I made a mental note of my summer wish list recently (Well, given that there are some 100ish posts that I wanted to write about, but never did, mental note will have to do for now) and the main goal is to make most of the sunny evenings and weekends. And hopefully write about those eventful weekends.
So here is how the last weekend went. Saturday was still part of our sick week. As expected, it took a full week. Sunday to Sunday. It was super hot that day, but I wanted to let the kids rest and make up for the low energy levels (only in my mind, of course) and sleep deprived kids (and adults). So we stayed home most of Saturday and headed out for a Costco trip after kids woke up from their nap. I bought a little cute dress for Achu and I cant wait to see her in it. While heading back, I was a little guilty of making kids spend the sunny day, grocery shopping, so we decided to take a detour and take the kids to the town center. There is an open escalator that is some what of a thrill ride for the kids, plus a musical play area, which is fun for kids.
Or so I thought. But kids had other plans. While we were getting to the escalator, what do we see? A Splash place. I have no idea why kids didn’t splash here before. But, once they walked near this, there was no backing off. Kids were just getting off of the cold and cough, but neither of us stopped them. We just couldn’t because they were so excited to jump right in and get all wet. Abhi, especially. And we didn’t even have backup clothes for them. Just in about five minutes, Abhi was all wet, laughing out loud each time he splashed his face with water. Achu was warming up, getting wet here and there, still happy and having fun.
One of my summer wish list items is to dress up Abhi and Achu in shorts as much as I can. I just love to see them in shorts. They look the cutest, Don’t they? 🙂 Okay. I know. It’s the mom talking. 🙂
Achu usually does take a little time to warm up to any place and I don’t believe in forcing her (Once in a while I do, when I know she is all right, but only a little hesitant). I think it is always better when she decides on her own that she is comfortable with the place she is at and she decides what she wants to do. Abhi was all wet that evening, like the rest of the kids. But Achu only a little. I wished she could get all wet like Abhi and have more fun, but if I really forced her into it, it wouldn’t be fun for her, right? I let her choose her definition of fun, and as long as she is happy, we should be too.
Anyway, after a while, we forced kids to get out of the place. We really had to drag Abhi out in fear of him getting sick again. 🙂
Later, plans were made for the next day to go to the Zoo. It was only post lunch on Sunday when we finally headed out. That was after a lazy backyard breakfast, cleanup, backyard playtime, forced lunch etc. And what I didn’t anticipate that day was how hot it was. The zoo we drove to ended up being a smaller one than the last one we had been to and I was actually very thankful for it. The weird thing about this zoo was that it was equally expensive like the big one and then there were more number of bronze animals than real animals. What kind of zoo has that? Abhi observed that all the animals (bronze ones) were hot and we had the opportunity to teach them why. Also, lucky us, we got to see the cougars and tigers. And a beautiful beautiful white tiger. My! Was it majestic? Although I don’t want to be anywhere close to it. It was so hot that afternoon, most of the animals didn’t seem to be in the mood to stroll. Except for a pair of macaws, screaming like crazy (which according to Murali’s diagnosis is also due to the hot weather). There were lemur, many beautiful birds, Lama, and so many bronze animals (that is what I remember most). There was also a bronze dinosaur with a weird structure and tail named T-Rex, and now I am doubting the authenticity of the zoo.
So, alright. Zoo wasn’t as much fun as we had hoped. But what came next, certainly was. Ice cream. Murali gave in to the hot weather and bought us ice-creams even before I asked (in fact, he apparently was in mood even before we took a tour of the zoo). Two rainbow and two vanilla ice-creams were bought and we watched the kids make a majestic mess. That rainbow ice-cream was everywhere, given how hot the weather was and how slowly kids were eating. Ice creams, were of course, exchanged and changed hands couple of times. Achu was so sure she wanted to keep her rainbow ice cream. Abhi wanted to eat everything. Even the same one the other person had. My cone ice cream broke at the bottom and it was a big deal to him. Achu, in turn, spent more time cleaning up the dripping ice cream (from her dress, her hands, her chair) than actually eat the ice cream. Murali and I quickly finished what we were assigned last and literally waited for the kids to say ‘we are done’, so that we can finish those off too. Only the little champs didn’t. They made their best effort to finish it. Half of it melted, the place was a mess and memory was beautiful. 🙂
Did I mention the little red kids? Since I didn’t anticipate it was going to be that hot (C’mon, we live near Seattle), I didn’t carry any sunscreen. And just few minutes into the zoo, Abhi and Achu turned all red. It took a while for the whole thing to cool down. And I am sure what happened next, helped them cool down too.
Since we were getting off early from the zoo (we had seen enough bronze animals), we took the kids back to the Splash place. This time I had backup dresses everything (or so I thought) so we daringly let kids get fully drenched. Some kid picked up a cup and carried the water from the splash to dump it somewhere else. And monkey see, monkey do, right? Now every kid had a cup and were dumping water everywhere around. Abhi stole a cup from some where and Achu got a nice clean cup (we actually had to buy). While Abhi got super wet, Achu picked up cups of water and watered the plants around. Kids have so much fun. 🙂
After spending some decent time (in our universe. Not kids’), we wanted to head home for dinner. Again, I had to drag a crying Abhi out of the place. He just loved it so much (I am wondering what would happen if I let him play as long as he wants to). I cleaned up kids in the trunk and changed them into their dry clothes, only to find that I didn’t pack a top for Achu. And that is how our Achu travelled top less in the car for the first time, covered in her blanket 🙂
Oh. It was such a fun and eventful weekend for all of us. Rainbow ice creams and first splish splash runs will be a beautiful memory forever 🙂