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  • 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
  • What Not To Say To SAHM (Stay At Home Moms)
    Tweet I am at the junction of tip-toeing back into the workforce after an absence of 2.5 years and though I look forward to actually finishing a cup of tea (and one that has not been reheated for the 20th time), I do feel pretty passionate about my role as a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom). Before I get totally immersed in the working world I want to find a way to give voice...
    by at July 30th, 2008 at 07:07 am
  • Bedford Springs Brook Park Gets Another Visit
    Tweet Summer weekends have been crazy lately with jam packed events. Since we already have Gymboree classes for Bela and Swim Classes for Jia set for every Saturday it ensures that the weekends start out busy. We did have plans to join friends at Hampton Beach but with timing issues we could not attend. We decided to try and hit the Bedford Springs Brook Park again....
    by at July 28th, 2008 at 06:07 pm
  • Choo-Choo, It Is Off To Edaville We Go!
    Tweet It was a real icky-sticky hot day when we drove down to Edaville. The drive was pretty long, and we hoped that Edaville had better be worth all it was cracked up to be. Since there were several characters, including Angelina Ballerina, Barney, Bob The Builder and Thomas Train, making an appearance we expected a crazy crowd. There were several rides and sometimes...
    by at July 20th, 2008 at 06:07 pm
  • Stone Zoo Visit: "It’s Only For The Grown-Ups!"
    Tweet Jia and Bela had a mid-week visit to the zoo (Stone Zoo, in Stoneham) thanks to Tanya. Jia decided to snap pictures of her own. While being part of a snake demonstration Jia was asked by the zoo official if she would like to touch the snake. Everyone looked at Jia and after some thought she declared “It’s only for the grown-ups!” That managed...
    by at July 18th, 2008 at 04:07 am
  • Davis Farmland
    Tweet This was a highly anticipated trip to Davis Farmland partly because we had heard so much about this place and partly because we scored a great deal in half price gift certificates. We had expected a totally commercial place (think Six Flags craze) and were pleasantly surprised at how well designed this place was. It had everything from playgrounds (ala farm theme),...
    by at July 13th, 2008 at 07:07 pm
  • An Afternoon At Crane Beach
    Tweet Saturday was such a busy day that we decided to end it at our favorite place, Crane Beach. Except for the flies (see post below) it was a wonderful and tiring afternoon, (read early to bed). I did encounter some weird women who decided to sit right next to our stuff while we were in the water. After slowly moving their umbrella and chairs around our stuff, began...
    by at July 12th, 2008 at 08:07 pm
  • Sing Song Friday
    Tweet We had fun at the Music And More program at the Wilmington Library. Kindermusik teacher Bernadette Baird, who performed at Bela’s 1st Birthday Party, had the kids and adults and moving and grooving. I was also happy to see many parents handling more than one kid. Before I used to look at these parents and think they had it all together but today I looked...
    by at July 12th, 2008 at 07:07 pm
  • Jia Takes A Dive
    Tweet Ok, more like a dip, or soak, or splash… or whatever they do until it is called swimming. Today was Jia’s 1st swim lesson and it began with chaos of missing her class and needing to join the next session. It all worked well for Jia though as she had extra time to be in the pool while she waited. She is a natural with water and easily floats. By the...
    by at July 12th, 2008 at 06:07 pm
  • Bedford Springs Brook Park
    Tweet After a few days of crappy weather when the sun poked out eventually on a Sunday morning there was no way we were going to stay in. Yes the chores we had planned to do were important but so was creating summer memories. We decided to give the Bedford Springs Brook park sprinkler park a try. We never anticipated the amount of fun the kids would have. This is definitely...
    by at July 6th, 2008 at 04:07 pm
  • Old Sturbridge Village
    Tweet The weather was so overcast, it made a hopeful beach visit impossible, so we ventured all the way to Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge. The rain began to come down pretty hard but nothing was going to get into our way of having a good time. Anyway since Sturbridge was a real hike getting to there was no way we were going back. The authentic costumes, acting...
    by at July 5th, 2008 at 06:07 pm
  • Butterfly Place
    Tweet After several sweltering hot days we were surprised to find July 4th morning wet and gloomy. We decided to head to a place that would be warm and cheerful, and what better place than the Butterfly Place in Westford. What we did not anticipate was a very hot room with such beautiful butterflies. What the place lacked for in size was certainly made up for by the...
    by at July 4th, 2008 at 07:07 pm
  • Summer Party
    Tweet This was a wonderfully planned annual party by Gail, a work friend of Ramesh. She had all the ingredients of the perfect summer event, … wonderful food, a heated pool, and cool sounds by a live band (the Flat Hill Band). Check out Bela bopping to the tunes!
    by at June 28th, 2008 at 07:06 pm
  • Jia Goes To The Movies!
    Tweet It was a last minute surprise to watch a movie with Jia. After digging through the listings I finally found one that was rated “G”. It was Wall-E. I had no idea about the movie, or any movie for that matter (ahem.. except for Sex And The City) since I never get to watch moves. And NO, it is not because I don’t love movies, I do have a 1 year...
    by at June 28th, 2008 at 06:06 pm
  • Bela At Gymboree
    Tweet We finally made it back to a class at Gymboree after missing several classes, courtesy of the plethora of birthday parties (see blog on kiddie birthdays). I think a mommy friend, who was in a similar situation, quite accurately declared “I think I donated my money to that place”. So many special memories at Gymboree ( Jia started there at 6 months...
    by at June 28th, 2008 at 06:06 pm
  • Lil Girls At The Big Wheels
    Tweet What do these big trucks and toddlers have in common? Both are loud, demand a lot of attention and are bloody expensive to maintain. Jia and Bela enjoy a very hot summer day at Big Wheels day at the library. Is it just me or can you just imagine Jia being a trucker in these photos? Bela could not understand what the fuss was about and just drifted off to sleep…...
    by at June 27th, 2008 at 11:06 am
  • Spa with Power Tools?
    Tweet I was on my way to the hair salon and when I found it closed I decided to go to the Spa next door. I really needed a pedicure anyway. For way over 3 years I have been either pregnant, too lazy, too tired or all of the above to give too much attention to my hands and feet. I read somewhere that white nail polish is the new color for any skin tone and though my inner...
    by at June 22nd, 2008 at 05:06 pm
  • Strawberry Picking At Smolak Farms
    Tweet Strawberry Picking seemed like the best way to enjoy another perfect summer day with the kids. They would be outside, working for their own food and kept busy out of trouble. Sounds ideal, doesn’t it? Jia and Bela seemed undeterred by the fact that the ripe strawberries were few and far between and had a good time hunting anyway. While Jia, the “don’t-make-me...
    by at June 22nd, 2008 at 04:06 am
  • Crane Beach
    Tweet You have to be a crazy kid to stand in icy water and love it anyway. Whether it was running in for a dip in the ocean, building sandcastles on the shore or searching for that perfect sea shell, we had all the elements of a beach day to remember.
    by at June 22nd, 2008 at 04:06 am
  • Jia’s 3rd Birthday
    Tweet Jia’s 3rd birthday was held at the Kids Playground in Woburn, ma, a big indoor playground for kids. After Bela’s 1st Birthday party had 33 kids in attendance this location with its tunnels, tree-house and pretend play rooms seemed ideal. After playing all the kids were treated to a Dora birthday party. After stuffing of pizza, punch, ice-cream and cake,...
    by at June 22nd, 2008 at 04:06 am
  • Bela’s 1st Birthday
    Tweet Bela’s 1st Birthday party had 33 kids and their families cramped in our lounge enjoying the wonderful music by Kindermusik teacher Bernadette Baird. She was enthralling enough that all we could see was smiling faces. Maybe it was the yummy samosas or spicy paun bhaji on a cold April morning but there was merriment all over. Maybe too much as the birthday...
    by at June 22nd, 2008 at 04:06 am
  • Chuck-E-Cheese
    by at June 20th, 2008 at 08:06 pm
  • Sidewalk Chalk Drawings
    Tweet Jia and Bela at the Wilmington Library’s Sidewalk Chalk Day
    by at June 20th, 2008 at 07:06 pm