The Long Overdue Update: Anniversary Night Out, Football Time in Tennessee, Kansas City, oh you meant to say St. Louis?, Fun with the Cards!

Many apologies for the long overdue blog update! My intention when starting the blog was to write every few days, not once a month! ;) Since it has almost been a month, we have many, and I mean many, new updates for those of you we haven't talked to in a while. I'll try to share a detailed, but somewhat brief update...

First off, our little Jayden is now a big 9 months old and has a love for life that is so contagious that it sometimes can make you sickly positive and lovey! :) I mentioned to Mom this morning and think to myself at least a thousand times a day, that I really don't understand how I got so lucky to be this little man's mommy. Trust me, there are extremely tough days where I'm tired and exhausted and don't think I can do another chore or task, but Jayden has made me appreciate life in more ways than I could possibly try to explain. I truly hope and believe that Jayden keeps this love of life as long as he lives because life is tough and people can be cruel, but he touches people he's around in an amazingly positive way and I think the world could use a little more of that sometimes!
Here's a couple of brief updates: To the right is a picture of Dipal and I celebrating our first anniversary! We had a great dinner at a really fun place with a band playing while we ate (very fun!) followed by a movie at the Moolah theater, a very unique theater with couches as the first few rows. We didn't make it quite in time for couches, but it was fun! Thanks to Blake and Lindsey for taking care of Jayden that evening! It was great to have a night out!
Also, to the right is a picture of me and Dipal at the UT vs. FL game... all you need to know is we had a great time visiting all our friends and Jayden had so much fun hanging out at the Boston (my mom's) house that he didn't even ackowledge Dipal and I to say bye! The score of the game isn't important.... Moving on... :)

As for the Chaudhari family updates... Many of you know, but many of you may not have heard yet, we are no longer moving to Kansas City! I mentioned in a previous post we were hoping to be closer to home (TN) than Kansas City even though we had much excitement to live in KC. Well, while in KC last Wednesday we received some news that sent us straight back to St. Louis. You see, we had driven to KC straight from a trip to TN (where we saw our Vols slapped around by gators, but had great times with friends!), a 12 1/2 hour drive, to look at places to live as our move was approaching quickly. We spent our entire day Wednesday looking at places and then met for dinner with Dipal's would-be trainer and his wife. During dinner, Dipal received several phone calls, but did not answer since we were at dinner. After leaving dinner, he checked his voicemails which included 2 messages speaking of "changes." After getting in touch with Andy, a good friend and supervisor to field sales trainees, and Mark, the team manager for Dipal's new position, we learned that Dipal would still be starting the position of field sales trainee, but would be doing it in the St. Louis territory, not KC! We are very excited for so many reasons that we are staying in the St. Louis area, but to be honest, were flooded with many different emotions in those first moments of finding out. For most, staying where you already are would be an obvious effortless transition, however, as we had been living in a very nice, but very small space over the last 1 1/2 years, we are still in a position of having to find a new place to live and we feel an urgency due to the possibility of highly increased rent since we could be staying past the date we told our apartment we would be staying. So with the good news does come some stress, as we originally told our apartment we would be moving out at the end of October. Prayers are much appreciated as we are searching for a place to live, contemplating buying vs renting, and trying to find an area around St. Louis where cost of living is reasonable for us, but hopefully not too far out from the city... All in all, we know God will direct our path where we need to go, so that's all I'm going to say about that for now!

On a lighter note, this past Saturday we had a ton of fun at the Monsanto Customer Ops Dept. picnic! This year it was held at the Cardinals game and we had a blast! We started with meeting some previous Cards players, followed by yummy food and socializing, a walk on the field and even a Build-A-Bear Fredbird and Clydesdale spiffied up in St. Louis gear. Congrats Fun Squad on a super fun event! Oh, and of course there were some fun pictures taken including our family with the World Series trophy, Jayden sitting on the field, Dipal and I with our friends Dan and Amanda, and probably our favorite of the night, some Fredbird fun! Hope you all are having an amazing week! Chaudhari love to you all!


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