11 March 2014

Tuesdays Tales

As I type i have 5 loud, happy kids playing wii. Just another day in the very 'unsocial' life that my kids lead as homeschoolers.  ;-)

Faith had cooking this morning and has come home with yet another INSANE meal. I am loving their once a month cooking classes - such a treat to a) not have to cook and b) to have a 3 course meal that is interesting!

Tomorrow is their weekly Afr-Creative Writing-Art/Craft day which means I don't teach at all. These activities are all done by friends of mine. I don't take this for granted…such a gift!

I plan to whisk myself off to Silvermine and enjoy a hike with a friend. Need to get some air and sunshine and outside time.

Have been feeling a bit miserable this week, definitely because my body has been fighting something and I can't run. I tried on Saturday and managed a very grim 6kms. I tried again yesterday and only managed 500m before turning around and walking home again. I decided to settle on a pilates class to still my desperate need for exercise.

Friday sparrows will see us beetling off to Arniston for a long weekend. Friends of ours will join us on Saturday and we are all so looking forward to it. A change of scenery is well needed right about now. We have had to cancel our trip up to Natures Valley this year due to various circumstances so this little jaunt will have to suffice.

Looks like I will be losing the man to a contract in Botswana for the next 6 months. He will be home for weekends (we hope!) but I am not very excited at the prospect. Life is like that and sometimes we just need to adapt. I can't say I am not holding out for a little miracle but preparing myself for the eventuality that I may be parenting and educating on my own.

Dear God, I am going to need a serious miracle in the form of abundant energy, creativity and patience.

Anyway, need to dash off as this is waiting for me! Prof Mel is in da house!

06 March 2014

Thursday News

I always have so much to blog until I sit in front of my screen and realize I cannot remember a single thought. It is frustrating to the nth degree.

Probably the best is to start a draft page with bullet points and add to it as I blunder through the week!

Faith has a ballet show in April. Rehearsals are eating up our days and weekends from now until then. Seriously. Every Single Weekend from now until show day is rehearsal - including EVERY DAY of the school holidays. I am trying to be the supportive parent (and am doing a great job, let me tell  you!) but inside I am silently screaming.

Each of my kids have their 'thing' - that one passion that we have committed to nurturing. Faith has dance. (little did we realize that dance would grow to include modern, tap and ballet!) I am not complaining, merely documenting.

Rachel recently visited my old high school. The open day was suitable impressive; the school has improved since my days even though my old locker still holds centre stage in it's sunny corner. She has asked me to put an application in for her for Grade 8. I am not surprised and am fully supportive of her decision but have told her she will need to return home for Gr 10-12. I would prefer her to leave school with a Cambridge certification as oppose to the matric if at all possible. Nothing is cast in stone and we are always open to change as circumstances so often do.

Levi is back on the mend after another bout of croup. Thankfully he recovered quickly and is full speed again and enjoying his squash, tennis, swimming and cricket. (yes! but he is a busy boy and thrives on exercise, what can i say?)

A (large) group of us have registered for the Spar Ladies race on 6 April. I do NOT do these mass races. I hate them however I have been persuaded….and agreed on the proviso that we all go for breakfast in Seapoint after the race. Now it is more than just a 'crazy, mass-mob race'!

The girls do a creative writing lesson with my friend Kerrin on a Wednesday morning - they (and one other little Gr 5 girl) wrote this poem which I thought was kind of lovely.

BLACK feels fresh like the cold wind on a winter morning
BLACK looks like a dark and isolated night
BLACK tastes like dark chocolate and smells like Baseline coffee
BLACK moves like a shadow waiting to take its prey and
BLACK sounds silent like the world is holding breathe

The boys wrote a similarly beautiful poem about PINK and I was truly astounded by their content. I have misplaced theirs but will post it soon!

I have been pondering the whole lent thing. I have never done it or pondered it but it has been dancing around the edges of my mind this week. Today I read this post by A Holy Experience. I shared it with the girls and we will be each taking time, privately, to consider what this means for each of us.

Levi had Character Dress Up day today and he went as his favorite warrior from The Beast Quest series. I love this boy. Damn. He had his entire outfit planned days ago, there are metres of rope involved….weapons of all sorts and definitely camo pants!

I love having friends in our estate. Sadly, the Merifields will be leaving shortly - still in the area but not in the estate. We are making the most of being able to pop up and visit with them and their 3 beautiful little people.

Levi playing golf with Dylan

Rachel building a house with Ruby

Faith keeping a watchful eye on baby Faye

03 March 2014

Weekly Update

Mondays feel like a revolving door. Every time I step out I find myself at Monday again!

The weekend was relatively calm actually. The boys headed out to rugby at Newlands on Friday night. Thankfully the Stormers managed to scrape a win in the dying moments of the game. Levi does not cope well with losing at this stage in his life. I fear this Super 15 tournament is going to stretch him somewhat.

Rach returned from camp, exhausted and not herself. She pretty much spent the weekend on a couch. Saturday saw me visiting friends within the estate - running buddies that have become more than just running buddies. Both will soon be moving out of the estate (staying in the area though) so I do think we should make the most of the opportunities we have right now for the impromptu 'pop-ins'!

On Sunday morning we ran the Milkwood 10k with a bunch of friends. Conditions were not ideal and I found it much harder than I anticipated. The last 2k had me running into a strong headwind and I swear I felt like I was standing still. I missed my ideal time by 2minutes but still scored a PB as this was my first 10k road run.

That being said I was happy with my lap times generally and the fact that I finished with a negative split. (faster second half than first)

Sunday afternoon found me moving furniture again. I finished my coffee table and I am very happy with it. It is much bigger than our old one, no more dragging it to wherever you sit! Finally no matter which couch you choose the coffee table is within reach. The kids also discovered it is a perfect Monopoly table. The rain came down and we started watching S28 Survivor : Beauty-Brawn-Brains. Proving to be quite a telling season. We also started watching BBC Miranda - this comedian had us all in stitches!

All in all, a peaceful and productive weekend. Let's hope the week follows suit.