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Sometimes it is just TOO hot and you just HAVE to dance in the “rain”.  At least that is what Talisa would say!  She loves it when Naren sets up the hose like a sprinkler.  He usually starts by watering the plants and then she convinces him to spray her and then he sets up the “sprinkler”.  Svara usually joins in, but she didn’t feel like changing on this particular day.

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Several months ago someone in a group on facebook mentioned this petting zoo here in KL.  It is called Farm in the City and spans over many acres of land.  They have many animals you can pet, and some that you just enjoy looking at.  We decided to take the kids here instead of the zoo as it is more hands on.  There are a lot of photos here, but this is only about 1/4 of all of the photos we took!  The girls both had a blast and Svara is still asking when we are going to go again!

Ready to go into Farm in the City!

Ready to go into Farm in the City!

 

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Pony ride!  This was a really short ride, but Svara of course enjoyed it anyway.

Pony ride! This was a really short ride, but Svara of course enjoyed it anyway.

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I’m glad that Talisa is still fine with being carried in the carrier.  We were there for about 2 hours and a stroller is not a good option there at all.  This was easy and I could just let her down in the places that were suitable for her.

The dinosaur turtle turned out to be a snapping turtle

The dinosaur turtle turned out to be a snapping turtle

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look up!

look up!

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I guess this is his usual resting place!

I guess this is his usual resting place!

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They had a large area for some of the animals to roam around in.  It was nice and shady even though it was a hot day!

They had a large area for some of the animals to roam around in. It was nice and shady even though it was a hot day!

feeding the birds!

feeding the birds!

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Another large bird enclosure.

Another large bird enclosure.

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This bird is so cool!

This bird is so cool!

feeding the deer

feeding the deer

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Loving the deer

Loving the deer

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eek, scary scarecrow!

eek, scary scarecrow!

time for some net fishing

time for some net fishing

Not even Naren managed to catch a fish

Not even Naren managed to catch a fish

And the girls' favorite part - petting bunnies!

And the girls’ favorite part – petting bunnies!

just a *little* excited

just a *little* excited

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Giving a little too much love to the guinea pig

Giving a little too much love to the guinea pig

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feeding the fish

feeding the fish

hungry fish!

hungry fish!

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big eyes!

big eyes!

Svara petting a large iguana

Svara petting a large iguana

This was actually Svara's favorite part, holding a chick, as she has never done that before.

This was actually Svara’s favorite part, holding a chick, as she has never done that before.

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I think we need to get chickens someday

I think we need to get chickens someday

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bird show

bird show

cooling down with some mango sorbet

cooling down with some mango sorbet

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Sidewalk Paint

Here is another day when it was time to do a messy activity!  Again this activity I chose to do outside, to allow for easier cleanup.

DIY sidewalk paint cornstarch and food coloring

I mixed together cornstarch with water and added plenty of food coloring for nice bold colors.  Add some spoons and/or big paintbrushes, and it’s time for some colorful fun!

 

 

 

 

 

DIY sidewalk paint cornstarch and food coloring

I see they are only using spoons in these photos, I can’t remember why they are not trying paintbrushes.  Maybe the paint was too thin or something.

 

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Svara enjoyed mixing the colors and making swirls.  Talisa just enjoyed splattering!

 

fun with homemade sidewalk paint

 

 

Playground Fun

One of my favorite things about the place we live is that we can just go right outside our door to play at the playground, and go down a path to an even bigger playground as well.  We go out each evening that we can.  Right now it is hazy so we are staying indoors, but a few weeks ago we were going out each evening.  Usually either Naren or I take the girls out to play with the other stays in and makes dinner.  But one evening we were both able to go out, so I took the opportunity to get some updated playground photos!

Talisa has been going up and down these stairs by herself for many months now.  I stay close, as she occasionally stumbles, but she’s very insistent on doing it herself!

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After seeing the older kids swing on the bar above the slide, Talisa had to try as well.  Now she does it every single time she goes down the slide.

 

 

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Swinging with Papa!  She can sit on the swing herself as well, but sometimes she still enjoys swinging with one of us.

 

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A few months ago for Ayyam-i-Ha (a Baha’i holiday) we bought Svara a scooter.  Now it’s one of her favorite things to play on outside!

 

 

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Right outside our house this stray banana tree has been growing for the past couple years.  It finally got a blossom and I was looking forward to possibly having some bananas, but it looks like it’s an ornamental type of banana plant, as the bananas are only about 3 inches long.  Ah well, it’s still neat to look at!

 

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More fun on the scooter!  Talisa often rides on Naren’s shoulders after she gets tired of running around.

 

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More swinging!

 

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Talisa asks us to lift her up to this higher bar.  She hangs there for a few seconds and then asks for help to get down.

 

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Here is one of Talisa’s favorite ways to swing by herself:

 

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Svara practices on the monkey bars each time we go to the big playground.  She hasn’t gotten the hang of going across yet, but she reaches as far as she can, swings, and drops.

 

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Slide time!

 

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Because it makes sense to climb UP the slide….

 

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And then go DOWN the stairs…

 

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Now I’m hoping that seeing these pictures from when it was nice and clear outside, it will help the haze dissipate and we can go back out and enjoy the playgrounds again!!!

Once in awhile I gather up my energy and courage to do something fun and messy with the girls.  This time we did it outside in the porch so everything could be sprayed away in the end, a smart idea indeed!  I was inspired by this post I saw on pinterest for using basil seeds as a sensory activity for little ones.  I can easily get basil seeds here, so I went for it!

In each of the cups below I added 1T of basil seeds to about a cup colored water.  I waited more than 5 minutes, but they never soaked up all of the water.  Maybe I should have waited longer, or used less water.

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Here is a closeup of the seeds after they soaked up the water:

 

 

 

 

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Then it was time to dump!  I used a baby bathtub, it was a good size and easy to contain the mess in!  Svara helped dump the colors:

 

 

 

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In went the yellow and green as well:

 

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And finally the red!  Svara couldn’t wait to get her hands in it!

 

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But I had to get a closeup shot first, as I knew it wouldn’t stay this pretty for very long:

 

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A few seconds later, after being stirred a bit, and after Talisa threw the spoons in:

 

 

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And in less than a minute it was pretty much all stirred together!  I want to try this again with less water, or waiting longer for them to turn more gloppy, so they don’t mix together QUITE as fast.  But even when they were mixed together so the excess water was brown, if you picked up a handful you could still see the individual color of each seed.  it was pretty neat!  I wanted to get some better photos, but I was by  myself with the girls so I couldn’t do a lot with the camera.  Warning, basil seeds on the ground are slippery!!!

 

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After getting messy with the basil seeds the girls had some water time in the little bathtub outside.  Yes, it’s time to invest in another kids’ wading pool! (the last one got holes in it, boo!)

 

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We haven’t done a lot of traveling around since Talisa was born, but we are hoping to start visiting more places!  So a couple months ago we suddenly decided one morning to visit the rabbit farm that afternoon!  The rabbit farm is located in Bukit Tinggi, which is on a hill, so it’s a lot cooler than the city.  A nice place to visit these hot days!

Here are some photos from our visit:

Talisa was utterly delighted to see all the rabbits.  She was running all over saying “bundeens!!!”

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Svara has fed rabbits a few times before, so she was an old pro!

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They also had some deer there.  Svara was a little hesitant in approaching them.  I don’t blame her ;)6 rabbit farm 7 rabbit farm 8 rabbit farm

But she was not hesitant in carrying around the bunnies!

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They had guinea pigs as well, though you couldn’t go in to pet those.

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They had a pony (well, donkey actually) ride as well.  Last time we came here a few years ago she was too young, so she was thrilled to be able to have a ride this time!

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Talisa followed saying “Akka ride horse!”  I believe she would have hopped on if she could.

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So Naren took her to his shoulders to distract her and they watched these very territorial deer.  I feel kind of sorry for all of these deer, they seem a bit cramped!

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After the ride we had to let Talisa hop on.  She was SO excited!

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Time to feed the donkeys!

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And the deer!  We had some pellets to feed the animals, but the deer were not very interested.  So we reached through the fence in one area to pick some long grass and they were SO excited to eat that.

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We brought some sandwiches, chips, and grapes with us to have a picnic and had a nice afternoon.  It is always refreshing to take an afternoon off!

Family Times

Well, it sure has been awhile!  So much for keeping other updates instead of Talisa’s monthly updates!  I have a few posts to share, but I want to do them in order.  So today here a few photos showing some of the things we do around the house together :)

Three months ago Svara turned 7.  I still can’t believe it! For her birthday we were happy to be able to get her one of the things she wanted more than anything – the large Lego Friends house.  The year before she had gotten a couple of the smaller sets for her birthday.  She really enjoyed them, but needed a lot of guidance to put them together.  This year she put together the whole thing almost all by herself.

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Both of the girls have been helping me out with cooking as well.  Talisa loves stirring oats or flour while Svara and I are busy.  As you can imagine, this can get quite messy!

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Svara, on the other hand, is now able to read parts of recipes and help out with measuring as well.  Our kitchen can be quite warm as there is no fan, so when she helps cook I usually take all the ingredients to the dining table so it’s cooler. Here she was mixing together some granola, yum!

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Sometimes when I am working in the kitchen I really need to find something to keep Talisa busy.  She has kind of gotten bored with digging around in the cupboards, so I have to be more imaginative.

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On this day I took out the playdough and utensil drawer and she went to town.  After awhile she was ready for something new and she asked for some oats.  She likes to stir them and eat them!

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I’ll leave today with a few photos of Talisa doing what she does best – being silly!  And eating her still favorite snack – frozen blueberries!  I’ll be back soon with a few more posts of the fun stuff we’ve been up to!

 

 

 

 

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