My children adore their grandparents. All four of them. But the bond my son has with my mother, his nani ( maternal grandmother in Hindi) is special. They have this relationship you read about in books and he proudly proclaims “mama, I love you and papa a lot but I love my nani the most”
So the first colour of the weekend was RED for LOVE ❤️
Water Water everywhere.
Water in the rain clouds, Water in the pool
Water in the small streams My toy boat looks so cool.
It’s raining BLUE
Ah green. Sight for sore eyes.
The hills are alive with the colour green and we cannot get enough. So many different shades and all so beautiful and surreal. It hardly takes any time for everything to turn from brown to green and while it may be elementary, it is no less enchanting.
The magic of GREEN
I am inclined to believe that eating cake is an art form. You don’t come into it… you are born with it.
As a little child the whole excitement of a birthday party was the cake. Now of course you get presents back home, parties have themes, the themes have themes and birthdays have evolved to become a mini wedding, the budgets of which can feed a small nation.
We adore birthday parties. My babies play all the games, eat all the goodies and really don’t care if they win any prizes or not. They are just happy to be invited…of course they love to eat the cake, and if it includes a serving of ice-cream they are super happy campers.
These two are like the Easter Bunny on steroids meets the Duracell energiser pink Bunny. They are such a delight to take out because they have the uncanny ability to enjoy each and every moment offered to them.
From now on let them be known as –
The Birthday Bunnies who are just doing their thang.
Never a dull moment with these two.. and thank god for that. Amen!
In many cultures around the world the Butterfly symbolises old souls. Some say they are lucky, others think they signify impending doom. Whose to say anything! But, the day we brought my new born son home from the hospital – a butterfly casually strolled into my house with an agenda to welcome him into this world.
Old Friends they were.
Our weekends at Narnia are usually blessed with lots of animals, insects and sometimes punctuated by the dreaded reptile.
But last weekend we got the Butterflies.
Hundreds of cocoons were hiding behind leafy greens and then they arrived. I have never seen so many of them. The kids had a field day running behind them, playing with them, giving them cute names ( though, I couldn’t tell any of them apart)
Then came this moment. This cheeky little butterfly flew right past my son as if to give him a scare, then, on second thought turned around, flew back to him and gave him a peck on his cheek.
These two definitely knew each other from a time long, long, ago.
Over the weekend we visited our dear friend Shahruk’s bakery Puffs & Rolls in a small city near Bombay.
My kids are an enthusiastic bunch. Anything and everything gets them over-excited and it hardly takes any effort for them to fall into giggles. But this love affair was instant, the children could not help but fall in love with the smell and exhilarating feeling of being around things oh so delectable and utterly delicious.
It takes a very different kind of person not to love the smell of freshly baked bread and newly rolled out dougnuts.
Thankfully we ain’t that kind of people.
So we wore these über cool hair accessories, went for a Tour-De- Puffs & Rolls and ate and ate till we could eat no more.
…and then we ate some
Nothing is as fashionable as a…
I love to read. I can read almost anything and everything and this is a habit I most definitely want to inculcate in my children. As of now they love to hear me read aloud to them.
I hope that love affair continues for ever.
Here are a few of our most favourite children books. This age group caters to a younger audience but if anyone would like a list of books for an older audience please feel free to write on the comments section below or email.
LITTLE PEOPLE BY FISHER-PRICE
These super-mega-awesome flap books are so -so perfect for little curious minds. My son never really took to them but my 2 year old daughter loves them. She sits with them for a long while just opening all the different flaps and asking all kinds of questions. A great interactive book as well.
We have a whole collection of these fun, happy and amazingly cute books. These are my sons absolute favourite and he has proudly proclaimed that ” I will never get tired of my Mr. Men books”
CAT IN THE HAT
The quintessential go-to books that all mothers love that teach important topics to the child. I am no different. These books are educational, interesting and because they rhyme the children love to sit down and hear the whole book.
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BOOK COLLECTION
Right now we have only 2 of these amazing books but I do plan on getting more of them. Both my children ask a zillion questions a day ( I am not exaggerating) and these books help provide some of the answers I have absolutely no idea about.
THE WIZARD OF OZ
This one can be changed with another all time household favourite – absolute favourite, Alice In Wonderland. This book really needs no introduction. I have the pop-up version and it’s fantastic.
Jager is my friend’s very stylish, handsome and well groomed dog. A little mutt who relishes his super fancy treats with a lot less enthusiasm than what the dustbin has on offer.
He secretly steals food from the children’s plates, eats small coconuts and grass and if left unsupervised will happpily slurp on the abundant insects we have at Narnia.
His master can invest in an exclusive doggie chef for him but he will still prefer the eclectic buffet services of the waste bin or when you are not looking take a bite off your food and pretend it was the Ant. ( Yes, this has happened)
This weekend he took it upon himself to roll in mud till he changed colour to brown, jump in the pool at any given opportunity and burst ALL the balloons that we blew for the kids. It did not matter if we hid them in the tent, he would find his way in and then proceed to burst them while my daughter yelled bloody murder.
Suffices to say she was not happy.
T’was that kindoff a weekend where we got haunted by a scary stalkerish blow-up flamingo ( picture included for reference), bitten by loads of insects that crawl out of holes once monsoon arrives, spent time with a very hungry dog and had some very fashionable old school laughs.
…Life is good.
Most children love to be outside the house. My children are no different. They love music, games and a carnival type atmosphere. Add to that some fun shops selling interesting eclectic items and hoards of yummy food stalls, you have at your disposal the keys to a magic kingdom far, far away.
I always try and take the kids to different children friendly festivals, flee markets and farmers markets because they really do enjoy the atmosphere, and for them it’s party time as they get to eat ice-cream and play all those fun old-school carnival games.
This homemade mango ice cream was so delicious we took an entire tub back home to eat again the next day.
Little Miss Peggy P was loving the look of her unfinished fish tattoo. ( she did not let me wash it off for 3 days!!!!!!)
Both my babies love to be in a crowd. They enjoy the hustle bustle that comes with living in a city like Bombay. Add to that a trip to the little Flea and balloon animals that look almost as cute them – you know you have the recipe for the most perfect family day.