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The BIG bash

21 December , 2014

So initially I had something completely different planned…but after extensive consultation with the birthday girl we established that Nicola wanted exactly what she had last year with a different themed cake. ;-)

Oh well, if it aint broke don’t fix it, right?

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So the theme she eventually settled on was balloons and hot air balloons.

The cake was painstakingly put together by my brilliant mom again. It looked and tasted fantastic as always.

Thanks mom!

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And we did a little bit of decorating too…

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David, the balloon and party game genius was luckily available again too, and kept everyone well entertained.

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Nicola with her winged unicorn as requested. :-)

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Waterslide!

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Food, food, and more food!

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And once again we had the greatest weather one could ask for imaginable – so the waterslide was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

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This had nothing to do with red bull. ;-)

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Girls vs boys tug of war. One all.

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:-)

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This had something to do with capturing tails.

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Yumm…

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Sack racing.

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I was surprised that my dad had the strength left to hold his own cup of coffee after flinging so many little ones down the slide!

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My aunt and uncle.

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Some guests had to check out for a bit between the first act and the second…what is this second act I hear you ask?

Well since the Saturday fell nicely between Nicola and mt brother Riaan’s birthdays we had another party that afternoon/night for my brother too.

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The kids redecorated for the second round…

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Some just watched a bit from the sides while dodging cameras.

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Riaan’s birthday cake. Cream cake with popping candy!

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Birthday boy.

I didn’t take a lot of photos of the second act…but you get the idea. ;-)

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A few more party photos by Denise…

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…and Riaan.

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Soap station.

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Ah look! I was there too. ;-)

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Different vantage point on the games. I quite like how it was framed by the plum tree from here.

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Nicola is knee deep in birthday gifts, and she’s already had loads of fun with the sand art. SO glad we did this one outside…but it sure makes for pretty pictures. :-)

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Thank you to everyone who helped make the party special, and especially my family without whom this just wouldn’t be possible.

Xxx

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Birthday Adventure – Sci Bono

21 December , 2014

Every year on her birthday, Nicola and I have a little adventure.

This year, I thought she might enjoy it more with a friend along, so we included her best bud from school, L.

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Birthday girl started the day out a bit on the camera shy side…

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But you know me. Relentless when I want a photo. ;-)

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You have no idea how long we battled to get both faces in one photo!

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I think most of the 2nd and 3rd floor was a bit above them…but they had a grand time running around like lunatics trying to figure it out anyway.

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The Murray & Roberts build spot was a big hit with the ladies…

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And so was the lego pit…

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And the three stray dinosaurs.

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And this thingamabob too…

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There were a few tears along the way too when they experienced artistic differences. One wanted to build a house, the other wanted to run through that house’s walls. ;-)

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This ride was a very big hit too!

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As soon as we hit the car, they couldn’t wait to ditch their shoes and relax.

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What better way could there be to end off a day of science than a nice refreshing swim?

A great birthday adventure was had by all…and the girls really kept each other busy…but I missed our alone time a bit. I’m not used to sharing her on her big day.

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Emperor’s Palace – Garden of Lights

21 December , 2014

We decided to go and see the Garden of Lights this year, for the first time. Wow! It really is A LOT of lights. It took us about an hour to make our way through all the displays.

The qeue to get in will do your head in though! We went early and had dinner at the palace and fell into line at about 18:45. If you’re planning on going, that’s more or less the time slot I’d recommend.

Here are a few photos of our visit. If you’re into lights, it’s well worth the visit!

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Nicola had a blast…but she was a bit bummed that we didn’t see the emperor.

Two gardens in one day is a lot of walking for little legs… ;-)

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This photo isn’t related, but still super cute. The little trees had their hats on too.

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A day of GREEN

21 December , 2014

Well…I am a few posts and a few million photos behind. This hasn’t happened in a while, hey? ;-)

I was feeling the stuff, but not feeling the posting. I’m still not reeeeeally feeling it but I’m going to give it a bash anyway.

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We have a shongololo in our garden. Fascinating! Nicola was trying to entice it out the hole by telling it she loves it.

Too cute!

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We had a picnic lined up at the botanical gardens with an ex-work friend and we couldn’t have picked a nicer day for it.

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Nicola is really into, or onto, art.

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:-)

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I was trying for a selfie with Nicola…but I kept getting faces pulled at the camera.

So we went with that…

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Aren’t these benches stunning?!

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Mosquitoe!

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I feel like these big bugs might be giving her a slightly skewed impression of how to approach certain critters? ;-)

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:-)

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Yay…no face pulling!

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More green!

THIS just recharges me. Exactly what I needed.

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Yeah, yeah…I know I’ve posted this one already.

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Gradei and I, on a train designed for little people.

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Pleased beyond recognition about the train ride. :-)

Ps! There will be “a few” more catch up posts throughout the day. Brace yourselves.

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Saturday Snapshots

13 December , 2014

This one’s for Marcia:

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Someone’s cup runneth over. I thought this was much prettier than the lady whose cup it was.

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This was the run up to the most spectacular storm this week. I am CUMULONIMBUS…hear me ROAR!

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The prettiest thing around when there’s load shedding.

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Little succulents at the botanical garden today.

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Okay…granted, this one gets a lot of people snapping, but I have many many versions of this photo and I still can’t help but take another one when I see it.

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End of a chapter, and beginning of a season

12 December , 2014

Today was Nicola’s last day of Nursery School. Wow…can you believe it?! No teary goodbyes from her, thankfully…I don’t think she fully understands how much life is about to change for us.

And at her age, I think that’s exactly the way it should be.

We got a letter from next year’s primary school. They don’t make you wait till you get there to know where you’ll end up. How nice is that, right. We already know which class will be hers and who will be her teacher. She is extremely excited about all the new friends that she will meet next year. And the class colour is one of her favourites, so she’s convinced that’s why they’ve allocated her to that class. ;-)

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We crossed pathes with this giant sucker on a recent party sweet sourcing trip.

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Glorious sunshine!

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Uhm…a new favourite quirk of Nicola’s. We must pose with all manequins. And I must take of photo of it for her.

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My beautiful daughter.

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Big squish from Teacher L. This sweet woman has been Nicola’s teacher for the better part of three years. I couldn’t have asked for a more nurturing teacher.

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Ouma and Oupa’s tree also finally up!

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Tree decorating is hard work!

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We did a quick Wimpy lunch today after her last day of school as a special treat.

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And we had our first night this season of Christmas light hunting. This particular house is still the most spectacular that we’ve seen around these parts and draws massive crowds.
Nicola was so excited she almost lifted off! :-)

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The end…is in sight

4 December , 2014

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I think everyone is feeling a bit like this?

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O_o

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o_O

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I like taking photos like this every now and then.

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My super awesome friend Louelle came to secret place as a guest speaker for me and the Queen. It was a very interactive session and everybody enjoyed it.

I am so proud of her!

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I got this photo of ArkbabyII on Saturday…isn’t he just adorable!

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A very confusing party we went to on Saturday. The invites were Jake and the Neverland pirates, but the party was Ninja Turtles.

Oh well, everyone had fun – and that’s all that matters.

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Ice cream cake!

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Enjoying Ouma’s tablet…intensely!

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Our tree is up. :-)

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On Tuesday K went to visit Nicola’s school to check out the baby class and she asked me if she could take Nicola out for a treat. Papachino’s!

Nicola thoroughly enjoyed her afternoon with Tannie K, and she was so tired after all the fun and games that she didn’t even make it home awake.

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Work is still carrying on at the insane pace of the last month. I’m changing tactics again to survive, I guess. I’m not getting to everything and everything is going pear shaped because I don’t get to them properly. So I’m slowing down and doing them the way I want to, and the stuff that gets left behind is just too bad.

You know, when you’re human, you can actually only do what’s humanly possible. *shrug*

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