A Photo Essay

So much has gone on in the last couple of weeks that I am having a hard time keeping up with it.  There were milestones in terms of Arjun turning one, his first haircut, our six year wedding anniversary, a beach vacation for Memorial Day, and not to mention the usual day to day stuff that is still pretty fun and interesting. So here are some pictures to catch you up.

**It’s a tradition in Devang’s family that the father’s brother give the first haircut to a baby boy.  So keeping with tradition, Uncle G flew all the way from Chicago to Charlotte and took care of business.  Right before his first birthday celebration, we sat him down in the driveway and hoped for the best.  The cut was a bit, you know, homey but how can a little baby look anything but cute! Thanks G kaka for being so gentle and patient with a very wiggly baby.

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** Here is Asha helping Devang plant some spinach seeds to add to our backyard garden.  Since getting the deck finished, I feel like our home has grown a whole new room. We don’t have any patio furniture yet and we still spend so much time out there. Devang put up some globe lights and that really did it for me. It feels like I am on vacation everyday! It’s also where I often find all the neighborhood kids congregating.

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**Our beach vacation to Myrtle Beach was a lot of fun! I drove down with my in-laws and met up with my parents and my sister’s family.  We had a three bedroom three bath condo with a wrap around balcony with some pretty fantastic views of the ocean.  I think that Asha’s favorite person in the world right now is my sister Deepal.  She calls her masi and the two of them were inseparable the whole time we were there. Arjun was a bit too little for the beach when we went to Mexico and Costa Rica recently, but this time around he was all set to jump around in the waves and play in the sand. We all had a blast.

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**Driving back from Myrtle Beach took us almost 5 hours with all the traffic. I am thankful that I wasn’t making the drive alone because that would have been a nightmare in the making.  We had 60 more miles left but the kids had been sitting for almost 3 hours so we decided to stop at a rest stop and let them run around and get their wiggles out. We played “going on a bear hunt” and after some poking around with sticks to look for insects we hopped back in the car. Our neighbors Heather and Jeff were having a cook out and were gracious enough to invite us. It was very nice to not have to think about dinner after such a long day of driving and unpacking. Thanks to her two kids their house has some of the best toys my kids have seen.  My favorite was Asha and Arjun jamming out with the little drum set.

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**Thanks for reading guys! Eternally grateful to have an audience for my daily ramblings.

 

 

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Chika Gujarathi is a freelance writer and a mother of three from Raleigh, NC. She writes for national and local publications about lifestyle, travel, books, and of course, motherhood! Her most current project involves illustrating and publishing a children’s Hindi book. When not adventuring with her family in the minivan, you can find her riding the streets of Raleigh on her beloved bike Linus.

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