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Kabir Goes Back to School Tomorrow

November 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Kabir will be back in school tomorrow, after a week of rest following his surgery. Last week, Guriya and I stayed home with him. This week, it was just him and I, and we had a wonderful time together. I also realized how much I miss spending time with Aseem. Here is an account of the fun couple of days.

Monday, Nov 25:
– Aseem woke-up early, tried to wake me up. I was slow to get out of bed, so he walked straight to the bathroom, climbed the stool, and was trying to reach his toothbrush when I walked-in. I handed him his toothbrush and watched him brush his teeth. He loves to brush his teeth!
Aseem brushing his teeth 20131125_064241

– Kabir and I went shopping for a pot, a birthday card and to print a birthday poster I had made for Guriya. I had bought a beautiful mini-rose plant for Guriya’s birthday, but never found the pot I wanted. So, Kabir and I headed to Sol Naciente. I did not find what I was looking for, so I bought one of the standard variety and decided to embellish it with stickers. :-p Pretty juvenile, I know. But, it would convey how much I love her.
Anyway, we also bought plastic garden border fencing for our micro-mini patch of garden in the backyard. On the way, we stopped at a nursery to buy mud. Once home, I put the garden fencing in place and also transported the rose plant into the pot. Kabir was a super helper! He helped me water the plants too.
Garden work with Kabir

– Later, we spent an hour in bed trying to get him to take a nap. He had his eyes closed for close to 40 mins, but did not sleep! He asked me this to get out of bed.

– In the evening, before going to school to get Aseem, we made Mango+Strawberry+Yogurt smoothie. Kabir loves to turn the knob on the mixer. 🙂 Thankfully, he loved the smoothie too and drank a full glass!
20131125_162410 Mango+Strawberry+Yogurt Smoothie

– After dinner, Kabir and Aseem had lots of fun with Mickey ears.
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We could not find a birthday card at the one store we checked-out and we also did not get time to get the poster printed. They were left pending for Tuesday.

Tuesday, Nov 26:
– While having breakfast, Kabir reminded we that I had wanted to build a solar system model with him during his days home from school. However, I had checked a few DIY websites and did not find anything that Kabir could really do himself, so I proposed that we build snowmen using thermocol balls. Kabir loved the idea, and after dropping-off Aseem at school, we headed to El Rey to find the necessary items to build snowmen at home. The idea was to build one for each of his classmates and also for his teacher. They had sent a beautiful Get Well Soom & Miss You card for Kabir. Sadly, the store was out of thermocol balls, in exactly the sizes I wanted. 😦 We went to another store, but couldn’t find them. As I am writing this post, I am wondering if I should build a snowman with Kabir and Aseem using big thermocol balls for school. Will do this over the weekend with them! 🙂

– I had also promised Kabir to take him to the bookstore. Both, Kabir and I love spending time in a bookstore. We found a really nice book – The Cat in the Hat Beginner Dictionary. However, I am not sure how much this book will really help Kabir. He is above his grade-level. In fact, I look for books for him in the 5-7 years section at the bookstore. Lately though, Kabir is showing a love for numbers…saying “Papa, pata two plus two kya hota hain?”
Papa: Kya hota hain?
Kabir: Papa, two plus two makes four!
Later…
Papa: Kabir, two plus two makes?
Kabir: Two plus two makes four, Papa.
Kabir: Papa, what four plus four makes?
Papa: Eight
Kabir: Papa, what eight plus eight makes?
Papa: Sixteen
Kabir: Papa, what Sixteen plus Sixteen makes?
Papa: Thirty-two
Kabir: Papa, what Thirty-two plus Thirty-two makes?
Papa: Sixty-four
Kabir: Papa, what Sixty-four plus Sixty-four makes?
Papa: One Hundred and Twenty-eight. Kabir, do you want to learn to count?
Kabir: Yes Papa. I love to count!

Time to bring out the numbers puzzle game! 🙂

– Kabir and I have lunch at the mall food court, and he even eats avocado along with his meal of falafel balls with hummus. All this, I had agreed to get him donuts if he ate his lunch. So, of course, he enjoyed his donuts post-lunch. 🙂
Lunch - Falafel, Pita chips, Green rice 20131126_140542

– We got back home and today, I asked him to take a nap by himself. He lay in his bed for about 20 mins without sleeping and when I lay down with him, he said this. Another variation of what he said yesterday to get out of bed.

– Before going to get Aseem from school, we tried another smoothie. This time I wanted to sneak-in coconut water, so had Kabir watch Curious George while I readied the ingredients – papaya, coconut water and ginger. It turned-out a little too gingery. But, Kabir still drank half a glass! Success!

Wednesday is back-to-school day for Kabir and back-to-office day for me. 😦

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Christmas Parade in Costa Rica

November 27, 2013 Leave a comment

Saturday, November 23, 2013
For the last few months, we almost always have Saturday brunch at the Organic Feria at Avenida Escazu, savoring the exquisite Ceviche or the very traditional pinto or cheese tortillas or omelettes alongside live music. What a rich life! Or, as they say in Espanol, Que rico me la tiro! ha ha ha 😉
Well, on one such Saturday, while strolling around, Guriya noticed the announcement for “Desfile Navideno”…Christmas Parade on Saturday, Nov 23rd. We shared it with family and friends, and decided to attend the event. We had a super amazing time. Here are the highlights:
1. Kabir got his face painted, unprompted. At first he wanted to be a acha (good) monster, but (to Guriya and my relief) changed his mind for a Superman. When he was getting his face painted, I suggested he add a moustache. Surprisingly he agreed and became my super handsome Desi Superman.
Desi Superman

2. During the parade, Mehul spotted Nicku on the other side of the road and ran over. Kabir was with me all this time, held aloft in my arms, so that he could see the parade. When he spotted Mehul on the other side of the street, he too wanted to go over. I initially said no, but when Guriya said yes, he quickly weaved his way between the dancers and joined his “best friend”..all before we could change our minds.
Kabir with Mehul and Nicku

3. It was then Aseem’s turn to sit on my shoulders and enjoy the music, and enjoy he did! He literally was jumping on my shoulders..if I had not been holding his legs, he would have jumped over. ha ha ha
Also, he sat in one place for probably the longest time in his young life, excluding sleeptime…but even sleeping he moves around all over the bed. :-p
Aseem_Papa

4. When Mickey and Minnie reached us, our usually reserved Kabir, ran over and bear-hugged Mickey! (at 20:40 in the video)
He did not stop at Mickey…he showered just the same amount of love on Minnie and later on Mr. Potato Head and Buzz Lightyear!
Kabir with Mickey_BuzzLightyear IMG-20131123-WA0032

5. Kabir enjoyed the wonderful fireworks that lit up the sky for almost 10 mins. Less than a month ago, at the Diwali celebrations, he wasn’t too excited or happy about them.

6. I took an almost 30 minute video of the parade and of Kabir, Aseem and Priya enjoying it. Here it is – 2013 Christmas Parade in Costa Rica.

7. Guriya and I spent a wonderful evening together…running after Kabir and Aseem. We are exhausted now. Guriya is sleeping, and I am now going to join her.

Good night! Buenas noches! Shubh ratri!

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