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A couple of firsts

4 May , 2015

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I finally got to hold the little man…awe…isn’t he cute?

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See!

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And Nicola lost her first tooth!

The permanent tooth underneath was definitely ready to show up. The very next morning the little white points could already be seen poking through the gums.

Nicola accidentally pulled her tooth opening up a water bottle. There was a bit more blood than she was anticipating I gather, because the tears were huge. After she calmed down a bit and we rinsed her mouth with some cold water, she perked right up and proudly displayed the scene of the crime to anyone who wanted to see.

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Shame, it does look a bit sore, doesn’t it?

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The little culprit I’ve been keeping a cash float for, for aaaaages!

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I printed out some stationery with the toothe fairy in the one corner and the tooth mouse in the other (cover all your bases) and my parents kindly left it out with the money I sent (Nicola arranged a sleep over for herself at Ouma and Oupa’s house just before this happened).

You cannot believe the levels of excitement! My mom said she hardly slept at all, waiting up for the tooth collectors.

This picture above is what she decided to buy with her tooth money. A fishy for the tank. Apparently his name is Sunshine…coming from a little mouth with a missing tooth it’s more like Shunshine though – so cute!

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I’d like to say this photo was taken just before Nicola bothered to pick up her own Lego for the first time, but sadly i am still waiting for that particular first to happen. ;-)

I do like the photo though…and the lego is safely back in toy jail after i had to pick it up for the third time that day.

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Our first weekend away together – Louis Trichardt / Sand River

28 April , 2015

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Haha, I am dying to blog about this, but I’ll have to stick to whatever won’t get me into trouble. ;-) I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking…as usual.

No idea what these flowers are, but they grow everywhere and they are simply stunning!

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We traveled all the way to Louis Trichardt for this past long weekend. What a great opportunity!

We stayed on a family farm that belongs to a friend of a friend. The place had everything you might be looking for when staying on a farm…lost of peaceful quiet (well as much as you can have when you take three children with you), wide open spaces, and great company round good food and cheerful fires to cook it on.

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The farm has this beautiful lapa with a great view. Everybody enjoyed spending time looking out over the bushveld from there…

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The view from the top…

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I’m not really a fan of animal trophies, but there were only two so it was easy enough to dodge and the kids found them fascinating.

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Do you see that blanket of yellow?

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All made up of these!

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On Saturday we got to see them dart and capture a whole bunch of Impalas. If you look closely you can see a nose sticking out there…

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At the farm house there is a beautiful huge frangipani that we spent a lot of time under. Who knew they made such beautiful shade?

Bliss…

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Sonsie (and Lukas in belly), Tiaan and a very cranky sausage dog called Chocci. :-)

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Clever use of gloves…

 

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Mmm….ribs!

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Going on a bit of a game drive. We saw quite a few animals…but the thing we saw most of was giant spiders! I am extremely grateful that I never saw even one at the farm house!

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Steve and I…

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When Tiaan told me we were going to the Sand River, I kind of imagined a normal looking river with a bit more than average sand.

Nope…this is it. A river, well and truly made up of sand! With sea shells in it?! Nicola picked up a shell that she kept with her ALL weekend…she wanted to take it home with us, but it fell and shattered literally as we were getting into the car to go home. Big tears as you can imagine!

My dad grew up in this area. He says when the river comes down it can instantly get up to about 8m deep! I wish my dad could have seen it with us – I think he would have gotten a big kick out of it, I’m sure.

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Tiaan and Nicola, chilling on the rocks.

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This might be the most well documented weekend away ever! I think Tiaan had about 3 cameras going full time.

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Love this photo…

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Sunset over the Sand River…

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Back to the farm house…let there be FIRE!

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We ate like kings of course!

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Tiaan has this extremely portable gas braai…I don’t even like gas things in general and I would strongly consider getting one of these!

Breakfast in the wild, as Nicola would say…

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Bacon, flapjacks and mmmmimosas! What’s not to love?

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I spent quite a bit of time chilling under that frangipani tree in the afternoon, while those that can actually play guitar did their thing on the deck.

Seriously…it was just the perfect afternoon.

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Nicola, coming to check on me under the tree…we’re expecting a visit from the tooth fairy any day now. ;-)

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Tiaan, Chocci and Sonsie…

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Frangipani bark…

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Lots of art happening. Claudette did beautiful sketches of everyone. She was a huge hit with the kids!

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Don’t tell me where to grow!

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 Shame, poor Steve got ripped off a bit for bringing charcoal – but it came in handy in the end. ;-)

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 A very flat wheel…

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Plaashek…you see a lot of these out here.

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 A feast of mussles, oysters, cheeses and figs…with sundowners of course…again in the Sand River. It was amazing!

We made a smallish fire for the girls to roast marshmallows on and everybody had a grand time watching the sun go down.

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 The beginning of a very pretty sunset…

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 One more Sand River shot.

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 On our way home. The sky is turning shades of gold and pink. Sky’s-on-fire sunsets are just the best!

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 Love this photo!

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 More fire and fun…

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 Of course the little ones decided that just after 4 was a really good time to be awake on a public holiday Monday. I tried keeping them quiet for an hour or so…not very successful.

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 Our GPS took us back on an adventurous route…we got to see tunnels which were a big hit with the kids!

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 Isn’t this just gorgeous?!

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 A sign along the way…

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 I ask if we could stop in Polokwane at the house where my gran used to live for a few photos.

Wow, I did not recognise it at all. The house accross the road actually looks like a very run down version of what I remember. My gran used to have the most stunning garden, veggie patch and fruit orchard. She’d be horrified at what’s happened to the place.

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 They subdivided the property. This bit is new.

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 This looks like it’s still part of the original house. I didn’t want to get close, not sure if there are any angry dogs there or not. But if you peep through the number 10 cut out it looks like a weed infested junker. So sad really…

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Traffic back was terrible! This was every single toll gate from Louis Trichardt to Johannesburg. We were chasing a lunch time target, so no stops along the way. I felt like kissing the ground when we finally got out on the other end.

I am so grateful Steve did all the driving for this trip. He got us there and back safely and my folks were kind enough to lend us their 4×4 and trailer for the trip.

You may or may not know this about me, but I don’t drive automatics…at all. I’m a stick shift kind of girl (don’t laugh…okay laugh if you have to). Anyhoo, I drove the 4×4 to work on Friday, before we all realised that none of us travel lightly and we need a trailer. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and on the up side I didn’t crash it hahaha…

Thank you to everybody who made this past weekend possible:

  • Biebab and Claudidette for the stunning farm to stay on
  • Tiaan and Sonsie for organising the weekend, and the beatiful guitar music
  • Steve, for being all sorts of awesome, for doing all the shopping and driving
  • My folks for the car and the trailer
  • And the kids for mostly being on their best behaviour
  • And for two of them’s mom for letting them come with us
  • And for Albert who washed all the dishes and cleaning up while we were there

How was your long weekend? What did you get up to?

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Welcome to the world Reghardt

19 April , 2015

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On the 15th of April this lil dude joined our family…all 3.5kg and 52cms of cuteness.

Welcome to the family little man.

Nicola was beyond thrilled to discover that he did indeed have a bit of hair! ;-)

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Seen arounds

19 April , 2015

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Sooo fluffy!

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Polka…

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Some rain…there’s been a lot of that. Seriously. It’s kind of f-ing with my laundry and cinderella-ing.

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This one’s for you Steamcleaner.

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Rocks and dates…

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Polka is mighty pleased that she can drag the giant ball around. You can tell she feels pretty invinsible.

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Posted this on fb a few days ago. I just love this picture Nicola drew.

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We are now fish tank people. The fish will come when the water clears and so on…but it’s kind of cool having this to look at.

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Catch up of last week and a little ramble

16 March , 2015

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So I ended up wearing a dress on Thursday last week. No big whoop for a lot of people, but I don’t really do dresses, so around here it is kind of a big deal. Let’s blame it on laundry day, shall we? ;-)

The one guy at secret place had me in stitches with his comment though. He says to me that I have totally messed with his thinking again, so of course I asked why? he says he was just chatting to W the other day, about Steve and I, and they were wondering who would be wearing the pants in our relationship. He said his money was on me, because everyone knows I don’t do dresses, and since Steve is Scottish they figured he probably had a kilt…and then I turned up wearing a skirt and all bets were off again. Hahaha!

I don’t know why someone necessarily HAS to wear the proverbial pants, but on Thursday that definitely wasn’t me anyway. ;-)

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Uhuh…dream on buddy.

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Nicola and N (son of my parents’ neighbours) having the grandest time ever Saturday night. If you’re wondering about the laundry basket, they were trying to cage a poodle – as you do.

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Took this photo to use as a background some day…so fluffy!

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On Sunday we went for lunch to celebrate my mom’s upcoming birthday – look! Actual photographic proof that I was there too! Thanks K. :-)

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The kids…

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Nicola, getting some quality time in on Ouma’s lap.

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Nicola decided to go for some princess face paint. Big surprise to me, since she hates face paint – and I had to find a way to GET IT OFF roughly 5 minutes later, but it was cute while it lasted. ;-)

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What fun would it be to have a birthday lunch at Spur without springing a Spur birthday song on the birthday girl? I wouldn’t be able to tell you, I always rat them out to the waiters for a sing song and a sparkler. ;-)

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Nicola decided to help Polka bury a bone properly. Apparently our dog lacks the needed know how in this field and Nicola felt that it was her job to show her how it’s done. Not long after that, she also trained polka on how to dig up a buried bone. ;-)

Oh, yes – I wanted to mention that my current landlord (until next weekend anyway) is acting mighty shady. I’m pretty sure he is going to make off with my deposit in some way or another (I strongly suspect that he doesn’t have the money to pay me back). He’s switching the electricity off next week Friday, in what I assume is an effort to get me to move out sooner, he’s taking R650 off the deposit to do cleaning (as per the contract) but made it very clear that if he actually has to do any cleaning it will be more, and he’s installed cameras in my garden without telling me about it – right above my f-ing front foor! (If it wasn’t so nippy in the mornings I would be tempted to go and moon that camera one fine morning – I might still do that actually).  

I am working myself up into a richeous rage just thinking about it, but he told me that the previous tenant wanted her deposit back after she burned the carpet with cigarette butts and he threatened to shoot her in front of her child (this was obviously long after I found myself already contracting with the guy or I wouldn’t have signed at all).

I just want to be done with them to be honest. If I can move out effortlessly, that’s exactly what I’d like to do… but if he tries getting heavy handed with me, I’ll have to change my game I guess. *sigh* I’ll let you know how THAT plays out. There is a tipping point in this situation where I am not going to turn the other cheek anymore. I’d really like to not get there, if possible. If you’re into praying, pray for that please.

It’s not just me, right? This is a bit absurd as far as outlandish landlaord behaviour goes, right? Right?! What the hell is wrong with people?!

Ps! Did I tell you I was moving? Well, I am – or actually we are. :-D I am sooooo excited about this! Now to make all of our furniture fit into one house will be the next challenge. Between the two of us we have just shy of 10 couches, hahaha! That seems a bit excessive to me.

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Shitty photo, sorry…the plate says Dutchi and the sticker reads, Caution Mad Dutchman – haha, spotted in traffic this morning. ;-)

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Marshmallow’s baby shower

16 March , 2015

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I am behind on posting, again…oops! Oh well *shrug*

So last weekend was R & K’s baby shower for baby R. I’ll let the photos do most of the talking, but I think everyone who was there can agree that a good time was had by all.

Nicola picked out a whole bunch of things for Marshmallow herself, and I helped her make a special card too. She picked pirate themed stickers since they decided on a nautical themed baby room for the young man, and she wanted the following written in her card to R-baby.

“I can’t wait to see if you have hair!” and “Don’t hurt your mommy when you come out!” Love, Nicola. Hahaha! From the first moment that she found out R & K were having a baby she has been asking about the hair, so no surprise there – and the second one i though was just very sweet of her in general.

I hope they hang on to that card, it’s a special one! ;-)

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Ever heard of a diaper cake? Well, someone made them a diaper baby! It doesn’t really show all that well in the photo, but it’s pretty realistic in size and shape! So cute.

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We decorated a bit…

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All aboard!

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Nicola was a very eager little helper when it came to the opening of the presents. She is so excited about this baby, you just don’t know the half of it!

No one must even consider going to the shops or buying a thing, unless they are buying something for him too. And she has some very strong ideas about what he needs. Just a few days ago, she gave my mom a stern talking to because he doesn’t have winter pajamas…and how is he going to sleep if he doesn’t have fluffy winter pajamas for his poor little body to keep warm?!

Too cute I tell you!

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Steve got an itch to help my dad sand down the benches, and it turned into a major DIY project for all of us. The kids especially liked that they could help with screws and what-not. I got some really cute photos out of it too, so win-win all round. :-)

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Board games! I think this might be the first one Nicola plays without cheeting. I didn’t realise that she was ready for this now, because in the past she couldn’t stay interested long enough to play one round of snakes and ladders, so I haven’t really bothered too much with it. It looks like I might have to reconsider that now, and I couldn’t be happier.

We used to play loads of these games when we were kids, and I think you actually get a lot out of it when you do it as a family.

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Okay, this isn’t from the weekend…this is the playground at aftercare where Nicola is now. I just liked this photo so much, I had to share it. Remember i showed you the pace ship once before? Haha, well – Nicola tells me that she plays there now often…and then she stars singing, “We’re ah-ni-ma-niacs!” Except she leaves out the ah-ni- bit. ;-)

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Madam Butterfly at the office. She always, ALWAYS, has something butterfly-themed on. These nails were wow though, even for her.

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Still falling asleep in the car…poor baby. I am dreading winter this year a bit. It’s going to be hard getting this little one ready to go while it’s still dark every morning.

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Seen arounds – but no cars this time

11 March , 2015

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I’m still alive. ;-) And very happy. :-)

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Poor Nicola, she is sooo tired most days she falls asleep in the car on the way home. Her teacher actually came to talk to me about it, saying that I shouldn’t worry – they are all going through it. They are pushing them all really hard to get them ready for Gr1, and this happens every year.

I get it, sort of…but I am actually starting to worry. She is extremely tired ALL the time. I can’t just give her any old random multi vitamin because she may have a sensitivity to iron supplements…but I think I’m definitely going to get us both back on the Scott’s Emulsion. That seems to help ward off the winter sniffles at least.

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Ice cream…a little mid week reward.

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I am really loving mine… ;-)

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All of a sardine there’s a stand like this in our section of the secret place, and enough people who wear suits to justify it. Holey crap but it’s busy at work. I joke (or do I?) with new members who get on-boarded that one of our KPIs is nervous breakdowns per year. If you can’t clock two while carrying on at full speed you won’t make it around here.

I should probably up that number…

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A pretty sunset…

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Steve and I had to rescue the pool from drowning. Something’s gone pear-shaped on the pool pump set-up, which also drives the pump that clears the cover of rain water…so there we were McGuyvering the hell out of a Plan B, in the pouring rain. You know me, I like running around in the rain, but this was a little bit WET even for me.

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The transformation of Polka…

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Another pretty sunset…

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Crazy hair day at the Voortrekkers for Cansa, and can i just say wow to some of those do’s!

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Whoops!

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We unleashed a storm of balloons at secret place for people who have passed away or are currently fighting cancer. It looked mighty pretty!

After we let go, I turned to my one colleague and said, “That was lovely. Let’s try not to think of how many birds we just killed.” she laughed and said, “Uhm yes, or planes we crashed?”

But it really was pretty… those things really MOVE once you let them go, let me tell you!

How the hell are all of you? And what the heck is news in your neck of the woods?

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