Monthly Archives: May 2011

Colors and Shoes

First of all I want to thank you Reva’s Aunt orramoon for helping to edit pictures for this post. Thanks again orra 🙂

We bought Colors and Sketch Book for Reva, her first ever. She loves to scribble with them in every page possible except her sketch book. A glimpse –

Colors and Sketchbook

using colors - by orra

Now putting them back - by orra

The other day she was scribbling on one of the library book, so we have to be careful and keep an eraser in the home.

Till then Happy Coloring 🙂

Oh almost forgot to post this picture, Reva now trying to put her feet in our shoes. She found my shoes which has a little heel. It was so much fun to watch her, balancing herself in that shoe –

Little Feet - by orra

21 Months

Reva turned 21 months old. In past 2-3 months she has learned quite a lot. Since there is a lot to tell about her, it is better to break down everything in little paras.

Weekdays morning are always in a hurry. She usually woke up on her own but not when she has to go to the nursery.  She is lazy like her mother in the morning 🙂

Ready to go nursery

She has learned so much in the nursery, she knows every nursery rhymes with actions. She has also started eating herself by spoon. Scooping is still not good but she is getting there. When I was helping Reva to settle in the nursery I usually stayed during their lunch time. I was so mesmerized to see little kids eating on their own. In my life I never saw children around the age of 18 months feeding themselves. We have also started Reva with the same, we still end up with mess but we are so proud of her.

Playing in the Nursery Park

Drinking from the glass 🙂

At home she is different personality. Bossing around, doing whatever she likes (we liked it that way as well :)). These days her favorite is Peppa-Pig ride-on. Earlier we used to help her drive but now she is so comfortable on it that couple of times she was trying to stand on its seat.

Peppa Pig on the go...

She loves to play outdoor but hates wind. She loves to play ball and running in the ground.

Playing ball with her Uncle

Run, Little Girl, Run - but be careful

Now her gibberish talking is making sense, not much but little. Like:

What thish ?

Won, too, threeeee, sikhs (six), annnnnn (ten)

Peeya !! (water or milk to drink)

She knows – cow goes  “mooooooo”, sheep goes “baaaaaaaaaa” and duck goes “quack”

Oh dear !! and Uhoh!! (when accident happened like books fell, toys fell, peppa pig banged in the wall)

It gives such an immense pleasure to see her learning and playing around. She is such a happy feet 🙂

Happy 21 months Reva, May God shower all his blessing upon you. Love  – Mommy and Daddy.

Long Awaited Rambling

Today finally I got time to sit back and think about the post that I should have written past week but didn’t get time to write anything. I missed my little ramblings on my blog, always look for a reason to write about whats going on my mind. It helps me to think more thoroughly and logically. I don’t know when we exactly got busy so much, may be it all started in January when we decided to look for Reva’s nursery. Yeah after all the deliema and anxiety, I finally decided to put her in the nursery for half day. Searching a good nursery took us whole 2 months. After couple of visits we finally got one and I am really glad about it. Then it took 2 weeks for Reva to settled in. I spend 2-3 hours every day with her in the nursery. Initial days were hard, when possible I sneaked out from the nursery leaving Reva behind and sat in the car, crying and worrying about the baby. First time she got sick after crying and I decided to quit but the manager told me it is expected and do give her a chance otherwise she will not able to conquer her fear. Reluctantly I did give a chance and believe me it was the worst time ever I had been through. As planned once she got busy in the nursery, I sneaked out and sat in the car. Every minute felt that my heart was ripped off from me. I was worrying about her and thinking what if she crying out loud and they would call me “Mrs Singh, your daughter is crying very hard, please hurry up”, after an hour manager came and told to me that she is happy and even had lunch with the other kids, so if you want you can go back to home and come back in an hour’s time. I was so relieved, felt like he pushed the heavy rock from my heart. I liked the way they settled Reva in the nursery. Slowly and steadily.  Initially tt was too much, I felt guilty as well as also happy that she loved the place and like to play around. I think it took us a month to sync in with the idea and schedule.

Bringing up a baby has totally changed our lives. Everything changed so much that I never thought that it would, we have very little time for each other, there is change of conversation, out-of-our-hand routine which also brings the tensions and misunderstandings which then leads to some little and big fights. There are times when we both questioned our-selves that do we really belong to each other?, frown to each other when it felt that there is lost of appreciation, respect and hell lot of other things. I think this is the phase of marriage after 4 years and with a women who has no one to talk to, no one to share her feelings and nothing to appreciate about herself except sulking about life. What to do I am a Leo and Leo doesn’t belong at home all the time.

I am confident that we shall pass this phase as well because it is almost passed. You know when we sit back and think about what happened it always gave us a learning about each other and not to mention some laughs. I can say now we are maturing each day in our relationship which is a good sign, isn’t it ?

These days we are back on house hunt because our lease is going to expire in July. So far not good, I miss California when we think of apartments, every 2 bedroom house has 2 bathrooms with dishwasher and balcony. Here apartments are matchboxes but has everything we want. I don’t even dare to think the square footage of the flat, its like in six steps you cover the whole area, very disappointing. Independent houses are spacious but lacks facilities. Past week we saw 4-5 flat/house. Some were totally yuck, some were ok but not our type and the one we liked was rented out as soon as we made our mind. So hunt is on for next week as well. Why it is so hard to find a decent house? We are searching home since January, that time too there were useless houses in the market. We dropped the idea that time because we had been told that spring and summer is the best time when good property comes in the market. Actually as per the tradition we need to struggle a lot to get a house of our like, it happens all the time.

Conversation of London without talking about weather can not be over. Cold is back and this time with chilly cold gush of wind. You won’t believe past week there were 100 miles/hr wind warnings in Scotland. I have to reopen my winter cloths suitcases, what a disappointment. I so miss summer and really miss those 45 degrees of heat in India (I know it is too much to say but I want summer). We planned to go to sea beach this long weekend but stupid weather. Oh! Summer please come soon.

Paris: Lourve Musuem

My interest in Musée du Louvre began when I first read Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code. If you are familiar with Dan Brown’s work and a fan of Robert Langdon than you would about Louvre Museum but if you have no clue what I am talking about then for you it is one of the world’s largest museums, the most visited art museum in the world and a historic monument. Well it’s just not a museum, its “museums among museums”. When I came to know that we are going to Paris the second most exciting thing came to my mind was the Louvre Museum, well the first was the Eiffel Tower.

The Pyramid at the main entrance of Louvre

The moment we entered the Museum entrance through tube station I instantly felt the Museum vibe when I saw hundreds of people roaming in the entrance, long queue for the tickets and I think that was one of the busiest day in the Museum.

Inside the Museum

The Museum is housed in Palais du Louvre (Louvre Palace) which was built on the right-bank of Siene river, site of the 12th – century fortress of Philip Augustus to protect the cité from invaders. Later in the century another fortress built-in part to serve as defense against England. The Louvre no longer serves as a site of defense. The Louvre remains unoccupied for 100 years or so after the death of King Charles VI. In 1527, Francois-I moves in and entirely demolishes the medieval keep. The Louvre moves into its Renaissance guise. 1546, Francois-I commissioned the architect Pierre Lescot to improve it and adapt it to the new Renaissance tastes.

From 1624-1672, under the reign of Louis XIII and Louis XIV, the Louvre undergoes an intensive series of renovations, resulting in the palace we recognize today. In 1682, Louis XIV chose the Palace of Versailles for his household, leaving the Louvre primarily as a place to display the royal collection, including, from 1692, a collection of antique sculpture. During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should be used as a museum, to display the nation’s masterpieces.

It is almost impossible to see the entire museum in a couple of hours and do justice to every piece of art that is placed from the 6th century BC till the 19th century AD. So I picked up the Museum guide and gave a quick glance, it wasn’t a quick glance though. It was impossible to decide where to begin and what to cover in a day in the grand museum. We decided to see the most famous of all first from each section, and to our known surprise the most famous were also hundreds of them. Finally we decided to begin the Museum journey with the “Monalisa” and then see everything in that gallery.

Monalisa. I first read about this painting in my secondary class under the chapter of Renaissance World of Social Studies. Back then I had no clue about this painting’s importance. Although I did managed to make up my interest in Leonardo Da Vinci but painting looked very regular to me. Moving to college, I understood that this painting is no ordinary one, it has something unsaid, something enigmatic. Then I came across Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown and after that my only wish was to see Monalisa and the Louvre once in my life. When we (actually I) decided to see Monalisa, an adernaline rushed through my body. Meanwhile Reva was not at all happy to be in her stroller, so Vishal decided to stayed back with her and asked me to go and take my time to see the portrait. Quickly I moved to towards the room where she was located. After walking for 2-3 minutes I saw extremely crowded room where people were hovering around a small and only painting on the wall, so there was she . I guess half of the crowd who comes in Louvre actually comes for Monalisa. Finally I managed to get inside the bunch and tried to capture her in the camera –

Monalisa - all protected in glasses

Yeah I had hard times to get a nice picture of her, there is one with close up –

Not so nice but that’s all I got 😦

Do you know her real name is Lisa del Giocondo also known as Lisa Gherardini, Lisa di Antonio Maria. A member of the Gherardini family of Florence and Tuscany and the wife of wealthy Florentine silk merchant Francesco del Giocondo. Her husband commissioned Leonardo for their new home and to celebrate the birth of their second son, Andrea. Though there is no evidence about that and some even says  that the portrait of the Mona Lisa is in fact Leonardo’s female version of himself. Leonardo Da Vinci began painting the Mona Lisa in 1503 or 1504 in Florence, Italy and finished it shortly before he died in 1519.  Oh it was such an incredible experience watching her.

After seeing Monalisa we began our stroll in the gallery, boy! it was so crowded that day.  Here are some famous and infamous paintings we captured –

Madonna and Child in Majesty surrounded by Angels

The Virgin of the Rocks - another painting by Leonardo

Artwork on the Roof

Elbow by Tony Cragg, it is made from wood. Incredible work!

Hall where all the sculptures from Tony Cragg are on display

Some beautiful Paintings on the wall

While taking rest, we sat in front of this huge and chaotic painting, We decided to interpret it. After minutes of gibberish talking we understand that the chaos in the room is done by the Jesus's running sheep (the man wearing red cape)

Louvre Palace

I think we had only covered only 10% of Louvre but it was such a pleasant visit. Most of the time we were wondering how the hell one can make such an intricate work, I mean its amazing to see those beautiful paintings, sculptures, there is one sculpture of an angel where you can actually see how the cloths are blowing by the gush of the wind – amazing !! I am totally coming again to Louvre. This time a little background study on the art and history and a SLR camera.

I Cooked – P…

First of all apologies for writing so slow, these days I am really really busy. Why ? I will let you know about that story too.  So much to write,about Paris, about little one, about me , about us but I am not getting time enough to write. Today morning I decided to complete three posts. So here is the first post about the cooking I did the last weekend.  I cooked two dishes which I loved them, one of them is PIZZA 🙂

Yeah I made Pizza from scratch and I am proud of it. From dough to sauce and they turned out pretty nice.

Shape the dough, spread the sauce and put some vegetables

time for some Cheese 🙂

Yummy !!

Tadaaaaah !!

I was so excited that day, eating Pizza that I made myself.  And glad that it turned out tasty as well.

The next dish is PANCAKE. On Sunday we had pancakes for brunch and that too made from scratch. I had my first Pancakes in Denny’s (very famous diner chain in America), since then I loved them. Now in London I missed them badly, we got tons of frozens brands available but I like them fresh. I tried a couple of recipes before but they were not as good as they should be. But this Sunday they were perfect….

Pancakes with Strawberries

now lets drizzle some honey on it..

Mmmmmmmmmm..

I know you must be thinking of recipe now, see I am going to share not only recipe but a person who helped my cooking to another level.  I have followed him for more than 2 years now and at this point of time I can cook anything closing my eyes – yeah !!. His name is Sanjay Thumma and his food channel on youtube is Vahchef/Vhah-reh-Vhah. I made many dishes with his recipes and believe me they turned out delicious. His early videos are super annoying, I don’t even liked him initially but Vishal kept watching him and he was the one who tried his recipes first.  He really made cooking very easy, I made those dishes I only dreamt of. So if you are looking for some good recipes you should definitely try Vahchef, I am trying them for past 2 years and they are pretty good.

Till then Bon Appetite !!

Paris: The Eiffel Tower

When I first heard of our Paris trip, the first thing came into mind was the Eiffel Tower, the most romantic place on the earth. I was excited like a child when I thought that I would be seeing the Eiffel Tower. When we reached the hotel in Paris we even got a little view of the tower and in the night it looked really beautiful when all the lights are turned on.

On our Wedding Anniversary we went to see the Eiffel Tower. We took train from our nearest station. When we reached Champ de Mars (shan-de-mars) station we could see the tower.  It was a 10 mins walk. The more we get closer to the tower the more goosebumps I felt on my body. I was really excited.  And there it was standing all tall, elegant and strong on the ground.

The Eiffel Tower is the tallest building in France composed of massive latticework structure. The Eiffel Tower was built for the International Exhibition of Paris of 1889 which happened to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution. It was named after Gustave Eiffel who designed it. Gustave Eiffel also created the internal frame for the Statue of Liberty in the year 1885. It took around two years and two months to build. It was built during the years of 1887-1889. The tower was used as a key place in Paris to measure the wind speed. Also, Eiffel encouraged many scientific experiments to take place on the Eiffel Tower such as Foucault’s giant pendulum. The Eiffel Tower was equipped the first radio transmission technology. The first signals from the tower were received in 1898 by Eugene Ducretet at the Pantheon.

The Eiffel Tower at Night is one of the most beautiful attractions in the city and shines a golden color visible to most in Paris.

We sat on the ground just in front of the tower, trying to admire the tower and keeping an eye on the little one. Truly a masterpiece and symbol of French culture, liberty, and progress. I want to visit again on our anniversary, will spend an evening on the ground admiring its beauty while having dinner with wine – romantic isn’t it ?

In-Conversation

This morning I am trying to dress Reva and believe me it is the hardest part of the day, actually there more but lets stick to this one. So here I am trying to dress the little princess and she is running away from me to the other corner of the bed and giggling. She knows the fun now, she hate to wear any piece of cloths from the head. As soon as she gets the idea that something is going from her head she just ran away. But today all the frustration turns in to big laughs when I had my first conversation with my daughter. So here it is –

Me: Baby, please put on the t-shirt !!

Reva: NO !! (yeah she can speak No and Don’t and she also knows when and where to speak)

Me: kyu ?? (Why ?)

Reva: Three !! (yeah she knows the counting  – 2,3,4)

And I had the best laugh ever 🙂