A Time for Family

Trip Start Apr 08, 2010
Trip End Jul 08, 2010

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Priti and Wayland's home

Flag of Australia  , South Australia,
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Now I know there are probably more pictures than necessary here (I heard you loud and clear, Sammy!) but I hope you'll agree that after seeing how cute my niece is, it was a task of editing prowess to cut down my 300+ photos to a semi-acceptable number. The newest member of my family, Viren, is equally as darling, but at only 1 month I'll spare you endless photos of eating, sleeping and pooping.

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. Let's just say it was love at first sight all over again as Naya had me at "machi". We were absolutely inseparable, except for the morning hours when it was the Naya-Nani show. Sam even lamented that I gave her more kisses (and probably attention, too) than I give him. Naya is a spark plug and her energy is absolutely electric. She laughs, smiles, claps and waves "Hiii" to anyone around her, not to mention keeps moving....ALL DAY LONG. She is tireless. She is an unending joy and has brought so much happiness into our lives. It's like my friend Helen once said, "You won't remember what life was like before she came along."

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. Visiting each of the major regions, Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale, Sam and I put the finishing touches on our our wine-tasting extravaganza with some of Adelaide's finest (Asia here we come....time for detox).

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. The final highlight of this trip was Sam's birthday. Priti and Wayland had ever so surreptitiously planned a surprise picnic at one of the wineries, complete with a birthday cake and candles. It was such a beautiful day and the perfect way to celebrate because I had not planned* anything for my fiance - thank you, Prith and Way!

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!

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Raj on

Without doubt the best blog yet.

Michelle on

What? No more wine tasting?

No, seriously, gorgeous family. Love you all. x

Jody on

Wonderful! So great to see you all together... Lots and lots of love to everyone!

pj on

made me cry...typical!! can't wait to be reunited with everyone when we come home...exactly one month from today-WHOHOO!!

Tara Mulholland on

OMG. The cutest pictures ever. I cried too. Love you guys.

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