K enjoyed her nature journalling.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
K enjoyed her nature journalling.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
From the learning rooms...we are reading The Jungle Book and we finished our section on birds in Zoology today and made headway with our snake lap books. J has one more book to read for the section of history he is working on and we did a science experiment that flopped!
From the kitchen...a delicious spatchcooked chicken, garlic cheese wedges and a salad ... for tomorrow a 3 three bean salad and some health bars with apricots and sunflower seeds...yum yum!
I am wearing...afraid to say, my clothes from tae bo this morning, looking forward to a long soak in the bath!
I am creating....ideas in my head for a veggie garden.
I am going...to take K to keepers tomorrow afternoon and catch up with the moms again as we have not been able to go in a while.
I am reading.....The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down, the second in the series. Just about real life people like you and me who end up in a prayer group together...and all the adventures of their lives...loving it!
I am hoping...to complete our goals a week before the end of term so we can relax when my mum is visiting!
I am hearing...the laughter of my youngest two as they splash in the pool on this warm, windless evening
Around the house...it is spic and span as my dear helper was here today.
Some of my favorite things.....the hugs and kisses from my little boy.....hearing my big boy say "I love you" spontaneously...........the laughter of my precious daughter...........a phone call from my husband when he is busy at work.........the feeling I have after a good work out at tae bo
A few plans for the next week: finishing the paperwork for my tax return, a visit to the library, hubbys birthday, brothers birthday braai , finish my latest mosaic project......
Here is picture thought I am sharing.....
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
It was delicious!
The children have also been working on their snake lapbooks. We have all been learning so much from this particular lapbook. It has been very informative.I just love learning new things alongside my children.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Today K had the pleasure of going strawberry picking out in Stellenbosch. She went with one of her nearest and dearest friends and her family. They had a great time! I have never seen such huge strawberries or tasted such fresh, sweet, delicious strawberries!It is now on my list of things I want to do with the kiddies!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
We are eternally grateful to all the friends and extended family who made this possible by taking good care of our 3 children, organising complimentary hotel accommodation and lifting us to and from the airport.We felt so blessed to know that there were so many of you out there who rose to the occasion and did what needed to be done.
We spent 3 nights away and it was good for the two of us as hubby had been working plenty of overtime and weekends recently. We had a chance to relax and catch up with one another again.
The memorial service was special and really honoured our friends son. His parents wanted the service to be a celebration of his life, and it was. He lived life large and it was said that he packed 40 years of life into his 19. This was a talented young man with many friends.He will be sorely missed by many.
We spent time with our friends and their two boys. It was amazing to see how their church family took care of them at this sad time. We enjoyed reminiscing about he old days and the fun we had as friends. It was good.
This week has slipped by just as fast as I have had a client from Kenya for a few days. She leaves tomorrow morning and I look forward to returning to a sense of normality again. The children have diligently done their work that has been set out for them but I have missed the usual interaction with them and our reading time.
Monday, October 12, 2009
I realised I hadn't posted anything on K's actual birthday. It was such a special day. Z had a "sleep over" in her room the night before as he was just as excited about her birthday because he had a special gift to give her. They woke early and made tea for Eric and I and came to wake us and pile onto our bed so she could open her gifts.
She was amazed at the sacrificial gift of money that Z had given her. (He had wanted to give her some of his birthday money and I had tried to dissuade him. He had burst into tears and said that is what he really wanted to give her as he wanted her to have a special birthday. I realised I was robbing him of the joy of giving and so said it was OK. He almost could not contain his pleasure at giving her this special gift.)
She opened her other gifts , many of them items I knew she really liked and had bought months ago! Another special gift was the mosaic mirror I made for her. She had asked when I would make her one as she had seen the others I had made as gifts for my sister and niece. Little did she know, hers was the one I started on first!
We went on to visit her Oma who had more gifts for her and then I took her and Z out for breakfast. We dropped Z back at Oma and we went to do some girls retail therapy! She spent some of her birthday money on a large green bean bag for her bedroom, a t shirt that she had been admiring for a while and some new Cd's. I bought her some much needed new jeans and another t shirt.
Good friends came for tea that afternoon and that evening we enjoyed take out fish and chips as a family. She had a wonderful day!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
One of my precious God daughters.
Another precious God daughter (she made this gorgeous hat!)
Another of the guests with a great hat!
The guests ate ham and egg mayo sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and strawberries dipped in chocolate.
"Tea" was served in tea cups and it was fun to watch the faces as the children saw the red soda coming out of the teapots!
My dear friend T had offered to make the birthday cake and cupcakes. She did a sterling job and K was thrilled! She is a talented lady and she spent many hours making these beautiful creations that made the day!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
As we are continuing our animal studies in the upcoming week, we visited the Reptile Park. We saw many different kinds of snakes, iguanas, crocs, alligators, tortoises, and something I have not seen since I was a child: chameleons! The highlight was that the kiddies got to hold a corn snake. Z was cautious, K and little ZW were fearless!
We had a delicious lunch at one of the restaurants there and the little guys enjoyed the jungle gym. We strolled around the shops and the nursery and the second highlight of the day was that the children went for camel rides. Z was a little shaken as the camel stood up and I reminded him that he had ridden a camel before when he was only 3 , on the beach in Dar es Salaam. He seemed to feel a bit better once the camel was walking. The descent was not so bad as he knew what to expect...