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My Wanderlust

I am so excited I could almost burst.

If you read my post from a few weeks ago you will know my husband and I are getting 3 days away to ourselves while my mom and step-dad come visit to look after the girls.

Technically they are looking after the girls but I think we all know that the girls will breathe fresh life into them and recharge their batteries, whilst spoiling the girls with love and attention, as all grandchildren do and deserve.

But nonetheless our trip is booked, our route is planned, our accommodation reserved. Continue reading “My Wanderlust”

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My goals for 2017

I know I’m a bit late, but I’ve never been ‘early’ in my life! 

I hate the term ‘New Years Resolution’. There is such a stigma attached to it and it becomes a chore to stick to rather than a desire. So instead of that, I have set myself goals for 2017 which are personal to me. 

Here they are: 

1. To participate more in family activities instead of being overly cautious due to my 2 hip replacements, or safely clinging to my job as ‘family photographer’. 

2. To complete my TESOL course by midyear. 

3. To teach my girls how to be more independent i.e. pick up their wet towels, throw their dirty washing INSIDE the laundry basket, no towel before swimming = no towel, help me tidy up after dinner at the table, put their shoes away, dress themselves. I think at 3 & 5 this is not too much to ask! 

4. Help my husband achieve his weight loss goal and make healthy eating more of a lifestyle rather than using that heinous word ‘diet’! 

5. To do more things that make my soul happy, and to achieve that I have to accept help when it’s offered. 

6. To spend more time focusing on my husband – the girls have consumed my attention for over 5 years, my husband has been patient enough but now we need more time to focus on each other now, again. See no. 5 above re accepting help when it’s offered. 

So that’s it. I have not made it a 3 point list, or 5 point list. It’s a list of 6 things that I want to achieve. 

So far I am doing okay – today I participated in Zip-Lining with my husband and kids! So glad I did it! We had such fun and I’m actually in some of the photos! Shocking!😱

Just another 11&1/2 months to go! Lol 

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"Put On Your Big Girl Panties"

I’m about to have a good old rant!

As I mentioned a few days ago, I had both my hips replaced last year. Blah, blah, blah. I’m finally starting to feel normal again, the pain is almost all gone, etc etc.

And then I needed to go to the dentist!

Yes, yes, I should go for regular check-ups, but I don’t. Why don’t I?

Because I AM TERRIFIED OF THE DENTIST! Continue reading “"Put On Your Big Girl Panties"”

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So much going on!

There is so much going on in my life yesterday and today.

My post from yesterday about Should I be defensive of being a SAHM? was my most popular/liked post since I started blogging, I also reached 100 followers  and today it’s actually sitting at 105. I’m feeling really blessed and thankful to all those of you who hopefully enjoy my writing, sarcasm and rants. lol

Yesterday also marked a year since my left hip replacement. The right was a year in June. I had Perthes disease as a child which was never diagnosed or treated and so from the age of 17 until last year (33) I suffered sever hip pain, limping, etc. I was misdiagnosed for all of that time, from being told I was over weight (Zim doctors at the age of 17, I weighed 75kgs?!) to being told to stop wearing high heels (GP in London at 21), then Hip Dysplacia at 24 (NHS Surgeon – but to please go away because they won’t be operating anytime in the next 10 to 20 years – just take paracetamol! WTF?) Anyway, when my husband and I knew we weren’t going to have any more kids he took me to a Dr in SA here who diagnosed it properly and replaced both hips with 4 months of each other. It was really tough on me, and even more so on my family. So yesterday’s milestone means so much to all of us. Thank you to my husband, my mom who came to care for all of us for 6 weeks with each hip, and to my two precious girls for being so good.

Then today is my eldest daughter’s first ever dance recital/concert. The show is the Lion King, and I think she is one of the monkeys. She has been practicing so hard, which such enthusiasm and determination, we can’t wait to see the show tonight. She is only 5 and has put in more hours the last 3 weeks than even school demands. Her schedule has been so crazy. This morning I dropped her at the theater for the morning show at 07.00, full hair and make-up. Not once has she complained about being tired, or not wanting to go, nothing. I have to pick her up at 13.00 then take her back for the evening show at 16.00. I pray she has a day time nap, but who am I kidding! lol

My youngest is definitely struggling with a little bit of FOMO (fear of missing out). I have promised her that she can start dancing from January. I took her to buy a pretty dress to wear tonight, and promised she can wear a little bit of make-up too. As an update to my previous post on finding a dress I am a “Tekkie mom”. I found one in the back of my cupboard that I’ve only worn once, but I think I must go find myself some new shoes. I might even look for ones with a slight heel to celebrate the hip birthday too – I probably won’t be able to walk in them and will be in pain tomorrow, but all for the sake of looking good right?

So anyway, it’s been and is a crazy couple of days. I can’t wait to see the show tonight. Tomorrow we will just be chilling in an effort to recover from the grueling schedule of the past few weeks.

Must dash now to my first hair cut in over six months. Woo Hoo!

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I am a "Tekkie mom".

Apparently, after the first time I met the wife of my husband’s motorbike riding buddy, she confided to her husband that she was relieved to discover that I am a ‘tekkie mom’.

Tekkie is the South African word for Trainers. Pronounced ‘tackie’. The only reason I even know what a ‘trainer’ is, is because I spent 9 years in the UK. No such thing as a ‘tekkie’ there!  Continue reading “I am a "Tekkie mom".”