Monthly Archives: February 2014

Leaving for India

The bags are packed. The refrigerator sits empty. The brain is working overtime trying to think if anything is missed. Most of the lists are checked. Yes you guessed it right. We are leaving for India tomorrow. Actually we are flying on Friday but tomorrow we are leaving for New Jersey. We will be flying from JFK this time. God the fares between Pittsburgh and JFK vary greatly. So this time we had decided we will drive to NJ a day before and stay the night at a good-friend-of-ours place. We will keep our car there and go to JFK the next morning.

It is going to be exactly 3 years since we have been to India. We all our so excited, especially Daughter. Have bought her 3 new Mercy Watson books for the journey. Keeping her away from them has been difficult but I have assured her that she will be thankful once she gets the new books during the long travel. Apart from books, the iPad and dvd player should take care of the nonstop 14 hour flight. How I hate flights are a thing that I don’t want to get in today. I am too excited to spoil my mood.

Yesterday was Daughter’s kindergarten registration. We went to the school and got all the formalities done. She was super excited, more so because she found out one of her daycare friend would go to the same school. The greatest part for me was the activities that they have lined up for the kindergarteners are on dates after we get back. So that was a huge relief. It was a big day for us yesterday. I still can’t believe my baby is growing up so fast and is ready to start full day school from this fall. Anyway I have enough time to get used to that idea. I think her grandparents will also be surprised at how much she has grown up since the last time they saw her.

I intend to give updates in between about the vacation but am not exactly sure. Let’s see how it goes. If not, then I will see you guys in the last week of March. Till then take care.

 

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Going Out To Movies With Kids

This post is triggered after reading RM’s post on Frozen. Mine is not a review on the movie. On Christmas Day 2013 we went and watched the movie. It was the first time where Daughter went to the movies. Don’t get me wrong, she has watched most of the Disney and Barbie movies. These days often we let her pick, her own movie from Redbox but we really never felt the need to take her to the movies.

Actually we rarely go to the movies ourselves. Hubby and I actually have completely different taste when it comes to movies. In our 4 years of dating days we went to see 2 movies. And after getting married, the 7 years prior to having Daughter I guess we went to watch some odd 8 or 10 movies. After having Daughter, since we never had anybody to watch her, we ended up never going to the movies at all. Of course not going to movies never meant not watching them so it really never bothered us. We were fine waiting for the movies to be available in Netflix or Redbox or Youtube. There have often been times we have watched a so-called hit movie after a year or more of its release. So that’s how up to date we are with Hollywood or Bollywood movies.

Well this post is not really about our movie watching habit but more about watching movies with kids. I am strongly against taking little kids to the movies no matter what kind they are especially if they are little. I really don’t think kids miss out anything by not watching these Bollywood masala flicks with scenes with action/violence and the hot item songs. For our house it’s a strict no-no. And honestly we never felt we are sacrificing a lot by depriving ourselves from the little entertainment that they do provide. But what really horrifies me is how parents often bribe their kids with junk food and candy to make them sit quietly. Of course the other thing that does irritate the hell out of me when I do choose to go for a movie is a wailing infant. Trust me it’s not the baby so much but the parents who irritate me the most. They tend to think by buying tickets they are entitled to walk up and down the passage between the rows so that they can pacify the wailing infant while singing a lullaby. I don’t blame the baby who is petrified of the loud noise and the darkness.

So when Daughter was little we never took her to the movies. There were friends who gave us ideas about taking her and of course giving her candy. There were others who said so what if she cries once, she will get used to. I honestly don’t see the point in getting her used to things that really don’t make a difference. And my Daughter is generally a little scared of loud noise, so I didn’t see the point of putting her through the ordeal. And honestly I doubted whether she would want to sit through 90 minutes. Last year when we visited Disneyworld she enjoyed the 20/30 minutes 3D and 4D shows. So after she turned 5, hubby thought we should take her to the movies just so that she could experience it. I thought it would be a little too overwhelming and that she might be scared. When we talked to Daughter about going she took it in her stride and was pretty excited. So we knew she was ready. Hubby chose the movie Frozen and I researched it. After all its raving reviews, we took her for that one. She was super happy. She loved the movie. I was very happy with our choice as well cause it was one movie where ‘true love’s kiss’ didn’t mean kiss from a prince in shining armor.

I am glad we waited till she was ready to experience and enjoy the movie.I do not mean to offend anyone here nor am I in a position to be judgmental. To each his own is what I believe. I am merely sharing what works for us and what I agree or disagree to.

Counting My Blessings #2

Today is really not a day when I want to count my blessings especially after a little tiff with hubby. One that could be avoided if I wasn’t hyper-super-overtly-sensitive for no particular reason. And no, I can’t even blame it on PMS. But then I thought what better way to come to peace with myself than to count my blessings specially when I have a lot to be thankful for. Yes, the last few days many little things have made me feel so happy and content.

Last Thursday we had a parent-teacher conference at Daughter’s preschool. It was one of those days when I really felt pride. Pride at the little bundle we created. The bundle who is growing up to be a bright and beautiful young lady. Her teacher was so full of praises. In fact she told us that Daughter is one of the brightest kid in her class. Actually her exact words were ‘She is the brightest kid in the group’. She also told us that Daughter is a fast learner and picks up things pretty easily. She is very confident and sure of herself. She plays with everyone and tries to make others happy. Her teacher also told us that she is very intelligent and so we must keep challenging her. I know I am gushing here but believe me it was such a proud moment for both hubby and me. That day I couldn’t stop hugging and kissing her. Not that I need any reason to cuddle up but that day I felt so happy hearing all those things from her teacher.

Last weekend we also made the valentine’s day treat bags. It was nice to see Daughter so happy about giving. From as far back as I can remember I love to give gifts. It wont be wrong to say I am more happy giving people things than receiving. I love taking my time in selecting gifts for others. So it was a real treat to watch Daughter’s enthusiasm when she went about selecting the little things she wanted to put in the bags. She was clear she didn’t want to put too many candies. So we ended up putting stickers, pencils, erasers, a mini kaleidoscope and a few kisses chocolates. She also wrote neatly in each little card. Today was their valentine’s day celebration at school. She woke up bright and early. Came from school very happy loaded with gifts and candies galore. But I am lucky as she didn’t touch a single candy and I know in a day or two she will trash all the candies. That child really is an angel.

Only one week is left before we fly to India. For the first time in our lives our suitcases are already packed. Except for the last-minute essentials everything is more or less done. Trust me that is a big first for us. And I am so relieved and stress free after that packing. I also got a lot of gifts for all those near and dear ones. We have been having some very good shopping days. I am so happy at all the little things that I bought for the family. I can’t wait to see them and give them their gifts.

Remember I was stressing about some of the pre-kindergarten activities that Daughter is going to miss?? Luckily we were able to book the tickets in a way that she won’t miss anything. You don’t know how happy I am about that.

Last weekend hubby and I were blessed with a lot of ‘us time’. Those are some of the moments I so look forward to. We had plenty of those moments last weekend. Nothing takes away the mundane and not-so-mundane stress more than a good dose of romance mixed with a healthy portion of passion.

 

 

 

Random Updates

The last weekend was super fun and exciting. We did loads of shopping. With our upcoming trip to India, we really went crazy shopping. We bought loads of stuff for Daughter and also got a lot of gifts for the family. The only problem is we aren’t getting a lot of summer wear with winter still going strong. In fact today also we went to Sam’s Club and got a few more stuff.

The weather was also considerably good but we couldn’t take much advantage as we were in the mall or some store. Today morning I woke up to a snow storm again and thus the two lovies were at home. The hubby was at home and supposed to be working but didn’t really get much done as I was constantly yapping. I kept making plans of what to eat and where to go. Monday felt so much better with a full house. All of us are in such a cheerful mood now.

Yesterday after returning from the mall, we asked Daughter if she would do a dress trial for us. She readily agreed and then my God you guys should have seen her. She took the task very seriously and modeled all the outfits. We have this narrow passage leading to the bedroom and she made us sit in the bedroom and almost pretended the passage is a ramp. I don’t know where she learnt the art of ‘catwalk’ but hubby and I were literally flabbergasted. It was a delight to watch her.

Thankfully we don’t need to do any exchanges or returns. I think we are more careful when we buy stuff in India especially since the return policies are not as good. The buying psychology here is a little different at least with us. More often than not when we like something we just buy it and then come home do a trial and decide, as returning is a piece of cake here.

Tomorrow is Saraswati Puja. I have a little puja planned after Daughter is back from school. Nothing much but just keeping her books and the pencil box in the puja area. So that’s about what is going on at my end. How about you guys ?? How have you been??