I bought this book for Avi and Akshna after reading some good reviews but not knowing exactly what story it was and not expecting a whole lot. But today Avi said he was a bit confused on how to write 8 as a binary. Akshna was standing there and she said open, closed, closed, closed. At first I didn’t get it but then I realized she was saying “1000”, which was correct. I asked a few more small numbers and she correctly converted them to binary as well. I was surprised and amazed. That’s when I realized that this book is teaching binary as well.

So before dinner, I gave them some more basics on binary representation and taught them how to convert larger numbers to binary as well. I would say it was totally worth getting this book and would highly recommend it for anyone wanting to get their kids started in CS.


My Jeans

Yesterday after Akshna took shower, I was putting cream on her and she was her usual chirpy way. She looked at my jeans and said, “Papa I like your jeans. When I grow up, can I keep your jeans?”. I looked at her and she seemed semi-serious and I imagined the time when she’s grown up and looks back at her childhood fondly. Looking at the keepsakes from her childhood, she remembers the happy and fun memories and feels good about them.

*love brimming over*

Slipper Wars

A couple of weekends ago during our usual masti time, Avi and/or Akshna hid my slippers. This happens most of the time as they come into the room and while I’m distracted talking to them or something, they sneak out with my slippers and hide them. I only come to realize later on when I get off the bed.

So that weekend when they did that, I found their slippers lying around while doing masti with them. I took that opportunity and hid their slippers. I told them that I would give them theirs if they give me mine. Obviously when Tina found out about all this, she wasn’t very happy :).

This went on for a couple of days and we had to make do with either walking barefoot or using backup slippers. But eventually I found one and then we exchanged the slippers, quid pro quo.

I’d say that Avi’s hiding places have become more sophisticated and usually I don’t even try to find them. So now, there’s a chance that that slipper wars would get escalated every time they start. It’s getting to be a lot of fun. 🙂

You too!

When Akshna was leaving for school, I gave her a hug and a kiss and told her, “Have fun, be a good girl”. She replied, “You too” and burst out laughing. She couldn’t stop laughing when telling Tina, “Mamma, I told papa to be a good girl”.

Small science

Recently, Avi and Akshna got some balloons. And recently having learned that if they rub them on the hair, they get some static charge and can be stuck to walls, they got all the balloons to stick to one of the walls.

I asked Akshna to do an experiment. Since one of the balloons had just enough helium left to float mid way in the air, I asked her to cut some of the thread and see what happens. When I got back home last evening, she said she had done it. I asked her what happened, and she said it went up a little bit. I asked her why would that balloon go up. And she correctly theorized that it’s because the balloon got a little lighter.

I told her she was a scientist now, and she laughed and got all silly.

Akshna’s night time boogie

I don’t know where she learned this but sometimes before sleeping, Akshna says that she needs to do her night time boogie. And then she gets on the side of the bed, putting her hands and body on the bed, and jumps up and down saying, “Boogie, boogie, boogie, boogie, boogieeeeeee”. And then she’s done.

I asked her where she learned that. Avi said from him, because he used to do that. But Akshna said he used to do that some other time, she started with this idea of doing it during bedtime.


6 years old and suddenly taller

We celebrated Akshna’s 6th birthday party today, at Oak Canyon Nature Park. Same place we did last 2 years as well. With temperature in 90s during the week, we were very concerned about how it’ll go in the park. But thankfully, it wasn’t as bad. It was breezy and cool under the shade. We went for a small hike and then got to touch some animals.

I remember when Akshna woke up on her birthday on 24th, she stood up next to me and said, “Papa, I think I grew taller today”. She compared her height to me and asserted that she had grown taller now that she’s 6.