Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Funny Things - School :)

Since it's the beginning of the school year here, I thought I'd do a funny things post that was school related :) (The school year here begins in April. May & June are summer break and school starts back in July :)). Anyway, this is a book that we got from Aashini's school when she started there. It's a "coffee table book" called: "Celebrate Childhood"....
Each page has a picture on one side and "something to celebrate" on the other side. They say things like: "Celebrate holidays... celebrate winning prizes, etc..." This one below is an example. It says on the top: "Celebrate unexpected guests who drop by to see the baby". The bottom part says: "Teach children to welcome guests and respect elders. Let them learn good social manners early on." OK, that's cool.... but this next one....
I'm not sure how well this next one would go over in the US.... It says: "Celebrate drawing on Papa's office files". The bottom says: "Get angry with your child and you are showing behavior you want to discourage in him." haha! Did you see the picture????? "Papa" is totally punching his son in the head!!! Uhh.... yeah....
This next one I put in because I thought the picture was a little inappropriate... It says: "Celebrate frustrating potty training sessions." The kid is totally running around without pants - haha! This is the most interesting "coffee table parenting book" I've seen... actually I think it's the only one I've seen :) haha!
Anyway, thought I'd share :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Holi 2011

This year's Holi was a little different than planned :) haha! Aashini was super excited about Holi this year! Last year she was pretty terrified, but this year she LOVED it! (for previous Holi posts, click HERE). She came out with her huge water gun and quickly switched to her small one. She LOVED it!

Here's a pic of Adam - just about the only one I got of him... Diya didn't like Holi very much. If water was squirted near her she freaked out.
Aashini's favorite thing to do was to squirt the colors and "clean up" people's steps :) haha!
Our little section of our neighborhood (about 20 houses) celebrates Holi together on this road (one of our balconies overlooks it). Here's some of our neighbors :)
Here's Aashini having fun :)
Here's a couple of our neighbors. The girl on the left lives upstairs from us and has a little sister that is Aashini's age - she plays with her most afternoons - it's awesome!
Aashini having fun :) These pictures aren't the best quality - but I got to take some fun ones this year because I brought out my small camera with the waterproof case - so I didn't have to worry about it getting wet or anything :)
Well, about this time I was down on one end of the street with Aashini and the other kids and Adam was down on the other end of the street with the men. One of the kids ran up to me and told me that Adam was sick. (He had been sick for the last 5 days or so and had really wanted to come out for about 5-10 minutes of Holi). I knew he was sick, but thought it was weird that the kid was telling me that, so I went to the other side of the street to see Adam in a chair with a bunch of men gathered around him. He had totally passed out and was still out. I told the men to get me some juice and they poured a bottle of water over his head and he came to. After drinking some sugary drink he was back to "normal". They made him some ORS (lemon juice, water, sugar & salt) and he sat and drank that for a little bit while I let the kids play a little more.
Diya was a little concerned with everything. This was the only pic I got of her.
Aashini continued having fun :) The girl behind her in the black LOVES Aashini. She comes to see her every day and calls Aashini her little sister. She's the youngest in her family and has always wanted a little sister :) It's cute :)
Aashini and this little girl (can't remember her name right now) had fun running in circles shooting each other) :)
At one point I asked Aashini to smile and she posed like this - haha!!!
Aashini LOVED it and had a blast :)
We waiting until it was "safe" to go out on the streets (about 4:30) and Adam went to the doctor. There is a new (2 year old) nice hospital about 5 blocks from our house. We had taken someone to it earlier in the week, so it was nice to be able to go so close! The doc gave him an IV for a couple of hours and did some tests. The doc thought he might have Typhoid and treated him for it. We haven't gotten the official Typhoid test back yet, but the medicine made him feel TONS better. He's already doing MUCH better! Yay! PTL!! Quite an interesting Holi!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

New Neighborhood - the Market :)

Thought I'd post a couple of pictures of our new neighborhood! :) Here's the market in our new neighborhood (not a great picture) :) This is just around the corner from our house :)
Here are the girls riding a ride in the market :)
Our market has a special Friday Night Market - it's walking distance from my house! It's awesome!!! I'm so excited!
This isn't a great shot - but this is the view from our roof :) Pretty cool!!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Funny Things :)

Here's just a few funny things I've seen recently :) It's starting to get warm (70s and upper 80s) but some people are still dressing warm. Check out this girl's outfit! I think everything she's wearing was knitted! Awesome!
This train made me laugh! haha!
This is in our new neighborhood. They had this sign up and it made me laugh :) It says: "Fix Prise means No Tention" haha! Love it!
This is a chain of stores in our area of the city... they are totally OWSOME! :)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

We Have Shifted!

We moved houses!! We moved last week! Our house had some serious termite issues and through some crazy events we ended up having to move earlier than planned.
Here's our house being packed up :)
This is what I and the girls did while Adam and the boys were moving and packing up the house :) Our awesome friends took us in for the day (and ended up being the night too!) while we moved! There was a glitch with the moving (and city rules) so they had to sit with the packed up truck until 9:00 pm... they weren't done unloading the truck until 3:45 am!!
Here's a picture of a room with all our stuff moved in!!
I love the house shaped windows - haha!
This is our landlord at her house :) She's awesome ;)
This is a road right behind our house that leads to this awesome ridge/park!! It's called the Rock Garden. It's full of big rocks - it's awesome!
Aashini LOVES it!
Here's one of the views from the top!
Aashini & Diya LOVE climbing on the rocks!
In our local market there is an awesome playground! It's even lit up at night and moms are there with their kids :) It's fun :)
We LOVE our new neighborhood and neighbors! It's awesome! Moving in is very slow (having to watch kids and move - it's a mess! haha!) It's going good though :) We'll post pics of our house once we get it all set up :)

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Monkeys & the City

Today Emily and I went out around town to do some business things, "other things" and to have some fun. To start off the morning we went to one of my favorite parantha places :) We had yummy paranthas (I had a yummy lemon one!). Here's a picture of Emily by the Parantha place - see the monkey? - he was throwing things in my hair - ick!
I thought these quits were awesome!
Here's a view from one of the metro stations :) There weren't many cars on the road, so it looked a little funny :)
I thought this doorway was cool :) It's not a great picture (my 50 mm lens is stuck on my camera and I couldn't stand in the middle of the road to take the picture) but it was so cool I just had to take a picture ;)