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…I am looking forward to unplanned weekend – we were on our way to the Wild Coast to take part in a trail fest, and it was unexpectedly cancelled – the title sponsor (the hotel) decided to not play nice anymore, so the plug got pulled. I am a bit bleak to be missing out on a run in my favourite part of the world, but will get some other runs in anyway. Aside from agreeing to attend a wine auction tonight (very dangerous!) we have no other plans, what a pleasure!

So last night I got to art, for the first time in 3 weeks, and did some work on this enormous painting I am doing of my Thandigirl; but what was really cool last night, was that she came with me. With Charlie’s driver still being off, he is running around like crazy; and we had a childcare clash, so I grabbed an extra canvas, my acrylics; and brought her along – she loved it; especially when one of the there ladies asked her to help prep her canvas! So nice to make some special memories with her; even though it turned into a little bit of a late night, she enjoyed some creative time, some time with mom, and seeing what mom does, and where she goes to when she’s at art.

I guess these are the moments I need to bank, because there will be so many I will miss out on. I love my kid!

Another year

…another party! And it looks like it was a success! I hope I am making awesome memories for my daughter; I am certainly having fun, completely exhausting myself all the way to martyrdom!

 The children arrived

 We played some games!

 We went on an adventure walk and a scavenger hunt.

 We won some prizes.

 We partied with friends, family and cake!

 And went home with dirty feet and sweetie jars!

Party prep

…ok, so I am exhausted, but we are nearly there – party prep is in full swing, 2:30 tomorrow and it will all be on the way, and by 4:30 done!

  • Cake – is made and dirty iced. The fondant and figures will be added today.
  • Sugar crystals – all grown and must just be dried tonight.
  • Macarons – yes, I have that child who asks for macarons for her party, seriously! Made and must just be sandwiched together tonight (I use nutella for these ones, so super easy)
  • Biscuits – made and iced and good to go.
  • Fudge and Smudge – done
  • Chicken and Ham rolls – to be done in the morning tomorrow.
  • Pin the tail on the fox – done
  • Hedgehog ring toss – done, including the rings
  • Scavenger hunt bags – to be printed
  • Necklaces – to be used as prizes for the scavenger hunt – done.
  • Sweetie jars – to take home, done
  • Decor – done – except for the moss and some pine cones.
  • Thandi’s dress – done.

I can’t wait to share the photos with you guys!


And so it was, in the blink on an eye, I became a mom of a 7 year old!

Thanks for choosing me to be your mom, I know I’d choose you every time.

Crafting a party

…so Thandi’s birthday is 2 weeks away, and that means her party is a mere 2 and a bit weeks away. Let the games begin!

This year I’ve found a spot at the beach, within the coastal forest, which is perfect. I’m so pleased! The theme is woodland wonder – so while there will be all those European animals, like foxes, deer, raccoons, we can imagine they like a coastal Eastern Cape forest.

Last night a friend lent a hand and we got stuck in and got so much sorted – bunting, table runner, masks and the fox picture for ‘Pin the Tail on the fox’!

Food projects will start shortly!

Back to reality

… it’s been 2 days and reality bites! Yowzer, it’s been a really busy couple of days. So here, finally is my long weekend report back.

So our trip to the Mother City started early on Thursday morning. We hit the road, got going and just outside Port Elizabeth everything ground to a halt! There was a service delivery protest going on – in the day that there was a vote of no confidence scheduled in the DA mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay – coincidence? I think not! Anyway, the N2 was closed, the alternative road was closed, by protesters burning trees, types and trash across the roads. We sat on the side of the road for 2 hours – star jumps, push ups, planks, stories… finally we got going again, but things are still very volatile – teargas and rubber bullets were flying. As a child raised in the 80’s; I was ready – Thandi was made to lie down on the back seat, blanket over her, ready to cover her face if necessary. I was ready to duck down, Charlie was ready for some evasive action. Flip. I was anxious for a bit there. Anyway, the danger evaded, we hit that road with a 3 hour delay at the end, turning our trip into an extremely long one. But we made it, checked into our lovely AirB&B in Newlands and we were ready.

Friday was all about registration, and yes, all the drama you saw on social media was true. Super congested, super slow with agonizingly slow queues. It meant that the expo suffered, because I think we were all just too grumpy to shop properly. Saying that – I did buy 2 new pairs of shoes – road and trail; so I am ready for the next 6 months of running!

Saturday was the day, I ran the half marathon this year – another super congested day. Yoh! There are a lot of runners doing it! When at 10+km you are still forced to walk as you go around corners etc because the crowd dictates it. Hmmm. I ran a very slow time (2:37) but I couldn’t have gone much faster. I was pleased to meet a friend on Southern Cross Drive, and was pleased to have company for the rest of the run. My nieces ran their first half marathon – I think the big may have bitten fir them. My brother was beaming! He was so super chuffed to be there with his daughters! That was pretty special.

Saturday night we celebrated with friends at the Pot Luck Club – divine! As always!

Sunday we spent the day at the Cape Point Vineyards for a picnic, it was really nice, albeit rather disorganized! Food was good, setting incredible and weather perfect.

Monday was a jumbly day, had breakfast at the Olympia cafe with my brother; visited the scratch patch, had lunch with friends, walked in Newlands forest with other friends, and then a quick burger dinner before an early night prior to our trip home. Busy, but good.

The trip home was a whole lot easier, but flip, it’s far; I’m glad to be home and able to shower!

We have a winner!

…my super awesome big girl won her first merit award today.

It was final assembly (of this term) today, and she was awarded a merit pencil for quick problem solving in maths and excellent sentence construction in her storybook. I’m a proud mama! And she is just beaming!