We left for our little weekend getaway on friday morning. We were going to Karjat and the kids were super excited about staying in a tent and swimming in a big pool and running around! The roads were super sad…i don’t know what the municipal corporation seems to be doing in that department, but seriously there were craters on parts of the old mumbai-pune highway. At one point, we drove through a rather large one with a big splash and Sid innocently asked “swimming pool hota kaa?” (was that a swimming pool?).
Anyway, a fairly bumpy 2 hours later we were in karjat at the resort. The kids were enthralled by a little fish pond outside the reception. They generally seem to be fascinated by water bodies and their excitement only went up when they discovered that it was full of fish. One of the resort employees was sweet enough to give them some fish feed – so they could see all the fish come swimming up to them to eat. We saw a lot of really tiny fish and Nish said they reminded him of Swimmy (https://myfourboysandme.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/reading-swimmy-by-leo-lionni/)
As we were getting to our tent, it suddenly got dark and both boys looked up at the sky and pointed out the ‘nimbus’ clouds and predicted rain for the afternoon forecast. Unlike the local MET they were bang on and in a bit we saw a slow and gentle drizzle.
The boys absolutely loved the tent. it was very basic…a large tent with an attached bath, a double bed and an additional single on the side. They darted around the room, crawling under the bed, behind it, checking out the bathroom, the dustbins, the cupboard and the kettle. Then, they took their little bag of cars and parked them nicely on the front sit out porch with our shoes. They tried to climb the poles like little monkeys.
Everything around them became a source of wonder and discussion. In the first ten minutes, once the room inspection was done, they found a butterfly with a broken wing in a small ditch, came up with a plan to rescue it (i dissuaded them fearing further harm to the creature), found a strange prickly spiny green fruit and figured out where a small kids’ park was located. We therefore headed for lunch via the park.
The “park” was a bunch of fischer price slides and houses in a big lawn along with a trampoline and some swings. Because of the rains and mud, the plastic houses had become a little muddy and there were plants and grass growing inside them. Nish looked at the house for a bit and then pointing to the stuff growing inside it, asked me if this was what one called a “farm house”? From that point till the time we left, that area in the resort was referred to as the farm house. We let the boys play there as much as they wanted ..it was super wet and muddy but we were armed with a whole bunch of spare clothes and so i did not care how wet and muddy they got.
Also, sliding in the wet squelchy mud added a whole new dimension of fun to playing football and it was lovely to see them chase the ball all over the wet lawns slipping and sliding every now and then. The baby had no intention of being left out of the madness and so we had him sit on the trampoline for a bit, on the swing with me and then carried him around giving him a turn to hit the ball.
We saw lots of dogs and two horses. The boys were very fascinated with the dogs and Nish tried to have a long conversation with one!
When it was pouring, the porch provided hours of entertainment. The boys played with their cars, we did sticking activities, we collected leaves and used crayons to do rubbings. Also, they loved the sound of the rain hitting the tent. The porch chairs were imaginary cars and the boys went on several long drives with long conversations.
The boys also enjoyed drinking their milk in tall glasses sitting on the porch. There was fresh cow’s milk from a nearby farm and the twins loved it. Every morning and evening, they would sit with their glasses of hot milk along with biscuits for dipping while my husband and i enjoyed some hot tea. Baby Amu crawled to everyone and got more than his fair share of cookie bits. Something as simple as drinking warm milk from a glass gave them so much pleasure and joy!
We spent a lot of time in the pool (whenever it wasn’t pouring).
When it was raining we:
-sang songs with actions
– colored with crayons
-did some sticking activities
-jumped on the bed
-played simon says
A lot of the time the twins kept themselves busy with some pretend play or the other.
All in all, it was a lovely break and one that we will definitely do again!