Archives for April 2009

Vincent Got a Haircut!

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The Raj Travel Bag is Going to Udaipur

At the PTA Ball this March, I won the Grand Prize! Luckily since we had just been to Jaipur for my birthday in February, the Taj has let us transfer our winning to the Lake Palace in Udaipur.  We leave Thursday afternoon for three nights (yes, we took a personal day on Friday!), but we’ll be back rested\ just in time for a professional development day on Monday.

Udaipur is a glorious city.  We’ve been there probably five different times–once with Corky and another time with Jane and Alex.  I feel lucky that this is our last weekend trip in India.  I’ve always dreamt of staying in this romantic palace amid the center of the lake in Udaipur.  And, just like our last trip to Rajasthan, I’ll be bringing the Raj Travel Bag!

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A Parsi Navjote

This Saturday we went to a Parsi Navjote in Khush and Gilan’s colony. A Navjote is similar to a Catholic confirmation. The child undergoes a series of prayers during the ceremony and is welcomed into the Parsi community. The difference however is the party. Once the ceremony is over, a grand party ensues!

Here we are upon arrival.  Five minutes later, the kids look destroyed!

Here we are upon arrival. Five minutes later, the kids look destroyed!


Vincent had a very good time, but as you can see, it was very, very hot!

Vincent had a very good time, but as you can see, it was very, very hot!


Here' Gigi with Yaresh. They may be destined for one another; they have a special bond.

Here' Gigi with Yaresh. They may be destined for one another; they have a special bond.


Here we are with our dear friends Khush and Gilan.  Khush is just about ready to deliver their first daughter--already nicknamed Foo.

Here we are with our dear friends Khush and Gilan. Khush is just about ready to deliver their first daughter--already nicknamed Foo.

Istanbul #1: Fabulous Flowers

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Our visit to Istanbul was glorious: the sun was out with flowers in full bloom.

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Istanbul = Seeing BFF Caron

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I love this lady.  Caron is beautiful both inside and out.  She is wise and fun, amazingly thoughtful and generous, practical and talented. She’s like an older sister to me with her guidance in all things–from nutrition, to posture, to fashion, to life. I love her forever!

Here we are on our first night in Istanbul.

Here we are on our first night in Istanbul.

She set Kevin up with some raki right away. ;)

She set Kevin up with some raki right away. 😉

 

Here we are dining on the second night.

Here we are dining on the second night.

Caron with the kiddos in the gardens of the Blue Mosque.

Caron with the kiddos in the gardens of the Blue Mosque.

Here we are with the Aya Sofia in the backdrop.

Here we are with the Aya Sofia in the backdrop.

We went on a magnificent boat ride one day.

We went on a magnificent boat ride one day.

Cairo #3: First 1/2 Spring Break 09

This is the last post about Cairo where we spent the first half of our Spring Break.

Here we are outside the National Egyptian Museum.  Inside we saw some amazing treasures: King Tut's tomb and headdress, all the gold treasures that go inside the tomb with him, plus real shriveled up mummies from thousands of years ago!  Pretty cool!

Here we are outside the National Egyptian Museum. Inside we saw some amazing treasures: King Tut's tomb and headdress, all the gold treasures that go inside the tomb with him, plus real shriveled up mummies from thousands of years ago! Pretty cool!

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This taxi was more concerned about getting a photo with us than the road--was kind of hilarious (and we made it back to the hotel safely!).

This taxi was more concerned about getting a photo with us than the road--was kind of hilarious (and we made it back to the hotel safely!).


We met up with our friends Jim and Rachael Cook--we know them from Venezueal.  They had met and married in Egypt 10 years before.  They brought us to the night market--which was fab!

We met up with our friends Jim and Rachael Cook--we know them from Venezueal. They had met and married in Egypt 10 years before. They brought us to the night market--which was fab!


Gigi took many, many pictures of the animals in the market.  This was Bichu, the dog.

Gigi took many, many pictures of the animals in the market. This was Bichu, the dog.


Because we were in an executive room, we were able to partake in the sunset complimentary cocktail hour.  The hotel was perfectly set over the Nile.  And, it was chilly--as you can see by the coat!

Because we were in an executive room, we were able to partake in the sunset complimentary cocktail hour. The hotel was perfectly set over the Nile. And, it was chilly--as you can see by the coat!


Last but not least--KevStar!  (He's so cute!)

Last but not least--KevStar! (He's so cute!)

Cairo #2: NESA

The reason we went to Cairo was the NESA Teachers Conference. Most international schools are a part of a regional network of other schools in the area. Near East Schools’ Association. Each year they hold a teachers conference. I tried out for this conference back in October and found out in December that I had been selected. This made my trip free as my school sponsored me!

Here I am moments before presenting.

Here I am moments before presenting.


To see my presentation and resources you can link here. If you’re interested in finding out what Web 2.0 resources are you could also visit here. Probably the best part about the conference–aside from a trip to Cairo with my family–was meeting up with my librarian mentor, Doug Johnson. He’s such a neat guy and a superb role model. I’m really looking forward to working with him in May when we visit the International School of Bangkok.

Cairo #1: The Pyramids

Although we saw the pyramids on our last day in Cairo, it only seems fitting to post about these mammoth structures first. They are so very impressive. We arrived after noon–exhausted from the mini walk up. All we needed was some time in the shade under one pyramid with some water, and we were rejuvenated. We even managed to ride camels–YIKES!

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Family Pic

Vincent resting on a pyramid.

Vincent resting on a pyramid.

Gigi sharing her m & m's.

Gigi sharing her m & m's.

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Can you hear me screaming?

Can you hear me screaming?

One more family pic.

One more family pic.

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BAFAB

Amongst my rambling Internet voyages, I came across BAFAB: Buy a Friend a Book eWek.  Basically this gal, Debra Hamel, started BAFAB back in 2005.   During the first week of January, April, July, and October, you are encouraged to buy a book for a friend–for no particular reason.  Cool!  I can do that. I’d love to do that!! Now, it’s just a matter of how do I decide which friend….(Don’t be surprised if you receive a book in the mail;)

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April Fools’ Pranks

There have been so many jokes online today–it’s crazy. The one I made on my kids was simple. Vincent mentioned how funny blue pancakes would be….well, instead of the green pea and zucchini soup the kiddos were expecting, they got breakfast instead!

The dinner they were expecting....

The dinner they were expecting....

...and the dinner they got!

...and the dinner they got!

Breakfast for dinner was a real hit!

Breakfast for dinner was a real hit!