Category Archives: family life

Just another day – Day 17

This year blogathon has been tough… I mean every day I feel I won’t survive. It’s a miracle that I’m still here.

Today I did a lot of here n there kind of things. No not outside work but you know those that need to be done but never gets your attention. With just the Daughter and me home, the evenings get awfully long and boring. She gets a lot of homework and doesn’t really get time for much else. So I tackled some of those.

As I type I can hear my egg curry simmering away on the cooktop. The house smells delicious and my tummy rumbles to add to the music. The thought of eating rice n curry makes my heart so happy. The heart is even more happy because the hubby gets back tomorrow. So on that note I bid you goodbye!!

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Blessed ❤️ – Day 15

The hubby generally leaves home between 640-645am to catch his 7 o clock bus in the mornings. From our area there are only 3 buses to go to New York City in the morning. And with the station about 40 minutes away, the bus is his best option. He his a person who loves his morning sleep !! Now, he generally goes to office 2-3 days every week. So on these days he’s really pressed for time. Every morning is like a mad rush for him. Yesterday night I had warned him that the car would be covered in frost, so he’ll have to scrape that first to get going. So he got up early and was out of the door about 5 minutes early. The cars weren’t a pretty sight. And I was afraid he’d have to drive to the station if he missed the bus.

Today daughter had morning orchestra which meant I had to drop her early to school. So soon after he went, I woke her up and got dressed. I knew I had to scrape off my car as well if I had any hope of dropping her on time. So I quickly gave her breakfast and went out to scrape off my car. It was a little before 7 and the sun wasn’t out.

To my surprise I saw my car all scraped and ready. I knew he got up extra early today just so that I didn’t have to stand in the cold and scrape at the risk of missing his bus.

This guy I tell you isn’t a man of many words. He doesn’t tell me ‘love you’ as much as I would want him to. But his silent gestures say a lot. Later when I told him, he dismissed it as he had some extra time. No big deal !! Typical him ❤️

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Miserable Monday – Day 14

Today I woke up with a severe migraine. But I trudged along with my mommy duties and sent my Daughter to school. Drank lots of water, a cup of coffee but nothing seemed to work. Hubby was working from home and on seeing my face told me I should go take rest. He’s traveling this week and wanted to see me on my feet quickly.

So I listened to him and slept. Got up later to reheat some leftovers and we had lunch. Afternoon I wasn’t able to sleep anymore but the headache was still raging strong. So just took a long head bath and rested some more.

Daughter should be back in another half an hour and I need to do somethings before that. She has voice class soon after, so I need to at least get the some basic chores done. My home looks like a mess. Moreover because we were almost in and out the weekend everything seems to be screaming for attention. But I guess today I need to prioritize and deal with things.

I get super anxious if I’m not well when hubby is traveling and I also don’t want him to unnecessarily worry about home either when he’s away. So hopefully tomorrow I’ll wake up fresh after another good sleep and some medicine 🤞

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Nothing Really – Day 13

It’s past 10:30 at night and we just returned from dinner at a friend’s place. Lots of yummy food we gorged on with nonstop chatter and laughter.

This weekend was super busy with Daughter’s back to back rehearsals, Saturday night birthday party and Sunday dinner. The next few weekends look crazy as well. But at least the next weekend is going to be a long one … so hopefully it’ll be good. And if we’re blessed with some inches of snow over the weekend, things might be a little slow… so for once I’m keeping my fingers crossed for snow ❄️ ☃️.

I hope you guys had a good weekend and ready to start the week fresh !! Talk to you tomorrow… Gnite 😴

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Saturday – Day 12

Remember last weekend I was talking about Saturday being a totally free day for us??!! Guess what, everything changed after a few hours of typing that post… life I say !!

I got a text from Daughter’s piano teacher that she got a new day job and that kind of threw all her schedules off. And after going back and forth we decided the only time that’s working for both of us is Saturday mornings!! So there you have it … the plans for Saturday mornings got made for us.

I still tried to be cheerful and thought it’s just one class in the morning and since she comes home to teach, it’ll be a good excuse to get up early and get things done in the morning. After that we had the whole day to sit back!!But do my plans ever work 😩

Later in the week I got a message from another activity group. She’s participating in a Bengali cultural program for the upcoming Saraswati puja. Generally for this event they practice for 2-3 hours on Sundays but with the date getting closer they’ve decided to practice on Saturdays as well for another 2-3 hours in the afternoon. But the only good thing is this’ll be over by the second week of February. Till then farewell to my Saturday afternoons.

Hope you guys are having a relaxing weekend!!

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Panic !!! – Day 8

I have this habit of panicking at the slightest things. I always assume the worst. My heart races and my mind conjures up pictures of the worst possible scenarios. I try to calm down and breathe and more often than not lecture myself for being silly. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t!!

For now my world is pretty small. These panic stricken situations arise mainly with my mum and the hubby. As for my Daughter, right now I’m always aware of where she is. But with her growing up so fast, I shudder to think what’ll happen in a few years time.

Couple of weeks back, on the last day of school before the winter break hubby and I went out for some important work. Daughter had an early dismissal and we had planned our work accordingly. One thing led to another, combine it with holiday traffic and road construction we knew we would probably be a few minutes late. To make matters worse, Daughter had no idea we were going to go out. Anyway, I told the hubby according to my calculations we would reach just in time or just as the bus pulls up. My earlier experience proved, buses are never on time on the early dismissal days. So I was kind of ok. And more importantly, the traffic was really bad with people driving like maniacs and I didn’t want the hubby to add to that. So I held my nerves praying the bus is extra late.

We were around 5 minutes away from home when my phone buzzed. I saw an unknown number and my heart almost stopped. The moment I picked up my phone, I heard my Daughter’s shaky voice, “mommy, are you alright?? Is everything ok ?? “!!

I assured her we were fine and are 5 minutes away from home. As luck would have it the bus came in about 10 minutes before time. She told us, she went to a neighbor friend’s house to call. We reached and the moment she saw us burst into tears.

She had been brave till she saw us. It seems she rang the bell, knocked and when no one opened the door got worried. This had never happened before. She saw my car in the parking lot and only my hubby’s car missing. So to her that meant mommy is home and daddy is at work. She got super worried thinking I’m sick or worse, in danger. Talk about a child’s imagination. But I applaud her for going to a house where she knew the people and not just any random house. She handled herself so well and for a 10 year old was really composed. Even our neighbor was full of praises.

The hubby and I were super proud of her even though we felt horrible that she had had to go through the misery because of us. Not only did we feel very guilty but later when we heard of all the things she imagined in those few minutes, the hubby looked at me and said, “ the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, does it??” !!

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Lazy Saturday – Day 5

After the back to back holiday parties, this quiet weekend is bliss. Not having to worry about what to wear and staying in my pjs feel so good. To top it off the incessant pitter-patter of the rains make me so happy.

This morning we woke up super late. Called up both homes while making and eating breakfast. After that was done, hubby sat with Daughter doing Maths while I went my merry way making our lunch and getting on with the never ending kitchen chores.

Rest of the day was pretty stress free and mundane. Every body was relaxed and happy that we didn’t have to leave the house. That’s another thing I love about Saturdays, that Daughter doesn’t have any activities. And as long as possible, I’ll try to keep at least Saturday or Sunday free !! Not sure how long that’ll be possible but for now we’re happy with how things are.

Now it’s almost dinner time and we’re having a family Jenga night. The game is getting interesting as I type and I can’t wait to get back to it !! Leaving you guys with the pic of our tower 😀😀 and it’s my turn next !! So off I go👋👋

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House Hunting – Day 4

When we built our first house, I remember one of our friend telling us that once you get the taste of building your home you’re spoilt for life. So true !! This time around we started to look for a house even before the movers got our stuff 😀😀

For a very brief time, hubby and I considered buying a house directly and moving in. Since our whole relocation was taken care of by his company every thing was a breeze. We had assistance in every little thing we could think of and then some. I was alone taking care of the selling of our previous home there and hubby was by himself here. His current job is pretty demanding with lots of travel and weekends he would often drive home to us. So we didn’t want to stress ourselves more than we were already stressed. And quickly dropped the idea.

I was seeing homes online and liking none. The ones I liked were way beyond our budget. After moving here the hubby and I kept talking about whether to go for an older property or look into new construction. We knew we had to decide fast because most of our stuff were in storage. And if we decided on new construction, that would take a long time too. So our decision needed to be made quick !!

Currently we live in one of the top rated school districts. Our friends live in this area too and I’ve always heard good things. So quickly our search was narrowed to this area. But the only problem was homes sell like hot cakes here. Properties are sold even before it hits the market. And the other important thing was we didn’t want Daughter to have to change schools again.

One day we decided to look into a new development that we had been eyeing for a while. The hubby kept telling me if he had to increase his budget he would much rather do it for a new construction than for an older home. After seeing the model home, we got super excited. The lady showed us some of the plans that suited our needs and voila papers were signed in no time. Once again we had decided to wait and build our home 🏡!!

It’s a wonderful feeling to choose everything and see the home being built in front of your eyes. Sometimes I wish the process could be hurried a little bit but other than that everything looks good.

The builders say the home should be ready by the end of March !! But we all know how new constructions are never on time. So just keeping our fingers crossed 🤞 for April !!

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Moving Day – Day 3

This is a post that is long overdue. But better late than never. For posterity sake I want to document this day since it started a new chapter in our book called life.

5/30/2018

Our home ready to be handed over

It felt weird. I had already packed 2 suitcases for us, which sat at the corner of our master bedroom. I cleaned our home for one last time. The house was empty and spotless.

Most of our good byes were done. Daughter still had half day of school the following day and she wanted to do finish that. She had a play date with friends in the neighborhood already scheduled for that evening. So with everything done the hubby and I decided to go and check in to a nearby hotel for our last night. Later in the evening, we picked up Daughter from her friend’s house. They hugged and gifts were exchanged. Even though the girls would meet each other the following day, they were all so emotional. Some of us moms were misty eyed too !!

It felt strange to hop on the car and not walk up the hill towards our house while leaving their home. Since she wanted to ride the bus one last time with her friends the following day, we had decided to stay in a hotel close to our neighborhood. So after grabbing dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant, we retired for the night.

5/31/2018 (The Day)

Customary last day of school pic

The next day dawned bright and sunny, we dropped Daughter at her bus stop. She was pretty upset and quiet. It was only a 2 hour school day and our house closing was scheduled for 12 noon.

Goodbyes are always hard

Quickly the hubby and I finished off the last few errands that we had kept for this time. Soon it was time for Daughter to get back and I with my mommy’s gut knew a meltdown was approaching. I was doing some last minute touch ups to our home which would soon be some one else’s and hubby went to pick her up. As the door flew open in a few minutes, sniffles followed by her flinging her little body on me and crying. Finally I heard the words I knew were coming, “Please mommy I don’t want to go… I love my school … I’ll miss my friends, I don’t want to go … this is our home….please we still have time let’s call them up and say we changed our minds and won’t sell our home … their boys will make my purple room blue… I don’t want it mommy” !! I held her and listened to all she had to say.

She had handled everything like a trooper up till now. And I had been expecting this for a long time. I cuddled her and told her it’s alright to feel sad. For once I didn’t tell her how she could write or FaceTime her friends. I knew she didn’t want to hear that. I told her we were very sad too. Somehow that helped her.

Soon we reached the realtor’s office where the closing was to take place. Our part of it was the easiest and they had us do it first since we were to drive away that very day. Keys were handed over and I did my best not to start bawling my eyes out in front of a room full of people. We wished them good luck and walked out.

We went to a restaurant to kind of celebrate an end to a special chapter and beginning of another. The three of us tried to cheer each other and made plans for the summer. That’s when hubby surprised the Daughter and me. He had booked a weekend getaway to the beach for the following day. Knowing we would be sad and the truck was supposed to arrive after the weekend, he thought it would be a good break after all the stress and living apart.

Daughter got super excited and I was touched by his thoughtfulness. He had secretly packed our swimsuits and Daughter’s boogie board in preparation for the trip. Planning surprises and weekend getaways aren’t his forte, so I could well imagine his efforts in keeping the secret and planning the whole thing. We started our 5 hour drive around 2 in the afternoon. This was a drive we often did to visit our friends so I knew this route well enough but it felt weird knowing we won’t drive back in a couple of days.

We reached our rented apartment around 7 in the evening. Hubby already had the apartment somewhat set up with basics. That night we slept good knowing that once again our family of three was back together. At the end of the day family is what actually matters and home is where the heart is ❤️.

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Happy New Year – Day 1

Wishing all of you a very happy new year !! Hope 2018 was kind to all of you and 2019 brings even more happiness, good health and prosperity!!

Our first day of the year was a quiet one. We went to the temple in the morning followed by brunch in a chaat place. Finished off some grocery and was home by early afternoon. Daughter took advantage of the good weather and biked outside while the hubby and I lazed on the couch watching a movie.

From tomorrow everything is back to normal routine, hubby gets back to work and Daughter starts school after the holiday break. So let’s enjoy the last few hours till the mad frenzy begins. Lots of new changes going on in the MTW home. Lots of stories to share but I guess that’ll have to wait for another post.

And those of you who are still deliberating please join in and let’s get this party rocking!! I don’t see a lot of our regular blogathon-ers!! C’mon guys just start tapping those fingers on the keys and in no time you’ll churn something. See ya!!

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