Dear Krish & Shiv,
You’re both on your term break now (seems almost laughable, because I swear it felt like we just started school here, like what, yesterday?), which just goes to show that time waits for no one and keeps chugging along to its own pace. It was a bit of an eventful school term, considering Krish joined halfway and had to catch up, and Shiv started afresh with a new class, and then of course the relentless chain of illnesses that assaulted us one by one – coughs turning into colds turning into fevers turning into debilitating flus! The entire household was down with sickness at one point and it was one of the most challenging weeks as yet here in NZ. Apparently this is all very normal during the winter in this part of the world, so perhaps it was necessary for our bodies to acclimatize to the environmental change. I must say, Mumumma‘s special ayurvedic medicines from India were what really saved us. Thank God for her kashayam concoctions, no matter how terrible they taste!
Your school holidays started off very busily with Dada‘s birthday on July 8th. We had a movie marathon (“Cars 3” from the week before, and then “Transformers” & “Despicable Me 3” over the weekend) and a complete overdose of sugar and popcorn and all things junky. We visited the Waikato Museum and spent a couple of fun-filled hours there amongst Permian monsters and hands-on children’s activities and games centered on geeky scientific principles (which is always a good time). We made a trip to the Hamilton Zoo and enjoyed saying hi to all the animals and little critters. We explored the Hamilton Gardens, darting in and out of many beautifully landscaped green spaces, mesmerized by the different themes and the sheer expansive of something so lovingly maintained and alluringly displayed – all for free. I remember it was one of my favorite places here in Hamilton when we first visited NZ back in 2011 and I still feel that way. You boys loved it so much that we went back there in a couple of days on a playdate with Krish’s classmate and new friend, Mandla, and his mom and twin siblings. There was still so much left to explore – somehow gardens have a magical sense of never quite ending – and all that green space was enough to get your boy limbs dancing and hopping and running all over the place!