Happiness #88 is – Day 88

  • Waking up at 4:29am and picking up the phone to see the time change to 4:30, the time you set the alarm for.
  • Having an evening chit chat with blog friend Indu – LHB’s dosa aunty and my tea/cake rusk girl. Hope you don’t mind our impromptu show ups.
  • Saying NO to cheese cake at work. This miracle happened yesterday and I want this to be recorded here. Though it was not “on the spot” happy moment, it made me feel so proud and happy later. I can now save those calories to gulp down some other junk right? Right!!
  • Forgetting LHB’s backpack at home but promptly taking the gifts we packed for his classmates and teachers. Hey we got our priorities right and that is what the teacher said too 😀 😀
  • Seeing the boy dance away to glory at the dance event organized by his school for Valentine’s day.
  • LHB hugging, kissing everyone at home in the morning, wishing happy valentine’s day but treating me extra special with this necklace. I am wearing it all day 😀

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Happy 5th – Day 83

Dear Kutti,

This has been an happening year for us when we started communicating two way in serious matters and you started voicing your opinions.

I melt when you ask me to be careful every single time you see me handling knife just because I got a cut once.

Your hugs and kisses. I just can’t get enough of them da!! Keep them pouring for that is what keeps me sane most of the times!

I would be lying if I say I don’t want you to grow. I want to see you grow with charm and be my shoulder as much as I want to wrap all your cuteness in a box and keep it safe forever and ever.

You are a happy boy by nature and receive compliments fron Strangers very often. That Subway girl said she have to give you a cookie and asked us what is your favorite flavor.

You constantly outbeat yourself and I am a proud momma to see your progress. It is tough. You work very hard to get things right. Your little mind and it’s thoughts amazes me kutti. I say loud often “indha kutti moolai evlo yosikudhuu” (how much does this little brain thinks!!)

I call you baby and everytime I call you as baby it is a moment to put back my perspectives in place. Akka keeps changing her pet name to call you every few months. Right now she calls you “gator”. “What’s up gator” is her go to phrase when she enters home and sees you bundled in couch glued to the idiot box.

You are my little helper to load the tablet and start dishwasher most of the days.

You surprise us at the least expected time with your new learnings and Amma has very low expectation on you that I brim with pride even if you could count to 10.

We are doing great with studying. You can write your first name and few alphabets in Tamil. What if they can’t be in straight line or we are behind from the universe. Progress matters!

There are so many cute moments that cracks me up day in and day out. You are the source of my lighter moments. Wish I had photographic memory to capture those moments and replay them often in my mind.

Finally someone got my dance gene. Your favorite pass time is to dance and your favorite numbers are “Halena halena”, “Macho” Tamil songs and Justin Timberlake’s “Sunshine in my pocket”. Please don’t stop like Amma did! Wish we can perform for a duet someday kutti and that would be my dream day!

You are still a total Appa kondu but your matured mind tries to balance the relationships. When I ask “Do you like me or Appa?” Your constant response is “I like everyone Amma. My teacher said I have to be friends with everyone Amma” in a very matter of fact tone.

I want you to remember this girl from your class this year. I made her your official first crush though you don’t care. She is very cute da. When you read this come and ask me for her name and photo okay?

We have to go through some ordeals at school but hey there are three souls in this world that wishes only, only the best for you so we will cross it together holding hands tight. No worries. We got this!

My dream wish is to spend more time with you baby, read more books, play more games and have hours and hours of “not doing anything” kind of time.

You have made a list of things that you will not do when you turn 5 because apparently big boys don’t do that – nose picking, yelling, hitting Akka are some in the list.

The pride in your face when you say “I will do this myself. I know how to do this and go about executing the task in hand” is priceless!

You have beautiful hair, smile and eyes. You don’t need a reason to laugh. It is a blessing kutti.

You are the sunshine of our family kanna! We all still adore you like a newborn and spoil you to the core. Stay the same, happy and healthy.

We try to keep writing fun by trying out different poses and techniques. This is one of that 🙂

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Red bracelet – Day 75/24

I want this to be written in history so recording it as a separate post. I could call this as LHB’s first official gift to me. A red bracelet that he got from somewhere (a valentine’s day goody bag I guess).

One February evening in 2017, he put it on my right hand, said its a gift for me and kept spot checking my hand for the next one/two weeks to see if I am wearing it. He was pretty serious about me wearing it. He would randomly say “Amma show me your hand” and I obliged 🙂

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I am not wearing it anymore for the fear of it breaking but kept it safe along with my other precious possessions. I take it out to see sometimes to just recollect this incident and feel the love wrapped around it

Yes, I have mole on my right hand 🙂

Getting independent – Day 69/18

Happiness or not is seeing your children getting independent (the “not” part really depends on your mood and the task in hand).

Yesterday evening, Adi and LHB performed their own tasks independently and I couldn’t be more proud of them.

Adi: Making of oreo balls covered with milk chocolate, drizzled with white chocolate. Though this falls under junk category, I was happy to see the girl handling kitchen on her own. The picture was taken in a hurry as I was afraid that it will all be gone by the time I arrange them for a photo shoot. So, pardon the messiness please!

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LHB: Solving of PJ masks 48 piece puzzle. I did not help at all. We all were very much impressed with the way he solved it!




Of Aruvi,Trouble,Bread bajji,tamil dress,almost 5,no junk – Day 66/15

Aruvi – Yestreday watched this movie with Adi. A soul stirring intense movie. The suffering of a young girl for no mistake of her. It made me cry at the end and had a discussion about the movie with Adi. About trust and giving benefit of doubt to people. How the girl’s life would have been if her father chose to have a little more belief in her. A must watch for those who like to watch movies with intense subject and not just for time pass.

Trouble – Recent board game addiction at home. We settled in a blanket with pillows and LHB finally played it by rules last night. It was the perfect way to call it a day.

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Bread/Onion bajji – Another recent add on. I am not for deep frying often but somehow seeing the family craving for this and the way it gets polished off in few seconds, I decided to make this on lazy evenings just to bring together the family with food and to create memories.

Tamil dress – On the occasion of Pongal, I dressed up the boy with veshti (dhoti) and embroidered shirt. He named the attire as “Tamil dress” and kept checking when can he remove his “Tamil dress” 🙂 🙂

Almost 5 – Yup, the little honey bun of the family is going to almost 5 and he has a beeg list of what he is going to do when he turns 5. Some of them are

  • share his toys
  • not scream at home
  • do studying everyday with Amma
  • play games by following instructions
  • not eat junk

Basically, anything that is a challenge for him now are instantly added to “I am not going to do it” list when he is 5 year old. I only hope things don’t get aggravated after 5 *reality check*

No junk – We went to a friend’s home for dinner on Saturday and when they were about to share a piece of brownie with me, my boy came in between and said “my mom doesn’t like to eat junk”. I blushed instantly but felt a pinch when I realized how nice would it be if its a true statement.

Ginger bread man – Day 62/11

At LHB school, they played a game in December where the kids made gingerbread man and the teacher hid it in closet telling the kids that he disappeared and went to visit places.

She requested parents to ask their friends and family from different state/country to send letters to school saying they spotted the gingerbread man near their place and explain the details.

It’s an interactive and fun way to learn about other states and countries. Did I tell you already that I love this school? It plays a major role to the wholistic progress LHB has made in last two years of course in his own pace.

See what his cousins from the other side of this country sent for him. He is one of the first to receive the letter. I loved the detail about the bridge.

LHB now talks about Mexico, China, Golden gate bridge and Florida. He wants to go to Mexico. Hope he takes me along too preferably to a beach town 😎

My little drummer – Day 57/7

I forced myself into resting mode today as workday/school routine begins tomorrow and its then going to be just running behind schedules. I am going to go to workplace after almost 2.5 weeks (boarding two trains, running to station to catch the train that’s about to leave in 2 minutes, eat from my dabba, random chit chat with colleagues, drink hot water from my bottle, gulp down countless number of hot flavored tea and above all braving this weather!! Sighhh!! I digress!!!!

So, today is a video/picture post to save some time from writing.

My little drummer (drums made from cardboard boxes and kitchen plate). He calls this song a “sugar song”. His favorite TV time pass has changed from cartoons to watching songs back to back and dance along 🙂

Adi’s recent random art during snow day. She says she messed it up but I liked it!

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Musical jigsaw puzzle by Adi’s piano teacher (She said it took one whole day to do this and this is her way to destress). I should try this someday with the kids a 1000 piece puzzle. An apt display for her living room.

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