Today is Aditi’s first day of kindergarten. I thought I’d be able to resist taking a picture with the cheesy little signs but I could not. Roll not your eyes, lest ye be eye rolled back or something like that.


Someone was very excited. She’d already been to school twice, once for a kindergarten screening and the second time to meet her teacher. Her teacher interview went really well I think because after that she’s been so excited about all the things they’re going to do. There’s library day, there’s gym and there’s show and tell! So many things to do, so many friends to make!


After we took this picture, Ro went inside to get sunglasses. Hint: not because it was a very sunny day.




Did I mention she was excited? I asked her if she was more excited about school than Disney World and she said yes! Take that Magic kingdom!


You’d think she got on the bus without even a backward glance right? Nope! She turned around once to show us her happy, happy grin but that photo was a little blown out. She didn’t hesitate at all though, she got on the bus and sat right in front, just like she said she would.


A picture of two Padinjarekara men, who cannot believe she just went to school all by herself without even shedding a single tear. Hahaha! Advaith is going to start preschool two days a week in September. I promise that will be a very different scene.

My big girl! I’m so proud of you!



Florida beaches

We went to Disney as announced to deafening silence in the last post but most of those pictures are on Ro’s laptop. After a couple days at Disney World we headed out to visit Joel & Amy and to enjoy the warm water of Floridian beaches. I am now completely convinced that I could live in Miami if you twisted my arm or even if you didn’t. I do not understand the appeal of California beaches anymore. At all.

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Since it was August, it was a little too hot for the kids in Disney, so they left without too much protest but it was perfect beach weather for all of us. I am usually not a big fan of getting wet but my god! the water was so warm and the sea was so gentle, I could have spent all day floating on it. 

3 perfect beach days after 2 crazy wonderful Disney days. Can’t wait to go back.

Arjan & Avni

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.

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(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.


Elk Grove

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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.

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