Monthly Archives: April 2013

Pick a Team for Baby Soft Mascot Showdown

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I’ve never been great at picking teams. I’m the least competitive person ever and always feel sorry for the person who doesn’t get picked. I often say to Shaun when he’s watching rugby and the Sharks are like 20 points up, that they should just let the other team score so that they don’t feel bad because such a big loss isn’t cool. He thinks I’m mad.

 

Well Baby Soft has asked me to do just that, pick a team! I had a very interesting box delivered to work filled with goodies to help me choose…

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So I have to choose between these gorgeous mascots?!

Softi and Shlumfi

Impossible right. So I got everyone in the office to vote and pick a side

Nqobile and Phili Voting

I originally chose Shlumfi because I love the name, coolest name ever. Then looked at Softi and remembered I’m allergic to cats. So I’m stuck, I just don’t know and I can’t choose! We had loads of fun though, with all the awesome goodies and Lily LOVED the tshirts!

Lily and I voting

You can go and vote for your favourite at www.facebook.com/babysoftSA

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Weekend Roundup

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Friday:

Friday was as Fridays normally are, in the Richards House. They go something like this:

ME: what do you feel like for dinner?

Shaun: I don’t know whatever

Me: ok but like what

Shaun: I don’t care I had (insert various filling takeaway item) for lunch

Me: well just because you’re not hungry doesn’t mean I’m not hungry

Shaun: I didn’t say that I’m not hungry

Me: but you said your full!

Shun: I’ll still eat though, what do you want

Me: nothing never mind I’ll have toast *crosses arms*

Shaun: fine

Me: but I don’t want toast!

Shaun: what do you want?

Me: how about Steers?

Shaun: or Nandos?

Me: fine then you have to get it because I can’t park

Shaun: fine

Me: let’s just get pizza they deliver

Shaun: ok what about Lily

Me: silence.

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This is our house every Friday night. Lily will usually get a pizza which she’ll eat the toppings off or refuse to touch or gobble up completely, you never know with her.

Saturday:

Sat we spent at uShaka Marine World with friends from JHB and their two kids. After chasing Lily around the aquarium and trying to interest her in the fish for half an hour we went to watch a seal show, followed by a dolphin show. Now Shaun and I are not the biggest fans of animals in captivity but it is amazing to see those dolphins. They are so beautiful, I got quite emotional watching them, so clever. Lily loved it and was absolutely captivated when they started jumping and shouted more more more when they were finished. We then went to the water slide side and played in the pools, it was very very busy though so we didn’t do any of the slides which is such a waste but with toddlers, waiting in the long line is not going to happen

Lily passed out before we even got out the parking and slept all through our next stop at people’s park, where the older kids played on the jungle gyms while she slept on the grass under a tree. Then home for some woollies meals and an early night, she slept from 9 till 4! Longest stretch in a very long time, her teeth are still really bothering her and now she has a cold on top of it. Cutting her canines and molars at the same time. Not fun for anyone

Sunday:

Shaun starts Sundays off with a swim and a beach run and Lily and I usually have a lazy morning. This Sunday was no different asides from the fact that she woke up in a moany mood and whined and complained all morning. French toast with hundreds and thousands landed on the floor, she drop a metal grid thing on my toe which was agony and was just miserable. I sent Shaun an SOS message and when he didn’t respond I bundled her in the car and went to the shops. Which was just as much of a mission. Came home a grumbling mess and passes her off to Shaun who took her to the beach. She passed out before he got there so he came home and she slept for a few hours. Rest of the day was spent packing and sorting (yes we moving again, try to keep up)

This week will be spent sitting on the edge of our seats, waiting for things to happen and not knowing how we feel about things either way. Not a great place to be, but one that we have been at before more than once

Have a wonderful week kind friends, I will be trying to blog more and be a better blog friend, it’s a work in progress…

Seven on Sunday

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Things you don’t know about me…

1. I am the clumsiest person you will ever meet. Shaun remarks in this constantly.
2. I’m actually pretty shy, I hide it really really well though (my moms advice has always been to pretend you are confident, one day you’ll believe it). I don’t like new environments and feel like I stick out like a sore thumb. I feel very awkward and I often prefer to avoid it all together. I’m ok enough with myself now to admit to this.
3. I’m a real nerd at heart. I don’t need to elaborate, you pretty much know this about me already. I adore Harry Potter, I also love vampire books (sparkly ones too) and when I find a series I love I’ll always read it more than once (or twice). I’ve read HP 8 times each and listened to the audio books… Countless times. But more than 8. Hunger games is the same.
4. I laugh very easily. And loudly. And for a long time. Shaun told me something stupid he did the other day and I laughed so hard for ages, then woke up in the night and laughed again, then laughed so hard the next day trying to tell a friend what he did that I didn’t even get to the story. I’m giggling about it as I write this. I love stupid jokes, and cheap shots. I don’t laugh at people falling though, or at pranks. I have very little sense of humor when it come to that, I don’t like it when people are made fun of. That’s why I like jokes like: knock knock, whose there, whoo. Whoo who? No one gets hurt with those.
5. I’m a neat person living in an incredibly messy persons body. The mess annoys the hell out of me, but it doesn’t ever get better.
6. I have a cookie or something with my coffee every morning, it’s an addiction. Another addiction is sugar, I’m hopelessly addicted. Saying that, I could smoke a box of cigarettes and not get hooked, I just don’t like it. I’m also not a big drinker, maybe a glass of wine or a spicy here and there but not often.
7. I’m scared of horses. I’ve only realized this in the past few years, and it’s weird because my dad had horses, I did horse riding lessons when I was younger and loved it but as I’ve grown up I’ve developed a fear. I’m even scared to touch them. I’m also really not fond of the dark and if Shaun isn’t here I sleep with a light on. My eyes deteriorating is another big fear, I dream almost every night that I have to wear glasses again.

Seven on Sunday

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Things you don’t know about me…

1. I am the clumsiest person you will ever meet. Shaun remarks in this constantly.
2. I’m actually pretty shy, I hide it really really well though (my moms advice has always been to pretend you are confident, one day you’ll believe it). I don’t like new environments and feel like I stick out like a sore thumb. I feel very awkward and I often prefer to avoid it all together. I’m ok enough with myself now to admit to this.
3. I’m a real nerd at heart. I don’t need to elaborate, you pretty much know this about me already. I adore Harry Potter, I also love vampire books (sparkly ones too) and when I find a series I love I’ll always read it more than once (or twice). I’ve read HP 8 times each and listened to the audio books… Countless times. But more than 8. Hunger games is the same.
4. I laugh very easily. And loudly. And for a long time. Shaun told me something stupid he did the other day and I laughed so hard for ages, then woke up in the night and laughed again, then laughed so hard the next day trying to tell a friend what he did that I didn’t even get to the story. I’m giggling about it as I write this. I love stupid jokes, and cheap shots. I don’t laugh at people falling though, or at pranks. I have very little sense of humor when it come to that, I don’t like it when people are made fun of. That’s why I like jokes like: knock knock, whose there, whoo. Whoo who? No one gets hurt with those.
5. I’m a neat person living in an incredibly messy persons body. The mess annoys the hell out of me, but it doesn’t ever get better.
6. I have a cookie or something with my coffee every morning, it’s an addiction. Another addiction is sugar, I’m hopelessly addicted. Saying that, I could smoke a box of cigarettes and not get hooked, I just don’t like it. I’m also not a big drinker, maybe a glass of wine or a spicy here and there but not often.
7. I’m scared of horses. I’ve only realized this in the past few years, and it’s weird because my dad had horses, I did horse riding lessons when I was younger and loved it but as I’ve grown up I’ve developed a fear. I’m even scared to touch them. I’m also really not fond of the dark and if Shaun isn’t here I sleep with a light on. My eyes deteriorating is another big fear, I dream almost every night that I have to wear glasses again.

For posterity

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Most of you know that I am not a farm girl, at all. What most of you don’t know is that we lived on a game farm once upon a time for about 6 months. My MIL wanted to buy the farm and as Shaun and I didn’t have any where to stay, we volunteered to stay there while she decided if it was the right fit for them. The farm had two houses on it which were surrounded by an electric fence, and a big gate that led in the “park” as we called it. It was…big. I can’t remember how big but we used to walk the loop and it was 5kms around, with about double that area up the mountain. There were a variety of animals on the farm, Kudus, Impala, Jackals, Warthogs, that kind of thing. So here are a few stories of our time there, for me to remember and for you to enjoy:

 

The one with the scorpions in the bath

Somehow, one day we came home to two huge scorpions in our bath. I had never even seen a real scorpion before at that time, and now I was faced with two, in my bath tub! Lots of squealing and standing on the bed crying ensued and eventually after coaxing Shaun down from the bed and drying his scared tears (yes yes I’m joking) we got rid of them. By we, I mean he (Shaun). I may or may not have stayed on the bed crying while he did it…

A week or so later Shauns little brother proudly produced a glass jar with about 3 scorpions in it. I was not amused.

 

The one with the shocking shower

One evening while we were getting ready for bed, I was brushing my teeth and Shaun was in the shower when suddenly ZAP! He had gone to turn the tap off and it had shocked him! A big proper shock! Still not sure how it happened but we both got a huge fright.

 

The one with the salty water followed by no water

I’m still not sure the ins and outs of this situation, but for some reason we had no water for about 2 weeks. Something to do with the pump and the bore hole and all that farm stuff. So we would stop past my MILs house and fill 2 25L bottles up with hot water from her tap and a 5L bottle up with cold. We would then race home and pour it into the bath and both have a bath while it was still warm. We then used that water to flush the toilet for the night. We did that for a long time. Then (and again I don’t know why) the only way to fix the pump was to put a LOT of salt into the water source (It sounds crazy now and it sounded crazy to me then, the water came back on though) so now we had water that was so salty that we would have salt in our hair after a shower and if you had a cut or something it burnt like crazy. It was crazy. We deal with that for a few weeks as well, until it worked its way through the system

 

 

The one with all the snakes

Oh the snakes. I came home from work one day and our one dog, Piko, was barking at the tree. I ignored him while I emptied my car but eventually went to investigate and was greeted with a shiny green snake. I grabbed Abby my little sausage dog (I had already lost a sausage to a snake bit a year earlier-wasn’t taking any chances) and ran inside and locked the door. Once I calmed down enough I screamed out the window for the gardeners to come and help me. I’m not going to tell you exactly how they got rid of it, while I cowered inside.

We also dealt with 3 puff adders. Those things are really scary because the hissing noise is so loud, it’s almost like they throw it away from themselves and it sounds like they are sitting right next to you when they do it! They also twitch for a long time even after they are dead; all the nerves keep twitching for about 2 hours…

I would still take a snake over a spider any day

 

The one with the poachers

One night Shaun and I were in bed watching CSI when the people in the neighbouring farm called saying that they had seen lights in the park side of the property. We had found a Kudu carcass on the side of the road a few weeks before so we immediately suspected poachers. Shaun (aka Rambo) jumped out of bed, yelled “stay here!’ and ran out the door to the car clutching his torch and a pepper ball gun. This didn’t sit well with me, I immediately burst into tears (SIDENOTE: I know I come across as a cry baby but of the 6months we lived there I spent most of the time taking a lot of rescue and being scared out of my mind, I don’t like wild animals and I don’t like the dark and the farm had lots of both) and insisted on going with. So I get into the car, clutching my cell phone in my pink fluffy pyjamas and tear stained cheeks. I immediately phoned his mom and told her to stay on the line in case we are killed. Yes I am THAT dramatic. I have never been so scared in my life. Picture this if you will, it’s VERY dark; we are flying around the park with no lights on because Shaun wants to sneak up on them. At this point I am besides myself and absolutely terrified, rhino carcasses and pangas running through my mind, so I start screaming out the window. I was too scared to form words so simply screamed. Hoping that they will hear us coming and run away! Shaun is screaming at me to shut up and I’m just screaming and crying and being ridiculously dramatic. Eventually he gave up and went home, now not talking to me and thoroughly pissed off (like I cared, I was still convinced a poacher wielding an axe was going to attack us). That night I slept with every single light on, in case they broke into the house. I got up every half an hour to check. Worst night ever.

 

The one with the flood

We had a lot of rain for a week or so and had to take our mad home the one afternoon, as we were driving along the dirt road to town our car got stuck! It was pouring with rain and Shaun had to get out and push, the water was around his knees when he got out the car to push. Took ages but we eventually got out. Full of mud!

 

The one with the dog hunting warthogs

We used to walk the 5km loop every night after dinner with our three dogs, Maxi and Piko, a Labrador and a Chow, and Abigail, my little sausage dog. They loved running freely around and Pikos favourite was to chase the buck or warthog or anything, he would run after them and disappear for hours chasing them but was way too slow to ever catch them (there really isn’t much you can do to stop this, we tried. We tried a leash, we tried leaving him at the house we tried everything and he always found a way to get out, so we gave in). One day while we were walking, a baby wart hog broke through the fence a few meters in front of us and sprinted across the road, closely followed by its huge mommy; the three dogs took off and ran for them. The two big ones and little Abby yapping at their heels. Suddenly the mother warthog turned and charged! The two big dogs skidded to a halt, turned tail and ran in the other direction, but my sweet little Abby kept on going and couldn’t stop. That warthog was HUGE and Abby was Tiny. Shaun then charged the thing and threw stones at it and it ran off, but shew it was scary! Warthogs can be very dangerous; their tusks can do a hell of a lot of damage.

The one with the evacuation plan

When fire season hit I had another reason to freak out. I now had visions of us being stuck in the house surrounded by fire. Thankfully we only had one close call, and it wasn’t close at all. I got up every half an hour to watch the fire moving closer and closer and had decided if it reaches a certain point we would leave. I piled all our valuables (ID, important docs, GHD…) onto the kitchen table, ready for us to run! Thankfully we didn’t have to though.

The one with the rat

We had a single garage off the house with no door, just a brick shell where I parked my car and we kept random bits and pieces and the dog food. Shaun’s bakkie parked behind mine. So we had gone outside for some reason before bed (so it was very dark) and we heard a noise in the garage. We spent the next few minutes arguing over whether we should investigate or not and finally decided that we really should, in case it was something big or a snake. So we grab the torch and gung ho go into the garage. So he’s shining the torch around and we can’t see anything but keep hearing noises that we eventually track to the dog food bag. So now the bag is against the wall at the back of my car, in front of Shaun’s car. He opens the bag and as he does he YELLS and drops the torch which then turns off! I scream and jump onto the bonnet of Shauns car and all I can hear is him yelling and the dogs barking and oh the drama! Eventually he finds the torch and it turns out it was a rat in the food and it jumped out at him as he opened the bag!

We had a lot of fun and some funny and scary experiences but I wouldn’t do it again in a hurry, I dreaded going home and was scared constantly. I am not a brave person, and when faced with bush and wild animals I turn into a sobbing mess.

Lily 19 month update

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19 things about Lily on her 19 Month birthday (yes, a day late)

 

  1. She loves dolls, but her Tilly doll from my Great Grandmother Hilda is her favourite. Closely followed by Ana who she got from Vanda’s folks. She calls her Nnnnnnana.

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  1. She still doesn’t sleep very well, she battles to go to sleep and battles to stay asleep, but has started waking at midnight, 4am, 5am and then finally at 7, so not to bad

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  1. She is still breastfed and no sign of her stopping anytime soon, I’m ok with it and have resigned myself to tandem feeding.
  2. Lily loves broccoli, mash potato, olives, cheese and yogurt.
  3. She is incredibly friendly and shares so nicely, she will play with something, like her bike or her rocking horse and then climb off and take your hand and make you go on it as well.
  4. She loves other kids and points out babas where ever we are
  5. Her favourite words are me me me, or more more always said like that.
  6. Last week Shaun and I were both dada and this week we are both mama, anyone else is called baba
  7. She calls birds “bi” and says tweet tweet (kind of) when we ask what sound they make, dogs are called woo woos and cats are “ca” she proudly says TTTTTea in the mornings and runs to the kitchen while I make her tea.
  8. She understands everything. If I say that she must turn off the tv so that we can go out, she does it, if I ask her if she is hungry she nods or shakes her head, and will take me to the fridge and point if she wants something from it!
  9. She loves to read but wants me to point out things to her, she will take my hand and point to things with it
  10. She chooses her own clothes (I give her a choice of two outfits) and loves to wear shoes (which is said sssshhhhhhoes)384366_10151245275685339_905701059_n
  11. She knows all her body parts (and ours) and only confuses eye and ear.
  12. She loves to pick up anything that she can put over her arm like a handbag and wave tata and give a goodbye kiss (sometimes with a grocery bag, my handbag, or the cutlery basket from the dishwasher)
  13. EVERYTHING is a phone, especially the remote for the ceiling fan. She has long conversations to imaginary friends. She knows that shes not allowed to have the cell phones and will always (ok not always but a lot of the time)pass me a cell phone when she finds it.
  14. She loves to run and play catchers. Her fave is to chase Shaun and I around the house with her toy snake, we pretend to be scared and she laughs hysterically!
  15. She loves to dance, the three of us spend a lot of time dancing, the neighbours must thing we’re mad, we have a lot of fun though.Durban-20120930-00177
  16. She loves to bath, loves water in general. Her granny bought her two RoboFish recently and to start off with she was petrified of them, loved to wtch them swim around the bath but wouldn’t go in the water with them, two weeks later and she adores them, as soon as she gets home from school she runs to the bathroom and takes them out the cabinet where we keep them and demands we run the bath.
  17. She doesn’t need to talk, she says more and more words but honestly doesn’t need to talk because she makes sure you know what she wants. You cant say no to her, if she wants something you do it, simple. That’s how she got Shaun and I, the Hello Kitty Motorbike and herself all crammed into her tunell, how she got her uncle and (future) aunt to play in the (turned off) shower with her and how she gets me to read books to her, while sitting on the kitchen floor. You cant help but drop what you’re doing and play with her. She is incredibly indulged and that is exactly how we like it.

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I’ve run out of points but have one more thing to say, she adores school, she throws tantrums most days because doesn’t want to leave. Her teacher says that she is kind and sweet and a real little helper. I say that she throws tantrums but they don’t last long, we walk away and ignore her and she gets over it fast enough. Distraction works well. She has her days, those days that feel six months long, where she is a grumpy pants but we get through them together. We play a lot, we laugh A LOT and we behave like children a hell of a lot. Shaun and I have a ball being this little girls parents, she is so funny and sweet and has the most adorable giggle

 

We are blessed

 

xxx