Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Babies, who gives Milk?
Ojas & Tejas - in unison, without a second thought- Mamma
Who gives eggs?
Who gives Wool?
But then Milady has a different thought- she says- because I am one hot chick!
Friday, March 27, 2009
I give you this....
For the sake of art (blog fodder) hubby suffers getting his black shoes polished with brown polish & brush and also the socks being polished black .
Thursday, March 26, 2009
But alas, self has no such talents and if some one were to drop in unannounced at my home, I would be calling my grocer for juice and biscuits and snacks.
Until I discovered that I could do some tricks that could save face and project that I am a great homemaker.
I list down my quick & not-so-quick, face saving ideas...
- Weekends are for preparing for face saving during the weekend. I mean there are only so many number of times that you can pretend that since you are working you have absolutely no time and therefore no snack to serve at home (read, whatever was bought has been eaten up already)
- I usually bake cake, caramel pudding (believe me both are very quick to do), make some kheer and retain it to ride over for the next few days. What is good about a kheer is that it can be cooked while you are cooking other stuff. The jaggery and rice kheer stays even longer and according to my taste buds- they get better as they age in the fridge.
- Anther good idea is to stock some icecream at times. Add fruits and voila- frut salad can be unleashed on that unsuspecting guest
- Did you make some dhokla using the aashirwaad or the MTR mix this morning? Keep a few aside and add curd, mixture, chutney, pickles etc to serve dhokla chaat.
- Popcorns anyone? Get your ActII ready...Quick and voluminous...
- It helps to have some watermelon deseeded and stored in the weekend. Nothing as jazzy as serving a watermelon juice. Or for someone who wants to do more labour- fresh lime soda, mousambi juice or mango/ banana shake. *ah i can hear them saying wow...such a talented homemaker*
- Make your chutneys in the weekend... tomato/ coriander/mint/ raw mango...nothing like serving them as sides if your husband gallantly offers dinner/ lunch without consulting you first.
- Keep peanuts handy... very quick to fry and serve
- I ensure I have bread handy on weekends. Simple logic...weekends, I make chicken so if someone comes over the weekend I can easily serve an awesome chicken sandwich naa.
- Finally have a trusted grocer's number who will send stuff at 5 minutes notice.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
So this time it was at Coffee Day with K's mom, crazymum, Art, Lavs, DC and Timepass.
I took the tough decision to go without the kids and immediately regretted the same. Felt totally out-of-place without them and useless when I saw the rest of the moms handling their kids and carrying on the conversation.
Well, and the best part of all was meeting Plane Papa at last!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
While the kids have always been communicating on the phone.
From the time they were born.
The first communication was with Nana- sis held the phone while they were being taken in the lift to the neonatal ward - screaming for whatever it was worth
There on Sis woud call from office just to speak to them...right from the time they were a few days old.
I was always discouraged from calling home to "talk" to them as it would set off a scream fest for Mamma/ to Hold the phone and all.
Though I have always encouraged them to talk on phone to their grandparents and uncles!
Cut to present they hold proper conversations on their own and even demand at random to talk to mamu or mausa or nani...
Methinks it could be a good idea to now talk to them from work every afternoon...especially since now they don't really make great noise after I keep the phone down.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
a sticker book published by Kiddz Book- c4ci.com
So Goldilocks tries to reach Daddy Bear's bed..
Then she tries to settle on Mamma Bear's bed...
Sleepy Mamma continues...
And then she goes off to Mausi House...
Mamma wakes up to Ojas and Tejas questioning Goldilocks slept in Mausi house?
tum mausi house kyon bola?
Baby bear ke bed mein soya naa?
(Why did you say Mausi house? She slept on baby bear's bed na? )
On a different note, the sticker books are now being effectively used as story books as I originally intended. Joy!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
So here's my list
1. Prepare prepare the night before itself-
- wash the daal/ rice etc and keep in the fridge
-mix the veggies that go into the rice in a bowl and keep aside in the fridge
- morning just dump them into the cooker
-if the morning menu is to be toaster sandwiches- prepare the sandwiches and leave in the fridge- morning just put them into the sandwich toaster
-I even keep the aataa ready to make rotis for the morning
- if the snack box has to have fry items- I pack them the night before- cake, fried snacks, grapes, papaya.
-water bottle filled night before
-kids' & my clothes ironed, shoes ready & bags packed- leave the clothes ready in the bathroom if you wish
2. Have the quickest menu options for the morning - sandwiches, pasta, curry cooked in pressure cooker, dosa, idly, upma, poha
3. Ready to mix items- always available in the fridge-
- ginger/ garlic paste
-cut and frozen vegetables (I do them all the time, dunno what the nutrition people say)
-washed green chillies/ coriander leaves
-pre roasted sooji/ vermicelli
4. Easily make-able stuff- always available for those days when you are slow and the minutes are whooshing past you-
-beaten rice for poha
- frozen peas
-may be even sprouts if you are a regular eater
- dosa batter off course
-boiled potatoes - just put in a few extra for next morning incase you are using them today
5. breakfast for kids- have to be such that they can be easily pushed down the throat with minimum chewing- all soft and gooey, fed by spoon
Basically- a minute invested the night before saves more than a minute the next morning!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Tejas promptly brings it and also holds his face to help me put the drops in the nose.
As Mamma's hand looms closer with the offending nose drop, Tejas protectively puts his palm on Ojas' nose and says- nahin, nahin karo (don't do )
As Mamma locks the door every night to get the bed ready ie lines up rubber cloth and the works- Tejas bangs the door from outside and shouts- Nahin close karo, kitna baar bolenge (don't close the door, how many times I have to tell you)
Mamma was reading out The Boy Who Cried Wolf with lots of modifications in the story- like the wolf lived in the jungle- the same jungle where Mowgli & Sher Khan lived and that the sheep were not killed but just injured by the wolf ...and as she reaches the part where the villagers are angry with the boy for telling lies, Ojas & Tejas stand up and get a different book.
Mamma asks - what happened? Don't you want to hear this story?
Ojas/ Tejas- No, they are angry in this.
Ojas was crying at some random "chot" (bruise/ hurt)
Mamma wante dto distract him and asked him to get the phone.
He stops crying, gets the phone and climbs on Mamma's lap, and resumes crying.
Mamma says- why are you crying now?
Ojas- abhi chot lagaa naa ( I just got hurt naa)
Friday, March 13, 2009
chana daal stuffed paratha (it ought to be pooris but we are dieting naa)
maalpua- complete hit with the kids- none of us got round to eating them
dahi vada- vadas purchased locally and converted to dahi vada (idea patented by my mom)
prawn curry (farm fresh prawns)
and we wore our whites- all of us and went out to the beach and look at the "yellow moon" as per Tejas.
Tejas- We want to go to beach
Mamma- we are on the beach
Tejas- no that side- meant the sandy part til the water
So we did just that- whites and new sandals and all. Ojas & Tejas wan on puppy legs holding Dadda's hands.
Mamma crying out from behind battling the sand with her heels.
Ojas runs back to Mamma and holds her hand saying -we go slowly Mamma, Ojas tired.
Walked up to the water and watched the moon rays on the dark sea.
Now's the moment to get poetic- talk of how the waters, waves, sea look in the reflected moon light etc....but I will let it pass.
We walk/ run back Ojas still bravely holding Mamma's hands while wanting to sprint across. So Mamma removes her sandals- much to the concern of Ojas who threatened that I will also remove sandals Mamma, you wear your sandals.
So Mamma leaves him that you also run with Dadda & Tejas baby and my baby does that and comes back to hold Mamma's hands to ferry her across the sandy path!
Oh yes! not to forget the bike & car ride at teh kiddie go carting
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Some good friends pointed out that it's great to have family time together at meal times, on the dining table. And also good practice for the kids to eat what we are eating. So weekends and weeknights we are moving towards a multistage meal which includes a beverage, a portion of fruits and a proper adult meal like french toast, sandwiches, rotis/ curry, upma etc...The kids are allowed to make their choice more often than not on what they wish to eat as long as they finish what is given - well, more or less.
The positives I see are-
- disciplined eating, no eating in front of TV
-developing table manners- rudimentary stage though, they do insist on having a mat under their plate
-less of work- as they eat what we eat on weekends
-variety for all of us
-they have learnt to set the table for 4
-and the most heartening- those evenings when I would have had a quick sandwich after coming home, the kids will ask me, Mamma where is your plate when I sit with them at the table while they are having their dinner.
We have developed a game to be played in the mornings- I ask them to guess what could be in their tiffin boxes for the day. At first they guess the likely stuff available at home- like cake or grapes or papaya.
If they happen to be wrong I say- p for or d for etc... Sometimes they guess some times they don't.
I go on describing the colour of the item...
If they still cannot, I say out the first few letters like -
pop.... they end with corn
cucu...they end with mber
souf...they end it with fle (actually they mean chocolate cake)
The game is played in several rounds and each question has to be followed by intake of a spoonful of food to get an answer or follow up question from Mamma.
The kids are being treated for chronic cold/ snoring etc.
So they are to be administered some nasal drops. Now they thought this is their vitamin and they were very excited to get the drops. I askd them to lie on the bed with their mouth open and eyes shut. The trusting cute fellas did exactly that... then Tejas the forever suspecting fella said- first Ojas...
Well anyway, I dropped a drop into the nostril and Tejas got the shock of his life. I said sorry sorry open the mouth again. Repeat into the next nostril and he turned his head and a few drops fell into his ears.
Now Ojas the brave one faced similar treatment - the drops went by mistake into the nostril.
They spent a good few minutes howling and insisting they wanted to put the medicine in teh mouth.
Next morning I ask Tejas- did Mamma put the drops into the nose.
Tejas- yes, you must not put in nose. there is nosy inside.
Mamma- so shall I put it in the ears
Tejas- No we put hands inside the ears (meaning finger)
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Ojas- Ojas ko kyon wipie kar rahi ho (Why are you wiping me?)
What can I do, when both of you are standing full monty next to each other?
Now Tejas is a big boy, Teja scan go to the toilet on his own.
No, Tejas small ho gaya..
reaches to the TV- tries to touch it and pretends to fail.
Tejas- points at Microwave- Aisa wallah kahan hai- where is (object) like this?
Mamma- It (microwave) is here only.
Tejas- no aisa wallah, turns the knob.
Mamma- Oh, the mixie has gone for repair(white color with knob)
While dropping them to school-
Mamma- if you touch anything I will put nosie medicine for you (nose drops that they dread much to my advantage)
Tejas- Mamma where is the nosie medicine (knows fully well it is at home)
Mamma- in my purse.
On the way back from school
Tejas- MAmma where is the nosie medicine
Mamma- distractedly- at home
Tejas- gleefully- then why did you say purse? jhooth bola ? (you lied?)
Mamma tries to draw a peacock. Draws an oval then the magnificient tail.
Tejas- crying- this is not peacock this is chocolate.
(as it resembled a huge candy with one side of the wrapper drawn)
Seeing a box of Ferrero rocher chocolates...
Ojas/ Tejas- Mamma, what is this?
Mamma- lies effortlessly- That's for decoration
After a while...
Ojas/ Tejas- Mamma, I want this..points at the chocolate
Mamma- what is that?
Ojas/ Tejas- Chocolate laddoo
Dadda is drinking Sprite
Ojas- Mamma I want that juice
Mamma- that's water
Ojas- I want to drink that water.
Tejas is locking the fridge again and again
So Mamma screams- Tejas, unlock the fridge, I want to take eggs out.
Tejas- To lo na eggoo, sout kyon kar raha hai (So take eggs naa, why are you shouting)
Ojas & Tejas are running out of the garden gate at lunch time.
So Mamma shuts the garden door.
The duo enter the house and Mamma hops out of the door to lock the gate.
She turns around to find herself locked out of the house and a giggling pair threatening her- tum Ojas Tejas ko Lock kiya naa.
Mamma had to beg the and cry to make them open the door for Mamma
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
That said, for the last half decade, the spice levels have been at level 1 on the scale of 1 to 10.
Where 10 stands for what was normal, eaten with relish and with repeat servings for the last 3 decades.
5 stands for what is not at all tolerable by the one who sticks to level 1 but found too bland by anyone who is used to level 10.
1 stands for tasteless as if chilly powder has not at all been used. (FYI it means quarter teaspoon of chilly powder on a portion that serves 4)
So when the said person is unable to take a repeat serving of spice level 5 is it considered a minor victory for the one who is cooking at spice level 1?
Did they say habits die hard? Talk to me
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Apparently they are not so great in reciting the phonetics in the 2nd set of alphabets or placing picture card stories in order or relating what happened during the day- probably they are growing up- getting more diplomatic and not telling what happens at home nowadays.
Need to focus on the pencil grip still.
And they have become extra naughty and distracted during classes.
They have started coloring within the ines and it is evident to the teachers (somehow) that Mamma is reading a lot to them at home.
They are teaching them sight words and they are able to recognize a word without really reading the letters. Now an astonished Mamma is testing them at home taking them through a word in the title of the book and asking the to spot the same word inside the pages.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
So Mamma designed this new game guaranteed to make them enjoy their food.
Firstly all 3 of us sit together at the table.
Then Mamma says- Now Ojas will eat anything that's white on his plate.
Ojas nibbles a piece of roti.
Then Mamma says- now Tejas will eat anything that's green on his plate.
Tejas picks up a lady's finger.
Then Ojas says- now Mamma will eat white.
Mamma picks up a roti.
Then Tejas says- now Mamma will eat green.
Mamma picks up lady's finger.
Tejas- Full finish karo
Ojas- Some more lo- gives some lady's finger from his plate.
Mamma to ensure that the spirit is not killed, continues eating and clapping.
And then she realizes that this is totally a What the F moment.
The game was designed to make the kids eat not Mamma!
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Or that I have created my own "plant" landmarks ...like go down and take a turn at the corner you see the red crotons or the house where the huge cacti grows outside at the gate?
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Well, it is a coincidence that this and a few other Boney Ms have been special to us sometime ago and ironical that the son dances to that on his first performance on stage!
Well, in a song that lasted for a minute or so.. Mamma spent palpitating for what seemed like atleast 1 whole minute when Ojas was just staring at the audience doing nothing. To Mamma's relief he soon caught on and raised his hand and moved them to tune and towards the end of the minute or so he was jumping up and down as taught to do.
And Tejas dance to a Goan song- Maria Pitache. The stage shy baby of mine stared at the audience and looked on for what seemed until the end of the song and then slowly, to Mamma's delight, turned around and did a few 360 degrees without deigning to move his hands. A, a fun & frolicky Goan dance it was!
Monday, March 02, 2009
A nice colorful A4 size book with large fonts and pictures that prompt a great deal of description gathering and background building.
But a few spelling & grammatical mistakes that brings out the mental red pen within me.
Infact it was via this book and then reinforced by animal planet that I came to know of the archer fish.