Back Again!

Man it's been a while... I think it was moving and all the hassels that come with it that got me sick of the whole posting and keeping everything updated. Then it was easy to ignore it. So much has happend in the last while and I'm not planning to cover it... so we'll just continue from here.

Isher-Singh & Iknoor-Kaur's Lohri

Jan. 13th 2007 was Lohri. Back in Punjab - like most Punjabi festivals, Lohri is tied in with the farming, harvest times and seasons(weather). In January the one of the biggest crops in Punjab wheat(kanak) is sowed and starting to sprout. Jats(farmers) have some down time and not a lot needs to be done in the fields therefore the farm help is also free. If I remember correctly the sugarcane(gaane) harvest is usually in the mills by now also. With winter in full effect what better way to enjoy the weather then to setup a bonfire and warm yourselves up. How the peanuts and rariyan(candy) are tied up in all this I'm not too sure. But during Lohri, any special family moments that took place during the past year and due to the family being busy with work and all could not properly recognized are celebrated. Moments like new babies, weddings, new homes etc.

So the pics above are from Isher-Singh's and Iknoor-Kaur's Lohri, they were born on March 29, 2006. The whole celebrated the twins Lohri at Bombay Palace, enjoy the pics. (The family also celebrated Uddam-Singh's and Mehtab Kaur's Lohri, sorry :( no pics from earlier that day)

P.S. The whole Lohri story is my version and I think it sounds right.

Taj Mahal

Oct. 2006 was going to be the year we go to Punjab, everything was planned. But plans changed when we decided to get a new house and well the trip was put on hold. I really wanted to go back to Punjab, to see the people, the farms, the gurdwaras etc. I was really looking forward to see the Taj Mahal in person. Well maybe I'll get to see it soon but for now I'll just photoshop ourselves there.

Happy New Year! Everyone.

Wanna thank the whole Gill family for hosting the New Years eve party. Eveyone had fun. I think it as the first time so many of us rang in the new year together. Also wanna thank them for the couples cake. And happy anniversary to Chacha and Chachi ji(it was on Dec. 22nd). Oh and Happy 30th (not 50th) Annivesary to Bhua & Phufar Ji.To see a pics as a slide show click twice.

We're so tiny

Check out this video. I thought it was amazing, it's so surreal. Humans think they're so mighty but were just a speck in the universe. Kinda reinforces your belief in God.
In the last two weeks(since his B-Day) Jeevan-Singh has begun walking on his own. So much so that he prefers to walk then crawl. when ever he walks he gets really exited. Sometimes he's so exited that he falls...hehehe But he looks really cute.

Jeevan-Singh Walks To Green Day

Jeevan-Singh's Bhangra

I'm not sure where Jeevan-Singh picked up dancing(maybe at Azad's wedding party), but he loves to dance to punjabi songs. As soon as he here's a punjabi song start to play he starts waving his arms. I definitely know he didn't learn it from me.

Here's a sample below.

5th Anniversary

Dec. 9, 2006 was also our 5th anniversary. After a night of keertan and Dhadi 'vaaraan', I took Manjinder to dinner. Authentic Indian cuisine lol.

A Few Scenes From The Gurdwara

You Know You're a Redneck When...

Ghetto 'langari' making saag with a power tool.

Paath and Keertan

On Dec. 9 2006, The whole family was at the gurdwara to celebrate Jeevan-Singh's birthday. There was Sukhmani Sahib's paath, keertan and dhadi singh. Everyone helped out with cutting sabjis to doing sewa.
The last few days were amazing. We were in Montreal for the Liberal convention. Navdeep Bains made history when his delegates (250+) decided to support Dion, to become the new leader of the Liberal party. The atmosphere on the convention floor was electric, no way could it have been described on TV. Enjoy a few outta 370 pics that I took.

Liberal Convention - Montreal

One thing that Jeevan-Singh really hates is car seats. Especially at night, he will not stop screaming till he's taken out. So, when I saw how happy he was in the car seat this time I had to pull over and capture it.

Santa Singh

Jeevan-Singh's first visit to Santa Claus was a little confusing, since there was nothing special about Santa, he just looked like any other uncle. Huh?
It's three A.M., they're all asleep,
And no one's here to see
As we rock slowly back and forth
My baby boy and me.

His little head is feather-light
Tucked up against my chin.
I hold his tiny hand in mine
And stroke his baby skin.

The house about us creaks and groans,
The clock hands creep around.
He snuggles close to me still
And makes his baby sounds.

I love those quiet hours so much
And cherish every one.
Store memories up inside my heart
For lonely nights to come.

All to soon he'll be grown up
His need for me gone.
But until then I still have time
For kisses and for song.

Time for quiet hours like this
With him cuddled in my arm,
Where I wish he'd always stay,
Protected, safe and warm.

And yet I know the day will come
When this tiny little hand
Will be much bigger than my own.
He'll grow to be a man.

But until then he's mine to love,
With no one here to see
As we rock slowly back and forth
My baby boy and me.

Found this poem on some site but really like it.

The Video Below

On Manjinder's last birthday I decided to make her something instead of just going to the mall, dishing out some money and giving her the routine stuff guys usally get. Big mistake, guys when the ladies say it's the thought that counts; forget it, it's how much it cost you that really counts 'LOL'. Needless to say it took me a few hours to collect the pics, edit them, pic a song (there were hundreds of choices) and then putting it all together. I was up till 5:30am. It's not a masterpiece but I like it and since Manjinder only watched it once since I gave it to her, I figured I share it with you guys.

P.S. let her know what you think (unless you don't like it, in which case don't tell her)

Manjinder's B-Day Video

2nd Annual Tara S. Bains Picnic (over 70 pics)