Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Conversation in the car while dropping the two older boys off at school.

Mom: What's that teacher's name who's in the crosswalk right now, guys?
Calvin: I don't know, but I know she teaches second grade.
Thomas: And she's always smiling. It kind of creeps me out.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Sherise's 20th High School Reunion

As I was going through old photos, trying to find suitably embarrassing ones to send in for the reunion slide show, Paul's brother Joel looked at the computer monitor and said, "Who is that? Oh my gosh, is that YOU? No way!"

I have no idea what he's talking about.

I think I look exactly the same, don't you?

Paul and I had a great time in Sumter, SC.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Happy Diwali

Hima and Chandra are friends of ours. I've worked with both of them since late 2005/early 2006.

Paul with Chandra and Hima

Hima came to work Friday dressed in a sari, and reminded me that Diwali was that same day. Before that point, all I knew about Diwali was what I had learned on The Office. Of course, I knew there had to be more to it than that, so I invited myself (and the rest of the family) to the Hindu temple so we could observe the festivities first-hand.

We had a very difficult time finding the temple - turns out it's on Hindu Temple Lane (of course). And sitting literally in the shadow of a much larger (and less culturally interesting) temple.

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There were some fun things for kids to do - they had lots of fireworks that the kids could go and light (Diwali is also referred to as the festival of light), the children were allowed to go into the temple and ring the big bell, and there was food to eat.

There were also lights on something that looked suspiciously like a Christmas Tree. I did not think to ask Hima or Chandra what the names of the lights or tree are (I probably couldn't pronounce it anyway).

Max posing near the holiday tree/light thingy

Katie also enjoyed the festivities, as long as Mommy was holding her. She didn't know what to think of all the people in traditional Indian clothes, loud fireworks or other celebrations. She finally warmed up to Hima right as we were getting ready to leave.

Thomas somehow couldn't find anything fun or interesting to do.

We must be mean, awful parents to drag our kids off to a party where you can celebrate the triumph of good over evil, light fireworks and eat free food.