Archive | November 2014

Camp with night stay

Yup, the girl has gone for two days camp with one night stay. I have mixed feelings. For the past two weeks, the talk has been only about the camp and to say she is super excited and thrilled is an understatement. We have purchased the things needed on last weekend and packed the bags on the same weekend with a sticky note on top of the bag with the list to pack on the day of the trip. You know like comb, brush. It was all her decision.

I tried my best to be a strong mom while sitting in the middle of the living room with the suitcase open, things all around and packing her stuffs. It was altogether a different experience for me to see my little girl fly away from ani’s nest for a night.

She is a weather stationer and table helper for her group for a meal. The good thing is every kid has a job which makes them feel so important and special. I just realized that I was not alone looking at the fellow parents freaking out before the kids were about the board the bus. Its a first time experience for all of us and we didn’t know how to react when the bus was leaving. The air was filled with virtual hugs an kisses much to the embarrasement of the kids. We exist to annoy them. Don’t we?

I was late by one hour to work and missed two meetings. But, I couldn’t leave the school before the bus moved out of my sight even though my poor choice of dressing made my legs awful and teeth shattering in the cold weather. I got call from the school that they reached the camp safe. Hope the kids will have super fun with environmental study by staying close to nature. Kudos to the school and teachers for all the effort.

We miss you pattumma. LHB is going to look for you in the evening. How will I feed him without you? He eats only when you eat and more importantly only what you eat from your plate. Who will I follow-up for homework completion and bedtime routines? Who will get me the laptop battery when there is only 7% remianing and I need it right away? Who will share about their day with me? Who will sit next to me to cross our legs while reading before bed? Who will LHB follow like a hutch puppy?

Our home is going to be void and quiet today evening. Can’t wait to see you tomorrow night. As promised, your favorite dinner will be waiting for you..

See you soon!!

Some pictures:

Checkist:

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Luggage:

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Waiting for the bus:

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Boarding the bus:

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Art exhibit

Adi has joined art class at this new neighorhood and art is something that she does with all her interest. The teacher was kind enough to display her art also as part of an upcoming art exhibit at a very short notice. I am sure the girl would have done something better if she had more time.. I am very much impressed with her art works and glad that she is willing to learn the detailed techniques from an art professional.

It was a proud moment to see her name on the flyer. She drew dolphin. Can you spot the dolphin in second picture? The Owl was mind blowing and so was many other art works.. God bless all these kids!

Dolphin by Adi Do you see the dolphin?

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Flyer

Flyer

Here are her recent other works at home

tinker-bell cardinal bunny

Halloween 2014

Better late than never has become my to go mantra.. This year, the kids dressed up as Cow girl and Spider man. The highlight is they were under my budget as the store had BOGO free offer and we didn’t know that until we billed the costumes. That was a sweet surprise.

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Halloween evening was the first time someone actually rang our door bell and it didn’t stop for next three hours. I was amazed to see so many kids from our community and luckily bought candies for the treat.. Look at Adi’s candies collection.. She has them neatly categorized as “want pile, don’t want pile aka appa/amma eat pile, fridge pile, no-fridge pile”…  If only she can show half of this interest in organizing her school folder. Sigghhh!!!!

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We attended both school parades and LHB promptly clung on to M the moment he saw us. You should have seen the drama. He refused to join the parade after that and M had to walk along with him. On the contrary, Adi hesitated so much to wave at me when I was all teeth to see my daughter at the parade and waved with both hands up high.. The trunk or treat were fun where parents volunteered to decorate their car truck with halloween theme and offered treats.

PTA at Adi’s school also arranged for Halloween fest in the evening and it was fun to see kids with different costumes. Look at this boy’s costume. I wonder how he managed to wear it all day. I have challenged Adi to create her own costume for next year. Let’s see..

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