Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Review: Love You Forever

Mama's Rating - 5/5
Kid's Rating - 5/5
I read this book to my daughter every night this week at bedtime. She loves this book. It's a simple story but touches my heart every single time. The first time I read it, tears came to my eyes.

The story is so simple but it is a reminder of a parent's love for their children and that no matter how old you are, you're always their child. It talks about life and death in a simple way that I can explain to my daughter.

One of the best books I've read to my daughter.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Home PBIS Chart

My daughter's school focuses a lot of PBIS - Positive Behavior and Intervention and Supports. The school asked that we support that at home as well and I hadn't really done much at home so far. AGirl's behavior hasn't been the greatest at home for the last several months and I gave some leeway in the first few months because of all the changes in our lives,. But now it has gotten to a point where I need to impose some rules and discipline.

Last year, I used sticker charts and while that worked for a while, I noticed it stopped working effectively and I figured let me try the PBIS chart at home like she does at school.

I checkout out Pinterest for inspiration and finally settled on one option. I printed out a paper with one table for each color and what it means. I colored it myself with markers (I would not do this again but was out of color printer ink at the time) and laminated it. Found a chip bag clip and use it for clipping up and down to different colors.

She starts at green every day and clips up or down for good or bad behavior. I have noticed some improvement but need to work on it more and set down which rules are expected and which deserve a clip-up.

Friday, October 6, 2017

First Instant Pot Run!

I bought an Instant Pot for Mother's Day as a gift to myself but before I could open it, we sold our house and had to move. After many months, I finally opened my Instant Pot 3 days ago. After doing the initial test run, I decided to make sona masuri rice in it.

Since it was my first time making this rice in the instant pot, I used 1:3.5 ratio for water for the rice and decided to use 10 minutes of high manual pressure with 20 minutes of natural pressure release and let the steam vent after that. 

As you can see, the rice came out well cooked - if a little over cooked. Next time, I will use less water and release the steam after 10 minutes of natural pressure release and see if that helps. I will update the post then. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Such sad news...

When I woke up yesterday morning and heard the news in Las Vegas, I was very sad. Why does somebody do something like that? So senseless and cowardly? Killing so many people from far away.

I feel so sorry for the loss of all those people who thought they were going to have a good time at a concert and then it turned out to be a nightmare. I feel for their families and the pain they must be going through.

Please take a minute and pray for all those families who are suffering right now.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

What's Been Happening in Last Month

Life has been hectic for us with still settling into the apartment and getting used to AGirl going to kindergarten and being a stay at home mom.

We have become used to the heat a little now and also, it's started to get a little colder now in Arizona where we live to the point we need a jacket in the morning to drop AGirl at school. But in the afternoon it gets really warm again.

My parents left and so it's been an adjustment to try and handle the change, especially in the mornings when I'm trying to get the kids ready to go out and getting ready myself.

We made a road trip over the Labor day weekend to visit Sedona and Flagstaff, AZ for a couple of days. We visited the red rocks on the way to Flagstaff and spent the night at Flagstaff. We visited the Lowell observatory over there and saw the Moon and Saturn through the telescopes over there. That was pretty exciting! The next day, we stopped at Montezuma Castle National Monument and that was awesome. I loved the way those Native American buildings are tucked into the cliffs and made me wonder how they lived there.

View from the Church of the Holy Cross

Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock

The biggest beetle I have ever seen in my life
Montezuma Castle National Monument

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Make My Ganesha Event!

Since moving to Arizona, we found out about an event in the local Indian community here and decided to go to it.

It's associated with the Maha Ganapati Temple near Phoenix and the local Tamil Sangam was running a Make My Ganesha event for kids to use clay to make their own Ganesha.

In the religion of Hinduism, Ganesha or Ganapati is one of the most popular Gods and he is the God known for removing obstacles and is worshipped at the start of most rituals. He is also known for his wisdom. He can be recognized distinctly by his elephant head and lots of interesting stories are associated with him.

At the event, we were given molds and clay to put in the mold and the result is below.

It was a very well organized event and only cost $5. We also got to meet a lot of people in the area and AGirl had a blast.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Moved to Arizona!

So we moved to Arizona over the last few days. It's been super hectic and I have been trying to settle the kids down and find all our stuff. Luckily, my parents are visiting us to help me out with setting up the house and helping with the kids.

My older daughter AGirl started Kindergarten in our local public school and it has been a big adjustment. It has been a big learning experience for me as well as I never went to public school in the US. I grew up in India. With homework from the first day of school and AGirl's issues with change, it's been quite challenging.

Once I settle down and get into a routine, I hope to start blogging more.

Review: Love You Forever

Mama's Rating - 5/5 Kid's Rating - 5/5 I read this book to my daughter every night this week at bedtime. She loves this book. ...