Saturday, March 14, 2009

Happy Holi

Hey all, Things have been going well here. Josiah is almost completely potty trained except for night and the occasional accident during the day. I guess bribing him with ice cream if he goes 'poo poo in the potty' has worked. He also loves his play school that he goes to everyday. Lydia is growing like a weed and is much more content when she is sitting up or being held standing. She rolls all over the place and gets up on all fours and rocks back and forth. It is only a matter of time before she figures out how to move her knees and hands. I, for one, am not looking forward to that day as the flat is really not child proofed for a crawler. It is amazing how fast they grow up.

This past week Josiah and I (Jeneson is a party pooper and Lydia is too small) got to participate in Holi (pronounced holy) celebrations here. Holi is the Hindu festival of colors. The day before Holi some people have large fires and burn 'old/bad memories' then the day of Holi they don white clothes and adorn themselves with 'new colors'. While we did not see any of the fires, we did get 'colored'. On Monday, Josiah's play school had a small, tame celebration and then on Wednesday (the actual holiday) we dared to venture outside. The idea of the holiday is great, but as often happens in every part of the world, sometimes people get a little out of hand. Some use this holiday as an excuse to get drunk and others become vicious and use oil paints or fill the small bags of water (that are thrown like water balloons) with chili powder, rocks, sewer water and other nasty stuff. Thankfully, we were spared all that and people from the building were gentle with us and only colored us a little bit and did not get Josiah and I too wet. I am working on uploading a few pictures of the Holi celebrations along with some other recent pics.

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