Archive | June 2011

Summer Special

A long pending request from Adi was fulfilled this week. We made Water melon and Strawberry ice pops.  As this is our first try we made 3 strawberry pops and two watermelon pops.  As always Adi helped me with every step. Its pretty easy to make and was a big hit with her. While making she said “I can’t wait till I take the first bite (Errrr first lick)” 🙂

Preparation method:

Watermelon Ice Pop
Watermelon (Cut into cubes and remove seeds. I used around 5 pieces for two ice pops)
Sugar – 1/4 cup or as per your taste
Salt – a pinch
Paper cups and Popsicle sticks
or
Popsicle mold

1. Blend all the above ingredients together.
2. Pour them into mould (I used foam cups and paper cups).
3. Place it in freezer.
4. Take them out after few hours and insert popsicle sticks (If you insert them before freezing the stick may not stand straight. I forgot to insert the sticks on the evening we made the ice pops. So, took them out next day morning, microwaved for 30 secs and inserted the sticks).
5. Freeze them for minimum 8 hours.
6. To take it out run them through warm/hot water and gently pull the stick.

Strawberry Ice Pop
Steps are same as above. Additionally I added few drops of lemon juice and two spoons of milk to the mix while blending.

Next the girl is demanding for Banana ice pop…

Let your imagination go wild and try with any fruit.

School updates

Couple of other school events I missed to update in blogosphere (better before we get into first grade 🙂 )

In the month of April I accompanied Adi for a full day field trip to Natural history museum (remember this post? I promised on the same day to self that I should make it for her next field trip) to learn about Dinosaurs.  It was my first day off of the year from work. We packed brown bag lunches and were all set for the day. The kids watched fossils and skeletons in awe and were eager to touch everything. We also watched a short animated movie about how digestion works for dino.  They had a blast is the least to say. In Adi’s words “Finally (rolling her eyes) mommy made it to one of my field trip”

In first week of June both of us (you read it right BOTH of us)  tagged along with Adi for a full day family picnic organised by her school.  M’s plan to join us for the picnic was a surprise element for Adi. When the buses were about to move she was like “appa get out of the bus right now, the bus is moving, you cannot come without paying ahead”.  At picnic spot there was pool open all day to chill out, watermelons and ice cream sandwiches to beat the sun, miniature golf,  play area, sand box, lunch, snacks… what more can we ask for? Adi spent most of her time with friends at pool and we spent the time by relaxing at pool side chair.  To keep up with Adi’s travel tradition Crystal was also part of this fun day.  In return travel one kid say S (around 4yrs old) was cranky enough to grab the attention of whole bus as he missed his afternoon nap and Adi as a good sport shared Crystal to pacify him. The moment Kid S held and hugged Crystal no one in the bus knew where he was.  The warmth kids feel by hugging a soft toy is boundless.  He promptly returned Crystal when it was time to say bye. May be he would have noticed Adi staring at him and Crystal every few minutes in the hour long commute. Though she gave it with no second thought her heart and eyes were all on Crystal’s side 🙂

On the day before school closing Adi bought all her art work home. They had this art class every Wednesday and I had no idea of what she did until that day.. They were awesome – http://anisnest.wordpress.com/art/kindergarten-arts/

 

 

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Kindergarten Graduation

Kinder graduation happened on 16th June and the beauty is the kids graduated themselves. The event was at 11am and unusually Adi was ready by 9am and was checking on me every 5 minutes if it is time to leave. At ceremony kids sat on designated chairs on the stage,  took turns in hosting the event and treated us with songs based on what they did every month in Kindergarten. To record a few they sang about seven continents, penguins, dinosaurs, planets and insects. Paintings by the kids were displayed on one side and slideshow with their special moments at class was shown on the other side of the stage. Parents were given tissue to wipe off the happy tears when kids graduated 🙂 and a small party was organised by the school at the end of ceremony.  Adi enjoyed every bit of it and on the way back all she said was “I will miss Kindergarten amma”..

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Kudos to Kindergarten Kangaroos..

MeMe Tag

I am extremely sorry for taking up this tag so late Vanitha.  My target was to finish this before I face you on your D day 🙂 Not that I was very busy but I admit it was my laziness.  Without further ado to make my guilt disappear here I jump into the tag

1. If you could go back in time to relive one moment, what would it be?
The day I was campus recruited. One of the best thing happened in my life.

2. If you could go back in time and change one thing, what would it be?
Quite a few though I am not sure if I would really change them given a chance. Life is all about unexpected things isn’t it?

3. What movie or TV character you think you resemble most in personality?
No one in specific.  Naanga avlo azhagu ellam illaingo (Eng: I am not that pretty looking) 🙂

4. What movie or TV character would you really like to be like?
Recently I have been admiring the character of veteran actor Mouli in tamil TV serial Nadhaswaram.
Movie – I have admired many time to time but don’t remember them now.

5.  If you could push one person in the whole world off a cliff and get away with it, who would it be?
Ummmm after deep thinking I declare it as nobody. I always believe in giving another chance and cannot get away with anyone forever.

6. Name one habit you want to change in your self.
Can it be two pleaseee? Addiction to Coffee and Cry at drop of a feather.

7. Describe yourself in one word.
Emotional

8. Describe the person who named you in this meme in one word.
Vie (thanks Vie for tagging me)

9. Why do you Blog? Answer in one sentence.
I blog about my daughter.. Just a way to record all her special moments and my experiences as a mother.

10. Name at least 3 bloggers to send this Meme to then inform them.
Ambulisamma
Swaram
Vidya

Boston trip

After more than a year and a half we broke the rule and stepped out for a two day family trip to Boston last Sunday. Thanks to the memorial day long weekend. Needless to say the little girl was super excited. She packed her backpack with foodie and her favorite bunny that was instantly named as Crystal.  All through the trip Crystal was peeping out on one side of the backpack just so that she/he can have her/his own share of sight seeing. The little girl enlightened the stupid mommy with this thought who was trying to stuff Crystal inside the bag.

Day 1
First stop was at Mystic Aquarium where Adi got a chance to touch the baby shark and ray fish.  This was her best part of the trip. She also witnessed Beluga whale playing around, penguins fed by their care takers, jelly fishes in different color and a glimpse of sea lion show . The mammal were so obedient to their instructors. I could only think of  “aadra rama aadra rama” (monkey street show)  when I saw the sea lion show. The sea lion was religiously fed with fishes for every action.

Here is a glimpse of the sea lion show I got to record at Aquarium


Next stop was at Breakers Mansion. Man what a life the Vanderbilt family had lived.  Sighhh. The 70-room mansion has approximately 65,000 sq ft of living space. The home was constructed between 1893 and 1895 at a cost of more than $12 million (approximately $260 million in today’s dollars). The lesser I speak the better it is.

Then, we headed towards the hotel booked for the night at Boston and called it a day.

Day 2
It was more like an educational tour visiting the Ivy League universities Harvard, Yale and also MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).  Check out this interesting read about the statue of three lies and Widener library at Harvard campus.  This library was built as a memorial for Harry Elkins Widener , a 1907 Harvard graduate, who was a book collector and victim of Titanic disaster.

At MIT the U were written as V I mean like this MASSACHVSETTS INSTITVTE OF TECHNOLOGY as at roman times the letter U did not exist in Latin language.

Later we took two hour cruise at Boston harbor, visited Quincy market for lunch and returned home for dinner. The girl had strawberry frozen yogurt topped with gummy bears and rainbow sprinkles as dessert after lunch 🙂  It was nice to be away from home for two days though it was a hectic and short trip.  

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