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And now for some pics from out photoshoot…

Another weekend

…bites the dust. And, man, things are getting very laid back, holiday-ey and festive. And somehow, the Christmas spirit I had seems to be evaporating, I must have peaked too early! Damnit! Anyway, there has been a change of plan for our week, and y’all know I’m not one for last minute plan changes, but sometimes one must roll with these things, so now I will be hosting Charlie’s family at ours on the 25th for Christmas lunch. I am seriously compromising on my way of doing things though, but with 2 days notice, it’s all I can do, but I am sure all will be good anyway.

Salmon mousse and an antipasti platter for starter, marinated fillet on the braai for mains, with sides and a trifle for dessert. Not quite the feast I usually plan, but it will be tasty anyway. And on Christmas Eve, just a small supper for the 3 of us and my dad.

Yesterday we visited a friend of mine out at a neighbouring seaside village, she leaves for New Zealand next week, her family have threatened emigration for a long time, and it has finally happened now. SAC and I have know each other since we were 5, and she was Thandi’s pre school teacher, I could not have chosen a better one, I delivered her boys, and I think Thandi may just have stolen her youngest’s heart… It was an emotional day bidding her farewell, and it has brought home to me just how tough it is going to be to say ‘Tot siens’ to Charlie. At least it is just until seeing again and not good bye. Flip, this is turning into a tough season…

 

Birthdays

…birthdays at this time of the year are always a challenge, but last night we went to a friend’s party and it was a hoot! We laughed outrageously, we caught up on the latest news, we ate some tasty snacks, we laughed a lot more –  until our bellies hurt. And mercifully, my phone remained fairly quiet, so despite being on call I really did relax! We got home around midnight, and I was exhausted, and I collapsed into a heap. I slept the sleep of the dead, you know when you wake up and your hip is sore, because you have been lying still for too long. Just delicious!

Christmas preparations are in full swing. It’s going to be a very sedate affair, but I am looking forward to it, as I always do. A small Christmas Eve dinner, a call, and a Christmas Day brunch and chill. But now I must decide and finalise my menu!

 

The weekend what was

…what was just lovely! I got to relax, bake and cook, and run and ride and chill. I liked it! A lot! Some photo highlights..

 watching the pantomime on Saturday afternoon with JL, visiting from CT

Russian food prepared for a feast yesterday. I am still groaning!

 the inside of that cake. Yum! Napoleon cake.

a bike ride with my girl. Slaying some beasts.

Running with my buddy!

pretty flowers that has bloomed after the rains

and blue bottles after the winds…

special photo shoot before Charles goes.

She’ll kill me for this one day, but finding selfies on my phone… priceless.

Family and Holidays

…and just like that, all good things come to an end. The holiday is over, all the friends and family have left and Thandi goes back to school on Wednesday. Tragic really!

The holidays have been good. Good to see friends and family, good to take a little time out, but, in their own way, some stressors too.

Work over Christmas was very busy – lots of babies, lots of heartache and some craziness thrown in for good measure! There was one baby born on Christmas Day; and such a fun delivery! It was a privilege to be involved. But, as I mentioned I had more than my fair share of tragic cases too – twins born too soon to stand a chance, miscarriages after long awaited pregnancies; my heart did break a little more this year. But that is the nature of my role, it isn’t always J&J babies and roses…

On the friends and family side, it was busy! My brothers arrived over the weekend of the 22nd with their respective families; and then our German friends arrived on the 23rd, just in time for one of those big fat crazy family Christmas lunches. It was noisy, it was hot, it was messy, there was tinsel and ribbons and confetti crackers. Totally crazy! The feast was good; the gifts appreciated and the love palpable!

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The aftermath of Christmas meant lots of cleaning and washing! Thankfully, my fairies stepped in and lent hands, and my house survived the chaos! In between trips to the office, we had the chance to visit some friends staying just out of town – good to catch up, good to connect on different grounds.

On the 29th we headed, with our German friends and our local friends, to Blanco, a fun guest farm near Tarkastad (very rural Eastern Cape). What an experience. There are families who have been coming to Blanco for over 50 years, and they keep returning; It felt like we became part of a very special family while we were there. The kids had a ball – horse riding, swimming, riding bicycles, playing tennis, jumping on trampolines, playing card games – all the things that a good holiday requires. The grown ups slept, swam, ran and walked, drank good SA wine and enjoyed some craft gins! All essential when the temperature hits the upper 30’s! One of my favourite things about Blanco is the compulsory tractor ride for all the children in the afternoon; what this means is the adults all get an afternoon kip! Yay! A very festive New Years party happened – with the theme being announced the night before – Blanco Burn – so the 31st saw all the guests traipsing through parka doing some shopping. Our best buys came form the Co-op! And we won the best dressed table!

A s the dust settled on the party, it was time to head home and back to reality – I did some deliveries, saw some patients and then we celebrated through the weekend, ending with a magnificent party at friends yesterday, to wish our germans farewell. Or rather, as they say in Afrikaans, Totsiens (Until seeing).

It was a holiday where I know we made some awesome memories with our children – cookie decorating with the family was special too; crazy uncles in the pool; endless rounds of ‘Would you rather?’; spontaneous dance parties and swimming with the moms (“But G, you even got your hair wet today!” said one little girl to her mom!) memories that I hope my girl will carry in her heart…

Merry Christmas

… to you and your families. I hope you are making some incredible memories.

I’m trying hard to emulate my Dawny this season, when everything had to be just so – from her special biscuits, to Christmas Cake, to a roast dinner. It’s been a tough season, but today I woke up with a song in my heart.

Miss you Mom, lend a hand with Dad if you can.

What the elf did next

He’s been busy!

Having a Frozen inspired moment!

 getting stuck into a bag of homemade fudge – cheeky guy! Photo Booth!

We all know an evil genius (not really, I know) needs his minions!

Harry Potter came to town for a quidditch game!

Someone saws us baking and decided to get in on the deal – messy business!After a rainy day, last night someone got stuck into the drawing and colouring in.

(my brothers arrive tomorrow for a couple of days to see if they can help me out with our dad – relief!)