Bloggers Secret Santa List.

Its come the time to annonce the list of bloggers for Secret Santa.

I made the list I checked it twice, will check it another 3 times no doubt.

Drum roll please…

And here are the blogs involved in the first Bloggers Secret Santa:

And of course myself.

There are still 2 hours to enter in…

Dying to draw the names and start sending out the emails….


Tell me about yourself award!

I was tagged in Colour Giggles “Tell me about yourself award”. Thank you 🙂

It is a fun way of sharing a bit more of one’s self. But I thought I would first share little bits of what I have learnt from other bloggers:

My name: Bronwyn Audrey

Where I grew up: I grew up in Johannesburg, the northern suburbs. Only left there when I was 23.

Where I’ve lived: Ranburg (JHB), Fish Hoek, City Bowl and Kenilworth (CPT), Richmond (VA, USA) and 2 months in Henley on Klip (Vaal Triangle). And possibly San Fran, depending on how things go.

Married: I am married in the eyes of the law. But the other half will still go down on one knee and ask me to marry him and we will still have a wedding, hence I do not wear a ring.

Bearn and I at Rhodes Memorial

What scares me: Lossing those I love most, Parktown Prawns ( I was going to put a picture here but that freaked me out to much so I will leave it out) and Dark water – as in the ocean when you can’t see whats below your feet and pools at night.Greatest moment: Cliché but the birth of my baby.

What I hate: Parktown prawns – I mean really what purpose do they serve?

Pet peeve: People who lack manners and body odor.

Things I love: My family, the smell of clean washing, stationary.

Graeme in the basin

Studied:  Still studying teaching, hopefully its over soon. Then I will move on to the next thing.

Craziest things I’ve done: Gone to America for 4 months, Got a tattoo on a whim and had a baby.

Musical Instruments: Used to play the recorder, recently started playing the guitar.

Favourite Colour: I would have to say baby blue if only allowed one, otherwise pastel colours.

Things I’d still like to do: Travel the world, have more kids, and own a house.

Jobs I’ve had: Camp counselor, Special needs classroom assistant, shop assistant, and baby sitter.

Fondest memories from growing up: Spur and Veldskoen drive in with the family, playing cars with my brother on the drive way, my dad drawing in the sand on the beach and my mom playing ‘jelly-lump’ with me in the pool.

Baby me

What I miss most from my pre-mom days: Being ‘care-free’, having a mommy do almost everything for me, Getting up when ever I wanted and going to the loo by myself.

Chocolate or Vanilla: Most of the time chocolate.

Hobbies: Reading, crafting, studying (crazy I know, but I do enjoy it) and cooking.

I would never…

As you do before you have a child of your own you judge parents for how they deal with their kids. I know I had many preconceived ideas. There were many things I would and would not do with my child. I probably have many more of these notions that I will go against.

Some of my set in stone ideas I had before Graeme:

  • I would only breast feed until 3 months, was the idea before I fell pregnant. Then while pregnant I heard all the benefits so it moved to 6 months. Then once I started I loved it so moved it to a year. I only stopped at 14 months.
  • I would use toweling nappies. This one I really did have goo intentions with and I gave it a good go. I had about 40 toweling squares and all the junk that goes with clothe nappies. But Graeme has skinny legs and every time he did any thing in the nappy it leaked. My failed clothe nappy attempt.  
  • I would never co-sleep. Lets just say I found it easier to breastfeed in my sleep and he is still in the bed half the night.
  • My child would never eat junk. He does enjoy his occasional packet of flings.
I am sure there are many more… 
What set in stone ideas changed once you had a child?

Join me for Mumvember

Bearn did Movember last year and I just found out about Mumvember from Colour Giggles, which she got from Kids Spot.

1. Plan a picnic dinner. Whether on the lounge-room floor or a park nearby. Pack a picnic and eat dinner the fun way.

2. Scream-free zone. Go a whole day without yelling or raising your voice at your kids.

3. Give yourself a time-out. Sneak ten minutes of me-time. Read a magazine. Paint your nails. Drink a cup of tea child-free.

4. Bake something. Make a deliciously naughty chocolate cake, and you have permission to lick the beaters.

5. Kiss your sleeping babies. Sneak a kiss while your kids are sleeping. Soak up the precious moment.

6. Tell a mum you care. Write a note or email to a mum you admire. Share the love around.

7. Make an effort Monday. Put on a lick of lipstick or do something special with your hair. You’ll feel and look beautiful.

8. Leave your kids a love note. Pop a picture or some words in their lunchbox, or beside their bed.

9. Make a date with yourself. Find a day this month and put it in your diary to do something special for you.

10. Take a photo of the kids and make sure you’re in it! Set the timer, or ask a friend to take a pic.

11. Rock on! Set the timer and play your most motivating music for 30 minutes while you give the house a quick clean!

12. Listen to your kids. Today when the kids talk, really listen. Stop what you’re doing, give them eye contact and really pay attention.

13. Have a bubble bath. When the kids are tucked in to bed, run a big bath with loads of bubbles. Stay in ’til your toes go wrinkly.

14. Break your own rules. Jump on the bed. Spend the day in your PJs. Have fun by breaking your own rules with the kids.

15. Read your favourite childhood book. Grab a copy of your favourite kid’s book and read it to your little ones.

16. Play! Forget the laundry for a moment and get down on the floor to play. Swing on the swings. Jump on the trampoline. Play!

17. Make a date with your partner. Organise a babysitter and set aside a date for a romantic dinner (even if it’s just a cheap meal!)

18. French fry Friday. We know they’re naughty but once a while won’t hurt. Buy them or make them!

19. Be an active mum. Take half an hour out with the kids. Walk around the block, get on your bike or play around at the park.

20. Be spontaneous. Don’t tell your kids what the day holds, instead surprise them with fun adventures along the way.

21. Have a reverse meal. Eat dessert first and then have dinner.

22. Call your mum. Let her know you love her. Treat your mum as you hope your kids will treat you when they grow up.

23. Decorate your fridge door. Give your kid’s artwork pride of place on the fridge door, and update the photos while you’re at it!

24. Turn it off! Switch off the TV, turn off the radio, switch your phone to silent and turn off your computer. Give your kids your undivided attention.

25. Wear something different. Take off your mum uniform and wear something different, a dress, a colourful top or something else that makes you smile.

26. Plan a play-date. Organise a play-date with another mum that you like and want to get to know better.

27. Write a letter and post it. Kids love getting mail. Write your kids a letter and post it in the mail. Watch their surprise as they receive a letter!

28. Use your secret talent. Can you juggle, balance on your head, sing, dance, sew or craft? Share your talent with your kids!

29. Let the kids play mum. Swap roles with the kids for half a day and let them play mum and you play kids.

30. Treat yourself. Buy your favourite magazine, a cup of coffee or a something sweet and take half an hour to celebrate being a fun mum.

So who’s joining me? There’s a hashtag on Twitter #mumvember and you can also let Kids Spot know how you’re going on the 30 day challenge… Ah I get the 10 minutes off tomorrow, the possibilities are endless!

Takkies

Pregnant!!!!

I was going through some photos and came across a preggy photo of myself. I miss it in some ways and in some ways not….

Ready to pop

Snap

They say we all have a twin in the world. Well if Graeme can’t find him I think I have. (Or we can make one.)

I have become good freinds with a mom from the Moomie Forum (www.moomie.co.za ) and it just so happens that we have bought so many items in common for our boys. Her gorgeous, blue eyed Connor is almost 2 months older than Graeme.

Old MacDonalds Splash Pool.

“My dad’s cooler than yours!”

(Graeme has the same toy that is next to Connor)

Winnie the Pooh sleeper.

Gogo Sleeper.

And there are more!!

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