Chai And A Chat #31 #ChaiAndAChat

Hey there Peeps! Time for our weekly catch up and you know I’ve had an exciting weekend! (I apologise in advance if anything doesn’tmake sense, this was written late at night with a very tired, but happy head!)

  • If we were sipping chai together I’d let you know that I managed to write a whole 1000+ words on a new story, a spin off of my original WIP that is sitting at the editors, at the moment. I sketched out plans for a possible two novellas or even novels if they become long enough, and started to write!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that the school week has been pretty good. The course was an interesting one, to do with the teaching of phonics within school, and a sort of project to get going on, teamng up with other local schools to share best practice, etc.
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d mention that Hubby Dearest is still obviously sofa bound, but we’re 3 weeks in and he has another 3 weeks to go until this cast gets changed for something he can move around in easier. He’s been a better patient than usual, and is becoming pretty self sufficient, and proficient at balancing things he needs along with his crutches. A good job as he was home alone for the weekend, with intermittent visits from his parents… because…well, you know where I was!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d gush about our weekend with my Finndian family! We battled with traffic, roadworks and rain to get to my parents after school on Friday night, determined to be there for when my nephews woke up on the Saturday. It was nearly 9pm when we arrived, so they were most definitely asleep then. It was wonderful to be there with my brother, and sister-in-law. We get such little time together, that each moment we were able to sit together and talk, we savoured as if they were hours long.
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you how I was awake at 6am, impatient for 7am to come round, as that was when the little ones would wake. The first moment of seeing my baby nephew was just magical. He was laying in his cot, and his daddy, my brother, opened the door and said good morning gently to him. He heard another person in the room, and looked at me for a while, then hearing my voice, gave a tentative smile. All I can say is thank goodness for video calling. Because we try to speak and see each other weekly, he was familiar with our faces and voices, and it helped. But nothing beat that moment when I could finally hold him. Even as I type this, my heart flutters. He has a way of greeting, which is to touch your cheek with his hand, and when he did that to me, it felt as if I had been accepted by him as someone special. I spent a lot of time with him, learning his routine, feeding him, changing his nappies, playing with him, and those moments are etched on my heart forever, and in my phone’s photo album!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d not forget to say the reunion of the cousins was also a huge success. My Finndian #1 nephew is such a character and speaks fantastic English, and fluent Finnish, with a few Punjabi words dotted around so we can all understand him. He speaks English with a beautiful Finnish lilt, and it sounds so cute, I can’t explain! We played Lego, baked cakes, read stories, and even tried to play his own made up version of Scrabble! And how can I forget, he even helped to make my porridge on the first day we were there! On Sunday night, I read him his bedtime story, and he told me he loved me so, so much, spreading his arms as wide as he could… I’m gonna miss these munchkins…
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Breakfast thanks to my Finndian nephew part 1😍

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  • If we were sipping chai together I’d tell you that my kids had wonderful bonding time with their uncle and aunt too. Lil Man received two intensive coaching sessions for his cricket, and even went for a 4 km run in the morning with him! Lil Princess got some cricket training too, and collaborative art was done as well!
  • If we were sipping chai together I’d say that the prayers function my parents had organised, to bless the little one, went smoothly too. There was a huge amount of family there that I hadn’t seen for many years, so the catching up was fun, though short, for individual people as not only was I trying to mingle, but also needed to be on hand for my sister-in-law and nephews, and my own in-laws who were there for the function too. It was quite a full on 3/4 hours for us all, so it was even more so for the smaller members of the family. Many new faces determined to meet the ‘special guest’ of the function, pinching cheeks etc, coupled with him teething and having a slight runny nose meant he was fine for a while, then things got too much. I don’t blame him. But once he was home, everything was perfe

I’m not looking forward to the leaving on Monday morning. There will be tears and upsets, and that’s not the kids I’m talking about either! I wish we were all geographically closer. I thank God that we are close as a family at least, so we keep the links alive.

I’d love to share photos of my beautiful family more, but we have agreed not to share their images on social media, so the pictures above have been taken in as artistic a manner as I could so share them, and the joy of being with them, as well as keeping them unidentifyable!

  • If we were sipping that chai together, and possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d tell you that know I’ll be tired again this week, but thank goodness for a bank holiday, eh! As you read this I’ll probably be driving home, ready to get unpacked, laundry washed and ironed, shopping done, and getting set for the school week. thankfully only 4 days long!
  • If we were sipping that chai togetherand possibly reaching for cake or cookies I’d mention that aside from keeping awake for long enough to get through the day, I’m not planning anything major at all this week… apart from resting in the evenings… will see how that goes!

Have a wonderful week, Peeps! Let me know how your week went!

Spidey’s Serene Sunday – Part 220


“If nephews and nieces were jewels, I would have the most beautiful gems ever. ” – Unknown

Thank you, Spidey. So apt for this weekend!

Of course if you have been reading my recent posts you would know that I have been impatiently waiting for this weekend, where I get to see my Finndian family again and finally need my Finndian nephew #2.

It has, so far been a wonderful weekend, and we have bonded so well. It’s been a pleasure to see them both interacting and getting to know their bigger cousins, and the pairing up of Lil Princess with nephew #1 is just so precious! Lil Man has been spending time with both of them, and using his uncle to do lots of cricket practice too (my brother plays for the Finnish national side!)

I have just been enjoying the giggles, smiles and cuddles of #2 and the hilarious comments of #1, who is a natural joker!

My heart feels so full of emotion right now, I am not sure how I will be feeling on Monday, when we have to drive back home.

Bittersweet, as I won’t want to say goodbye, not knowing when we will be able to see each other again, but coming home, and bringing with me so many new and wonderful memories. ❤

So… tell me, how do you feel, when meeting new little members of the family?

Have a peaceful Sunday Peeps  And enjoy your week! ❤ 

Finndian Update!

Moi all!

That’s ‘Hello’, for those of you that aren’t familiar with Finnish, or you could say ‘Hey’!

So far we have had a fantastic time!

The journey to the airport could have been a bit better, we got stuck in traffic… thank you M25! But we got there in time, checked in, and had a few rushed moments to get to duty-free, then on to the flight.

It is not fun travelling with two kids at that “I HATE my brother/sister” stage, and that is exactly what we were dealing with here!

But we managed to land without bloodshed and the promise that Hubby Dearest sit in between them on the way home!

In the taxi, Lil Man was practising his Finnish, or the one word he knows… Moi. If said twice, Moi Moi, it means bye.  He asked the driver if, because we say Moi for ‘hello’, and Moi Moi for ‘bye’, is ‘bye-bye’ Moi Moi Moi Moi? That got a few giggles!

We arrived, and the hotel was great, though the room really HOT!  We had been upgraded from a family room to a superior room, though I struggled to tell the difference… still, we got a balcony and a sea view!

My brother snuck out without letting Pops know and popped over to see us, to make plans for the forthcoming surprise then left, so we could get unpacked.

The next day was the surprise photo shoot.

As we were eating breakfast, I got the following message from my Pops…

Sat Siri Akal everyone.
Just had breakfast.
Talking to your brother, I told him it was always in my mind, I wish we had a whole family photo so that I can see the whole family as I get up in the morning, rather than loooking at individual pics.
He says when they come to the UK in July we will do something.
May Guruji make his idea and our wish true.
Wish you were here today.
Don’t get upset, I love my whole clan dearly.

That’s it, he knows. We were convinced. The surprise has got leaked…

We were convinced. The surprise has got leaked…

The surprise has got leaked…

My brother came to get us. And he reassured me that no, Pops has no idea, but he was just very emotional this morning, wishing we could have all been together.

Mum, my sis in law, nephew, and Pops were at the studio and we arrived 5 minutes after them.

It was a good thing Pops was sitting down when we came in.

His face just dropped in shock, then he gave me the biggest hug, and said, ” I have no words…”

There were tears, many hugs, and lots of love flying around, as he came to terms with the fact that his wish was going to come true!

The photo shoot went swimmingly, with whole family shots, individual family shots, all the combinations you could imagine, and some individual shots too… My brother thought it could be a good shot for when I finally get that book out there, and can say I am officially a ‘Writer’!

Since then, we have walked lots, been to many of the numerous parks for children littered around the inner city of Helsinki, And Lil Man got to go to the Team Finland cricket stadium, which he loved! We’ve been to the Cathedral, markets, the Wooden Church, and the kids saw the giant Weeing Man too!

It was soooo hot today too, 23 degrees celsius, which , though pleasant, I wasn’t prepared for!

Still, walking lots, in slightly warm clothes, may do wonders for my weight loss!

Tomorrow we head out, on the ferry to the zoo! It’s on an island!

It’s been wonderful, building special memories for us all, with Pops and Mum, and my brother and sis-in-law, my own little family, and most importantly, my lil nephew. We don’t get to see him enough, so these few days are even more precious so that his little 18 months self can remember us all too. Those little giggles, the cheeky monkey faces and hugs are so amazing!

I will post photos when I am back at home, but it has been wonderful so far!



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