.. And We’re Back

..and exhausted!

Too much sun, fun, food, wine and laughs.

The kids had an amazing time. We had an amazing time because other than for food, they did not need us at all.Β  The idea was to rest, but there isn’t much sleep for the wicked when you’re living it up till the cows come home. I mean that literally. At about 4.a.m on Saturday night/morning, we were still out on the patio and we think a cow wandered by.

Or maybe a goat. Either way, I only blame the chardonnay.

I laughed so much and swam so much that everything hurts.

Quick Mini Break Notes

1. If you have unresolved issues to thrash out prior to a break, naptime in the car is pretty ideal. Be utterly uncivilised for an hour or so, get it out of your system and smoke a peace pipe over some coffee at your last pit stop.

2. Do not try to convince your dearest to shave on a mini break to the cabin. Its just plain unmanly and metrosexual to be shaving when you’re being one with nature and all. Just resign yourself to being with the homeless-looking guy and try instead to focus on his generosity in allowing you a long sleep-in.

3. Do not unleash an untrained toddler nekkid (or nood) on the quay. Chances are, he/she will pee on someone. Maybe even twice. What? We’re slow like that.

4. When at an amusement park, respect the differences in ages and interests and separate gracefully into do-able units. Imperative if you wish to preserve sanity and live in a whine-free zone.

5. If you make the mistake of donning a bikini and regret it immeasurably, then jump into the water, stay where your lovely lady lumps aren’t on full display and feel fabulous. And just enjoy ocean swimming – the tingling tautness of salt on skin, the way salt water mats curls and the tangling of feet in seaweed. Its just another dimension of delish.

6. On a warm day, there is no such thing as “just one ice-cream”. You deluded wench, you.

Now – the rest in pictures, because I’m spending the day hydrating. That means less space for words in my head.

I know. Exemplary table manners. The tree house and playhouse in the background were made by the Vikings brother with all the kids helping. Awesomeness.

I know. Exemplary table manners. The tree house and playhouse in the background were made by the Viking's brother with the kids help. Awesomeness.

Those orange hammocks in the backgroud. Closest to chirpy birds, blossoms and heaven

Those orange hammocks in the background. Closest to chirpy birds, blossoms and heaven

Cheers, Ma

Cheers, Ma!

Dinner on the go. Or Meals on Armaan Wheels

Dinner on the go. Or Meals on Armaan Wheels

Goofin' around at Kristiansand Zoo with cousins

Goofin' around at Kristiansand Zoo with cousins

Den Lille Familien

Den Lille Familien

Break time

Break time

Tractor ride was entirely worthy of the hyserically happy tractooo babble

Tractor ride was entirely worthy of the hyserically happy tractooo babble

Totally swingin' time, Ma!

Totally swingin' time, Ma!

Ready for the bobsleigh. True to self, Mamma chickened the hell out.

Ready for the bobsleigh. True to self, Mamma chickened the hell out.

This sea house and quay are part of the cabin. It heavenly on a sunny day and you can jump right into the sea and swim. Look how nice I am, hiding everyone's pork:-)

This sea house and quay are a part of the cabin. Its heavenly on a sunny day and you can jump right into the sea and swim. Look how nice I am, hiding everyone's pork:-)

Since I was a sea-nymph in previous life, I swam and swam. It was 18 degrees celsius in the water. Told you I'm tough!

Since I was a sea-nymph in a previous life, I swam and swam. It was 18 degrees celsius in the water. Told you I'm tough!

Prepped for pier play. And ice lollies!

Prepped for pier play. And ice lollies!

Starfish, seaweed, sea water and mussels in a tub make for hours of fun. And mild animal abuse.

Starfish, seaweed, sea water and mussels in a tub make for hours of fun. And mild animal abuse.

Smushing faces

Smushing faces. Anti-jinxing every which way.

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24 responses to “.. And We’re Back

  1. ok, i haven’t read the post yet, but the pics..sooooooo nice!…the kids are adorable…the last pic, just awwwwww….sooooo cute…armaan’s pic on the swing and the ‘break time’ – oh dear, his smile is the sweetest thing ever!…awesome!..this is such a monday morning treat.

  2. Dottie

    adorable kids!!!!! I shall remember point#1, come this weekend.

  3. Oh, I wanna go too!

    18 degrees? You mermaid, you! First time I’m seeing your pic…and you don’t look like a MGM at all. Pretty sane! Or is that only on vacation?!

    Smushes to your two A’s, loved the pics. And that ice-lolly looks awesome:)

  4. Yay, you’re back!!

    Awesome pix! And awwww…some pix of the kids.

    18 degrees, wow!!! Enough to freeze the lady lumps off most of us.

  5. welcome back!
    and the first thing i notie is that the lil A almost has his curls back!! yay! cutie pie that one is.

    absolutely gorgesous moments!

  6. nat

    sweet! can safely say arvind has completely morphed into deepu. the transformation is complete. armaan and his gorgeous smile. uff. maar daala. tu bhi kya chikni lag rai hai rey!

  7. awww….looks so perfect. you make such a lovely family – all of you!

  8. Such shiny happy people pictures! Makes me happy in grey rainy Bombay. And makes me wanna look at the pictures instead of reading.

  9. Era

    Thanks for the mini vacation. I loved every photo of it!

  10. chuchu

    yo mermaid!!thankoo for the pics..all lovely ones echoing your words of the fun that was had.Loved the family pic lots..you look great.

  11. sole

    Luuverrrrly photos.. Must have been such an awesome time! The kids are sooooooo gorgeous and a lovely family pic too!

  12. maidinmalaysia

    has no one except me noticed that you are the xerox of actress nandita das?

  13. Medha

    Awwww such lovely pics! πŸ™‚

    Looks like you guys had so much fun!

  14. Gorgeous pics! Now I guess you need a vacation to recover from all the fun:)

  15. damn, now that you mention it MiM, …….

    MGM, are you Nandita Das leading a double life? πŸ˜‰

  16. @Ersa: Thanks. Thats very sweet of you. Glad to be able to make Monday more bearable.

    @Dottie: Thanks:-) Point #1 is the fight equivalent of a quickie. Exactly what you need, short and punchy:-)Best of luck with that!

    @Starry eyed: Hah!This be the unhassled vacation look. The “slept till 10:00” look. Normally , I’m snarling, growling and baring fangs. As for being as mermaid, yes, except for lady lumps, I’m there:-)Smushes will be passed on:-)

    @WJ: No no. It was a sweltering 32 degrees on the pier. (See how Norwegian I sound? 32 degrees sweltering and all! Ugh!) The water was just just right. lady lumps terribly achy though. muscles have gone into shock at unexpected use.

    @Richa: Thanks:-) but lets not talk about the curls. Tommorow they will be chopped off again in preparation for our India trip this sunday. I’m slipping into a deep, curl-less depression.

    @Nat: I know. He is so much like D!And Chikni? ROTFL!!! Aur mein? Arrey – its been too many years since anyone called me that! huge BFF hug to you, hon:-)

    @Magical Summer: It wasn’t too far from utterly awesome. As for the lovely family, the Viking asks whether you didn’t see him – in kala tikka, unshaved form? LOL. Gah! the man is overly secure!

    @June: Oh honey, the shiny is all Picasa airbrushing and cropping:-) Happy, we were – When we weren’t inclined to claw each others eyes out!

    @Era: I aim to please, Mrs. Sundar;-)

    @Chuchu, Sole and Medha: It was great fun. Thanging you kindly:-)

    @MiM: Stay away from Nandita Das. Something tells me she will have issues with this;-) (Ok, I have been told this before. But Ms. Das has err. bone structure. My bones are crushed under lard:-)

    @Dipali: Thanks. We are off to India on Sunday!YEAH! Honestly, will need two months off after THAT one. Indian holidays are endless running around.

    @Richa: Yes, MGM by day, ND by night! yes, that would work. She could then get the sleepless nights!

  17. India trip!!! is mumbai anywhere on the itinerary?

    • Mom Gone Mad

      Mwwah.. Bombay for a mere overnight stop:-( Arriving at midnight and leaving at 11:00. V. depressed about that.

  18. Gawjus pics! And walcum back! πŸ™‚

    I normally TOTALLY disapprove of gratuitous breeding a la octomom, but I wouldn’t mind at all if you had eight more of those! (Which, incidentally, just gave me a brilliant idea: To sell my eggs on ebay. Let me know if you’re in, we can market an assortment pack.)

    Have a good time in India and say hi to the new moral police for me!

    • Mom Gone Mad

      @Meluhhan: Get going, girl! An assortment pack is doable.

      And new moral police where? I hang out with the old temple-going moral police;-)

  19. Amma

    @Nat
    Yes, he is so much like Deep but his teeth and smile are very much like S’s when she was this age.

  20. Anj

    Sounds like you had the perfect vacation and those pics!!…..you could make lotsa money selling them to holiday operators for their brochures πŸ™‚ And you’re off to India on Sunday? Surely that much holiday and fun must be illegal. Have a lovely time!!

  21. lostonthestreet

    amazing pics.I was about to say,you first one is a looker-and then saw the lovely golden soft curls of the young one-and I am in love with him now :-)(totally anti -jinx it whatever way )

  22. Pri

    This is just beautiful and your family is lovely. Best pictures in this lot according to me – the one with the two kids that can’t get off of each other and the family picture. and seriously, is this family for real – you’re having way too much fun lady !!! (although my husbands family is not too dis-similar in quite different ways – aah.. the jos of paradox πŸ˜‰ )

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