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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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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
Babbling
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

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Morning walk with her Chacha

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Visiting the Google Office

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Visiting the Tibco Loyalty Lab Office with VickyImage

Visiting the Tibco Loyalty Lab Office with Rahul

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Visiting the Tibco Loyalty Lab Office With Vinay

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The Trip! – Sleeping in the airplane bassinet

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Finally off the airplane!

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At the chalet we rented

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With Shekhar Chacha

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Chillin’

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Popped Collar Gangsta’s at Aix Les Bains

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At Sara’s favorite pub

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At Divia’s wedding with her Daddy

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At Divia’s wedding with her mommy πŸ™‚

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Last coffee in Europe

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Back home!

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3 months already!

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Happy New Year to Everyone!!

I know I am super-duper late with this post, just been really really busy! But hey better late than never right?

So here are the 10 things that made me smile in December –

  1. We went to see the Roger Waters concert. This was the BEST concert I have EVER been to! Everything was just amazing.
  2. Chiku and I went to see the Black Swan. Natalie Portman has acted really well but I didn’t quite get the movie entirely…. It was fun nonetheless.
  3. Sameer and Zejfa came to visit us and we had a great time with them. The weekend was wayyy too short and I wish we all lived closer!
  4. Holiday parties galore! Love this time of the year!
  5. Chiku and I decided to brave the crowds and go shopping at the outlets the day before Christmas, but it wasn’t bad at all. We shopped and shopped and shopped like crazy! LOVED the amazing deals!
  6. Sahir did his final big run before the half marathon – 10 miles right before our vacation! SO proud of him!
  7. Meeting up with Hitomi, Tanbir and Maya in NYC. Love mah peeps!
  8. Braving the crazy NYC blizzard and making it to our train with Sahir, Shekhar and Lubna. Glad we weren’t flying since all flights out of NY were cancelled but trains were just delayed πŸ™‚
  9. Our fun vacation in Montreal where Linken came to meet us. After which we headed to Quebec City for a few days. It was the perfect vacation where we probably ate 8 meals a day and slept a good 12 hrs every day πŸ™‚
  10. A great low key and fun New Years Eve with amazing friends, good music and the PERFECT Shawarma at the end of the night!!

    Happy New Year!!!

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 πŸ™‚

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 necklaceΒ  the finishing medal πŸ˜€

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.Β Now the house is so empty 😦 I miss them a lot!!!Β 

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. ItΒ was really entertaining and we had a greatΒ 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 :))Β 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 πŸ™‚

So what did you smile about in September? πŸ™‚

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 + paychecksΒ  = yummy!! πŸ™‚

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?

Another month is gone and here is my list of 10 things that made me smile in July πŸ™‚
  1. – Hiking Mt Tamalpais over the July 4th weekend. It was a fun, sweaty 7 miles with the most gorgeous views complete with a picnic lunch from Whole Foods. Thanks Seema!
  2. – Going for the Sf Giants vs NY Mets game. It was fun!
  3. Aaron and Vienna visiting us. We had a great time!!
  4. – Visiting beautiful Portland and meeting Kanu, Chaddah’s, Manish and Girja. It was lovely meeting them since Β we hadn’t seen them all in a really long while.
  5. – Volunteering. I started volunteering with my friend Paawan, who is a small business owner. She has a catering business – The Green Corriander (www.greencorriander.com). Please read about it . If you live in San Francisco you can order food from them or stop by for lunch at 22nd and Gurrerro. The food is as close as it gets to delicious indian home-cooking.
  6. – Running. Yes, I started running again. I signed myself and Sahir up for a half marathon in September!
  7. – Cats. You make me smile every single day with your silly antics, cuddling and meowing.
  8. Starting work. After 11 months of chilling! It feels weird but also great to work in San Francisco’s financial district
  9. A post-card that I received from NY from my besties Hitomi and Maya. Thanks girls! Miss you tons and can’t wait to see you soon!!!
  10. Garmin’s awesome customer service – The GPS that we bought earlier this year in DC stopped working and they are going to send us a new one!

So what did you smile about this month ?

So most of you already know that we ditched our plans to move to Canada and are currently living in gorgeous San Francisco πŸ™‚ So I won’t be gettting into that story…
I saw this on someone else’s blog and loved this idea because it is important to recognize the small simple things that make us smile and bring positivity in our lives. I plan to do this every month. So here’s my list –

Ten Things to Smile about in June

1 – Shekhar visitng and introducing us to Karaage — Yummy japanese fried chicken!

2 – A quite random last minute trip to Austin, TX and visiting all our dear friends that I miss a lot!

3- Celebrating our 3 yr wedding anniversary in Austin (where it ALL began :))

4- Not really happy about falling sick and being out of commission for a week and half but thankful for Sahir taking care of me and COOKING me dinner! πŸ˜€ (That never happens!) and the boy CAN cook! He’s been lying to me! πŸ™‚

5- Getting the iphone… FINALLY!!! πŸ˜€ It is a must-have in San Francisco! (not kidding!)

6- Cooking up many new dishes this month (Fried Chicken, Keema pulao, Paneer from scratch, Green chutney, Chicken Pad Thai, Tofu Tom Yum Soup, Tofu Chow-Mein, Veggie Quesadilla’s)

7- Finally watching the American cult favorite The Big Lebowski. It was quite funny!

8- Thankful for living in San Francisco especially in the summer where the high is usually 68 degrees as opposed to 100 degrees in Austin! πŸ˜›

9- The great location we live in where EVERYTHING we need is literally within a 4 block radius. And anything else is a short bus ride away.

10- Finding a GREAT Japanese curry restaurant (Muracci’s) in San Francisco. It is sooo goood!

(Bonus) 11 – Going for the SF Giants and LA Dodgers game at the ball park. I love baseball games, they are mostly just really fun fun picnics!

So what did you smile about this month?

Hello Hello!

So its been a LONG time since I penned down my thoughts… I actually went to http://stoli.wordpress.com and was shocked when it said “The authors have deleted this blog” and I thought what the? huh!?! when??!?! and then I realized I put in the wrong address πŸ™‚

So what have we been upto??

We spent a month in Incredible India…

Bengaluru
Sahir’s cousins kids

Kochi
In a houseboat

At Kochi Harbour

Watching Kathakkali

Kochi Jew Town, at the restaurant Dal-Roti


Goa
(watch out for another blog on this)

Ahmedabad (for a wedding)
The happy bride and groom with us

At the reception

With the families

Mumbai with friends, friends and more friends πŸ™‚

Kashmir (Sahir still needs to write a blog post on that)
Sahir with his buddy πŸ™‚

Me as Kashmir ki kali πŸ™‚

Divia and me with some very hospitable Kashmiris

Gulmarg

Gorgeous Kashmir

Delhi (where Sahir fell seriously ill with food poisoning and had to be admitted to the hospital)
At the Rashtrapati Bhavan

Rohit’s wedding luncheon

In general just being silly πŸ™‚

After India, we went to Dubai for Sahirs brother’s wedding which was a TON of fun!
Henna

My 2 yr old niece getting some Henna

The entire family for Nanima’s 75th birthday πŸ™‚

After spending some wonderful time in Dubai with both our families, we came back to the US to continue our nomadic lifestyle… and you thought it was over… tsk tsk πŸ™‚ We stayed in DC for a few weeks, went to Canada for a couple of weeks and then got back to DC where we were snowed in with the biggest snow storm that DC saw in a 100 years! (we had to see the best one right? cant be seeing no itty bitty storms!)

Sahir and Sameer getting ready to shovel the snow πŸ™‚

Sahir was excited about this!

Winter Wonderland!

Stolu experiencing snow for the first time in his life…

Currently we are back in Austin enjoying life before moving to Canada. Basically fun on the run!! πŸ™‚ Somewhere in there I was getting slightly annoyed with everything (you know stuff like not having a home, living out of a suitcase) but then I realized that hey! this is the only time we will actually be all over the place so why not enjoy it!!Β  So here we are… back to basics in Austin, Texas where we originally started from, with all our wonderful friends but without the cats and I miss them immensely! :-/

So heres a gist of what we have experienced in the last few months

  • Reuniting with my baby kitties. For all of you wondering… YES they remembered us πŸ™‚
  • Driving our car from DC to Toronto and back in a bad bad storm – yea… not a good idea – don’t do it!
  • The worst storm in a 100 yrs in DC about 3-4 feet of snow… I felt like I was back in Buffalo πŸ™‚
  • Being back in Austin… it was a very surreal feeling since I wasn’t expecting to be back so soon.
  • Our cats became friends… yea they didn’t really care for each other before but now they cuddle… and it’s so cute!

So all in all its been an exciting couple of months and we still owe a couple more blog posts from our travels but they are on their way… so keep an eye out for them.