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Beach Bums

Whilst most kids went back to school yesterday, we are still ‘on holiday’. ‘Holiday’ is a loose term. We’re actually still checking out some stuff here in East London such as schools, houses, etc. whilst planning our move.

To say that it’s getting us all a bit down is an understatement. It’s quite literally exhausting, stressful and confusing. The nightmare statement in our ‘house’ right now is  “We have another house viewing”. If you’re not sure what I mean, check out my post from last week: 5 Top Tips for House Hunting With Kids 

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How To Embrace The School Holidays

We are halfway through week one of the three week school holidays here in South Africa. The fact that we’re that far in and I’m only getting around to publishing this post now is the exact point of this post.

Let’s be honest here, those of us who are Stay-At-Home-Moms, love the school term. As tough as the morning routine is to get them up, get them fed, get them dressed and get them to school on time, without someone crying, is a challenge, but we do it because we know that on the other side of the mountain is our ‘reward’ – we get ‘time’.  Continue reading “How To Embrace The School Holidays”

Smurfs The Lost Village Review
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Smurfs: The Lost Village

This morning I took the girls to our local cinema to watch the latest Smurf movie. The latest offering by Sony Pictures.

The story is about how Smurfette (voiced by Demi Lovato) isn’t a real smurf. She’s made from clay by the evil wizard ‘Gargamel’ who created her to help him find the smurfs. She finds it hard to identify with the all male Smurf village even though they all love her. Then one day she comes across a chance sighting of another Smurf who she’s never met before and shortly after is captured by Gargamel. She is eventually rescued by her friends and escapes but not before Gargamel also finds out about the new smurf and the fact that there is a whole other lost village of Smurfs deep in the ‘Forbidden Forest’. Smurfette and her friends then go on a quest to warn the new smurfs that Gargamel is coming for them. The movies is their adventure on the way there, and then what happens when they do find them. I won’t spoil the ending of the movie. The visuals are great. We saw the 3D version and it was really good animation.

I asked my 5 year old the following questions and these are her replies:

Who was your favourite character? Smurfette, because she’s pretty and brave, even when she’s scared.

What is the funniest part of the movie? The cat – he’s so funny. He said meow meow meow meow (in other words, blah blah blah blah).

What was your favourite part of the movie? *The ending* – I won’t spoil it.

If your kids haven’t seen it, I would highly recommend taking them to see it. It was a fun, engaging adventure with a great moral to it. As soon as we walked out of the theatre, both my 5 year old and 3 year old asked me when they could watch it again, so it’s clearly a winner and we will anxiously be awaiting the release on DVD.

I have now almost ticked off everything from our ‘to do list’ of holiday activities and I still have a week to go. Thank goodness Easter is nearly here.

Note: This is not a sponsored post. 

Keeping Them Busy This Easter
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Keeping Them Busy This Easter

It is week two of the Easter School Holidays.

We are starting to get a bit bored, and my purse is a bit empty so I’ve pulled together a few links to activities to do with the kids to keep them busy which won’t cost too much either.   Continue reading “Keeping Them Busy This Easter”

The Day I Said Yes
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The Day I Said “Yes”

Tuesday was not a good day. It felt like all I did was roll my eyes, tut and eventually yell at my kids. I have many reasons as to why, but in the spirit of positivity I won’t dwell on them. I realised that I had said ‘No’, a lot, and that maybe a little more ‘Yes’ would be better for them and me.

I woke up yesterday and decided that I need to make it up to my girls. Yes, the mom guilt was strong! Continue reading “The Day I Said “Yes””

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School Holiday Plans

The first term of the South African school year is nearly over. It feels like just the other day they went back after a seven week holiday. Fortunately this holiday is only two and a half weeks long so we should just about get through it with my sanity still intact.

School holidays are great, the break in the routine is good for the kids and for me, but lets face it, after the first few days it can get a bit boring. I’ve been trying to come up with a few ideas and a rough plan of attack, things we can do to look forward to and to keep busy. Continue reading “School Holiday Plans”

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They are Still On Holiday

Most kids have gone back to school, except for mine!

I know that’s not exactly true, but that’s how it feels. Their school only opens on the 18th! It closed on the 30th of November, that means that by the time they go back, they will have been on holiday for seven weeks! SEVEN!

I’m bored, they’re bored, it’s rained almost every day since Christmas eve. Continue reading “They are Still On Holiday”

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Today's confession … I yell …  A Lot!

I do. I yell at my kids. 

It’s like they don’t respond unless I yell. I can ask them nicely twenty times. Then I can’t take it anymore and I yell! 

Today, they were ignoring me! We were in the car. It’s not like they couldn’t hear my speaking to them in a normal, calm, sane tone of voice. 

Eventually things escalated, they started slapping each other. Someone cried. I was trying not to knock the guy on the wobbly bike over whilst also staying clear of the speeding taxi hurtling towards us! 

So I lost my cool. 

I yelled. 

I yelled so loud I got an instant headache. By the end of my yell it was more of a hysterical scream. 

They look at me like I have completely lost my mind and forever crushed their spirit. 

Who is this crazy woman? Why can’t she just ask us nicely. We were only playing!  No one died! 

Fortunately we were already in the car so no one could hear my hysterical yelling. No one to judge me. 

Living in a town house I’m pretty sure our neighbours hear a lot of yelling and must assume I’m a bad mom. Maybe I am. 

Then again maybe the kids are deaf. Maybe they should just listen to me when I ask nicely and not leave it until I’ve completely lost my sh*t! 

It’s the first day of a 10 day school holiday here in SA and I’m already having a break down. Thank goodness daddy will be home to help over the weekend. How come he only has to raise his voice slightly and they scamper to obey!?! Why? 

Next stop, the wine shop!