Graduation 2018

Big day was 19th June. The girl graduated 8th grade. The school arranged for a promotion ceremony and it was a sight to watch all the young ladies and gentlemen dressed up for the occasion. I took day off and played chaperone for the outing planned by Adi and two of her besties after the ceremony.  I took special permission from the school principal to take LHB to the ceremony and he tagged along for rest of the day.

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We all had lunch at Panera bread and then watched Incredibles 2 in big screen. We were a good 15 minutes early for the movies on a weekday matinee show but still couldn’t get a better seat. Almost half of the 8th graders from Adi’s school were in for the same movie!!

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I suggested the girls to do one thing crazy to remember this day and the outing. They discussed about doing a Russian dance in the parking lot but decided otherwise later. Kids these days are too conscious!!

In the evening, we visited Adi’s piano teacher who is in rehab. He broke both his legs and is recovering slowly. What stood out for me from this visit is the post his son wrote about him in FB wall. He had written that his father had made life so simple for him that whenever a situation comes he would just think “what would my father do in this situation?” and there comes the clarity! To lead by example. I had goosebumps when I read that post and could see the pride in his eyes. It took him a whole 15 minutes to figure out FB and show that post to us and he didn’t even know about that post until a friend of him called and checked about it! Social media is still alien to a set of people.

Wrapped up the day with dinner at A2B. Melt in your mouth awesome food but service was too slow that we had to cancel the order of adai aviyal. They serve one of the best authentic masala chai I have tasted so far in this country.

Summer vacation is starting tomorrow and I so badly wanted to at least get this post out of my way before I disappear for 2 months.

Happy Summer!

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Adi’s day – 06-14-2018

I want to record Adi’s schedule today for posterity as today was one of the busiest day for her! Like I tell her, once she starts high school, its only going to get tougher. She can’t expect to have free days often. She should accept the fact that not every day will be the same. There can be days when she has to stretch and days when she can just curl up on the couch!!

6:45am – Wake up
7:15am – Leave to school
7:30am – Piano practice along with band to play on Graduation day
8:30am to 3:30pm – School
3:30-4:45pm – Music practice and catch up on some homework
5pm – Carnatic vocal music class
7:30pm – Piano class (To practice for the upcoming exam)
9:00pm – Arrive home, start preparation for social studies test scheduled for tomorrow, wrap up homework
10:30pm – Retire to bed

On the other hand, LHB went to backup care (of course with whining and loads and loads of promises that he can stay home for next 3 days), celebrated Father’s day at the centre, played, ate, slept, played, came back home, went for bike ride with Amma, walked around a bit and now watching Peppa pig. Whatttayy life!!!

Of Pinata, Work

Sunday evening:

Scene 1: The family is driving back from Adi’s piano concert.
LHB (out of the blue): Amma, can you buy pinata for my 6th birthday? Please Amma, Please!!
Dotting Amma: Ok sure da!!

Sunday night:

Scene 2 – LHB crying buckets that he doesn’t want to go to the backup care on Monday. I put him in backup care for next 3 weeks as his school is closed for the year.

Self: You know what! I want to tell you a secret baby. Can you come here and sit next to me? (I was sitting in stairs)
LHB: (reluctantly came and sat next to me still crying).
Self: You know what is the secret? even I don’t want to go to office tomorrow baby! what do we do?
LHB: (stops crying instantly, wipes his tears and whispers to me) You stay home Amma, then I will also stay with you!
Self: But, I have to tell my office baby!
LHB: Don’t tell them Amma. Just stay home. Don’t tell anybody!
Self: But, but if I don’t tell them, then they will not give me money. And if I don’t get money, how can I buy the Pinata for your 6th birthday??
LHB: Speechless but didn’t cry anymore.
Self: I made a deal  to keep him home on Friday’s, I will tell my office that I have to work from home on Friday to take care of my baby!

Poor chap! Though I felt like a winner handling the situation, my heart melted seeing the poor boy speechless!

Special Saturday

Today, M went to Pennsylvania to play Volleyball. Did I mention? The man has restarted his passion after school years and is going crazy about it! I am saying passion as I have never, never seen him this interested in anything! He goes for practices at 11pms and 6ams. He works around and makes adjustments to his schedules and duties to make time for this practice. I am happy and glad to see him involved in something like this.

So, yeah he was out the door by 6am and I played dual role of mommy and daddy today 🙂 But, told Adi that I will not play as cool daddy buying them junk snacks!

8am – Made sweet and karam version of paniyaaram for breakfast with leftover dosa batter and fed the kids.

9:45am – Took kids to their respective classes at the local club. After the classes,  all three of us played ping pong for a while. Another father/son duo joined us and it was an impromptu fun time. LHB tried to trick me to get snack from vending machine but I did not budge *proud look*

12pm – Took kids out for lunch to Taco bell. Another impromptu trip! This was a surprise to LHB as he started complaining at recent times that only Akka always gets to choose everything.
The complaining happened when we decided to dine out at Olive garden last weekend based on Adi’s choice. When asked, what is his choice assuming he would not be able to pick any, he surprised us all by yelling Taco bell! So, TB it was for today’s lunch!

1pm – Tamil homework time and parallel kitchen work (Idli batter prep)!

1:45pm – Give a shower to LHB allowing him to play in the shower with his toys for a while!

2:30pm – Quick clean of home, get ready to go to Tamil school.

3pm – Tamil school, today I volunteered as substitute at LHB’s class as his teacher was out sick. OMG! the kids kept us on toes, trips to bathroom and answering all their curious questions took more time than actual learning! This was my first time volunteering and it was a fun experience. I am happy to have chosen this in spite of the splitting head ache! Otherwise, my plan was to take some rest while waiting outside!

This is LHB at the Tamil school parking lot. He demands a click whenever he sees a different looking/colored car. And, the shirt he is wearing is special. Will write about it soon!

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5pm – Back home, made dinner (Poha) and continued with cleaning home (never ending task *rolls eyes*)!

6:30pm – Took Adi to piano class while LHB stayed back with the just returned Appa!

8:30pm – Returned home! Loaded dishwasher, cleaned kitchen and finally finally stretched my legs in the couch!

11:30pm – Watched a Tamil comedy movie with kids, laughed out loud at couple of scenes, applied oil on Adi’s hair and wrote this post!

Oh, and yesterday Adi made a Chinese veggie dish for us. It was made of yellow peppers, carrot and all types of condiments and sauces. It was yumm! This is how she presented it to me 🙂

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Good night!

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch note

On a not so busy afternoon, when I had some time to think, I had an Eureka moment!!

I decided to write lunch note to Adi. I have no idea how I suddenly got this idea 🙂 To keep it interesting, my colleague and I came up with some categories like unscrambler, vocabulary, math puzzle, fun fact etc.

First day, she was not appreciating it much and said she is not a kindergartner and lunch note is too childish! But me being me continued to write the note.

On fourth day, I missed to keep the note and in the evening she promptly asked, why didn’t you keep the note today!! I was jumping in joy (ofcourse in my mind) but just shrugged my shoulder in response saying I forgot.

Following weekend she hosted sleepover and one of her friend told me how much they all like the lunch note! I was again jumping in joy of course in my mind only!!!

So, now it has become a daily routine. She even checks if I kept the note in lunch bag before packing it!!

Adi and her friends in her lunch table read my note and unscramble/learn/solve it every day 🙂 🙂

Some notes:
The one on left is the note from Day 1. I choose an appropriate word to start the series 🙂

Love this new routine!

For LHB, I gave this one day and looks like he told M during evening ride that someone has scribbled on an orange peel and kept it in his snack box 🙂 I had to read and explain it to him later **face palm**

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May be I can write to him after few years!

P.S: I have a google sheet for this and spend around 10 to 15 minutes every Friday to come up with the list for next week so I don’t have to squeeze my already little brain in the morning mad rush!!

Home decor

New additions to home this weekend:

Living room – Tiffany lamp. A lamp that I was browsing for more than four years and finally decided to click Buy to complement the new leather recliner sofa.

 

Bedroom –  Up cycled the tiffany lamp’s package box, covered it with Indian designed bed spread and moved the old living room lamp to the bedroom to make a bedside table with lamp and books that kids read during bedtime. I have to make it shorter to keep it lower than bed!

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Bedroom with woods view. I love summer as it gives me this stunning view of woods from my living room and bedroom windows. The greens lifts up my mood instantly!

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I spent the whole Saturday cleaning whole house and wardrobes and couldn’t sleep on Saturday night soaking in the glory of a clean home with my favorites at nook and corners. I just couldn’t get enough of it 😀 😀

A clean home does wonders to my mind.

Priorities people

Yesterday, while I was wrapping up work to leave, got a call from Adi. She asked “When are you coming home?” I couldn’t give a definite answer and put the phone down by saying “Soon”.

After the call, I couldn’t focus on work so texted her as it is unusual to get a call from her while I am at work!

Read the text for yourself!!!

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Yeah, that is all my family needs from me and we have become dosa monsters in recent times especially those crispy ones with gingly oil drizzled over it.. Sluuurrppp!!!