Tuesday, February 9, 2010

This and that...

It seems like ages since I wrote here! Even though I did peek a bit every two days to read the comments.


Thank you all for the warm wishes/ecards sent on my birthday. This particular birthday was quite special because my parents , grandmom, uncle and aunt were around. It was extremely touching to see them try to surprise me with gifts and food.

(For those who missed wishing me, don't you worry...I celebrate my birthday the whole of February :)...just saying!)

The past 15 days have been very hectic but satisfying. My parents, my grandmother came a-visiting and were joined by my aunt and uncle (my mom's sister) for the last week of their stay It was fun having them around and now I miss the daily chitchat and hustle bustle in the kitchen. Everyday I would want them to sit down and chat while they would insist on evicting me from the kitchen. And so it happened that we would get out of the house by 10.30 every morning, be back just in time to pick my 7 yrold from school and then head out again in the evening after my 12 yrold returned from his school. We've gone to beaches, parks, malls, the tallest building, and a whole lot of restaurants!

This was the first time my grandmom was visiting me and there were times when i could not believe that she was actually here, with me. Ever since my grandfather passed away, 15 months ago, she's been a shadow of her old self. This trip did her a lot of good, she smiled more and she enjoyed herself, even though she missed having grandpa around.


And of course the school also thought it was a perfect time to schedule projects. The 12 yrold had to make a waterfilter. It had to be natural, it had to be different and it had to work. My son had a 'Eureka' moment in the bathtub, and rushed out, (thankfully fully clothed) to tell me his brilliant idea. Ofcourse i did what i was good at...i outsourced the project to my father. Grandfather and grandson bonded over a water filter which actually did work.

The 7 yrold had to learn about puppets. I suggested he take me along as an example, since that's what i do everyday...dance to their tunes! He was not amused and we made a pair of sock puppets instead.


Currently, we are supposed to demonstrate how lungs work using balloons, straws and a bottle. I casually told my son that the reasons my lungs worked well everyday, was solely due to them and due to the deep breaths taken and the shouting which goes on. Maybe I should go to school to demonstrate? He too was not amused!


So you take care while I brush up on my science and also try and decrease the obscene number that my google reader is currently showing.

:)

24 comments:

Just Like That said...

I am not surprised that they were not amused!Very soon the smarties are gonna have a retort to the repartee :-D
glad you were able to make your grandmom visit. They need to be taken out of themselves, they do. :-)
And last but not least- Happy B'day, dear Suma! on Feb 10th.

Karthik S said...

Hi Wish you a very happy Birthday :-)

Cheers :-)
Karthik S

Sumana said...

Happy Birthday. Can i guess your age?? just kidding you look like you are in your twenties in most of the pics on fb. Nice you had the family visit you. It is rejuvenating both ways. Outsourcing the water filter thing, I think that was really the best thing. Had fun reading thru.

Compassion Unlimitted said...

Belated wishes & what a way to celebrate with the elders ..Kids must be having whale of a time but looks they are fully occupied too...shows the advantages of the olden days joint families..isnt it

TC
CU

Preeti Shenoy said...

Lucky you to have your family and grandma around.
Really glad u had a great time and a sooper dooper b'day :)

pink dogwood said...

Happy Birthday Suma!!!!!

Kavi said...

Heres wishing you a very happy birthday indeed ! :)

The grand Archimedes idea.... well, well, well ! History repeats.. or did it ?

Pavi!!!! said...

uh oh... B'lated Happy returns of the Day ! a Very Happy B'day month ;)

n wooow! g'mom n parents n aunt at home! must be much much fun!im jealous!

WhatsInAName said...

Oopsie doops! Sigh!
Let me do what I am best at. Wishing belated that is !!!
Wish you appy birdie! Have a fun filled year with lots of projects ;)
Actually, we moms do make a good puppet. Wonder why these kids disagree with us.

G said...

Yes yes, I want to add to the thought cauldron. Does your son have a blog? The filter thing excites me :):) I would love to know how he did it.

And yeah.. yappy yappy budday girl!
when was it btw?

Swaram said...

A very happy bday :) U r hvng gr8 fun with the outings and the projects :D

CM-Chap said...

Ha Ha... Welcome Back and Happy Birthday (Yeah Im one of those who missed to wish)

So you lived like a queen with all your people around you. Enjy Madi....

These days, you are using ur son's water filter at home? :)

Aparna said...

Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday...
It must be great to spend time with your grandmother. Mine passed away when I was a teenager.
And the balloon and straws project seems very familiar. Sigh, I have lost count of how many things I have done. I did not work this hard when I was in school.

Rakesh said...

Ok so, since you announced it, here's wishing you a very Happy Bird Day !

Hope all your wishes come true;

So be careful of what you wish for.

Shruti - now making better butter said...

happy birthmonth to u :D and oh what a birthday.. it was actually a long celebration na? :)
Its nice when u write here..

onlooker said...

Happy birthmonth!! :)
when people come over for visits it just seems to fly, and its all over in a jiffy! :( but ofcourse arent we glad we had those moments however hectic!
hope your got a start on your crochet projects!! ;) i love them too, and its been a longish while i did one.

Vinoo John said...

Well since Feb is not over and celebration is not over...heres a wishing you a great year!....
Nice to hear you had a lot of family with you!

Mama - Mia said...

beltaed happy budday lady!! :)

sounds like you had such an awesome time!! and having your grand ma over! what fun that must have been! plus the kids got to bond with everyone! niiice!

and the projects sound so difficult! i am so scared already! :(

have a brilliant year ahead!

hugs

Anil P said...

Belated birthday wishes. I'm sure your demonstration of why your lungs work line will be much appreciated by other mums :-)

Madhumita said...

All those times we spoke and not once did you cue me in on impending birthday?? Well better late then never - Many many happy returns and hope you had a good one?

Prats said...

I seem to be totally lost out here...ages and completely retarded...but hoping to catch up soon....
Grandparents are special and if there is a great grandmomma...then all the more cherished....the kids must have had a great time...

Reflections said...

My goodness I'm just in time another 2 hrs and it wd have become belated wishes;-o

Happy Budday to Suma!!!!
Happy budday to U!!!!!
May God bless u!!!!

Reflections said...

Aquarius huh!!!!
Same pinch;-D!!!!

Suma said...

JLT:: They have nice retorts, but then do i ever learn :p


Karthik:: thank you


Sumana:Thank you...i turned 38, btw :) and outsourcing to my dad was the smrtest thing i did...

CU:: yeah, those days of joint family living did have its advantages...


Preeti:: I had a wonderful time! To have my grandma with me was a dream come true :)


Pink dogwood, thank you


Kavi: thank you...archimedes, i knew you would catch onto that :)