Monthly Archives: April 2012

Birthday Weekend

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Shaun turned the big thirty on Thursday, and although he’s not big on birthdays, I am! I love birthdays. I woke up at midnight (to be honest I was woken up at midnight) with a feeling of excitement in my tummy. I always get that on birthdays, even when its not mine! I just love them! I think its my dads fault, he loves them to and always makes a huge deal out of it. Especially making you wait in suspense for presents! It used to drive us all mad! He’d wrap a tiny box (you know, the best kind) up in a HUGE box, or in a million layers of paper,or he would devise a treasure hunt that would last all day. Haha. My birthdays always lasted two days because although I was born on the 20th, my dad always thinks its the 21st. My mom eventually dug my birth certificate out just to prove the date! These days, unfortunately, we’ve all grown up and so things are more calm but not nearly as much fun.

Shaun insisted I not spend any money until we get over all our moving costs, so I made him a CD of all ‘our’ songs and a few others, a list of 30 things I love about him, and got a gorgeous Springbok rugby baby grow for lily (on sale). His best friends came over for dinner and I made us home made bunnychow- his favourite! He loves anything that he can pile chillies on. I made balti butter chicken (using a spice packet) and it was delicious! Petria made a divine cheesecake (also Shauns favourite) and the boys drank single malt and we hung out for ages. Was really awesome.
Friday we had a chilled family night because we were both exhausted, was the first Friday night since we’ve moved in that we’ve been alone! Saturday we spent cleaning, cooking and sorting out our house. Some of our very good friends from the Bay came down on Saturday night and it was so lovely to see them. We used to do supper club/whiskey club every wednesday night and I’ve really missed them so much! Robbie came again but Petria was sick so only joined us for dessert (red velvet cake birthday cake!) I made chilli con carne and nachos for dinner, used Jamie Olivers recipe mixed in with my dads and it was so good! Everyone had seconds and Shaun loved it. Again we sat up till late, eating cake and chatting. I really missed my friends and it was so amazing to see them all. Sunday we went to Gateway so the guys could ride the Flo Rider. As they are all surfers you would think it would be easy for them, but it’s really not! It’s apparently totally different. I hate watching it because it looks so sore when they fall, the water really beats them! Us girls went for breakfast and did a bit of shopping, Lily was an absolute angel and sat in her pram most of the time. I fed her in the changing rooms which was nice and easy, there was a bench behind a screen and was perfect. I’m to shy to feed her in public so I often end up sitting in the car as I refuse to feed her in a toilet, yuck! Oh speaking of Lily, she pulled herself up to stand this weekend! She’s 7 and a half months and she’s crawling all over (mostly leopard crawling but sometimes other crawling, depends how fast she wants to get somewhere). She’s also started saying babababababa all the time and sometimes it sounds like she’s saying mamamamamama too. I know talking only counts when she says it with meaning though, but I don’t think she’s far off!
We have an exciting two weekends coming up, Jenn and Doug are coming up on Sat for the day to see Lily (and me). I haven’t seen them since Christmas so I can’t wait! Shaun has a surfing competition in the Bay though so he won’t be here. Next weekend my dad and brother are coming down! The excitement is endless! I am counting the days to seeing them!

Hope your weekend was wonderful, how do you celebrate birthdays if your family?

exploring

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When we’ve moved before Shaun and I have just been us. Just the two of us and a mountain of boxes. We’d drive around and say ‘let’s go down this road’ and ‘let’s see what’s in there’ and we’d drive around and if we got lost it wasn’t a big deal, we would maybe argue about which way to go (usually resulting with Shaun being grumpy and me sulking) but then we’d get over it and find our way home. We would spend hours exploring our new home town.
Now with a baby its not as easy! For one, I’m terrified of getting lost. Now that I have this precious parcel with me all the time I’m constantly worrying about being in a dodge area or taking a wrong turn. I also have to think about when she needs to drink again or eat again or sleep. I need to find somewhere to change her nappy and need to keep her entertained. Getting in and out the car to look at interesting things isn’t as easy anymore either. Now I need to take the baby out the car seat, get the pram out the car, get the nappy bag that needs to be repacked constantly. To do this once is fine, to do it twice is tolerable but any more than that is just impossible. Also driving around when your baby is screaming in the back, really isn’t as much fun.
I think we’ll take a bit longer to get acquainted with Durban than we usually will, and a lot of rescue will be consumed in the next few weeks, but we’ll get there!