Just some crazy time at the beach!

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Beach Time

Just some crazy time at the beach!p1060549

Vampires

 

Vampire Vincent with Hugo.

Vampire Vincent with Hugo.

 

Scary pentetrating Vampire Gigi! Watch out!

Scary pentetrating Vampire Gigi! Watch out!

Grammie (Hansariji) and Babaji’s India trip 2008







   





   

 





   

“India is one place I thought I would never have to visit!” These are the words that I received from Mom when I proudly announced our next posting 5 years ago from a payphone in a Target parking lot. Regardless of age, children continue to suprise and challenge their parents. After 4 years, Mom finally generated the courage, patience, and health to make her epic journey. What a way to bring in 2008! We had a wonderful 3 weeks and cherish the time dearly. We arrived in Mumbai together on January 6th. After 2 days of rest, we headed up to Rajasthan. All visitors receive a christening name and I was eager to search for the roots of Mom’s name. Dad is “Babaji” Cork is “Swami Cheesewieneee” Brian and Jen are “Samosas” Ann is the “Maharannie” and I am “Shri Shri”. I noticed by the second day in Rajasthan that Mom was truly enjoying herself. All smiles and constant laughter. I knew we were in for a great time when Mom replied “Wow, those rickshaws are fun!” And later on at dinner “Please pass more of the Chicken Tikka and Palak Paneer…it tastes great!” and “Oh yes, lets go shopping for more pashminas.” and “What a cute elephant, can we really ride him.” Dad couldn’t believe it. I was getting closer to an Indian name for Mom. I asked our waiter the term in Hindi for a laughing, smiling face and he replied “Hansari”. So mom’s name became “Hansariji”. We had five days in Rajashtan and even though it was our third time doing the trip, we were equally in awe at the simple ways of life, rich heritage, and brilliant colors of Rajasthan. The photos are of Udaipur (quaint lakeside city), Rawla Narlai (small village with charming heritage hotel) and Jodhpur (desert city with an amazing fort). Our second week brought us back to Mumbai and work, while Mom and Dad enjoyed the beach of Juhu and the Marriot pool. Time also alotted for a visit to Harry’s Jeweler–check out Moms new necklace! Mom quickly witnessed the two most difficult things about living in Mumbai: traffic and more traffic. By the end of the week we were ready for our next destination: Goa. A short 45 minute plane ride and we were at one of our favorite resorts in India, Coconut Creek. It is a perfect place to enjoy family and play on the beach. I’ve never seen Dad relax so much. He’d wake us up with the hum of his Buddha bowl and then hit the beach by 10:00 AM. He’d stay until sunset to read, swim (yes swim), and play with the grandkids. Mom had a few massages and enjoyed the poolside. We had to leave after 4 days and Mom and Dad wisely stayed on for 2 more days. Their ambitious plans of seeing more of Goa didn’t pan out-more massages and reading on the beach won. The last five day were spent in Mumbai. We enjoyed more time together and helped Vincent learn how to ride his bike. We opted to take it easy their last weekend and Vincent got to witness Dad at the Marriot dessert buffet. He kept up with him for his third round of ice cream, but had to drop out after that. 3 trips later Babaji was satisfied and Vincent was amazed. Our last day was spent hanging out at our apartment, massages at the Marriot for the ladies, and a little bit more pool time. We woke up the next day to an empty apartment, but full of thanks and joy for such a terrifi visit. Thank you for coming Mom and Dad!

Mary and Mike’s Wedding

 

We had such fun for Mary and Mike’s wedding! Aside from a phenomenal wedding, we just had a blast! Family, fall, good food, delicious wine, but mostly just fun with our family. My memory bank is full. We returned homesick for more good times with those we love.
Congratulations to Mary and Mike. They are a beautiful couple.

Artist in Bombay





I think Adrian had a good time! What do you think…? We miss him already.

Fun Times at LONAVLA





Lonavla is such fun! Both Memaz and Bomaz (excuse the misspelling of these Parsi names) are our surrogate grandparents in India. This wonderful Ferzandi family treats us just like that–FAMILY! We all love them, and we adore the Lonavla time we get with them at their weekend home.

Ganesh Ganpati–2007




Ganesh Ganpati will always remain my favorite Hindu festival. It’s a powerful time to praise the Hindu elephant god of protection. Ganpati Baapa Mooriya! (Come back again next year Lord Ganesha!)

Gigi’s 4th B-day!




Gigi anticipated this birthday for over a year! She always reminded us that her birthday was coming. On the actualy day, she had a blast. We had some friends over to celebrate family style. She also had cupcakes made with butterflies decorated all over them. (Thanks to Nie Nie, butterflies are Gigi’s personal mascot!) Gigi also had a special date with our friend David; he took her to build her own bear–well actually she went with a dog of course. Pinky was born!

Best Summer–For Real This Time




































Each summer gets better and better! All summer long, it felt like the best one yet. I don’t know if it was all the amazing friends and family who came to visit (Khush and family, Mary Kelly and Giovanni, Rusty, Natalie and babe, all my fam, all Kevin’s fam, all the guests for our ten year anniversary…) OR the fact that Kevin and I completed ten years this summer OR that we purchased a rockin’ boat that increased our fun potential OR we started our summer by eating our way through Italy OR summer is just good fun. It just felt beautiful–really. As cheesey as it sounds, this summer 2007 was my favorite one yet. Please, if you wanna have a good time, if you are reading this post, if you need some Krembdelakremb time, you are totally invited to come join us for an even better summer 2008!