Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wow- check this out!

Doesn't this guy look hot?  Hit bought this motorbike yesterday.  Its meant to be our second vehicle so I get the use of the car more.  Its also because Hit has been wanting a bike ever since he came to Australia and got his Indian licence transferred directly to an open motorbike licence.   Generally they don't sell bikes this powerful in India.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Bring on the food

Last night we had dinner at a local community multicultural food fair. I tried some Turkish stuffed bread and Filipino banana frittars- very yum! Hit had a meat curry and rice (that's not that different from what he normally eats!). Heaps of people, lots of different food, some interesting cultural acts. We loved the Maori dancing and singing. Kalyani (it makes me laugh) LOVED a Spanish pipe group and kept wanting to stand right next to them and listen. Only thing was I didn't enjoy their music and wanted to stand a lot further away. So Dad got to listen to them too. I reckon its great that such a diverse group of people who normally wouldn't gather together, have the opportunity to.

First Time in a Big Bed

Yep we moved Kalyani from the cot to a bed yesterday. So far she has made the adjustment fairly easily. She got so excited showing Dad when he came home from work.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

How many weeks to Christmas?

I was reminded this morning at MOPS when they had us making Christmas decorations that Christmas is really not that far away. I think I am at a turning point this year (hopefully) in how I look at celebrating this holiday.

We are one of those families that doesn't know 12 months in advance what we are doing at Christmas. We don't have a lot of big family get-togethers to be at because some of our family don't live in the same city and we don't have a tradition of getting together. The plus side of this is that we don't struggle with being in two places at once, trying to please everyone and driving from one place to the other. Christmas is usually quiet and restful! The down side is that every year I actually have to decide what we are going to do- sometimes we join another family, sometimes we visit friends or sometimes we stay home by ourselves. And its easy to feel like we are missing out on something not being a part of an extended family Christmas.

So I am now starting to realise that I can't use my family of origin as an excuse for not having a traditional Christmas. And the "try and ignore its Christmas" approach doesn't work too well either. Its time that we choose what traditions we want to start and continue on for this new family especially with Kalyani growing up with us now. Interesting side note- Christmas was not one of the holidays Hitendra grew up celebrating with his family. They had other special occasions like Diwali. So thinking about what traditions that might include? Definitely not Carols by Candlelight. But stuff like fruit cake and fruit mince pies-yum!

So how is your family celebrating the Christmas holiday this year?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Random pics from this week!

Its amazing what cats put up with! This girl is very affectionate and loves giving the cat a cuddle and patting it any chance she gets. She even tries to tempt the cat to come her way by leaving a trail of food. When that strategy doesn't work Mum makes her clean it up.

We are a one car family at the moment and so the park is one of the few places that is accessible by walking. Bonus that it also provides a lot of fun playing!
Even time for a few tears when things don't go our way.
Down the slide and then back up again whatever way you can. And then down again...
Mum looks longingly at the bench. Oh to sit down and have a rest!
Kalyani decides to use it instead and has fun trying on Mum's hat and posing.
One final climb on anything... Here's the sign to sit on. Meanwhile Mum is half way down the road - come on Kalyani. Why is the life of a two year old all about interruptions?

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Serious Play Time

This is what I completed this week which means my back has been improving enough to sit for a while. Yeh! Except now I am home from work with a cold. I think the craziness of the past few months has caught up with me. I love these photos of Kalyani playing in the backyard. She got so absorbed with what she was doing- playing of course! I decided to do it on 1 1/12 layouts because I wanted to try and fit all the photos on one layout.