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My #Instaweek Round-up: Aug Week 3

The fact that I usually post these Instagram Round-ups over the weekend, and I’m only getting around to it today now that it’s Monday gives you a small indication of how hectic life has been this weekend.

Day trip to Jozi, braaing with friends, feeling generally rubbish and now my youngest and I both have a cold. It’s been crazy.

Nevertheless, let’s get this show on the road …

No. 5: The bottom of my laundry basket! Can you believe it! I thought it was a myth, but on the 15th of August 2017, I finally discovered it! I never thought the day would come and so had to take photographic evidence! Who knew? Needless to say, it’s full now, as is the spare – basically a weekend hangover for mom’s is double laundry on a Monday.  Continue reading “My #Instaweek Round-up: Aug Week 3”

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I Used To Be A Sheep 

I have always been one of those people who value other people’s opinions and who can be easily led down a certain path. Saying that, my strong moral compass has almost always managed to steer me straight when I realise I’ve gone a little too far down the wrong path. Thanks mom! Continue reading “I Used To Be A Sheep “

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My Instaweek Round-up – July Wk 4

This past week was spent in East London doing all the things you do when moving to a new city. We had what felt like a billion house viewings, visits to potential schools, and a few hours of down-time at the beach. It was an exhausting week and to say that I am exhausted today is an understatement.

The girls and I travelled back home from East London yesterday. We were up at 05.00 and flew from East London Airport to Johannesburg, then had to collect our luggage and check back in with a different airport to fly to Bloemfontein. That flight was delayed by over an hour as the original plane was not available so they had to split the passengers into two groups on smaller planes. We were obviously put on the smaller plane taking not more than 30 passengers – I felt sick (thanks SAA – no comment!). Then on landing at Bloem airport we had to then drive two hours to get home. It should have been one and a half, but I took a wrong turn so had a quick tour of Bloem before finding my way out. I got home around 16.00. Basically it was 11 hours of travelling solo with the girls – and we’re still in the same country! Continue reading “My Instaweek Round-up – July Wk 4”

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School Selection Stress

As most of you know, we are in the process of moving from one province to another. As a contractor’s wife, as soon as you hear where you’re being ‘shipped off to’ next, you do two things:

  • Cry – weather out of relief from leaving the hell hole you’re currently living in, or sadness from leaving a place you feel at home in – it was the later for me this time.
  • Google – after the crying is over, you jump on the internet and furiously google the place you’ll be moving to. As a mother this googling is centred around schools, houses and things to do.

This time the most important on that list is schooling. Our eldest will be starting Grade 1 in January next year, which is a big deal for her and for us. I want to be able to give her the best standard of education we can afford. Education is so important. I believe this to be true, not just for her, but for ALL children.  Continue reading “School Selection Stress”

I Cant Keep Calm Im a Soccer Mom
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I Can't Keep Calm, I'm a Soccer Mom!

The day has finally arrived. After weeks of practicing and planning, and counting down of sleeps, tomorrow is finally the annual school 5-a-side soccer tournament.

It’s gonna be huge. Continue reading “I Can't Keep Calm, I'm a Soccer Mom!”

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Parent's Evening

Wednesday evening was Parent’s evening at the girl’s school.

No, I don’t want a noddy badge for attending. Fortunately, or unfortunately as the case often is, I was brought up to do what I’m told. That means that no matter how much I might roll my eyes, tut, or whine about having to attend something that I don’t really want to, I will be there! I can’t live with the guilt if I don’t, also FOMO.

I’d spoken to a few of my fellow mom’s and the camp was pretty evenly split between attendees and non-attendees.

When I got there (first – even I’m rolling my eyes at myself) I met up with another mom who I wave at most days, and we walked to our daughter’s classrooms together. She was complaining about what a terrible day she’d had. As usual I felt I couldn’t complain about mine because she was a stressed out working mom who was juggling work and kids, while I’m a Stay-at-home-mom so have far more ‘free’ time than she does, even though if you’ve been reading my blog this week you’ll know I’ve had a shocker of a week with the girls.

When we got to the classroom the teachers were surprised to see us and jokingly remarked that we didn’t need to come if we were busy because they see us every day and the evening was mostly for parents who they never get to see. Nice.

Anyway, I’m still glad I went. My eldest got a fantastic report at the end of last term. I had my reservations at the beginning of the year which you can read about here if you want to, but it looks like she is doing brilliantly! She got all A+ and A grades on her report. I am a very proud mom. The only comment the teacher made was that she sometimes rushes through her work to finish first. I am definitely NOT surprised, she is ridiculously competitive – I hope it holds her in good stead for her future even if it is driving me crazy on a daily basis!

Here are a few of her masterpieces.

My youngest is also doing really well. She also got mostly As, a few Bs, and ONE fail! She can’t tell her left from her right. I was quite upset about this, almost taking it personally but after chatting with her teacher apparently most of her class still get confused (they are all 3 – 4yrs old). Surely they shouldn’t be grading a whole class on something they shouldn’t have to be achieving as a milestone just yet? My best comment was that she is very good at cutting. Yes, this I know. She is definitely scissor happy. So far she has cut her hair, her sister’s hair, the cat’s hair and most of her My Little Pony’s and Barbie’s hair. My child’s cutting skills should never be in doubt! Here is a selection of her artwork from school:

So at the end of a pretty rough week of parenting, and also battling a niggling persistent cough and cold which is making me miserable, I am happy to report that I am a very proud mom to two amazing little girls who will either go on to be CEO’s of their own companies one day, or the leader of their respective prison gangs … or maybe my youngest might be a hairdresser, you never know!

Have a good weekend all.

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Why Can't I Say 'No'?

The countdown has begun to our school’s annual 5-a-side Football tournament.

It’s huge!

The school takes kids from 4 months old right up until the leave high school, Matric.

The tournament is for all kids from grade RRR (age 3 – 4) until Matric (17 – 18 I think). So that means my eldest daughter is about to play for the third time, but it is my youngest daughter’s first time. Continue reading “Why Can't I Say 'No'?”

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My secret is out!

I got this text from my daughter’s teacher a couple of weeks ago! Needless to say I was at once mortified and proud! I’ve been sitting on this for about two weeks, half ashamed, but definitely amused! Continue reading “My secret is out!”