22 May 2014

Faiths 10 birthday

The day finally arrived. She had been so patient and long-suffering. The 5 days prior to her birthday she had had to move out of her bedroom so that the makeover could be completed.

We painted the entire room and all the furniture (barr one cupboard) white. Hung her favourite pictures. Added some vinyl decals. Added new handles and light switch covers. Put up numerous hooks for all her bags, medals, jewellery, belts and and and!

The medal hanger made of scrap wood and old door handles.

The mirror selfies

The onsie clan!

We went out for breakfast at Ellies Deli with my mom and later did the family dinner vibe at Spur as is tradition.
A happy ten year old girl finally slept very well in her new bedroom!

13 May 2014

Notes from my desk

Faith made the semi finals for the Ackermans Style Squad - basically a competition to win the position of 1 of 12 fashion bloggers for Ackermans for 12months. Competition is stiff and am now navigating my way through how to help her manage the possibility of both success and failure.

For now we are just going to enjoy the pleasure of waiting for the courier to arrive with her first assignment …. all we know is it will be delivered by the 16 May and she has  to submit a finished product by 31 May.

In other news…..I have recently started hosting a group of kids in my home from about 1130 - 1330 to do some group learning (and messing about!) Today we had a look at the layers of the earth and discussed minerals and Mohs scale of hardness. We are doing more and more co-op type learning with a creative writing class (Kerrin)  a craft class (Carrie), a geography class (me), a historical class/activity (Tracey) and a Nature Study/Ambleside class (Joy).

All of these classes are fluid and subject to change as is the homeschooling ethos (at least for the group I move in) but it really creates a sense of community for the kids and kinship for the moms who are involved in the full-time education of their kids.

I am also enjoying interacting and using the skills of older homeschooled children. At the moment one is busy preparing to manage the murder/mystery activity for Rachel's birthday. Another is going to be featuring Faith on her photography blog 'Your Capture'.

In both cases these girls are acquiring skills that enable them to grow in their passion while also helping me/my kids in many areas.

With that I leave my desk to go and paint another coat on Faith's desk….only a week before her room makeover needs to be complete….Yikes, I see some late nights in my future.

12 May 2014

Weekend in Review

This weekend was a whirlwind. So much activity but all good.

Saturday morning saw us all at ParkRun. I was really impressed that my teen actually got out of bed at 0730 on a cold Saturday morning. No threats involved.

Russell and I are running with them until they are comfortable to run the route alone (probably from next week).

Rachel ran a 40min, Faith a 38min and Levi a 32min (with his broken toe!)

We came home, mellowed a little bit and then headed to town to fetch our race number for the Jive  Slave race on Sunday.

It was pretty cool to be in town on a Saturday afternoon, we met up with my D&S at Truth Coffee Shop (hipster hangout deluxe) and tried to have a civilized cuppa. This didn't really work out for 2 reasons

1. My kids were highly annoying. Seriously, they acted like they were all 5years old. The oldest being the main instigator of chaos. I had MASSIVE sense of humour failure.

There were moments of amusement. Very few but this was one.

2. The coffee was bad. Okay, not bad but highly average. The price was bad. R25 for an average cup of coffee really hacks me off however I settled on the fact that I was paying for their very above average decor.  Word of advice - go grab a takeaway coffee from Cafe on Greenmarket and then go take awesome instagrams of Truth interiors. ;-)

Sunday morning we were up at 6am and off to the Slave Run. It was such a fabulous experience. So well organized, very well attended and such a great community spirit. Rach ran a fabulous 37min 5k, improving her time by 3minutes.
We got a spot right on the start line. Lovely crowd.

Some serious hills greeted us but they powered on.
They loved the dramatic 'tunnel finish' with crowds really cheering them on.

After the race, Rachel said the words every runner-mom wants to hear:
'I get it Mom, this running thing. I get it and I can't wait to run again.' 
(I think I heard angels singing)

The medals….cos that is what gets them out there! ;-)

Mothers Day included the traditional insane omelette that only my man can make; heartfelt cards, thoughtful gifts, an attempted nap, some unwanted chaos and a visit to my own mom later in the evening.

All in all a weekend well lived. 

08 May 2014

Post Election

Our elections have come and gone. With results trickling in it would seem that our countrys' poorest are happily still choosing to re-elect their corrupt oppressors. The Western Cape remains the last bastion of hope in this beautiful country of ours and thankfully we get to call it home.

We spent our public holiday lazily - first lunch at the Octopus Garden (very unimpressed) and then a great afternoon chill at my folks place before making our mark around 4pm. Took the kids along to show them how it is all done - all rather exciting for them.

I share my running life via Endomondo with a few fellow enthusiasts and I have to say that this form of 'social media' is very beneficial. After a few days of my feed filling up with all their running exploits I do seriously begin to suffer a) guilt   b) fomo. It is pretty helpful in getting my butt OUT THERE.

Yesterday, I had promised myself I would NOT let another day pass without pulling on my running shoes  (and had made this claim on endomondo!)  so I ended up chasing sunset! A mere 2k warm up with (6) hill repeats had to suffice for the day.

This morning Russ and I dropped Levi at school and headed into Silvermine for some strength training aka trail running. Omigosh. 2.5k of uphill hell followed by an intensely technical 2k descent. The weather became seriously chilly and we ended up racing the rain which always adds a little adrenalin rush. ;-)

So much for my cheery 'lets try a new route today babe' ! Humbled by the mountain…..but Tribeca coffee was my reward and starting my day this way (however painful at the time) makes me very happy.

06 May 2014

Lately around here


We did our first family trail race about 2wks ago. The Constantia Valley race - early morning rise on a Sunday, packed kids and hot chocolate and off we went. Thoroughly enjoyed by us all - we have booked our next family race for 11 May - Slave Race 2014 in Cape Town city centre.

someone was very excited on race morning!

Levi broke his toe 10 days ago. It turned out to be a bit of a drama. Initially I ignored it and taped it to the alongside toe but later felt I needed to get it checked out. X-rays showed a nasty fracture….he had to have it anesthetized  and the doctor realigned it. He was super brave. It is still not right though but we are hoping he will be able to do Park Run and Slave race this weekend.

Faith did her first Park Run last Saturday (Rach stayed home with broken-toe boy) and she really surprised me and herself. She ran the 5k trail route in under 35mins. Fantastic achievement for her.

happy mom
proud dad!

She is also back at dancing after all the public/school holidays - this nearly was the undoing of her….no dance makes for a very grumpy fairy. She is now in Eistedford mode - coming up in August which means 6 dance lessons a week! (2 tap, 2 modern, 2 ballet) Yikes.

We have managed to get out and enjoy some of these beautiful cape town autumn days. We took a lovely walk from Kalk Bay to Muizies with some friends. Just epic and makes me grateful to be living in this utopia despite the naysayers.

Kalk Bay

Dangers Beach

Muizenberg catwalk
Rachel has been given an AMAZING opportunity at a local pre-school. (the one Levi used to go to) The owner/teacher (Gill)has invited her to come anytime to help with the kids. It is a small school with a great cross-section of learners.

One of the kids is special needs and another is ADHD - she is gaining invaluable experience. She is going full-day on a Tuesday and any other free time she has during the rest of the week. Gill is training her in a variety of skills as well as inviting Rachel to bring her own ideas to implement. I cannot be more grateful for such an opportunity. (for those that don't know Rachel has indicated for some time that she would like to run her own preschool)

I have the kids birthdays coming up … really soon. Faith is up first on 21 May and we are doing a room makeover for her. I am up to my neck in painting walls and refurbishing furniture.

Rachel is up next on 5 June and it is her 13th birthday and she really would like a murder mystery party….I have a lovely young homeschooler (event planner extrodinaire) working on a proposal for this for me.

Levi is up next on 20 June and he just wants a Gladiator party - just have to find those inflatable things that they can use to beat each other around the head!

This weekend I spent the day re-varnishing all our outdoor furniture ….

as well as painting a desk, a chest of drawers and a server all white. A few more coats to go, some vinyl transfers and I will have some beautiful new-look items in my home.