Current favourites

Over at Dear Max, Tanya posted a list of what her little boy Max is into at the moment and invited every one else to do the same. So I thought I would record what Graeme is into at the moment as I think he is getting to such an interesting stage.

Favourite expression/word

Graeme: Yellow, cow or okay.

Mom:  Shit

Favourite outfit

Graeme: Mickey mouse baseball style top and truck welly boots

Mom: My cargo pants and pink hoodie


Favourite hobby/activity

Graeme: Playing with large farm animals or the best naming colours.

Mom: Chatting on skype or losing myself in a book.

Favourite drink

Graeme: Milk or Juju (juice)

Mom: Coffee

Favourite food

Graeme: Eeties (sweets) or fruit

Mom: Pringles

Most overused word/expression

Graeme: Yellow

Mom: No, don’t touch that/ put that in your mouth!

Favourite apps

Graeme: Piano or flash cards

Mom: DrawSomething

Favourite TV programme

Graeme: Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Raa Raa (Cbeebees)

Mom: Grimm


Favourite book

Graeme: Any book with Animals in.

Mom: Whatever is currently going and catches my attention.

Worst activity/chore

Graeme: Having your bum changed

Mom: The fight involved in changing the bum and admin.

Latest discovery

Graeme: More colours and being able  to name them.

Mom: Graeme’s expanding personality on a daily basis.


I am loving this little person he is becoming, each day there is more and more Graeme to love and enjoy.



I was sitting on the kitchen floor with Graeme within my vicinity and i needed to poep, as one does every now and then.

I looked around, the coast was clear, every one was out of ear shot besides the toddler, but its not like he cares about such things.

So I let my little one out and Graeme turns to look at me with a sparkle in his eye.

Graeme: “Mommy pooo – p”

Me: “Yes, shhhhhh”

Graeme: “Mommy pooo – p” Getting louder.

Me: “Yes, Quite now.”

Graeme: “Mommy pooo – p!!!!” Much louder.

Me: “Yes Graeme I poeped.”

Graeme just nods, smiles and goes back to whatever he was busy with in the first place.

Now really was that necessary??

*Poep is South African Slang for fart*

Fetch it!

Amy is our little Jack Russel. She is a pure bred hunter, will catch everything that moves. She has caught rats, snakes, mice and her favourite moths.

Last night she was in the laundry hovering around the washing machine, no matter how much I called she would not leave it. Then the other Jack Russel, Ice, joined her I knew this wasn’t a moth she was after.

I moved the veggie rack out of the way, still she was around the washing machine. So I pulled the washing machine out carefully, she ran behind and around it. Still could not see anything.

Then I called Bearn to come help me lift it to see if anything was under the machine. She went under sniffing like crazy but still nothing was found. Bearn left again after not finding anything of interest.

Looking around the machine I was thinking if I see a pair of eyes looking at me I will poop my pants. Yet I still look.

I, for some reason, decided to look in the machine. Then saw that you can see the inside of the machine just above the rim. There was a pair of eyes staring at me and a tail hanging over the edge of the drum.

I did poop my pants and screamed for Bearn! He came back and we tilted the machine and pushed it out with the broom handle.

Poor rat didn’t stand a chance. Ice and Amy each wanted a bit of it.

Waiting waiting….

I have had requests for me to put my journey thus far into writing so here goes.

Last year June / July Bearn went over to San Fran for work and he approached the subject of us moving over there for a couple of years as his company wants him over there for various reasons.

I hummed and harred for a while, then said if not why not. I feel it could be a fantastic adventure and number 2 could be born there.

So we started the process of getting together all the documents together. During the getting together of documents we were living in a fully furnished place in Fish Hoek, then that lease expired so we moved into the company flat in Gardens (City Centre).

By December I had all the documents done. We were aware that the rental agreement on the place we were in was coming to a close at the end of Dec with the company, but we were under the impression that we could stay on in a personal capacity. Well thats what the land lady lead us to believe. She then dropped the bomb that we could not stay on, this was about half Dec gone. We tried to find another place within our price bracket but no such luck, if you have ever tried to look for fully furnished in Cape Town in Dec you will know what I mean.

So my mom got a call and up we came to Henley on Klip (Deep dark south of Joburg) on the 30th of Dec. Here we have been since.

All documents were submitted mid Jan, so we thought we would wait a month and know the results.

I was under the impression all was in until they sent back asking for the same documents in different words, so they were submitted and the company moaned at them for asking for more of the same. Wait a few more weeks and they then ask for updated payslips because they took so long.

Now we are in 2 weeks of the month waiting period to get an answer.

11 eleven

Lisa-Marie tagged me in a fun post all about me, well her’s was about herself. I felt I havent blogged in a while so I had better do this one. (I will be doing catch up posts and explain where I have been.)

The idea:
– Post 11 things about yourself
– Answer the questions given
– Set 11 new questions
– Tag 11 people

Random Facts

1. I have 4 tattoos, got my first at 17 and the last at about 23. I do want one more in honour of my dad, but the only problem with that is that I will have an uneven number.

2. I am scared of finally finishing my studies and heading into the ‘real’ world.

3. I pierced my own ear, the top hole. I then did my friend’s after she saw mine. Dont worry I used vodka and flame to sterilise the needle.

4. I am dying to fall pregnant with number 2 now!

5. The longer it gets the more I miss being involved in the special needs field, normal kids just aren’t the same.

6. I have a phobia of Park-town prawns. I was going to link this to a picture of one but I get the hibby-gibbies just thinking about looking at a picture of one.

7. I love the fact that my son is a mini version of my dad. My favourite is the same sparkle he has in his eyes when he smiles or is happy.

8. I don’t know what I would do if something happened to my mother.

9. I am addicted to facebook, twitter, blogs and sites like FML and lamebook. I used to be addicted to a forum, but now I just hover and don’t post.

10. I am over waiting to hear from the US consulate on whether or not we will get our visas. Seriously do we even look remotely like terrorists?

11. I find doing things like this extremely challenging, battle to talk about random things about myself.

Questions answered

1. If you were to have unlimited funds for a themed birthday party, what would the theme be and why? For myself I would have a kids party for my 30th with all the bells and whistles that go with it, and of course adding in some adult level fun. For Graeme I am not sure what I would do, right now I would have to say a Shaun the Sheep party.
2. What is your fantasy job and why? An educational psychologist doing play therapy and to open up my respite for special needs kids in Cape Town.
3. What is your ultimate favourite “me” thing to do? I would have to say getting lost in a good book or exploring some where new.
4. What is your favourite item of clothing? I must be honest I don’t really have one.
5. If you were offered an extreme makeover, would you do it – if not, why? If so, what would you change about your appearance? I would go for it, why not I am sure it would be lots of fun. Extreme as in surgery change would have to be my boobs, they used to be my best bit. But I know what they are like after breast feeding one child for 14 month, so I dont want to know what they are like after 4.
6. Summer or Winter? Why? Winter by a long shot. You can always get warm in winter, summer you cant get cool. I also love snuggling in winter.
7. Have you ever met someone famous? Who and when? Can’t say I have. That type of thing doesn’t really appeal to me. But there are a few famous people I would love to meet.
8. What is your most cherished item? Can I say my son. He is defiantly something I could not live without. A material item… I would have to say the stuff I have of my dads.
9. What is your greatest fear? I always said lossing those close to me, then it came true. But I think that it still applies.
10. What motivates or inspires you? Graeme motivates me and gives me a reason to be happy every day, and I want to make Bearn and my mother proud.
11. How many pairs of shoes do you own!? I am sorry but I only have about 3 out of storage, in I have no idea. Not that many though.

My Questions posed

  1. What can you not leave the house without?
  2. What is the craziest thing you have ever done?
  3. What is your proudest moment in life?
  4. What is the most embarrassing thing you have ever done or your most embarrassing moment?
  5. Sea or mountains?
  6. If you could choose would you be a stay at home mom or would you work?
  7. If you could choose any location for your dream date where would it be and why?
  8. What is currently in your handbag?
  9. How did you meet your partner?
  10. If you could choose any one, whose shoes would you put under you bed for a night?
  11. What is your naughty, only yours, indulgence?

My nominees

  1. Stacey
  2. Jude
  3. Kristin
  4. Ellen
  5. Nicki
  6. Melinda
  7. Anita
  8. Tanya
  9. Lauren
  10. Michelle


8 Dogs as role models

We recently moved up to my mom’s place in Henley on Klip (Joburg deep dark south). She has 8 dogs and 1 cat. I will be honest and admit that 3 of the dogs are mine.

Graeme has picked up certain traits from the dogs. Some of them include:

  • Drinking water from the ‘pool’. Disclaimer: Its a large splash pool, so he has to stretch his face up to get in it as opposed to drinking face down from a normal pool.
  • He pants.
  • He tries to lick the dogs like they do each other.
  • And when they give him kisses on the lips he attempts to give them kisses back just like they gave him.
  • He tries to eat face down out of the dogs bowls or off his own plate.

In the surrounding area there are a couple cattle farmers and the herds men bring the cows right next to my mother’s property as there is vacant land either side of her. And with cows come ticks. So we find the occasional tick on the dogs. Graeme must have seen us pull one off at some stage. He now pulls little bits of hair off a dog’s back and proudly shows one of us and annonces “EW!”.

The dogs are named as follows:

  • Amy is called “A-A”
  • Ice is “I”
  • Nala is “Nala” or “Naya”
  • Zoe is “Zo-zo”
  • Schatzi is “Shushi”
  • Kiki is “Titi”
  • Sam is “Wa”
  • and poor Mishi does not get called anything. Although he is the oldest and most cantankerous.

Nala is by far his favourite, she is a pavement special, German Shepard X.

The last little dog bit is that my child has turned into a bit of a thug. 2 of the little lap dogs are easy to provoke and Graeme has learnt this very quickly, he pokes and squishes them until they growl at him and he thinks this is the funniest thing ever.

Hug for Zoe.


Nala going in for a kiss.

Giving Nala loves.

Graeme and "Wa" playing beautifully.

The big reveal

Last year I had the idea to do a secret santa with other mommy bloggers.

All the presents have been sent according to my knowledge. So here is the list of who was a secret santa to whom:

I had a lot of fun doing this! I learnt some new things about organisation like how not to send one person 2 recipients (luckily it was early on in the sending so I could fix it) and what to do for ‘next’ time round.

Although I am not sure I can do it next time as I may not be in the country (thats for a different post).

I hope every one had as much fun partaking in this as I did. 🙂 What did every one get?


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