜›

Tiny Tidbits :)

Last night after they finished dinner we tell them to sit quietly and not jump around…

After my dinner is done, I go into the room to find them lying next to each other. And, Ammu is reading from a story book!!

A dream-come-true moment for a mom who loves to read πŸ˜€

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This morning, I’m busy getting ready to go to work.

Adi says ‘Bomma, look at this didi. She’s confusing me with the steps’ πŸ™‚

They were practising the dance steps and Ammu was having fun seeing his confusion πŸ˜€

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My friend calls up and Ammu wants to talk to her. After the conversation is over she says ‘Why does she call me baby? I’m not a baby!’

Adi saysΒ *instantly* ‘Then she’ll call me double baby.I’m smaller than you no..’!! πŸ˜›

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Happy Holi folks! Hope you are having fun πŸ™‚

Tamaso ma jyothirgamaya!

Lights, flowers, rangolis, mehendi and a few fire crackers. Family, chit-chat, dressing up and lots of laughter marked this Diwali!!

No elaborate preparations were made. No sweets or savouries prepared at home. Even the shopping for new clothes happened at the nth moment 😐 I seemed to have been caught up with other stuff after the long and leisurely Dasara vacation… and all of a sudden Diwali seemed to be here πŸ™‚

Relearned a few things. Shop for clothes well in advance.. you get more variety and also in your size. A lil bit of planning will help in better management of time between decorations, getting dressed, clicking pics and spending time with the kids .. before they become cranky πŸ™‚

Festivals are not festivals without mehendi!
I did not spend time for any Diwali craft this time. Ammu herself made these envelopes out of plain paper… not sure where she got the idea from..
With this Diwali note inside…
Lights and flowers..
Flowers and floating candles..
Rangoli embellished with diyas..
Fire works!!

Have a great day! Take care friends πŸ™‚

Wordless Wednesday!

Right now…

… the phase is where sis n bro look forward to being with each other.

There was a phase just a couple of months ago when Ammu would wait for Adi to go back to his house… she wanted the peace and the people around just for herself. And Adi would just as eagerly want to go to his house. He didnt want to eat, sleep or stay anywhere else! He would just cry out loud if he had to… even eating outside was a no-no for him. His home it should be! πŸ™„

Now, they want to play all the time. Though they both choose different games, they somehow convince each other and manage to play together. Peace for us… as long as all is well. Of course there are the fighting bouts every once in a while. Especially when we think that they’re doing fine and just step outside their view. In that split second, we hear shouts n wails and have to rush back!! 😯

The cute thing is that they both like to derive fun by sometimes annoying the other. Adi goes tickling her when she still wants to cozy a bit more in the bed, or by touching her stuff. He’s quite brave, in that, he will take her stuff even though he knows he’ll get bashed up if his didi notices him meddling with her stuff. Sometimes he does that just to annoy her. Ammu is no less.. she has her own ways of annoying him and enjoying every bit of it.

Just a couple of days ago, he wanted to play ‘Pataki’. I dunno what it is.. maybe just pretend play with crackers . Its Diwali round the corner right πŸ™‚ So whenever he said sur-sur-batti she promptly said kar-kar-batti which annoyed him no end. He also began wailing. But she was having her fun and wouldnt give up. For us spectators, it was quite an amusement.

The flip side of them being together is that they are not interested in studies most of the time. They promptly finish their homework, if any, and get down to play. That is the only thing they so eagerly look forward to. But then, its a package!! So we just grin and bear and try to think of ways to motivate them to study. Only time will tell how things turn out. Till then, enjoying the amusing brother-sister episodes πŸ˜€

P.S: Sur-sur-batti is a crackler/type of firework.

August round up…

August has been quite eventful, especially the latter half…

A trip to Mysore during the 2nd weekend…Β  celebrated Raksha Bandhan and Independence day. While we were there the kids had a good time at the nearby park. Though the play area is not maintained, the kids love playing with whatever still exists πŸ™‚

Rakhsha bandhan..
Going for the slide...
Raring to go..

Then, the next weekend … it was an impromptu trip to the Golden temple at Sripuram near Vellore. Honestly speaking I had not heard of this temple before. After the PT meeting that Saturday , we all got together and left just after 1 PM. The trip was a good one.. the drive was comfortable coz of the relatively less or non existent traffic on the highway when compared to the B’lore Mysore one.

After the toll gate before Vellore, we took a right… aΒ  route through a village to reach Sripuram. The rural scene was comforting and we could feel the freshness in the air. Felt so very nice πŸ™‚ We decided to go to the temple later..so we just passed by it and went on to Vellore. After finding an accommodation in Vellore, we freshened up and returned to the temple, just in time to get entry. No entry after 8 PM. After security checks, strictly no mobiles or cameras are allowed, we had to walk quite a bit in order to reach near the Sanctum Sanctorum. The deity is Sri Lakhsmi Narayani.

The entire temple is covered in layers of gold and is a sight to behold, especially when it is lit up… thats one reason why we chose to visit the temple after dusk. Later, read up on the net and realized that we had walked along a star shaped pathway to reach the Sanctum Sanctorum.

The next day, we decided to have it relaxed and cancelled the plan to visit the Vellore fort. Also, Adi had been suffering from fever since the previous evening and we didn’t want to strain him out. We again proceeded towards the temple. There, outside the temple, we went around looking at the stuff being sold … bought some girly things and then headed back. Once again on the road through the villages… couple of times we stopped to click some pics of the serene surroundings πŸ™‚

The drive back was also good and we reached home by evening… in time to prepare for the week ahead πŸ™‚

The last weekend of August was a hectic one… busy preparing for Adi’s bday and the festival. Celebrated Gauri pooja and Adi’s 4th bday on Wednesday, the 31st of August and Ganesh Chaturthi on Thursday, the 1st of Sep.

Here are some snapshots..

Gauri pooja at sis1's place..
Cutting the cake...
Yummm!
Ooh..aaah.. πŸ™‚
Ganesh pooja

Hope you enjoyed looking the pics πŸ™‚

Brotherly love :)

In the school van, while going to school…

Ammu: Thata will go to Mysore tomorrow .. he’ll bring a new dress for my birthday πŸ˜€

Adi: No. Thata should not go. I’ll become big and buy a new dress for your birthday. I’ll buy a saree for you πŸ˜€

Ammu tried explaining to him that only 5 days are left and he wont become big by then. No matter what she said, he stuck to his point!! πŸ˜›

Somehow y’day, his generosity was extended to others too πŸ™‚ He made thata call up his favourite uncle and told him that he’ll buy a new dress for him. The same promise was made to thata, his baba n mamma as well πŸ˜€

To his baba mamma he said ‘I’ll buy a green car. I’ll take you to BDA complex and buyΒ  a new dress for you and a saree for mamma!!’

As narrated by Ammu, thata and his baba πŸ™‚

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