Thursday, February 19, 2009

In the Spotlight

Here is the video that is posted online. I have more pics to post of Pravan celebrating with his friends. This has been a whirlwind of a week and I have been spinning my wheels. It's all good just no breaks in my day. I will upload sometime soon. I am off to take Pravan to his cub scout banquet dinner. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Pravan's first television interview

Today was a very special day. Pravan was awarded a good class act award by the channel 4 news people. This was a huge surprise for him and he was unaware of it until a short while before the class was visited by the news team. Pravan is actively involved in helping people. For the past five years I have hosted an annual Easter Egg Hunt all on my own with a little help from other moms. It started out with about 9 woman in my backyard in 2004. The following year I was talked into doing it again and so I did except it was much bigger. I hosted it at the playground. Each year after that it was expected and I willingly hosted. Last year we had over 50 families join us and as long as I am in Reno I will continue to host it and help others along the way. This year it will be much bigger as Pravan is a cub scout and the cub scout group will help me with more activities and it will be a blast.
In 2006 I delivered a beautiful little baby girl on March 07 and still after a C-section I hosted the hunt a month later.In 2008 Pravan and I decided to help out an organization and we picked the food bank. I learned that the food bank had a backpack program that stuffed the less fortunate kids backpack with food and none of the other kids were aware. This way no child would go hungry. They also help a lot of other people in need.
We asked people to bring three items of food to get a ticket for a chance to win something. I walked the stores and got sponsorships for this and we were able to get a barrel full of food. This year we will do the food drive again. Pravan has also given away lots of stuffed animals to the fire department to help the kids whose houses are on fire and who may have lost everything. He also donated a tom of stuff to Big Brother's , Big Sisters club. Pravan also came up with the idea to use both sides of the paper to save trees, which would save the environment and not to mention energy conservation and money.
Who said a small child could not make a difference. Every little bit helps one small gesture at a time. Thank you to Shelby Sheehan the News 4 reporter for interviewing Pravan and recognizing his efforts to help at such a young age. Below are lots of pics of how the interview unfolded and some of the egg hunt last year.
Pravan with his contribution last year.
Priyasha following in her brother's footsteps.
They are so close and can conquer the world together or alone.
This was what Pravan received as his recognition for his good deeds. This is an amazing achievement for him.
Shelby Sheehan introduces herself as the kids listen attentively and Mr Chronister the school Principle watches proudly with the other ladies from the news room.
Pravan was called up and Shelby shakes his hand.
Her first conversation with Pravan.
Shelby hands him the good class act award. He is clearly mesmerized.
Proud Pravan posing for the news camera.
In the spotlight and loving it. He was so confident and excited.
The real interview begins.
I was amazed at how he carried himself and how well he answered her questions.As you can see I videoed it as well as took many pictures to share with the world.
He is so proud and so am I and Todd.
Pravan talked about all his good deeds.
Final statement. He said " This is my first time on the news and first time meeting a news lady " It was so adorable. She said " it was a pleasure to meet such a handsome young man in his buttoned down short and
slacks "
It was such an honor to meet Shelby Sheehan in person.
Mrs Ferguson with us. She is a wonderful teacher and Pravan is excelling in her class and is loving all the extra work she gives him as he is so advanced. She tries to keep him challenged and he is doing third and fourth grade level math. He is a math whiz for sure.
All smiles !!!!! It was clearly a day Pravan will always remember and will keep doing good in the years to come.We are very proud parents and now the world too can see. This will be on the local news channel tomorrow Feb 18 on channel 4 at 5pm. For all my cyber friends I will post a link to the news website as you will be able to view the video as well. I will update with that tomorrow. Thank you for stopping by and reading about his achievements.
Free Spirit !!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I heart you !!!!!

Today was a busy day for me , yet a very productive one. I watched two other kids and was very successful in getting all three girls to nap at the same time. While they napped I baked some cookies with the sugar cookie dough I made earlier in the day. I also am very proud of myself as I did not eat any cookies as I worked out today. I did my favorite body sculpting class and then 45 min of cardio on the elliptical machine.
Tomorrow is early release and I will be helping in the classroom. I baked these heart shaped cookies and Pravan dusted it with cocoa and drizzled it with chocolate. He is a great helper in the kitchen. He unwrapped all the Hershey kisses, counted the cookies and then helped all the way. He is a little boy after all and his favorite part was licking the spoon when we were all done. He said " mommy we should do chocolate licking photo shoots more often " I paid for all this sugar he inhaled. I had to let him run around in the backyard for a while to work it all off. The kid must have ran at least 20 times the length of the backyard and still had so much energy to spare. If only we could borrow some then I would never need to sleep and be able to do so much more in a day.
Pravan is excited for his valentine party as his teacher is serving heart shaped pizza and I will take in these delicious cookies. He wrote on each of the transformer cards and did a great job. He also told me that the I am the kids favorite class mom as I always have a treat when I go into the class. That warmed my heart and it is true I have a treat every time I go in and that is at least once a week. They work hard and deserve it although it is not always sweets. I very often bring fruits on a stick but I make it fun. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Valentines Day !!! Hug your loved ones and remember that you can never say " I LOVE YOU " often enough.
Free Spirit !!!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My absence

Hello I am thrilled that I now have 11 followers and I love that I can see the count from the different countries. I love you ladies and appreciate you all stopping you. I have not been blogging for a while now and I have my reasons. Everything is fine, so do not worry. I just need to get back on the horse and start blogging more. I am trying to figure out how to upload 12x12 layouts as I do not have a big scanner. If you already do this please let me know how to do it so it looks like it is upright rather than laying flat. I have been very busy re-organizing the house and cleaning from inside out. I find that I feel more peaceful and relaxed yet not much has changed as far as my schedule. I have been following the flylady on I have been reading her e-mails and we now have the house fairy that visits. You can find her here : The kids love it as they view her videos and truly believe. I also believe that the kids want more quality time with me so they get rewarded with something I type up on the PC. For eg. tea party with mommy or a game of candy land. You get the idea. My kids finally understand that we all work as a team in this family and if they do their share then I have less to do and that frees me up to play with them. Don't get me wrong, my kids are not perfect by any means and I still use bribery and threats but positive discipline is key. No good deed go unrewarded and it does not always have to be a toy or candy. Getting back to what is most important like quality time together is what the point and focus is and my kids value that more than candy or a toy and for that I feel blessed. The last month or so has been all about being organized and I have a long way to go but a little everyday. In 15 min you can do a lot and this way I am no longer overwhelmed and feel like there is so much to do. Check out the sites and you to will be a lot more relaxed and most importantly be caught up with the house work. I have forgotten how much I like to blog and I will get back to it now. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you all are well. Hugs and kisses to you all. MWAH !!!!! Free Spirit !!!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

I've been tagged

I have been tagged and I feel so loved. This is maybe my third award.Thank you so much Nat. Nat is very creative and also has a website with lots of challenges. Now the rules are: Link to those who award it; Post the award; list 5 other nominees deserving of the award. So here are my 5 deserving bloggers Shirley Connie Tracey Jami Melissa Please check out these blogs. I love these woman and they all inspire me. Thanks for stopping by. Free Spirit !