Thanksgiving 2015

We had a great Thanksgiving this year. Invited guests were Vivek and Priyanka, as well as Marijke with her daughter Caitlyn from Namibia, and Xiaoyu from China. The international guests were through the IFP program at Rutgers. Lori, whose left foot is still broken, made a wonderful delicious feast for everyone.

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Cookout – Summer 2015

We threw a cookout/grilling party for our friends – mostly my students and their families. We grilled burgers, hotdogs, and corn. Had some margaritas, watermelons, and other assorted food and drinks. Finally, we lit a fire and roasted marshmallows to make s’mores. The evening continued with everyone sitting around the fire and talking. Sophie also stayed up almost two hours past her bed time!

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San Francisco

It was a windy and a slightly cold morning, but we were there – at the Golden Gate Bridge. Lori finally realized what’s so amazing about this suspension bridge!

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Pier 39 at San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf is a fun place, even though it’s quite touristy. We saw sea lions, ate sourdough bread bowl at Boudin’s, and had fun enjoying strong breeze, lots of colors, and large crowds.

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8 months

I cannot believe how fast the last 8 months have gone.

Since the twins have come into our lives, so much has happened. The first weeks were full of the usual new baby things except times two! Then the holidays came and went like a blur full of the little comings and goings that make up family life.

We took a trip to California, which was the twins first time on a plane and first time traveling as a family of 5. They did great, Sophie loved legoland, and it was nice to visit with my cousin too.

I travelled to North Carolina to visit my family, and see my parents new house, and visit mg grandmother and let her meet the babies. I did the March of dimes with the twins, in honor of so many preemies I have known and a baby who was born and lost too soon.

Sophie turned 3 years old this May! We celebrated with her friends and had an art party in the yard.

Spring morphed into summer and we have been enjoying the outdoors. We went on two camping trips, once to Niagara Falls!! Sophie loved the waterfall, the boat ride, and the aquarium. It was a great trip. We’ve roasted marshmallows, chased fireflies, and been to street fairs. Sophie Also took a gymnastics class, which she definitely enjoyed!

Sarah and Zoe are growing so fast! They are 8.5 months old now. They can sit and eat solid foods. They love playing with toys and going outside. Zoe is starting to crawl, and she rolls all over the place. Sarah is an expert sitter, and She rolls around too; but she’s not quite crawling yet, she’s more of a talker, and frequently babbles! Can’t wait for her first word!

The summer is going to be full of more memories. We’ll be traveling again to North Carolina, to San Francisco… And more! And the twins are rapidly approaching their first birthday, with all that means and before you know it they’ll be walking and talking and ruling the roost 🙂

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We like prime numbers!

Yes, you read it right – we like prime numbers. First there were two of us (Chirag and Lori), then there were three (added Sophie), and then we skipped 4 to jump to the next prime number – five (with Zoe and Sarah)! The twins were born on October 15, 2014 – a few days earlier than expected. But they are well and growing fast!

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Summer Updates from the Shah’s

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A lot of things have happened since our Hawaii trip!

 

First, Sophie turned 2!! We celebrated with a party at our home with a Curious George theme. She loves that little monkey! 🙂 She is walking, talking, and all over just a happy toddler tornado.

Right around Sophie’s birthday we were super excited to announce that she is going to be a BIG SISTER!! We’re expecting twin baby girls late this fall! I’m currently 28 weeks pregnant, feeling very large and uncomfortable, but enjoying kicks and looking forward to their arrival.

In July, we took an amazing summer trip to Bermuda! The water was amazing for floating in, so clear and blue and warm! We explored the island, and really enjoyed watching sunsets over the water from right outside the door to our room, it was beautiful! We got to watch fireworks over the water too, which was pretty fun!

This summer has been full of all the wonderful summer things that make great memories. We went camping. We’ve been to the beach, and gone hiking and took our kayak out. We’ve seen waterfalls, wildlife, and flowers. We went to fairs and took walks around different towns. We’ve shared ice cream, root beer floats, watermelon, hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, and S’MORES!!! We’ve had campfires outdoors, tackled gardening and yard work, and watched our flowers grow. We visited my family for a mini-family reunion in NC and got to see my parents new house (although it wasn’t quite finished), played mini golf, took Sophie to splash parks, and soaked up the sun. Basically, all the things that you want to do in a summer, we’ve done! So, all in all pretty fantastic.

We have lots of great things coming up too! We’ll be celebrating the start of fall with a back to school party in september, in October we hope to meet our new family members, and then the holidays will be here! 2014 has turned out to be a pretty amazing year 🙂

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Hawaii

After a painful journey that involved spending a night in LA and a night in Honolulu, as well as lost luggage and time, we made it to Kona, Hawaii. Yes, getting there was painful, but it was worth it. We visited a coffee farm, Volcano National Park, a couple of beaches, waterfalls, and drove around the whole island.

Above all, we had a lot of fun at the resort where we were staying. Sophie loved the trains, boats, and birds there, and of course, all the water and sand! The sunset and the luau were especially memorable. When we left New Jersey, it was below freezing point with ground covered in inches of snow, so sunny days with temperatures between mid-60s to high-70s was a really welcome change!

See our Hawaii pictures.

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International Traveller baby, family, and 15 months!

So, we just got back from our trip abroad. We went to Ireland and London. It was Sophie’s first international trip.

She was great on the planes. Mostly she slept, when she was awake, she was really well behaved! We even got compliments.

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Ireland was fantastic. Even though it rained every day we were there, it didn’t slow us down at all. We visited a lot of sites in Dublin. I really enjoyed walking around downtown and hearing about the history. Sophie loved the ducks at St Stephens green. We also took a few day trips. We went to Glendalough and Kilkenny, which were both simply stunning. Glendalough had the sort of mist over the mountains historic feel you expect from ireland, and Kilkenny was full of european charm. I really enjoyed listening to the tour guide share information about ireland and history. We also visited Howth, a really beautiful seaside town and another town who’s name keeps escaping me with a pretty castle. I loved the castles!

 

London

London was such a special trip. It was Sophies first time to meet her aunt, uncle, cousin, and grandma! It was so great to spend time with them. The girls got along so well and everyone was so sweet. We visited the classic sites in central London, I especially loved the London eye and the view of london from way up high. We even got to see a rainbow from the sky! Sophie’s favorite part was probably chasing pigeons in Trafalgar square! lol! She also turned 15 months old in London! I can’t believe how  fast she continues to grow! We also took a trip to Oxford and got to see something outside of London. The whole family went and it was so nice just to be able to walk around with them and talk as we explored.

Now we’re back home and settling down from the vacation. We miss everyone already!!! And, Chirag is ready to travel again already 🙂 But its definitely good to be home. Legolas definitely missed us and we missed him too!

 

Anyway, ttyl!

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Goodbye, Lily

She was a sweet old girl and loved nothing on earth as much as cuddling with her family. She spent most of her time following the family from room to room looking for the most comfortable place to take a dog nap. She could be awfully spunky sometimes when she was protecting the world from small children and next door neighbor dogs! She was super cuddly and always there when you need a hug! R.I.P. Lily. We will miss you very dearly.
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Happy first birthday, Sophie!

Sophie’s birthday came and went by so quickly. We were just so busy organizing your birthday party, and then so many people were here. So entertaining them, cleaning, cooking, organizing, etc. took up much of our last few weeks.

But it was all worth it. Everybody had a lot of fun (including Sophie)! She’s not going to remember any of these, but that’s why we have to document it here.

Sophie’s nana (yes, that’s what we’re calling grandma Mears now!) came on Saturday, May 4th with Sophie’s aunt Elizabeth and her boyfriend Aaron. We all did a lot of work for decoration, cooking, arranging for the birthday party on Sunday, May 5th. Yes, it was also Cinco de Mayo, so we partially had “fiesta theme” going! Many people came on that Sunday, including other kids, Lori’s friends, our neighbors, and Chirag’s colleagues. They all brought you lots of presents, but of course, Sophie were more interested in the wrapping papers! Typical! It was, however, good to see Sophie finally starting to play with stuffed animals, though they all seem to you “doggy”! In fact, on Sophie’s actual birthday (Tuesday, May 7th), we went to Princeton with her grandparents (grandpa Mears came on Monday) and you called Princeton tiger (their mascot) “doggy”! Grandpa bought Sophie a small stuffed tiger and you had so much fun playing with it. She probably thought it was just some orange dog!

Oh, how time files! Can’t believe our little girl is already one year old. Lori says that now she’s a toddler and no longer a baby! It’s hard to accept; for us, she’ll always be our baby!

Happy birthday little princess! May you have many many more years of happy and healthy returns of this day.

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