Home, Holiday and some more..

You know the one reason I hate doing bullet point update posts? It steals the thunder from the one among them that deserves it πŸ˜€

But, this time, there have been more than one contesting for the ‘thunder’ and hence the post in points :


Bigger Home: The 1 bedroom condo we lived in could not possibly take any more stuff for even a tiny baby nor could it comfortably accommodate parents coming down to stay with us. So, the search for a 2 bedroom house started way back in September. Given our budget (H is a BIG KANJOOS when it comes to $$ going for rent), and our long list of criteria, we were slowly losing hope on finding a house of our dreams. One evening, things just fell into place like magic and we found one! The cozy living room with a fireplace and the pretty little private garden area were irresistible. It did not satisfy all our criteria nor did it fit within our budget, but we both okayed the house and signed the lease..all within a few hours! Packing, moving and all those tedious tasks happened.

What followed next was one long mega serial sort of undertaking by a hormonal pregnant lady. Not to mention, her chronic nesting instincts πŸ˜›Β  I did everything short of punching H’s face when things were not set exactly in the position I wanted them. Please be considerate and realize that H’s idea of unpacking boxes is to randomly dump the contents in no specific order or intention..anywhere within arm’s reach. Which means socks can get into the book shelf and the tool box can sit inside the bedding drawer. *Double Sigh!* So, finally the saga is over and the house looks like a neat home. A hand-down crib for the baby is in place too! πŸ˜€


The Hawaii Holiday: Have you heard of the term ‘Babymoon’? You know, something like the β€˜Honeymoon’, but for couples who go out on a vacay before the arrival of their first baby. No? Me too! Got to know of the term Β through some ‘well informed’ friends and acquaintances. So, we just called the pre-planned trip to the Hawaiian Islands, Β our ‘Babymoon’ πŸ˜€

To summarize, I could just say – Fantastic tropical whether, awesome beaches, scenic hikes, beautiful cruises and one adventurous chopper ride above the breathtaking landscapes of Jurassic park! ( yes, the part I of the movie was shot in the island we visited and we hovered above the exact same waterfall in the dense forests). Pics posted below do not actually do justice to the real thing:

Golden sandy beaches

A piece of the ocean..as seen from the chopper above

Bird's perspective of the HUGE waterfalls below

My little (he)art on the sands

Most memorable part, if you ask me, is that day when we hiked up near one gorgeous green mountain called ‘Iao Needle’. At the top most viewing point, as me and H silently stood holding each other and letting ourselves drown in that mesmerizing beauty of mother nature, we noticed three old ladies observing us. A quick smile and a ‘hi’ later, we got talking. All the three ladies must have been past 50 by age and wore colorful long dresses with crafty stone necklaces. All three had perfectly white silvery hair and the same loving look in their eyes. And, all they spoke was my big tummy! They touched it and blessed it, gave me a dozen tips to have a safe and happy delivery. I was humbled and amused at those wonderful words coming from complete strangers. When I asked them who they were, one of them smiled and said “Just call us your Midwife Angels”. I thanked and left ..without daring to turn back. What if they were truly from the heavens and had disappeared! H says they were tourists just being nice. I still think of them as Fairy Godmothers who came to bless my baby πŸ˜€


Surprise Surprise!: We have been looking to buy a washer dryer for the new place and last weekend H told me about this hot deal he got to know through a friend. The appliance was selling brand new and at a great price. We got ready to go and see. I got into an old top and trousers while H dressed up elaborately in his new sweater, crisp pants and nice shoes. I kept teasing him for acting silly, being overdressed for a Β mere washer dryer. Well, who knew? We arrived at the place making small talk. When the big door opened up to 50+ people shouting “SURPRISE!!”, I realized I had stepped into my own Baby Shower Party! I could put a hundred exclamation marks here to tell how shocked and thrilled I was! πŸ˜€ Almost every face of the person I call ‘friend’ here was there with their family and kids. H was a part of the whole scheme initiated and organized by his sister ( yes, my SIL rocks!). Mouth wide open in disbelief and tears of joy rolling down.. THE BEST MOMENT EVER! πŸ™‚

There was some good food and nice baby theme decor, lots of chatting and laughing, cake cutting and cheer. All the while I kept thanking my stars for such good people around me..the people I call my own.


Holidays and a Brand New Year : All you awesome people out there, have a wonderful holiday season. Make Merry, Laugh a Lot and Feel Great!

The year 2009 might have been all good or mostly bad or a mix of both. Leave the lousy part behind, just take the precious nice ones along and move forward into a Bright New Year.

Happy 2010 you all ! * Muah *

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29 Responses to Home, Holiday and some more..

  1. revsjoiedevivre says:

    Yaaay! First to comment again πŸ™‚ I knew almost all the stories illa?

    How sweet of those old ladies πŸ™‚

    And sigh! Some people get all lucky when it comes to SILs. Big big sigh!
    Me:Yep…First always.
    After all now you are officially the Virtual GodMother ( or GodChikkamma?) for our paapu no? πŸ˜€

    If you don’t turn luck with the SILs, then there are the rest of us who’ll throw a surprise babyshower for you when that time comes girlie πŸ™‚

  2. You seem to have a lot happening in the last few months..
    Totally believe you when you say the old ladies were send to bless the baby.. πŸ™‚
    And so glad you are surrounded by people who care and so will the baby..
    Me: Yes, yes..lot happening.
    You believe na? Phew! I was thinking I was a lil nutcase..not anymore πŸ˜€

  3. Miss M says:

    A baby shower surprise??!!

    That is SOO exciting!!! πŸ˜€

    You are one happy mommy-to-be!
    *touches a lot of wood*
    LOVE surprise parties..and all my people knew of that , hence I turned lucky πŸ˜‰
    Touching some wood with you…I wanna be a happy mommy πŸ™‚


  4. Anu says:

    wow! that holiday looks absolutely exotic and awesome! And to be blessed by fairy godmothers too! lucky girl! πŸ˜€
    Your new home sounds so cosy and warm already for the arrival of the baby and the grandparents… and that baby shower idea was so sweet! Kudos to your H and SIL for making it so memorable for you πŸ™‚
    Have fun girl and happy holiday season to you too!
    Me: Anu, I truly admire the way you notice all details on the post and say something about all of it πŸ™‚

    Thanks Girl!

  5. sraikh says:

    Your bullet points post sounder happier and happier as I read down the list.

    The fairy godmothers, maybe they would have disappeared.The holiday sounds relaxing. Was it? Only bad thing, you couldnt have enjoyed the cocktails πŸ™‚

    The house sounds fantastic. I had been searching for one for long time as well and then fell in love with the current one. I am so not looking forward to the move.
    Its going to be crazy.

    And the best part the baby shower!! YAY for nice SILs( a rarity from what I have seen or heard) You really had no idea? Whose house was it
    held at?

    Me: Heya! Glad my post made you that happy πŸ˜€
    You said it S…only thing I missed was the cocktails during the vacation πŸ˜› Made it up ( kinda) by having a lot of virgin drinks anyways.

    The house hunting part is so damn difficult..true! And your new place-to-be looks fantastic! Apart from the moving hassle..am sure you’ll love setting it up . Make the kiddos work a bit with you too πŸ˜‰

    Yes, my SIL is really kind and sweet that way..been blessed with good in-laws. She can be a lil bossy at times, which is just her concern for my well being that’s all.

    The surprise was held in a clubhouse..big hall and all that to accommodate 50+ people.

  6. chandni says:

    how sweet is the surprise!!!

    Loved reading this happy chirpy holiday post. made my day!

    Hope u have a wonderful time this season πŸ˜€
    Me: πŸ˜€

    Glad that, for once, it was me who made your day..b’coz it’s mostly the other way round πŸ™‚

  7. snippetsnscribbles says:

    I sooooo believe in those fairy godmothers!! πŸ˜€

    …and the holiday!! I am soooo J of you right now. I hate you 😦 But I’m glad you enjoyed it so much! And we demand more pictures, lady!:P

    Congrats congrats on your new home!! I totally understand when you explained H’s idea of unpacking! I have one like that at home too…hmph πŸ˜› And the fact that YOU cannot do it at a time like this gets on your nerves, isnt it? πŸ˜€

    Err…did you open the envelope from the God’s place? I’m kinda super-curious to know πŸ˜€

    We had arranged a similar baby shower for one of our friends here. I was reminded of that when I read yours πŸ™‚ Same shocking look on her face :)) It was great! And I’m happy that you have a wonderful group of people to call your own πŸ™‚

    Loved reading this post first thing in the morning, babe! Really felt nice πŸ™‚

    Take care!
    Me: LOL!! That category of men..they are pretty common species, arn’t they? πŸ˜‰
    About the envelope – sorry babes, it’s still intact. Just a couple more months and we’ll know it live!
    Me too, super curious..but calmed down my urge to know before hand.

    Thanks babe, am glad I brought ina smile for you to begin the day πŸ™‚

  8. D says:

    I love those pics! Awesome! And I totally dig the idea of the Babymoon. I promise not to forget that in a hurry πŸ˜‰

    And Happy New Year already? Come back for that πŸ™‚
    Me: You are the first who mentioned and complimented on the pics, Thank you! πŸ˜€

    And hey..Babymoon is a cool concept na? Sure do remember and have a good time away somewhere just being together ..when that time comes πŸ™‚

    New year wishes..just in case I am too swamped with work or laziness to do another post before that πŸ˜‰

    have a good one dear.

  9. Sonia says:

    Happy New Year!! in advance. I totally believe they were fairy godmothers and were blessing you for your baby :))) Enjoy your new home and the solitude and quiet and uninterupted sleep before it changes forever πŸ™‚
    Me: Enjoy the sleep before the baby arrives – many, many, many have told me. And I really started valuing my sleep for the exact reason now:)
    Thanks Sonia!

  10. Never Mind says:

    Looks like the babymoon was really fun!

    Congratulations on the new home!! It must have been pretty painful to buy, sell, pack, move unpack being pregnant all the while!

    I was hoping the “surprise” would be revealed. You are due in March right? Can’t wait till then. I bet you guys are a lot more than just curious πŸ™‚ Take care girly and have a fantastic holiday season!!
    Me: Thank you for the wishes! yes, trust me..packing , moving and unpacking is a royal pain in the a**..pregnant or not. Phew!

    Surprise will remain so.. in matter of couple months, he or she will come to us anyways. πŸ™‚

    You take care too and happy holidays! Anything interesting planned yet? Call me when you have few mins.
    Our meetign is looooooong pending 😦

  11. divz says:

    this post made me smile! baby-moon, blessings, baby shower… ahhhh!
    and i absolutely lurved ur footprints pic, but cant figure out how you did it… foot prints are facing one side, you are facing the other… did u walk backwards?
    Me: Thanks Divz πŸ˜€

    Very very few have actually noticed and asked that question about footprints.
    Yep, I actually walked backwards first and then turned and walked towards the sea πŸ™‚

  12. Stone says:

    One word..’Awesome’….for excellent planning, I mean you guys nailed the perfect place,otherwise it’s tough to decide one in this cold/rainy weather!
    Me: Oh yes..we thought places with of war/ pleasant whether only..and there could not be anythign better than Hawaii πŸ™‚
    Florida was another option..but we have been there a couple of times already.

    You have any interesting trip plans comign up for Xmas hols?

  13. G says:

    I re-read your updates one more time. Especially the Hawaii trip and the baby shower. πŸ™‚ Err.. when is the baby due btw? Havent really digged into your archives, so pliss to tell.
    Me: Hey, Thanks ..re-reading and all that …glad my post is worthy of that!:)
    Baby is due in beginning of March..in the 2nd week or so.

  14. Rani says:

    Awesome babe!!!
    The Hawaii pics are super cool. And I’m sure those ladies were angels πŸ™‚ Bless your baby.

    The shower party was such a surprise, even to read πŸ™‚ M so glad to know, u are having a gala time.

    Wish you n ur people a merry xmas and a blissful new year πŸ™‚
    Me: Cool I was right about the angels after all..now that there a so many agreeing * happy dance * πŸ˜€
    Merry Christmas to you and the hero too..have a jolly good one πŸ™‚

  15. Nu says:

    hey seems all fun going on here πŸ™‚ I’m glad for you ..so very glad !!

    The best part out of all the updates is-the surprise baby shower. Lovely and amazing idea !! Fantastic πŸ™‚ Your SIL and all your people rock πŸ™‚ Touchwood πŸ™‚

    Have fun on new year’s eve and come back with a nice post on it πŸ™‚

    Congs for the new home and the pram and everything… The holiday photos are awesome πŸ™‚
    Me: Yes, yes, Nu..all the while during the baby shower..I was thinking the same. My people rock! * touches wood too*
    Not sure of the New year eve ..gottu take it easy this year . Anyways, hoping it’ll be nice.

    Wish you and everyone in the family a very prosperous new year. Have a blast! πŸ™‚

  16. Dido says:

    woww… babymoon?? neva heard of tht.. but loved the whole idea …even i’m gonna remember tht :P… and the picss were awesomeee.. especially the footprints one.. hmm even i was gonna ask tht quest.. but i got the answe above :)…

    beautiful blog.. m gonna keep coming back for more πŸ™‚

  17. La Vida Loca says:

    sounds like super lot of fun! Enjoy and have a lovely time!

  18. So much fun!!! The baby shower surprise is super cute πŸ™‚

    Hawaii is an awesome place….sometime we are going to visit it again! Incidentally we went to Hawaii on our honeymoon….babymoon…well the baby had plans of its own and gave me tons of morning sickness which made travel very uncomfortable 😦

  19. ilovelucy says:

    This explains the hiatus from the blog πŸ™‚
    The Hawaii vacation sounds awesome! But the best part for me was reading about the lovely surprise party. Special treat for a special lady! Stay happy always babe….. πŸ™‚

  20. Childwoman says:

    I love coming to your blog. Your post makes me so happy!!

    You so rock! πŸ˜€



  21. soulmate says:

    those pics are amazing.. i specially loved the view of ocean from the chopper.. breathtaking… glad that you had a great time… hope the lil angel is doing fine.. πŸ™‚

  22. chandni says:

    Got something for you on the blog babe. Come, get it!!!

  23. Swaram says:

    Congratulations dear and gud luck πŸ™‚
    One super-duper post this one is .. cheery, bubbly πŸ™‚
    Loved the baby moon pics and aww @ those old ladies πŸ™‚

    N wow, hw lucky u r with the SIL .. God bless u all πŸ™‚

  24. m0rph3us says:

    babymoon!! New term πŸ™‚
    Good luck!

  25. Lively says:

    Hey where did you disappear? And hawai holidays is so cool. The heart pic with you and beach in background is beautiful.
    Me: Thank you for the compliments..and yes, it was way too long without a update post 😦

  26. DewdropDream says:

    Dude, I know you must be busy as such, but pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese do a new post? Please!
    Me: Ayyo, this sounds like pleeeeeeeeeading, literally πŸ˜€
    Sorry a 100 times, I was just making up reasons to stay busy and not post πŸ˜›

  27. Hi! I’ve dropped over from MM’s! U’ve got a very sweet blog πŸ™‚ Blogrolling you!
    Me: Hi! Glad you liked my space and Thank you for Blogrolling ! πŸ™‚
    Will scoot over to yours soon after

  28. Lively says:

    When are you due? You totally forgot this place. We want to know. Come back.

    Me: I Know, I Know..too long keeping silent that was. Bad girl me πŸ™‚

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