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Long time no post. Thanks to random weird spam that I had to delete I toodled back over here and was reading about my Thanksgiving adventures from 4 years ago. Now Gayatri is 6 (almost 7) and we're doing first grade, Lavanya is about to turn 5 and makes hilarious drawings, and Jatindra is 19 months and fiesty as his Tais. Nilesh is a citizen and I'm swimming, knitting and cooking like a pro.
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Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury

MONDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Almost half of tested samples of commercial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contained mercury, which was also found in nearly a third of 55 popular brand-name food and beverage products where HFCS is the first- or second-highest labeled ingredient, according to two new U.S. studies.

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We tend to watch an episode of Old School Sesame Street (thanks JB!) most mornings. And one thing I love, besides Gayatri knowing who Guy Smiley is (as opposed to Baby Bear) is just looking at the little kids in the segments and thinking, "Those little kids are older than me!"

We put the last leaf on our weather tree for the year. I'll take pictures today and get them posted (along with the pics of my mom's cabinet.)

Christmas was a bit more than I planned. But lovely nonetheless. Gayatri got mermaid, baby doll, etch-a-sketch, 101 piece art set and 7 wooden puzzles.  Lavanya got 3 felt balls, a few baby toys, and a cool wooden toy. Both girls have been playing and sharing the awesome play silks from Grandma.

Nilesh, the Girls and I are all fighting a bit of a cold now, but nothing devastating.

Can you believe Lavanya is 13 months and Gayatri will be 3 on friday? crazy.

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I didn't get a chance to finish cleaning the kitchen as much as I wanted to before Alex and Char showed up this afternoon/evening. What with trying to put away all the huge quantities of foodstuffs that Nilesh brought home, the bags Gayatri and I snagged at Target just minutes before they arrived, and last minute cleaning of the living room.... My kitchen was a disorganized clutter zone.  But now... the girls and guests are all sleeping. I finished baking two pumpkin pies, the cornbread(for the stuffing) is baking in the oven. And I got my kitchen clean! I even got the living room all decluttered once again. I emptied the non-fruit items from the fruit bowl, washed and displayed snacking fruit in it, filled all the water bottles and swept the floor. Ahhhhh.... feels good.

Tomorrow is all about oven logistics. But... I'm a master at kitchen tetris, so no worries. Just good smells, yummy food and awesome people. Thanksgiving is the bestest holiday in the year.

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Lavanya is one year old! Can you believe it? We had a private party with much delicious chocolate cake. Nilesh's parents called right as we were lighting the candles, so we put on the web camera, and they were able to sing and watch with us all the way from India. it was awesome. I think everyone else forgot it was her birthday. Last year she was born Thanksgiving weekend, so I think everyone just has this upcoming Saturday as her birthday in their heads instead of the actual date.

Sunday we went to another friend's party, and Gayatri had a blast, singing songs, being bossy (she's like a little mini-me). Now, she's all excited by the prospect of Uncle Alex coming tomorrow. Then, Thursday, even more people will arrive. It is just a whirlwind of crazy fun.

Hopefully Gayatri won't notice that I hid her rocking horse, tricycle and trolly cart in the storage shed. Heh. I don't want to negotiate who gets to play with what when the house gets bombarded with people. And I wanted to free up some floor space in the office for Alex and fam to sleep. Elsie and Elijah Moon are the same age. Both are cool kids, I hope they get along. Azel and Gayatri are the same age, but both are high strung (hence the hiding of large unsharable items) so I have no clue if they will get along. Lavanya will hide for a while, and then start wandering and exploring the plethora of people. We don't have enough table space or chairs, so we'll put the food up high, let the kids eat at the table and adults eat on the floor, as adults are capable of defending their plates from roaming baby.

I'm so excited. 6 adults, 5 kids. family, friends... and my organic, local, free-range turkey! yes! I'm way too excited about my turkey.

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I was just checking my voice mail this morning and there were three messages wishing Nilesh and me "happy anniversary." The first was from a new friend here in Fishers. Second was from a new-ish friend in Columbus, OH. And the third was from my best friends in Illinois: Kyle and Bek.

Loose thanksgiving plans under the cutCollapse )

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Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
- Sir Winston Churchill
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Staying calm is difficult to do when you're sitting on the toilet and your toddler reaches up to the breakfast bar to grab your coffee and spills it all over herself and the baby.

But I managed.

Staying calm is even more difficult when you've cleaned up the baby and toddler and floor and the toddler starts ordering you to another room and kicking the baby and screaming for her movie to be put on.

I don't know how, but I managed.

I then got furiously angry at the pouch I was making because the string doesn't slide through properly. I ripped my pouch to shreds. woot!


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Lavanya is walking!

Her little baby steps are way slower than speedcrawling, but she chooses now to take babysteps. Aww.... she just turned 10 months old yesterday and now she's walking. eep! Gayatri didn't walk until 14/15 months.

In other news. I must get back to poking holes in my bodice.

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