July Goals

03 July 2015

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July Goals

  • Kiss MC every morning and every night
  • Be more patient and kind with SJ and EN
  • Read more daily devotionals
  • Attend Church every Sunday or watch the sermon online
  • Do weight training twice a week
  • Run twice a week
  • Drink 2l of water every day
  • Host a Durban July party
  • Attend a 30th birthday party
  • Attend a bachelorette party
  • Celebrate a special friends birthday
  • Enjoy a holiday movie with SJ
  • Bake with SJ
  • Take SJ to the beach
  • Take SJ to the park
  • Enjoy a Midlands getaway
  • Enjoy a spa morning
  • Send our my 30th birthday invitations
  • Complete all course homework
  • Complete Photoshop assignment
  • Send two blogger emails
  • Send two snail mail packages

What are your goals this month?

June Goals: TICK

02 July 2015

June has been one CRAZY month! Probably the busiest month we have had this year - starting my course/lectures, EN being sick, SJ busiest school term, MC traveling and the social calendar exploding!!

  • Be a more patient wife I like to think so
  • Spend more quality time with our girls
  • Make time for those that matter
  • Less time and energy on those that don't Winning at this! 
  • Try waking up earlier - Failed!
  • Drink more water
  • Eat less sugar 50/50 on this one!
  • Keep running Not as much but I have run weekly
  • Try Bikram yoga Only twice but I tried!
  • Keep up our church attendance - Only once :(
  • Enjoy two date nights
  • Celebrate Father's Day
  • Participate in #Collaboreads with Amber - FAILED! No time to read!
  • Host a surprise
  • Attend a special friends bachelorette dinner
  • Attend a very special wedding
  • Watch our girls be flower girls
  • Attend SJ's Big Walk at school
  • Bake for SJ's school princess party
  • Keep on top of the homework for my course
  • Send two more snail mail packages
One thing I learnt this past month was to be realistic.
Be realistic with my time, my goals and my expectations - and it really helped.. It has been a hectic month but I am proud of myself.
How were your June goals?

Krause Wedding

01 July 2015

On Saturday, two of our very closest friends tied the knot.
L & L are a truly special couple who have crept into our hearts and are a special part of our lives. LK was the MC at our wedding five years ago and this weekend MC returned the favour by being the MC at their wedding. And our two little princesses SJ and EN were flower girls...

LK and MC have been friends since school days and when he met the love of his life in LA, we became best of friends. Our friendship may have only started a few years ago but I feel like she has been a part of it forever! It has been such an honour to join them in the engagement journey leading up to the most magical wedding day.

We spent the weekend at the beautiful Camp Orchards - with an intimate dinner by candlelight (thanks load shedding!) on Friday night, hair and makeup heightened by wedding excitement and nerves on Saturday morning, the great reveal of LA's wedding dress in the afternoon, an emotional but beautiful wedding ceremony with our little tots dressed like little princesses and the best wedding dance party all night! A special breakfast on Sunday morning to toast the newlyweds and a well deserved nap on Sunday afternoon.

L & L,
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of, and share in your big day.
We loved every second of the build up and wedding weekend and we are so lucky to be your friends and have you in our lives.
We look forward to many more good times and amazing memories together.

(please excuse my iPhone pics!)

Confession Sessions

30 June 2015

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A few confessions/life rambles to come clean about...

  • Life has been hectic lately so my little blogging space has had to take a back seat.
  • I've been attending evening lectures for a Desktop Publishing Course - it's been pretty intense and three nights a week of lectures is no joke! The homework and assignment work load is pretty crazy too!
  • School holidays started yesterday - this means two kiddies at home ALL DAY. I was seriously nervous to start with especially with MC away for the week and Granny away for the next few weeks and no back up baby sitters but I'm going to enjoy these moments.
  • I haven't had a second to read, cook, bake or do anything remotely relaxing - it's all mom duties and homework around here.
  • Litte EN had a good spell of being well and healthy but now a bad chest and ear infection has hit with a nasty cough and we are back to minimal eating, runny noses, barking coughs and sleepless nights.
  • Healthy eating and exercise have also taken a back seat but this week has started well again, day two of weight training/cardio running and trying my best to not eat the bad stuff.
  • I may or may not be finding 8 minutes in my week to have a spray tan - nothing like a little tanned skin in Winter to help you feel more fabulous.
  • Our social calendar is busting at the seams too - every weekend is crazy busy with kids parties, events, weddings, hens parties, baby showers and dinner dates. We have been good at saying No this year but some occasions are not to be missed.
  • I am one proud Mom with SJ officially being water safe and finishing swimming lessons (the sight of my child being thrown into the middle of the pool and her finding her way back to the edge on her own with no inflatables or swimming devices was so scary but so amazing to witness!) and her awesome school report.
  • Is it really half way through the year already?
What's been going on in your life?

Dear... Lesson You've Taught Me

23 June 2015

We learn something new every day. And I learn so much from this man by my side. Letter link up with Amber.

June Letter Prompt: A Lesson You've Taught Me

Dear MC,

What have I not learnt from you should really be the question?

I have been through life, learning so much from so many different people. I had amazing teachers through school and a good grade average which allowed me to grasp concepts and learn notes by parrot fashion to recite during exams. I finished Primary school and High school with a good B aggregate and proud to have maintained this average - without trying exceptionally hard. I have always had the work hard, play hard motto going in life. I learnt that I loved reading and this allowed me to love English and be pretty good at spelling. I learnt that numbers were never my thing - Maths and I didn't really see eye to eye and I had to work hard. I learnt that I loved to be on stage and enjoyed Drama. I learnt that Physics and formulas were far too complicated for me but the practical Biology of life was more interesting. I learnt that I cannot draw but I still have a creative mind. I learnt that I loved sport and I was good at ball skills but long distance running was both mind numbing and lung destroying.

I have made many friends in life and have learnt so much through many different friendships. I've learnt that some friends will come and go through life and that is okay. I learnt that some friends are only friends with you to enjoy the good times and celebrations, and some friends will unfortunately enjoy that you have bad times as it makes them feel better about themselves. I've learnt that some friends will always have your back and some friends would rather stab you in the back. I've learnt that some friends will have to see you or speak to you every day to maintain a friendship and some will go months with not being in touch but then be able to pick up right where you left off. I've learnt that friends are so important but that family comes first.

I had one or two relationships before meeting you and as much as I wish that you were the only man that had ever been in my life - those past relationships taught me so much too. They taught me about the partner and wife I wanted to be and what I wanted in a man. They taught me never to settle for being treated badly. They taught me to stand up for myself as a woman and that I deserve to be treated with love, care and respect. They taught me that I wanted to devote my time and life to a man that would do the same for me. They taught me that trust and honesty and open communication is the only way a relationship will work. They taught me that I am always worthy of being loved unconditionally.

All of these lessons have shaped and moulded me into the person I was when I met you. At the age of 21, I thought I knew it all based on the above lessons. Little did I know that you would teach me so much more - about myself, about relationships, about business, about health, and about life. You are and always will be my greatest teacher.

In the beginning, you taught me how to trust. What a lesson that was for me. Trust is something I have never had in someone. Trust is now something I only have in you. I don't and can't trust anyone but you. This used to be a sad realisation but now it is a valuable lesson - there is no one else in this world that would ever put me first like you have, which means i could never trust anyone else 100%. They would always be willing to put someone else before me - and that's okay. You taught me that I had to give someone (you) all my trust and only take away if betrayed. But you have never done that, you have and never will betray me or let me down. After six short months of dating - I let you cross the oceans and live in another country for four years, with miles between us but all the trust in the world. And look how far we have come.

You have taught me (and are still teaching me) to be calm. I have always been busy - busy making plans, busy pleasing others, busy filling up my diary, calendar and to do list. You have taught me that to sit and do nothing is so peaceful and so good for the mind, body and soul. You have taught me to take it all in, to breathe deeper and not get caught up in the rat race of life today. I don't always succeed in this but I am always learning...

You have taught me all about perspective - about the little dot we are on a great white blank page. You have shown me how in the bigger scheme of things, those teeny tiny problems really aren't the end of the world. This has changed in so many ways and helped me deal with so many small issues that haven't been allowed to escalate because they are so irrelevant. This lesson has taught me how to deal with conflict situations with family members and friends - to stand up for myself but in a strong and respectful manner. 

You have taught me about hard work and motivation. You have always believed in me and been my greatest supporter which has in turn, taught me to believe in myself and really think that I can do anything I set my heart on. You have taught me about discipline and motivation and the importance of staying on track and never giving up. I know you will never give up on me. You have taught me that you don't get things you want by doing nothing, you have to work hard and even then, you don't always get the credit when it is due. But in this, you have taught me patience and humility and to keep working at it - one day, you will reap the rewards. 

You have taught me about love and faith. I am a better follower and Christian because of the faith you have in our Lord. Jesus chose you for me for so many amazing reasons. You lead me to the Church and the Scripture in a time when I really needed it. I am so grateful for the incredible boyfriend that you were buying me my first Bible and the patient husband who has lead me to sermons and cuddled me in prayer. You have taught me to love unconditionally and to love in a way that I never knew how. You have taught me to love out of my comfort zone, to pay compliments when I think them and cuddle when I don't like being smothered.

You have taught me about the person I want to be.
And being your wife is the perfect place to start being that person.

I love you MCR
Love Your Bride x

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