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Happy 4th of July (on the 5th)

Whenever I sit down to blog, so much thought goes through my mind that I end up just leaving everything out and posting pictures of my sewing or of kids. Again, today I want to blog about how great our day yesterday was (even if it was HOT) but then I want to talk about the new nanny, the departure of my good friend from work, about Aanyas newest tricks and I feel like I can't contain it all in one post. I know the solution is blogging more but there is always something else I need to be doing. So. One thing at a time.

Yesterday we took the kids to the celebration in the local community park where they had wagon rides, face painting and all that. I was looking forward to this 4th of July specially because this is the first time I made my kids special outfits to wear on the day! They matched (somewhat) and I got some great shots before we left. I didn't take the camera to the park because I always feel like I'm stuck with the camera along with a million other things and keeping track. We got to do the wagon ride through the park and Aanya had this look of just..awe. It was wonderful. After the ride we explored the park a bit and then headed to an Indian restaurant for lunch. After 3 plates of buffet food (YIKES) LOL we headed home and everyone took a nap. Kids enjoyed fireworks at night with the neighbors. There was a nice breeze flowing and it reminded me a lot of summer nights in Delhi. I miss that a lot.

My cuties in their mama-made outfits.  





Comments

Christine said…
Great outfits for the kids, Shalini!
Erin said…
Glad you had such a great day. The outfits look great!

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