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Poconos Fam

This labor day weekend, the fam VRBOd a pretty nice woodsy property in the Poconos. It’s been years since some of us have met! The adults had some great time together just winding down while the kids literally brought the place down. The property had direct access to the Beltzville lake and almost everyone took to the water. A first of kinds…The kayaks weren’t the best maintained and a couple of us did take some falls in the water. Life jackets came in super handy! So thankful I learnt swimming early on. This weekend did bring out the outdoorsy flair from everyone.

Take me out to the ball game

M&S earned a few tickets to the Nationals game from the Arlington library!

DC Saturdays

Between moving, on-boarding, never-ending-checklists and spurts of laziness the last few months have been ridiculously busy. Visited the Museum of Natural History yesterday. Couldn’t do the Butterfly pavilion since tickets were sold-out. Could have planned this better! Nevertheless, had a great time out!

PCS – Orientation

After three years of focused effort, this July 5th, I will be taking the Oath of Office as a Foreign Service Specialist. Super thrilled! The last twelve months has been crazy busy with lots of travel amidst heavy uncertainty. And our PCS move last week has been nothing different. We’re still waiting on Travel Order amendments but we were able to cost-construct our travel with some timely help from the GSO at the Chennai Consulate. A week of festivities in the family and we should be moving to Virginia for the next several weeks. Can’t wait to know my posting on Flag-day!


As I walked up from the basement this early morning, I got to capture this beautiful picture of the light from the laundry room ‘lighting’ up the lamp from the Kolam. We performed Appa’s Satabhishekam today. His sisters could attend the ceremony in person and a good bunch of family zoomed in. Until yesterday, we weren’t even sure we’d make it in time for the event. Phew!

He’s turning 86 this year! Several circumstances pushed this celebration until now and we’re so glad we could make it happen today. Highlight of the event was undoubtedly the veda recital at the end of the ceremony. Wish we recorded it!