Halloween 2015

Christmas still qualifies as the biggest holiday season here. I love this time of the year too, back to back holidays, festive spirit, etc, what’s not to love. But my biggest festival growing up has always been Deepavali. Although I don’t celebrate or enjoy it as much as I did when I was growing up, I still love the festival. It brings back great memories.

However, I can confirmedly report that this year that changed. Our biggest festival in the year is now undoubtedly Halloween. Its the much talked about event at home. In fact, I think kids started talking about it last year and I don’t think we stopped. It just kept on going with spiders, skeleton stories etc. We didn’t even dare remove the spider hanging from kids room from last year. As we reached Halloween season, the excitement kept doubling and kids and I have been never excited about anything more than this.

Seeing how much kids love Halloween, this time I wanted them to take part it in as many Halloween events as we can. And we did that.

But, first, all of it starts with buying Halloween decor and costumes of course. This is when Achu joined the shopping bandwagon with me. She is now as much excited and interested in buying festive decor as I am. πŸ™‚ And I love that so much. Finally, I have a shopping buddy. πŸ˜€

We were not sure what costumes we were going to buy kids this year, but we knew were not doing any princess stuff for here. We never are (More on that later πŸ™‚ ). So I took Abhi costume shopping. I was hoping he would pick on the superheroes, since that’s what he talks about a lot these days. To my utter surprise, he picked some thing totally new to him. Darthvader from Star Wars. I feel so good about it now because despite the superhero influence he is getting at school he chose something he liked not what his classmates were talking about. That’s a big deal for me πŸ™‚

Next was Achu’s turn. Last year she was Super Girl. She wanted to be a witch but if not witch, we were driving her towards another superhero costume. I honestly wanted her to be Batgirl or Hermione. She went back and forth on witch costumes available, but finally picked Wonder Woman. We have a Wonder Woman poster in our loft, that may have helped. If not, that’s totally on me. πŸ™‚

Costume store is where Achu discovered her new love for Halloween. The scary props and decorations in the store. She was so amazed. A bit scared, but she loved it. I remember driving her specifically to the Halloween stores just so she could see the scary decorations. She also bought some Halloween decorations with me. If I didn’t stop her, she would have bought more. I don’t know why I stopped her. πŸ™‚

A week before, we also took them to the local store for some Halloween pumpkin decoration. Then, we decorated our house. πŸ™‚

Every year, we have trick or treating events at office. We had one this year too. And it was on this day that I received my super awesome special news. When the lawyers told me the good news over phone, they also asked me to bring the kids for trick or treating at their office. So, I took kids to their office. They were so happy to see us and I was so happy to take kids there. This was one building kids enjoyed thoroughly. So much spooky decorations and candy, their buckets were full. πŸ™‚

Next we headed to Murali’s office and then to commons ground, but it wasn’t much candy-fun as the lawyers offices. πŸ™‚

Next stop, Redmond downtown. More roaming around. More candy. Kids were so excited, after picking up candy, they settled on a bench and tasted their candy. Kit Kat is now their favorite. M and M s of course. πŸ™‚ Lots of candy was opened, licked and dropped back into the bucket. πŸ™‚

Evening came, Tat-tada-daaaaaa. The main event. What we have been looking forward to, for the whole year. πŸ™‚ The Official Trick Or Treating. And I think we started a new ritual this year. We lighted the Jack-o-lantern and told scary and spooky stories sitting in front of it. Achu and Murali went on to sing scary songs making weird noises, holding hands, like in those witch rituals. It was so much fun. πŸ™‚

Then we went trick or treating. Its so surprising how no body minded the cold weather. We went around two to three blocks, filling the buckets and enjoying the Halloween decorations and lights.

Over all, it was a fantastic Halloween. It got better than last year. Especially, with the Halloween miracle. Kids had fun through out the week, in fact the whole month with an event or the other. We haven’t removed all of our Halloween decorations yet. Achu refuses to change them. And I will keep them as long as I can too. I will keep them year long if I can. πŸ™‚

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All Right Here.

My super late but super duper serious apologies for disappearing after my last sad and long rant. I am super pleased to report that things got sorted out at the end and all is well now. What an ordeal it had been. Six weeks of pure suffering. My God! That day, weekend was approaching, we were going to buy tickets that weekend, I had already started packing stuff, we told kids school, kids wont be coming in from next week, etc. Everything was in motion for us to leave and then the Halloween miracle happened.

Through out the time, the one thought on my mind was that we wanted to stay hereΒ at leastΒ until Halloween. Kids were unimaginably crazy about Halloween and I couldn’t let them miss the big day. So, just the day before Halloween, I decorated my front porch, said ‘screw-it’ and made peace with the crap that happened (Thanks to my BFFs V, A and L. I should write their support during this time, separately πŸ™‚ ) and casually took a call from the lawyers. Until that call, every time I spoke to them, I wished they would tell me some good news. This time, my mind was really made up and I was just going to listen to what they were going to say and move on with the day. Then the lawyer from the SFO team started talking about what she did, some person whom she spoke to and how she got the problem corrected. I couldn’t believe my ears. All senior lawyers were on the call (such was the mess I unintentionally made) to share the good news with me and I just couldn’t believe my ears. They got the problem corrected. I just started sobbing on the call. I couldn’t talk for few minutes. I then recovered myself and told them a million thanks for everything they did. I called my parents, woke them up and told them the good news. Left messages for V and A. I called V like 17 times that day, hoping she would pickup and I wanted to tell her the good news personally. I was just so happy. You know, surprisingly, my friends think alike too. Both L and V told me to unpack the suitcase immediately and spread the clothes around the house. L even suggested that I should let Murali pickup the clothes later. Hahaha. I laughed so much that day.

We went on with the Halloween festivities, super happily. Okay. Halloween post, later too. πŸ™‚

Everyday, I would ask Abhi, “Abhi, Am I going to get the good news today?”. He would say no occasionally and looking at my sad face, he would change the answer to yes. But, this is silly I know, that day he told me I was going to get good news, even before I asked him and I did. Silly, I know. πŸ™‚

I cant end this post without mentioning the one good thing that came out of it. I realized what great friends I had. I really wanted to write about it later, but, I have to mention first, V’s constant support. Every day, for six weeks, I cribbed with the same problem and she would assure me this will go well. I realized how lucky I am to have a friend like her. A’s prayers. One trip to L’s home and she literally changed my mind and when I came back from her house, I was all excited to go to India. I really wished I went to her soon. There is more here, but I will save it for another post.

So, if all went well, why disappear from the blog you wonder? Let me answer that. The super awesome surprising miraculous good news was received on Friday afternoon and I was all clear to go to work. Monday was my first day of work after six weeks. I reached office at 9:30 in the morning and then precisely at 9:45, I got sucked in to a 6 hour long meeting. πŸ™‚ And that never stopped. Work has been so crazy with all the deadlines, catching-up to do, and the crazy expectations that I didn’t even have time to cook. Add to that Abhi and Achu’s schedule for pre-school, not having a nanny anymore – life is 100% crazy right now. Luckily, this holiday break has been so refreshing that when I wake up in the morning or go to bed at night, I don’t feel exhausted like earlier. One more week of this rest and we will go back to our crazy life.

You know this is actually the first time after those six weeks, that I am thinking of what happened and how I suffered. I mean, I didn’t even get a chance to realize how everything got fixed. I sent our lawyers a note on Christmas, thanking them again. I am sure they wont forget me ever. πŸ™‚

I have so much to catching-up to do on Abhi and Achu stories. My little babies are growing up, oh my God, so fast. So lovely too. Despite them being usual 3 year old toddlers, I have to say they are great kids (yeah, yeah. I know, its their mom speaking πŸ™‚ ).

Anyway, thanks to all those nice comments and especially to those of you who emailed me. Honestly, your words helped so much, but I was just so down to even word a reply. But , many thanks from the bottom of my heart.

I haven’t read a single post of you guys in all this time. I will try to catch-up, but I hope everybody is doing great. And hopefully I will come back and write soon.