Reasons To Drink Wine Today
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Reasons to Drink Wine Today

I’m going to keep it short and sweet and really just give you my top 5 reasons why I will be drinking wine today: Continue reading “Reasons to Drink Wine Today”

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My #Instaweek Round Up – Week 3

Welcome back to my latest #Instaweek Round-up. It’s week 3 in the series, and things were a little tough this week. You can read about our horrific day on Monday here.

Fortunately things picked up towards Friday, and I even managed to get a fun #friyay post out late Friday evening. They Were Bored … Honest! 

Continue reading “My #Instaweek Round Up – Week 3”

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Keeping Them Busy

The school term is in full swing now. We have something going on every afternoon, which is great. It’s not super stressful stuff either which I like, I firmly believe that they are still little girls and there is no need to fill their days completely. There is time enough for that when they start big school.

That being said, whilst I thought I was being a very clever mommy and enrolling them both in dancing and both in swimming. I thought it would make my life easier in terms of location, timing, etc. BUT … as one is 5 and one is 3, they have been put in different classes based on their abilities, which does make sense, but the classes are not timed according to what suits ME best. I mean really, why didn’t they consult me before drawing up their schedules!

Now on Monday and Tuesday I sit for 1/2 an hour with one of the girls while the other dances, then on a Wednesday I sit for an hour, one dances first for 1/2 an hour, then the other dances next, also for 1/2 an hour. Thursdays is swimming, and again it’s one after the other, but fortunately they each share these lessons with friends of the same age so I get some adult conversation with the other mom who is a really lovely lady, and the gym provides a children’s play area so we make use of this for the girls who aren’t in the pool.

This has been going on for three weeks now, and we’ve exhausted all the usual games: I spy; go touch that pole; count to 100; what’s in mommy’s handbag; etc – you get my point. I also don’t know what parents did while waiting in cars/outside dance studios before Smart Phones were invented?! Okay, I know, they read books, you know – the ones printed on paper that don’t require batteries.

I digress – so yesterday I decided that I would go mad sitting for an hour trying to entertain them so I decided to print off some freebie letter worksheets for my eldest to try help her improve her writing skills. She LOVES stuff like that and it makes her feel so important. Of course I only decided to do this 20 minutes before the dance class was due to start so I quickly went onto Pinterest, found the first one that looked to be at her level, and frantically printed off worksheets for letters a to f (all I had time for), grabbed the clipboard I use for them on roadtrips and off we raced to dancing.

To say it was a hit is an understatement. The youngest also wanted to do it, which was a bit of a challenge as her sister had already done the worksheets but I managed to avert another threenager public meltdown by giving her a different colour pen and re-using the same worksheet. (Clearly I operate well under pressure!) They enjoyed them so much they even carried on with them when we got home.

This morning I decided I need to ‘strike while the iron is hot’ so  I went back to the website I’d found in my rush yesterday and print off the rest of the letters. Having a bit more time to actually look around the website I am so impressed and inspired by all the free stuff that is on there. Not just free printables, but games, tasks, everything you can think of to help your preschool/nursery school child learn letters, numbers, writing, reading, spelling, etc. the list is endless!

It is called The Measured Mom and was created by Anna, a teacher turned SAHM of six!

Please check out her website if you need any of this stuff. There are freebies as well as a shop to buy more stuff. It’s aimed at moms, teachers, homeschool moms, really everybody who needs teaching aids for children!

I really can’t be more impressed! She’s also on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ – the links are on her website.

Please Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The site has a massive following already so they hardly need to be asking little old me for a write up!

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What's Best For Them.

Yesterday started well. The girls were excited to go to school which tells me they enjoyed their first day back the day before. Thank goodness. Continue reading “What's Best For Them.”

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Though she be but little, she is fierce.

On the eve of my ‘baby’ going to her first year of pre-school, my heart is breaking a little that my last baby is definitely no longer a baby. Continue reading “Though she be but little, she is fierce.”

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If you cry when you're happy …

You are probably a mom. 

Words can’t begin to explain how super proud I am of my little girl. She did such a good job in her dance show last night. 

I’m one of those ridiculous moms who cry when I’m proud of my kids. Times I’ve cried in the past few years: 

  • When they each walked 
  • Their birthdays every year
  • My eldest daughters last 3 concerts – 2 end of year ones and last night’s dance concert
  • My youngest baby did zip-lining in August. She’s 3! She loved it. I cried with my stomach in my throat and my heart beating out its chest! 
  • My eldest playing 5-a-side football and her team came second! 

The next three crying session are expected towards the end of November when I will be attending my baby’s graduation from pre-primary, my eldest’s end of year concert, and their joint Sunday School concert. 

Get the tissues ready. 

Cue husband asking why I’m crying and proceeding to mock me! 

Btw – they’re all asleep after a heactic week, I’m up watching sh*t TV. 

#momlife 

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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".”