Our son turned a year older this past weekend and a party was in order. Well, it’s not like we had a choice. This year he attended a number of birthday parties this weekend, so it was inevitable that we would be asked for a party… right? Continue reading “J’s 4th Birthday Party at Barnyard Kids”
We wish you the best day ever and an even better year
We wish you great health, so we can go on many more adventures together
We wish you a continued abundance of patience so you can deal with us when J and I are having a bad day
We wish you oceans of love that will strengthen our bonds, during the good and bad times.
It’s said that things get better with AGE,
YOU definitely one of them.
J and ME.
I still pinch myself to make sure that I’m not dreaming. I’m eternally grateful that you chose us to be your parents, and honoured that God has allowed us to share and celebrate another year of life with you.
WOW! I can’t believe that this week my blog hylery is 4, and today a public holiday in South Africa, is Heritage Day. It is a South African public holiday celebrated on 24 September. We’re all encouraged to celebrate our culture and our different beliefs and traditions. Continue reading “Hylery… my blog turns 4!”
For those on the Christian calendar today is Christmas Eve.
The day before Christ’s birth.
For many today there will be running around malls, shopping centres, or on the road making your way to family gatherings to celebrate Christmas.
Please travel safe. Try not to drink and drive, it’s seriously not worth it. You’re not only endangering your own life but many of those sharing the road with you. Most of all it is selfish! If you have spare food or drink, instead of letting it rot in the bin why not share it with those less fortunate close to you?
However you decide to spend Christmas, make you sure you’re making all those around you feel warm and special. Try and put smiles on your family’s faces. Put those differences away. Focus rather on the day.
It’s become a day of bringing joy through the sharing of gifts, food and festivities. So, enjoy it to the max.
Share love, as if it were the last thing on earth.
Reflect on your blessings, focusing on the challenges will only depress you and not change the situation.
Stay blessed, and warm your heart with loads of love … after all tomorrow is Christmas!
Beijinhos, Abraços e amor,
My dearest J,
How time has progressed so quickly … feels like it was just yesterday we were awaiting your arrival.
I know it was exactly a year ago I was chatting to aunty Kanitha and we were wondering if you would start walking before your birthday. No, you wouldn’t have any of it nor succumb to any pressure from your dads to achieve this milestone before then either.
That’s you son .. you do everything in your own time … I love your individualistic streak!
In the year since we celebrated last, so much has changed. You’ve travelled across our country’s borders, not once but a few times. You’ve not only started walking … you’re running and doing your version of “MTB” too! I wonder now if this is a sign of things to come …
You started school in the last quarter of the year and although you fuss and “cry” when we drop you off daily, your teachers tell me that you’re a happy camper even before I’ve driven off. I see it when I fetch you from school, how you’re always smiling and how popular you are with your classmates. All I hear is your name being called out by them and their parents, fills my heart up with pride I tell you.
You’re growing into such a playful young man, always smiling and laughing. When you’re not happy, you’re very clear with that too. One thing is for sure, your dads always know where we stand with you. You playing with my hair to comfort you when it’s bed time or you’re not feeling well or when you’re not comfortable with the environment .. I miss it when we’re apart because of my work schedule.
Thank you for filling up our lives with so much love and laughter. Giving meaning and direction to your dads otherwise standard .. routine of a lifestyle we had. When GOD picked you for us, he certainly knew why.
Today is your birthday, thank you J’s birth-mom for your courage and most unselfish act and allowing hubby and I to rear this gorgeous little boy we call son with so much pride.
Hope it turns out to be a very special day for you son, and I pray GOD allows us to spend and celebrate many more with you.
Happy Birthday son! Parabéns bebé do papa!
Love you always! Te amo muito anjinho do meu coração !
This past weekend we traveled to Swaziland for a bit of some chill time and spend some quality time with the family. The main reason though was to celebrate our dad’s 70th birthday with him. He had no idea it was happening!
We got to the border with Swaziland and I commented to hubby how clean it now looked on the Swazi side, and how impressed I was with the new ablution facilities. That they catered for the parent with child by having changing facilities as forward thinking on their part. Well that little bubble I’d created for myself was quickly blown. J wasn’t feeling well and before I knew it, I was covered in vomit! I wasn’t worried .. there were changing facilities now. How mistaken I was! As I open the door I’m met by a woman customs officer busy applying her makeup. Very quickly she tells me that those were staff facilities and not actually for changing nappies! We swapped a few words before she eventually left and I managed to clean J and myself up.
It was a weekend that our young man got to spend quality time with his cousins, getting to form a bond with them and his aunts, uncles and grandparents too. It was a packed weekend. Come Sunday it felt like we needed another couple of days to relax from all the activity.
During the weekend we also got to celebrate my BIL Ralph’s birthday as well. He is getting closer to them 40th mark. My sister planned a surprise breakfast for him and the family which went down really well. Simple is always great!
Before we knew it, we were saying our goodbyes and heading back to our home.
The place we stayed at Malandela’s B&B was a dream! One of the few places we’ve stayed at in the recent history that was really amazing! No usual hotel fuss .. very relaxed and the room was amazingly spacious!
Our young man loved the space to run around with his bike and not have to wear shoes either. The gardens were amazingly well manicured. It was lush green as far as you could see. How I miss this country. Life feels so simple and easy. Children can still be children, run around fairly safe in the gardens and not within the confines of an apartment.
As much as it has all this … and yes I do miss it at times .. it has its place as does my current location in my life. Hubby’s words ring true .. when we’re young we yearn to leave the mundane country lifestyle for one with lots of light and “life”. Both have its place in life and give to whom we eventually become as mature adults. Current home provides the “life” and “money”, while country living provides a more nurturing quality upbringing for children.
We’re back home now, J is back to not enjoying the drop off period again. Amazing that a short break from school took us a few steps backwards. He has half a term left for this year before he is on his long break. I think our nanny is going to love having him home. I sense at times she misses having him around the house.
I have to sort out a theme for young man’s birthday coming up as well. Along with what it will require to pull it off. We’re thinking this year he is going to have it at school. Like they say, the first birthday is actually for the parents. This year he hasn’t really made serious friends, so having it at school seems to make logical sense for now.
My colleague Kanitha suggested having a post school tea for his playground mates as well. I’ve taken this under advisement, but really does seem like a great idea. Have to think more and see if what we decide to finally go with will make sense. I think I need to visit the China Mall in the coming week.
Here are a few more pic from the weekend of fun in the sun!
This past weekend I wanted it to be different.
Every year we ask each other what it is that the other wants for their birthday and we kinda just give them exactly that. This time round I wanted it to be different. Not a word was uttered, or possible hint given to hubby as I wanted to pull this surprise off sans hiccups!
First I reached out to his sister to see if she could make it up to JHB for the weekend. She has some challenges that we’re all grateful she managed to overcome, and make her way up to us for the weekend. Next I had to contact a few of his mates to see if they could join him.
Once all that was sorted it was time to find a venue, that would be chilled and give hubby a bit of that “you’re special” feeling while being child friendly. Found the perfect venue, one we’d driven past a few times while taking our young man to his swimming lessons… The Secret Garden! Hidden away in the middle of the hustle and bustle of JHB. The service and high tea menu was delicious!
The invites went out.
His sister, Shaz confirmed her arrival date and time. Last week Friday in the middle of the night off I went to “fill up” the car with petrol when I was actually collecting Shaz from the airport. Hubby was totally surprised when we got him. He wasn’t sure at first if he was seeing right .. and that’s when we saw this huge smile across his face that lasted the weekend.
Saturday early morning we hit the road making our way to our first Team K-L12 Duathlon. Hubby cycled and I ran. We aren’t totally fit so we have used this first one to work on our fitness and the remaining events to get us ready for next year’s, when we want to attempt the full Duathlon. Yes, this year we’re doing the Half Duathlons only! I ended up in the wrong batch and did 2km extra on the day. Overall hubby and I did great for our first one. Do hope we’re able to keep up for the next one next month!
Sunday morning started pretty early! Our young man woke up normal time, and this was my gap. Off to the kitchen we went to make his milk, and some coffee for dadD, I cut a piece of cake for dadD and added a single candle so that we could we hubby. We got him by total surprise and mid sleep. JJ actually helped dadD blowout his candle too! Guess he will be blowing out his own candles this year!
Next surprise was breakfast .. but just before that though, hubby had a massage scheduled with my regular therapist. Following the race the day before it went down really well.
Not sure what happened, but suddenly we were behind schedule. It was time for the last surprise for the day… the Secret Garden. Eluding that we wanted to take our young man to the park before Shaz left, off we got into the car and made our way. As he entered the garden .. he caught a glimpse of friends Nadia and Sean waiting for us. It was so special watching him take all this in and appreciating it.
Before we knew it, it was time to get Shaz back to the airport.
It was a fantastic day, yes even if I say so myself.
I honestly love my hubby, and I have from the first day I set eyes on him.
Why do I love him so, here are 10 reason…:
- He loves me unconditionally!
- He would turn water to wine, if I asked … he would find a way I swear!
- He makes me smile, when it feels like the world has it in for me!
- How he tucks our son and I into bed every night, and kisses us both goodnight
- He loves it when I do anything sporty, and supports me all the way to the finish line
- He will let me try things out, even if it’s not something he approves
- He enjoys whatever I cook or bake, even if I KNOW it’s not my best effort
- He gives with an open heart
- When things are tough, he assures us that things will get better .. which they do!
- He loves our son and I almost … as much as we love him!