Just Me and My Son – Part II

Read Part I here. We held hands. He reached his hand out and said, “Hold hand, Mommy”, he said with all his earnestness. It always pleases me when my little boy asks to hold my hand. I will always hold his hand just like I will always pick him up for as long as IContinue reading “Just Me and My Son – Part II”

Just Me and My Son – Part 1

My headline reads like the title of a Little Critter book, doesn’t it? On Monday last week, TJ and I got to spend some time together. Just us. Mother and son. Like we used to before Baby E was born. It was the last session of Music Together (MT) for this quarter. Upon my request,Continue reading “Just Me and My Son – Part 1”

A Week of Memories with Grandparents

I grew up with the security of unconditional love from extended family members. I want my children to get that same kind of love – the kind that only grandparents can give, the absolutely selfless and unconditional kind, the kind that has the license to spoil grandkids (within reason)…and to have uncles, aunties, and cousins around withContinue reading “A Week of Memories with Grandparents”

Lessons Learned at a Pumpkin Patch

It’s funny how sometimes life’s unprovoked events can teach you lessons that have the potential to make a world of difference in understanding your child. A few days ago, I took the kids to Ardenwood Historic Farms in Fremont, CA. Since I had never been to this farm’s Pumpkin Patch, I only had a slightContinue reading “Lessons Learned at a Pumpkin Patch”

Homemade No Cook Almost Organic Play Dough & Cookie Cutter Creativity

I am starting a new series on Toddler Activities from today. Since this is the first post in the series, I am posting it as a regular blog post. Henceforth, posts in this series will be available under my newly created “Toddler Activities” tab accessible from the homepage. So here’s a confession. I had noContinue reading “Homemade No Cook Almost Organic Play Dough & Cookie Cutter Creativity”

How I Learned to Tame my Ego and make Music Together with my Son

That I had mixed feelings about taking my kid to Music Together (MT) has been made more than obvious by three previous posts on the matter. In Things No One Tells You About Having a Second Child, I wrote about how annoying I found all the ridiculous “dance” moves and felt like I was gettingContinue reading “How I Learned to Tame my Ego and make Music Together with my Son”

A SAHM’s Conflicted Relationship with Music Together

The cacophony of sounds and squeals drowns every other sound within a short radius of the room. It nearly bursts my ear drums. I should be used to it by now but I am not. I don’t want to be. There is something wonderfully unpredictable about the type of sound that demands the most attentionContinue reading “A SAHM’s Conflicted Relationship with Music Together”

6 Reasons Kids should go to Farmers’ Markets

Although farmers’ markets are nothing new to those who grew up in India, they still hold their fascination for me. Having lived in the US for the last 16 years and across 5 states, three of which saw some really bitter winters, farmers’ markets were a novel occurrence. In fact, my very first one wasContinue reading “6 Reasons Kids should go to Farmers’ Markets”

Family Vacation – Part 1

We are on of our very first vacation as a family of four. For the most part, it feels like a weekend at home in San Jose with the four of us hanging out together and yet, maybe as a result of it being framed as a vacation, the experience really does feel out ofContinue reading “Family Vacation – Part 1”

Visit to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

I have briefly written about my visits to the Happy Hollow Park & Zoo (HHPZ) before but I thought I’ll write a more detailed one after my most recent visit. I decided to take the kids to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo yesterday for probably the 19th time since we moved to San Jose lastContinue reading “Visit to Happy Hollow Park & Zoo”

A Day out with Thomas the Train

TJ is obsessed with Thomas and Friends but he does not care much for Thomas himself. His favorite engine is Percy. Today, we had the opportunity to go visit Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, about 45 minutes from San Jose, and enjoy a Day out with Thomas. Of course, a “day” for us with aContinue reading “A Day out with Thomas the Train”