The Big O-5!

Things to expect when your daughter turns 5. (Or in my case, what happened, yesterday)
She'll declare - "Today is My Day!"
She'll decide to play Temple Run in the morning, because, "Today is My Day"
She'll want to make a special entrance at school, because, "Today is My Day"
She'll pick out her new clothes and get all the matching accessories and something blue, because Frozen is her current favorite movie and Elsa is who she wants to be - so blue has to be a part of the ensemble. 
She'll choose the songs she wants to hear and play them over and over and over, which is very aptly, "Let it go!"
She'll make you pick the Frozen cake with Elsa, Anna (and correct your pronunciation - 'It's Ona') and Olaf. She does not want any boy characters on the cake. Period.
She'll say "I want a Popsicle and an ice-cream, because I am 5!"
She'll say she wants to go to school only to cut the cake, but will refuse to come back with you, once she meets her friends. 

She'll say she gets to decide where to eat, and she chooses an Ethiopian restaurant that's closed on Mondays. 
But because she decided Ethiopian, and because 5 year olds don't change their mind, she'll still want to go to 'some' Ethiopian restaurant. 
And as soon as she enters she'll see a family with two kids and abandon you. 
She'll sit with them through the whole dinner, because she "loves" them. Yeah, the folks she met 2 mins ago. 
And she'll spend the whole dinner singing songs with the little girl there. 
By the time dinner is over, you and the parents get talking and the little boy you thought was getting bored with the girls' incessant talking surprises you by asking you for a play date. 
She doesn't want to go home and her new friends don't want her to go too. 
So you promise her an episode of Full House that she's so fascinated by lately, She'll immediately wave good-bye to her new friends.
She'll ask you for dessert on the way. "Something really cold and frozen. Because it's my day"
She'll want a tri-colored ice-cream with bubble gum. You say that's just fictitious and she amazes you by spotting one in the store -a tri-colored ice cream to be eaten along with a bubble gum. Aah technicality!
Then she'll want to watch two episodes of Full House. Because .... well you know why.
And you'll have to read 5 books to her, because she's 5 today. 
And she'll wind up in your arms completely exhausted yet wide awake. "If I close my eyes, will my day be over? I won't get to do what I want to do?"
And you want to laugh maniacally at the end of a grueling day and shout "You betcha, little devil!", but instead you say "Everyday is your day, baby. And you will always get to do what you want to do" and quickly add "As long as you don't hurt yourself or others"
And she smiles and says "I love you Mamma, more than infinity." 
And that's a perfect day, right there!

Missing No More

We've played Hide & Seek a lot with Driti, where she's hidden stuff and we've had to seek. 
If you're missing stuff in your house, maybe this cheat sheet could help. 

  1. No. of spoons and forks seem drastically less? - Check the woofer of the sound system. You could also find missing building blocks in there.
  2. Lost the remote? Check the 'trunk' of the tricycle.
  3. Missing Kindle? Find it in the doll house. That's where 'the girl running away from the beast' a.k.a Temple Run is resting after a long run.
  4. Missing miniature antique soup bowls? Check the bubble box. You'd be able to blow it out.
  5. Missing Belt? Check the neatly wrapped gift for Cinderella. It could be working over time as the bow.
  6. Where's your hat? Is it colorful? - Yes. Is it bright? - Yes. Oh, then it's no longer yours. It's her over sized tiara holder. Check her closet.
  7. Found something solid in the bubble box? If it's not the soup bowl, it could be a bubble gum soaking up the bubbles so it 'works' well the next time. 
  8. A missing CD? Many missing CDs? - Check the legs of the tiny lego man. He needs to move fast -  faster than the cars with smaller wheels.  
  9. Bought new sketch pens? Check under the oven..they may have 'just rolled away'. 
  10. Missing hand soap? Is it pink? Yes. Check her bathroom. Bend a bit.  It's on the tub, at her height. 
  11. Missing Ganesha idol? - Check the bath tub. "Gods also need to take a bath!