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Fun times

I brought back a stack of paper cups that were left over from our team outing last Friday. We meant to take them back to office on Monday and put them to some use. However, as soon as I showed Adi a pic of what we’d done using paper cups, he insisted he wanted to do the same. It was quite late that night when I returned home with Adi… Ammu had already gone to bed.

He did go a few sessions .. building with paper cups. BIL was super surprised that I could engage Adi with something like this. What was even more amazing is that he started playing with the paper cups first thing next morning. And went gaga describing what he’d done… when didi woke up. She too felt inspired to lay her hands on them. For most part of Saturday, they were occupied with the paper cups and had a good time. The enthusiasm continues…



Happiness is..

Seeing the beaming faces of the kids when they return from the morning walk! They are tired , exhausted due to the heat and sweat but the excitement shines through!!

For the past few years, at the start of the Summer vacations, I would suggest that they wake up as usual and go for the morning walk with granpa. But they never went as they wanted to just sleep in late and wake up lazily at their own sweet time. This time, however, I urged them to at least give it a try and they agreed πŸ™‚

Day 1 itself they woke up excited and joined thata. He walks up to an open space where he does his exercises. The kids had a good time running around the ground. On their way back, thata bought tender coconut for them. Were they thrilled or what!! And, that got them hooked πŸ™‚

‘Bomma! we walked at least 8 kms today!! ‘ is what Adi announced as soon as he returned from the walk. We walked to the ground…then ran and ran.. so it must be at least 8 km is what he reasons.. πŸ™‚

Reminds me of the times when me and sis1 used to accompany dad on his morning walks. I do not remember for how long we did it, but we used to enjoy it a lot!!

Today is day 4 and they are at it. I guess, the prospect of getting tender coconut, ice cream , chocolates.. is what is most exciting to them!! Last night while going to bed Ammu declared that she wont go for the walk today. But come morning, they both got up and got ready even though they were a little sleepy when thata woke them up. He too had been skeptical about them accompanying him today.

Well, we are all super happy that my efforts ..the little nudges.. have eventually paid off. And, dad.. it has been his lifelong mission to get us to take up morning walk. None of us ever followed this advice us of his, though. Now, that the grand kids are enjoying this with him, he’sΒ is super excited !! πŸ™‚

All in all… an awesome start to the vacations πŸ™‚

Of happy happy days!

* Loads of laughter… non stop conversations, jokes, pulling each others legs…

* Games, games, games!Β Hours spent playingΒ carom, chess, chor- police, chinese checkers, pallankuzhi /aligulimane

* Evenings spent swinging higher n higher! Followed by the evergreen ‘Hide and seek’ πŸ™‚

* Some drawing, colouring, crafting…

* A lil teeny weeny bit dedicated to keeping in touch with basic lessons πŸ™‚

The month of May just whizzed by…

D’s daughters were here for almost a month and the kids had a whale of a time! Most remarkable was the laughter πŸ™‚ They would laugh at anything n everything that the kids did.. especially Adi’s antics and one liners amused them no end. And, he being he, gleefully played to the gallery…

Ammu has taken to reading with a vengeance πŸ˜› She makes it a point to go to bed with a book and will sleep only after she has read a few pages at least. Tinkle is her new favorite! So much so, that whenever we go to Sis2’s house, she’s more excited by the fact that she’ll get more Tinkle books. Yes.. sis2 buys and stocks Tinkle books even now!!

This time, the books have been wrapped and labelled well in advance. For the first time. Thanks to BIL1, who took it up in earnest a couple of weekends ago. Uniforms, shoes/socks, bags, lunch boxes… check check check. All set for school πŸ™‚


Lil purses their Chinnu akka made for them 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™‚

Friday Flowers!

Vacations are here! Well… Ammu’s vacation started last weekend. She’s enjoying her time at home. And, my yearly Dasara vacation starts on Sunday!! Woohoo πŸ˜€

Our team is working tomorrow in lieu of the bandh last month. So, the vacation begins on Sunday! We’re off to Mysore … to enjoy the Dasara ambience. I was almost not going this time… but the others, esp dad and BIL 1, wanted me to go. Its almost become a customary thing… the going to Mysore during Dasara πŸ˜€

This time it will be only Ammu, dad n me who’ll be going. Hoping to get some leisurely me time and a chance to meet my friends as well.Β Adi will be celebrating Durga pooja with his grandparents here.

Whats up with you all this festive season? Hope you all are having fun!!

Happy weekend!And a very happy Dasara!!

Book picnic :)

Took the kids to a book reading event at Hippocampus in Koramangala. They called it the book picnic πŸ™‚ Sounds fun.. isnt it!

The book is ‘Have you seen this?’ by Arthi [ArtNavy]. I had intended to make it to the do at Easy library but… we missed it despite being nearby to that place. So, third time lucky we were.. fortunately πŸ™‚

The kids were excited. They kept asking me what they would be doing at the book reading. I sincerely had a very vague idea.. as this was a first for me too. So, we.. me, Ammu and Adi landed at sis2’s place early Saturday morning.. early for a Saturday that is πŸ˜‰ and then the foursome reached the venue in time.

There were fewer kids this time around. The book reading took place in the backyard that was charming and had a quaint quality about it.

The book does not have a story as such. Story in a traditional sense.. that is. It is filled with unusual tales.. of a book that reads!.. of a crow that cooks!! It makes one think of things in a way that is different from the usual.. far removed from what is portrayed as the reality. Its a great way to introduce kids to think creatively and originally πŸ™‚


Arthi read the book in a very interesting manner. She not only kept the kids hooked but also managed to amuse us. The parents were all smiling and enjoying as well πŸ™‚ She then handed different toys to the kids and asked them to come up with something unusual about it.

A croc! what could be funny or unusual about this one !!

Post that, Arthi and the kids enacted some of the lines.. and the parents found out and read the relevant line from the book πŸ™‚ For this, we read the lines in Indian languages..

Then, it was colouring time!!

Colouring time!!
Thoughts.. on the board πŸ™‚
Fun time πŸ™‚
The hippo! or is it a piggy πŸ™‚
See the frogs on either side?

Not satisfied yet , they asked to see books! What more could we want. They picked up and explored books for almost 30- 45 min πŸ™‚

Comfy! in a bean bag.. What bliss πŸ™‚
Exploring books πŸ™‚

Finally, we left.. the kids quite reluctantly though.. We were more concerned about reaching home by lunch time.. πŸ™‚
All in all, time well spent.. which even sis2 agreed to πŸ™‚ She was a reluctant and skeptical participant initially πŸ˜€


Re-post of the pen/pencil holders that we had made in summer. The linky at Shruti’s September challenge did not allow me to link the two crafts, pedestal and pen holders, seperately with the same URL and hence this πŸ˜€

Bangles to pen/pencil holders πŸ™‚
Another view .. with pens πŸ™‚

The special things about these crafts is that both are made from used stuff. For the pedestal, I used the cardboard packs of some electronic goods.

For the bangle stand, I’ve used the bangles that no longer fit Ammu. Actually I did not have the heart to throw them away πŸ™‚ The holder is simple to make.

* Make a cylindrical tube out of chart paper or any suitable material. Its diameter should be slightly lesser than the diameter of the bangles.I used the sides of a cereal/chocolates carton box. Toilet roll can also be used to make it more simpler πŸ™‚

* At one end of the cylinder, make small vertical cuts at intervals and make folds. Stick this end to a base. For the base. I’ve used the lid of a used container.

* Slide the bangles onto the cylinder and secure them at the top by sticking the top two bangles.

* Stick coloured paper on the base and decorate as per your wish πŸ™‚ I’ve used plastic mirrors and glitter to complement the colour and glitter of the bangles!

Stunning holders ready!! And that too.. free of cost! Well.. almost πŸ™‚

Bonus.. is the satisfaction of spending time with Ammu and then, her smile and admiration… priceless!!!!

Linking this one to the September Challenge – Glitter, at Artsy Craftsy Mom.

Have a happy weekend friends πŸ™‚

Fun times :)

I showed this site of Origami instructions to Ammu and she decided that she wanted to make a Dahlia flower.

Since it was Independence day, I suggested that we make one using the colours of the tricolour. But we did not have the coloured papers. Ammu said she would colour the paper herself. At first she coloured the white sheets using crayons. And made the petals. But, the petals came unstuck due to the wax.

She did not give up, though. In the evening, she again coloured the sheets using water colour. When the sheets dried up, she made the petals and stuck them using fevicol. This time, the flower was done successfully πŸ™‚

Here are the instructions.

The lil lady at work .. with crayons..
Colouring with water colours..
The origami flower …

Ammu was very pleased with the outcome πŸ™‚ She took the flower to her school the next day. And was very excited that her teacher put it on the notice board!!

I tried my hand at making a wrist band for Ammu. Made this one using Anchor embroidery thread. Luckily, I had them in the right colours πŸ™‚

Wrist band… also in the colours of the tricolour!

During high school days, some of my friends used to make such bands for Friendship day! This was my first attempt πŸ™‚ Ammu has taken a huge liking for bands these days, which sort of inspired me to try it out. Ammu liked it very much and wore it to school the next day!!

All in all.. a day spent doing our favorite things πŸ™‚
Linking this to the August challenge at Artsy Craftsy Mom’s πŸ™‚


Another impromptu one..

It was Independence day celebrations at office yesterday. And the rangoli competition was a part of that. We’d been dilly dallying about the participation due to work schedules. So much so that we could not get the materials for the rangoli also. But we were persuaded to participate! Two team mates went and bought the colours. We finally started an hour later than schedule πŸ™‚ And made this..

Ammu liked the rangoli very much. She says she’ll come to my office tomorrow and scold the people who did not give her Mamma the prize πŸ˜€

Linking this to the August challenge at Artsy Craftsy Mom .

Wishing you all a very HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY !!

P.P.S: Pic taken using my mobile.. inadvertently in smaller dimensions 😦 Will try to upload a better one later..

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