Monday, 26 December 2011

Merry Christmas

Compliments of the season to everyone. We wish you much love, joy and safe merrymaking.
With love

Friday, 2 December 2011


Today, while doing the housework (yes, you read that right, I did housework) I was reflecting on work ethics.

My husband, Pieter has an amazing work ethic. When I had my morning conversation with him on the phone (he leaves for work at 4 in the morning and so we generally say good morning to each other on the phone) he was telling me how busy it was at the branch. He said that while on the phone to me he heard three other people in the office say: Pieter is just busy on a call right now, can I take a message?

I told him it was because he was so good at his job, his response was a snort of self-deprecation... I assure you we were both responsible enough to have said goodbye quite quickly so that he could get back to it all.

But it's true! He is good at his job, and he is a hard and willing worker. When something needs to be done he is one of the first (and often the only) to stick his hand up and offer to do it. Sometimes this annoys me because every hour he gives to Mainfreight is an hour taken from me and the kids, but I can't deny that I'm proud of the way he takes pride in his work.

Upon further reflection I also realised where he got this great quality from: his dad.

My father-in-law also takes alot of pride in his work and Pieter grew up with this as an example. So today I'm grateful for Dad's who lead by example and the men that follow in their footsteps.

It been said that

'A father is a daughter's first love and a son's first hero.' 

There is truth in that.

And so, today I am honouring both the Pieter's in my life. Dad - thanks for the example you have set for your son, and my love, thanks for what you do for your company and for your family. I'm proud of you.


Monday, 28 November 2011

Crocheted Skirt for my baby girl!

 Look what I made!

I am so proud....

Using the gorgeous handspun cotton yarn that my cousin Nicola brought me all the way from Zimbabwe (Nix you rock!) I made Miss Blossom a skirt.

It will probably look MUCH better with some tights underneath though.

 And guess who is standing!

(And pushing random small items of furniture around)

I keep reminding her that she is only 9 and a half months old and that she is not allowed to walk until she is 1!

 She's turned into a really jealous little monkey too!

I find myself having to rescue Miss Skye - my other charge every now and then, from Blossom's snatching.

Luckily Miss Skye is such a happy little bubba that she takes it all in her stride, although I've noticed her starting to give back as good as she gets.

You go girl!

Loving having the girls though - I'm finding them such sweet little creatures after raising my two crazy boys!

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

The Crawler and the Noodles


Guess who loves two-minute noodles!

The Frog didn't finish his and our little crawler discovered them before I did.

The daddy snapped these shots while I was outside hanging out the washing.
She had a blast!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Itchy Fingers!

My gorgeous cousin Nicola recently visited all the way from Zimbabwe and she brought me these...

Handspun cotton yarn!

Seriously, this stuff is like crack to the serious crocheter!
It's taken me ages to figure out what to do with them!

In the end I've decided to try making Blossom an overskirt for winter.

Or for whenever.

And maybe some flowers to attach to bunting.

Pretty things for a pretty baby :)

Monday, 21 November 2011

Faith, Hope and Love

I've had a bit of an obsession with the scripture:

1 Corinthians 13:13

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

My dad gets these awesome blocks of wood from his work, I've always thought them too beautiful to burn!

Now I get to do something pretty with them.

If you want to know how I managed it look here.

Friday, 18 November 2011

How to make Toasted Muesli

Toasted Muesli is my favourite breakfast food, well, it's my favourite healthy breakfast food - chocolate rocks at any time of the day in my opinion.

But anyway...

Toasted Muesli is beyond our budget if bought in a box... soooo....

I decided to make my own.

After doing the google thing it didn't take me long to figure out that it was dead easy!

Here's what you do:

Grab a bag of rolled oats and mix it with a bit of butter that's been melted with honey (or golden syrup... or brown sugar... whatever).

Add some sunflower seeds and mixed nuts.

Toast in the oven for a bit. (watch it though because once it starts to brown it browns fast) Stir it around to toast evenly.

Add in some dried fruit and voila! You have Toasted Muesli.

Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Entertaining Kids on a budget!

 Get them to make a track for their cars with tape.

It actually does keep them busy for a while...

Friday, 4 November 2011

Blossoms New Best Friend

 Blossom has discovered the baby in the mirror and finds her fascinating!

She talks to her and pats her and kisses her.

She will be crawling past on her way somewhere else and will stop dead at the sight of her!

I'm sure this is where vanity starts...

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Blossom Numeracy?

 Soon Blossom will be ready for this.

She absolutely LOVES anything with buttons, the phone, our mobiles, the TV remotes.

Actually the last one is quite funny, especially when Pieter is trying to watch sport...

Monday, 31 October 2011

The Many Faces of The Frog

My Roo has had a hard time adjusting to his new place as the 'middle child' in our family.

We get alot of this along with loud wailing.

Spare a prayer for him...

and me.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Painting the Driveway

When you mix equal amounts of cornflour and water  with a few drops of food colouring, you get washable paint.

Or at least mostly washable paint - I would try it out on wallpaper!

My boys thought it was so cool to paint the driveway!

And it washed away after the next rainstorm...

Please excuse Photoscape.

The batch editor was having an off day...

Awesome easy-to-clean-afterwards messy fun!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Sock Cleaning

While reading a book recently called The Family Manager I came across a rather revolutionary idea.

Well, it was revolutionary to me!

Use odd socks over kids hands to clean.

I sprayed the walls down with a vinegar and water solution, got them to put socks on their hands and wipe.

It turned into a game and we all had a blast!
And I got a clean(er) kitchen wall!

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Weaving the phonebook!

I am absolutely and positively certain that my weaving skills need desperate improvement, but nevertheless:

I did it!

I wove pages of the phonebook to create a basket.

I had to use copious amounts of glue - which is probably cheating.

But below is a photo-tutorial of how I did it.

If you actually want to know, for real how to do this have a wander through these links. They could probably explain the process far better than I ever could!

Fold LOTS of pages! LOTS!!!
Do this. (Or explore those links I told you about to figure it out)
 I used glue to secure them.

I told you I cheated.
 Keep increasing them.
 If you need to (and if you're using the phonebook, you will) glue in some more paper.

 I used clothing pegs to make sure the paper stayed where I wanted it to.

Fold the paper up to create the sides.

And glue and snip when you're done.


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