Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween

We enjoyed a really fun Mom's Group yesterday! The kids got to dress up in their costumes, make fun crafts, and have fun playing together while the mom's had a chance to catch up. It was a blast!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

They're here!

Ashish's parents arrived from India this week! It's been so much fun to see them experience and get to know their granddaughter all over again! Priya was 6 months old when they last saw her and was a very different little girl! She was a bit shy at first but by the end of the 1st day she was hugging and kissing them and thoroughly enjoying having them here!

Day 1:

Day 2: They spent some quality time alone with Priya and babysat her while Ashish and I were in class/working.
Day 3: We went to a Family Festival here on campus this morning/afternoon. Priya got to jump in 2 different bounce houses, slide on bouncy slides, and even got her face painted for the 1st time. We enjoyed watching it all unfold. :)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Family Fun!

Ashish had a more less-rigorous schedule this week so he had some free time this weekend. The result: a fun-filled family morning at one of Redding's gymnastics locations. It was great to be able to have some good, quality time together! :)

Who does this remind you of?

I haven't seen Monsters Inc. in a long time. But I stumbled upon this pic tonight and it reminded me so much of Priya! What do you think? All she needs is a chipped front tooth and it'd be perfect! :) The funny thing is that Priya is REALLY into Monsters right now too (not in a scary way). I think I need to find this movie for her! :)
Monsters, Inc.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Way to go, Priya!

Priya began a new journey today - potty training! We've been getting ready for this for a while. She's been role playing with her dolls and stuffed animals - going back and forth between changing their diapers and having them use their little potty. Priya has become increasingly interested in the subject and sitting on her potty has been a game for her. But she's had never actually gone potty in it - until today!

I have a long weekend (Columbus Day) so I have Friday and Monday off. I've been waiting for a solid stretch of time where I could be consistent with her and this was it. So our adventure began this morning. And finally, just before putting her down for her nap, she took the plunge! And boy oh boy was she ever proud of herself! Her mommy was pretty proud of her too!

Way to go, Priya!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Happy October!

The weather has finally changed and the heat has become a thing of the past. WHOOHOO!!! Yes, I am VERY happy to say goodbye to the 100+ degree weather. It's been simply gorgeous here the past 2 weeks or so - varying from being in the 70's to 80's. How perfect is that?!

Life has settled into a more predictable routine as well. That is also something that I look forward to. The months of August and September are so crazy so October is a welcome blessing.

Next week, however, will bring about some new changes for our family. Ashish's parents will be moving here from India!!! :) For now they plan to stay in one of the dorms on campus. This will make life much easier for them as they adjust to a new culture and won't have to worry as much about transportation. They will be helping to watch Priya while Ashish and I are working so it will be a wonderful blessing to have them so close. How lucky is Priya to have the opportunity to have both sets of grandparents nearby (at least part of the time). I'm so excited about what it will mean to Ashish's parents and to Priya to have this time together. It'll also be an amazing opportunity for her to learn more about her heritage - learning to speak Gujarati, eating more Indian dishes, learning songs and games from India, etc. We are so thankful that everything has worked out to make it possible for them. Of course it will hold its share of challenges but overall I think it'll be a blessing.

We are thinking a lot about the big transition that it will be for them - moving to a new culture, learning a new language, looking for work, and not having the support system & comfort of being known that they are used to having back home. It will be all "wine and roses" for a while but eventually the challenges of culture shock will kick in for them and they will deeply miss their life back in India. I know that they would really appreciate your prayers as they prepare for this huge transition. I can't imagine doing what they are doing at the age of retirement! It takes a lot of courage in my opinion!

On a totally different note and as a little bonus, I've included 2 cute videos of our very social and expressive little girl. To give you some background, one of our students came out of her room. Priya kept calling "I love you!" to her again and again and again (I caught just the tail end of this in the 1st vide0). The student eventually left the dorm and Priya ran after her continuing to call out to her trying to get her attention. It melted my heart and had me cracking up all at the same time. I just love the sound of her voice as she calls out in the 2nd video. Could she be any cuter?! :) (yes, I'm a proud mommy, I can't help it!)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Jacob Greg Penner Has Arrived

Priya has a new cousin! Jacob Greg Penner was born this afternoon to Joel and Emily. He was 7 lbs, 9 oz and 20 in. long. Congratulations to Joel, Emily & Ella! We're so excited for you!! Priya has been oohing and aahing over his photos on Facebook and keeps saying, "Jake? Jake?" She is happy for you too! :)

New Nephew Almost Here!

Exciting news! Emily went into the hospital this morning in labor! Our little nephew is finally on his way!!! I'll be sure to update as I hear more! We are praying for you, Emily & Joel, and for your son's safe arrival!