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N is for nail art

From the drafts… after having waited in vain for some pics !

Ammu has always been fascinated by nail colour. Come weekends or holidays her first request would be to apply nail colour and mehendi !! And boy! she would be the happiest when I gave her the green signal ๐Ÿ˜€

There was a time a couple of years ago when she’d become so obsessed with nail colour, she would apply remove apply remove until she felt satisfied with the choice of colour. I had to resort to hiding anything nail related ๐Ÿ˜ฆ She even went to the extent of taking the nail enamel to the bathroom so she could avoid scrutiny. I was shocked when I learnt of this. Later I decided to just let her be and gave her access to all the stuff. Thankfully, slowly she got out of that habit.

But, of course, her love for nail colour is still very strong. Now, also into nail art since almost an year or more. She also downloaded some game that allows her to paint and decorate nails!

On one occasion she was bold enough to compliment a neighbour for her nail art. And, not surprisingly, she was invited to have her nails painted too!! She knows quite a bit about nail art supplies and techniques too. Such a contrast when compared to herย mom who didnt care much about nail colour or nail art.

I must admit though, that she is really good at it and has had good time with the different kinds of nail colours that are available these days, thanks to her indulgent chitti, who also loves her nails and nail colour. Its a aunt-neice combo thats hard to ignore ๐Ÿ˜€

These days, Ammu encourages to sport long nails and pampers me by painting them herself !! One lucky mom I am .. feel blessed ๐Ÿ™‚

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Growing up!

Its 7 years and 400 posts, since I started on this journey of blogging !! Long time indeed. I had not thought that I would keep this going for so long. But thanks to memes such as ABC Wednesdays, I’m able to infuse some amount of life into it from time to time and keep it going.

The kids are growing up and there is less and less of them on this blog. Nevertheless, their witty come-backs are still in place and they continue to amaze and entertain us. Just that I’m no longer able to keep ace with them, in terms of writing it all down! They make life worth living, in-spite of the feeling of exasperation that they lead us to from time to time ! ๐Ÿ™‚

And… along we them, we as parents, are growing up too! Its been a journey of learning, unlearning, relearning , not exactly in that order though. Its like a constant state of flux , sometimes happening in an orderly manner and sometimes, all at once , like epiphanies!!

The intent is to grow up as mindful parents. Though there are many difficult instances that test us and question ourselves and our decisions, we believe in our kids, in the fact that they’ll turn out OK. We trust in God’s grace and in our intent to groom them into sensitive and responsible individuals. And, being mindful is what I believe will help us grow into the parents that our kids need, to grow in an environment of trust and support.

Speaking of growing up, here is a poem that I love and one that I try to live by over and over again… In bold, the lines that most speak to me…and the lines after those are very powerful ones!

Sometimes Growth Is Just Seeing It Sooner

Sometimes growth is just seeing it sooner.

You see sooner that you are silencing your voice.

You see sooner that you are acting out of fear.

You see sooner that you are projecting the past on to the present.

You see sooner thatย youย are the one acting crazy, not them.

Because you did the work, you see it sooner.

Until our last breaths, weโ€™ll keep missing the mark.

We will dim our light and betray ourselves.

We will cause harm to those we love.

But if we stay awake, we can learn to course correct sooner.

Stay awake and you might see it this year โ€” and not let it extend for a decade

Stay awake and you might see it this week โ€” and not let it extend for a year.

Stay awake and you might can see it this hour โ€” and not let it extend for a week.

Stay awake and youโ€™ll receive those moments of grace, those crystal ones,

when in the instant โ€” before the first choice, the first word, the first act

you will catch it

right the moment of its beginning

and choose differently.

The turnaround is the most important part of the flight path.

When you make it, you move the whole world forward.

You plant a seed of love in the ground,

and all those who come after you thank you.

This is a poem by Tara Mohr. Hope you liked it ย too ๐Ÿ™‚

Linking this one to theย letter G at ABC Wednesdays – 18th Round

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M is for ..Mamma centric!!

Well.. that’s the term coined by dad to describe Ammu ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve always been amazed by the fact that Ammu is so very devoted to me! It also perplexes and frightens me sometimes..the intensity with which she celebrates me, celebrates her time with me!! Especially fascinating when she declares that she wants to be with me always.. All.The.Time!

She has many friends and thoroughly enjoys her time with them. But keeps on repeating that she would rather be with me all the time!

She says she just wants to go back into my tummy!! I’ve never heard of any other child saying this ๐Ÿ™‚ย And, we joke about how it would make me appear , now that her height is about 3/4th of mine..

She always sits beside me, almost presses against me, irrespective of the amount of space available in the room! The joke then is ‘shall we get some fevicol??’ ๐Ÿ˜€

She loves to climb onto me.. even now!! Each morning she wants me to pick her up from bed and carry her till the bathroom ๐Ÿ™‚ Makes me think of theย Kangaroo and the baby in its pouch!

She is my most ardent admirer … Be it the food I cook, the clothes i wear, the art work I make…I love the way she expresses her admiration,openly and whole heartedly. Same holds good for cticism too. She is my biggest critic, though the smallest in age/size ๐Ÿ˜€

Study, play, activities… she always wants me around and wouldnt take help from dad or anyone, or agreed very reluctantly if I insist and thats why the term originated ๐Ÿ™‚

Some lil things that are the biggest things in my life right now! I want to remember this and cherish it all for as long as it lasts ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S: This post was written for the letter M at ABC Wednesdays. But missed posting due to connectivityย problems at my place during the weekend…

Diwali 2014

Diwali, this year, was quite low key.. as far as my energy or enthu to do anything was concerned. For some reason I grew very lethargic!! Lazied most of the time during the 4-5 days. Somehow managed to go out and make the necessary purchases… veggies, flowers, fruits, diyas. BIL had bought the crackers.. the quantity was markedly lesser than previous years.. in a consciuos effort to cut down and gradually stop …

Saving grace was Ammu! Her enthu was high and she was as excited as ever to wear new clothes n dress up. She’s almost become a pro.. gets ready with no or minimal help from us ..

Also, she was the one who reminded that we need to make rangolis!! Yep.. for some reason i’d quite forgotten abt that .. I made simple rangolis and she coloured them .. all by herself!! What a blessing ๐Ÿ™‚ Her enthu rubbed off on me and we were happy to do something together..
When i complained that she should have helped me with the diyas.. she says ‘ Maa, i will learn one by one.. this year i helped with rangoli.. next year i will help with the diyas also :)”

And Adi.. as usual the hyper excited one… with only one agenda… play with firecrackers! And wait..one more… to eat, eat n eat!! ๐Ÿ˜€ He’s the one who enjoyed all the sweets and savouries to the fullest. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hope you all had a wonderful Diwali!!

Letting go!

Again… from the drafts..

Letting go is damn hard! Perhaps that is the reason why life gives us so many opportunities to learn and adapt to the process of letting go. Each time it is a bitter sweet experience! We want to cling and to let them fly n soar too.. Its a dilemma every parent goes though.. again n again!! Learning to tread the fine line remains the key.

The very first step is perhaps when we wean them off slowly lil by li and move them completely to regular food.
Then, we gradually get them to brush their own teeth, wash their own bums. It was as if a huge burden is taken off. Then they learn to bathe, get ready for school and so on. they want to do stuff by themselves. I cannot remember the dates when the transitions happened. But surely the kids have grown so much and I have let go.. sometimes cheerfully, sometimes wistfully.

This Summer vacation she did not ask me to take leaves. She was happy to play and spend time with Adi, her friends and then with D’s daughters who had come down to spend some time with us. In fact, she insisted that I go to office … no hindrance from mom..complete freedom ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday the school reopend. She is in the 5thstd now. Just to know her reaction, i said ‘now you are a big girl. You can go downstairs by yourself andย wait forย the school van’ She took a minute to respond ‘Yes mamma. i’ll go by myself ” total bittersweet moment!ย There was a huge tug within… but then I felt the echo of ‘Let go’ in my heart!

Of course she wont have to go by herself. Dad is always ready at that time to go for his walk and he wont sop accompanying her. But her statement was a much needed reminder to me ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S: As I said, dad or D or I have been accompanying her to the gate… ๐Ÿ™‚ Habits die hard!!

There’s so much to write!

So.. here I go again! After a somewhat longish break ย ๐Ÿ™‚

The month of June just zipped past..

– Schools reopened. Getting back into the groove was quite a challenge! Especially with Adi. He wants to play as much as he did during the vacation. And since he has company.. friends younger than him who do not have to read/study as much, it is very hard to restrain him and get him to do his work!!

– Brother and family were here during the first weekend. They stayed with us for 5 days and we did all we could to make their stay a memorable one. It was a very emotional one since Bro is a cousin who we got together with for the first time ever and he felt very very happy and glad that he and his family could connect with all of us, after being bereft of any close relative on his side till now.

Not sure if any of this makes sense to you. Butย there is a long story behind all this which I might write sometime. For now, suffice to say that it was a kind of getting together which made us all happy and hopeful ๐Ÿ™‚

– I completed one year at work here. It has been an amazing year… I went from terrified to overwhelmed to wow to i’ve done it! Also been exploring new initiatives.. hoping they’ll help me hone myself further!! There’s much appreciation about the things that I’ve achieved so far. Only makes me want to gear up and put the things on my mind to action and see where they take me !!

– Sis2’s birthday on the 22nd! We went out for lunch to a place in UB city!! The high point was that we both wore skirts.. something that we had wanted to do for quite some time now. We do wear skirts – the 3/4th or almost full length wrap around ones. But that day we wore the knee length skirts and loved the feeling ๐Ÿ™‚ After an awesome lunch, we headed to buy a TV for dad. It was supposedly sis2’s father’s day gift to dad!! Must say.. one lucky dad he is ๐Ÿ˜‰

July.. so far, has been amazing!!

– Ammu turned 10!! Yes 10 ๐Ÿ™‚ We’d been thinking of a birthday party for her. But didnt plan one due to various reasons. But a huge surprise awaited us. Dad decided to do a home makeover – replacing the old stuff with new, as they were really too old and in a disposable condition! Ammu was excited about this. And to make it even better, we decided to paint the house as well! All decided in a jiffy.. almost.

Our home was totally transformed within 4-5 days, just in time for her birthday on the 6th of July. Choosing and buying paints. Painting.. cleaning…It was heavy duty shopping on the 5th – new sofa, refrigerator, cooking stove, utensils, curtains, bedspreads. Birthday shopping and decorations on the 6th. And of course the birthday celebrations ๐Ÿ™‚

All in all a hectic week it was.. the weekend even more!! Each of us felt like we had done an year’s worth of shopping and swore we didnt wanna shop anymore until at least a couple of months! That it didnt quite stay that way is another story altogether ๐Ÿ˜€

– I completed another decade of my life the very next weekend. It has been a decade of so many drastic changes, a decade of being mom and one of coming into my own!! So very thankful and grateful for everything ๐Ÿ™‚

Got Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 as gift from the family!! Excited of course… but my plans of staying off of a smart phone were all ruined ๐Ÿ™‚ Now there’s peer pressure to install whatsapp… I’m sure I will be made to succumb to it very soon ๐Ÿ™‚

– First round of tests going on for the kids. I have been totally hands off. Looks like Ammu is beginning to realize that effort on her part is required to score well. Not exactlyย in the competitive mode… she is just trying to do her best. And that is all I want. For her to try and give her best!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thats all for now folks!! Hope to beย around ๐Ÿ™‚ Tata!!

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

‘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.. ๐Ÿ™‚

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’sย is super excited !! ๐Ÿ™‚

All in all… an awesome start to the vacations ๐Ÿ™‚

C is for Creativity!

And children!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Children and creativity go hand in hand.. is it not ๐Ÿ™‚ Most of them are creative in one way or the other!!

Here are pics of the cards… notes actually ๐Ÿ™‚ , that Ammu hurriedly made on the eve of Teacher’s Day..

Pics were taken hurriedly too.. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am glad I managed to click them!

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Chocolates stuck to the notes!! Notice the 2 big ones.. one for her class teacher and the other for Sis1 (her aunt). Also, hearts and a different signature for her chitti (aunt) !!

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This one’s for the science teacher!

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Social studies! Look at the last line!! Only kids can say such things ๐Ÿ™‚

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She’s generally wary of Maths.. but loves Geometry!! Luckily that was being taught at that time.. I wonder what her note would have said otherwise ๐Ÿ™‚

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This one’s for chitti (aunt) ๐Ÿ™‚

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This one is for her class teacher. I’m sure she started with making this one.. so neat and colourful!!

Glad that I’m finally posting this here ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Linking this one to ABC Wednesday!!

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Tiny Tidbits

Ammu dislikes Winter season to the core..

She hates having to give up the cozy warmth of the bed and the quilts and get up to go to school. Its quite a struggle for me to wake her up these days! I need to summon all my strength and resolve to keep my calm! What a battle first thing in the morning.. Anyway.. I’ve digressed..

She hates being reminded to keep herself warm..

She hates being told not to have curd or any citrus fruits at night.. these make her more prone to cold and cough ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

She hates having to wear the sweater and the scarf.. esp since the temperature goes up later and she will have to carry the extra luggage back.

Last evening, out of the blue she asks me ‘ Mamma, why cant we do Aestivation?’

Me: ‘Huh? Aestivation?’ and I’m reminded vaguely of something I’ve learnt in school..

Ammu: ‘The animals.. some of them like Camels.. they just sleep during Summer. So why cant we just sleep during Winter? Why do we have to get up early and go to school?’ ๐Ÿ˜€

Then, I reminded her that sleeping during Winter is called Hibernation. To that she says ‘Yeah..we should hibernate!!

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