The little girl who holds my heart

DSC_3817I just read the update I did on Shae 6 months ago and it’s amazing how quickly things change.  Shae is happy with Yum Yum peanut butter now :p  I reported back then that she only wanted Black Cat, but that has changed luckily.  Then again, a lot didn’t change – she is still growing up way too fast, her vocabulary is expanding by the day.  I had such a laugh the other day when I gave her Buscopan for her tummy and she chirped me “this medicine is dis-GUST-tingggggg!”

Her third birthday is around the corner for crying out loud!  Time! Stop! Immediately!  The baby in her is getting less and less, and the little girl is getting more and more.  And HER, I shall continue referring to as little! She is so petite and cute and I just can’t get enough of her cuddles.  The way she asks for a kissy, and a hug and then she asks for our hands to touch, every time before we say good bye when she has to go to school.  Oh and the way she scrunches up her nose, it’s absolutely cuteness overload!FB_IMG_1490527721474

The one baby-thing I am very happy to get rid of is nappies.  Phew, she is getting this potty-training thing right and the end is in sight.  She basically only needs a night nappy at the moment.  But oh my, we’re still stuck on the dummy, it’s such a fight to get rid of the darn thing, she adores it – but I said she can have it until her birthday and then it must go.  I’m happy for her to use her cuddle-blankey for as long as she needs though, I won’t put a time limit to that.

She adores our cat, Snow and still wants to carry him around like a doll. Talking about dolls, she took an interest in her dolls too. She always loved her Lettie (Christmas present), but she started playing with her other dolls too, yesterday pushing one around in a pram. Other things she loves doing is watching Peppa Pig, she is still a huge Princess Sofia fan and now recently took an interest in Barbie movies too.

DSC_3871But that being said, my babygirl isn’t necessarily a girly-girl, oh no she is at times quite the tomboy. How can she not be when she is growing up with a big brother she loves kicking ball with, follow in his footsteps and climb high and jump… She is also an avid Spiderman fan. Last weekend I took the kids to buy new pajamas, Jamie chose Spiderman and I showed the Little Miss beautiful Princess Sofia pj’s I knew she would love, but no… we had to buy the same as her Big Brother. Priceless…

This little girl really adds a lot of sparkle to our lives. She is pure star-shine.  IMG-20170320-WA0006

 

 

My Little Champion

I should really stop using the word “little” when describing my almost 7-year old…  whoops.  Anyway.  My BIG boy made me so proud these past couple of months.  He participated in the Ocean Racing Series since October.  The Ocean Racing Series has various swimming events, as well as running and even walking every second Sunday morning down by Hobie Beach.  They also have a 1km beach run for the kids under 12.

I was amazed how Jamie flourished participating in it.  All the children receives a medal at the end of their race, and then a second medal if they achieve 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in their age category.  The pride on my boy’s face every time he received a medal was amazing to see.  We soon realised that running is definitely a strong point for Jamie and out of the 10 races for the season, Jamie achieved first place 7 times.  His fastest time was 4 minutes and 17 seconds – that’s a really fast time running a whole kilometer!

Yesterday was Jamie’s last race for the season and he was awarded with first place overall in the series.  He was so chuffed with his trophy, prize and special medal.  This mom’s heart swelled enormously big with pride!

Fly high, my boy!

Photo cred with huge thanks to: One Two Tree Photography

 

Meet Jon Snow

Our little family welcomed a new little soul to our household last weekend – a cute, tiny 7-week old rescue kitten, adopted from Cat Rescue PE.

It’s been almost 2 years since a piece of my heart, Jade passed away. And I couldn’t get myself so far to adopt another cat, until now.  Granted the first day with the kitten in the house was a bit sad as it made me think of Jade so much and make me miss him even more.  I realised though that there is room for every single one of them in my heart, as Snow quickly snuggled his way into it.

At this stage Shae thinks Snow is a dolly and carries him around like one; and Jamie is a bit skittish of the teeny tiny 600 gram kitten’s sharp nails and his love for biting toes but he likes stroking Snow’s soft fur when he’s in my arms.

Welcome, little one ❤

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Holidays & Christmas 2016

Before I start this bumper edition post about our holidays (overdue!) – first a HUGE milestone.  Hubby and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary on the 23rd of December.  A huge milestone, because he survived me HAHA, no murder as yet :p  Luckily for him, I still adore him!  Being a parent of two little ones is hard work and we really have to fight to make time for each other, may the next decade be filled with more happy memories!

On the first of December Holly our Jolly Elf made her appearance again!   We had fun with her mischievous shenanigans this year now that the kids could both participate. Much sadness when she departed and even Shae asked after Holly. Wondering how much longer Jamie will believe in the magic …

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And it was so much fun to put our Christmas tree up – every one participated!

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On the 16th we started our holiday by doing a family photoshoot.  I can highly recommend One Two Tree Photography if you are in PE. Here’s a few favourites:

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Then we were off to Oudshoorn for a few days for our gorgeous godson’s christening and much needed family time. We had a lovely couple of days with my two siblings and their families who resides there, and my parents and other sibling & family who also made the trip. My godson made me broody (but not THAT broody!)

The rest of the holidays were filled with lots of quality time for us 4, beach time, ice-cream, play time, time with friends and family, some more ice-cream and other excursions in and around PE.

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Christmas was special – we had Johnathan’s side of the family over and it was a good evening.  Before bedtime the children sprinkled magical reindeer food on the lawn for Rudolf and his gang to spot our house easily; and had some truffles and milk ready for Santa; and carrots for the reindeer.  Christmas day was spent at home, just the four of us. It was actually a calm and relaxed day. The kids was overjoyed with the Christmas presents underneath the tree and they spent the morning playing with their new toys.  Then I prepared our Christmas lunch, we all had a nice nap/quiet time and afterwards dessert.

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New Years Eve was spent with friends – we haven’t had so much fun in a long time.  We stayed over so that we can be off the dangerous roads and the plan was to have lunch the next day before going home, but unfortunately we had to spend New Years at the emergency rooms with my unwell mom – she had extreme chest pains and my dad didn’t know what to do. Luckily she was helped with xrays and medication and is on the road to recovery. My MIL’s arthritis also worsened so much that she had to be admitted into a care facility shortly after New Years. Not a good start to the new year, but I pray that both of them will get much better, very soon…

So December and the first half of January was jam-packed.  I almost feel like I need a holiday to recuperate just from that! :p

 

My boy’s Big, BIG Day – Grade 1!!!

I will still blog about our festive season, but first BIG news:  this little baby, pride and joy of his mother’s heart-

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had his first day at BIG school for orientation yesterday!  Today he officially starts Grade 1.  Oh where has the past 6½ gone?  It only struck me properly late yesterday afternoon that my little baby boy is really not so little anymore and that he is in the beginning of his 12-year school career where after he will enter our big, crazy world on his own.

I have said it before and I mean it every time I say it – I know my boy is intended for huge things in his life.  Jamie, my precious boy – you’ll move mountains

 

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You make your mommy PROUD!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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2016 Year-End Interview with Jamie & Shae

I love doing these year-end interview/videos with the kids… it’s amazing to see how much they have grown and developed over the years and how the answers change from year to year as well.  Here’s the links to the previous two years: 2015 & 2014.

This year Shae also participated a little bit, even if it was just to show her adoration for Lollos & Lettie, her addiction to her dummy and her desire for sweeties :p

The end of Pre Primary

Last year Jamie started Grade 0 at Pre Primary. He started out shy and uncertain, but eventually got excited about the new adventure.  As the year progressed it got harder, he had extreme problems with his sensory issues and that meant trouble at school.  He was misunderstood and blamed for everything that went wrong, it crushed him and we ended the year with a boy that had no self confidence who didn’t believe in himself at all.

But there was an angel in the background, who bonded with him even in Grade 0.  Aunty Ilse, his Grade R teacher.  She knew how to handle him with just-just the right amount of discipline and love. When she speaks, Jamie listens.  And she was often called last year when no one else was able to handle Jamie.  You can imagine Jamie’s adoration for her; and the prospect of him being in her class this year for Grade R made him excited.

Grade R with Ilse didn’t disappoint.  She was everything our little dude needed, she understood him, showered him with love and hugs and taught him so much.  She believed in him and in doing so we have a boy who now believes in himself, who grew more confident in everything and is on top of the world – right where he should be.  I’m incredibly thankful for her and yes, I cried when I typed her a thank you message this morning telling her what she meant to us.  What a special person ❤

How my boy grew in 2 years – physically, emotionally and so much more. My little sponge ❤

He also brought home a wonderful report – it is clear that maths is a strong point for him as he only got 6’s and 7’s on the different aspects they were evaluated.  The rest of his report also strong.  A total of 12x 7’s, 25x 6’s, 9x 5’s and 11x 4’s.  Proud mommy!

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