I take a LOT of pictures. Yet I still have to find an effective way to getting them off the hard drive (or rather first off the SD card) and into my hands. I did order this but still need to work on photo books for the last few years. Definitely need to put my head down and get those done and printed. Somewhat related story: Miss S saw one of her friends’ mom using a Canon DSLR and promptly told the Mister that she was using momma’s camera! Luv you girl!
In a world where we are scrolling through feeds and craving that insta-gratification I feel even more compelled to save our memories not for the vanity metrics but rather for us to cherish forever.
Enter the app 1 Second Everyday. This app and personal project has been by far the best creative endeavour I have taken in the last year. It only requires a few minutes a day and the output is BEAUTIFUL and UNREAL. I literally watch my compiled video of the last 7 months (ok 6 months because I was almost 9 months pregnant in February and forgot to take daily videos! Because taking naps trumped everything) several times a week and I am smiling ear to ear.
Miss S is already in love with it which makes my heart glow. 6 months of video is just under 3 minutes so another 6 months will take me to 6 minutes. What a perfect way to remember the year.
The weather finally stayed consistently warm this weekend which was pretty rad because I pretty much lived in my jean jacket!
On Friday, Thursday I watched Minimalism (check the blog later this week for my thoughts on it). And then on Saturday I started watching Food Matters(another documentary I plan on discussing). If it were up to me I’d watch documentaries more often but that would mean the hubs would be falling asleep on the couch more often too :P
I am currently working on my June EdCal and plan on sharing my EdCal process for May as well. Without going into too much detail I loved having a tangible place to see my blog post ideas and found that it allowed me to be on top of my posting schedule (considering that posting more consistently is one of my Mat Leave goals).
Ok onto how our weekend went!We had one of Miss S’s preschool friends 3rd birthday party on Saturday morning.Although birthday parties can take over your weekend – I actually love that the kiddos get to interact and see each other outside of school.The rest of the day we took it easy by fitting in a workout, doing some groceries and hanging out at home.Sunday we braved the rush at IKEA for an early lunch and to get my steps in. The Misters mom and I were in a Weekend Warrior challenge going on and she legit gave me a run for my money. Later in the day we headed over to the in laws to visit as my Father In Law just returned from India and it was my nephews birthday.
This would be our second annual BBQ and I am liking if this becomes an annual thing with our friends (of course we’d love to be able to host our friends over for a meal / potluck more often).
This time we kept it pretty casual by inviting our friends via our whatsapp group chats (ha!).
On the grill the mister had:
Veggie and paneer skewers
Hotdogs (halal and veggie)
Eggplant “burgers” (with spinach mayo sauce)
Simple BBQ chicken drumsticks
Plus one of friends brought a deep fryer to make fish and chips.
With our society becoming more and more busy (long hours at the office, kids extra curricular activities etc) and on our screens than #IRL, I think it’s even more important to put the effort towards friendships, in person interactions and events.
Although a pretty huge undertaking, planning and executing a lunch or dinner party is always a goal/to do item on our mental check lists. That said, we definitely weren’t thinking it through much because during all the prep work we were dealing with Miss El’s feeding schedule and skipping the elusive toddler nap (for Miss S). But I am glad we managed to pull it off and enjoyed ourselves in the process.
Honestly I started the post almost 4 days ago and never got around to finishing it. Between being there with my kids, cooking, laundry, getting back into fitness/fitbit, running errands, trying my very hardest to spend time with my hubby (while trying my hardest not to pass out on the couch at 8:30) my 5am scheduled posts have taken a back seat. I let one slide (ok Monday’s post also didn’t almost happen on time) but definitely going to put in the work to get Friday’s post in on time. Why the pressure on myself? Well first off its not pressuring myself, writing, taking beautiful photos, editing, thinking, setting deadlines, dressing up for an OOTD – makes me feel good about myself. Plus I LOVE the feeling of accomplishment and staying motivated is a huge goal for me over the next year. Okay now that THATS out of the way…. :)
Mother’s Day 2017 was ahhh-mazzzing! I got the sweetest potted seedling from Miss S (c/o her preschool class) and a gorgeous pendent necklace (similar to what I posted here). Plus I got treated to alone time in the bathroom (I know such a luxury), Breakfast in bed with the cutest homemade gift from the Mister and Miss S (and of course Miss El).
I listened to the most refreshing podcast episode this morning about parenting your little ones at typical summer events (such as weddings and grad ceremonies – both of which we will be attending in the coming months). I would love if my kids could take every nap in the own bed/crib and don’t have to nag them to eat their meal – but having friends/family and the related events doesn’t always lend itself to the perfect parenting situations :) Plus the mister and I are on the go ourselves (between corporate careers, working out, schooling, night outs etc) so I am glad that I stumbled upon the episode to remind me to keep perspective and plan!
The 3 important things to remember:
know you child’s tolerance level (a kid will only act in a way she is programmed for their age and it’s on me as a parent to adjust to that thinking)
come prepared with loose parts that allow for quiet yet active place (lol sounds scary but each parent knows their child’s safety level so some items that were suggested are feathers, scarves etc)
don’t apologize for your kids behaviour (somewhat related to 1 above)
Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!
Wow I can’t believe I’m starting another kiddo update series.
The last month has been so great and so challenging at the same time. And at times, I get stressed and call the Hubz (at work no less) in a panic but I also keep reminding myself to have perspective because the days are long but the years are short.
Miss El is 1 month old and most of her day is spent nursing, in someone’s arms, in a sling or sleeping. As of late she’s started to use her hands to feel/bat at things discovering textures, our skin, random parts of her toys. She is also a snuggler! She will burry her head into the nook between my head and shoulder and always makes herself comfy when she wants to listen to my heartbeat on my chest.
She instantly knows when Miss S is beside her or squeezing her too hard giving her a hug. I sense she knows who her sister is. It’s very interesting to see them interacting (simple things like looking into each others eyes) – which is surprising to me because I didn’t think there would be much interaction at this age.
She gets a ton of kisses, hugs, finger jabs and hair pulls (all out of love – I hope!) from her big sis who just can’t wait to play with her.
Miss S (2.75 years) | Miss El (3 weeks)
Another thing about our Miss El is that her lips shape up into a smile more than I thought a newborn could. As hard as its been in the last month, seeing that makes everything more manageable. (South Asian culture says that when a baby smiles they are remembering their past life. I like to think she recognizes us and is happy to see us)
Along with all those smiles is a lot of crying and night wakes. So it balances it out I guess! (haha)