Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Weekend trip

The weather was becoming horrid.... and I was at my wits end.... I hadn't had a total holiday for a while now.. almost a year....when the Husband and I went to this heritage hotel for a night and two days.... that was when I was preggy with Joy in my tummy...I htink it was around this time of the year as well...
Now, people look at me in amazement when I crib about not having a holiday.... coz everyone knows about my frequent trips to Kolkata... the Husbands family home.....
Yes... I have visited very often after Joy's birth... but those have been either a necessity as in some form of celebration or festivity....or to let Joy spend some time with his grandparents and great grand parents..... They have been very very pleasant..... but not really holidays... at least not for me.... I felt as thoughI was doing much more than how much I did at my own home..

Hence.. I used to crib.... and finaly... we did go for a break... albiet.. only for a long weekend... The good Friday-Easter weekend.. just gone by....

The Husband had wanted to surprise me by taking us for our Anniversary...but poor thing when he called to book.. he found them all booked up... but anyways... he managed to get us a lovely double suite for this weekend.. and yes ..WE WENT...!!!!






Joy and his Baba at a roadside Dhaba


We went to this small little principality.. called SURAJGARH.... its a lovely quaint little fortress.. as the management would have us beleive... but well its more like a Haveli...
nonetheless let me tell you more about our trip...



Surajgarh Fort



We left Delhi in our sweet Alto....with Joy in a borrowed Infant seat from another blogging friend and college mate.....he didnt really take to the infant seat very well...one because ..he has never sat in it before...two because.. it faces the rear window and not his parents..and three he is just a very naughty kid... however... we have to thank our friends for letting us borrow it.... it atleast gave us a break now and then..

The drive according to the brochure.. should have taken 3.5 hours.. but well we needed almost 5.5 hours..( yes...we did get lost but only for ten mins or so..). To give credit to the Haryana roadways and government... the roads from Gurgaon till Narnaul..were very good..... after Narnaul.. we moved into Rajasthan....and the road became miserable.....
So,.... we reached around lunch time.... and sat down after freshenning up ..and hogged.... Daal baati, churma....lal maans..... kheer
After that heavenly meal.. all the husband and I wanted to do was to curl into the very very inviting bed and sleep....but..... well it wasn't just the two of us anymore ..was it..???? NO siree.....
We had "our bundle of joy"...who refused to sleep himself and didn't let us sleep either... in the end.. we were sitting on two sides of the HUGE..read gigantic bed....trying to save him from falling off... Why???? Of all the places... he learnt to crawl HERE!!!!!!


Joy starts to crawl


Anyways... finally we made him get into his new lil trunks and tried to make him wear his floats ...ahem..!!! which were just too big.. they came till his fingers... much to the husbands relief.. who was looking very unhappy at being given the task 0f blowing air into them....so got saved...

Joy in the pool for the first time


Anyways.. our son loved the water.... he almost dived into the pool... we literally had to hold on to him for dear life.... he splashed around and was constantly moving his pudgy lil legs .....and kept giving the other older kids in the water these devilish grins....the lil girls were totally floored.. and all swam over to cooo over him.... I tell you .. kids nowadays... are born flirts...
Anyways after a while in the pool ,we yanked Joy out and he had his first shower with daddy and mommy.....actually he had his first every shower.. all this time it was a bath in a bathing chair and then funtime in his lil tub.... so he freaked out in the shower... almost started singing....


Sure enough after all this activity ..he fell asleep over his dinner and we were only too relieved... to lay him down on the bed and catch a breather ourselves...


Fast asleep......thank god!!!!

While we sat together and saw some TV and then wandered outside into the baithak area where there were nice straw tables and chairs laid out for a late evening tea.... we found ourselves discussing... the feasibility of brining along a maid with us the next time we venture out to such places... Now Joy is only 7 months old..and we were going mad... we could not visualise our state when he would be running around... and climbing into things and out of them.....That would be no holiday at all...



Joy and the armour suit


Now when I write this post I am suddenly reminded of my friend's post on their Mall experience with their two kids... one a few weeks old and one almost 2.... and how her husband had said .. very diplomatically that too... "It was a highly avoidable experience".....and how much I laughed 'coz I could visualise and even hear the two of them say that.... my friend was much more colourful in her description of the experience...though ..Ahem...!!
So by Day 1.5 of our holiday... The Husband and I were at a concensus.... NEXT.. time... either we leave JOY with either one of his ever loving Grandparents ..or we take the maid...!!!! Good....at least that is settled..



The Husband enjoying the fresh air ... Joy enjoying his Baba's jeans....

Anyways the next day... we lazed around... as in we tried to laze around... JOy was up at 6 am... so I took him outside to the Jharokhas.. where there were some other early risers.. who held out their arms to Joy and HE went... they were sweet ..and told me to go and rest they would take him around for a while... This was a sweet enthu cutlet auntie and her even more enthu family.... you know.. the types .one avoids on holidays.... but .. for once.. I was happy they were there... Joy went with them to the lawn... watched the family play cricket at 6 am... while I sat and had my morning cup of tea...and watched frmo the floor above and The husband... got to sleep for a while longer...about ..15 mins... it seems .. he just couldn't sleep after that... I think a routine has set in for us... we just can't sleep past 6.30 am even on a holiday... poor us..!!!


Joy watching the game at 6 am..

It seems Joy behaved like an angel with the Enthu cutlet family... the minute the husband went to get Joy back.. he growled at him and looked very upset....( Must also tell you ..that the Enthu cutlet family also asked the husband to join them in their game... LOL... can you imagine the Husbands expression.. he made some silly excuse..about feed time.. and ran for his life...)

Anyways.. we then rested ... ate the most gigantic breakfast of four egg omlettes... which were divine... and aloo paranthas... these were the options with fruit and cereal... we jumped the latter and hogged on amazing quantities of the former two.... couldn't even talk after the meal.... thank fully Joy also was a bit sleepy..so we all napped...
Woke up and took Joy for a pre lunch stroll... he didnt like it much cos... the sun was too strong.. and kept getting into his eyes.. and we refused to carry him ..so he was stuck in hs stroller...


Grumpy Joy

Then it was lunch time ...so we ate again..... then napped again....
then at around 5 pm... took Joy down to the Pool ... here again he enjoyed himself... and so did we...
After the swim we went down to join an activity organised by the hotel.. a camel cart ride.. through the little town... It was fun... JOY was quite taken in by this huge creature.. who kept making weird noises and peeing.....and crapping... and at the same time... took us for a very bone shaking ride through the town..


The Chaudhuris on a camel cart

We relaxed in the evening and watched a cultural show put up by the hotel.. there were fire eaters and blowers, dancers with multiple pots on their heads....lots of stuff....


Cultural Programme

The high point of the evening was our Enthu Cutlet Aunty...who appeared again and took over the show..she had decided that all the guests who were there needed to interact.. and that we must play some games together and even had some silly prizes... there were to be childrens games as well as games for the women and the men and again as couples...
The Husband... heard the plan and took refuge in the room...and tried to watch the match...and I was stuck with Joy outside...
Anyways... Joy fell asleep after a while and we ate a good wholesome dinner... the hotel had also put up a pasta station and some baked veggies to give everyone a change and the food was really good.
The next day....as usual we were up at 6 am.... fed Joy....put him to sleep for a short nap...ate a good brekker and were ready to leave...
The drive back was uneventful.... a quick stop for a cola...and then a diaper change pit stop...and we were already entering Gurgaon... We checked our watches and found we were back by 1 pm.. there was no lunch organised for us at home.. and it was amazing how both the husband and I looked at each other and said .. Al Kauser.. at the same time...we stopped picked up a few rolls.. and went straight home..

Joy was thrilled to see the maid and ate his lunch quietly and then started doing his "dushtumi"...we tried to put him to sleep.. but he just refused.... So then I called in reinforcements... the ever willing Mama and D'shona.. who it seems had missed Joy to bits..
My sweet brother picked up Joy and the maid and took them over ..while I slept and the husband relaxed...

Joy snacking on his moms cheeks

The holiday was a good break... we had a good time..despite the initial hiccups.... and now am raring to go on another one..
The one thing we missed on this vacation.. was more like minded company... it would have been lovely to relax in the evening over a drink with friends.. all worries over... kids put sleep... peace and good adda...
So thats my next project... to mobilize our group of friends and plan another trip like this one... somewhere not to far.... reasonable.. and a relaxing holiday.....

6 comments:

The Mad Momma said...

had you told him the car seat belonged to his wife to be he might have taken to it better!

the pics are awesome... mail us the rest.

Anonymous said...

Aw...he is such a cutie!
Looks like you had a good trip...
Here's to more fun filled vacations!

SS

Who ees thees Anamika? said...

what fun...he sure is a fun, sporting baby! u must go out more often and give yourselves a break from delhi :)

Sraikh said...

Love the haveli.
Its been a while since I had a vacation but I am leaving the kids and dh at home

PS:Came over from MM's blog

Trishna Chaudhuri said...

thanks MM, SS , Anamika and sraikh.... wanted to tell you that we are going for another vacation the dates have been blocked.. and thankfully we are going with two other couples and their respective babies... so it should be fun... will write and give you all an update as soon as I can.... this place is also close by... so incase you guys want to go.. you must

Diligent Candy said...

Thanks for this post...nice to know about happening places - we add more things to our agenda, the haveli sounds lovely.