Category: Bliss

Love Affair

The first time we were planning a beach vacation Bhaiya and A said they would join in as well. For convenience of lounging around, talking late in to the night and feeling a home, all of us decided renting a condo made much more sense than taking individual rooms in a hotel. Since the cost would be split two ways we also agreed it made more sense to pay a little extra but stay on the beach. We looked for ocean front condos only. First step in to our condo all those years back and I was in love.

Closing your eyes as the sounds of the waves lull you to sleep, the cool ocean breeze soothing you, waking up to the peace and quiet, leaving first footprints of the day on the sand – LOVE!

The one time we stayed in a resort, the crowd, the beach lined with recliners and umbrellas, the distance from room to the beach – all things considered it was not my idea of a beach vacation.

This time around we booked a ground floor condo. The kids had to walk the patio, grass and sand to get to the water. The look on their faces – priceless! With almost no one around, they ran along playing with boogey boards, collecting flowers and leaves from the garden, collecting stones and shells from the sand, swimming in the water looking for fishes, making sand castles, coves and dams.

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Endless games and they would step home the minute they were tired. There was food cooked per their taste, there were naps when they were sleepy, there were very few long rides in the car. It was all about staying put and having fun.

We added another snorkeler to our family and she could not have enough. Buzz and D would head out to the ocean every morning with smiles and come back excited about some fish they saw.

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Bugz, our little stickler for order and cleanliness, did not like having her feet dirty. She decided very quickly that the grass and the water were for her but the sand was not. Which meant someone had to ferry her around on the sandy parts, till she saw the rest of us having fun making sandcastles and would forget all about the dirt and join in.

D, got to snorkel to his heart content. He was happy with the fishes he saw, excited about the blue, green, pink, white corals but that he came across a giant turtle on our last evening there was the highlight of his trip.

As for me, I had my early morning runs on the beach, I had my time playing with the kids in the water and in the yard, I had my snorkeling trip, I had my sunsets, I had my perfect relaxing vacation!

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As we left the airport, I looked down at this view. It is breathtaking and I am glad we got our little peace of paradise in the paradise islands.

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As I told D “My love affair continues!”

Magic

Nose scrunched up as she laughs, lips pouting as she cries, a quick shake of her head to say no, turning around followed by walking backward before she sits down, demands of food from anyone who is eating, expecting claps when she does something special, showing resentment when told ‘no’, always moving – Bugz.

She wave bye to everyone as I carry her upstairs, tries to run around as I get her ready for bed and throws one last fit as I try and get her to sleep. She screams, she cries, she resists being held, she tries removing my hand from her waist, she calms down, she holds my hand and just like that 5 minutes later she is fast asleep. As I pick her up to lay her down in her crib, I look down at her face.

Talking non-stop, eyes shining, jumping over things, being a beeeegggg helper, dictating menu of the day, practicing her letters, building towers, colouring any paper she can lay her hands on, inventing games, laughing aloud, drama queen tears, always moving – Buzz

She gives a hug and a kiss as she walks upstairs, switches on the night light, lies down on her bed and waits for me to give her the blanket. She smiles, she demands her kiss, she says ‘I love you’ and she closes her eyes as I walk out the room to let her sleep. A couple of hours later, as I make my way to my room for the night, I peep in to her room and look down at her face.

Sandman is said to sprinkle sand in to the eyes of kids at night to bring on sleep and dreams. This is all part of fairytales of course and not true. There is not dust and the sleep is tiredness induced but there is something magical about watching the ever changing expressive face of a child be at peace as s/he sleeps. I have come to believe that there is no sand dust for the kids, but in fact there is pixie dust for the parents which enchants then so much that it becomes impossible to look away from the sleeping angels.

And before you ask, yes I am under the spell.

Bliss is..

– Makki ki roti, sarson ka saag, carrot pickle, fresh cut onions and fresh dahi.

– Little Miss ‘Food-why-would-I-want-to-eat-food’ finishing up her rice, asking for roti when she sees others having them, finishing those, continue to ask for more sabi* till everyone is done eating.

– He looking from mother to daughter not understanding what the fuss is all about.

– To pay for it all, there is Mastercard.

sabi* -> sabzi – kadhi is what she liked so much

Singing Saturday – Sabse peeche hum

– I have a weakness for the male voice when it comes to songs. If a song is sung both by a male and a female 99% of the times I like the male version better.
– I have a weakness for soft, soothing music. That is not to say I don’t like dhinchaak music. I love turning on the volume and tapping my foot along with it. But in my ‘at peace with myself’ time I always tend to gravitate to the soft, soothing kind.
– I have a weakness for songs with pure voice, where musical instruments and beats don’t overpower the soulful voice.

‘Sabse peeche hum’ checks all these boxes for me. Mohit Chauhan’s voice. A guitar, a harmonica and few notes on the piano once in a while. Beautiful.

Terri aankhoin kaa jaado saari duniya pe hei.

Sun + Water + Relax = Vacation

As we work on getting all the sand out of our hair a quick look at the wonderful vacation that was:

Day 1: D and Comfy  are all smiles for how good Buzz was during the 6 hours ail-pain (now upgraded from a-pain) ride and are looking forward to the warm sun soaked days after all the cold and rain and snow, land at the destination. Buzz less than an hour in to the grand vacation: ‘Aaaa Daaann Sun, no Sun’.
After dealing with car rental and grocery shopping they get to the condo to find that the patio opens to a cove of a secluded beach. And just as they look on the sky turns brilliant red with the setting sun.

Day 2: Super excited about the almost private beach D and Comfy walk out the patio and on to the sand and towards the ocean holding Buzz’s hand. Buzz: ‘No Paani..Mumma no paani’

Day 3: D gives Comfy a kiss as he gets ready to head out for his jump from a plane. Buzz who watches the exchange pouts her lips for a kiss as well. Never faced with any of this, a perplexed D gives her a kiss on her cheek. The pout stays in place. He then gives her a kiss on her nose which she deems is all right and smiles big and says ‘Bye Bye Papa’.
D and Comfy think it is time for l’il Buzz to don her swimming costume and lap up the waves. The costume part goes of well and Buzz is all excited. The lap up the wave part not so much, ending with Comfy having to wash the costume ASAP.

Day 4: Sees Comfy going in to the water, snorkeling mask and fins in place, for the first time during the vacation, while Buzz watches on, only to have Buzz cry out ‘No Mumma, no paani’ the minute she takes the first plunge. With the crescendo of the cry rising with every second she spends in water, snorkeling is given a miss.

Day 5: D is out snorkeling longer than usual. Buzz goes as close to the water as she thinks is safe every few minutes and screams ‘Aajaao Papa. Aaaa Daaann’. When D finally comes out he is grinning ear to ear. ‘I found a turtle and swam with it back and forth. I even saw him fart. There were a lot of bubbles’ Comfy is told.

Day 6: Comfy family head out for a trip to see a little more of the island. D makes a game out of kicking the water every time a wave comes and Buzz joins in. The one and only time she goes in to the water of her free will.
Comfy finally gets to snorkel in this place with shallow shallow water as D holds Buzz up and walks in the water showing Buzz where Maa is at all times.
The day ends with Buzz chanting ‘Phasta’ as the family makes their way back home only to fall asleep before getting there. D and Comfy make and eat the said ‘Phasta’.

Day 7: Is about heading out of the condo and in to the main town for a couple of days of real touristy part of the vacation. And about watching the ocean and it’s waves, sunset and it’s colors, the main beach and all the people there from their 19th floor hotel balcony.
Oh and uber spicy but amazing Thai food.

Day 8: D heads out for Surfing lessons and catches waves after waves or so Comfy is told, while Comfy hits shopping stalls with Buzz for company. An oyster pearl pendent, a silver turtle pendant, four bookmarks, a Hawaiian dress and 3 T-shirts for Buzz are bought is less than an hour.

Day 9: Comfy and Buzz sit and watch D try and catch some waves on his own with marginal success before it is time to pack up and head back home.

Days spend relaxing in the sand with Buzz pulling her sand toys basket to the beach shouting ‘Outside’ every time she wanted to go out and ‘Aaaa Daaann’ every time she had had enough of the sun which happened every 20 or so mins. Candle light dinner for two to the sound of waves crashing on the sand after the little hurricane was put to bed. A perfect vacation 🙂 🙂

As I hum..

Let it snow..let it snow..let it snow..

Buzz runs from window to window screaming

Sho fall

It’s a beautiful white Monday morning and I can’t help be happy. Have a wonderful Monday everyone 🙂