22 April 2006

It ain't half hot, Mum

J’s boys have been with us for the past 10 days over spring vacation, and we’ve (well, mostly J) been run ragged taking them to places in an effort to keep them amused – Khasab for the dhow ride; MOE for the snow; Ibn Battuta for pizza and the movies; Wild Wadi for the fake tattoos. In between, they’ve been swimming in the apartment pool, and yesterday morning we took them fishing under the marina bridge. The first time fishing for them, and it was a success – one little fish caught and then let go!

They’ve gone home now, and the apartment is silent without the kids' noises. No PC/Gameboy sounds generated by the older one, and no Madagascar on DVD for the younger for the hundredth time, and no "Mutti, Mutti, Mutti" (German for mum) every 5 seconds!

This is one of my favourite images of the two of them and was taken in the height of summer last year.

On the way to the Arabian Wildlife Center in Sharjah, we went offroad to show them the desert. More like 50m off the tarseal really!

Excitedly they exited the car to run up the small sand dune, only to come to a screaming stop as they realised that the sand trickling into their sandals was a gazillion degrees and their feet were burning. Punctuated with cries of pain, the race back was done in half the time, as J and I chuckled sadistically in the cool confines of the Honda!

See you next time, boys. Wir lieben euch!

No children, animals or parents were harmed during the making of this vacation, but the sanity of the adults was severely tested.


Seabee said...

Ah, so that's why you've been pretty quiet on here.
Did they enjoy sitting on the balcony watching the horn-blasting morons sitting in the valet parking queue? That's a relaxing, inexpensive evening out.

nzm said...

Yes - as Keefie puts it: TBTB - to busy to blog!

The kids preferred to vege out in front of the TV while we escaped to the balcony to get away from the Madagascar soundtrack.

If anyone says, "Gloria, Marty, Melman," or sings New York New York to me, and I scream in response, you'll know why!

sky said...

"I like to move it move it...I like to move it move it...You like to...move it!"


Gorgeous picture, as always!

nzm said...


*runs away from the computer, fingers in her ears and humming to get that song out of her head!

Thanks, Sky, you old pal! :-)

moryarti said...

Well, look at the bright side.. at least when they come over next time, it will be ICE AGE 2 .. which ain't that bad :)

nzm said...

They've seen it twice at the movies already - once in German and once with us at Ibn Battuta in English.

It wouldn't be so bad if they watched the DVD in English but it has to be the German dub, and the voices that they use for the characters are nothing like the originals!

Jin said...

Aaaaarrrggghhhh you're giving me nightmares for the future!! What if Chikkin comes to Ouma & Grandad (when she's 5 or 6) in Abu Dhabi & we have to watch/listen to the hit DVD of the time over & over again??? HELP!!! Please send your address, just in case we need emergency relief! LOL
Nice pic btw.

nzm said...

Haha - don't worry Jin, IT WILL HAPPEN! Be prepared - buy her a personal DVD player with a good headphone socket so that she can watch in private without bugging the rest of the household!

With the younger one, it was first Snow White, then Ice Age 1, and now Madagascar.

Somehow, "Victory" never made it to the list with its baddie Nazi falcons picking on the defenceless British homing pigeons! lol.

We introduced them to Wallace & Gromit on their last day here - German kids are sheltered! The younger was devastated to find that upon his return to Berlin, the W&G dvd was NOT in his suitcase! Even if they can't understand the words, the images were enough to enthrall them!

Next time, if "W&G and the Curse of the Wererabbit" is out on DVD, we know what to get them!

moviemania said...

I think the Wallace and Gromit movie is out on DVD.. far less painful than Madagascar I believe! Hehe

Shaykhspeara Sha'ira said...

Hmm Madagascar in German... could be interesting. Spass!

"No children, animals or parents were harmed during the making of this vacation, but the sanity of the adults was severely tested."

Lol! Good to know.