My little munchkins arrived all wrapped in blue and pink in 2013 and 2015…
… and what a package they were! Delicious, Delectable and so, so, so fun to hang with.
Any new mother will tell you that fashion is the absolute last thing on a moms mind. The sleepless nights, the 2am, 3am, 4 am feeds, the relentless noise these little potatoes make! So like any new mom i really didn’t care what they wore, how they dressed (forget them, i looked like Jabba the Hutt for while and everyone knows how attached one gets to the pregnancy weight; to lose it would definitely cause withdrawals )
But now that my babies are more independent, have cute little idiosyncrasies of their own,
with their clothes
with their hair
and generally have a blast with their unique personalities.
Hope i encourage you all to break the plaid shackles, throw the gingham checks and leave those tutus behind and follow me down the rabbit hole where we find a rabbit that talks, a hookah smoking caterpillar and a very fashionable Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
Through The Looking Glass is a nice way to see the world 🙂
I hope you are excited to meet Monsieur BlueBerry and Madame Peggy P
they are ballet dancers one minute – the next they are naughty monkeys.
I decided to take the kids for a holiday to Ranthambore, one of India’s oldest and most magnificent tiger sanctuaries. It’s an advisory for any parent considering traveling with young toddlers to any safari that this is no easy task. But despite all warnings all in all it was a fairly smooth trip with these two munchkins.
Tiger safaris are hard work. You have to wait patiently, zoom through the woods, sit quietly for long periods and endure the dusty and bumpy terrain of the forest so decide if this is destination is for you, especially if you are travelling with small children.
We finally saw the Tiger on our 3rd and final safari, but it’s good to warn you that many people don’t see the beast even if they go for 5 safaries. While the guides and naturalists do everything in their power to track the tiger, it’s a waiting game and any sightings depend on the tigers mood and your luck.
We were 20 feet away from 2 tigers mating, we had tracked their pug marks to the tall tiger grass where they go to hide out, we could hear them growling but they refused to come out of the grass. So tiger spotting, like everything in life needs a little bit of LUCK.
The mornings were cold, and being from Bombay these kids are really not used to such weather, but not wanting to miss out on anything made them not complain and they sat quietly and sometimes giggled, sometimes cribbed through the bumpy and jumpy terrain while we went looking for this magnificent beast.
The entrance to Ranthambore is majestic to say the least. Build around 1100 AD, it’s huge walls canvas the forest. The fort was built mainly to stop any foreign invasion and protect the garh from intruders. To see the real beauty of the fort requires an entire evening and it is a good idea to add it to your itinerary.
The morning safari was a miss for Tigers but we saw so many birds, deers, crocodiles and while the mighty beast eluded us, it really didn’t seem to matter to us.
Once we went back to the hotel, we ate lunch, lazed around a bit and then we were ready and excited for our evening safari. While it can be seriously tough juggling 2 toddlers on a safari it CAN be done. Just be prepared for some tantrums, tummy aches, slight fever and a lot of excitement.
So pack those binoculars, bring out the warm clothes and head out a for a safari with the family. It’s a great destination for bonding and if you have some affection for all things outdoorsy, you love nature, and you want to indroduce your children to this magical place called the “Jungle”, then this destination IS definitely for you and your family.
Learning how to swim is according to me, one of the most important and life saving classes you can enroll your child in. I really don’t know why I waited so long to start them off but they are finally getting swimming lessons.
As my son is older than the girl, he is enjoying the classes more but I would not take any credit away from her, she does the exercises, jumps the jumps and tries and keeps up with her older brother to the best of her ability.
But a word of caution, start the smaller ones (below 3) only when they are ready. My children have been used to the pool at the farm so starting swimming classes was not daunting for them, but for some children it can be a traumatic and unpleasant experience.
Break a leg! – Theatrical slang meaning Good luck!
I can safely say that I am the luckiest teacher alive.
I have the most enthusiastic bunch of children. Be it my own kids or the ones that come to me for Drama Class. They indulge me my madness, and are equally invested in all my shananigans.
The Red Queen
The Door Mouse
They went up on stage and gave it their ALL. They performed flawlessly (which is good) but more importantly they had a blast (much, much better)
Children need to be encouraged to be themselves, to go on stage and use this medium as a catalyst to express themselves. I’ve noticed that drama is an excellent medium for self expression and a cathartic one at that!
So motivate your little ones to be a part of a drama club, get evolved and enjoy the brilliance of being a part of a theatre production.
If they are not inclined towards acting they can help out in the other various departments. We made our own costumes, painted our props and all the children helped set up the stage. The entire process was done together and that is just as fun, if not more important than putting up the final show.
Stay tuned for our next production. A self written Christmas play with home made props and costumes.
I took the children to Shimla to meet my Grandmother who lives up in the hills. She may be 80 years of age but she has more oomph and style than any 20 year old I know.
Shimla is a hill station in India and it was a very popular holiday destination with the British pre 1947, when they colonised India. Steeped in history this little gem has retained its old world charm and I get a feeling of nostalgia every time I go a- visiting.
My mom’s father was a Major General in the Indian Army and every time I go to Shimla I am reminded of that amazing legacy one can only inherit, if you are lucky enough.
Both the babies were in such good spirits they didn’t trouble one bit. Infact it was quite the opposite. They were perfectly behaved and enjoyed the holiday with the kind of enthusiasm and excitement that comes within the territory of being a mother to a couple of highly energetic and sparkling toddlers.
The highlights of the trip for the children and for us were the daily treks to the Mall Road, binging on delicious softies, going on horse rides, seeing monkeys, and eating chocolate eclairs from a bakery that has been around since pre historic times (one that still manages to capture the taste of my childhood).
Does your child have an unhealthy obsession with ball pools?!
My girl is one such mutt who will gravitate towards a ball pool even though I have told her repeatedly that they are nothing more than germ infested pits. But who can explain anything to a stubborn, strong willed child!
My son also loves them, but he listens and understands reason.
My daughter is another story all together.
She is fearless and jumps into them with such abandon you’d think it was Uncle Scrooge jumping into his pool of money.
Kiddie Birthday parties are where the real actions at! This week when we went “partying” my daughter sourced a balloon for herself quite easily. While she was the envy of many-a-children, her big brother looked at her balloon with so much love that she told him to hold on to her bright yellow one and then proceeded to conjure up a lovely blue one for him.
This story is not yet done, this little thing then guarded both the balloons for the entire duration of the party and made sure they didnt fall in to the evil clutches of the envious older boys who were intent on stealing hers and her big brothers balloons.
I have never been more prouder of her.
My son is a timid, soft hearted fellow, but my girl is a lioness and I have no doubt she will protect her older brother with the same grit she did those balloons for the rest of her life.