June 24, 2006

Chocolate bandit; Biking; Water baby II

So now that Priya has found mobility on two feet, she is able to do all kinds of cool things. Like get to the fridge, open the right drawer, and pull out a huge slab of chocolate. Unrepentant little tyke!
We had a good time today riding our bikes. We both got Schwinns for Mothers Day and Fathers Day respectively.

Here is a classic example of a cheap fun thing that isn't all that cheap. We got this nice inflatable pool for a little over 20 bucks. Great deal! Priya loves it, as can be seen. But to get a decent air compressor to blow this baby up in less than a week was 50 bucks. So much for the great deal. Still, this promises to be hours of fun.

June 20, 2006

Anniversary, Zoo, Water baby

This past weekend was our anniversary. Six years. Wow - time flies. That's probably the most repeated thing ever said. Saturday evening we went for dinner at Cafe Borgia. For the morning, we decided to take a family trip to the zoo. Some pictures to now follow.

Tish was a beautiful bride

The groom wasn't bad looking either

It was blazing hot - but Priya refuses to wear a hat

Giraffes -Papa's favorite


The most fun Priya had all day was playing in this stream

I'm ready to go home - it's still too hot

June 11, 2006

Homo erectus

Priya is starting to walk, but finds that since crawling still takes her to her desired destination faster, she dives for the ground after 5 or 6 steps. I was recently assured that a vast majority of the human population is indeed bipedal, so I shouldn't be too concerned.

Christy reading to Priya in German

We remember when Priya's head barely reached the top of the seat

June 06, 2006

Vlad versus Priory of Sion

These days I'm in the middle of reading "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova. It came around the same time as Da Vinci Code, but didn't get anywhere close to the same press or acclaim. The Historian is the story of Vlad the Impaler - also known as Dracula. The book is written in the form of historical fiction, where history is interwoven with fiction. So far, it's been a great read. I know I'm really getting into the book when I dream about it at night. Not very pleasant dreams, but nothing too scary. My own review of the Da Vinci code wasn't very good. The book is poorly written, and if it didn't have a shocker as a central premise, it would be no better than most pulp novels that hit the shelves this time of the year.

This reminds me of the granddaddy of all historical fiction. I don't know how many of you out there have read any of the books by Lloyd C. Douglas. His two most famous books were The Robe (made into the movie) and The Big Fisherman (on the life of Peter). I remember being very young when I read them, and they were fascinating. I would thoroughly recommend a stop by at the local library to pick up a copy.

No pictures of Priya here. Things have been so busy that we haven't clicked off any. She is coming along fine. An update soon.