Friday, April 11, 2014

Electronics and Playthings

Eli, one of our neighbors, was over playing one day.  He brought his Kindle along with, so Alex played with the Kindle and Eli played with our iPad.  (Alex is scratching the top of his nose, not the inside, ha!)

Ajay had the iPad, Alex had Daddy's old phone that we kept around for entertainment, Aren was left without an electronic device so he played with Play-Doh.

All three boys gathered around Daddy's old phone wrapped up in a game of some sort.

We gathered 'round the table one evening, Aren had his puzzle, Biju was dealing with some paperwork that followed him home from the office, and Ajay and Alex and I played an abbreviated game of Yahtzee!

Aren playing peek-a-boo!

Aren wearing a pair of overalls that my older brother (and probably younger brother, too) used to wear!

They look so peaceful when they're sleeping, don't they?

Ajay started painting on his Cub Scouts Derby Car and Alex had a spare piece of wood that he painted on.  Aren wanted to get in on the painting action so we gave him some watercolors and paper.

Aren practicing his cutting skills - love that tongue sticking out in concentration!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The rest of February

Awhile back I uploaded a few pictures of February happenings and since it is now the end of March almost the middle of April I guess its time to share them with you.  Just some random stuff.  You know, in case you were wondering just what exactly our family did last month oh so long ago.  I'm sure you're so curious to know!
This is what our counter top looks like when we've stocked up on fruits.  We go through them pretty quickly but in the meantime we lose counter space.  Anyone have good ideas how we could store them?   We want to be able to see them (out of sight out of mind, right?) and we don't want to stack them in a bowl and have the top fruits bruise the bottom fruits.  Oh, the dilemma.

Alex and Aren playing "night night"  On a related note, there are times when Aren gets hurt or mad and is crying and along comes "Bubby"  to help calm him down.  He usually does this by going through our bedtime routine (no matter the time of day).  After Aren is put to bed and Alex comes out, Aren is all calm and ready to move on. 

Aren was thrilled to find Gracie napping in his bed.

Alex showing off a Play-Doh art piece.  This photo was taken too long ago for me to remember what it was.  Oops.

Time for a music session!

Biju took Alex somewhere one night and after we got Aren put to bed Ajay and I had some quality one-on-one time.

Here is some artwork Ajay worked on.  We gave him some pastels and a pastel drawing book for his birthday last year so every once in awhile he gets it out.  He's still trying to get a feel for the properties of the paper and pastels.  They're a bit different than your average paper and crayons!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Lend me your ears.....

I few weeks back I got together with The Girls.  Aren came along for the fun and Biju took the other two boys out for ice cream.  They were supposed to go to a movie but I think there were some shenanigans involved and they lost that privilege.

Aren wants to show you his "punny pace" (funny face)

The waitress at PF Changs was willing to take a photo of the ladies all together.  Aren couldn't help but make another punny pace.  We missed Tonya and Elissa - someday all eight of us will be together again!!

This time he got Natalie involved and they made punny paces together!
After lunch we went to get some frozen yogurt.  Yum!  Too bad Aren left his crocheted minion hat behind and I had to go back to pick it up.  I was in a rush to get back home so Biju and I could go on a date.  We grabbed dinner (my first - and last - time at Red Lobster.  I'm just not a fan of seafood.) and then we fit in two movies while my sister stayed back with the boys.  It was a busy and fun-filled Saturday!

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Most of you have noticed that Biju was growing his hair out.
 He kept it mostly tied back for work.
Side view, tied back, no glasses.....
 On the day he decided to cut it (10 months after his last hair cut), he decided to get rid of the beard, too.  First, though, he had a little fun. 
 Then he got rid of the mustache, too.
 I failed to get a photo like the rest after the haircut, but here is a shot of the two of us shortly afterwards at the movies on a date night. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Snow Days!

Do you all remember the crazy snow we had a few weeks back?  The snow that caused the schools to cancel so much that when they finally did have classes the schools had to call parents to say YES there would in fact be school the next day? 
The boys loved their snow days!!  We had a few neighbor kids over to play - inside and out.  

The kids all gathered to watch The Tale of Despereaux - I had made everyone a cup of hot chocolate and then they cuddled up together for the movie.

Before the movie was over another set of neighbor kids came by asking to play.

I was really bad about taking Aren out to play.  As a kid I loved to play out in the snow but I'm just not that into it these days.  But with all the neighbor kids and brothers outside, how could I tell him he had to stay in??

Alex and Eli warming up inside with a game of Checkers.

Ah, yes, now I remember ..... I let Aren go outside because there were plenty of "big sisters" to keep an eye on him and I got to stay IN!


I don't mind admiring the view from inside :)

Aren plunked himself down on the floor to watch as Daddy scooped the snow off the deck.

Another snow day, more inside fun.  Play dough and iPads!

Ajay snapped this picture of his creation - I think the far left is a soda and straw, then a burger, fries, and a hot dog on a bun w/ ketchup squirted on.

Time to play with cousins!  And who can resist dumping every Lego on the floor?  It makes for better construction, I'm sure.

Giving Gracie Mae some luvin's

Something doesn't seem right now.... Paige has her winter coat on, Ajay has his shirt off.  How odd.

Lexi reading some VeggieTales to Aren.  I've mentioned this before.....if you want to win Aren over, just read him a book!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Super Bowl Sunday

When Biju and I were dating I told him that we were a good match because neither of us watched or cared about football.

Over the years, the more he talked with his co-workers the more he gained an interest in the sport.  Oh, joy.  He started coming home talking about teams and every now and then our TV would get tuned to a game on Sunday.

He eventually started picking teams he liked/didn't like, quarterbacks he didn't care for for one reason or another and our Sunday afternoons became Football Time - like so many other households in America.

Well, great.

Since my Indian-born husband could learn the details of the sport I guessed I might as well figure out how it all worked, too.  I did cheer for football during my cheerleading days in high school but I never understood it.  I just followed along when the other girls started yelling.  First and Ten! Whoo!  (whatever that meant!)

Here's a 13/14 year old Kalinda at Cheer Camp in 1992

While watching games with Biju I asked him questions, he explained what he knew and suddenly football actually meant something....something other than a bunch of grown men wear spandex and running around after a ball I could never see. (Modern TV technology is immensely helpful these days, if it weren't for those yellow lines and other graphics I would have a hard time keeping up with everything.)

Football still means nothing to me unless I choose a team to root for.  Obviously, the Chiefs are high on my list.  Annnnd that's actually about the extent of my list.

A few years ago, our good friends, the Rouses, invited us to a couple of Super Bowl Parties.  Now that they've abandoned us  moved to Texas, we stay at home for "the big game."

The day my parents drove back home, after celebrating Alex's birthday, was Super Bowl Sunday.  We turned on the game.....and were severely disappointed.  We were hoping for a good game and all we saw was a cremation.  The game couldn't even hold my attention so I went up to the kitchen to fiddle around in there, only occasionally taking a peek at what was happening.

Biju stayed tuned in for the whole thing, though, and even had a bit of company to distract him watch with him.

Congrats to the Seahawks, though.  Too bad it wasn't a more well-rounded game. 

Friday, February 28, 2014

The 6th Birthday Celebration

My parents made the three hour drive to visit us for Alex's celebration.  We were worried the weather would keep them from coming but luckily the roads didn't get too bad. 
My sister and her family also came (across town) to join us.  My mom and sister always end up helping me out with the cake.  I think it has become tradition :)

Alex was completely enthralled by my sister icing his cake. 

Cherry (boxed) cake and cherry (canned) frosting - I was lazy mom and didn't make from scratch.  Since everything was pink, we added some orange food coloring to try to "boy it up" a little.

Alex with his brothers and cousins.

If you know Alex at all you know he just can't resist making a face for the camera.

Biju, Dad and BIL Carrick watched some basketball while Mom, Shelly and I chit chatted and the cousins played.

On Sunday, after church but before my parents drove back home, Alex roped Nana into playing a game of Skip-Bo.  I guess it was similar enough to UNO for him to understand the rules.

Ajay and Papa

Alex with Nana and Papa and the fishing tackle box they gave him for his birthday.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Alex turned 6!

....a month ago!  Last month I got all caught up and current on the blog and I told myself I would STAY current but here I am, catching up the month of February.  SmackMyHead.
We now have a 6 year old in our house!  But then Alex has always seemed a year older than he really is, to me.  He has such amazing energy and a loving heart.  Biju and I have always agreed that he is one smart cookie and now we have his kindergarten teacher agreeing with us as well!
On the morning of Alex's birthday he walked out of his bedroom and into a big pile balloons.
There were 49 balloons piled up in front of his bedroom door.  The 50th balloon had a hole in it and would air up, but I don't think it was missed.
 The boys loved having all these balloons to play with!  Although, as you can probably guess, there was a lot of popping throughout the day.  Not on purpose, just getting too rough, or tying them too tightly to another balloon, or sitting on them.....
Alex found this crown he'd made months ago.  Then he and Ajay tied the balloons together to make "seats" (or thrones, I think!)

Looks comfy to me!
The night of Alex's birthday was pretty low key.  We took the boys out to dinner then came home for some ice cream.  (They'd already had cupcakes for an after school snack that day.)

Happy Birthday, Alex!
Make a wish !

Aren was convinced he needed a candle and a song, too, so we indulged him.
 There were also a few gifts involved, wrapped up in a reused Eddie Bauer bag.  We go all out around here.  (Alex was so concerned the whole day that the balloons were his present and that he wasn't getting anything else!) (I guess Ajay was standing too far off to the side, as he isn't in these photos.)


Rubix Cube!

Walkie Talkies were also received with gusto before he delved back into his ice cream.
We had more celebrations on the next day - let's see if I can get around to posting them before another month goes by!