Saturday, April 17, 2010

Fun At The Park

On my days off I love to take Priya to fun places and do something special. And with Mom and Dad heading back to Canada tomorrow we wanted to soak up some extra time with them and enjoy the pleasure of their company. So we headed off to the park to enjoy the beautiful weather and Priya's enthusiastic responses to everything that the park offers a young child. (Ashish was working so he wasn't able to join us.)Priya continues to be enamored with cats, so the opportunity to play with a "kitty" was a welcome surprise for our young cat lover...

I wasn't able to capture Priya's enthusiasm when swinging today, so you'll have to take my word that she loved (almost) every minute of it. "Higher! Higher!" is something that we regularly hear as soon as Priya gets settled into a swing...

Priya has recently latched on to the word, "hallellujah" and loves to exclaim it any chance she gets. Below is a glimpse of Priya expressing her hallellujah's as we were wrapping up our time at the park. She made some new friends at the park as well but I try not to film other kids - especially if they are strangers and we don't know the parents/have permission from them.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Yep, It's True!

Priya really is going to be a big sister! :) Baby Christian is due November 23 and we couldn't be happier! Any guesses as to what it'll be? My guess is that it's a boy but we'll be happy with whatever God chooses to give us. Every day Priya changes her mind about what she wants. One day she wants a sister and the next a brother. We will definitely be eager to find out as soon as it's possible! :)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

Sadly I didn't get very many good pictures today. So this really doesn't adequately portray the wonderful day that we had. After church we went over to my parents' home and enjoyed food and fellowship with family from Redding. The weather left something to be desired (mid 40's and raining with strong winds) so we kept the festivities indoors. These pics are of our hang-out time after a wonderful Easter dinner.

Thanks Mom and Dad for being such wonderful hosts! We love you and appreciate you more than we could ever adequately express!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Eggs

Priya and I had a fun time decorating Easter eggs this morning. It's fun that she's at an age where she can begin to enjoy fun traditions like this. We only had one fatality throughout the process (the orange egg broke) but Priya got to eat it for lunch and enjoyed it all the more since she had a hand in making it.


Our future brother-in-law, Phil McCutcheon, and his mom arrived in Redding this week. Ashish's sister, Ami, has been living in Argentina for the past couple of years and met Phil was he was there with a YWAM team. They recently got engaged and Phil is now moving to Redding! We're excited to have him here and also about what this means for the future - that Ami will soon be following. :)

A special service was held at my parents' home just prior to the departure of Phil's mom. Ami was on Skype and was able to be a part of this special time despite the many miles that separated us. Both Phil and Ami had a chance to share about their relationship and to tell the story of how God brought them together. And then Ami's parents and Phil's mom had a chance to share about their kids, their upbringing and gave their blessing for their coming marriage. It was a beautiful service filled with a lot of tears and laughter.

Reno Trip

Earlier this week we enjoyed a trip to Reno, Nevada with both sets of parents. We stayed at a timeshare and did our best to stay warm despite the snow that was falling outside (quite a change from the 70's and 80's weather we'd been enjoying back home).

Circus Circus was just a few blocks away so Priya got to have some new experiences...

We visited Reno's mall one afternoon and Priya had her first Build A Bear experience. Well, more like Build A Chipmunk (which she's obsessed with these days)...