20 September 2013

Impromptu Winter Getaway

It has been a very lazy few weeks partly due to shocking weather and the partly due to winter sniffles doing the rounds in our home.

Undeterred we snapped up a Groupon offer and headed up the West Coast for 3 nights. We made the most of our time at Club Mykonos despite less than ideal circumstances.

 The girls had their first mani/pedi which was fun for them - and kind of milestone-ish for me.

For the most part we spent our mornings out and about on the resort - there is so much to do! We played table-tennis, pool, foosball, mini-golf and spent a fun hour in the arcade playing token games.

In the afternoons we arbed around as 2/3 kids were not 100's so rest was required. Thankfully we had plenty of quiet things to do with series, books and games.

On our last day we drove into Langebaan for some tourist shopping - the kids each had a substantial amount of money to spend as they have all been saving. We transfer their pocket money directly into their Capitec account - they dont see it which means they dont spend it!

Was wonderful for them (and us!) to be able to buy what they liked independently.  I was also very impressed with the way they chose to spend their dosh.

Faith's purchases

I did splash out myself....on this little bikini. There was much deliberation - I even called my girls in to take a look-see as I know I can trust them to be brutally honest.....after much deliberation we returned to the store and I bought it! Now to ensure it doesnt end up in the tog bag under my bed with all the 'other' swimming attire I never wear....

Family getaways are becoming more important as the kids grow up. It is such a special time as we are all together doing the same things. Everyday life sees us all going in different directions with different agendas. Even though we may all be in the same house it certainly doesn't guarantee 'togetherness'.

I am thankful for Groupon and Daddys Deals that often present affordable offers that make impromptu little getaways a reality for larger families. We will definitely be heading back to Mykonos this summer.

10 September 2013

When Less is More

Sometimes there is so much to say that it is just overwhelming. Day after day I open my blog and sit staring at the blank page. Where to start? How much to share (bearing in mind my kids will read this one day, probably sooner than later!)

In some cases I truly believe less is more. At least when it comes to blogging. Not when it comes to clothing. ;-)

I will share in broad strokes aka bullets:

  • The man's business is doing well but not without significant time constraints and some serious adversity. He is working harder now that he has in his life; those that know him will realise just how big that statement is. The difference is that now he is ploughing into his own business - something meaningful but that still doesnt negate the pressure and stress that a new business venture entails.
  • I have come to face some of my deepest fears, look them squarely in the eye and realise that in this life nothing is certain and  one has to decide how to make your best play. In doing this I have discovered more about myself in 10 days than in the last 40 years. Aside from that I am almost 100% again after a very annoying cold that has lingered for 4 days - being silly-sick ticks me off; I need to run.
  • The man and I plan to our first half marathon together in November - we have registered for the Cape Point Run. We have done several short trail races together but never a half.
  • Rach is facing some new challenges at school - the life of a teen is never simple. I knew this day would come; some girls whom she has been friends with for years are making some 'less than stellar' choices and she has chosen to remove herself graciously from some situations. This has caused the 'mean girl syndrome' to rear its head with her on the receiving end. I would know nothing if i had not read the BBM's on her phone (she knows I do this from time to time)  - she deals with things quietly and internally. I have to say I am exceptionally proud of her - the shit has hit the fan and i can see that my girl has the tools to weather this storm. It is incredibly difficult to stand down, not rush in and defend her but I know this truly is her rite of passage into teen-dom and she is ready.
  • Faith is chilled. Happy, settled and enjoying life. She thoroughly enjoyed her first Eisteddford - dance truly is her passion. We have finished school for the term and are enjoying doing things like reading, drawing and learning to touch type.
  • Levi is Levi. Happy. Hungry. Busy. He is currently obsessed with warriors, armour and sword-fighting. The rest of the family watches Switched At Birth each evening and he plugs into the ipad and watches Xena. He is loving school and is looking forward to his performance in his first school play this week.

05 September 2013

Not A Moment To Soon

This August has to rank right up there with one of the least pleasant months in my life to date. It's over - and not a moment to soon for me.

Not only was at least one member, at times all 4 members, of my family ill with sinus/headcolds/croup for the ENTIRE month but I also faced some of my own health challenges. And it wasn't a cold. 

Suffice to say that in the aftermath I am grateful all over again for the simple things. I am trying to move forward armed with what I have learnt and attempting to shed the fear that could come to claw at me should I allow any space in my thoughts for 'what could have been'.

Right now I want to step outside in the bright sunshine and GO FOR A RUN. But that will have to wait for a few more days; instead I will be content watching Faith grapple with a new math concept and later join an old friend for a well-overdue catch-up coffee.