Life Lately

As much as I try to keep up with life everyday, there are always things that I forget to post here. Then days or weeks later, I discover these moments while looking at the photo gallery and wish that I had been more on top of things.  Well, today, I am playing catch-up and sharing this and that which somehow slipped away.  

My friend Nidhi and Aditya especially will get a kick out of Asha wearing her stuffed monkey in a sling.  I really had to talk her out of taking it off before bed time.  It is amazing to see how easily and quickly kids emulate adult behavior.  I am sure the day is not far when she does or repeats something embarrassing that Devang or I did, but for now, we are in the clear and can’t get enough of her sweet play.

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Asha wearing Monkey in a sling

We went to the North Carolina Museum of Arts not too long ago.  They have a museum tour (for free) for kids on weekends and Asha and I joined in for the first few minutes.  She is a little too young but we had fun anyway.  We eventually took off on our own and I loved seeing her stop and wonder about different pieces.  She would then pull out her little toy phone and call her dad to tell him about what she seeing (“daddy it’s a big rainbow”, “daddy it has glitter”, “there are lots of rocks hanging”)  and then take a pretend picture to send it to him.  Arts appreciation at it’s best! She had a set of green binoculars she made at school hanging from her neck the whole time.  She said they were for exploring!

Asha at North Carolina Museum of Arts

Asha at North Carolina Museum of Arts

Asha at North Carolina Museum of Arts

Asha at North Carolina Museum of Arts

Asha at North Carolina Museum of Arts

Arjun and Asha at North Carolina Museum of Arts

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Asha at North Carolina Museum of Arts

After seeing all that fun stuff at the museum, we were inspired to try some arts and crafts at home.  Only recently did I get a bunch of craft supplies like pom-poms, popsicle sticks, construction paper, glue, etc to keep her busy.  She does these things mostly at school and didn’t really care for it at home until recently.  And it’s a happy distraction when I need some time with Arjun.  Anyway, she was all over the paper Pollock style.  I basically cut shapes and she did all the sticking (“apple tree,  a lake with ducks, mr golden sun, mr cloud and rain drops”). We hung the piece in her bedroom and she is very proud of it everyday.  I don’t think I could have bought anything better to decorate! I love to see her creativity flourish.  It helps me to see and do things differently too.

Asha doing arts and crafts at home

Asha doing arts and crafts at home

AAsha doing arts and crafts at home

Asha doing arts and crafts at home

Asha doing arts and crafts at home

And lastly a couple of pictures from our Baltimore/DC trip.  It was a blast all around! And P.S., I am slowly getting over the phobia of posting my own pictures on here! Slowly.

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Chika Gujarathi is a freelance writer based in Raleigh, NC. She writes about everything from travel, food, books, and family. Her current project includes a series of children's books to teach Hindi. She is a native Tar Heel who has also lived in Washington DC and Chicago.

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