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Friday, October 26, 2012

Halloween at School

 Halloween parade at school
The parade was followed by a party with lots of treats and goody bags.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Durga Pooja

The local bangla community in Foster City organizes a spectacular Durga Pooja celebration every year. Their pandal is always stunning. This year durga maata was seen sailing on a boat under the golden gate bridge.
The evening aarti was followed by a series of kathak dance performances by the Chitresh Das dance company.

The show was so scintillating that we sat glued to our seats despite our dandiya engagement that evening.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Corn Harvesting at Ardenwood

Another fall tradition. But the kids are older now. Not that they don't get excited at the prospect of hunting for corn in the fields to fill their sacks, but throw some change in the mix and the activity takes on a whole new dimension. The corn had mostly been harvested bare by the time we got to the farm, which meant walking farther and looking harder. Nana sprinkled the magic dust of 10 cents per corn found and harvested and the motivation level catapulted instantly.
 
 
 
 
 
Everyone was a winner! The kids made a couple of bucks in the bargain. We had to stop them from scouring every inch of the field for more loot (read money). Pedi threatened to lower the going rate per corn if they found any more. Sacks filled and pockets filled. Time to spend the hard earned cash with a trip to the nearest dollar store!


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Glass Pumpkins

Fall is here - orange is in the air as are pumpkins. In what has now become an annual tradition, ammamma, Talinn and I visited the glass pumpkin patch in Palo Alto.
 
 
 
Unlike other years, we went on a sale day this year as opposed to going on an exhibit-only day. Adds to the pressure and takes away from the pleasure of simply gazing. When possession becomes a goal, then the experience is somewhat stolen. Not that I'm complaining at all about adding one of these to my personal collection :-)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Soccer 2012!!!

The AYSO Foster City soccer season kicked off in grand style. Nana coached Talinn's U6 team this year, which made it all the more special for the family. Kudos to Nana for the sponsorships, coordinating with the team members and designing the banner.
The grand opening ceremony included a parade by all teams holding their banners, followed by the national anthem. Talinn team Flames are ready to kick some goals!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Happy Onam!

Annual Onam celebrations at Pedi's house. Delicious Onam sadya cooked by ammooma and pedi. Traditional malayali garb and good times with friends.
 
 
 
 
 
 
And here's the aftermath of a traditional south Indian feast!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Kindergarten!!!

Our baby starts Kindergarten today! Toddler no more. Pre-schooler no more! The years are flying by. Talinn was ready and excited. The week before, we met his new teachers (Stephanie and Valerie) at the open house. The pre-K class from has been split into two separate classes with a new set of kids joining in. New friends, new life, new adventures.
We wish you a year filled with learning, fun, friends, and laughter. Have a memorable year!!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Bucket List #33: Visiting USS Hornet

This was Nana's idea for a special summer day outing with Talinn and he loved it. USS Hornet, now docked permanently in Alameda and converted to a museum, is a super gigantic combat aircraft carrier ship that served in World War II. It's other claim to fame is that it was Navy's prime recovery ship for Apollo 11 when man first stepped foot on the moon.
 
Grand history. Grand ship. Grand play ground for kids and adults. We all had a great time discovering the nooks and crannies of the vessel. The alleyways are never ending and quite a maze. Some of it is quite claustrophobic though - makes me thankful that I don't have to sleep in those bunkers and live under this naval city for months on end. The ship has all the bells and whistles imaginable, including a hospital with a fully functional operating room, gourmet kitchen, commercial grade laundromat, movie theater - you name it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And boys will be boys when it comes to exploring flight decks, air crafts, and controls. The roof of the ship is ginormous enough to house an entire runway for planes to land and take off. Many planes are parked here on display and the flight tower tour demonstrated how all the aircraft action is controlled.