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April 29, 2008

Party time.

As always, the birthday just flew away before I could blink. First year was celebrated with all the hoopla, Second year was quiet with just the 3 of us and a visit to the zoo and this year, just some close friends who came home. With 14 adults and 6 kids, we all had our share of fun. We ordered Pizza. But I felt so guilty that I was nt making anything for my little girls birthday party that I ended up making Garlic Bread, Aloo Chole Chaat, Salad and Kulfi for dessert. And I just barely pulled it off as even this tired me out completely and I spent the whole day yesterday lying in bed! And of course, I totally forgot to take the huge bowl of salad out of the fridge for the party so ended up eating salad for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner yesterday!! ;)
It was a colorful party as it did nt have a theme. Flowery "Happy Birthday" Banner and pink and white decorations. Colorful balloons. A few Dora decorations left over from last years party(the one my sister threw in the US). I also made Paper crowns for the kids. Since I had only white and blue sheets, the crowns were well.. blue and white! :) Ashu stamped the crowns with Mickey Mouse, Minnie,.. stamps in pink and blue colors because we had stamp pads only in those colors! I had bought some gift bags from the US which had beautiful illustrations of children's stories - Jack and the bean stalk, Goldilocks, etc... So those were used for return gift bags which contained a Mickey Mouse puzzle and a small bag with assortment of cookies and chocolates. I also printed out some coloring pages and tied the pages together to make it like a book and threw in a pack of Winnie the Pooh crayons as well which kept the kids occupied for like five whole minutes! ;) And most importantly, the cake. It was a chocolate cake with yellow frosting with animal fondants. Ashu asked for a crocodile, elephant, penguin, dog, cat and a lion. So they were there. The party could nt be any more uncoordinated!! (Do I pass, Kiran?)

Ashu wore a pretty pink frock which my in laws had given her last year. She was all excited about the party but when the guests started arriving and gave her the gifts, she refused to take it from them and turned her head and ran away. So I had to shamelessly accept gifts on her behalf! How much ever I pleaded her to, she did nt accept one gift! I don't understand this one! She was running around and playing with the kids but got really sleepy by 8 pm. Thankfully we wound up around 9.30. But of course, she was nt sleepy anymore as we were opening gifts. She has received loads of nice and interesting gifts. I always end up giving books or puzzles or clothes for the kids. So it was nice to see that there are actually interesting toys too! Like the Dora blocks, a small toy bath tub with pumping action and all(!!), clock, etc...

We had bought a laptop for Ashu in the US. I knew Ashu would like it but did nt know that she would fall in love with it! She saw one when we went to
Sundars house last month and Junior generously shared hers with Ashu and she was hooked. That's when we decided to buy one for Ashus birthday. When we gave it to her yesterday afternoon, she was all teeth. She figured out the ABC game, some mouse game, tunes, etc... all by herself and started playing with it. Did nt keep it down even for minute. Then for the first time in her life, she asked for the laptop before going to sleep and hugged it to sleep!! She has never even hugged me to sleep, for crying out loud! All of yesterday, she was playing with it and I suspect shes *this* close to saying Google! Because she says things like "Amma, let me open my laptop and find out how to put these Dora blocks", "Amma, let me open my laptop and ask where my puzzle is", etc... And shes also avenging us for the torture we committed by not letting her touch our laptops for the past 3 years! She says "This is my laptop. Don't touch it!", "Im doing office work Appa. Don't talk to me", etc... Lets see how long this love lasts!

My sis and bil bought her the five disc DVD boxed set of the complete series of Planet Earth. We are half way through the first DVD and needless to say, its AMAZING. Ashu is talking about how the white wolf chased and hunted the baby caribou and ate it like a bad boy to anyone who would listen while Hd is wondering what a caribou is! I just read that the US version of this series is narrated by Sigourney Weaver. Thank God this DVD is not. I cant listen to anyone other than David Attenborough when it comes to these wildlife programmes. What a voice!

So thus ended another year. Sigh! And now she is 1,2,3 years old!

ps.
Thank you each and every one of you for the warm wishes you sent Ashu's way. Shes blessed to have all of you in her life.

24 comments:

yaadayaada said...

I am glad she is enjoying the DVD. That is an amazing series!

Trying to edit the cruise DVD. It is funny to watch Ashu drinking with 2 straws!

Lakshh said...

Hv been reading ur blog DAILY for nearly 2 yrs now. thts the first thing i do as soon as i log on to my PC. Am addicted to ur posts :). I am delurking for the first time. Dunno wat made me do this today. Cud hv done dis to wish Ashu on her bday. foolish me.

Wish Ashu a verrrrryyy happy year ahead. she s such a cuuute darling.

Lakshmi said...

Hi Boo,

De-lurking once again to say that Ashu looks very cute in her pink outfit :-)

Looks like she had a great time on her birthday.

Best wishes,
Lakshmi

utbtkids said...

Glad that Ashu had a good time. Hope you are feeling better.Two more months-huh? I feel pinnochio might come out earlier.

Where is the picture of the cake? after all this description, no pics?

Mieja is going to have a wild animals cake - lion, tiger, thakadile, monkey, elephante and sheepua. I need pics to design her cake...ahem, read it as 'pain the cake decorated' :)

karmickids said...

How lovely. Of course you pass Boo. As long as everyone enjoys the party, the damn coordination doesnt matter at all...

Poppins said...

What a party, that's exactly my idea of one ! And who are you, like slaving on Aloo Chat etc when you're this pregnant? Crazy !

Mad said...

Hope all birthdays are as much fun for you guys!

desigirl said...

She looks real sweet in her pink frock - kinda surprised and not posed, you know.

Oooh laptop eh? Well this is the beginning of the end, Boo. P is so adept with technology that now he goes on Google by himself and can type his website urls or keywords - cbeebies, cbbc, ictgames, cartoon network and shame, YouTube!!!!

I almost fell off the sofa the other day when he went "mummy, why can't i have a Macbook like you? it is much faster than my windows!!!"

Mama - Mia said...

so this laptop fixation is here to stay!!

kabir (all of 9months) tries to frantically reach the laptop! sometimes he even PRETENDS NOT to look at it and as soon as we are l'il relaxed jumps on it! hehe!!

but willw ait some more time till we get him his l'il one!! :D

the birthday party sounds lovely!! and you COOKED SO MUCH when preggie!! hail Superwoman!!

hope you intend to take lotsa rest now!!! :)

lovely post as always!! :)

and many many blissful years ahead for Ashu! :)

Rohini said...

Pink frocks? Must you torture us mothers-of-boys with such gorgeous stuff? I shall go and bury my self in my son's exciting wardrobe - of jeans, shorts and t-shirts!

Aditi's Album said...

Nice Post Boo. I loved your crowns.

DotMom said...

she looks sooo grown up in the tiara! And very pretty and ladylike in the first pic!

Can I get the recipe for Aloo-Chhole chaat?

B o o said...

YY - Good luck with the video. Send the DVD before you kill yourself! ;)

Lakshh/Lakshmi - Thank you, thank you, thank you! Its always nice to hear that someone is addicted to my blog other than myself! ;))

Utbt - Photos coming right up! Ya, I heard the cake decorators in SJ are planning to go AWOL in May! ;)

Kiran - Thankoo very much! Was thinking about you all the while during the party! :)

Poppins mom - There were 2 more second time preggies in the guest list and I knew they were craving for chaat. Just earing some "punniyam"!! ;)

Mad - Thanks.

B o o said...

Damn Blogger ate my long comment! Grrr....

DG - Ashu poses like Chandler does in friends when asked to smile. So its always "Look Ashu a bird" and then click! ;) And I hear ya on the laptop thing. Though this is just a laptop, she moves the mouse in our laptops like a pro!! Her googling day is nt far!! :(

Mama Mia - After all, a kids first competition is laptop these days! So no wonder! ;)

ro - Its raining pink frocks if I buy them or not. The In laws gave this one just after Ashu turned one. At last, shes big enough to fill it! ;)

Aditis Mom - Thank you. The crown idea is from the link below. Easy peesy craft idea! :)
http://www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/mcrown.htm

Dot Mom - Im warning you that reading this recipe itself is exhausting. But once the green chutney and imli chutney are taken care of earlier, its worth the trouble. This time I sprinkled both the chutneys on top with some sev and chaat masala just before serving and it came out yummo!
http://www.tarladalal.com/ViewContributedRecipe.asp?recipeid=2353

Orchid said...

happy b'day ashu and rohini, exactly!!

Sraikh said...

Sounds like everyone had fun.

Daisy said...

Boo- how does Ashu manage to look like a baby and a little girl all at once.. IN your prev post, the first pic where she is smiling so widely- she looks like a baby.. this one with her laptop, she looks all grown up and like a lil girl...

Random Vignettes said...

Bah I am late for this part as well..lots of love, wishes and blessings coming Ashu's way!

bird's eye view said...

Lovely post - and the crowns are awesome. Hats off for the energy to cook so much for her party.

Nemo said...

Belated Birthday wishes to Ashu! :)

I came across your blog just yesterday and I have already read so many of your posts. I love the way you write. I think this is the best gift you will ever give to your children and they are going to love their Mommy for this. Your blog not only gives insight into your life as a mommy, but also as a sister, a daughter ,a wife and a daughter-in-law. I understood a lot about parenting in general from your blog. I thank you for this. :)

thelastbyte said...

Sleeping with the laptop, eh? A girl after my own heart...

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The Inquisitive Akka said...

Wish Ashu a very, very happy birthday on my behalf!!You actually cooked so much- AMAZING!!!Recipes kudaka muduyima? :)

Something to Say said...

looks like Ashu had a great birthday party - many many happy returns of the day to her.....

artnavy said...

belated happy birthday kutty