Kit for Kat!

Posted By SLK on Thursday, March 3, 2016
When I look at Kit, I often ask myself – “Was I ever so excited about school?” I mean, this girl is super excited about homework and school – this is the reason she gets up easily in the morning! When they say that no two children are alike, it REALLY is true – Kat is always anxious and nervous about going to school after a long break and is unable to sleep the night before (as it happened after Spring Break) whereas Kit cannot wait for the morning to arrive!

Kit is excited even after she gets off the bus in the afternoon as there is always something interesting that happened in school! So, it was no surprise when she came home yesterday and showed me Robots at Recess signup sheet. Apparently, their school will be having a Robotics class for their grade, once every week for six weeks in the recess and the program will accept only the first 12 entries. Kit was very concerned as her bus reaches late and she was never going to make the first 12! She loves Robotics and was worried about missing the opportunity. She seems to be a step ahead of me always so before I could suggest anything, she asked me if I could scan her signup sheet and email to the teacher. Yeah, well, even I was thinking that, but a tad too late : ) She even thought she should write a personal note to the teacher to convey her eagerness. She then sat at her desk patiently for the next half hour and wrote a note to her teacher which I absolutely fell in love with. I had to share it.


The pages were scanned and the teachers agreed with Kit’s reasons to be given a chance (!) – rules were changed and they decided to include children at random as it was not fair to offer to first 12 only. I think Kit stands a good chance now!!!

Easter 2015
Posted By SLK on Friday, April 10, 2015
I really love the months with long weekends! There is something magical about not having to get up in the morning to get kids ready for school (though having them at home doesn't solve the problem either!) Whatever the reason, I feel there is a general happy feeling in the house when it’s a long weekend. This gets even better (especially in cold), when all weekend activities are also closed for the kids. This means more time to relax = more happiness.

Now, Kit is not the kind to relax. She always wants to be doing something (most times with paper). Easter was the perfect opportunity for her to get creative. We don’t celebrate Easter in the true fashion. I hide the eggs for Kit to find in the house (Kat has given up on that!) and this year we even decided to paint some eggs (this reminds me that Kit had asked me to take a picture of the painted eggs before I threw them away but I forgot!! Praying to God that she does not remember…)

Easter 2015

Kit decided to give us all a packet for Easter. As you can see in the pictures, each of us got a pack which included an Easter card (like a book with several pages). It was hard work especially if you see the details on the paper flowers (she made the ones with needle designs). She even gave us all a few lines to recite when we got the card…

Easter’s here
It’s come at last!
Chocolate, candy
Pass them out!
Peep here
Peep there
Peep everywhere!

Don’t ask me what it means but it was great fun when all of us sang it together!

Happy Easter to all those who did celebrate and had fun. We enjoyed our own version of the holiday!

Super Reader
Posted By SLK on Friday, March 13, 2015
We love to read. Papa can be found reading after work and also on weekends. I used to love reading before going to bed but last few years (15 actually), I find myself so tired at end of day that the thought of a book coming between me and my sleep time is so unthinkable! Any opportunity of getting a few extra minutes of sleep is so refreshing!! My life before 15 years of kids and other family commitments always included best sellers at my bedside table.

Kat was a great reader when she was younger. She still reads but High School homework, quizzes and tests make it extremely hard. Coming from a family of such avid readers, it was only natural for Kit to be fond of books. She is our Super Reader right now. Not only does she enjoy her books and reading, she can get into an animated discussion about any book demonstrating that she thoroughly understands it. She has already read the Harry Potter, Rick Riordan series and just completed the Odyssey.

Bookmarks from school
Kit’s schedule is such that she always reads in the morning before getting ready for school. Kat takes considerable time (topic for another blog) to get dressed and hence wakes up quite early. Kit gets up at the same time (if not before) to start her reading. Most days, she is able to read 45 minutes or so before school which is great as once the day starts, there are so many more fun things to do. Today was interesting. Kit had a book to complete as it was due back in library today. Most times, she just returns it the next day or renews it but today was special. As it’s the last day of school before Spring break, she wanted to return it so that she can get 8 books for the break (they are normally allowed 4 for a week but this week is special). Digital bookmark So, our Super Reader got up at 6 am and finished the book in 1 hour 36 minutes! Thank God for the digital bookmark - makes it so much easier to enter reading time in journals!

A very happy and content (albeit tired) Kit went to school today…wonder what 8 books will grace our house for the break!!
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Happy Valentine's Day
Posted By SLK on Friday, February 13, 2015
I LOVE the pinks, reds and whites of Valentine’s Day. There is something really cute about V Day in school (I mean lower school – we’re not even getting into higher grades!!). While I LOVE the whole happy and colourful part of V Day, I really DO NOT like the candy it is associated with. I try my best not to keep candy at home (occasional treat is fine) but there is not much I can hide if Kit carries it from friends on V Day from school. So I made a resolution - if I do not want my child to come home with candy, I should not pass it around on V Day either…sounds like a reasonable pledge, right? Well, it sounded great to me and then Kit suggested I bake cookies instead and tag them on to cards. The gullible baker in me agreed and then came the time when Kit counted the number of cookies she needed AND the gravity of the situation dawned on me…I was baking in excess of 70 cookies!!!!

Too late to panic I told myself – this had to be done. The over eager baker in me had suggested we make frosting sandwiched heart shaped cookies – so in all I was baking you know how many cookies…

Happy Valentine's Day
It was a crazy morning and afternoon making the dough, refrigerating it, rolling it, cutting hearts, again cutting hearts for the ‘peep show’, baking, cooling, frosting and cling wrapping. I thought I had done a remarkable job when I had wrapped the individual cookies…but then Kit came home and it was time to tag the cards. We decided to put the wrapped cookies in cone shaped treat bags and tie ribbons on both ends – it did look so cute in the end but I have to tell you, we both were exhausted!! Day over, cookies sent to school and I know Kit will enjoy handing them over to her friends. Job well done!!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all the mums out there – I’m sure you did something special to make your child’s day special!!
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Happy Birthday celebrations!
Posted By SLK on Friday, February 6, 2015
Happy 15th Birthday Kat!! We love you! Happy 14th Birthday Mothersbliss!!

Phew! Feb 4th and the days leading up to it sure are a celebration at our place. As you know, Kit and Kat have a birthday menu every year – actually its not really a birthDAY menu – it’s a birthWEEK menu so every time I go to the kitchen to prepare a quick meal and hoping for any food ingredients to jump at me and inspire me for a super easy meal, I am reminded that its birthday week and I can’t be forgiven... Having said that, it can be fun though – at least the end usually makes everyone happy as we eat ‘special’ food every day.

This week’s highlight was the birthday cake (as usual). For those of you, who don’t know that I love to bake, please note that I LOVE TO BAKE!

Happy Birthday
This year’s special was a double layer almond cake (pink sponge so Kit thought it was vanilla and just pink – she doesn’t want Kat to have her favourite flavour baked) with chocolate and raspberry ganache and buttercream pink icing…it was delicious! Enjoy the picture (for some reason, the picture looks more brown than pink!)