Charlie's Bird

living the dream with Charlie and Thandi and chirping all the way back to the nest.

Archive for May, 2014

Weekend rising the weekend ahead is a working weekend for me. There is quite a bit planned socially, so we will see how it all goes. Thandi has a birthday party to attend on Saturday morning, and there are 2 dinners on Friday evening and Saturday evening. I think I’m going to need a day or 2 to just recover from all of this! Crikey! Hope you all have fun!

In other news, I have been getting some running in, which is still going nicely. I must say, the dark mornings and evenings are putting a spanner in the works though, with me not being able to get out there as easily as I did, for the girl who trains on her own. Oh well. I do know that I am running better than I ever have before, done more mileage than ever before, so I am hoping when that little Knysna half marathon comes along I will run it with confidence and strength! Next step after that is a 21 km trail run in Cape Town in September, and then there will be a few runs in between, I am sure, but Paris in April will be the next big step!

Anyway, before my secretary glares at me, let me get to work!

It was her party

…so, here are some photo’s taken before the chaos of Madam Thandipants’s party. Thanks MJ! Sadly we were not able to recover any photos off the camera, so we have a few blurry cell phone shots and these preparty ones.

IMG_0001  party packs IMG_0004

IMG_0005 IMG_0008Yummy party food

IMG_0039 IMG_0041 IMG_0048 Decoratives

IMG_0052 IMG_0054 The collaborative cake, thanks to TAFKAD for the Minnie! I (believe it or not) did the rest!IMG_0037IMG_0026 My beautiful Minnie Mouse, who is now 3 years old. How I love her!


It’s my party

…and I’ll cry if I want to…

Today is my birthday, the commencement of the last year of my 30’s, and damnit, I am feeling rather melancholic. I’m not sure if it is the dénouement of Thandi’s celebrations, or if it is the reality of my aging. Or maybe I am just not as far from the darkness than I thought I was. Or maybe the morbs have hit because I am at work, and a birthday on a busy work day just doesn’t seem like much fun. Whatever it is, I am sure it will pass.

On another note, thanks to all the friends and family for all the spoils and all the love, messages and phone calls! I am blessed!


…what a weekend! It really is hectic when a certain princess has a birthday! And 3 is such a significant one! Oh my goodness!

The party went off well, with lots of laughter and shrieking! (no tears!) Thandi loved her Minnie Bowtique day – they all made bows (out of cardboard), played on the jungle gym and enjoyed treats and cakes and fruit skewers and pink milk! I had fun preparing everything, but it was an incredible amount of work, with many late nights. I had delicious afternoon naps with Thandi on both Saturday and Sunday. And on Sunday, we also did the great toy clean up. Thandi was so sad to hear that some children didn’t have toys, she was quite happy to share some of her toys with them (although she did want to know their names!) The only downer of the day is that the camera failed us and seems like it has not recorded and saved a single photo. We are taking it to a camera guy today to see, but I ain’t holding my breath! Let it just be said that children’s parties are not for the faint hearted!

20140526-080843-29323856.jpgOne of the other moms managed to snap this picture of the herd of Minnie Mice! (if that’s the collective name for a group of mice?)

Last week was busy, with a trip to Cape Town, some concerted efforts at shopping, some quality time with some good friends, a gorgeous meal out at the Pot Luck Club, then back to work and a hectic time baking and cooking and preparing for aforementioned party! so apologies for a distinct lack of posts!


3 today

Oh, my Thandigirl, today you are 3! You are the most incredible creature I know, between you and Dad, my life has irrevocably changed – and I’m grateful.

I hope you have a spectacular day at your Minnie Party, with all your friends, playing at Minnie’s Bowtique! I’ve had lots of fun preparing it for you! ( pictures to follow!)

I couldn’t think of a catchy title, sorry.

…I’m still tired, hell’s teeth! Working on this party for Thandipants is damn near killing me. Last night we completed the bunting and the sign for the door. (photo’s will follow, I promise!) And this here is the very reason I said I didn’t want to do ‘parties’ for her until we hit big school, because I know what an A type I am. I can’t possibly get someone to help me, allow a venue to host it etc… I will overdo it, and she will never realise or really appreciate it. Oh well… Sucker that I am.

Anyway. Sunday I fly to the Mothercity – yay! I am so looking forward to it, seeing the besties and chilling from work! I am going to miss Thandi and Charlie, of course, but before anyone rubs their eyes out I’ll be home for a whirlwind few days before the birthday! I am so looking forward to a bit of retail therapy and dinner at the Pot Luck Club! And the conference, of course…

I will see you all on the flip side! Have great weekends!

Waiting in the dark

…the last few weeks are taking their toll on me. I am tired, its been tough, between work, work, more work, training and good old maternal guilt, I am tired. And over the last few days I have seen the dark demons rising up again. I really thought I was further away from the darkness than I now realise I am. I have come so far over the last 6 months, I thought I was ‘safe’, and now I see I’m not. Crikey. I guess too, not having being able to run since Sunday, not getting into the gym yesterday like I usually do, being tired, with very little sleep, work being super busy and stressful; there probably is enough reason for me to be somewhat depressed. But I do hate the feeling.

So today I have a lot of work to get through, then I must go and do some kind of physical jerks, I need those endorphins; then Charlie and I are going to try to get out for a mini date night – we have hardly even spoken to each other this week, and then I need to sleep. God, I need to sleep. Have good Thursdays everyone!