Ojas is 2 !!!

I know I am 3 months over due this post but frankly speaking i had this post in drafts for quiet a long time. and it just ran over my head that I have not published it yet.
I have to accept that planning Ojas birthday was difficult. I literally didn’t have options on how I could make it more memorable. His likes are selective,he kind of sticks to those.Till date his favourite is car and its wheels,probably the next thing he likes the most is strawberry.
So this time I decided to make a strawberry tart for him and a family day trip to a farm(Pick your own)

Jaanu decided to give a PUPPY made in Build A Bear Shop (named it fluffy,Put a red heart after giving it a life by kissing it) and a family cake cutting time with our grand parents and aunts watching it online from India. After that gift from Jaanu, Ojas named every toy dog Fuffy

The most adorable thing about him is his hugs If I ask him one he always comes to me with open arms saying “Huggy” out loud and takes my head in his tiny arms and gives me a kissing sound “Ummmah”.He sometimes wants me to carry him just for the heck of it.He dislikes if momma is talking to some one over the phone. He likes cuddles and all sort of mushy things but he hates this all when i have his food in my hand, All he needs at that moment is food. He reminds me saying out loud “Ammaa Mumum(food)”
If he wants hug or kisses from Jaanu he just grabs her tightly and pulls her towards him irrespective of what Jaanu is doing ,sometimes ends up bad but most of times Jaanu likes the way he gives her cuddles.She really appreciates and understands the love beyond all roughness.

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He is still a proud lover of his blanket (blankie) .Every morning a trail follows him just like a king with his cape. He indeed likes calling himself a king by grabbing his blanket under his chin so that it wont slide off his shoulders. Its super cute to watch him.
He wants to be appreciated too if we appreciate his sister. He tries to do some of his own difficult stunts and shows off saying “amma Look!!!” and we have to obviously give nice pats on his shoulder.

The more I think about it the more nostalgic it makes me ,How these kids grow so fast?? I try my best to keep a note on this blog (failing miserably at times ok!! Most of times) but I have everything in my thoughts and memories and I know no one can take those away and I dont have to keep a tab on those things .I am glad and thankful every day for making me enjoy this simple pleasures of my life.

Apple jam

We had a visit to a farm as one of the gift for Ojas’s birthday.Generally our birthday celebrations are spending time together as a family than partying if you want to put it selfish perspective,I don’t want to take a hassle of managing more people right on this special day and as long as kids don’t wish for it we are not going to think about it.

So we thought may be visit to a farm will be something which my kids will enjoy and it will be nice personal and private moment as a family . In london, how much ever you plan a trip in advance ,it all depends on rain and luckily, that day was clear so we got ready in fractions of second and were there in the farm within 2 hrs.

Ojas ran into sticky dirty fields of apples,pears,spinach,broccoli carelessly splashing into puddles and wanting to put his hands in soil. Few passers by were encouraing him saying “soil is tasty ,common put it in ur mouth and trouble mommy” Jaanu, on the contrary made a fuss about getting dirty initially but somehow the red apples lured her and she started enjoying getting dirty.Ojas picked up everything he could see and threw them into basket.kids were really happy to do this . I know i cannot give them this big farm often to run around everyday and its best feeling when these moments falls into right place at the right time of our life .The gratification of silent observer despite being a part of it made my day and more importantly made my kids happy with big smiles.

We had two big bags of merchandise worth few £. The eldest in our family agreed for this farm trip with a bribe of making jam of what ever i buy over there hence it resulted in a post about me bragging about the apple jam.

Ingredients
5 big apples
1 to 2 cup sugar  (depends upon how much sweet one prefers )
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon

How i made it:
1.Peel and chop the apples in small peices and put them in icecold water to stop them from browning
2. Drain water and transfer them in a hard bottom pan
3.Turn on the heat and let them cook for 10 minutes
4.Add sugar,salt cinnamon and keep stirring
5.let it reduce till it becomes glossy (may be for 40 minutes to 1 hour in low flame)
6. After its completely cold transfer it to sterilised jars.

It was a success indeed.

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Tri color Salad inspired from strada

Recently we relished this simple salad at Strada restuarant.
I love avacados or anything which has avacado so I tried to making the same at home and now it has taken a place in my little recipe book
I made little changes to tickle my tastebuds

Ingredients :
1 ripe Avacado
1 tomato
Blue cheese
Chilli infused olive oil
Salt and pepper
How I made it :
Cut avacado and tomato in long slices
Arrange them on plate
Crumble some of your favourite blue cheese(restauarnt didn’t use blue cheese )
Sprinkle salt and coarse pepper
Add dashes of chilli infused olive oil for little kick (adding this oil was also my choice )

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Little moments, big laugh!!

There are few moments when you get to hear totally unexpected things and don’t know how to react to it. Off late I’m going through that and mostly end up laughing obviously because of people involved in those situations.

One day I was telling my daughter about family Like Who’s Who is who(grand daughter, son, daughter, etc)
She heard everything and says ” Mom, I am your daughter and Ojas is your darling ”

I corrected her saying “Ojas is my son ”

Jaanu says “No,Son is high up in the sky in yellow color, Ojas is your darling”

I  cracked up and tried explaining her the difference but she let her foot down saying you are telling me wrong way probably she was thinking “Oh!! Poor mom,How I  am going to explain it to you?”

We were watching some science show on tv which was explaining about geysers Jaanu after witnessing a geyser springing out like a fountain says ” Now spider is going to come out”

I told her geyser comes from down under the earth and its very hot so Spiders cant come like that

then she says”In incy wincy spider, the spider runs up the sprout mom ,so it will come (she was pretty sure about it )” I just asked myself to keep quiet so that I wont embarrass myself anymore infront of little imagination .

We were going to catch a train when we witnessed some marathon runners wearing bunny ears and springy stuffs on their head. Jaanu was so amazed by that and squealed “Mummy look, Aliens . Lots and lots of Aliens” I was truly hoping that they did not hear her but couldn’t stop myself from laughing either.

Recently we went to a party and received a football like rubber (Eraser) ,my boy  rolls it like a dice on floor and gives a small kick and says “Goaaaal”  but this time I was not at all bothered to explain.
This boy has all the tricks to make his mom laugh anytime . I was truly upset by the mess he was making and I raised my voice warning him not to do it again .He looks at me and says “funny amma”-
Thanks to Mr . tumble ( a character in ceebeebies channel). All I could do after that was smile.
I am truly loving this wierd/above and beyond imagination phase of my kids.These simple pleasures are available to me with out even asking for it, It is absolutely enjoyable and cherish able . The more I think about it more luckier I feel.

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Birthday of 4 year old!!!

Yes! ! She is 4 years old now, Ask her how old are you? And you will get to hear “I am 4 years old” along with careful counting of 4 fingers and pressing thumb with the help of other hand. She understands birthday now and also that they are special.

‘Mummy (with high British accent), where is my birthday party? And presents?’ She happens to watch a random birthday party celebration video on the television and got the idea that birthday means party.
I must say ceebeebies channel has helped her gain that accent and lots of new words to her own little dictionary . We planned a special trip for her to ceebeebies land . She loves lots of shows and we thought it would be nice to make them come to life for her.
As I knew we are going to take her there so I kept telling her we are going to ceebeebies land and she is going to  meet all her favourite characters . She gave it a thought to say “No, I want to see only in tv” Imagine a face of me totally worried that plan might backfire.
Adding to my worries it rained, actually poured that day . As feared my daughter was just not interested in anything other than burying her face on her father’s shoulder. I pulled her from him and took her to ‘In the night garden’ ride. Imagine a giant bulb lit face of my daughter . The only thing I heard after that was squeaks, shrieks, giggles and guffaws. Finally! !!She talks about ceebeebies land every day after that and asks me to pack bags so that we can meet someone there.

For a 4 year old this place is awesome, definitely needs lot of expansion and improvement to make it like Disney land or better. But this itself was wholesome fun for my 4 yr old.
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Few days before her birthday I asked her what cake she wants for her birthday , a princess cup cake or lots of butterfly on the cake, she immediately screamed butterfly . I tried my best to make one.

As usual some balloons,cake and a digital celebration with loved ones who were present virtually ( Web casting ) I was happy to see her squeal when she saw cake and told “lots n lots of butterfly”
She refused to eat butterflies only after being told that those are sugar candy , she ate them. I gave myself a big pat on my shoulder to make a 4 year old believe that I laid real butterfly on her cake. My cake was grand success and so was her mini birthday party.
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Thank god she did not ask for big presents :-) . I bought her tiara, fairy wings and wand just in case if she asks for a gift . After seeing that she wears them every freaking day and swooshes the wand on her brother when ever he upsets her, I have never asked what she intend to do by doing that action, it’s quiet understandable she wants him to turn into a frog or puppy but why to bother.

I am thankful every day for these little moments I share with my loves of life.
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Our little copy master !!

I was thinking to write about the little fellow for a long time .Every person has one prominent feature so does my son. When ever I look at him I see thick,black curly hair. Even though everyone appreciates and adore his locks. I often sympathize as no one else can understand the difficulty of handling that hair but me.To put it nicely He has my hair (Lots of time I chuckle inside when some one adores his locks )  He is ever calm and focussed fella!! This guy gave me no time to gather up things for past 3 months as he did something new every other day.

Few of wonderful things he can do:

His vocabulary has improved off the chart.

One day he was watching a show along with his sister and all of a sudden he yelled “I can cook” (show name) ,We were pleasantly surprised by that.
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His sister is a big role model for him now. He does everything she does and that makes her proud and silly at times.

He can ask 1000 sorries. if something falls from some one else’s hand he apologises for that.

If Jaanu cries (Upset with me not for giving her something she asked for ) He comes and says “Soyiiii” it puts smile on both of our face..

The first thing he needs after waking up is look up for his sister to give her a hug saying “hayiiii” (means huggy)

If he wants us to lift him he says “tuchil”, or if he wants something he says ‘thaaa’in most adorable way and that doesn’t work it precedes with ‘peesh thaa peesh’ .I bet no one can keep themselves from giving him a squish at that time.

If you ask him whats his name he says “Ajjas” but if I ask what’s my name, the answer is same.

He says “Fy Fy” for a butterfly.Jaanu giggles everytimes when he says that she thinks he is saying flower and corrects him saying ‘butterfly’ (with high british accent) He again says “Fy Fy” the giggle starts then correction and so goes on

When ever we sing to him’ Balamory song’ he says ‘Shop'(Stop) and says ‘Baabul’  and laughs.. he doesnt like it if we sing the song right. He stops us every single time and asks us to sing ‘Babul’ Funny fella!!!

He loves to make a mess. A dirty gooey mess.
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He doesnt know how to do 2 things

Move his head up and down , for nodding ‘yes’ (he nods left and right like saying ‘no’)

He has not learnt the art of jumping on floor ,He taps his legs vigorously to let us assume he is jumping

He can’t bare sour stuffs but love sweets.

One day i told him “I love you Ojas”

He replied “I love you too ” and hugged me. I was like in a real shock
I never knew until that moment that he understood what I said and gave me back something which I will remember for rest of my life.As always ,my love grows higher and higher when I see these minute improvements and they reassure me that I am going the right way in my life.

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The more affection they show towards me the more happy and proud i feel about myself, Isn’t it the most important thing you want your child to learn, to be affectionate and caring towards others? I keep telling them every time they hug each other that “this is how you should always be, together and loving ” and Jaanu replies “Ok amma” with atmost sincerity and it really cracks me up at times.

The “where is ojas ? I can’t find him” -this trick still works, he comes running to me if I call for him that way.

 

 

Relocation,Relocation,Relocation

My last few posts always began with why i am not blogging often and most of it involving -blaming my kids” I should not do that” I told myself and began writing this post.

Past few months have been hectic in shifting,travelling ,packing and unpacking(Finally something new to blame :)) ) .I am all done and time to write little things happening in my life.Shifting to a new place always gives me a feel that life is going to be more good as everything is uncertain right now and you can always hope for the best irrespective of how life takes you

. People talked a lot about London before we planned to stay here for couple of months. If I tell anyone about London I got used to hearing ” Oh!! My aunt lives in east London” ,”Our temple priest is going there ” .Even I myself started looking out for my friends who put up there. Few last minute packing and buying ,we finally landed at London.

I am enthralled with this city’s charm already.Intricate carvings on the buildings,transport and esp weather.My father informed me that you can see all seasons in one day in London ,So True..I have never lived in a city hub. When we were in US I always wanted to spend some days living in the downtown  Chicago as i liked the hustle bustle or noise of city life. It always feels good when your small wishes comes true.

Underground trains are scary for my kids but we are getting used to it slowly. Street markets great fun to watch. It was smart of Vasanth to take me at a closing time though.

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We wandered in beautiful parks watching people enjoy the sunbathing. As I am more used to hide under a shade to save myself from scorching heat of the sun this seemed very unusual .I was able to understand that people wait for sun just like how we wait for rains.My kids enjoyed everything in park ,the swings,slides,springs,birds,flowers,grass etc.. These humongous parks are a piece of cake in midst of cities. These parks are a proof of how a colour can change the mood .These lush green gardens did make me feel fresh and calm.
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Wandering into places which i read only in books and watching lanes named after famous poets made me kind of very happy(Wordsworth lane,Big Ben,London bridge,Queen etc.). Recently I happened to watch “Crystal Maze” on tv. I remember watching it with my Dad and waiting for that show every week end. A simple ingenious game show took me 20 years back -a time I totally enjoy reliving and watching it along with my daughter made it more special.

As I am done rambling about the city i live its time for me to get back to looking out for admissions in school for my daughter and Plan for more things to do for the week end. :)