So, one of the last Saturdays, as usual Abhi and Achu drove us enough crazy about staying indoors all day. They love outdoors now (of course, who doesn’t?). Its getting very difficult to keep them entertained at home. They are doing fine now, but I see its getting tough. And winter months are coming soon and Abhi, Achu’s intentions of staying home are getting weaker by day. Sigh. We will see when we get there. Anyway, that evening, we stepped out of the house to take them to the library and then the park. Library happens to be one of favorite places for Abhi and Achu. They do sit with us once in a while and read books, but their main intentions are to takes out as many books as possible, put them on the table, and ask me very politely, “Amma, can you read this book for Achu/Abhi” and before I can say yes, run away. Other thing is to run around, spot the red bus, cop car and other non-book things around. You can see why they like going to the library now. I have been successful so far in keeping them confined to the children’s section in the library. But I cant say the same for the next few visits, I am guessing. Once, Achu ran so fast (excited to open the doors herself by pressing the button) that before I could get her, she was already out the door. I just couldn’t believe that my little girl can run that fast. (Scares me, you know).
Anyway, after they did what they always do in the library, we walked them out to go see the ducks on the trail. This trial is next to the old place we lived. We miss the surroundings so much. This was our go to place for a walk outside. There is a small water place in here, Abhi and Achu love splashing water. Each time I come here, I wish I had a new set of clothes for kids , because they get almost wet. Again, we dragged them out to go see the ducks because we don’t want them to get anymore wet.
Finally when we reached the ducks. This time, we walked down all the way up to the water. Little ducks come expecting food from visitors, but they were disappointed this time. While Abhi tried to throw stones in the water, Achu pointed me to every duck around and told me, ‘Amma, duck amma.’ She just wants to be thorough, you know. 🙂 Abhi and Achu played longer than normal here. Abhi and I even stepped into the cold water. Abhi just proves that he is a water baby every time. Water was really cold, but that didn’t stop him. He took my hand and stood in the cold water and didn’t complain a bit. Achu, of course, didn’t want to get dirty or wet. But she was tempted. She tried a bit, but walked away.
Wait, what was the title of the post? Movie Night. Right. Getting there. So when we were walking around, we noticed people were assembling with chairs and food in the open space. As we spent our time running around, watching ducks etc, we saw more number of people join in. Turns out it was the summer outdoor movie night. Last one, that too. I always wanted to watch one, but it never happened. Especially with kids. This time also, it was just a wish. I didn’t think we could stay. It was getting cold and Abhi, Achu were not appropriately dressed, and add to that, they were also wet.
But, but, guess what. How many time does this happen that when you need some clothes, you find them right there in the trunk of your car? Really? It happened to us. We had Abhi and Achu’s baby clothes and some old stuff bagged in the car trunk to be donated somewhere. Just that, we didn’t get to the donation part yet, so, tada, extra clothes and jackets for Abhi and Achu. Even jackets for us. Two comforters. What else could you ask for? Hmm. Food. Right. Food. After we sifted through the bag to find all of above and I changed kids into dry clothes, Murali ordered pizza 🙂 .
While we waited for pizza to get ready, I started preparing Abhi and Achu to not scream or run away. I told them we will also eat pizza. They already had their dinner, so instead of milk, they would get to eat pizza. Seriously, who doesn’t love that. 🙂 After I told them enough times, Achu somehow sensed something different was happening and she kept repeating back to me, “We will eat pizza. We shouldn’t shout. okay? No running. Okay?”. So cute my little baby 🙂 . We picked up pizza and reached the movie place, it was full, but we found some decent place. We covered Abhi and Achu with their baby jackets (which, they can still fit into. Sigh.) and extra comforters. Luckily, Abhi and Achu obliged and didn’t cause any problem. We all ate pizza. I have to say having food made the event even better. Abhi and Achu ate pizza first time. Abhi was all smiles eating pizza. He told everyone next week that he ate pizza. 🙂
Finally, movie began. It was Frozen. Even better. Abhi and Achu were staring at the screen and looking around. Achu was lying down in my lap and watching while Abhi was super cozy sitting in Murali’s lap. He was really all smiles. They were happy and having fun. Murali was saying, ‘Is this a moment or what?’ and it surely was a memorable moment. Our first outdoors movie experience. We watched movie for about an hour and we had to head back because it was getting cold. Achu said she didn’t want to go but Abhi wanted to go home. Even though it was late, they didn’t sleep until we got in the car. We got home, put them in their cribs and they slept happily.
Through out this time, I was thinking something was going to go wrong. But it didn’t. (Well, may be a bit. Cold and fever. But that’s okay.) Our first outdoors movie night, that too an unplanned one went really good. More loved it because things fell into right place like this. 🙂