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So sweet…this is 5 (and a half)

29 July , 2015

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Yesterday I received a letter from the school about a cancer awareness day they will be having in August. They are going to sell bandannas, have some sort of word they’ll use for a coin-pledge, and there will be a wall of remembrance where you can stick photos, drawings or letters of loved ones that you’ve lost through cancer. They also sent through the proposed topics that they will be discussing with the children.

I quite like the idea, but I thought if would probably be a good idea to prep Nicola for the event, so that she known what to expect. I explained to her the day and the coins and more or less what cancer is and that there are different sorts…when we got to the bit about the wall and what it will be used for she pipes up with:

“Mamma, Oom Ben het kanker gehad, ne?” (Mommy, Uncle Ben had cancer didn’t he?)

“Ja Nicola, hy het. Hy het kolon kanker gehad. Weet jy wat ‘n kolon is?” (Yes Nicola, he did. He had colon cancer. Do you know what a colon is?) (followed by a bit on an explanantion from me)

“Ek sal ‘n prentjie van Oom Ben teken vir die muur.” (I’ll draw a picture of Uncle Ben for the wall)

“Mamma, weet jy…ek dink Nala is ook dood.” (Mommy, do you know…I think Nala also died) (a dog my folk my folks had a few years ago that had to be put down. Nicola was too young for the whole stare death in the face discussions – I felt – so we told her that Nala went to the Vet and they couldn’t fix her legs so they put her asleep, but that she wouldn’t be waking up)

“Ja Nicola, ek dink sy is.” (Yes Nicola, I think she is.)

“Watse blerrie veearts het ons haar na toe gevat anyway?! Hulle was veronderstel om haar beentjie reg te maak.” (What bloody vet did we take her too anyway?! They were supposed to fix her lille leg)

“Ek is nie seker nie Nicola” (I’m not sure Nicola)

“Dink jy Oom Ben en Nala speel nou saam in die hemel?” (Do you think Nala and Uncle Ben are playing together in heaven?)

“Miskien, ja…” (Maybe, yes…)

“Ek dink as hulle kan golf speel in die hemel, speel Oom Ben seker golf. Miskien kan Nala sy balle vir hom gaan haal?” (I think if they have golf in heaven, then Uncle Ben is probably playing golf. Maybe Nala can fetch his balls for him?)

“Mamma, in die hemel – moet mens elke dag skoon klere aantrek? Het hulle warm pajamas in die hemel ook? Dink jy Oom Ben het warm pajamas daar?” (Mommy, in heaven – do you have to put on clean clothes each day? Do they have warm pajamas in heaven? Do you think Uncle Ben has warm pajamas there?)

“Ek het regtig nie ‘n idea nie Nicola.” (I really don’t know Nicola)

“En Mamma! Weet jy? Ek het gister gebid vir die Here.” (And do you know Mommy, I prayed to God yesterday.)

“Dis mooi my liefie. Wat het jy gebid?” (That’s good my love. What did you pray?)

“Ek het gebid dat hy moet kom en die duiwel doodmaak sodat daai ou nie in mense se harte kan kom en hulle laat lelike en stoute goed doen nie.” (I prayed that he must come and kill the devil, so that that guy can’t get into people’s hearts and make them do ugly or naughty things)

Aaaawe sweet…isn’t she just adorable?!

I am so glad this little miracle is mine. :-D

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Enough

7 July , 2015

So…it’s been a loooooong time in the making, but I have reached tolerance point with secret place and the recent shenanigans.

Time to find a new secret place.

You know…since I made the decision I feel like the weight of the world has lifted off my shoulders! I have never been more enthusiastic about the prospect of potentially being unemployed for a bit.

I’ve handed in my resignation, and the reactions have been truly touching. On the first day, when I started telling colleagues and friends in the building there were quite a few who actually started crying! And there are a few people who are actively campaigning to change my mind…all sorts of bribes and promises coming my way at the moment.

I won’t change my mind though. There is no doubt for me that, this is the right time and that it is the best move for me and my family’s future.

Onwards and upwards! :-)

Ps! I was looking for the perfect picture to add to this post…but I couldn’t pick one. So I’ve gone to my pins and found a whole bunch I had under “Words of wisdom”, that I feel goes well with it. It would take me FOREVER to link them all properly from my phone (where I’m doing this post from), so go find them on Pinterest if you really want to know ‘kay?

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T & H Wedding 6.6.2015

8 June , 2015

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On Saturday we got to attend a dear friend of mine’s wedding at Mount Usambara (not to be confused with the unmounted one).

You know, sometimes you go to a wedding and you can kind of see (or strongly suspect) where things will go after the big day?

Well, I am not worried about these two at all! It’s not often that you get to see two people who are this well suited and completely devoted and besotted with each other.

On top of this warm fuzzy feeling, it was also a kick ass wedding and Steve and I almost danced a hole in the dance floor! One of the best wedding I have ever been to (even though we were freezing our asses off!).

So thank you T & H, for letting us share your big day with you instead of eloping to an island like you were initially planning. ;-)

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View from the top.

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Petals and bubbles and all round happiness.

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How cool are these centre pieces?!

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And there they are… :-)

H’s sister was the MC, and let me tell you, she was hilarious!

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The groom’s speech…which was very emotional (observe the mountain of tissues), and generally brilliant.

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The locamotion haha…as you do. Not my photo (pinched off fb), so I’m actually in it. ;-)

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By the end of the evening it was all old high school friends and our partners.

Steve and I both had a fantastic time, and we felt suitably tired and fragile on Sunday to remind us how much fun we had. ;-)

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Seen arounds

8 June , 2015

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So…it’s bloody cold.

I may have mentioned this before…I really dislike winter. :-(

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Just look at that face!

I strongly considered giving Nicola a second name way back when. Something offbeat like Mischief or Adventure. In the end I decided against it because I thought it might become a self fullfilling prophecy.

Looking at that little face, I think I may as well have done it. ;-)

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Dress up day at school. This is the face I got because I couldn’t whip up a dragon costume with 15 mins notice (after she said for a week she wanted to be a pirate).

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Close up of some bees.

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Pretty pink tree.

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;-)

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So I finally managed to go on my course! This is old news by now, but you know…I haven’t blogged in ages.

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Pretty sunset.

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:-P

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Another pretty sunset.

I have “a few” posts that I need to get out. Hopefully some time today…

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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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