First Day Of Grade 1

My little darling, Nid, you continue to amaze me every day with how smart and loving you are becoming.

As you begin a new chapter in your life, I want to wish you wisdom and strength. I want to wish you laughter and friendship. I want to wish you happiness and compromise. But most importantly, my darling, I want to wish you love.

Senior Kindergarten was a tough year for you on so many levels. You experienced bullying; some done to you and some done by you. You experienced uncertainty when learning a foreign language. You experienced separation anxiety when you were first put on the school bus. You experienced, independence when asked to bring home your uniforms and containers daily. You experienced growth when given homework every Friday.

My love, you rose above all your obstacles and shined brighter than the North Star. You proved my uncertainties wrong and excelled in everything you took on.

This year, as you enter grade 1, I want to wish you this one prayer:

Dear Lord:

Thank you for the gift of my child.

Please watch over her as she goes back to school and protect her from negative influences.

Help her to be a light to others and help her show love, care, and respect to her friends and teachers.

Please protect her from bullies but if she faces one, give her courage to stand up for herself and others.

Help her to remember that when she is scared, You are with her. As much as I love my child, You love her even more and I know You will be watching over her. Amen. 🙏🏼

I love you, little lady and hope you have an amazing grade 1. Xoxo

~Tamana

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A Beautiful Celebration Of Love

“and once in a while, in ordinary life, loves throws you a fairytale…”

My best friend is married to a beautiful girl and I have a new best friend and sister to welcome into my family.

It has been an extravagant weekend, completely full of drama, tears, overjoyed love, happiness and gratitude. What started as a joining of two hearts has become a joining of two families and welcoming of tons of new friends.

From the start of the celebration to the end, I have been blessed to meet so many amazing people, especially my personal new squad (you know who you are; Triple S). You guys were my support system during the haldi ceremony and totally took the lead on decorating the groom’s car. You three are my rockstars! I love you guys for that! You have become a part of our family and we are so thankful for the three of you.

As for everyone else that was involved in making this day special for my brother and sister-in-law, I say thank you for all your efforts, love and compassion. These two are blessed to have such amazing family and friends by their sides.

For my two newlyweds, I wish you endless love and happiness. I wish you a beautiful happily ever after and pray your love prospers in every way. Always remember I’ve got your backs and will do anything and everything for the two of you. Both of you hold one of the highest and most important places in my heart.

May each new day find your hearts a little closer, your lives a little fuller and your love a little deeper!

Love you two dearly!

Congratulations again, Mr. & Mrs. Vig!

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My Best Friend Is Getting Married

When we were growing up, I despised him; not because of who he was or anything he had done, just because he was an irritating little brother. But today, that same abnoxious little boy is my best friend and he’s grown to be a smart, successful gentleman and he is getting married in less than 5 days. He’s met a beautiful, intelligent girl who has her head on her shoulders and loves him dearly.

As happy as I am for him, I cannot believe he is old enough to be getting married. I mean, yes we’re all aging. But when I think about him, I still picture my irritating little brother and not the man he has become. It fills my heart with so much warmth and love to see how smart he’s become and how sweet he is.

As for my beautiful sister-in-law to-be, well, the first time he told me about her, I was sceptical. But as the few years we’ve known her have passed, I have to admit that I could not have asked for a sweeter, more loving wife and life partner for my best friend. They are what experts call perfection in the name of couples.

I wish these two an amazing life together. I know they will be each other’s strength and will encourage each other to strive and push forward. I wish them all the love and prosperity in the world. I wish them a happily ever after as they grow grey and old together.

Welcome to the family Trish. You’ve got a good man in your arms; SV prove me right and keep her as the happiest woman you’ve ever met.

I love you both dearly.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Vig!

Celebrating 7 Years

7 years ago today, D and I decided to get married in a small temple here in Toronto. I proposed to him and he said yes. It was such a casual proposal and I didn’t think we would actually get married so quickly. But we did and it has been an adventurous ride these past seven years.

After that wedding, he asked for my hand in marriage from my father, we got officially engaged and had a big fat Indian wedding the following year. But we were already living together and married; however, no one knew other than a couple of close friends.

These past seven years have been bumpy, fun and adventurous. We’ve grown so much together and have learned to accept, tolerate and appreciate each other. More than anything, we’ve gotten through any and everything that has come our way and have come out stronger.

To my best friend and partner in crime; the person that puts up with my craziness and compliments my personality, I wish us many more years of wild, crazy adventures and I want you to know that I love you no matter what and even on the days I want to kill you 😂.

Happy 7 years of the first, babe!

Xoxo ~ Tamana

Mom-In-Training: Behavioural Issues

As my little pumpkin grows, I have noticed a huge change in her behaviour. We’re have challenges with her listening to us and today she lied about something very mediocre; nevertheless, it was a lie.

Have you dealt with lying or behaviour issues? What was your solution or technique to get your little people to listen?

I have tried having numerous conversations with her and I have asked her questions to figure out if there is something bothering her; which is causing her to act out. She doesn’t have a reason. She just wants to do what she wants to do.

Maybe she’s at the point of developing her personality and is experimenting with things she can get away with.

Quite frankly, I don’t know what it is. But it is getting to me and I have lost my cool a few too many times today. I have taken away her privileges and grounded her but to no avail. She still acts out and doesn’t listen.

Any suggestions? I am going to try read up on behavioural solutions tomorrow but in the mean time, if you have any proven solutions and ideas, please share them with me!

The Frustrated Mommy ~ Tamana

Do You Ever Feel Like Disappearing?

As I look out at the endless horizon ahead of me in the above picture, I realize that lately, I’ve felt the need to get away, disappear or just be forgotten by everyone. I want to quit my job, sell all my belongings and take my child and husband and disappear somewhere far away; maybe start a new life.

It’s not that I’m depressed or sad or even mad at anyone or anything in my current environment and life; I’m just bored. I’m tired of the day-to-day challenges, responsibilities and routines. I need some change and excitement in my world and as much as I love my city, I’m a little tired of it and bored by it.

But with a growing child, who needs to be educated and probably requires some stability, I don’t see myself or our family going anywhere anytime soon. Plus, I highly doubt I could convince Dev to leave everything here and start anew.

Going on vacation won’t satisfy the urge for excitement either because I probably won’t want to come back from wherever I end up going/if I end up going. I need a more permanent change.

Any suggestions? Have any of you just closed all ties in a city or country and suddenly moved somewhere new and started all over again? Share you stories with me!

Senior Kindergarten Graduation Day

Two amazing teachers!

My love graduated from Senior Kindergarten on Tuesday and today was the last day of school for her. I can’t believe how quickly time has gone by and she has gotten so big. She’s going to grade one next year! Can you believe it? It’s like it was just yesterday when I left her for the first time at daycare and now she’s starting grade school soon.

Here are some pictures from her graduation. I cried through most of the ceremony.

I don’t know why, maybe I’m a proud mom or the utter shock of her growing up so fast had me in tears. Either way, I am so proud of her and everything she has accomplished this year. She has learned so many French words and songs and has showed such discipline through all the challenges and obstacles.

We’re beginning her summer break by a breakfast at her favourite restaurant and the. A trip to the public library to join the summer book club and pick up some books. I think we’re going to also drop by Dollar Tree and pick up some new mathematical activity books, so that she can begin practicing her addition and subtraction like she did last summer.

Anyway, I’ll share some of our summer adventures as they happen. Let me know how you are spending your summer with your little ones!

Xoxo ~ Tamana

a stubborn desire…

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