2017 Year-End Interview with Jamie & Shae

I love doing these videos, asking the kids the same set of questions each year and it’s amazing to see them grow, and also to see how their speech and thoughts on things develop over the years.

Doing this video was so much fun as both of them fully participated this time, they were eager to play along and I think for the first time ever I got it all in one take!  Oh man, this also shows what busy bees; and what colourful characters they are.

Gosh, I just watched the 2016 year end video and it’s amazing how the two of them grew. I mean in the last video Shae still sucked her dummy and could only answer a few questions here and there, not really understanding it all; and Jamie just lost his front tooth and he still looked so small!  2017 must be the year that went by the quickest, but at the same time the year the kids grew up the fastest!  Some of the answers stayed the same, but some changed too, amazing to see.

Here’s links to the previous couple of interviews

2014:   https://aukett.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/2014-year-end-interview-with-jamie/

2015:   https://aukett.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/2015-year-end-video-with-jamie-featuring-shae/

2016:  https://aukett.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/2016-year-end-interview-with-jamie-shae/

And here’s 2017 🙂 ❤


Well *H E L L O* 2018

Here we are, already 11 days in to a brand new year. I’m already on Day 4 of work, Shae same with school and Jamie’s getting ready to start Grade 2 next week Wednesday.

Oh, it was good to have holidays!  The first week was pure fun, lots of outings – walks/runs with friends, a market, a braai with friends, visits with family, Supertubes etc.  Hubby and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary with a sunset picnic on the beach with champers, pizza and Lindt truffles (a dear friend was babysitting, so it was bliss).  Christmas eve we had my in-laws over for a braai and Christmas day was  spent at my parents’ house with my brother and his family.  Also had a special Christmas brekkie with my friend.  The second week also lots of activities planned, but poor Jamie and hubby had a tummy bug and I had a asthma flare up which put a damper on things, but the downtime at home was just what we needed anyway.  Then we had New Years, had a lovely braai / sleepover and champagne breakfast with friends.  The last week we had beach time and went strawberry picking in Hankey and explored a fab place called Padlangs in the Patensie valley.  Friday I was woman down with my turn for a tummy bug and that kept me in bed for the last 3 days of our holidays unfortunately.

The children had a ball, for the first time ever they started to sleep a little bit later in the mornings.  Christmas was so special and magical, loved watching my children’s faces, loved watching them unwrap their presents. Of course they were spoilt rotten with lots of pressies.

Oh I wish it could be December forever…it was pure bliss and happiness all around.   But now it’s back to work and school, and back to reality. It’s going to be a busy year!

Happy 2018 to everyone xxx


Most wonderful time of the year

Oh I love the festive season. I’m a sucker for all the festivities and I almost feel like a child with all the excitement :).  Especially since my annual leave starts tomorrow, YAY! It’s been a long, tough year, so hoping we’ll get some much needed rest; and also some fun will do the soul good.

  • Our Christmas tree went up early December; and our Elf named Holly also made her appearance to much excitement from the children.  The kids also enjoy their advent calendars – it’s amazing how much joy a small piece of chocolate brings 🙂
  • The children both had their class parties at school.  Santa visited Shae’s school earlier this week and she adores him…and the fact that his hat fell off.
  • We attended the Uncle Jumbos Christmas party again this year and it was so much fun.
  • Christmas pressies are all bought and wrapped up… I was very proactive with that this year.
  • Our anniversary is also coming up on the 23rd – the 11th!  Present made and wrapped already and I’m very excited for hubby to see it, a lot of effort and thought went into it.
  • My big brother is visiting this year for Christmas so that will make for a great Christmas lunch with my parents, big sis and family … going to miss my little sis this year though.
  • I’m so happy both kiddies still believe in Santa, our Elf’s shenanigan’s and the magic of Christmas.  I know theres probably only a year, maybe two left for Jamie – but I have a plan of action ready for when he figures it out to keep on making it special for Shae-Shae.

Have a very happy and merry and blessed festive season, dear blogger friends xxx

Where has this year gone?

What a jam-packed year this has been so far!  It flew by, but I guess it’s because we have been so busy this year.  We are almost in December, there are Christmas decorations all over the show in the shops and malls, people in my circle of friends have already started putting their trees up (although we wait for December first), and I just put in my annual leave for the December holidays (which I’m so looking forward to).

Jamie is busy with his assessments at school… I’m in shock when I think that we are at the end of his first year of school and he will be in Grade 2 in no time!  This year has been such a year of growth for him, he has learned and developed so much.  He has especially made me proud with how he has learned to handle his sensory difficulties and even his anger/impulsiveness.  We still have our tough days, but we celebrate a lot more victories.  This morning he put a big smile on my face when he told me “Mommy, you are the  best thing about my life” – our bond has really grown strong.  And I got such fabulous compliments about him at a friend’s birthday party where a granny and mom mentioned to me that he is a real little gentleman, and that they saw how gentle he played and helped a 1-year old girl on the jumping castle.

He gave us quite a scare towards end of September when he started having episodes that the paed thought might have been seizures.  His eyes would start rolling up involuntarily and he would have no control over it.  He ended up being admitted to hospital for an EEG. He handled the test like a champ. Luckily it the tests were negative for epilepsy and he was diagnosed with a motor / movement tic – which he will hopefully outgrow.  So far he has started handling it much better when it happens and takes it in his stride, it has also started happening less than when it started. Phew!


My little Shae-Shae is growing in leaps and bounds too.  Almost three and a half!  This little miss is completely potty trained now – she has stopped wearing her night nappy since beginning November and only had one little accident, but that happened in the first week.  So now I can officially say I’m done with nappies – FOREVER! Yay!

She has moved to the class for 4 to 5 year olds as she has bonded with Teacher Michelle. She enjoys the class so much because they do lots more “work” – painting and drawing, learning songs and it seems she is getting more stimulation.  She talks a lot… really loves telling us things.  She’s so bleddie cute when she wants to tell you something, her face gets animated and she starts her sentence with a cheeky “Actually…”.

Look at her cute school photos!  She gets more beautiful with each day passing ❤

Me and hubby?  We’re good, but we’re tired.  This year has been extremely stressful and we both worked hard.  We took a day off work about a week ago just to have some us-time and relax. Was so much fun to go to the movies (which we never get time for) and have lunch at a restaurant without worrying about the kids.  Somehow we need to make sure we get enough rest when the December holidays comes around, otherwise we are going to burn out… or it feels that way rather.


Big Dude Jamie

Only fair that a do an update on my Jamie-Jame too!

Seven… seven… I still can’t believe I have a 7-year old that’s almost done with the 3rd term of his first year of primary school.  It’s surreal.  This dude makes me so proud as he is doing really well at school – reading and mathematics he excels in; and then sports – I can almost say he lives for it.  He has really enjoyed playing rugby during the winter, it was also fun watching him play and to see how he developed. Last Saturday he even got awarded man of the match for one of the games (plus his first paramedic check up on the field after he was tackled way too hard and too high – my heart!!!).


We are getting so much support from his principal and teachers at school with regards to his Asperger and sensory issues, and I’m really glad we have chosen this school – they do so much for the kids.  Look it wasn’t easy at the beginning of the year when Jamie had to find his groove and new routines and the teacher didn’t know or understand him, but now it is going so much better. Even his rugby coach commented on how well he is doing now and how focused he gets during rugby practice.  Aftercare is a whole story on it’s own though, but I must say there has been improvement there too, I just wish the owner/manager had the same passion for kids as the school.

Other than that, Jamie has started enjoying music and we bought him a MP3 player a couple of weeks ago and put some music on for him.  We just realised we have to quality check every song as some of the lyrics is really WOES if you listen to it… we thought Cheerleader were fine, until the lyrics about a wizard and his magic wand popped up….. eeek. Parenting ain’t easy!

Not much news otherwise.  I just never realised how busy Grade 1 was going to be in terms of homework and activities.  Where were the days that Grade 1 consisted of lots of playing and just a tad of work… now it’s almost only work and no play – and don’t get me started on the homework!  I’m starting to look forward to school holidays when there are no homework in the evening :p

Little Miss Shae

I am so overdue on an update post about my little, beautiful princess! I am really neglecting my blog.

Shae is growing up beautifully, and doing so well.  Her vocabulary developed even more and she is telling us the most amazing stories in almost full sentences… and also the not so amazing haha. Like for instance last night hubby was busy brushing her hair while I was busy with lunchboxes and the brush inevitably met a tangle and pulled her hair upon which she squealed.  Her daddy immediately apologized, but his sincere apology was met with a “sorry doesn’t help, you know!”.  Our eyes met with shock over the kitchen counter and then we burst out laughing… Oh boy, we are going to have all our days with this little miss.

She is shooting up in length, it’s scary to say that day after day the little bit of baby left in her is disappearing even more and she turns more and more into a little girl.  She also had her first haircut, she sat like a real little lady in the chair at the hairdresser while the hairdresser snipped some of the dead ends off.

Good gosh, the throttling threes though… she’s a real threenager and at the stage now where she is testing her boundaries at every opportunity she gets. And she’s loud, real loud, and her crying breaks hearts… so it’s tough, but a no has to stay a no right now, or she will never learn.  I think we frightened away our guests on Saturday evening when Shae threw a good and proper tantrum when she refused her food, but wanted chips and I stuck to my guns.  Gotta pick my battles, but felt like that sure was one of them I had to pick.

It’s a good thing she’s so darn cute though :p so will never be able to get it over my heart to sell her!  Just look at these photos taken yesterday… so beautiful (if I do say so myself)!

Jamie @ age 7

My big boy at his current age ❤

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Jamie aged 6 https://aukett.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/jamie-age-6-and-happy-birthday-me/

Jamie aged 5 https://aukett.wordpress.com/2015/09/29/all-about-jamie/

Jamie aged 4 https://aukett.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/jamie-aged-4/

Jamie aged 3 (and 2 and 1 because I can’t find where I posted them originally…) https://aukett.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/jamie-aged-3/