I guess we can start at the end of 2011…
Sudesh & Melissa enjoyed there time in Charleston, but as Hart was starting to get older we both realized it was time to to move back to Atlanta, GA. We have both had a penchant for the city where we met and Sudesh has a large extended family living in the metro area. We both have life long friends who live close by and who have children in similar age groups. It was nice getting back to the city and we decided to rent a house for the year (2012). We both found jobs that we enjoy and got to work raising Hart!
Let’s look back on 2012…
January we celebrated Hart’s first year with a fun Chili Party! And started the process for remodeling our May Ave house.
February we found out (Melissa) was pregnant, so we started the process of finding a family home (a house in which, we could raise a large family comfortably). We also took a trip out to California to visit Grandpa Joe and Grandma AJ. This is also were Sudesh got stuck in the sand! We met with our architect and finalized plans and met with the structural engineer.
March Melissa took a sewing class with Emily and they learned the fundamentals of sewing. Since the class, Melissa hasn’t found much time to sew but has a list of projects collecting on Pintrest. We took Hart on her first outdoor adventure to Mccaysville,TN for a cabin adventure (Thanks Julie, Andrew and Gretchen). This is where she took some steps but it wasn’t until April when the walking began. We started to realize that remodeling May Ave from a 1940’s bungalow to a contemporary structure was not cost effective thus we met with our Realtor, David Vannort at Atlanta Intown Realty.
April we took Hart to visit Disney World (one is much to young!, and it was an excuse to see Jay & Sydney) (Accommodations were courtesy of Beth and Emily, thanks for making this trip possible!) April also brought us a visit from Grandpa Joe, Melissa’s dad, and Hart’s first steps. As all parents experience, the kids don’t walk they run! With plans stopped on May Ave. we put in numerous offers to foreclosures and short sales in East Atlanta, only to loose out to contractors. Ohh Sudesh also surprised Melissa with a new (to us) minivan 🙂 On the Friday before Mother’s Day Sudesh fly up to Ohio, drove four hours to the dealership, bought the minivan, then drove to Atlanta. Melissa didn’t suspect a thing as Sudesh used the common excuse that he would be on calls all day and then out with Henry to see a local band. The only fault in the plan was that when Sudesh pulled up to the house Human and Puppy started barking because they didn’t recognize the car. Melissa being concerned had to check out the commotion thus finding the new van and Sudesh behind the wheel. The plan was to present the car the next morning with a tiny bow on it. Either way, Sudesh was able to get a fantastic deal on a Toyota Sienna so we could accommodate two kids, two dogs, two adults and guests, comfortably!
May Melissa took a course to create Computer Based Training and Sudesh started a fitness boot camp. We enjoyed the Cabin visit so much we took Hart back! and the dogs! The house hunt continued with our search moving away from East Atlanta to nearby neighborhoods- Ormewood Park, Grant Park, Kirkwood, Chandler Park…
June took us to Bonaroo with free back stage passes (Thanks to Sarah, Henry, and Charlotte) We also got to see the University of the South (Suwanee). Hart loved staying up and playing with Char and they both began to conquer the stairs much to our chagrin. More house hunting then took us to put a few offers on houses in the City of Decatur, again to loose out to higher bids.
July we enjoyed the Georgia summer heat! and found our new home… in Ormewood Park. The move meant leaving our beloved East Atlanta, we are only 5 minutes from the May Ave. house but it meant switching schools. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking, you’re concerned about school already?!?, but with Melissa being an educator it’s important to us to be involved in the local public school. So bye Burgess-Peterson PTA, hello Parkside PTA and Neighborhood Charter PTA. Keeping our options open, more like being involved at both in case Hart wins the lottery in a few years! July also became the month that we sold Sudesh’s Vespa, leaving his single life behind, but also brought us his beloved Low-Speed vehicle, also known as a golf cart, the Gem. Or as Hart calls it, The Go-Go Machine.
August we bought our new house and remodeled it a little bit! (refinish some hardwood floors, install hardwoods in bedrooms, paint rooms, build a fence (remember we have two crazy dogs who like to check out the neighborhood un-escorted, making the house more energy efficient hello 2102 rebates!). It took awhile to purchase the house as there was some negotiating about a proposed easement… but we moved in at the end of the month. It was the right house, the right time, so it all worked out. Not to mention the house had everything on our wish list. Thanks to David Vannort for his continued support finding the right house for us! Thankfully Ajee, Chandra- Sudesh’s mother, came to help unpack boxes and set up the house (Melissa was very pregnant so we could house an end of the month Housewarming Party. It was a crazy timeline but with Chandra’s help we made it work! Hart started school in August at The Ormewood School. She goes two days a week from 9:30 to 1:30 pm. She enjoys going to school and reminds us of who she will see, Char-Char (friend & classmate), Pearl (classmate) and Debbie (one of her teachers). Hart continues to grow leaps and bounds in her language, cognitive development, gross and fine motor skills, etc. and all thanks to The Ormewood School and our fantastic nanny, Jamie Mayo. Jamie joined us in August and has fast become a member of the family.
September brought the nesting out in Melissa as she prepared for baby. It also brought us a visit from Jay and Sydney. Other than the visit, we continued to settle in the house, work and raise Hart.
October started the holiday season with Hart dressing as a Spider and enjoying passing out candy to Trick-r-Treaters. She was under the weather so early to bed with a dose of medicine.
November 8th brought the new family addition- Solara “Sol” Issa Girdhari. 6lbs, 8oz. She looks just like Hart but definitely has her own personality. Chandra came to visit, help with Sol and play with Hart. Hart has fallen in love with her Ajee, talking walks, having tea, and bonding over books and the morning routine. Since Ajee’s visit, Hart has been asking for Ajee. Every time the phone rings, you can hear Hart, “Ajee, Ajee, Ajee?” We also had a fantastic visits from friends and family welcoming Sol to the family. Melissa’s brother, Joe was Stateside and was able to come for Thanksgiving, it was a great time bonding over turkey, tablet devices and walks. Joe and his family live in Belgium (he’s in the ARMY) so it was a special treat for the holidays.
December has brought us bonding time with Hart and Sol and a low key Christmas. As for the “Christmas Tree” we hadn’t had one for several years and didn’t have any decorations and now since Hart is older Melissa wanted a tree. Sudesh was not as eager as he wanted Hart to want a tree, whereas Melissa informed me that in order for Hart to want a tree we have to give her the experience first. The compromise was a tree the size of Hart, well a little taller, and ornaments that she could hang- no glass. Towards the New Year we will have another visit from Jay and Sydney.
We look forward to 2013 with some activities already on the books…. Hart’s 2nd birthday, Jay & Sydney’s wedding in June, some camping this summer, Nicoli’s wedding this summer in Germany, Marlyn and Raj’s wedding in October, Sol’s 1st birthday…. to name a few.
Here’s to a fantastic and wild 2012 and a new and exciting 2013!