How a Desi family celebrates Canadian Thanksgiving

We have officially entered that time of year where every family event imaginable occurs one after the other after the other.  Let me break it down for you.

Our wedding anniversary
Husband’s birthday
Rakhi

My sister/brother in laws wedding anniversary
Thanksgiving
Karva Chauth
Diwali
Tikka

My Birthday
My Dad’s Birthday
My brother in laws Birthday
Halloween
My Mom’s birthday
My sister’s birthday
Christmas
NYE

I colour coded it to display events broken down by month.  That is August, October, November then December.  And sometimes this crazy thing is that events may fall on the same weekend or one day apart during the work week or even on the same day!!!! (This year Thanksgiving was the day after Karva Chauth and Diwali is on my birthday).  Also I forgot to mention that majority of these celebrations are celebrated twice (one with my family and once with my in laws).  So undoubtedly it makes for a very busy and intense few months.  It takes a lot of brain power, planning and calmness to make it through these months.  

Now if you aren’t Indian (aka Desi – the word used in the title of this post) you probably won’t know what Diwali, Karva ChauthTika and Rakhi are. 

Anyways on to our Thanksgiving celebration.

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This was my first time hosting.  It was kind of oxymoron because the day after I fasted for my husband we were cooking a faest for 8 adults (well a few items for that feast – we had help because it was kind of a potluck).  We had my parents, my sister and her hubby and my cousin, his wife and their kid – along with us and our mini girl gang.

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On the menu was:

Light Appies
veggies
breadsticks
melba toast
3 homemade dips (Roasted red pepper, hummus and tapenade

Dinner
1 small chicken
10 tandoor drumsticks
Mini corn
Brussel Sprouts
Salad
Vegan Mash Potatos
Spicy indian pasta
Stuffing
Gravy

Dessert
coconut vanilla bean nice cream
mini vegan apple pies
our peanut butter favourite cookies.

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Miss El’s six month update

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And here we are, ½ year old Ellie Bellie.  She celebrated like any baby should – in Las Vegas!  :-P

Right before she turned 6 months she figured out how to roll from her tummy to her back. She’s been trying new foods and grabbing things we are holding in our hands or food we are putting in our mouths!

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She’s really into examining things by moving them from hand to hand, putting them in her mouth or just starting at it intently.  She still loves trees and I think she kind of loves the song “Part of your world” from The Little Mermaid.  She’s trying really hard to sit up unassisted and is not a fan when we take her toes out of her mouth during a diaper change.

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Ellie is really giving us a run for our (parenting) money but from I am understanding that is the natural evolutionary path of adding another kiddo to the mix.

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Miss El’s five month update

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I think mom’s of multiples will agree, it’s harder to believe how quickly time passes after you had more than one baby.  I know I say this over and over again but I can’t believe it and feel I have to remind my future self of this phenomenan.
Our Ellie bellie is 5 months now.  She’s getting more proficient with playing with her toys and enjoys being in her bumbo.  She’s even found a toy she likes in her ‘circle of neglect’ aka the exersaucer.  She’s started baby cereal (we use this one) and has figured out that when a spoon is being moved towards her face she should open her mouth!  Although she seems to get super jealous when she sees any of us eating other than what she’s eating.  She rolled over today, although non of us where near her to see it (I was in the kitchen, where the counter was between her and I, Miss S was having a snack facing the opposite way and the mister was upstairs :P)
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She is very opinionated and always has a lot to say (or shriek!). She still loves watching swaying trees.  She LO0oO0oves watching her big sissy and will spot her from across the room.
On a side note, how have 5 months of my Mat Leave already finished!
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#NiagaraParks + Tips for easy getaways as a new family of 4

This past weekend we took our first over night trip as a family of four.  We had been in talks about what to do and where to go for a few months.  I was toying with the idea of either an AirBnB near a beachfront or the Niagara Fallsview Waterpark.  I am glad we went with the latter.  The waterpark was not crowded (and we went on two days) and walking around Clifton Hill and checking out The Falls is always entertaining.  Thankfully, the hotel we stayed at had breakfast so we filled up on food (twice for some of us) and didn’t have to worry about preparation or clean up!

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This was totally a kid centric trip, meaning we were back in the hotel room by 8pm.  And even though we were on a “stay-cation” we were still parenting (i.e.: reminding Miss S to eat her veggies or use her walking feet and dealing with baby nap times).  It was by no means easy (I mean travelling in any capacity with kids is a challenge) but it was worth it.

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Within minutes of getting into the hotel room, Miss S and Ellie were playing with each.  Miss S would make a funny noise over and over again and Ellie would laugh at her.  Miss S enjoyed the water way more than I’ve seen in the last year.  And Ellie got to take her first dip in the pool as well.

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Miss S got a few piggy back rides and Ellie got more sling time than usual.  We got a few family selfies and got to eat some Sweet Jesus :)

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Even with all the awesomeness there is some crankiness but everything is a learning opportunity.  If you are looking for some mom hacks to get you through a weekend away with your growing family consider these tips:

  1. A double stroller is must
  2. Adults need to have fun too (and not just cater to the kids)
  3. Always ask a stranger to take pictures of you and your family
  4. Look into hotels that offer continental breakfast or complimentary snack bars

7 years of marriage + picture overload

If someone told me when I was 24 that in 10 yrs I will be celebrating 7 years of marriage.. I would probably give them a blank stare followed by a nervous laugh!  

But here we are… and we’ve accomplished quite the list:

  • 10 countries
  • 7 street races (me usually running 5 min ahead of the hubz)
  • 5 wedding reception performances (can’t believe he’s convinced me to do them)
  • 3 homes,
  • 2 MBAs
  • 2 daughters

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We actually had our first ALONE date in almost 5 months yesterday.  We went out to an Italian food resto (that would be a big drag bringing two kids to) and had a date like ‘old times’.  Here is a silly questionnaire we filled out while waiting for our food to arrive.

1) Who is older?
A: Me
B: Anuj

2) Who made the first move when we first met?
A: I did, oh wait you said when we ‘first met’ oh…
B: Me, tried to go in for a kiss and got shot down

3) Who studied the hardest in school?
A: Bhanu
B: Me

4) Who is smarter?
A: *points at Bhanu*
B: Anuj

5) Who is more creative?
A: Bhanu
B: Me

6) Who does more of the cooking?
A: Bhanu
B: Me

7) Who cleans more toilets?
A: Me
B: Anuj

8) Who said I love you first?
A: *looks down in embarrassment*
B: Me

9) Who spends more money?
A: Bhanu
B: Me

10) Where was our first kiss?
A: At Meeta’s wedding
B: Under the clock at distillery district

11) What date did we first meet?
A: uhhh dammit!…May 27?
B: May 27 2009
…we were both wrong it was May 20

12) Who is more likely to get lost getting back to the hotel while on vacation?
A: probably me
B: Anuj

13) Who hates driving in traffic the most?
A: Bhanu
B: Me

14) Who wears the pants in the relationship?
A: Both of us
B: Um loaded question I decline to respond

15) Who is better looking?
A: *points at Bhanu*
B: Anuj

16) Who talks more?
A: Bhanu
B: Me

17) Who says I love you more?
A: *points at Bhanu*
B: Anuj

18) What date did Anuj propose?
A: Sept 4 2009
B: Sept 19 2009

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Weekend memories

Other than the washer breaking down on Friday evening (every mom’s nightmare I am sure) the Hubz surprised me and came home early so we scooped up Miss El and headed out to grab a small bite (while Miss El napped).  It was so nice to be surprised and have a change in my afternoon routine.  Saturday, my mom, Miss S, Ellie and I attended a baby shower.  Having been out of the house and operating outside of their normal routine, they were angels.  But the craziness did set in around 6pm and we had to hightail it out of there.  (My mom got a glimpse of it and I hope it didn’t scare her!)

Sunday morning we made a trip to Lowes to finalize on a new washer and dryer and then Miss S went off to ball sports with the Hubz.  While they were out I was cleaning the house like a mad women because our cousins were coming over for a late lunch.  Ellie in the ring sling and me vacuuming the main floor was quite the cardio workout.

After lunch, the four of us hung out on the drive way.  Sunday hangs on the driveway are our new thing :)  It’s a nice change of scenery yet still being at home.  Close to the fridge, bubbles, the kids toys and sitting in the shade while the sun sets behind our house is the best feeling!

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