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This was an eventful month! We did ALOT this month!
1. Sara had her naming ceremony and her Sameer Chacha came to meet her. We missed seeing Zejfa Chachi this time but hopefully we will see her in a couple months.
2. Sara made a trip to see her Daddy at the SF Google office
3. Sara made a trip to see her Mommy’s office and meet all her friends
4. We went on our first vacation with lil Miss Sara. This was her first time on an airplane and her first international trip! Whoa! Yea we were brave! We took a trip to Switzerland and France. One of Sahir’s friend from high school was getting married so a bunch of friends decided to meet up and rent a chalet and just hang out.

We didn’t get to do a lot since Sara is still so little and everything had to be planned around her feeding schedule but it was nice to just get away from the daily routine.

Here are some of our travel essentials with a 3 month of infant –
– We traveled with our UPPAbaby Vista stroller and Carseat. Albeit expensive, this is a great sturdy stroller. We kept joking that it could probably run over some of the tiny cars in Europe 🙂 It worked really well on the cobblestone paths and the big storage underneath helped carry a lot of stuff.
Sleep Sheep – Sara just knows its time to sleep when this thing turns on.
– Her Paci’s
Blankets (swaddles and others) These are just needed for everything!
– Burpy Bibs
Ergo Carrier to carry her around in when you don’t want to take the stroller
– Her bath supplies (soap, shampoo, oil for massages), her healthcare kit and the nose frida
Infant Tylenol (we didn’t need to use it but we carried it along just in case) and Gripe water

At this time, she was too young for toys. We did carry a couple of rattles but we didn’t end up using them and of course her clothes, and diapers.

On the flight to Zurich, she slept most of the way and we had to wake her up to eat. On the flight back to SF, she was awake most of the time 🙂 We were jet lagged when we got back and pretty much slept at odd hours for the first few days but got back into the swing of things pretty soon.

Sara’s 3 month roundup

Feedings – 8-10 times a day
Favorite toy – Her gym (still)
Favorite book – Not the Hippopotamus (still)
Likes to hang on – The floor (on a blanket). She just loves to kick kick kick and being on the ground helps
Favorite Activities –
Playing in the gym
Face timing and Skyping
Eating her hands
Meeting new people and just being outdoors
Favorites foods – milk nom nom nom
Not a big fan of – Tummy time

Mom’s 3 month round up:
Favorite Swaddle – Aden Anais
Favorite Activity – Being out and about with Sara

Dad’s 3 month round up:

Favorite Swaddle – Aden Anais
Favorite activity – Being silly and making Sara smile

Here are some pictures from the last month and our trip.

Naming Ceremony




Morning walk with her Chacha


Visiting the Google Office


Visiting the Tibco Loyalty Lab Office with VickyImage

Visiting the Tibco Loyalty Lab Office with Rahul


Visiting the Tibco Loyalty Lab Office With Vinay


The Trip! – Sleeping in the airplane bassinet


Finally off the airplane!


At the chalet we rented


With Shekhar Chacha




Popped Collar Gangsta’s at Aix Les Bains


At Sara’s favorite pub


At Divia’s wedding with her Daddy


At Divia’s wedding with her mommy 🙂


Last coffee in Europe


Back home!


3 months already!



Hello Hello… February was a short month but it was definitely jam packed and before I knew it the month was already over… Here is the list of the ten things that made me smile in February.
  1. My V day gift from Sahir – a much wanted – Giants Blanket 😀 woo-hooo!!
  2. Had the most funnest V day with our plus 1’s – Nik and Chiku at our fav restaurant – Shalimar where Sahir was so loud that the Shalimar folks asked him to keep it down!! 🙂
  3. A last minute trip to Houston to go see Aval. We had a good time at the hospital where we did some puzzles and Amit and Aval’s mom made us some yummy Chai.
  4. Hanging out with Amit, Reema, Barbara,  Kaushal and Priya in Houston. We had a great time with them.

    Yummy Korean Dinner in Houston


  6. Trying out new Rachel Ray recipes. I love her 30 minute dinners. This month I have experimented with Orzo and Quinoa and they were both successful 🙂
  7. Finally deciding that we are not moving out of our Apartment!!! YAY!
  8. The weather people in SF predicting snow here, which would have been the first time since 1976. The snow actually never made but it did send some beautiful sunshine! 😛
  9. Happy Birthday to my sister Renu (22nd) and her husband Rakesh (15th)
  10. Finally going to twin peaks after living in SF for almost a year… 🙂
  11. A extra day off (President’s day)!!

Terribly late again – I know!! BUT I am on the ball and I am already working on my February list, so I definitely won’t be late on that one 🙂 Here ya go…

  1. The end to a cold but really fun vacation in Canada.
  2. Meeting up with Nihar and his girlfriend who were visiting San Francisco and cat/house-sitting for us 🙂
  3. Going to Orlando, Florida to run the Disney Half Marathon. It was Sahir’s first half marathon and he did great!!
  4. Planning a trip to Austin for Anar’s Baby Shower weekend. So excited to go see everyone again! 
  5. Having a few chilled out weekends after a really long time. No travels, no big plans… just enjoying being home and in the city. 
  6. While the rest of the country was having snow days left and right, we were fortunate enough to enjoy some really great weather. We have tried to take as much advantage as we can and spend a lot of time outdoors. The SF examiner also called it a “heat-wave” which was 67 degrees! I don’t think they have been to Texas!
  7. I got to hang with Maya for a couple of days who was in town for work. It was awesome!!
  8. Going vegetarian for a few weeks. This used to be a yearly tradition for us and then for the last couple of years we weren’t able to keep up with it but we started it again and it is a great way to detox.
  9. Getting a mani/pedi 🙂 after a really long time.
  10. Flat Stanley coming to visit from San Diego, CA! We took Flat Stanley around San Francisco and took some pictures with him and sent him back to his friend Ricky 🙂

November is my favorite month of the whole year!
It is the start of the holiday season, it is my birthday month, it is when the weather gets nice and cold AND it’s when you can shop without feeling terribly guilty (SO many good deals out there! :)). Just a whole lot of fun!
Unfortunately this is also the time when I miss our families in Dubai the most because you always want to be with family around the holidays. (Mental Note to self: Plan the Dubai trip soon!!)

So… without further adieu… here is the list of 10 things that made me smile in November –

  1. My Birthday! Surprise flowers, Happy Hour with my work buddies, Dinner at a WONDERFUL fancy restaurant (Quince), and Lots o gifts…. what’s not to smile about??
  2. Our new rug! It looks great, the cats love it and it doesn’t shed! YAY!
  3. Vineet visiting us from Dubai. Had a great time hanging out AND discovered a new brunch restaurant – Canteen.
  4. Meeting up with Amina after many years. It was really nice to reconnect and catch up!
  5. A great trip to Austin complete with amazing friends, tex-mex, bbq and just the warm fuzzy feeling of being home.  
  6. Movie Night!! Once every few weeks we get together with our good friends Nik & Chiku, order take-out and watch a movie on netflix. This month we saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It was a creeeeepyyy suspense thriller movie.
  7. Earlier when the Giants won the World Series and we were out celebrating, I lost my drivers license. Some good soul (a reporter from the Associated Press) found this and went through the trouble of locating me and dropped it off at my Apt Concierge. A big THANK YOU to him. This proves that San Francisco has nice people too!! 🙂
  8. Training with Sahir for the upcoming half marathon! It’s really hard to motivate ourselves to run outside in the winter but we are doing it!!
  9. Spending Thanksgiving with Nik and Chiku and all the yummy food they cooked for us. Currently NOT smiling about all the extra pounds but we can worry about that in January. 🙂
  10. Getting a sweet message from Manali for Loy Krathong. We celebrated this beautiful Thai festival last year in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand with Manali and Terry. Can’t believe it’s been a whole year!

So… what did you smile about in November?

Oh October… when did you come and when did you go… I didn’t even realize it!
I know I’m late but here is a list of 10 things that made me smile in October…

  1. Sahir’s big 3-0 Celebration!! (No, I’m not cheating, the party with family was in September and the party with friends was in October :P)
  2. Anuj, Anar, Mehlam and Faiza visited us. We had a great time with our Austin family!
  3. Running the SF Nike Women’s Marathon. Trisha ran the entire race with me (even though she is much faster than me) AND we crossed the finish line together. It was an amazing feeling! And of course the icing on the cake was the Tiffany’s necklace! 😀 See pics here.
  4. Visiting my sister Renu and her family in San Diego. Food + naps + games + cuddles + fun = a great relaxing family weekend!
  5. I bought a new area rug for our living room. We are still waiting for it to be delivered within the next few days.
  6. Going on a mini shopping spree. I hadn’t bought clothes in some time and it was definitely time for me to drop some cash 😀
  7. Giants WON the World Series!!!!! Whoo Hoooo!!
  8. Signing up for YET another half marathon – The Disney Half Marathon! haha – Yes… it does sound like I’m addicted!
  9. Discovering a great Mexican Taco’s place – Papalote.
    I’ve had a hard time finding a good taco place in California. Somehow I can’t get used to corn taco’s and that seems to be the trend in California! But at Paplote – you can get your taco’s in flour tortillas 😀
  10. Our upcoming trip to Austin! YAY!!

So what did you smile about in October?

Hello All!!
September was a whirlwind. There was soooo much going on that the month just flew by!! I cannot believe that the year is almost ending. Fall is here and soon enough holiday season will be upon us. With all that was going on in last month, I think I might have more than just 10 things to smile about in September 🙂

1 – We spent Labor day with Lubna and her brothers in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite is gorgeous! We did 3-4 hikes in the 2 days that we were there and it was just so beautiful and serene.

2 – Manish, Girja, Jai, Prashant and Pavitra visited us. Had a fun fun time with everyone especially little Jai.

3 – I ran my first Half Marathon!!! It was an amazing experience. The last 2 miles were the hardest but Sahir ran them with me so thats what got me through it!

4 – Signing up for the Nike SF Womens half Marathon in Oct! This is the one I originally wanted to do and it was completely sold out but I managed to find my way in. It just goes to prove how far a girl will go for a Tiffany’s necklace  the finishing medal 😀

5 – An impromptu work visit to Minneapolis. I got to see Mall of America and compare it to Mall of Emirates (which is apparently based on the idea of Mall of America). Yea… there is no comparison. MOA is huge and big but MOE beats it hands down!

6 – Sahirs parents came to visit us. We had SUCH an awesome time with them! Shopping, sight-seeing, cooking, gossiping. It’s always so much fun with family. Now the house is so empty 😦 I miss them a lot!!! 

7 – Watching the Opera (Aida) with Sahir. Never thought I would understand it, let alone enjoy it! It was beautiful! Definitely want to go to more.

8 – Watching the musical Dreamgirls with Sahirs parents. It was really entertaining and we had a great time.

9 – Celebrating Sahir’s big 3-0! We had a party at home with family and friends and Sahirs mom cooked up a huge feast! (I helped :)) We had another party with other friends over the weekend.

10 – Shekhar coming to visit us for Sahir’s big 3-0. It’s always a crazy party with Shekhs!

(Bonus) 11 – Giants going to the Playoffs!!!! YAY! The only thing I dislike about it is that we can NEVER find parking. Oh well… that’s the fun of living in SF 🙂

So what did you smile about in September? 🙂

What was it about August but it felt like a really LONG month! Nonetheless here is my list of 10 things that made me smile…

1- Getting a haircut! After way too long!

2- Sameer and Zejfa getting a baby kitty – Simba. And boy is he CUTE!

3-Sahir created a video in which he is playing with Stoli and emailed it to Sameer. Sameer then showed this video to Simba and the cutie patootie actually started playing with the computer screen!! It is adorable — Watch here

4-Starting to volunteer with the SF public school.

5-The prospect of the fog going away and summer actually coming to San Francisco!!

6-Running, running and more running.

7-Visiting Chicago and meeting Hitomi after SO long!!! Had SUCH an awesome time!

8 – Playing Apples to Apples with Sumair, Nicki, Hitomi, Sahir and Deepti. What a fun board game!

9 – New job + paychecks  = yummy!! 🙂

10- Looking forward to friends and family visiting us in September!! (Sahir’s parents, Lubna, Manish Girja and Jai) YAY! Can’t wait!!

So, what did you smile about this month?

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