I had mentioned in one of my earlier posts that this summer has been pretty much lazing around and/or playing almost all day for the kids. I thought I should write down about what we did on some day so I can at least remember something when I look back. Time just goes by in a flash every summer day. I am barely able to talk to people on the phone. And some of my friends whose kids are home for the summer also feel the same way. I have not talked to my mother in nearly two weeks. The windows of time I have, she has not been available at the phone. And when she calls me back, I am out of the house. She doesn't usually try my cell phone if I am not home. I am going to try and recollect my day yesterday.
I woke up at 6.25 a.m. Got changed and wore my shoes and went for a walk at the park.
7.30 - coffee/news on the net/email check.
Yesterday I made an extra effort to keep the bedroom door closed and lowered the temperature for the AC even more so it would be extra cool all in an effort to try and get KB to sleep a little longer. He has been sleeping at 10.30 p.m. or so and waking up by 7.15 - 7.30 a.m. I wish he would sleep till 9.00 a.m. during the summer holidays. Am sure come school days it is going to be a struggle for me to wake him up at 6.30 a.m. Every morning he wakes up and comes to me at the dining table and declares "7.19" or "7.23" etc to tell me exactly what time he woke up. He has the habit of looking at the clock the moment he wakes up just the way I do. I cannot sleep well in a room that doesn't have a clock. I just need to know the time if I wake up at night or I feel disoriented. Anyway, back to our day.
8.04 was the declared time that KB woke up yesterday. He came to me and said, "Mamma, KG wants you to come and lie down with her for sometime". So I went and lay down with KG and she was so happy that I immediately obliged her request. And we called out for KB also to join us and the three of us lay in bed with them literally piled up on me like sacs and laughing and playing.
8.35 - get out of bed. Made up the bed. Gave KB his milk. He promptly sat down in the corner seat of the couch and started reading his Calvin & Hobbes book (he has been reading them all, all over again for may be the third of fourth time, obsessed). KG went on to her refuge from the madness, her hot wheel cars. She makes up her own world with them, introduces prince/princess/animals - everyone if part of her imaginary world there. I read some more stuff on the net and then put away some dishes etc and tried to get them ready for breakfast. I had to look up gift items for a friend's daughter in the meanwhile also.
9.30 - Sat with the kids for their breakfast for a while. Usually I sit with them the whole time but I suddenly had the enthusiasm to make "Milagai Pachadi" since B had bought a ton of green chillies on the rare day that he went to the Indian store when I had asked him to buy some green chillies. I made that and some rasam. I had to return some of my friend's containers, so I packed some of the stuff I had cooked for her. Around 10.15, I started rushing the kids to go get ready to leave for KB's friend's house for a play date. Got him to finally get into the room and practice his music for half an hour. Shower and be ready. I cleaned up in the kitchen, ate a quick breakfast, showered and got ready. Went and dropped off the containers with my friend and then went to KB's friend's house.
11.40 - reach KB's friend's house. Both those boys were excited and waiting at the door. One other boy and his sister joined us a few minutes later. Plan was for the moms also to stay on and eat lunch there together. After and hour and half or so of running around, the kids wanted to watch TV. But the remote control battery was not working well and we could not get netflix to work. So I drove back home to get batteries since my friend ran out of new ones. I got a great welcome when I got back obviously because the kids were waiting to watch some useless show called "Avatar" on netflix. In the middle of all this, there were pillow fights, tears, screaming and the works. When I walked in with the batteries, the oldest girl in the group told me "Aunty, KB was not listening at all. He was throwing pillows around even though my mom told him many times not to". I had to take KB out and lecture him to listen especially when I am not in the house with them. It put me in a restless mood for a while because of the bad feeling I had from scolding him when he was having the kind of typical fun kids have when they get together. I finally somehow composed myself to get back to normal. Finally around 1.45 p.m. the kids finished their lunch, we turned on the TV and sat down to have our own lunch. Half an hour later there was more fighting amongst the kids because one of them did not want Avatar show and the others did!
1.45 - 2.45 - lunch/clean up etc.
3.15 - leave the house. Feeling kind of wiped out dealing with the kids fighting,screaming inside the house. We usually meet in the park but this was the third time this month the kids were meeting at our houses for 3 or 4 hours at a stretch. I prefer the park play dates if it involves more than two other kids I think!
3.30 - come home, give KB his milk, KG her yogurt. Make myself tea and drink it peacefully.
4.15 - leave for KB's piano class. Drop him and get home at 4.45 p.m. Answer some emails I had received regarding their swim lessons.
4.45 - 5.20 - sit with KG. She read one of the books "Lucky for me" from the hooked on phonics first grade series. I then asked her the comprehension questions they have for that book. I had to make a choice between doing this or going to buy veggies and fruits in that time. I told myself that can wait and instead spent this quiet time with her when KB was not around.
5.30 - KB pick up. Bumped into another mom I know at the parking lot. Talked for 10 minutes with her. Got back home around 5.50 p.m. KB wanted to look at some more sun flower seeds to buy for him. He planted some sun flower seeds around mid June and now they are blooming beautifully. Will post pictures of those sometime. Gave KG grapes and KB a cup of yogurt (after much trying finally he has accepted store bought organic stony field farm vanilla yogurt this summer!!!). Got their razor scooters and helmets in the car trunk. Packed their water bottles etc.
6.30 - 7.30 - kids were scootering at the park near us. Normally they meet with some friend or the other for a play date at the park. But after the morning play date I told them that we could just go ourselves and do something quietly even if no other friend was coming to the park. I was looking to just sit and quietly enjoy the breeze. But I bumped into someone I know who had come with her whole family (three boys) because her oldest boy was in the soccer team and had his practice there. So I sat down talking to her and playing with her 8m old baby for a bit.
7.40 p.m. - got back home. Immediately rushed to the kitchen to start cooking their/our dinner. Usually I keep their dinner ready at least. But last night I hadn't done so. Made dal/rice. Washed and cut the spinach from the organic spinach box they sell at Costco. Sauteed spinach and green peas together for them. And made spinach/garbanzo beans with a "more kozhambu" base for ourselves. Had that with rice and also had my yummy milagai pachadi from the morning! One of those rare evenings when I got to have a south Indian meal instead of our usual chapathi and subzi.
8.15 p.m. - finished cooking. In the meanwhile B was sitting with KB and KG playing scrabble and helping them both. I went and joined them and the kids were so excited when I went to join them screaming "hey, mamma's here! Mommy, mommy, mommy"! Played till 8.45 p.m.
8.45 - 9.20 - kids ate dinner. I usually sit with them and read or talk to them while they eat. But since it was so late, B and I ate along with them. KB was reading "Micheal Jordan" book by Matt Chirstopher. He got to the chapter where MJ's father got killed and I was worried that KB might get night mares. So I told him to put away that book and read his Calvin book instead. KG was looking at her "D.W. rides again" book while she ate her dinner. I had loaded the dishwasher with the dishes up to the point before dinner. B then loaded the after dinner dishes while I sat with the kids for 10 minutes in the couch talking to them. Finally at 9.30, the brushing etc started. KB wanted a new brush that he has spotted in the drawer. KG felt it was not fair he got to open a new brush. Had to settle that fight first. at 10.00 p.m. the kids settled in bed. These days they want me to come lie down with them. Some days I read to them, some days I just talk to them in the dark. KG usually lies down on my back for a few minutes. Usually I get out of bed after they fall asleep. Last night I felt sleepy as well and I just slept along with them. Much earlier than my usual sleep time (around mid night). Because of which I woke up at 2.15 a.m. and could not sleep. So here I am writing a blog post and finishing it up at 3.12 a.m.! Will go back to bed soon and wake up to another day! Strange feeling when I write that line - wake up to another day! Who knows what another day will be like!
Well as long as it is like this day, I guess it is not a bad deal!