Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Springtime is here!

Our new apartment is only a few blocks away from most of the Houston museums and Hermann park. On my drive home I noticed that the area in front of the Art Museum second wing is packed full of azaleas. Pink, purple, white and fully in bloom.

I was jumping out of my skin with excitement, wanting to go and take pictures with Avinash. The next free evening we had , I raced home from work, got Avi changed and ready, Ryan even came home early from work and I made everyone rush over there while the sun was still up.

I love living so close to so much beauty.

Using the self- timer.

I kind of liked the test shot more, ha!

Avinash was a bit less interested in flowers than I was, but he is a total outdoors lover. And gravel, the bushes were edged in gravel and he was in heaven! Looking forward to lots more walks, time outside and little adventures!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Ryan and Avi's Safari adventure

Ryan and his friend Raj had a boy's day out with Avinash and his son Gabriel. Originally they planned on going to the zoo, but Raj found this cool safari place just outside of Houston. I couldn't go anyway because I was working, but I think it's great that all the boys got together.

Gabriel is probably one of Avinash's favorite people. He loves playing with him and really looks up to him. Avi was delighted when they got in the backseat of the car together. He started chattering a mile a minute. And it was mostly gibberish. What was Gabriel's reaction? "Dad! I can't understand what he's saying!!" This did little to phase Avinash who kept trying to tell his older friend lots of stories. Both of the boys had a blast on the actual safari. They got to see zebras and giraffes. The bison even knocked the animal food tub right out of Raj's hand.


After the tram ride the boys got to pet some animals too. Then got to have ride horses too, it was Avi's first horse ride!

Gabriel looks totally excited, while Avinash seems like he is just tryign to take it all in. Though the pictures might not show it, he was enthralled with his horse ride too. The boys did not want to leave. Gabriel picked up a leaf on the way out as a souvenir for his mom, Avinash wanted whatever Gabriel. Raj made him share, despite Gabriel's protests, "he's just going to rip it." About two seconds later they hear Gabriel say, "He ripped it!"

Poor Gabriel, he tried to corral his little friend again at lunch when Avinash started playing with the sugar packets, but to no avail. Luckily there is a big construction site a few blocks away from our place. One site of cranes and excavators and Gabriel was happy as a clam. I wonder if Avinash will be obsessed with construction when he gets older too? I loved seeing it when I was younger too since my mom always read Richard Scary books about it to me and I knew that my Dad built bridges. I hope that Gabriel's fascination wears off on Avinash too!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Weekly Challenge Winner!!

YES! I won my second weekly challenge at Two Peas.

This is my winning layout. The challenge was to use a red, yellow and green color palette, close enough I guess. It's one of my Costa Rica album layouts. I love these pictures, the baby was just so vibrant and happy. I love that it has that enjoy tag, which is from one of the first sticker sets that I bought when I first started scrapbooking- and used in Avi's newborn album.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Future mutton buster!

Sameer and Ryan surveying the fairway. We may have spent close to 60$ on game tickets without winning a single prize!

Garima sporting Avi's cowboy hat.

What's so funny farmer Avi?

Avi and Ryan are leaving for Pennsylvania tomorrow afternoon. Luckily we got to have a great weekend and evening together. Avinash was beyond precious in his cowboy hat, boots and farmer overalls. He kept his hands in his pockets most of the night to look the part. He loved the zucchini curls but wouldn't try the fried s'mores. Go figure. He sang songs with me and laughed all night. He loved looking at all the lights and rides, but he especially loved bouncing up and down on Daddy's shoulders. It's never to soon to start practicing. Mutton - look out.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

i heart polaroids.

As Ryan said - looks like shots from me at woodstock with the baby.

Hot air balloon ride, 70's style.

Sweet sleeping baby.

How old must this baby be now??

My little Valentine.

Playing holi!

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