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/

Seventh birthday celebrations for Jamie

And just like that he is seven; and just like that all the celebrations are over and with the craziness of how fast time is flying he is well on his way to age 8 as well.

Oh and did this dude have fun.  He really enjoyed his day to the fullest. He was up before 5, so excited about his birthday.  We started his day with him blowing out his candles and opening his presents.  This year he got the Springbok shirt he longed for (he wore it the whole weekend!), Lego, a Transformer, Messi Foot Bubbles he really wanted (haha don’t ask!) and some odds and ends.  His dad then went to work for half a day while Shae went to school so that Jamie and I can sneak off to the movies where we watched Despicable 3 – we giggled so much.  Dinner was the Spur… his favourite.

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The next day was party day.  Seeing as it rained cats and dogs the previous two years coupled with the fact that he is growing up, we planned a Tenpin Bowling party for him and his friends.

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Oh my – he was hyper with all the excitement.  All his friends arrived and they had fun playing tenpin and eating sweet treats.  There was way too much sweets in their treat boxes though (which the venue supplied); plus I made him an over the top sweetie cake and the kids had fun picking off the sweets… so I had to apologise to all the parents for their sugar loaded kiddies…oops I really felt bad, but at least the kids had a good time.

I was a bit worried about the kids playing in two teams… kids seem so competitive at this age, but the two teams ended up with the exact same score – can you believe it!  Even little Shae bowled by rolling her ball off a baby slide.  It was a fun party.

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Afterwards one of Jamie’s best friends’ slept over by our house – so it truly was a bumper packed two days of celebrations.

PS. Thank you for all the lovely birthday wishes. And also thank you to Blogging Buddy Helen and Liam for joining in the birthday fun – was so cool having you guys there.

(I still need to do the “Jamie Loves at Age x” image I usually make on my kids birthdays… hands full with work, so that will follow later when I had a chance to do it)

Happy birthday Jamie – 7 today!

To my Sparkle-in-the-eye Handsome Boy, Jamie

Seven today.  A whole 7, and you amaze me so much.

You impressed me this year with you starting your school career.  Your eagerness to learn… just amazing, you always were a little sponge soaking up knowledge and experiences.  Always go through life like this.  The world has a lot to learn from you too.

My boy, you are so affectionate, always giving me huge hugs and sloppy kisses – long may it last, I treasure every single one.   Please know and remember that I treasure every single one.

You are just such a sunshine child, always a smile on your face, always that twinkle in your eye and a little bit of silliness in every day – a hop, skip and jump as far as you go.  You never walk, always on the move.  Such a zest for life.  May you never feel the world’s troubles laying heavily on your shoulders.

I love you so much.  More than the highest mountain, more than the deepest waters, more than every grain of sand on this earth, more than you can ever imagine.  I will never stop; and may you never forget.

Happy 7th birthday dearest son-shine.

May your day be as bright as you are.
May your year be all sparkly and glittery and may you go through it feeling like a Superhero, because you are my little hero.
May you love and be loved.
May you be giggling and smiley and chirpy and silly and AWESOME, because everything is awesome.
Thank you for being you.

Love you zig-zig-zagging to the moon and back, around Jupiter and all across the universe.

Your Mommy xx

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Shae’s Princess Sofia Bash

Oh this little girl had so much birthday fun!  First she had her party with her school friends last Friday.  She enjoyed it so much that she went face first into her mini birthday cake.


For her birthday we planned a lovely party, fit for the little princess she is 🙂

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She was woken up with a cupcake and us singing happy birthday to her.  Gotta have cake at breakfast time on your birthday!

The rest of the day was filled to the brim.  We had her party in the morning with lots of friends and special people. I made her the most beautiful cake – I must say making it brought out the little girl in me, making it made me so happy.  I also did all the baking for the party from little milktarts to an array of cupcakes – double chocolate, white chocolate & caramel, Oreo, scones with cream and some savouries.  That little girl’s face when she saw her cake for the first time was priceless. She actually squealed when she saw it with just the under coat of frosting on and the doll plonked in before the actual fondant decoration took place.

Much fun was had at the party. The kids played so hard and the adults chatting and munching away while the kids were happily keeping themselves busy on the playground.  Even pony rides.

Shae was so hiked up on sugar and adrenaline that she didn’t even want to take a nap when we got home after the party.  We had a bit of down time and then we went to Night at the Museum and afterwards a braai with friends. Was an exceptional day.  The joy on Shae’s face throughout it all made my day, no my year.  So happy that she had such an awesome day.  The next day she got to open the bulk of her presents as there was just no time for it the day before, and she loved absolutely everything she got.  She actually had a full long-weekend of celebrating, precious, lucky little girl ❤




Shae is 3!

My big girl, Miss Sassy Pants, my Princess

Tomorrow 3 years ago you came into our lives and enriched it in more ways than you’ll ever know. I remember you being placed in my arms seconds after being born, me holding you and touching you ever so gently, not quite sure if the moment was real – I’ve been dreaming of you for so long.  You were the missing link in my life, in your dad and brother’s lives too.

When you came, you brought SO much happiness along with you, SO much love, SO much starshine and a little magic.  My little darling, I love you madly, more than you will ever know. Perhaps you’ll understand the extent of it one day when you are a mother yourself.

I love your soft arms around my neck.
I love how you touch my face.
I love your oopbek soene.
I love it when you say “lief vir jou mamma” every night before bedtime.
I love how you make me laugh with your clever mouth.
I love how you can put your brother in his place.
I love how you love him too.
I love how you can make your daddy feel special.
I love how you say you are a princess, because you are.
I love the curls in your hair, even though they are starting to disappear.
I love how you pick me flowers, and for your teachers too.
I love how you can devour a bowl of my soup.
I love how you favour everything green, from yoghurt to cereal.
I love your compassionate heart.
I love the twinkle in your eyes….

…Oh my skattebol this list can go on and on, because you are such a sweetheart in my life.

Happy birthday. May the next year in your life bring along a lot of giggles, warm hugs, sweet memories, love and blessings in abundance.  You deserve only the best.  Thank you for being such a huge part of my heart ❤


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Easter 2017

Sjeesh-kebab, time flies and there are times I feel I barely have time to breath, never mind blog!  I do try however and even though I write blog posts in my head before I fall asleep (really!), I rarely actually get the time to pin it down.  I’m just thankful there is still a clear story line and it can be seen on my blog (even though I just get to blog the most important events like birthdays, Christmas, Easter etc). It is evident my children are growing up, and as said way too many times – way too fast.

It was Christmas just yesterday, but here we are… Easter 2017 has come and gone already as well.  And it’s scary to say next month my babygirl is turning T H R E E!

Anyway, back to Easter.  It was a lovely long weekend.  Spent with family – my side of the family was full-house and together under one roof for a day – all 4 children, their spouses, our parents, and 6 grandchildren..  It rarely happens, but am thankful for it when it does.

Jamie & Shae had two Easter Egg Hunts this year – one at my parent’s house on Saturday and another at our house on Sunday.  Lucky kids!

Here’s some photos (PS the strange woman with the red hair is me – J didn’t get a new wife, I just dyed my hair :p !)