Gratitude Autumn Weather
Gratitude Series, Travel

My Saturday Gratitude Check-In: Autumn Weather

Can you believe it’s March already? I can’t. I’ve noticed a very definite change in the weather the past few weeks, but today is the most perfect early Autumn day and for that I am grateful.

If you’ve been following this series, you’ll know I missed last week. I have a good excuse. We went to the Clarens Craft Beerfest. When we left in the morning it was a little cool so I made the girls wear their jumpers. (That was a fun fight / parenting moment! NOT.) By around midday, we were boiling hot! We had arrived too late to find any shady spots so we were sitting right in the sun. I could actually feel the heat burning me through my dark jeans and I had a very shiny face! My poor husband’s bald head is peeling now. He got so burnt, eventually he went and paid R250 for a cap! It’s fair to say that we went unprepared and suffered the consequences. Fortunately I had taken sunblock for the girls so they were fine.  Continue reading “My Saturday Gratitude Check-In: Autumn Weather”

Blogging, family, motherhood, Parenting, Stay-at-home-mom

So. Tired.

This is a post about how just when you think you’re finally winning at parenting your kids remind you that they do and always will, have the upper hand. It looks at how they use their very best methods to ‘clip your wings’ and bring you ‘back down to earth’!

We went up to Pretoria yesterday morning, and after doing a few family visits, we took the kids to Bounce, one of the new trampoline parks that have recently opened up in Gauteng. Look out for my review later in the week. It really was a great outing for the kids.

After that we stayed over with friends and had a lovely dinner and few glasses of wine.

This morning all the other adults left to go to work and I waited out the commuter traffic before starting the long solo journey home with the kids (4 hours of driving with two kids, alone).

As soon as I started trying to get the kids dressed … is when the fight started. (Check out the link for jokes in this theme).  Continue reading “So. Tired.”

Blogging, Holiday, motherhood, Parenting, Travel

Are these the last days of summer? 

It certainly feels like it in South Africa anyway.

The days are getting shorter.

The nights are getting cooler.

I feel like I’m running out of time, time for what I don’t know but I am not a fan of winter, maybe that’s what is making me feel a little anxious.  Continue reading “Are these the last days of summer? ”

family, motherhood, Parenting, Stay-at-home-mom

Keeping The Kids Cool In The Summer

Advice from a mum who lives in Africa, about how to keep your kids cool in the summer.

The summer sun in central South Africa is fierce! I read a lot of articles from fellow mommy bloggers who live in the Northern Hemisphere about how to keep your kids busy indoors on cold and rainy days.  So I thought I would do a similar one on how I try to keep my girls busy, cool and active but out of the harsh rays of the sun. Continue reading “Keeping The Kids Cool In The Summer”

family, Holiday, motherhood, Parenting, Stay-at-home-mom, Travel

Spring has sprung

Following on from my ‘Spring Hat’ post from yesterday. A Spring Hat … By Friday, I have to confess, Spring kind of took me by surprise this year.

We’ve been living in central South Africa (the Free State, or as my husband likes to call it “the States”) for about 17 months, and whilst we have done a full year of seasons here, last year I can honestly say was pretty much a right off. I had two hip replacements within four months of each other, my mom had to come stay to look after us all for six weeks at a time, coupled with settling in to a new town, new school, new everything. It’s almost like the first nine months here were a blur. Continue reading “Spring has sprung”