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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!!!

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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!

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Catching Up

I’m still playing catchup!  I’ll try to get mostly caught up in this post so I can start actually posting current photos!

Halloween 2013

We’ve never celebrated Halloween here in Malaysia, beyond dressing Svara up when she was an infant and visited my classroom when I was teaching.  Halloween is becoming more common here, but we still didn’t have any plans for this year.  Svara, however, has learned about Halloween through a few cartoons, stories from me, etc.  so she was ready to celebrate!  We decided to go to the mall on Halloween and the girls dressed up for the fun of it.  Here they are!

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Talisa wore the same costume that Svara wore many years ago and Svara decided to dress up as a witch.  A black Indian outfit and a handcrafted paper witch hat completed her outfit.  I decided to let her to to the mall without brushing her hair, to make it look more “witchy”.

A few more photos to complete 2013:

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Hugging her sister, even in the pool!

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signing “more”

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summer fun!

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children must play in the dirt, right?

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this is what my ktichen looks like on a daily basis! I also usually end up pushing chairs against the sink cabinet and in front of the stove and oven to keep her from those places. If Naren isn’t home and I need to get something done in the kitchen, this is the only way!

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a rare family photo! All dressed up ready to go to a wedding celebration

 

 

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Talisa’s First Birthday

Talisa’s birthday party was not scheduled for her actual birthday, but I wanted to make sure we marked the occasion as a family.  So I made a simple carob cake, some coconut based icecream, and we planned a simple outing.  Here are plenty of pictures to commemorate the simple, yet sweet, occasion.

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“hey, this is pretty good!”

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time to ditch the plate before everything lands on the floor in one quick sweep!

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Now testing the icecream

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“now THIS is good!!”

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“VERY good!!”

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The cake got thrown to the floor and the icecream all licked up

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“All finished!”

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After cake it was time to have a bath and then go out.  We needed something simple and close by.  Talisa loves animals, so we decided to go to a big pet store and just browse around.

 

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Walking in the mall like a big girl

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Here’s the pet store!

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Ooh, fish!! She learned how to say “blub blub”

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An active snake! She really enjoyed this and learned how to say “ssssss” for a snake

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Here she is panting, her sign that means dog. there were real dogs and cats there, but she was more impressed by this huge dog poster

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After our little trip it was time to go home, eat dinner, and get the girls to bed.  A nice simple day together to celebrate our baby’s first birthday.

 

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Time Together

At night before going to sleep Svara likes to plan out our next day.  We talk about possible things we’ll do for school, things we might make to eat, etc.  Our days don’t usually go as planned, but that’s okay.  We usually find time to do some of the things and think of new ones as well.  Here are a few things we have been up to in the past couple months:

Playing Monopoly!   As my siblings can attest to, Monopoly has always been one of my favorite games.  I was always pretty good at it, too!  Svara saw it on the shelf and wanted to learn how to play, so we’ve been playing it since.  It is good practice for counting and learning higher numbers.  We play with the time limit of Talisa’s nap so the game doesn’t drag out too long.  So far she has beat me every time (disclaimer: I’m not being ruthless and I’m actually giving her many tips throughout the game, so at this point it’s kind of like me playing against me).  It’s fun playing Monopoly again!

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One of the activities that Svara likes to do while I’m putting Talisa to sleep is building.  Sometimes with regular legos, sometimes megabloks, sometimes these wooden blocks or anything else she can find.  Here she was creating a little house for her polly pockets.  In the second photo she made the house into  a stage with a curtain.  It’s always fun to come down after putting Talisa down and see what creative things Svara has been up to.

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Last month there was a day that was so cool and breezy, it almost felt like fall or spring, it was awesome!!  I made some homemade veggie burgers, buns, and lemonade and we ate our dinner outside, taking full advantage of the beautiful weather.  We set up our table right outside our house next to the playground.

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Well, it looks like most of the other photos are on the camera, not downloaded yet.  And Talisa has just woken up from her delayed and then short nap, so it’s time for me to go for now!

 

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One day last week all things came together unexpectedly and it turned out to be the perfect time for a picnic!

1. I had picnic-worthy calzones already baked, ready to be eaten

2. It was not too hot out and there was a slight breeze

3. It was the perfect time of day and we were all itching to go outside.  

4. I know that Svara has been wanting to go on a picnic for awhile, she loves picnics!

So a picnic it was!!

Lesson 1: Keeping a 10 month old ON the picnic mat is a losing battle.

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Lesson 2: Letting your 10 month old help herself to the container of chopped cucumbers leads to chopped cucumbers e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.

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Lesson 3: Roselle juice makes a nice pink moustache

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Lesson 4: Always bring bubbles on a picnic!

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Refer back to lesson 1

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Lesson 5: Never miss the opportunity to pose with a cat

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It was a great spontaneous family outing!   We often go out for a walk in the evening (well, a couple times a week at least) to this playground, but we hardly ever happen to have picnic food on hand, so this was a nice opportunity.  Hopefully we’ll do it again soon!

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Thankful for Papa

I have a sweet story about Svara that I wanted to post so that I will be sure to remember it in the future!

The other day Naren was away from home for a couple hours in the afternoon.  The girls and I were in the kitchen, getting a few things done.  I had some almond milk to use up, so I was making some cashew cheese with it as well as some chocolate pudding.  Svara was sometimes helping me.  While making the chocolate pudding she said, “Papa loves chocolate, this could be a surprise for him!  I know!!!  Let’s have a surprise thank you party for Papa!!”  During the next couple of hours she planned out her party.  She was quick to mention that we didn’t need to make decorations or anything, since she knew that would be a pretty sure “no, we don’t have enough time for that” from me, hehe.    She decided that we would turn out the lights, hide, and jump out and yell “surprise!” when Papa came home.  She would then present him with a card that she made specially for him as well as the pudding treat.  She would then sing him a made-up song just for him about how she is thankful for him.

We had just gone back inside the house from playing outside and closed all the windows and curtains for the day when we saw him drive up to the house.  Perfect timing.  We hid in the kitchen and she executed her party plans just as she wanted.  During the song she was listing things she was thankful for such as him taking us all out places, giving her treats, being loving, teaching her things, etc.  Naren thought it might have been something I put her up to, or that I had been talking about being thankful or something.  But nope, this time it was all Svara!  I love seeing Svara’s sweet nature shine through 🙂

I don’t have any photos of that impromptu party, but I have this photo from a couple weeks ago.  Whenever Svara is hugging Naren, Talisa just HAS to crawl over and get in on the hugging action too.  Too cute!

 

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