Saturday, June 4, 2016

Back to reality

We got back from vacation 2 days ago and are struggling to face reality. School reopens in two days and I don't know who's more depressed - me or the kids. Part of it is due to the fact that this is a new school for the kids and we are all anxious about the new routine. Saurabh is still in Europe (working in a university in Copenhagen for the next 3 weeks) which makes it harder for all of us. (As a side note: my PhD advisor had warned me before my vacation saying "the longer the vacation, the harder the fall". Ouch!)

Pictures from London will have to wait since they are with Saurabh who spent the most time with kids, especially when I was away in Lisbon catching up with wingies. The spice girls reunion was therapeutic, to say the least.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Summer plays and workshops

The gang of the usual suspects posing with Mowgli after the Jungle Book 2 play at Prithvi  today (Photo Courtesy: Swaroop G.). This was their third play in the past 2 weeks as we parents took turns taking them to Prithvi. The other plays they saw were "Breadcrumbs" (rated BAD by the kids), followed by "Happy Birthday" which had them in splits and finally Jungle Book 2 today which was a super hit with them (rated even higher than the movie!). 

The same group of kids also went for a week long pottery workshop organised on campus. 
This was all in addition to the swimming camp and the usual weekend football. We also managed to finish all our holiday homework from school and are finally ready to leave for a 2.5 week vacation!

We leave for London early tomorrow morning and are looking forward to spending time with family and friends. One grand highlight is certainly going to be the H10 Spice Girls  reunion in Lisbon from May 18-22nd. Can't wait to see you all!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Can't have enough of swimming

Its the time of the year when kids rediscover their love of swimming. They wake up bright and early and ask to leave for the pool. I pick them back up before leaving for work.

Here are videos from the summer camp. Anu is still learning to get the stroke right but can swim breadth-wise without a break and most importantly, has no fear of the deep side any more. He can jump into the pool freely and plays with his friends in the 6-7ft deep water.

Here Kabir demonstrates 25m butterfly on the concluding day of the camp

The butterfly is here!

It came out early this morning! We had checked on the pupa at night by when it had turned slightly dark. By morning, the butterfly was already out. We were disappointed that we couldn't see it emerging out of the cocoon. But fortunately got a call from Seema aunty and rushed over to their house in time to watch their butterfly tearing open the front of the cocoon, coming out with its wings curled under and gradually opening them as it walked around. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

A gift from M&M

Close friends M&M have been running this experiment in their home for months now and are lovely enough to share the joy of their success with us. They had planted a butterfly host plant and after months of failure, finally had grand success in being able to observe little caterpillars growing and transforming into beautiful butterflies. They invited us home many times to see this lovely miracle of the caterpillars munching away on the leaves of the host plant (nothing like I had ever imagined!). This time they even gifted a little pupa to us! We are going to observe this closely and hopefully we won't miss the moment when it turns into a butterfly.
(Complete credits to M&M and Seema aunty)

Anu and Chini

Summer time means also more time to play with Chini! See how much she has grown in the past few months.
(Pic taken in Sahana masi's garden where he spent the morning) 

Swimming - summer 2016

Its that time of the year again! Summer vacations are on and the kids spend hours in the pool. The annual swimming camp started a few weeks ago. The boys missed the first week since they both were sick. But they're back in action now.
Kabir is in the intermediate level camp and had his endurance test on Saturday. He swam free-style consistently and completed 1.65km  in 1 hour.
This is Anurag's first real swimming camp this time (beginners level) and he resists going into the pool (which he tends to do for most organised activities where he is supposed to follow rules). But once he is in, he enjoys himself completely. Video to come soon.