A Time for Family
Trip Start Apr 08, 2010
48Trip End Jul 08, 2010
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Adelaide was a long overdue trip which reunited me with my sister, brother-in-law and niece, Naya, after one very long year. What made the trip even more special was the fact that I met my nephew and spent time with my mom who was there on mommy, nani (grandma), and nanny duty. Mom truly has the magic touch (I can only hope to be half as amazing with kids!).
Having only Skyped with Naya for the past year, I was anxious to see how she would respond to her masi (aunt) in person
Viren is seemingly the peaceful one. He is calm and content and deliciously kissable. Sam and I loved getting to know him and bonded over diaper changes, feedings and clothing changes. One one occasion, Sam was changing his outfit for what seemed like 15 minutes. At one point, I looked over at him and Sam offered, "Yep, still changing." It was as if he was performing neuro-surgery or something. Halfway through our stay, Sam confessed, "You know I can't wait to have a family with you, but let's wait awhile." Needless to say, this experience was the ultimate in birth control.
Family bonding aside, we had a wonderful time learning about Southern Australia wine all thanks to my oenophile brother-in-law, Wayland, who planned several memorable afternoons of tasting and kept us plied with more great wine at home
We also checked out the Cleland Wildlife Park where Sam was like a kid in a candy store - he gave Naya a run for her money. We saw kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, dingos, wombats, and a bunch of interesting birds. We even saw a mama 'roo with her baby tucked inside her pouch. It was fun to see so many different animals for the first time and, of course, watch Naya interact with them!
One morning Wayland planned a hike which forced mom to be off-duty while Priti stayed home with the kids. It was great to take in the views and get some physical activity to offset all of the wine and cheese we'd been enjoying. Speaking of cheese, knowing that it's one of my favorite things, Priti and Wayland took us to a tasting one afternoon which resulted in a cheese-gorging party at home the next night - delicious! One of the nights, mom took us all out to dinner to celebrate myriad things: Viren's birth, Wayland's graduation, and last but not least, my and Sam's recent engagement. It was a lovely evening and Sam was finally able to enjoy his long awaited kangaroo which he devoured rather contentedly
Being with my family in Adelaide was the perfect way to mark the halfway point of our journey chock-full of love, laughs and of course, a little fix called Naya.
*Please do not confuse "not planned" for "forgotten"...I remembered his birthday. Zing!