Friday, December 07, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012!!

We haven't been in town for the last few years for Thanksgiving...(we were in the mountains... to see those posts, click HERE).... but this year we were!  We celebrated with folks that live in our city, and folks that live somewhere else and came in town for the weekend :)
The kiddos had fun playing at the park :)
 The guys played some football :)
 ...American Football :)  (it's American Thanksgiving so you have to have some sort of American Football right? :) haha!)
We had TONS of food!   This was just the dessert table!
 Here are some folks eating...
 Here's the "kids table"  :) haha!!
 It was a fun Thanksgiving! :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

MasterChef Australia!!!

MasterChef Australia is a great show!  When it's on, we get it 5 days a week.  There are TONS of episodes.  The thing that makes it really cool is that the judges and contestants are all so nice!  The contestants don't stab each other in the back and they even help each other!  
Anyway, the other night (a couple of weeks ago) some friends of ours were in town and wanted to go to Chili's, so we went over to the mall to eat :)  When we got there we saw that the bookstore had the Judges (and very famous chefs/restaurant owners) inside signing cookbooks!   
When we got inside, they had just closed off the line, so we weren't allowed to go through the line and get them to sign a cookbook or get a pic with them :(   
So... we stood as close as we could and took pics :) haha!  (and I didn't have my camera, only my phone to take pics)...
Here's Gary... 
 Here's George with my friend Amy :)
 And my attempt at a picture "with" George :) haha!!
 George and Gary with the Bookstore Staff :)
These guys are big stars here in South Asia (and big stars in Australia)... They are super nice :)  I love randomly running into celebrities :)  (To see other posts about famous people we've run into, click HERE)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Weekend Getaway!!

 During the Diwali holidays, the kiddos had off almost a week of school.  So, us and some of our friends went on a getaway!  We went just a little outside of the city to another state and stayed at a fun resort.   Look at the view from our room!  Fun hunh?
 Aashini and Diya got to play a lot with their buddies Sanjana and Sandeep :)
 The kiddos had a great time on the outside play area :)
 The boys spent most of their time playing sports! haha!  They played Badminton (pictured below), Tennis, Water Polo and Cricket at any chance they got! :)  They played ALL day long! haha!
 The hotel also had an indoor play area.  They kids had a lot of fun at that one too :)
 It had a crazy slide that was super steep and fast!  They usually ended up sliding across the floor  a few feet after they slid off :) haha!
 We all tried the slide too :) haha!
 There were fountains and water everywhere!  The kids loved it!
 haha!  This picture cracked me up! :)
In the mornings and evenings it was pretty chilly... but in the afternoons it was pretty warm!  We took advantage of the warmth and played at the awesome pool!
The pool had an awesome waterslide!!!! :)   It was super fast!  It was supposed to be for people 8 yrs old and younger... but a few of us got on it a few times while they weren't looking :) haha! 
 Every night, we all went to the boys' room and played games!  We stayed up late playing tons of games!!  It was fun :)
 Adam and the kiddos racing on Diwali morning :) 
 Diya and Deepa at the fun playground :)
 We took lots of funny pictures :)  
 One of the mornings all of the girls went to the spa :)  I got a great foot massage!  Here is Deepa getting a Foot Spa :)
 They also had a Billards room :)  We even played pool!
 This picture makes me laugh! :)
 Deepa always had tons of fun snacks!! :)  Here are the girls enjoying their lollypops :)
 Group picture of the guys :)
 An attempt at a jumping picture with the girls :) haha! :)
It was a fun getaway :)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Dusshera 2012

This year, our neighborhood was quite active for Dusshera.  At one end of our street, one of the major political parties here, set up a Dusshera celebration.   Here are some guys putting the effigies together and filling it full of fireworks!
They had quite the political statement for their celebration.  (Basically that expensive water, fuel, electricity, diesel, gas, etc and FDI (bringing in foreign companies like Wal-Mart) are like Raverna (the demon god)... and are the evils of today....)
 Here's their set-up at the end of our street.... you can't see it very well, but they had all three effigies there that they burned....
 They burned VERY quickly at this one... So quickly that by the time I pulled out my camera, it was already on the ground!!
 Our street looked like those CNN videos of rioting cities :) haha!!  There was burning stuff all over the street :)
 Many people will get a piece of the leftover wood/bamboo to keep in their house for the coming year as good luck.  
 Next we went to the school that is next to our house.  They have been having big celebrations all week performing the Ramlila (story of Ram's life).  My kitchen window overlooks the school... so we're really close.  We could hear all of the celebrations all week.  On Dusshera there were thousands of people there!
 We hung out inside the school for a little while and rode the carnival rides while the Ramlila was going on (I'll post pictures of the Carnival rides on the other blog) and when it got insanely packed, we went to our roof to see the effigies burn.  It looks far away, but it was really close... the roof that's in the picture is the school's roof....
 Here they are when they are burning... right on the ridge (I'm sure that violates some kinds of codes....)
It was SUPER loud!!!!  Here is the first one burning....
 Here is the last one (Raverna) burning....
We had fun hanging out with our neighbors on our roof :)  It was an eventful holiday!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Dusshera Preparations

October 24th is a holiday here called Dusshera (or Dussehra - Click HERE to see older posts on Dusshera).  On this holiday, people will gather at parks, where huge statues of Ravana (the demon god) are burned at the end of the night.  It celebrates the triumph of good over evil.   Anyway, the other day we were on the metro and we saw where there were making a BUNCH of the statues and decided to jump out and check them out! 
 The girls thought it was so cool! :)  Aashini thought they were hilarious :)
 They have so many that they are making, that they are using space all over the place to put the heads, bodies and arms :) haha!   It made me laugh to see the heads waiting at the bus stop with people next to it :) haha!
 Aashini thought it was hilarious to be put up into his nose :) haha!!
 Diya did NOT think it was funny :) haha!  Poor little girl... :)
The big statues are made like paper mache'.   They sue these brown paper bags to make them.
 They also use this nasty-looking glue (in the black pots) that looks a lot like snot.... it was kinda grossing me out! :) haha!
 There were families that lived all along the roadside that are making these day and night....
 They are putting the heads everywhere!  
 Diya was worried about this bus... she wasn't sure how it was going to drive again :) haha!
 The heads are all over the place!  You can even see some in this picture under the metro in the middle of the street... they were everywhere! (even at the metro stations!!)
 Here's some smaller ones :)  I thought they were fun looking... I love the mustaches :) haha!
This is just another reason I love living in South Asia :)  You never know what you're going to see!