Mauritius 2015

21 April 2015

It is hard to believe that just four days ago, we sunning ourselves at the side of the pool, indulging in delicious food at the buffet, sipping cocktails and eating ice cream every second of the day...
And now we are straight back to reality!

We have been so lucky to enjoy a week at the beautiful Shandrani Hotel in Mauritius. We went on holiday with MC's parents, older sister and our darling niece - our special brother in law and other sister were sorely missed!

We spent every day in the gorgeous sun, tanning and playing in the pool, along the beach and in the sea, snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, on the glass bottom boat and just spending time together as a family. Such special memories to treasure forever...

I cannot wait to go back...

3rd Birthday - Moodboard

20 April 2015

Yesterday, we celebrated SJ's 3rd birthday party.
What a day!

A busy day full of fun and excitement, seriously chaotic but sheer delight to see our little birthday girl in her element! 
SJ's Nana bought her her first Peppa Pig dvd on one of her trips to the UK, and SJ has been hooked ever since. We don't have Peppa Pig on South African TV channels or any paraphernalia in our stores but we download episodes online and we stocked up on Peppa Pig toys in London in December. 

Needless to say, this was SJ's very firm answer when asking what party theme she would like for her 3rd birthday and how do you say no to that precious face and the cutest little pink pig theme around?

This was the mood board and inspiration behind the party planning:

via Pinterest

Five on Friday

17 April 2015

Yay for Friday! This is a happy and exciting Friday - after SJ's birthday week and party this weekend!
So much fun!
Linking up with Christina for Five on Friday and Karli and Amy for Oh Hey Friday!

SJ's Birthday Week

1. Birthday Girl. Have you ever seen a cuter three year old? I may be slightly biased but I don't think I have! I cannot believe our first born baby and now big girl is THREE already. What an amazing three years it has been. SJ has been one of the easiest babies who loved to eat and sleep, reached all her milestones and hasn't been sickly. She is an outgoing, friendly and confident little girl who loves everyone she meets. She is a real Daddy's girl (who wouldn't be?) and she loves and lives life to the max. We are so proud of our little girl.

2. Presents. This little lady has been spoilt rotten with a jungle gym, a new bike and so many gorgeous clothes, books, puzzles and toys from special friends and family. Opening presents at this age is sheer delight - she rips them open and oohs and aahs over her new belongings. 

3. Cake and candles. According to SJ, birthday do not exist without cake and candles - we have to sing and blow out candles and then eat cake. And I couldn't agree more. Thank you Carrie from for the delicious pink naked cake.

4. Birthday dinner. Birthday traditions now include an evening dinner at our local Spur. This is SJ's favourite restaurant with a great play area, delicious ribs and chips and a make your own ice cream dessert complete with sparkler and singing waiters. Every kids dream...

5. School birthday ring. SJ is so lucky to be at an awesome school and have a very special teacher this year. Mrs P made sure that SJ had a very special morning with birthday crown, more cake and candles and everyone singing happy birthday to our little princess.

Happy weekend - we are going to be enjoying SJ's birthday party.

Meet the Momma: Cindy

16 April 2015

Meet the Momma: Cindy from 3 Kids, 2 Dogs, I Old House

Hello! I'm Cindy, although I don't hear that name nearly as much as I hear "MOM!!!". We have three busy little people that we call ours - Kyla (5), Riya-Ray (4) and Knox (2). When I'm not running around trying to find a lost shoe or stop another argument, I am also a wife. Seth and I met when I was just 16 and we've been together ever since - 12 years and going strong. We live in Cape Town and thoroughly enjoy all that it has to offer us.

Did you experience easy or difficult pregnancies and births?
Man, don't get me started. Kyla's pregnancy was pretty textbook - 13 weeks morning sickness and that was about as bad as it got - read Kyla's birth story here. When I was pregnant with Riya (just 3 months after birthing Kyla - I know right, you'd think I'd know how it worked) I had the worst pregnancy. I was sick the whole 9 months, so much so that we induced two weeks early just to get it over with. And as if the pregnancy wasn't bad enough, she ended up birthing herself and if it wasn't for Seth, she may have well died - read Riya's birth story here. Because I never learn, we went ahead and had another baby - Knox's pregnancy was just as bad as Riya's and we induced him on my birthday - a painful but rewarding way to spend a birthday - read Knox's birth story here.

Are you a stay-at-home-mom or working mom? How does this work for you?
I'm a working Mom. I only work half day for a company that I own, so I am lucky enough to be able to get flexitime when I need it. I think it gives the best of both worlds, if there is such a thing. I enjoy being at the office and interacting with other people around things that don't involve poop schedules and such, but then I love coming home and spending quality time with the kids too.

How did you decide on your child/rens names?
We happened to have a wonderful friend names Kyla-Rei and we just loved the name Kyla. So that one was easy! When I was pregnant with Riya, we didn't find out her gender until she was born. So we had to prepare for a boy and girls name. We were so set on her being a boy that we didn't really think her name through all the way. We'd been watching Smallville and one of the "aliens" was named Riya and we loved it! Although it wasn't technically what we would have planned if we'd known that was a girl from the start, it really suits her so well. Knox we had heard a couple of times and it just stuck. We have a thing for short, unusual names I guess.

How has your life changed since having children - positive and negative?
Sheesh. It's changed in every conceivable way. The most profoundly is that I don;t think of myself first anymore. It's always about them first. Always. This in itself is both good and bad. But the positives far outweigh any of the negatives so defs worth it.

Where are your children at school, and how did you make this decision?
Yes, they are at school. Since I'm not a stay-at-home-mom, we felt that school would be more beneficial for the kids to ensure that they learn and grow in ways that I couldn't teach them while at work. But let's face it, I wouldn't have been a very good teacher even if I was at home - I think school is a necessary thing for them. How to deal with life without your parents interrupting, learning to deal with other people - big and small and just generally being prepare for "big school".

Are your kids more like you or your husband, and in what ways?
They are all such a good blend of both of us. But there's no denying that Knox is a carbon copy of Seth.

Describe the "type" of Mom you think you are?
Oh man. Depends on the day. I'd hope that I would be seen to be the laid back Mom, who is in control without freaking out and has equal parts in the gift of teaching, letting them learn on their own and knack of discipline. But the reality is that I'm actually none of those things, at least not simultaneously.

How do you stay organised or in a routine - or do you live in organised chaos?
We have organised chaos that sometimes looks like a routine, until it doesn't. I think I may be the only one that knows what's happening - most of the time.

What is your favourite activity as a family?
We love to go out for breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack. We just love to go out. but I'm becoming more partial to play games around the table or a snuggly family movie.

Describe your 'Mommy-me-time'? 
What is that? Does driving to and from work count? No? Ok, then those rare occasions that friends have girly kid free parties or when I have a spa voucher that needs using - that reminds me I still need to use the one from last Mothers Day. Oops.

Describe your proudest moment as a Mom. 
I can't narrow it down to any one moment - there have been so many. But when I watch them doing something that I know is hard for them, but they try and do it anyway. That makes me pretty flipping proud.

Any advice for other Moms or Moms-to-be.
It's so easy to dish out advice for what works for me, but that might not work for you. So I think knowing that everyone has their own story and not comparing your story to theirs is a better way to stay sane. Haha.

What a special and beautiful family - thank you Cindy for sharing your wise words and advice.

EN - 11 Months

14 April 2015

Month 11: 

Weight: 9.5kgs

Height: 73cm

Clothing size: A few 6 - 12 months but more 12 - 18 months now

Diaper size: Size 4

Feeding: 6am - cereal and fruit with yoghurt, 9am - bottle and sandwich, 12pm - veg, protein and starch mix and fruit, 3pm - bottle, 6pm - veg mix, cereal and a bottle. She is still loving her finger foods - sausage, orange, apple, biltong, dried fruit, biscuits and just about anything... Not much changed this month!

Sleep: Morning nap: 9.30-11.30am, afternoon nap: 3-4.30pm and a good nights sleep from 7pm - 6am. She loved her sleeps during her holiday...

Milestones: Crawling up a storm and to everything she shouldn't be touching - the stairs, the oven, the TV buttons! Standing firmly and trying to stand alone - the walking is coming soon. Her bottom two teeth are now out but no sign of any others... She is responding well to her name and saying hello and bye. She still loves to say ta. Her favourite person and favourite word is Dada.

Loves: Her family - we are so blessed to have a babe that just adores us all. It really makes us all feel so special. Her face lights up when we enter a room, she laughs and giggles at us and she cuddles into us when being held. She is a little family girl.

Dislikes: The doctor - poor tot has seen her fair share and she hates them coming near her! She obviously hates needles too - also had her fair share. She hates anyone touching her face, especially to wipe it clean and she gets frustrated being held down to get dressed!

Adventures: She enjoyed her first sunshine holiday in Mauritius and our little water baby was in her element! She loved the pool, being with all her family and eating from the buffet - such a happy little sausage.

Mommy & Daddy could not live without: Each other - we really make a good team and we are very proud of ourselves as parents. We work together through good times and bad times. Parenting isn't always easy but to be able to share it with someone who thinks and acts like you do and complements you in every way is a real blessing. This holiday was so much fun and a great trip for us and MC is the one person who makes this whole journey magical...

*Monthly pictures taken by the talented, Bron Fourie from Vanilla Photography

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