Easter Happiness

And just like that Easter 2019 is done and dusted again… next up birthdays and before we know it Christmas trees will go up again!

My two loves these special holidays, and both still believes in the Easter bunny, but I suspect not too long until Jamie adds 2 and 2 together… this year he told me about how the holiday is not about the Easter eggs and bunny, but about Jesus dying for our sins.

Before I write about our Easter weekend, just look at how these two are growing up… Jamie into a real young man, and Shae from inside my belly to big girl.  It’s amazing to see and experience.

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We had a lovely, chilled Easter at home.  We didn’t feel like doing much, so it was a family weekend with quality time spent together.

Friday morning I took them to the local mall where Beacon did an Easter Egg Hunt, the kids enjoyed it and went home with a box of Easter eggs each.  They had to visit different shops in the mall, collect stickers and rewarded with the easter eggs when done.

On Saturday later afternoon, after we watched Hop, I realised that they are predicting rain for Sunday and we quickly decided to do the Easter Egg hunt, so hubby and the kids took Dexter for a walk while I pretended to cook dinner, but actually hid the treats.  I called hubby telling him that they have to hurry home because I just saw the Easter bunny hopping by.

Oh my, they were home in two minutes, very excited.

They loved searching for their eggs, not that I made it very hard for them.

The rest of the weekend we were blessed with constant, soft rain – was so lovely.  Actually rained up to yesterday morning.  PE still needs the rain, so very grateful for it.

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend too!

xx

 

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Rugby Tour Done and Dusted

And just like that the rugby tour I was so worried about is done and dusted as well!  So proud of the Under 9/a team, they did extremely well under less than ideal circumstances.

We had lovely rain in PE over the weekend, and pretty much the same weather in East London where they played as well as Stutterheim.

They played their first game on Thursday and won 28 – 0.  On Friday morning they had another rainy game against a tough team and won 14 – 7.

On Saturday they participated in the Stutterheim Rugby Clash and they played 4 games and won all 4 (10 – 0; 20 – 0; 10 – 5 & 25 – 0).  They went through to the semis and won their game 25 – 0 as well and then unfortunately lost in the final by 0 – 5.  Apparently there was some drama involved, but I don’t know the details).  And all this in rainy, cloudy, wet and cold weather.  Poor Jamie suffered a bit with his motor tic that bothered him and he had to sit out a few games, but he had such a good trip, not even the loss bothered him really.  So proud of these boys as this was the first time they played proper 15-man rugby and together as a team, can only imagine what they will still learn and achieve.

They dudes had fun in between all the rugby as well, game center, Spur and a lot of spoils from the coaches – even went out for ice-cream.  Again so thankful to the coaches keeping us updated with a lot of photos and sending rugby scores after each match.

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Shame you can see how cold and wet it is if you look at the backline where my boy is playing

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Such happy boys

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Even happier here 😀

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Grey Skies

Saturday they participated in the Stutterheim Rugby Clash and they played 4 games and won all 4 (10 – 0; 20 – 0; 10 – 5 & 25 – 0).  They went through to the semis and won their game 25 – 0 as well and then unfortunately lost in the final by 0 – 5.  Apparently there was some drama involved, but I don’t know the details).  And all this in rainy, cloudy, wet and cold weather.  Poor Jamie suffered a bit with his motor tic that bothered him and he had to sit out a few games, but he had such a good trip, not even the loss bothered him really.  So proud of these boys as this was the first time they played proper 15-man rugby and together as a team, can only imagine what they will still learn and achieve.

They dudes had fun in between all the rugby as well, game center, Spur and a lot of spoils from the coaches – even went out for ice-cream.  Again so thankful to the coaches keeping us updated with a lot of photos and sending rugby scores after each match.

 

 

Jamie’s first camp

Woooohooo the camp is over!  And it turned out to be so great for Jamie, and mama-bear survived too 🙂

This little dude was out of his skin when the time came for them to depart on Friday.  We both went to say goodbye for him, bring him lunch and take his school bag home.

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Kudos to Jamie’s school, we really chose the best place for him to go.  The coaches were all amazing.  They kept them safe and under control the whole time, all whilst updating us worrying parents via Whatsapp and Facebook with photos and letting us know the kids arrived safely / ate / slept well or whatever.  Even the principal drove through with them in a separate car to ensure their safety; and he went again on Saturday to check on them.  The school, principal and teachers really cares about the kids.

And the boys?  The boys had a freaking blast.  They did everything adventurous boys like – went on a zipline, a giant swing, the went canoeing, the braai’d marshmallows, they made stick bread, they had a potjie competition, they went running and practiced rugby, they slept in tent, had way too much sweets and ice-cream.

Here’s some of the photos I can share.

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Happy that Jamie got to experience all this.  He impressed me that he handled everything so well.  I packed him extra food, but he ate some of the camp’s food like he tried the meat from the potjie, and he enjoyed the stickbread.  The coach commented that he is really proud of Jamie, and I am too!

I got a very tired boy’tjie back home yesterday.  Fell asleep within  10 seconds, and 11 hours later it was a struggle to get him up!

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Back home safely & oh so happy.

We had a chilled weekend with Shae – some quality time spent with her.  She wanted to go on a jog with me, wanted me to paint her nails, braai’d at home and had ice-cream.

Happy to have all my chickens back in the roost!

Feeling anxious!

Can’t remember when last I’ve penned down feeling anxious/stressed about mommyhood.  Right now, I’m almost close to freaking out a bit. Eeeeeek!  Nothing serious, just mommy nerves.

Jamie’s school gives the kids a lot of opportunities, chance to learn new things and they do a lot for the kids, they really do.  One of the things the kids love is that the Grade 5, 6 and 7’s has an annual tour somewhere exciting with a lot of fun activities. Here I thought I had a lot of time to mentally/emotionally prepare for Jamie being away from home in a couple of years time.

But no… Jamie has been chosen for the Under 9 A rugby team and they have a rugby camp THIS weekend. Leaving tomorrow and returning Sunday afternoon.  They are going to pitch tents, go on a giant swing, canoe, and even zipline in between doing rugby practices.

Look, he is excited, and can’t wait for it and I absolutely love that he has this opportunity, but not sure if my mommy heart was ready for this.  I know he will be safe, there are a lot of teachers going and they are all great and will look after the kids really well, but I worry about little things like food.  With Jamie having sensory processing disorder he has many food aversions, can’t do wet/saucy food, can’t tolerate mixed up food, and their menu consists of things like spaghetti bolognaise, potjiekos, chicken mayo rolls etc.   Haha so Jamie must take a little cooler along with his food.  People usually tell me, don’t worry, he won’t starve himself – he will eat if he gets hungry, but knowing a bit more I know his food aversions goes further than just being finicky about food, he will go to bed hungry…

Or what if he will miss me, or feel anxious or scared in the night.  Probably not, hey – with 20 other U9 laaities.

Laughing at myself at the moment, as I don’t really know what this blog post is about… I guess I just needed a space where I can go EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK, and one day look back at how silly I was and see what I felt like when my kids were little and what type of things I worried about.

And I hear there is a rugby tour to East London in March coming as well, if Jamie get’s chosen for the team.  Eeeeek.

Okay  -stop! Mommy-rant over :p

Off they go…

Back to school for Jamie – Grade 3!  I can’t get over the fact that he is in Grade 3… last year of the foundation phase, cursive writing, Irish lines, no more bulletjies rugby, but proper rugby and so much in store for this year.  Next year there will be exams; and and and. … wow!

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Look at my boy growing up!  He was so excited for his first day and is very happy with his new teacher.  Gosh homework has already started yesterday…blegh.
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And Shae… my baby…. started Grade 0 yesterday… Pre-Primary!  Be still my beating heart.

She handled her first day like a little champ.  No tears, let me repeat that because I was amazed – no tears!  None for mommy either, but gosh I felt them in my heart for my baby that is growing up so quickly.  She just got a bit shy when it was time to go into her classroom, but took her teacher’s hand with no hesitation and let us go with ease.  She told me last night she had a good day and this morning she asked her daddy if she can walk into her classroom alone.  Damn… slow down time, really now!

So proud of these kids! ❤ ❤ ❤