Giving thanks

While painting these rolls, Nadia and I were talking about Thanksgiving…discussing what 5 things she was thankful about.

Here is her list in that order:

Ozzie and all dogs

Mama, Baba, Dadu, Dida, Dada, Dadi, Guddy maumau, Shriram mesho, Shaeen Phuphu and Yug

Elephants

Painting and

Chocolates

DSCF4177Nadia attached feathers, eyes, a beak and feet to the turkeys.

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Here they are…two happy birds!DSCF4211

We are celebrating thanksgiving this year with my parents, sister and brother-in-law in California. Missing Nayeem…

Happy thanksgiving!

Cheers,

Aruna

My first car

Let’s make a car Mama…a big one that I can sit in. We found a box, cut it up and Nadia started painting with her favorite colors.DSCF4067

It’s going to be quite a flashy car!DSCF4069

I drew some wheels and Nadia painted those.DSCF4072

She also added some patterns.DSCF4074

Here it is…she put in a small seat and a cushion for comfort. It proves to be a great spot to sit and watch movies in while munching on strawberries…like a drive in movie theater experience.DSCF4080

There’s even room for her dog and some space on the dashboard for her dinosaurs.DSCF4087

Play and drive…what fun!DSCF4088

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Here’s Nadia taking a picture of her beloved car.FullSizeRender(1)

It really looks cool!FullSizeRenderWe added a small piece with a cup-holder…it holds her milk bottle now.FullSizeRender(2)Nadia has been using this box all weekend. She plays for hours in it, watches videos while seated inside. What an amazing toy a simple box and a ton of imagination can be.

Have a great week.

Cheers,

Aruna

 

Love over fear

I am sure most of you must have seen Rav’s album “Where do Syrian children sleep?”…those pictures have been haunting us day and night. Children…who probably end up the most traumatized during war, riots, fight…They deserve a happy children. This post today is for all our children.

For our session today, I drew a picture of a child swinging. Nadia made me add a tree. DSCF3831She painted clouds, grass, flowers…a happy, carefree childhood.

DSCF3833Later, I added a slight change to her happy version. Our precious children are the most valuable asset we have today, let’s work for their successful futures.

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Have a great week.

Cheers,

Aruna

Red Riding hood story box

Red Riding Hood seems to be a theme we keep coming back to. Nadia loves the modified story where the wolf really wants to be included in the family and ends up sharing Red’s basket of goodies with Grandma. We used an old shoe box, markers and some pieces of an old box for this. DSCF3965 DSCF3969

The old shoe box became the scene…Grandma’s home and the forest.DSCF3979

Nadia painted some grass…DSCF3981

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Mountains…decorated Grandma’s wall with red dots.DSCF3984

Here is the final scene.DSCF3986

You can see the wolf peeking from behind the tree.DSCF3987

Fun fun fun….DSCF3989 DSCF3991

Have a great week.

Cheers,

Aruna

Lighthouse painting

Nadia asked – What should I paint for Guddy maumau’s birthday? I mentioned a lighthouse cause she just loves them. I drew a lighthouse scene and Nadia painted it.DSCF4058

While painting we talked a lot about lighthouses…what they are, what purpose they serve. We looked at lighthouse pictures on google and ships at peril in the Sea.DSCF4059

We talked about shipwrecks and I told her my favorite Famous Five story where the five stay at a lighthouse.DSCF4061

Well here it is, a lighthouse, dangerous rocks, the sea and sea gulls.DSCF4064

Nadia decided she wanted some clouds so we drew some on. Happy birthday Maumau…you’ll get this painting next time we see you 🙂DSCF4065

Have a great birthday celebration with Baba and Ma.

Have a great week.

Cheers,

Aruna

Veteran’s day

Veteran’s day – honoring all those who served. While Nadia is still quite young to fully grasp war and peace, she still understands good and bad. To make this veteran’s day we spent some time talking about those who serve and protect and help make the world a better place for the rest of us.

I asked her to paint a sunset over  a field of corn and I drew the soldiers once she was done. DSCF3926

DSCF3927I showed her how to add some blue to the sunset so that it would be an abstract of the American flag.

DSCF3944Finally I drew some soldiers walking across the fields.DSCF3946

Thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedoms.

Have a great week.

Cheers,

Aruna