Dubai Tube family has a picnic.

We’re having a 4 day long long loooooooooong weekend and We have been completely enjoying it. Its really very rare to get so many holidays one after the other. First Eid holidays and now the UAE National day weekend have really been stress relievers.

I dont think we are a very traditional or rather conventional family. I realized this truly when on Friday, I suggested that since the weather is so super fantastic, why dont we go to the beach and thats when It popped to me, that we havent had a beach visit or a park visit in like ……… forever. Maybe once when the boys were 4 or 5 ! Thats nearly 5 years back ! Why have we become such a tube family. Mom ~ tube, dad~ tube and kids~tube oriented.

Suddenly there was an urge .. a need to break the spell. Although We were getting a bit late, I decided that we just had to enjoy the cool waters. Some of these pictures speak volumes of the fun that we had this friday. It was such a bliss. Scores and scores of families were there. Some in the water, some playing with the kids, some without families,  were just roaming around aimlessly.  Probably remembering their families and hoping they were here to share the moment with them.

One thing I never understand about some particular arab states of the middle east is their need to always carry the foldable chairs and plonk themselves and their shishas to enjoy any scene. But the good thing about the locals and the GCC folks is that they would carry their beautiful carpets with them and gladly spread it over the sand and enjoy their macrona meals over it. Different people different likes.

When we were a young Indian family living the dream in Kuwait back in the 70s. We carried everything from tea flasks, to soap with us in our tiny japanese cars. I suppose thats where I get it from. I too have my Yukon  stacked up with spare blankets, sheets, pillows, jackets, water and what have you ~ at any given time.   So much has changed, we have achieved so much in terms of progress but quite a bit is lost too. Amongst one of those things is that we have lost interdependence. We are more nuclear now, we prefer to move around as a single family as opposed to how we “needed” to move around as a group of families, dining together as “middle class restaurants” ~ far far from the reach of today’s fast food restaurants,  we found joy in sharing the hot homemade tea’s in thermos’s rather than hoping over to any one of the Eppco/Enoc fuel stations to grab a costa with some fuel ! All cars ran religiously behind one another and if one had a pit stop for the kids to answer the call of nature., everyone would wait coz there were no mobiles to communicate, remember !  And there were no bathrooms either 🙂

 For the older folks, it must be quite a change and they must never end with lines like,” back in our days . . . . . .  .”

 I am fine with whatever, I dont miss much, I am happy as long as “WE” are happy and having fun. To be very honest, I think life is so much more convenient now compared to then when mom used to spend half the night preparing for the picnic and a large part of the early morning packing everything.  It must’ave been so stressful but the women folk would do it ~ they’d do it for the family. If anyone has seen the movie “NAMESAKE” He understands what I mean and if you have not seen this movie, then grab a copy of the dvd at the earliest.

I broke the spell and absolutely enjoyed running, collecting shells, making a complete utter mess in the mud fight, making sand angels and just generally swimming around freely in the beautiful beach. 

By the time, the boys were ready to leave, it was nearly dusk and what a spectacular view we got, on one end, stood the gorgeous Burj Al Arab, and behind us was the magnificient Burj Khalifa. The shots, I got, are nothing short of amazing.

Funny Quotes on : Moms, dads & those kids of their’s

Mothers of teens know why some animals eat their young.

Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.

Children: You spend the first 2 years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next 16 years telling them to sit down and shut-up.

Insanity is hereditary. You get it from your kids.

I love to give homemade gifts. Which one of my kids do you want?

Children are natural mimics who act like their parents, despite every effort to teach them good manners.

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the drive before it has stopped snowing.

“There is only one pretty child in the world… and every  mother has it.” –  Chinese Proverb.

Children will soon forget your presents. They will always remember your presence.

The main purpose of holding children’s parties is to remind yourself that there are children more awful than your own.

Grandchildren are God’s reward for not killing your kids.

“Who are these kids and why are they calling me Mom?”

You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time, but you can never fool mom.

A child’s greatest period of growth is the month after you’ve purchased new school clothes.

Anyone who says “Easy as taking candy from a baby” has never tried it.

The best inheritance parents can give their children is a few minutes of their time each day.

Healthy and wholesome family day out.

I think, in a long time, I can frankly say that this last week was one of the best spend in a very long long time.  I made sure, the boys gotta go out and have fun. Probably coz I am terribly busy with cards or domestic chores or most of the times – I’m plain = LAZY, that I would generally let the boys go over to the park behind and have some fun, but these spring holidays they have been feeling very fullfilled – thankfully.

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the champ

Yesterday, we went over to the Bowling Center.  I joined in the game and we had a blast. It was the third time that they had played the game and I must say I was so pleased to see them jumping in exceitment if they managed a fluke shot of all pins down !  Sawaab scored highest followed by Bilal and little Eman lagged behind. I think he felt a little discouraged, in any case, with his frail structure I could’nt have imagined how he could even lift the 6 pound ball, let as side swinging it !!  But he tried his best and promised to finish his meals now on, so that he gains energy !! Mom and her stories !!!   

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In all honesty I think I was the one who enjoyed the most, infact we are planning on having a family bowling day !!

Sam could’nt join us in the fun but made up by taking us to the Marina area to The walk (the JBR one) They host an open handicraft market on thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The weather was lovely, the evening sea breeze was so soothing. We were in for a surprise, there was a mini exhibition of old and new fancy cars and bikes in the parking. Some vintage and some with fancy gadgets and accessories.  Some weird shapes, while some shone with opulence.  

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fancy

Ofcourse the boys went all goo and gaa over it !

The market was very well organized and lots of lovely unusual items out , although we did not fancy anything enough to buy it but the experience was really nice.  

Dinner was at KFC ofcourse, our family bucket of health and goodness !! 

Every one is out enjoying the last couple of days or weeks of the beautiful weather, a drizzle here, a shower there. The dark clouds keeping sun all wrapped up. Dubai – just as it should be. 

chevvy baby

chevvy baby

We took a small walk on the shore and the boys went collecting shells and pebbles. It was so nice to watch the boys running around in the dark, pretending to be sailors sometimes, and sometimes pirates searching for treasures (shells). Major influence of Jack sparrow. Oh the boys really love this guy ! Johonny Depp – you rock ! 

We really dont have many of these kind of evenings in our life and I think, we should make time for making such lovely memories come alive.  We’re almost always absorbed in some issue, work, home, office, responsibilities, rides-5studies, hospital, bills  …………. Life has become complex. Too many webs and everybody has so much to do and so many places to reach. Every body is in a hurry .. even as you try to look relaxed watching a sunset (when was the last time, you took time out to watch a sunset ? ) there are a dozen issues rolling in that mind, so many practical issues about practise dates, next meetings, what the doctor has to say,  is the plane goina be on time, what hassels are in store ……………… we just forget that the time at hand is the most important thing in our lives, we forget to live that moment. We forget to thank the Almighty for “that” peaceful rides-7moment and for those who love us so dearly around us .  I thank the Almighty for giving me my boys and I’m glad I got to spend such a lovely day with them.  Often, I wonder why Bilal looks at my face and is able to easily say if I’m annoyed about something or not. It makes me feel quilty thinking how stressed and awful, I must seem to this little guy, who has a mom almost always frustrated and preoccupied.  This spring break was more for me to connect with the boys “with a smile” not a frown.

Any for all those curious moms who are wondering what happened to the studies : No I have still not once asked ridesthem about where their school bags are !!!! Wow, something huh ????

We need more of such family days in our lives.  These experiences are healthy and wholesome goodness.

 

 

 

 

 

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