It's that time of the year again when while bidding Adieu to the year gone by and welcoming 2013, we wish to share with you how we fared in 2012.

Taran and Roshan turned 8 this May & are enjoying being 3rd graders. This year was "politically" special for them as they followed the elections closely. Nidhi continues to volunteer at their school and in the community. She has also been spending time on expanding her Reiki practice. Ritesh reached 3 milestones this year – he turned 40 and he joined ISGN, a technology led services company focused on the US residential mortgage market as their CEO. He also joined the Board of Directors at Cargo Airport Services, the largest cargo handling company in North America. 

There were many firsts for the Idnanis in 2012. Taran and Roshan went on their first camp with their friends & teachers. While the boys enjoyed their entire camping experience and came back craving for more, Nidhi miraculously started to breathe again on seeing the kids after 2 nights & 3 days! Thankfully, there is life after the umbilical cord breaks!  

The boys continue to do well at chess. They both tied for 1st place at the NJ grade level state championship. Taran stood 1st at the National chess championship for 3rd grade & Roshan stood 5th in the PanAmerican championship held in Peru for his age group. They were proud to be part of “Team USA” in this tournament where chess players from 23 countries participated across North & South America.

Taran, Roshan and Nidhi started violin lessons this summer. Yet again, this was a family experience with Ritesh contributing financially and emotionally – he pays for the lessons and he gifted the neighbors earplugs!

Tennis & Football continued to be a big part of the family with a couple of stadium watches – a first for the “entire family experience”. The Idnanis cheered for Novak in the semi finals of US Open in Arthur Ashe stadium and rooted for the Patriots in the Giants stadium. Thankfully their hero/ team won thereby giving the boys bragging rights & giving Ritesh satisfaction that he could finally justify the purchase of those expensive jerseys to Nidhi!

Ritesh & Nidhi ran their first half marathon! It was an extraordinary experience. There were lots of locals & volunteers cheering them along the way. While they were crossing the 6th mile mark, they even got a high 5 from the winner of the marathon who was trudging back home!

The Idnanis decided to travel the unexplored path this year with a trip to Peru. The stunning landscape & vistas of this country were both, bewildering and intoxicating. Machu Picchu beat all expectations but Lake Titicaca & Arequipa were a total revelation. From sailing on the highest navigable lake in the world to visiting the floating islands to exploring the innumerable shades of greens and browns of the Andes and to eating ceviche and Peruvian potatoes (mostly in the fried form) - the trip left them exhilarated, & circular. They returned to the US after the stupendous 3 weeks with a round head, a round torso & round thighs!!! Glitzy Vegas and touristy Montreal were spring and summer destinations. December brought an absolutely delightful road trip to Florida with family & friends (spanning 3 generations across 5 families). The insatiable appetite for rides and spending Christmas holidays with 2 little mice & their friends in Orlando made this trip a positive family memory. 

Finally, the Idnanis also spent time visiting and hosting friends and family from the Netherlands, New York, Maryland, Texas, Virginia, Georgia, India and Canada. We feel so blessed to be surrounded by loved ones.

We wrap up this newsletter with a prayer in our heart wishing you and your loved ones a reservoir of courage, hope, confidence and peace in 2013. 

Happy New Year!

The Idnani Family

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