Valentine crafts – Day 86

I never imagined LHB would remember the valentine card we made for his classmates last year.

Last week during a car ride he said “Amma don’t keep lollipop this time with the valentime card. I don’t know if all my friends like it. Some of them could be allergic to it”. It took me few minutes for me to realize that he already assumed that we will be giving out cards this year too.

So, the doting Amma obliged and started looking out for craft supplies. Two hours well spent with LHB on Saturday evening. We made bookmarks for his classmates and teachers. He insisted on making it for his teachers too. He wrote his name at the back of stick and doting Akka helped to assemble the bag with candies, kisses chocolates and bookmark.

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Today – Day 85

Today has been a kitchen day!

Happy quotient is all kitchen tasks done and reached the daily target steps

Sad quotient is state of body and mind. Tieeerrrdddd!!!!

Items dished out from Ani’s kitchen today:

Rajma masala
Poori
Manathakkali vatha kuzhambu
Fish kuzhambu
White rice
Ghee making
Butter making
Paneer making
Idli batter prep
Onion pakoda

I am done for two weeks!!!

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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Love,
Amma

Wowwww – Day 82/31

That is all I want to write today wowwww and a pat on the back of everyone who survived the blogathon. Thank you all is the least I could say and it was a pleasure reading all of your blog.

I tried my best to keep up with the reader. I feel great today and this year in spite of doing 100 happy days for a while thankfully I didn’t run out of topics, actually have a few more in drafts. That’s probably a sign that I should come here more often 😁

There are very few things at this point of life that gives me pleasure and keep up my emotions and this blog is one of the few. Life without emotions is meaningless and I appreciate that mixed bag of emotions that makes me who I am.

Eternally thankful to all you my loyal readers and those who all participated in blogathon. Getting too emotional, So me!!!!

Let’s keep this yearly tradition rolling. See ya next year!!

Life is short. Appreciate every single kind act, stay positive, be full of emotions and make a difference in someone else’s life.

Have a great year all!!

Ulundu kali – Day 81/30

A good food always gives happiness. I love this traditional dish but never made it. This was my first attempt few months ago and it came out pretty well.

Ulundu Kali (Urad dal Halwa) – It is told that this is very good for ladies.

Steps with pictures:

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Dry roast whole urad dal – 1 cup

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Dry roast raw rice – 1/4 cup

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Palm jaggery (Karupatti) – as needed. Dissolve in boiling water. No consistency

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Grind roasted urad dal, rice, mix them with jaggery syrup

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Mix well

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Warm up few spoons of gingly oil in a kadai, pour the mix

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Stir continuously until it comes together and is well cooked

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Make into balls while its medium hot. Optional is to roll it in roasted mixed nuts mix

This can be stored in air tight container for few days.

2017 Winter break – Florida road trip – Day 80/29

Publishing at 11:58pm. Pheww!!!!

I don’t feel like doing a detailed day by day post about the recent winter break trip. So here are the bullet points

  • Stay at extended family’s place for a night. Visit of ex-neighbor Akka with her family from my childhood who have last seen me when I was around 10 years old. Both the Akka and the cousin’s wife were persuading me to move to NC and I was this close to start wrapping up as soon as we reach home 🙂 🙂
  • Visit to Universal studios and sea world (yes we ditched Disney).  Spent 2.5 days at Universals and we split as two groups on second day. The girl and me spending more time at Harry potter rides, the boy and M spending more time at Minions. For the uninitiated, there are apps that show wait times of each ride and we made the best use of it. 

  • Visit to Orange tree farm by name “Showcase of citrus” and monster truck ride in swamp. This was a last minute decision and totally worth it. It’s very close to Disney and Universals. I gathered the details from Trip Advisor.
     

  • I loved the live shows and parades more than the rides. The Christmas themed ice skating show, Shamu show, Universal parade. I was awestruck at the humongous effort behind each of this act.
  • Hogwarts express train ride and paddle boat ride deserves a special mention. They didn’t have Hogwarts train ride when we visited in 2011.
  • Was constantly talking to Adi about how technology is controlling every move of these theme parks.
  • M household as usual only looked at roller coasters from a distance. We were more than happy with carousels and mini train rides.
  • Skipped water park and beach as weather was not great and kids were also at the edge of catching cold.
  • Chanced upon a colleague and his family at Universals. We took pictures and shared it in office team whatsapp group 🙂
  • Night stay and local tour at Charleston on the way back. We made a poor choice of hotel and LHB referred to it as ghost house after the trip.
  • 13 hours of non stop drive to home. The sight of LHB getting off the car as the first guy at 2am and running into the garage showed how much he missed home or how much he hated the ghost house.
  • That moment when we tucked ourselves under the blanket in our own bed after being away for a week. Home is heaven. All of us were giggling for no particular reason and drifted off to a peaceful sleep.