Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Afternoon Off

A well-deserved and well-need afternoon off from work today.

I will be going to get my hair cut and I am taking Megan clothes shopping because NOTHING at all fits her. She's shot up and all her pants are too short and all her hoodies and winter tops are half way up her arm. She's excited that she's getting new stuff and we can use the afternoon to have a fun time together.

Kaylin has her Therapist appointment this afternoon and Riaan will be taking her this time...we will see where to from here with her....but she has been much improved since last week and her twitch has disappeared and just threatening with the naughty corner is working. No smacking rule in our house has been implemented and its work well too. She seems to go through peak and downs with struggling with her power status in our home and sometimes it goes well and sometimes its a nightmare. I just never know what to expect from her. She is totally unpredictable.

I am off to the Imperial Russian Ballet on Saturday and I'm still not sure who is going with me. Janie, my sister said she was going with me but now that she's had a c-section, I'm not sure whether she will be up to it or not...it might just work out that I'm going on my own...och well...I'll still enjoy it...

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Welcome Claire Jane

Our long-awaited Claire Jane arrived via emergency c-section on Friday at 17h00 weighing 3.56kg with a full head of dark hair and looking just like Daddy. A wee Mini-Mick. Claire was whisked away to the ICU for a few hours to stabilise her oxygen levels but was soon reunited with her mum and dad. Janie leaves the hospital tomorrow and both mum are just fine. Janie is a little tired and sore but otherwise Daddy and Mummy are over the moon!

Claire is lovely!! My mum and I went to visit yesterday to meet her and she is just so sweet. A very content little girl with so many different expressions already. I couldn't stop staring at her - she's just darling.

Megan was very disappointed that she couldn't get to meet her (I told her there were no children allowed in the hospital because of possibile illness) but Mick sms'ed me this morning to ask if Megan still wanted to come and meet Claire. What a question...off we went and Megan spent the entire time sitting on the bed holding her little cousin like a pro. She looked dead proud and completely in love.

My mum and Claire
Kaylin, Me and Claire (almost 2 days old)
My mum & Claire (Day 2)
Megan and Claire
Proud Megan and Claire

Claire's Hospital Card
Claire's wee footprint

Claire's frown
Kaylin, me, Megan and wee Claire

Congratulations Janie and Mick and Welcome to Claire Jane!

Friday, 26 June 2009

Janie Update...

Janie, my sister, is in labour as we speak...they induced her at 6am this morning and then put some more gel in at noon today. The doc is talking about a c-section of which my sister is not hearing any of it...

Updated 2:26pm - Just got an SMS from Mick to say that Janie is sore and anxious about the gynae turning up again and making more suggestions. I've suggest to Mick that he should take Janie for a walk outside to relax and hopefully move things along. I've said my prayers for a smooth delivery.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

my brain has switched to information over-load and I'm feeling the tension...

So much is happening right now...I can barely afford the time to blog about it...but I want to...I think I need to...for my own sanity!!

Earlier in the week I had to deal with Kaylin's misbehaviour and leaving me pretty Hieroglyphics on my dining room walls and doors. Tuesday evening we had load shedding just around supper time... I've had Kaylin attacked by a school friend and scatched so badly that her eye swelled up like a golf ball.

KK's face the next morning

I've had to deal with Parents Evening and a blow out with the principal and the teachers for allowing Kaylin to be hurt again! and long in-depth discussions about Kaylins progress with the therapist. The both got a brilliant report (by the way).

I had an appointment with Kaylin's therapist yesterday and took my lunch hour at the end of the day to accommodate her early appointment at 3:30pm, only to get there and find out I was a week early and we had no appointment for that day. Kaylin was disappointed and couldn't understand why we drove all the way there to "Aunty Lynn" and we couldn't visit her. Try and tell a three-year-old that you screwed up the dates.... So, I'd wasted my lunch hour that I could've gone to gym. I got home and burst into tears from frustration. I got on to the phone to my mum and cried and cried and cried and just wished she was there to give me a big cuddle and tell me everything was going to be alright.

My sister is 39 weeks pregnant and started having contractions yesterday and booked herself in to hospital be induced tomorrow moring. My mum is travelling up from the south coast on the bus tomorrow and arriving at my place tomorrow night so that she can meet the new baby. I am so dead broke I don't know how I'm going to even put petrol on my car to go fetch my mum...

Riaan has his farewell braai tomorrow afternoon so he'll be home late. Too late to look after the girls while I collect my mum from the airport. I'll have to go and collect my mum from the airport alone with the girls - at night - in the cold - as I have nowhere really to leave them. I don't know when I'm going to have time to go and meet my new niece!! I will have to take my to the hospital as she doesn' t drive, to meet Clare (my new niece) afterall - thats why she's coming up from the south coast.

I've promised to take Megan to the Ben 10 at Galagher Estate on Saturday morning and I know she'll be disappointed if I tell her that I want to go and meet my new niece instead (especially because she won't be able to go with me). They don't allow kids into the nursey for obvious reasons.

My best friend has invited us around to her place for a braai on Saturday afternoon because we can finally get to meet her son, Richard's long-distance girlfriend. She lives in Durban and is coming up to meet all the "family". I'd hate to miss that...

On top of all that I'm so hectically busy at work with the lauch of the 2010 Gauteng Homemakers Expo. I don't know where to start and what to touch first...our Receptionist is off ill and we all have to "chip in" and sit on the switchboard for an hour or so each day which just frustrates me because I can't get any work done from there. Two of my Reps are working from home and one of them has had to have an emergency operation on her knee as she tore something that needed to be repaired. I'm getting emails by the dozen from them with tasks to do...

It was my birthday last week and I promised to bring cake to work tomorrow for everyone. When am I going to bake cake or even buy cake when a moths just flew outta my purse...oi vey!

I just can't get my head around all of this!!

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

and so we were left cold and in the dark...

Last night we had a Rude Awakening...something that hasn't happened in our house since the beginning of Load Shedding...

BOOM! The lights went out..

The girls started crying immediately because they got such a fright! I immediate ran to Kaylin to pick her up as she was crying the loudest. I scooped her up into my arms and looking for Megan, took her hand and went to the kitchen to get our camping lantern that we keep underneath the sink.

I calmed the girls down and started looking for all the candles I could find in the house...

It's at times like this you wish you'd thought about it before and prepared for it but its just one of those things you never get around to because "outta sight - outta mind".

We scrambled together some candles and gathered in the lounge thinking...what do we do next? We started talking about what life would've been like without electricity. What did they do all night? Did they just go to bed early and make lots of babies?

I immediately thought of the Jane Austin novels that I love so much and pictured a lady reading by candlelight while listening to someone play the piano forté in the background. She'd be huddled around an open fire and her lap cover with a cosy, thick blanket. The men and boys would be playing chess or cards; the women and girls would be doing their needle-point or sketching.

The first thing Riaan said was "Oh NO! No electric blanket!". My thoughts were pierced and I thought....geezo times have changed... we are so spoiled.

My mind slid back to that lady reading by candlelight and imagined how awful it must have been for her getting in between her icy cold sheets and taking forever to heat up her tootsies.

The girls and I went for a hot bath, we got out and put our jammies on and curled up on the couch under a blanket and we read a book together. Little Red Riding Hood was extra special because the candlelight bounced shaddows off the walls. Kaylin noticed her shaddow on the wall, put her bunny ears on and bobbed her head, watched her ear shaddows jump up and down. She giggled. We then sang nursery rhymes together and snuggled. It was so special. Things seem to slow right down when the electricity goes off. Everything seemed so different. There were no distractions from the television or radio or anything. It was quiet, still and relaxed.

Then BOOM! and there was light!

Everything went back to "normal". We switched on the telly to watch the end of Ugly Betty and the girls fell asleep on the couch. We switched on the kettle for a cuppa and we did indeed get into a warm bed after all. The electric blankets were back in action.

Then and Now....Worlds apart.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

My Spirited Child Strikes Again...

Kaylin was on form this morning!!

She drew with crayons on my doors bedrooms and she got put in the Naughty Corner for that. Then I realised she'd taken a pencil and drawn nice little men on my dining room walls too. Another session in the Naughty Corner...

If that wasn't enough, she'd gotten into the car with her sister before me this morning and managed to shove a CD into the CD shutter (that was already full) and jammed it into the loading slot.

*sigh* all this before 8am this morning!!!


Thank goodness we have an appointment with Kaylin's Play Therapist today so we can move on from here. Kaylin over the past week has developed a nervous twitch in her eyes and we want to get clarity on that too...

aye...being the parent of a Spirited Child ain't no walk in the park.

I think I need to rule out all the medical possibilities now.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Mooncup Competition

Win your very own Mooncup by leaving a comment on this blog post and copying the above Mooncup Image to your blog with a link to www.redpepa.za.net.

Competition has been extended to 3 July 2009 and winners will be annouced on the blog so please visit me again to find out if you are a winner!!.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the dads, grandfathers and fathers-to-be and any father figures. You play such an important roll in your children/grand children's lives. Enjoy your special day.

Riaan got coffee and "people toast" in bed this morning. Kaylin and Megan went into to the room to wake him with his present (a new pair of slippers, some chocolates and woolies fudge) and sing him a Happy Father's Day.

Here's some pix from the day...

The girls laughing at something that is clearly quite hysterical.

Ronel called me yesterday to wish me a belated Happy Birthday and invited all the family to her house for some lunch today on Father's Day. It was a lovely relaxed get-together and the girls thoroughly enjoyed playing with Bianca and Lilly (the dogs) and their cousins Werner and Morné.

Ronel made a gorgeous Father's Day lunch and we all sat down to eat together. What a great day....

Mum and Dad together

A lovely moment

Kaylin with Bianca and Lily

Our little Family:

Back Row : Petrus, Ronel (Riaan's Sister), Mom, Dad (Riaan's mum and dad)

Front Row: Riaan, Morné, Werner, Megan, Kaylin, Gillian

Riaan and Kaylin with one of the pups

Saturday, 20 June 2009

My Birthday Supper

Riaan made reservations at The Royal Boma in Alberton and we had a long leisurely supper, throughly enjoying just being alone with each other and able to chat without interruptions and able to eat a meal in peace and take as long as we wanted. No rush! It was lovely.

The girls had a Sleep Over with Mandy and Percy. They had a ball giving each other massages and playing with Missy the dog.

Thank you Mandy! You're the bestest fwend eva!!!!

Percy and the girls

Percy getting the royal treatment from the girls

Megan and Percy

Megan gets a turn Kaylin's turn
Hand-standsSound asleep on their mattress on the floor, next to Mandy and Percy's bedThe next morning's mess on the dining room table.
Welcome to my world, Mandy! :-)

Friday, 19 June 2009

Dining Out Tonite

Had a lovely day at work with the girls all wishing me Happy Birthday. I got lots of phone calls from friends and family which made my day very special. I even got a call from Ouma from Durban (Mandy's mum)...

Charmaine bought me the latest bump CD, Sharon bought me a beautiful crystal necklace and Linda bought me the most stunning little fairy for my desk. My mum sent me money which I'm going to use to get a well-needed and much-overdue haircut.

Riaan is taking me out to dinner for my birthday tonight. He has organised Mandy (my best friend) to baby sit for us while we enjoy a quiet, adult birthday alone (for a change).

Looking forward to spending some alone time with my Boerewors.

It's well over due.

Priceless! I nearly just ...

...we my knickers from laughing.

A colleague (lets call her Ashley) was telling us a story of a woman who got into her complex unit last night.

Ashley had gone to sleep and accidentally left her front door unlocked the other  night and during the wee hours of the morning, a totally drunk woman staggered into her unit by mistake.  (Apparently all the units look the same). The wasted Bitch stumbled down the passage into a slumbering Ashley's bedroom. 

Her dogs went mad - barking at the intruder. This woke the sleeping Ashley and before she knew was she was she was doing, she'd fekking karate-kicked the intruder square on the chin from pure adrenaline rush and shock.  

The rat-arsed slag went flying across the room, smashed into Ashley's cupboard doors and, like in the cartoons, she slid down the cupboard and fell on the floor in a crumpled heap.  The lost piss-cat just lay there.  Passed out!  I shit you not - true story.

Ashley shot up out of bed and ran towards the front door.  She then saw that she'd left it her front door open and realised how the stranger go into her house.  She ran to the complex's security guards who calmed her down and escourted her back to her unit to investigate.

When Ashley and her armed guard got back to her unit, the inebriated crack-ho had taken off her pants and gotten into her bed!   She was fucking snoring away in HER bed!!

The security guard recognised the woman as someone who lives in the complex at number six. The security guard then took the trouserless woman back to her unit and Ashley was left feel a little violated and bewildered.

I mean, how fucking drunk must you be to walk into someone else's house, be kicked in the face, knocked into a cupboard, fall into a heap on the floor, get up, get undressed and get into a strangers bed??

That's fucking hysterical!

How mortified must that woman be? That's if she even remembers.

I bet she's still wondering where her pants are...

I'm still giggling...

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Ben 10 at Gallagher Estate

Cartoon Network's Super Hero, Ben 10 is coming to Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand this June.Alien Super Heroes are coming to Town!

Ben 10 Entertainment will ensure that fans young and old will have a super alien time! From 26 to 29 June, children and adults can have a full Ben 10 experience with Inflatables, Bungee trampolines, cannonball and fooseball.

There'll also be a big screen and photo opportunity with Four Arms and XLR8.

Mom, you can even buy Ben 10 T-shirts, toys and other cool stuff at our Ben 10 shop. Come and experience the fun from 9am to 5pm, at Gallagher Convention Centre, in Hall 5. from 26 to 29 June.

Tickets available at Computicket for R60 each

Venue Date: 26 June 2009 to 29 June 2009
Location: Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand
Contact: Elaine Crewe
Telephone number: +37 11 266 3200

29 again tomorrow

as long as I can get away with 29. I'll be 29 again...
I suppose I won't be able to get away with it for much longer...

Megan's Primary Rocks!

Riaan, myself and Megan went to visit her Primary School Open Day today and it was a HUGE success.
Megan couldn't be more excited now about going to big school.

We began in the Hall where each Grade had individual displays of their school work, school books, projects, artwork, sculptures, etc. It was so well-layed out and displayed. It gave you a feel for what to expect their homework books and projects will be for Grade One and its a lot!

While we were in the hall some Grade 7 pupils (clearly Prefects with their honours blazers) approached us asking if they could give us a tour of the school and answer any questions they had. I must commend these young boys - they were super polite, friendly and very informative about the school.

The Prefects guided us to the Grade 1 classes, which were in progress and we got to observe them in their classrooms and what they were up to. The Teachers were awesome and friendly and spoke to Megan more than me (which impressed me). They asked her what school she currently goes to and if she's excited to be going to big school. Megan was shy at first, but when she saw the classroom set up was very similar to her current classroom, she relaxed a little. (Especially when she saw the THRASS charts up on the walls). This school is one of the pioneering schools in THRASS and what could be more perfect for Megan who knows the charts backwards?!?

We were then taken out to the Grade 1 - 3 Playground (they keep the older kids separate from the youngsters to keep fighting and bullying at bay). Another plus! We then passed by the tennis, cricket and netball courts where Phys. Ed was in full swing and they were having a blast. On the main field there were other classes doing Phys. Ed with all sorts of kewl equipment including swing-ball. Some of the other children we sitting on the grand-stands watching.

We moved on passed the Media Centre (library), Art and Techonology Centre and Tuck Shop which has a facility for the Grade 1 - 3's of ordering in your classroom before "break" and receiving your food in your classroom. Another plus! No queuing at the tuck shop.

The School also has an awesome School Bus for sports outings and tours and pick-up and drop-off at After Care which is right across the street.

We were then take to the "piece de resistance" - The Science Lab. Gosh I was soooo impressed. They have all sorts of animals on display and the monitors have turns looking after, feeding and cleaning the animals cages and homes. They have a tarantula spider, bearded dragon, frogs, various mice, gerbals, rats, hamsters, even bunnies. The students are allowed to come and play and handle the animals (with the supervision of a Monitor of course) at break times and is open for all. They have skulls of various animals, fossils, models, even unborn embroys in jars for them to study and learn from. The front of the class is full of various different kinds of plants and little shrubs. It was truely awesome! Megan was in heaven.

In the School gardens they have a huge bird avery with budgies and cockatiels and various other animals, a chicken called Nandos, a nursery of baby budgies, bunny rabbits, guinea pigs and an orphan dove called Fully who arrived at the school as a baby.

We then ended up signing the register and meeting some of the staff in the Staff Room where the visiting children were giving party packs and the mums and dads could enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or juice and a bite to eat. We got given the last three years worth of Year Books to take home and read through.
Megan is so super excited about her new school!

Tonight the School has an information evening where the Principal will address the parents and we will get to ask any questions about the school and they will discuss the school in more detail, their mission and vision, school policies, governing body.

I couldn't be more at ease with this awesome school.
Pathway to the Hall
One of the School's averiesArt Display in FoyerGrade 1 display in the Hall with the THRASS charts

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Kaylin Update

It takes all my effort to understand my youngest child.

Kaylin is a complex little being with individual needs and I often forget that and throw both my girls “in one basket” so to speak and hope they’ll be okay. Its not so!

They are both so different and need different things from me. The guilt is huge.

Megan can entertain herself for ages playing with her toys, drawing pictures, playing Sims 2 or XBOX or even just watching telly or a DVD. Kaylin on the other hand, has never been a TV watcher and enjoying one-on-one play ALL THE TIME which can be exhausting. Especially when all you want to do is sit on the couch and have some quiet time.

There is no such thing as “quiet time” in our house. We are all quite a loud bunch and sometimes I forget that because I find myself telling Kaylin to “turn her volume down” and “sssssssssshhh”. How can I expect her to be a quiet little girl when we’re all so loud? I can be so unreasonable sometimes. Its just that her high-pitched voice seems louder and more piercing and irritating than everyone elses – she certainly can’t help that.

I feel incredibly guity because I don’t give her all the attention she wants (she is VERY demanding) – but I also need some “time out”…

Am I expecting too much of her when I wish she would play on her own for half an hour? Without my constant attention and encouragement?

Lately, at home, she’s been wetting herself too and I can’t understand why she does it. She’s been fully potty trained for over a year, never has accidents at school or when we’re out and about. I think she does it for attention – any attention – even when its negative.

I’ve tried to calmly talk to her about this, I’ve tried yelling, smacking, the naughty corner and I feel even more guilty for doing this because I know its NOT the way to go about it. I just don’t understand how she can stand there, look me in the eye, wet her pants and smile about it? It makes me so mad!! How can she do this? How can she want to get punished – and think it’s a big joke? I just don’t understand the mentality behind this. She has me confusseled. She knows its wrong, she knows exactly what to do and yet I must’ve changed her wet pants about 20 times this long weekend.

Things are heading down the wonky path again. Just when I thought I had my spirited little girl under control – she started pushing my buttons again and I don’t know why. She a complex little girl who doesn’t communicate her feelings or explain herself.

My heart is sore – I think another trip to Lynne might point me in the right direction??

Ain't he just Hoff Stuff?

Couldn't resist posting these.
I found them hysterical
Everyone loves to take the mickey outta David Hasselhoff!!

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Youth Day In South Africa

Previously known as Soweto Day.

In 1975 protests started in African schools after a directive from the previous Bantu Education Department that Afrikaans had to be used on an equal basis with English as a language of instruction in secondary schools. The issue however, was not so much the Afrikaans as the whole system of Bantu education which was characterised by separate schools and universities, poor facilities, overcrowded classrooms and inadequately trained teachers.

On 16 June 1976 more than 20 000 pupils from Soweto began a protest march. In the wake of clashes with the police, and the violence that ensued during the next few weeks, approximately 700 hundred people, many of them youths, were killed and property destroyed.

Youth Day commemorates these events.

Hector Pieterson (1964 – 16 June 1976) became the iconic image of the 1976 Soweto uprising in apartheid South Africa when a news photograph by Sam Nzima of the dying Hector being carried by a fellow student, was published around the world. He was killed at the age of 12 when the police opened fire on protesting students. For years, June 16 stood as a symbol of resistance to the brutality of the apartheid government. Today, it is known as National Youth Day — a day on which South Africans honor young people and bring attention to their needs.

Monday, 15 June 2009

What we did today...

We played hopscotch in the back gardenKaylin cheered us on...We went to Jungle Rumble Indoor Playground
then we went to Wimpy for lunch....


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