Shoveling Abound!

After listening to the weather forecaster, we thought for sure that Nishad would have school on Thursday as we were expecting a bunch of snow! Regardless, I’m convinced that the Wayzata school District never closes. (ha,ha) Luckily for us, the snow waited until about 11AM to begin. Ashish picked Nishad up from his pre-school and worked from home half day. The following day, they had school as well. However, the roads were fine…It was a fast system that dumped a lot of snow on us and then moved out quickly. Friday, after I picked up Nishad, the boys and I had lunch and then we went out to shovel some more. Needless to say, the both of them were not happy about the temperates and are more beach lovers than snow lovers! So, we headed in after about 30 minutes… I try to ’embrace’ the weather, at least in front of the kids. I’m really ready for Spring though! It’s a good thing March is right around the corner. I recall being in Florida 2 years ago the first week of March and having our flight re-scheduled because Minnesota got 18-inches of snow! I’m hoping this was our last B-I-G snow fall!


[ This is the Valentine that Nishad handed out to his friends at his school. ]
[Valentine’s Day, 2009 Annual Phototine Card]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We’re not much for Hallmark holidays and we believe there should be a bit of Valentine’s day throughout every day of the year. However, it’s nice to take a moment to pause and wish those special to you…a “SWEET” Valentine’s Day. Besides, the world needs more l-o-v-e!
Being that Bob’s Produce closed down, and I still had the $20 gift certificate that the city gave me for Christmas, we headed to Fridley (the original location). We purchased $40 in Alaskan King crab legs and another $10 in mini wild lobster tails. I made a big heart shaped Ghirdelli brownie, along with a heart shaped pizza for the boys. What can be better than being a peskitarian and having chocolate? Oh yeah…being with those you love!

Below- Nishad wishes a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Bee Mine?

Our 7 day vacation at Walt Disney World inspired this years annual Valentine’s Day card. In the Magic Kingdom, the kids enjoyed meandering through Winnie the Pooh’s “environment.” They crawled through “honey,” climbed up on it as well, played in the tree house, rang the bell, had fun on the slides and marveled at the Autumn leaves on the big oak tree (bit of Disney magic at work!). This was the perfect setting for any Mom, let along photographer, who happens to be a Mom! Of course, this broke my tradition of using a song as a theme for our Valentine as in previous years. However, I’m a firm believer that change is…”sweet!”

Before we left for Florida we started to “prepare” for Nishad’s valentine celebration at school. Using different mediums, Nishad was to create a Valentine card for one person in the class. His Valentine was a 5 year old girl in his class- it was hard to keep it a secret for so long! We had a lot of fun creating this Valentine filled with layered paints in patterns, hearts, a flower, stickers, butterflies, a pink tower (Nishad’s first memory of her), fireworks and “X’s” and “O’s.” Adorable, if I may say so! I think his Valentine will be excited about it.

Nishad and I also found the cutest Valentine shirts. Being that he still “loves” the shirt that Auntie Kelly sent him and his brother (To Be Or Not To Be- with actual bumble bees in place of the be’s) he instantly liked the shirts at Children’s Place: “BEE MINE.” Of course, a cute little bee completed the picture! Of course, this Mommy has so much fun matching our boys. So, we had to purchase one for Tiger too! So, off he went to school on Friday, with treats in hand, dressed in his Valentine shirt, buzzing like a bee!

After school we had a special Valentine lunch date planned with his buddy in class at their house. Immediately upon entering the car Nishad quickly said, “Mommy, if you don’t know where he lives, just follow his Mommy’s car. They live in a yellow house, in the country. We’re going to have hummus sandwiches and a cupcake. Then we will play.” Obviously, he and his buddy had quite the conversation at school! haha! They seem to have everything planned out as well.

We had a great time with his friend, and his family. This is the second time the boys have been able to get together outside of school. They play so well together, and what is an additional benefit, is that Nishad’s buddy has a younger sibling, only about 6 months older than Tiger.

After, we headed home to find that Daddy beat us home! In fact, he had the entire house cleaned complete with two dozen roses awaiting our arrival! What a Prince. I had a nap while he played and fed the boys dinner before we were off to the theatre! Nishad was very excited to show us the Valentine from his friend and his teachers. Both were so cute! His teacher’s made everyone in the class one attached with a banana as they wrote they are, “Banana’s over them!”

We purchased second row tickets to see “The Gruffalo” at the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre. It was a 7:30PM show so I wasn’t sure how he would hold up (being that he already had an eventful day and missed nap). He did great! He was so excited driving to the theatre. Since we own the Gruffalo books, he was re-telling me the stories. We had fun guessing how each of the characters would be costumed. To my surprise, there was singing and dancing in the show. (Think British Punk Band.)It was interactive as well. We love the Minneapolis Children’s Theatre! This is our third show there- they never disappoint.


As you see, I’ve been slacking on blogging! Being a slacker… in a good way though! We’ve just been so busy and on vacation. We refused to “hybernate” this winter so we’ve been out an about. It’s wonderful that “Spring” is in the air. Isn’t it sad that the first high 30’s day comes along and we all get Spring fever? It shows you how deprived we all are for living in this artic zone.

Once I get back into the grove and have some time to compose my life’s song (which, anyone that knows me knows I love to write!) I will be posting new blogs soon!