Summer break

Where do I start? Okie all is well at our end and thanks a bunch to all of you who have emailed to check on us.

Adi’s school closed for summer on 15th June and she is enjoying the summer at home with my parents. Yep, it was all a rapid decision and my parents landed here before I could blink my eyes. We discussed on Wednesday, checked with amma/appa on Thursday, booked the tickets on Friday and they landed here on the following Wednesday. I couldn’t find a good summer camp for next two months and even the ones I have registered her to are closing at 3pm in the evening. I have got additional responsibilities at work. Work is pressing for both of us and we cannot afford to take off or work from home often this summer 😦 . So, the only option was to fallback on the god gifted support system (read as grandparents).

It was also one of my long pending wish to let Adi take it easy and spend time with grandparents on summer. You know like getting up at her own time, laze around the home, brush at her convenience, enjoy the hot brunch (the girl is getting up at 10am these days), laze around again, bury her nose in books, watch TV (of course with a limit), play with grandparents. She is living this dream of mine now to every detail. Appa is teaching her chess (we had a daddy/daughter game on Father’s day. I paired up with Appa and Adi paired up with M. It was a tie as M’s my team had to give up at every stage :)). Β The deal between grandpa and granddaughter is that she gets $1 from thatha if she wins and $1 from me if she looses (win-win situation for her :)). Β Appa is also keeping himself busy with his regular walk, park visits and exploring theΒ neighborhood. Β He is now giving us directions to the store at the other corner of the city that we were not aware of. Β Amma is cooking yummylicious dishes for her granddaughter, playing board games with her, Β letting granddaughter talk for no reason and fascinating at her English accent, enjoying the way granddaughter struggles to converse in Tamil, catching up with all the TV shows she missed to watch at India and generally not stepping out of the four walls in contrary to Appa.

I am still pinching myself now and then to check if its all real. At office, work is overloaded and after reaching home I am acting like that hutch puppy following Amma. I have lost my thinking ability at home. Β My mind is not functioning. The fact that Amma is with me is still sinking in.Β My laptop usage at home has plummeted. Β We spend evenings sitting at backyard deck talking nineteenth to the dozen. It has been ten days now and we are not done yet. We have so much more to talk about adhutha veetu athai, pakathu theru periamma, ethir veetu mama, chiti-oda onnu vita anna-noda ponnu, namma oru pookaramma, palkarar and all that important stuff.. Appa pitches in to share his knowledge on every topic.

I have showcased some of my cooking/baking skills to amma already. She is going all ooh and aah πŸ™‚ at least I made her to do that πŸ˜‰ Β I baked Marble cake and prepared bhel puri for M’s birthday, made paneer paratha and chinese style noodles the other day. Also, showed her all my food pictures from albums. All she knew was that girl who gets her hand burnt while trying to boil water in the stove. She is awestruck looking at my kitchen skills or so do I think πŸ˜€

On another happy note my reading has improved. I have finished my recent reads Β “Steve Jobs”, “The most beautiful thing” recommended byΒ SmithaΒ and started with “How to Eat a Cupcake” by “Meg Donohue” that was borrowed from local library. Β Β Can you believe I discussed the book “Most beautiful thing” with Adi. She is my tracker with reading. I have this habit of telling her how many pages I finished every day and also discuss the plot with her. Β Ah a blissful moment.

Adi will stay at home for rest of June, Β go for Swim summer camp in the month of July, go for another camp for two weeks in August and stay at home for rest of August and September until the school reopens. Appa will pick her up at 3pm from the summer camps. I cannot put my relief in words. Of leaving her at home safely with grandparents, Of letting her wake up late in the morning, Of not rushing her through any chores, Of letting her have free time for whole week at home. Β It is indeed a big deal for me as she has started her daycare from the second day of reaching USA at the tender age of two and a half years and continued with it till this month. Β Hope, this summer will turn out to be one of the best for all of us though we don’t have any vacation plans.

I want to savor every moment of my parent’s visit and spend the maximum time with them on this summer. They will stay here for next two months and I am already missing every second that is passing by. Β We are staying together for more than a week after seven long years. Pinching myself again.

Hope you all understand my emotions. This is my first official break from the blog world. Though I read your posts between work I am not able to comment on them as work is demanding and at the same time I also try to go home early in the evening to join the grandparents/granddaughter club. I will try to comment whenever possible.

Thank you all once again for your emails. I will come back after couple of months may be when Adi is ready to start her second grade. Btw, Adi cleared first grade with “First Honors” πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ and we celebrated it at a local pizzeria with a lunch treat.

Leaving you all with few pictures… The same day uploader of pictures in me took more than two weeks to upload below pictures. Can you believe it? Such is the power of having parents around πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

This is a “fabble” that Adi wrote on last week of school, inspired from Anant Pai’s “Amar chitra katha bird stories”. I admit that it was a shabby work and she took one whole day to do this. She read the story and pennedΒ penciled down the same in her own words. This story book was created by her under no supervision. The paper clip idea to make it as a book, title of the story, bird picture everything was done just by her.Β Though M was not impressed with the work, I didn’t have the heart to make her redo the work that took one full day of her time. Β I wanted to try this out someday. Instead of sitting next to her and correcting before she makes mistakes or reviewing periodically I wanted her to own the complete work. Β Hope she had learned something from this.

Front cover

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Page 4

Below are the art works sent home on the last day of school (please to ignore the repeated story book images. WordPress gallery settings doesn’t have selective display. It displays all images from a particular post). Β If anyone is aware of selective gallery display please share the details. The art images are also added on the First grade art page of this blog.

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Adi and her friend received below gift from their after care teacher on the last day of school for being good helpers. Her teacher told me that they were the only two kids who helped her throughout the year to cleanup the room before leaving the room. (remember my mention about this in the birthday post?)… πŸ™‚ Β πŸ™‚ Its so nice of her teacher to appreciate their efforts.

See you all on the other end. Till then take care you all and stay happy πŸ™‚

27 thoughts on “Summer break

  1. Wow! lucky gal…I am so jealous πŸ™‚ have fun, enjoy every moment, and let the girl enjoy her vacations EXACTLY the same way we did when we were kids

    I loved her ‘book’ so cute πŸ™‚

    Big hugs, take the break and come back refreshed πŸ™‚

    Errr…you made so much food with amma around *Falls at feet*

  2. it is always nice have parents around.. looks like ur daughter is enjoying the summer vacation and also learning lot of tamil.. .. nice artwork.. its nice that the teacher has shown an appreciation.. it will do good tot he kids..

  3. Glad you’ve posted finally. Have been wondering all the while! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Enjoy your time with your parents. And Adi’s story and colourings are wonderful. Big hugs to the little darling! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. Jealous of you Ani… And take it that my son will be jealous of Adi coz he has to go to day care irrespective of vacations πŸ™‚ Ofcourse I one way understand the kids’ happiness of being with grandparents as my marumaal is enjoying it with my parents now at US πŸ™‚ Hope Adi gets to save these moments and you enjoy them to the fullest πŸ™‚

    • no J plss.. I got this blessing after 7 long years πŸ™‚ Hoping Adi to have a very good time with grandparents πŸ™‚ don’t worry your son will be lucky in next summer πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  5. Hey Ani, Great to know that you are enjoying with parents πŸ™‚
    So please come back with lots and lots of stories and pics of this blissful life…..
    I remember when i was pregnant, my mom gave me a surprise visit, and oh boy, i just went mad laughing and shouting all at the same time, these suddenly planned visits are great…………..
    Adi’s story was great, i loved it and am going to tell it to Zini πŸ™‚

    • surprised visit during prego time? wowww I would have delivered right away πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ the orig version of the story is in Amar chitra katha bird stories book.. the story is told in a better way there.. this girl swallowed some parts towards the end in the urge of finishing it quick..

  6. Nice to get an update from you finally πŸ™‚ I was wondering where you had disappeared
    It felt so good to hear about how Adi is going to spend her summer vacation … at home … that is what I feel bad about being a working mom 😦 that Cheebu has to go to daycare even during vacations 😦
    And you are discussing your reading with Adi … so nice πŸ™‚
    Adi’s drawings are too good πŸ™‚ loved them all and the story too πŸ™‚
    Have a great time with your parents around and enjoy your blog break πŸ™‚

    • thanks for your wishes lifesong.. Adi has been going to camps for the past 3/4 years and I have always yearned for this setup.. finally it came true after so many years πŸ™‚

  7. Glad to get updates and to learn you all are having a wonderful time πŸ˜€
    Loved the story and all the craftwork by Adi.
    Have tons of fun and come back soon with lots of pics and stories πŸ™‚

    • thanks ME.. I don’t know how many pics would I have as we might not step out that often.. I will definitely come back with loads and loads of stories πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ hope you are doing good.. hugs to Pari..

  8. I missed this and was wondering where you went! πŸ˜›
    Woww so so happy that amma and appa are here!! Enjoy every minute!!Have super fun and come back recharged!!!
    Adi is a superstar! πŸ™‚
    Will miss you here.

  9. Ani! Am so happy for you! Hope you have a great time with your parents.. Ani am sure is as glad as you are! Even I have been off and on for a while from the blog that I did not even notice that you haven’t updated in a while πŸ™‚ Enjoy!!

    • thanks Vidya πŸ™‚ This is the first time Adi is staying with her ammachi/thaatha so she is still getting used to it.. Hope the boys are doing good. take care

  10. “god gifted support” is exactly what GPs are πŸ™‚

    wow the daddy daughter duo chess sounds interesting πŸ™‚

    chit chatting with mammas is so much fun and never ending session no? Parents are a blessing really..they never cease to stand by us no matter what time,age or season!

    wow the reading has improved,I’m so happy for you πŸ™‚ and what an idea re…discussing it with must feel you have to read to tell her more the next day,right? I’ve made a note of this idea and I’ll implement it when my time comes πŸ˜€

    what 7 long years??? awww…this must be really really special time for you…enjoy every moment if it…

    congratulations to Adi darling for the ‘First Honors’ πŸ™‚ tell her I’m proud of her!!!

    the story is lovely and Adi has done a good job.c’mon we have to give her the credit of doing it all on her own…she is brilliant girl πŸ™‚ I’ve told you time and again,right? She is a gem and you are doing a great job in guiding her in the right direction!!!

    of what’s that instrument called? I am unable to recall the name ya..I owned one and loved it to the core..made lot of art designs from it πŸ™‚

    good luck to you Ani…have fun and be happy…life’s beautiful,live it to the fullest πŸ™‚

    • even I don’t know the name of that gift.. Infact we didn’t know how to use it.. 😦 do you know?
      thanks Scribby.. life is truly beautiful for me at this moment πŸ™‚ hugs to you and Chirpy..

  11. i rememebr come vacations I rushed to our vilalge to be with grandparents , what lovely times those were .. SHe will love it beleive me , I know

    and she is talented a big HUGgggggggggggggggggggggg to her and god blessss

  12. Wow Ani! Having Amma/Appa at home is a blessing truly. And yes, I totally understand the ‘Hutvh puppy’ sundrome – In Amma’s absence I surprise myself by running the house smoothly but as soon as she is here – my heas stops planning and functioning!

    You too can relax a little now that they are at home and Im sure Adi is having the time of her life!! Enjoy…

    • Hey RS.. sorry for this very very very late reply. yeah having good time with appa/amma and Adi needless to say is getting all the attention.. πŸ™‚ hope you had a good time in Europe trip.. take care

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