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  • It’s Pumpkin Time!
    Tweet With October comes pumpkin time. With Halloween, Diwali and our birthdays (yes, my husband and I share the same birthday, freaky, I know) in October this is certainly one of my favorite months. We decided to kickstart the month with a visit to Wilson Farms. It was already a busy day with swimming classes for Jia and Field Hockey Coaching by Ramesh, but there was...
    by at October 5th, 2008 at 04:10 pm
  • Happy Birthday Gandhi!
    Tweet It is Gandhi’s birthday today and it is a day I hold of great respect each year. Besides being a strong follower of his belief of invoking change in others so that they see the result of their actions. I also am an avid believer in non-violence for change. I was fortunate enough to go to school at the Phoenix settlement in South Africa. This was the place...
    by at October 2nd, 2008 at 04:10 am
  • Just Another School Day!
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    by at September 27th, 2008 at 06:09 pm
  • Dearly Departed
    Tweet It is a time of year where we honor our ancestors by way of prayer and offerings. Called, Pithar Paksh, it is not something many people observe. In fact I never see it listed in the list of special dates in the Hindu Calendars in India, but it is common in the Hindu Calendars in South Africa. I continue to observe it as it is a time to remember both my folks who...
    by at September 27th, 2008 at 04:09 pm
  • Kid’s Party At Borders
    Tweet Since we were having our carpets steam cleaned, (yay! bye-bye playdoh, hot chocolate and who-knows-what stains) and it was a dreary rainy day (I know, crazy time to get the carpets cleaned but the carpets REALLY needed the cleaning before winter set in), we needed a place to keep the kids out of the house. Luckily for us Borders was having its Kids Party. We normally...
    by at September 27th, 2008 at 04:09 pm
  • Recalls Again Fisher Price?
    Tweet When Fisher Price announced their Product Recall a few months ago, I took it in stride. I could not understand why anyone mentions “voluntary product recalls”, it is either safe or it is not. Anyway after checking the product list diligently I found one of the toys listed but upon checking the date manufactured it listed my product as safe. I cautiously...
    by at September 27th, 2008 at 04:09 am
  • Back To Reheating My Chai
    Tweet The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of changes. I must have the shortest employment record, after a week and one day at work, I resigned! It has taken two nannies (one the sweetest ever and one an epitome of evil), one preschool and one home-based daycare for things to take a toll. After wasting a month looking for and training the nanny she surprisingly...
    by at September 24th, 2008 at 06:09 pm
  • Second Time Around
    Tweet Not one to actually love pregnancy, I did decide to have a second kid because there was no way Jia was going to be an only child. By having two girls it made me nostalgic of my own sisterhood (coming from a set of 5 sisters brings with it a wonderful charm). There are so many things different with the second kid. We forget to count in weeks (and even months) the...
    by at September 21st, 2008 at 06:09 pm
  • Summer Outing At Danversport Yacht Club
    Tweet It was a nice way to end my first week at the new job in a summer outing at Danversport Yacht Club. A day spent with good food and and wonderful colleagues would have been enough, but we were lucky enough to have perfect weather too. Not being a terrible sporty person I agreed to try my hand at croquet (the other sports were a little too physical for my lazybones)....
    by at September 21st, 2008 at 06:09 pm
  • Mommy Niri Diet: Week 3
    Tweet The blog post Diet Starts Monday can give you a background on my dieting saga. This is week 3 of my journey. After a slow start in Week 1 and a disastrous Week 2, I was hoping for a better Week 3. Realistically I know I can do drastically better but I am trying to do this by a level I can keep up with. As always comments in form of support or advice or anything...
    by at September 13th, 2008 at 07:09 pm
  • 2 BBQs And A Farewell!
    Tweet It would have been 3 BBQs if I did not misjudge the weather and assume the 3rd was canceled. Oh well, it gave me time to grocery shop. What a busy Saturday it was with first attending Joey’s 5th birthday bbq party, and then heading in to Framingham for Soma’s 40th birthday party and Shamiem’s farewell party. The Padayachees, if you remember are...
    by at September 13th, 2008 at 07:09 pm
  • You Put What In My Pocket?
    Tweet We were celebrating at Soma’s 40th birthday party and I could not help overhearing a young couple’s conversation. They had a sweet little nine month old baby in tow, that mommy was trying to feed, while daddy was busy with his meal. The next thing Mommy asked Daddy for the banana for the baby. Daddy looked surprised and asked “What banana?”....
    by at September 13th, 2008 at 03:09 pm
  • My First Date!
    Tweet Well to put it more accurately, my first date with my husband since we had kids. What’s so weird about that, well it has been over 3 (long) years since we had a day to ourselves. The past 3 years have been a whirlwind with having 2 beautiful girls born to us. Finally having a nanny that we love has given us an opportunity to venture out on our own. It all...
    by at September 13th, 2008 at 03:09 pm
  • You’re Beautiful!
    Tweet I finally made another visit to the the spa (yes the very same one I mentioned in my post Spa With Power Tools) in my final week before I resumed office work (although I have been a SAHM the past 3 years I have always worked, read my post on What Not To Say To SAHM). Being in need of some serious grooming (wonder how much? Read my post on Diet Starts Monday to...
    by at September 11th, 2008 at 06:09 am
  • And Then There Was Preschool
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    by at September 8th, 2008 at 07:09 pm
  • It Was The Night Before Preschool!
    Tweet I may have touched on the topic of the impending preschool event in my post on Preschool Preparation Panic, but I had just skimmed the surface of this deep pool of emotions. I tried diverting attention to a last minute shopping attempt to get some clothing (so weird to shop for regular clothing when back home we are used to wearing uniforms, but a whole other...
    by at September 7th, 2008 at 07:09 pm
  • A Bouncy Sunday Afternoon
    Tweet What an end to a very wet weekend that saw a wasted Saturday. Luckily we had beautiful weather for Ani’s 4th birthday party this Sunday. His folks planned the perfect birthday which included a bouncy house for the kids, scrumptious food prepared by mommy Ritu (she is an excellent cook and her several catering clients will attest to that, heck my need for...
    by at September 7th, 2008 at 07:09 pm
  • Mommy Niri Diet: Week 2
    Tweet The blog post Diet Starts Monday can give you a background on my dieting saga. Last week on Week 1 I made some progress but was not too happy with it. I was hoping to do better on Week 2. As always comments in form of support or advice or anything are welcome. What did I learn this week? That Man I should never have stopped nursing, ever. I need to drink water! A...
    by at September 6th, 2008 at 06:09 pm
  • Bingo Dotter Art Day
    Tweet The last Friday before Jia heads to preschool, we forgo the preparation for school and indulge in a playgroup doing Bingo Dotter Art. Certainly a much more fun day than traversing the malls to find all school apparel. Anyway I would rather not focus on this “big” day more than I have to. Stay blogged for an update to the “First Day“. Back...
    by at September 5th, 2008 at 06:09 pm
  • Apple Picking At Parlee Farms
    Tweet It seems like we can never get enough of fruit picking. Last year we picked strawberries at Connors Farm, apples at Autumn Hill Orchard, and Peaches at Belkin Lookout Farm. This year we went strawberry and raspberry picking at Smolak Farms, today we picked apples at Parlee Farms and we plan to visit our favorite (and priciest) Belkin Lookout Farm later this fall....
    by at September 1st, 2008 at 06:09 pm
  • A Day Out In Boston
    Tweet It has been long overdue that we have not taken the girls out to Boston. Excluding airport trips and trips to Museums (Children’s and Science) and Aquariums, we had not traipsed into the city. Once upon a time we felt that being a part of the city life was of utmost importance, then children happened to us. Now we move a little slower, but appreciate faster....
    by at August 31st, 2008 at 05:08 pm
  • Mommy Niri Diet: Week 1
    Tweet A little about my diet journey can be found at the blog post Diet Starts Monday. I am going to blog my journey in hope of getting me to stick to it. If you have ideas please comment away, if you want to join in and share your journey, comment away too. I will post weekly updates as to my progress (good or bad). I have signed onto Weight Watchers as I have always...
    by at August 30th, 2008 at 05:08 pm
  • Mommy Niri Going Green?
    Tweet No, not green with envy (well maybe a little at how easy everyone else makes going green look), but with trying-to-make-the world-a-better-place “green”. Intention has always been there, deeds however have been a bit lagging behind. I even meant to do cloth diapers for my kids but could not find a diaper service easily and I knew I would not be able...
    by at August 29th, 2008 at 07:08 pm
  • Thursday Party At A Quarry
    Tweet It is always a wonderful treat to have an adventure on a weekday. Not that weekend adventures are worth any less, but having a weekday adventure shortens the doldrums of the week. It was through an office summer event that we got to enjoy a quarry party. Since I had never seen a quarry I thought that it was really something else. The quarry was at some point in...
    by at August 28th, 2008 at 07:08 pm
  • Diet Starts Monday!
    Tweet No really, it does. Well, more like makeover starts today. For the last 4 years I have been either pregnant or nursing constantly and have paid little or no attention to myself. Since I gained a lot of weight with my first born ,and did not bother to lose it before being pregnant with my next baby, things kind of ballooned (excuse the phrase) out of control. Some...
    by at August 26th, 2008 at 04:08 pm
  • Another Summer Sunday, Another Crane Beach Visit
    Tweet We have already been quite a few times this year to Crane Beach and it has always been a memorable time. This weekend was spent catching up on errands (or at least trying to). So after an overdue visit to Snip Its for a haircut for each of the girls, we headed out to our favorite beach. Thankfully the Greenhead flies were not to be found this time. Another sign...
    by at August 24th, 2008 at 06:08 pm
  • Raspberry Picking At Smolak Farms
    Tweet The days seem to be getting shorter already and there is certainly a bite in the air in the mornings. A clear sign that summer is getting ready to bid us farewell. We figured this was as good excuse as any to make a weekday trip to Smolak Farms. With the intention of peach picking we headed out to North Andover where the farm was located. When we got there we...
    by at August 22nd, 2008 at 04:08 pm
  • Preschool Preparation Panic
    Tweet The “back-to-school” sales prominently displayed all over sends jitters down my spine. No, not because it hails the end of summer (well that too) but it reminds me that my baby Miss J is going to start preschool in the fall. Having never been to daycare I worry immensely how would she cope without me, and even worse how would I cope without her. I...
    by at August 18th, 2008 at 08:08 am
  • Imajine That
    Tweet It was great to finally make it to Imajine That (an inside playground, meets a pretend world and so much more). Somehow we always had other plans when invitations from other mommy groups arrived, and I have been looking for an excuse to check out this place. In fact I almost booked this place for Jia’s 3rd Birthday Party. So when one of the Meetup groups...
    by at August 13th, 2008 at 10:08 am
  • What A Ride!
    Tweet This summer has been a trip with Jia learning to ride her bike and a scooter too. It is amazing how fast they learn (even when they seem to be constantly ignoring you). Of course having a Dora scooter has an enticement on its own. It seems though that with a scooter it is time to invest in more safety gear. I wonder if it is ever enough protection to stop a...
    by at August 8th, 2008 at 08:08 pm
  • Choo-Choo Train Time
    Tweet As if the Music program at the library was not enough for a Friday morning, Jia joined the kiddie train at the playground.
    by at August 8th, 2008 at 08:08 pm
  • Every Friday Should Be A Sing Song Friday
    Tweet It is Friday morning and yet again we get to enjoy Bernadette Baird’s wonderful music program at the Wilmington Library. I have no idea if this Kindermusik teacher realizes just how popular her event is. Although free, this event is a ticketed one a week ahead and within an hour of the tickets becoming available they are snapped up. The waiting list is a...
    by at August 8th, 2008 at 04:08 pm
  • Dora Gets Mommy Niri’s Vote!
    Tweet Never being one to fall into what is “hot” or the current fancy, I have tried to keep commercialism away from the girls. Caillou (a Canadian show) used to be the love of Jia’s life but recently Dora took that spot. Caillou still has a special place in her heart but Dora has certainly taken a larger chunk of it. I would have hoped that Bela would...
    by at August 6th, 2008 at 09:08 am
  • A Jam Packed Saturday
    Tweet Since we already start the Saturday with swimming for Jia and Gymboree for Bela, having any other event creates somewhat a chaos. Add to that several events and 2 kids and you are up for a day of craziness. After swim and Gymboree our 1st event was the IIT picnic in Cochituate Park in Natick. It was a mix of smart people and spicy yummy food. The weather was...
    by at August 3rd, 2008 at 04:08 pm
  • Discovery Museum
    Tweet The Discovery Museum in Acton is one that we had been to before but now with 2 official toddlers it seemed like it was worth a revisit. They have 2 museums: a Children’s Museum and a Science Museum next door. We decided to skip the Science Museum since it was a little too much for our young audience and also there is just so much stimulation kids can take...
    by at August 2nd, 2008 at 05:08 pm