Category Archives: Our daughter

Pani bhane water

We, especially AS, is trying really hard to teach Nepali to Chhori. Her language skill has got a lot better in the last few months but she mostly speaks in English.

We can’t blame her much as she spends the whole day in the childcare surrounded by English speaking kids and teachers.

Anyway we are trying our best to teach her Nepali at home. The other day she called me “Aama” (Nepali for mother. S’s teaching of course). It made me feel very happy. Normally she calls me Mama or Mummy. I know it is a bit weird but it feels very special when she speaks Nepali. I think I have this strong connection to Nepal that anything like this melts my heart.

Anyway, AS and Chhori were having a conversation in Nepal. So when AS finished a sentence, she said “Pani bhane water”.

It was so cute. Poor baby was trying to understand two languages and trying to make senses in her tiny brain.

All the parents out there who have kids speaking more than one language. Howe do you do it? Please share you tips and tricks. Looking forward to all those comments.

Thanks everyone.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Pyjama day @ childcare

Chhori’s childcare organises different events every week to keep the kids entertained. I like it as it gives us something to look forward to as well.

Lat week, they had Pyjama Day and we made sure Chhori was dress in her PJ and cute shoes.

When AS went to drop her off in the morning, he had to sign an agreement to say that we are OK for her to watch the movie “Moana”.

I had loved the movie when we watched it few months ago.

Anyway when I went to pick her up, there was a parcel next to her bag. The teacher informed us that she had won the best dressed award in her class. It is her first prize from the childcare and even though it is nothing big, we feel so proud. I guess all parents are like this 🙂

They gave her a parcel filled with balloons, lollies, bubbles and some small toys. I am sure Chhori didn’t understand the reason behind the parcel but was excited to see the lollies and toys.

On the other hand, my nephew didn’t understand why he didn’t get an award as well and was quite upset.

Kids can be so funny and cute.

Do share your own moments that your kids made you proud.

Have a great day everyone.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

My little princess 

We went to IKEA the other day and both AS and I were busy looking at furniture. After a few minutes when we turned around ,we found Chhori was making herself comfortable in a chair and reading their catalogue. Look at the photo. We know for sure that she is a princess  🙂 . My cheeky monkey!

Have a great day everyone.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

No phone please …

Sometimes we learn so much from kids. As an adult we sometimes forget that kids are so smart and learn so much from their environment.

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I mostly feel that Chhori is very small and forget that she already knows so much. She surprised us when she stared to join our conversations. Whenever AS or I ask a question to each other, if she knows the answer, she will say it. Sometimes it has caught us off guard but we love it as it beings a smile to both of our faces.

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Lately we are giving her a lot less screen time so she can play with her toys and be active more. It is working well except that sometimes she will say “TV please mama”.  I see her pretend play with her cars, teddies and dolls. It is so interesting and surprising at the same time as she repeats things that we say to her like ” No baby ” or ” Eat more please” etc.

Yesterday, both AS and I were on our phones updating our grocery list and Chhori was dancing to one of her rhymes and suddenly she came to us and said “No phone mama”. I didn’t quite get it at first but when she said it again, I did and put my phone down. Then she went to AS and said, “No phone papa.” He obliged and she instructed both of us to stand up and start dancing with her.

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Both of us could not help but laugh as that is what we usually tell her and now she was reminding us of that.

I am loving being a parent to this smart little cutie pie.

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Do share any unexpected conversation by your kids. I am sure there are some fun and embarrassing ones too.

Have a great day everyone.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

 

Mother’s Day 2017

It was Nepali Mother’s day on 26 April. As I have explained here before, it is on a different day than the one here in Australia.

So that morning I called my mum and AS called his mum to wish them Happy Mother’s day and to get their blessings. We miss them more this year as both of them were here last year and it had made our day extra special.

Now I am a mum as well and I feel really proud to be a mum to this gorgeous angel.

I strongly believe that we need to teach our children about our culture and tradition. We can’t just expect them to learn about it. We need to do our best to show them, create interest and get them involved.

Chhori is at an age where she is interested and curious to know about everything so we let her do the whole process on her own, including tika and sagun. She was really well behaved and followed the instruction.

We concluded the ceremony by cutting a cake.

Then on 14 May, it was Mother’s Day in Australia so Chhori’s childcare invited us for Mother’s day high tea on the Friday before that. The center did really well decorating the place and organizing amazing food and nibbles. They had some special signs for the kids to hold making it special for the mums.

The kids also painted and decorated cards for their mums. Chhori managed to decorate a big heart with colors and glitters. She also did a flower which I really loved.

On 14 May, AS helped Chhori to make a breakfast and I was spoiled with yummy food. She said “Happy Mother’s Day’ and “I love you Mama”.

I feel so blessed to have this cutie pie in our life. I know there are times when it is hard to be a mum but her smiling face and a big hug outweighs all the trouble we have to go through.

I love you so much Chhori. You are the heart of our family.

Hope all you beautiful and wonderful Mom’s out there had a great Mother’s Day too.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Easter long weekend 2017

I hope everyone had a great Easter break, stuffed with Easter eggs and hot cross bun. Normally we get 4 days long weekend off from work during Easter. This year, I took extra day off on Thursday making my weekend even longer.

It was Chhori’s first Easter at her child care and they had an Easter Hat parade. We made a yellow hat for her and I was really excited for her. So on Thursday I went to the parade with my SIL and some other friends.

They had decorated the place nicely and all the parents were excited to see the kids wearing Easter hats. Chhori did well as she had her hat on the whole time. She came with her class mates and went around the yard half of the way for the parade and then she saw me. Instead of continuing, she came running to me and sat with me.

They also had an Easter egg hunt and she managed to find a few eggs which she ate straightway.

She had fun and I am so happy that she is liking her childcare more now. No more tears unlike before.

The rest of the weekend went too fast. The first day, we went to the Easter show with our friends. This was a mini Easter show unlike the one we went to last year. Anyway this was good to go with kids and Chhori had heaps of fun.

We had our lunch there and Chhori enjoyed the petting zoo. They had a dog, pigs, rabbits, hens, ducks, goat, sheep, alpaca, calves among other animals.

Chhori was observing the animals and making their sounds and repeating the names. For some reason, she decided not to touch any animals.

The main achievement for Chhori was that she managed sit on a ride on her own. She has never been on a ride on her own so I wasn’t sure how she would like it but she really wanted to go on one which had elephants with a driving wheel in front of each seat. So we allowed her and I was ready for her to cry when the ride started moving but to my surprise she was smiling and playing happily with the wheel in front of her. I was so happy and proud of my little one. She had real fun and wanted to go again and again.

The next day, we went out with our friends to the beautiful Winnererremy Bay for a BBQ.

It was a beautiful autumn day and we had great fun. The kids went to the beach and enjoyed the sand and the water.

Another day, we went on a picnic with AS’s cousins to Stanwell park. It was another beautiful day to catch up and enjoy the amazing blue sky, sea and sun.

On the last day of Easter, we went to Ikea for some shopping and ended the day and the long weekend with some homemade open momo which we were trying for the first time. It turned out really yummy.

Overall we had a great Easter with friends and family. Hope everyone had great Easter break as well.

Take care till next time.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Chhori turns 2: the celebration party

We decided to have a party to celebrate Chhori’s birthday with our friends and family after puja. We started planning when we were here in Sydney with my in laws so we had a venue booked months in advance. I also found photographer via Facebook so they were booked for the day as well.

I am sure anyone who is trying to book an event from overseas goes through lots of frustrations when you can’t find the right vendor to execute your ideas. I had the same problem when we planned our wedding and it was no different this time.

We had no idea what was available in Nepal in terms of decoration so I bought everything I could think of from here and I am so glad I did. Because when we got there, I couldn’t get the things that we wanted.

As the venue and photographer were sorted, the next big thing was cake and decoration. I bought the Dora cake topper from here so we got the baker to do a cake with those. I was pretty happy with the cake.

We also ordered cupcakes which did not turn out as planned. The cupcake was not the pink colour we wanted and it was not decorated as we had explained but I guess we shouldn’t have set our expectation too high since everyone seemed to use their own ideas instead of following ours 😦

The biggest problem we faced was not finding a person to do helium balloons. After searching and talking to so many people, finally when I put out a call for help on Facebook and a friend gave us the number of a guy who did the balloons. We got the number just a day before the party and I was so worried on what to do until then.

The other big problem was our outfit. I had this vision to have me and Chhori wearing similar colour outfit and AS can have tie to coordinate with us. It turned out choosing the outfit was not easy as I planned because there are too many choices. Finally after going to a few boutiques, I settled on golden and fuchsia pink lengha and Chhori was getting fuchsia pink princess style gown.

It took many visits to get the dresses right fitting but the end result was perfect. I loved them.

It was a big job to find fuchsia pink tie in Kathmandu. The shop keepers had millions of other suggestions on the tie if they didn’t have the one I needed. But finally we found a shop that sold one and was super happy with it.

When the day of party arrived I was happy as most of the stuff were sorted. I got my make-up done and got dressed and got Chhori ready. AS was busy getting the decoration finished and picking up the cake.

He has always been so supportive of my ideas and when I plan, he helps me to make my plans come true. I think we complement each other well.

The photographers were already at the venue when we arrived. I was glad to see all the decoration looked as we planned. The hall was looking beautiful with hundreds of white and pink balloons floating around.

We had a few hours left before the guests arrived so we took photos of Chhori, us and with our parents.

 

Slowly, the venue started to fill with family and friends. I hadn’t met many of them for a while so it was great time for all of us.

After a couple of hours into the party, we cut the cake and then on to the dance floor as usual.

I had been teaching Chhori to dance to the Nepali move song “Sirai ma sirbandi” for the last few month but I didn’t know if she would dance or not. But she made us so proud by dancing to the song with all the right moves and steps. She actually danced twice to the song and we got some amazing photos and video of that. She was looking totally adorable and princessy in her cute outfit.

All our relatives were dancing and enjoying themselves as well. It was a really happy occasion for us to celebrate the birthday of our beautiful daughter with our close family and friends.

By 10 pm the guests had dinner and stared to leave. Chhori was really tired and was fast sleep on the sofa. It was a long day but we were very happy with the end result.

Chhori was spoiled by everyone with gifts, dresses and money. I know Chhori doesn’t understand much yet but we have some great photos and videos that she can go through when she is a bit older.

I will write more about our trip to Nepal in the next post. Till then take care.

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO