A joy forever #scentsofsummerGiveaway

Meet an amazing friend of mine – Diane Seimetz ! In fact we have been just virtual friends for not so long. But we are so much alike. I know that our skin absorbs whatever we put on it and whatever products we use around our home. That’s one of the main reasons for me working on going green. Diane has suffered from lupus for decades and she lost her husband at a very young age. Being a single mom & with the awareness about how important health is, she started making her own soaps, shampoos & what not with 100% vegan, organic, natural ingredients that’s good for you and for the planet 🙂 I love chatting with her. She shares about different products she likes not just her own!

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Dhyan’s getting a Hair Cut at Snip-Its, Southlake

Remembered I promised photography posts. Here’s my first one.

Dhyan’s cuteness quadraples in a few situations like when he gets a haircut. I don’t know how he sits through it. He looks adorable wearing the cape & patiently obliging the stylist work on his hair. I took a few shots during his hair cut today … Here we go.

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My Ayya…

I have been mentioning about my paternal grandfather quite a bit here. I thought of reposting this post, I wrote a while ago in my Facebook page.

Ayya

I always tear up whenever I think about him. It hurts deeply. I jotted down as much as I remember about him since I don’t ever want to forget any of it.
Ayya -My sole oasis during my childhood – my safe haven! I couldn’t understand or connect with any of the elders I lived with except for Ayya.
What he did for me, nobody else ever did! He showered me with infinite unconditional love, trust & acceptance that never changed a bit, till his very end. He was so proud of me! I felt free with him – no indifference – no resentment – no condescension – no expectations – no judgements – no manipulations – nothing fake, nada! Ayya treated me with respect. He didn’t hide his imperfections with me. He shared many of his life’s stories with me. And he was always there for me waiting with a smile. He was always honest, real, kind with me.
Me & Ayya
As soon as I call my grandpa, “Ayya!”, I would get an immediate response back – ‘Namagiri’, sometimes -‘Yera?’. I am not sure if I could do justice explaining how much undivided attention he would give me each and every time and how graceful his voice and looks were.
I love to pass time with Ayya. We went to movies together. We shared snacks. Ayya used to tell me stories from his life – how he used to be outside all the time doing business driving around his huge moped; how we used to own a big antique car; how he held on to his money bag tight against his chest until his father showed up, when police confronted him once; how he had to fight for his inheritance, the home we lived. He used to tell me that he could buy so much with 2 Rupees and that now the times have changed. He would appear thoughtful!

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Family tree and origami

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Along with Dhyan , I sat down and created this family tree. I told him how grandpa and grandma loved each other,married and had kids. How Aunt and uncle fell in love, married and cousins came into being and so on. After we were done, Dhyan solemnly asked, ‘What about the neighbors?’ 😉 Sweet kid. Family tree is a great way to help a toddler understand members in the family, how they are related, marriage, aunts, uncles, cousins and so much more.

To make a paper figure for all of us, I made sorta like a gingerman chain and separated them. I was so excited about how easy it was that I made a few more. Dhyan loved it too.

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It is very simple and fun. Check out this cool youtube video –https://youtu.be/pocc2DdmrF4. Unlike them, I drew an outline first and then worked my scissors.

 

Enjoy!!!