Of their first love..

Daddy’s are and will always be the first love for all daughters.So, whether he is a perfect husband or not, my daughters couldn’t have found a more perfect father.He adores them and would do anything for them.He may be called the Modern day dad who has never had any skirmishes about changing nappies,washing bottoms,putting on diapers,dressing them,bathing them,feeding them,playing with them and carrying them whenever we are out and a whole lot of things which normally Fathers would hesitate in doing .In that he has also proved in a way to be a perfect husband.Whenever he has the time,he would rather spend it taking Munch for a swim or Perk for a ride on his bike rather than go out for a game of golf himself.His priority is always his daughters . He more than makes up for the days and months when he is not available for them by his undivided attention when he is on leave at home.He is and will always be their first Hero ,their greatest strength and blessing.Happy Fathers’ day,Baba..

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The Happy Suns Arrive..

I remember chancing upon The Bangalore Snob through a post on Colours Dekor only a fortnight ago.I remember reading most of her posts in one go.I remember falling in love with her Madhubani Art.I remember gushing over her idea of the nameboards.I remember placing an order instantly without waiting to read all the procedures.I remember how prompt she was in her replies and kept me updated through her mails.And just 15 minutes ago,when the courier guy rang the bell and delivered this,I could not control myself and I am doing this post now.The package arrived thus….

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aar 009aar 010aar 012I had ordered a dawn,dusk and day themed board showing the different phases of the sun.I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart.It was a pleasure to come across your blog and having an association with you.I hope we keep in touch always.And yes,my husband loved his advance birthday gift.Just waiting to get it framed as early as possible.I would request all my readers to hop over to visit this terrificly gifted blogger at http://thebangaloresnob.wordpress.com

Two years…

Last week ,I completed two years on WordPress and in blogland!!70 odd posts,20 odd followers (my heartfelt thanks to all of you), a lot of inspiring blogger friends and a space to pour my heart out! This blog has been a support system..a place to share my joys and sorrows,achievements and failures, ups and downs.It is this space where I can ask  Munch and Perk to come back when they grow up.I am sure they will have a lot of sweet memories here …which have been recorded for posterity.
I started out here two years back , have been erratic and  irregular at times but have always managed to make a comeback.I planned to dedicate this blog solely to my daughters but later spread out my wings to include all that defined ME, all that I had in me,everything under the sun that I found interesting enough to write about or share with all of you.

My special thanks to..

Patty at Colours Dekor for her encouraging comments and inspiring blog.

Nayana at CherishDreamLive for her inspiring ideas.

Tanya at KreativeKorner for her sweet comments and common interests(including Rahul Dravid)

Arani at Addthatxtraintheordinary for being a terrific blogger and looking forward to a great friendship with her….and many more that I may have not written about but do admire.

I hope that by this time next year,I’ll have a longer list and many more milestones.

Looking forward to your support and encouragement in future also.

Flight of fantasy

Patty’s wall decal story inspired me to share this story.

When I came to stay in this particular house three years ago,this piece of land in front of it was a dumping ground.Within a month ,I got everything removed ,laid grass,built a bamboo fencing,sowed seeds and transformed it into a space which is the envy of all neighbours.Then I had this blank wall which I always thought of either sending a creeper up on or putting up some frames  but ultimately the idea of creating this flight of birds struck me.And Voila,one fine morning I just drew them with a piece of charcoal and used black paint to fill in.Simple yet eyecatching….My neighbours say it looks lovely.!What do you think?

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8th bday 035 The picture above is of Munch’s Birthday party.

 

Linking this to http://coloursdekor.blogspot.in/2013/03/the-weekly-story-wk-7.html

Deep Jalao…Aayee Diwali re..

Its festival time yet again…and this one happens to be my favourite.I love lights,candles,diyas and lots of shopping.Everyone makes that extra effort to clean up the house before Diwali and lots of new things are bought.Except for the loud crackers,the festival of Diwali brings a smile to my face as I think up new ways of decorating the corners of the house,cleaning up long forgotten niches and cooking up festive delicacies.

This is how the house looks like this year..

That’s my daughter’s little home…how do you like it?I wish this diwali lights up your homes as well as hearts.

Wish all of you a happy and prosperous Diwali!

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Being a Mom

Its been eight years since I bacame a mother at a relatively young age.Its been a life-changing experience.Munch became the center of my Universe the moment I laid my hands on her.A greater gift I could not have asked for.She was all that I expected and I gave her all the love I had.Every waking moment was spent with her…feeding her,bathing her,playing with her,taking her out to the park, going shopping and sometimes she would be tagged along to the parlour as well.When she started playschool,I went ahead and put in my application as well.So I was there keeping an eye on her from a distance even at school. Now that she has grown up and gone out and has a world of her own where her friends mean a lot and she spends more of her time outdoors..be it school..or her extra curriculars..or her evenings out cycling with her friends…leaves very little time that  the two of us have to ourselves…save the time I sit down with her studies or she reads aloud at night to me…and sleeps next to me with her arms curled up against me.The thought that perhaps another eight years and then she would be a guest visiting us on vacations makes me shudder.How would I even live without seeing her for days on end?That is the most difficult part of being a mother…letting a part of you leave you.

 

Taking the plunge..again

All this while,since Perky’s birth,I have been heart and soul into motherhood, which you know ,soaks up all the energies.It makes you forget that you had a life before this second bundle of joy arrived.It is hard to remember which was the last real book I read without putting it down and forgetting all about it the next day.I have no idea what is happening in the world of music which used to be one of my favourite pursuits.Although I did manage to read the newspaper everyday albeit in bits and pieces and spend a few minutes on the net when the babies would be taking their afternoon nap.The remaining time would be divided between getting Munch’s homework done and cooking and washing and feeding and finally putting them into bed not without having read a story or two when all your mind wanted to do was rest.Being their sole caretaker because of the hubby not being there to help or share the responsibilities made it absolutely impossible to socialise. It would be an understatement to say that it gives me immense pleasure the way the two girls have developed.The last year I saw the shy Munch become more social,independent  and confident.The hyperactive and spirited Perk settled down in school more easily than I thought making me a worth-every-minute-spent proud mother.

In the last two months that Perk started going to school, I suddenly found a lot of spare time and I decided to take the plunge…again.When Munch started going to school,I took up a job in her school and now I applied for a job in Perk’s school and got it.It is a perfect situation for all three of us.I love teaching and nothing could suit us better than Perk and me going to the same school and coming back home earlier than Munch who goes to a big school and has longer hours.And a little, miniscule extra income  which I could spend on buying books and music.I know all three of us would take some time to fit in to the new routine.But we shall all try and give it the best shot.Wish us luck!

Here are some pictures of the two odd years I spent being a hands-on mother.

Munch playing the fairy in Cinderella on annual day.

Perk's first birthday

happy times

With Papa at the India gate

Looking forward to even better times..