Raghu is excited to count down days to his birthday early next year.  I say this so often… ‘can’t believe how time flies’.  He will be 8 soon.  Raghu’s sense of humor is getting a workout these days.  He has been making unusual word associations, telling us jokes he works on in private, and just giving us all a good laugh.

Zoya is cycling so confidently.  I love the walk-a-bike…. one of several versions out there is here: http://www.bootscootbikes.com/  Mine came to me from my German friend, Britt… ever grateful to her for introducing it to us.  Zoya unfortunately has been too tall for this category for more than a year.  But we’ve always kept her bike height so that her feet can reach the floor.  This makes her feel balanced and confident.

Snowy is such a pleasure to watch. The kids are in love with her.  Raghu comes for my morning 10 minute walk with Snowy.  He loves running her up and down the street (while i hold the leash as Snowy is still very scared of the street level noise, traffic, street dogs etc and will dart around unexpectedly.  Zoya plays special hide and seek games and will give Snowy water, treats, select toys from her stash that Snowy can chew on etc.

So excited that today i started my Morning Pages (http://www.theartistsway.com/tools).  Have had the book for over 2 years and kept meaning to start it.  But here it is… its time.  Feels exhilerating to just get back to writing after this long break.  And can’t wait for the changes that are inevitable as a result.

Zoya is cycling, asking for horse riding sessions, wanting a piano and generally being very new to me 🙂
Raghu is waiting for his Wii to get fixed, his PSP to get fixed and planning a shopping expedition with my mom at the newly renovated Dorabjee in Pune.  Grandmother and grandson are in cahoots and i’m not allowed to know what they are up to.

Right this minute Raghu, Zoya and Ammamma (my mom) are talking about a shop where Z is selling dresses.
We saw the new Narnia 3-D movie yesterday and loved it.  My favorite conversation was between Lucy and the new little Narnian girl.  The girl says “when i grow up i want to be just like you”.  And Lucy says “when you grow up you will be just like you”  I think this is the line… someone help correct it.  But the meaning was beautiful and exactly what our lives are about these days. Raghu told me what to expect at moments in the movie that i was surprised he knew about.  As it turns out he was simply being a good listener of dialog in the movie.  And i did not catch on to some of the stuff as i was focusing on the special effects and missing whole chunks of dialog 🙂

As a term ‘unschooling’ is limiting me completely.  I’m getting stronger in simply saying “we are living our lives… and have not chosen school as part of our lives at this time”.  Perhaps there are more families out there who feel like this.  Talking to my dear friend, Urmila, was as usual freeing, and we discussed this and felt alike in that moment.  Starting the morning pages is feeling like a huge relief.  I needed inner guidance but was unable to tune in for all the other noise in my head.  And these pages help siphon off the crud and lets me go deep within.  Feels good.

These past weeks we have made 2 new friends.  One is a temporarily homeschooling child who is visiting from the US for a few months (end of trip now) and loves video gaming and imaginary play just like Raghu.  So they have both had multiple playdates.  The other friend is someone who has been around but we had not discovered each others families.  When i posted about how our days are on the Ning site… the father read it to the boy and we got a call the next day asking for a playdate.  The boy, A, found many similarities between him and Raghu and wanted to meet up asap.  So we all did …at  A’s house and had, as Raghu said later on, “the best day of my life” 🙂  Oh actually the line was “the second best day of my life” as the first was with the other child just a few days before.  Wow, for a child to have 2 best days of his life within a week is rather amazing to me.

I’ve been working hard in my head and in my journal to keep an upbeat attitude about being in India.  We miss beauty.  As urbanites we really miss beauty in our surroundings… gardens, cleanliness, side walks, pollution free areas, woods, ponds, lakes etc.  So keeping an in-the-moment attitude and being positive about finding interesting and interested friends is crucial.   And lo and behold it has been happening.  Just have to stay open and welcoming.

Its been a long while since I posted.  We’ve had Sandra’s trip that ended a few weeks ago.  Photos are cataloged by Sandra here: http://sandraindia2010.blogspot.com/  I will post back her photobucket link if possible for more photos.  It was an intense, look-see at India… very refreshing to see India thru new eyes. We enjoyed Diwali with her at my parents home in Bangalore.  We celebrated Halloween at our home with 15 odd families from our local homeschooling community. We ended with a cultural day at Urmila’s house a few hours before Sandra’s flight.
Chitra and her daughters visited a local homeschooling family who lives on our street.  Chitra came from Coimbatore to visit Sandra and meet homeschoolers here in Pune.  It was fab for Zoya to hang out with the girls.
I will post photos to cover this past month as there is simply too much to recount.  My parents are here visiting and as usual are game for a lot of things including unusual dress ups, playing choo-choo with the kids and being awesome baby sitters. They are enthusiastic and helpful.  I’m so happy they are here.

We also undertook an over night bus journey to Dharwad. Just me and kids!!  It was a biggie for us as i had never taken public transport long distance without another adult around.  we have no photos of the trip as it was a very in the moment Zen like time for me.  I went with the flow.  We enjoyed Sanjeev Kulkarni’s farm immensely.  Raghu fished, hung out in a pond (weeds, mud and all!), Zoya played in neck deep pond water and made an adult friend :-), etc.  It was beautiful weather and very refreshing to be out in the open amidst beautiful terraced farm land.  Raghu and Z enjoyed some new foods.

Zoya learned bicycling!!  She took off yesterday and had a blast all day around our complex.  Its been a lot of fun for her… a whole new activity opened up for her.   All in all a very eventful year coming to a close.  So much learning, changing, growing… oh yeah speaking of growing… i now officially have twins for all practical purposes… as Zoya and Raghu are the same height as of this past month 🙂