This fall Aditi will move from her montessori preschool to the public school kindergarten. Its quite a big move emotionally, she has to ride on the bus, no one from her preschool will be going to this school, so she’s starting over. She is excited about her move in theory but we all know that kids are excited about all sorts of things in theory only to have full on tantrums when faced with reality. So, I’m glad of her bond with Arjan, who she informed me is her BFF – that’s best friends forever Amma! – and hopefully we will all continue to meet up and have fun playdates like these in the future even when they’re both in different schools.
(There’s some potential her for some budding BFFship too :))
p.s. I know most of these photos are slightly out of focus but I love how they capture a typical playdate, so I decided to put them up anyway.
One of the days Chechi and Robi were here, we went to Elk Grove to look at the elk and then we walked for a bit over the bridge and to the meadow? field? green? beyond it. I don’t remember it being the most successful outing, but it sure made for some cute, cute photographs.
Here are some pictures of the kids. After we came back from India, Ro surprised me with a new camera, so I have been trying to take some pictures of the kids after a very long dry spell. I’m posting Advaith first, and hopefully I will post Aditi’s pictures soon.
Mt Rushmore was one of the planned stops on our way but like many of our stops, Advaith was asleep and we opted to just drive by instead. I’m not sure what we missed but it was still impressive and it definitely checked a box on Ro’s bucket list.
Advaith by this time was just beginning to really, really hate getting into the car seat. Aditi was more resigned.
We opted to go on the Enchanted Highway but I think we were more fascinated by these elaborate sculptures in the middle of nowhere than Aditi. (Advaith of course had no opinion of them whatsoever.)
The Dakotas were actually really fascinating to me. SO empty and SO lonely. As Rohit said, how do you get married here? Where do you meet people?
I can’t find a set of photographs I took of the kids in a dinosaur park or at the Flintstones Park in SD but one of the things we did do everywhere was to stop at a lot of theme parks. This one was taken at one called Fairy Tale Village and it was really cute.
The last place of note that I can find pictures of was Jamestown, the birthplace of Louis L’amour. I haven’t read much Louis L’amour but my brother in law is a big fan and we were so excited to stop there and check it out on his behalf.The whole place is st up like an old time-y western town. You can walk up and down the main drag and see an old school house, an old church and ye old saloon of course. They also had some cute little antique and souvenir shops and we bought two cute little ceramic pigs, made by an artist who doesn’t even a website to link to. Amazing huh?
We’re on to our last leg now – Minnesota to Chicago, so we’re almost done with this enormous photo dump :)
The second hotel we stayed in was in Parque Nacional Maunel Antonio. I cannot for the life of me remember what it was called now, I’ll update after Ro wakes up. It wasn’t as fancy as the other hotel but it had a really fantastic view. As you can tell from my daughters face.
What you can’t see from this picture is that we also overlooked one of the hotel swimming pools, which was surrounded by some lush greenery. We got really lucky the first day we went there and we saw a sloth, rather Ro did. I could just barely make it out because I thought it was really well camouflaged. You can see it fairly clearly here because it’s a bit overexposed and because the baby sloth is facing us. When Ro showed it to me later they were snuggled into each other and Iu could just barely make out the different texture of the fur against the branch.The beach was kind of rough and also a little bit dirty. People had been using it as a toilet, I guess we got there a bit too early. It was nice though, there were a couple of spots which were just beautiful and I could have spent more time there just chilling on the beach.