27 December 2012

Our Breede Cruise

After a very busy few days after Christmas we decided to head out for a little outing with my sister-in-law and all the kids. A cruise along the Breede including a picnic seemed like the perfect outing to satisfy both the 4 adults and the 6 kids alike!

Love all these little humans - my kids, nieces and nephew

The weather was gorgeous but the wind was HOWLING. Unfortunately both my youngest kids have fallen prey to the infamous Cape winds and have been knocked off their feet on more than one occasion...suffice to say they were NOT KEEN on going on this flimsy boat with no sides (just tension wires). Not only that but we would have to be seated on the upper deck!

I agreed to stay on dry land with Faith and Levi....and then realised I would be totally missing out...as the boat was about to leave I scurried down with two wailing kids and jumped the rope to make it just in time!
from top left clockwise: almost missed the boat...tearful and fearful kids and finally me trying to get them up  to see over the railing and begin to ENJOY the experience! (it worked btw!)

Both kids sat on each side of me, sobbing their hearts out, convinced we were all gonna die ... as we puttered at a snails pace along the river. The howling winds ensured no food would be consumed...but eventually the dust settled and the tears abated.
Everyone (ie Faith and Levi)  begin to loosen up a tiny bit

They even got up and went to the lower deck...and I caught Faith doing the 'can-can' dance ! Ha, mom does know best sometimes!
Girls enjoying the view and the breeze

We arrived safely back, but not before our youngest niece, kate, had to relieve herself in the ice bucket!!  I am so out of practice with wee-ones that I forgot to ablute her before we left shore.

We all made it! We survived! (as Levi proclaimed as we came back to shore!)

We had a lovely picnic back on dry land and went home a happy bunch with many tales to tell.

25 December 2012

Christmas Day

Christmas was spent in Mcgregor this year although with a bit of a difference. For the first time in my life I did not have to decide with which parents to holiday~all my parents and siblings were there this year - along with Russell's dad, sister, brother in law and nephew. It was certainly a year to remember.

My dad and I 

Faith and Bruno

With the Mcgregor parentals

Early morning stories with gran and grampie

The whole shebang

Christmas 2012 with Gran and Grumpy Gramps

Russ carving and Anne doing everything else!

Kids and cousins!

I am not sure if the kids have ever had a better christmas, with all their grannies, grandpas and cousins with them for days on end (eveyone stayed in mcgregs for 3 days+) It was heartwarming to see the interactions and enjoy their jubilance.

more cousin pics

Watching some epic youtubes
The gorgeous loooooong table
early morn brekky at Pemberton with CT parentals
with my bro

My other bro and his family

Our tribe Dec 2012

(still waiting for more pics, i took very few.....will update when i receive them)

10 December 2012

Day One of Holidays!

The first day of school holidays so me rather bleak. Reason being I had two nasty chores on my agenda first thing this Monday morning.

1. Renew my drivers licence.
2. Take my car to the panelbeaters for a quote to replace the bumper.

I dropped the girls off at a friend for the morning and headed out at 9am to start the nastiness. Talk about pleasantly surprised....my drivers was renewed within 15mins. No queues, no fuss.

I even had time to pop to Readers Warehouse to shop for christmas reads before heading to the panelbeaters....which took no more than 5 minutes!!!

My Monday could not have started on a better note. I headed for home but decided to pop into the gym to swipe my card to ensure my membership stays active - I  do not see the inside of a gym very often anymore as summer is here and running is my choice of activity. I grabbed myself a cappucino to go and took a slow meander through Food Lovers before fetching the girls at noon.

We spent the afternoon finishing a few chores but mainly watching Hart of Dixie, which has fast become the 'thing' we girls do together.

We are looking forward to welcoming the men home this evening after their weekend in PE watching our Blitzbokke in the Sevens World Series.

05 December 2012

Prize Giving 2012

I cant believe prizegiving has hit us again...I have scarcely recovered from the drama of last year! ;-)

The girls did exceptionally well again this year. Both are highly motivated little achievers. Funnily enough Faith received the HUMILITY badge award this year (Rachel received it last year!).

Levi got an honorary sports award for being part of the school cricket team even though he isnt actually part of the school yet. He was very stoked - and really looking forward to being a 'real member' next year. He is already so integrated into school life via sport and his sisters that it is going to be smooth sailing into Grade 1 for him next year.

I always find prizegivings a bitter pill to swallow. I really wish schools would do away with this kind of system; recognition is great but I wrestle with the fact that kids who are gifted in 'non-conventional' or 'non-academic' spheres somehow fall through the cracks.

I find after every prize-giving I have to cheerfully do the 'woohoo' with my kids and later (when things settle) have the inevitable 'chat' about worldly recognition and remembering the reason we work/play hard is not for recognition by teachers/peers or even parents. *sigh*

I swear my kids see me coming with *that look* and I see them almost roll their eyes and say

'yes mooooooom, we know'.

Good. I am glad they know because God knows no-one is going to be handing our merit awards and accolades when they hit the real world! ;-)

(forgive me if I sound cynical, I don't mean it like that and I am very proud of the kids....but, well, ja. )

24 November 2012

Finally Forty

My fortieth has come and gone. It was fun but quite exhausting for me. As in introvert (who passes easily for an extrovert) this type of activity can finish me off for a week!

A few of my favourite images from the night.

from left: my sil, me, a bff and her hubby and my older brother

My mom saying a few lovely words.

Listening to a friend making a speech, hilarious in parts.

My parents throwing some shapes on the floor!

Fun times, not the most flattering pic but I love this one of my man!

My brother and his wife

My other brother and his girlfriend

My sis, niece and bil.

It was well worth it though - to have many of my favourite people in one place was such a treat. We ate, we chatted, we danced and we laughed. And speeches were made by a friend, my parents and my man. I even said a few garbled words - I was quite overwhelmed by then and cant remember anything I said!

20 November 2012

A little bit of chaos

A little bit of chaos is really what my life is all about right now.

In summary:

  • In August our house flooded in a storm while we were in Mcgregor.
  • Insurance finally sent contractors to lift our laminate flooring 2 weeks ago.
  • The screed was wet and left to dry for a week.
  • It was still wet so they sent in industrial fans and extractors.
  • Without telling me we would have to move out the house.
  • For anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks.

I am thankful for my parents who have taken us all in. And my sister who is on standby anytime I need extra help or lodging! I started off feeling very unsure and guilty about cramping my parents style but after a week we are getting very comfortable and I fear they may need big guns to evict us when the time comes.

Evenings mooching with the family

Annoying Orange on Youtube...and some other amusing stuff!
Apart from this relative upheaval I had a little bit of a scare today when I realised my monthly visitor hadnt arrived. In fact she is almost 2weeks late. Never. Happened. Before. Enter panic. I did a preg test and am   not expecting. Thank you Jesus. Turning 40 and being preggers was not in my master plan. Am thinking all the stress and upheaval (and some emotional turmoil this week) has caused her to retreat into hiding and am pretty sure she will arrive the day of my party cos she is bitchy like that! ;-)

yes, reading kit instructions...its been a while!
Yes, I am having a party! Can you believe it? I cant. Originally the plan was to have a breakfast on Friday morn with my family and 6 of my closest friends....then my other friends managed to twist my arm at the last minute...and arranged everything from a venue to playlists to lighting and catering...and whaddaya know Mel's having a party on Saturday night!!

So...I cancelled the breakfast (cos all those peeps are coming on Saturday anyway) because even though its a biggie it certainly does not need 2 events! I am really looking forward to Saturday and am very pleased my mates talked me into doing something FUN!

fun invite that I made - i love it!

19 November 2012

All about the Little Man

Sometime I just wanna squeeeeeeze him!

Oupa got the clippers out!

Grade R orientation and a new best friend already - the little girl in the white shirt!

Carpet time at Orientation - such a lovely class for next year.
Action cricket with Dad - they won the tournament and let him hold the trophy!
Happy and exhausted!
The boy takes after his mama....just not a morning person!

Love taking walks with the dogs and the lad. Precious memories.

16 November 2012

Adam Lambert

I took Rachel to see Adam Lambert recently. We bought golden circle tickets some months back (along with my sis) and the plan was for Russ to come with me but things went pear and I thought it would be a great mom/daughter date opportunity!
Rach tried her hand at doing Faiths make-up cos she was feeling very left out!

Bonding over make-up? Not a day I so coming but will take it!

She did her own eyes! Impressive stuff!

All dolled up and ready to rock out!

Fun pics in the garden to commemorate the occasion!

Cousin Sami helps her see all the better

Aunty Lisa takes a turn!

The man himself - legendary performer

I love this pic taken at the Grand West Arena - happy days.

The evening was simply fabulous - Adam is a stage performer of note and we were not disappointed...although a show like that is NEVER long enough.

I did wake up the next morning with a NOISE hangover of epic proportions though...I could not lift my head off the pillow - Faith spent some time digging around for painkillers...needless to say the kids didnt make it to school on this particular day!

12 November 2012

Scenes from a MOERSE hike

While in Kynsna we decided to head up to Rheenendal and do a little mountain walk. I havent been able to run in over a month due to injury but I was
 desparate to get onto a trail again...even if it meant walking.

We got ourselves a map and decided to do a 9km loop. Little did we know that some signage had come down in high winds recently and we missed the turn....

At around 2.5hrs I was convinced we were lost...how can 9km take this long? I convinced the man to turn back but along the way we met some German tourists who assured me we were going the right way so we turned around AGAIN (against my judgement)

Fast forward 2hrs and another 8kms and a truck...with a ranger who came to collect us off a road to nowhere!

Suffice to say it was a great experience, lots of laughs, a couple of expletives but plenty of good memories.