Wednesday, 4 December 2013

My top 10 list of things I'd rather have people buy for my kids than toys this Christmas

With it being Christmas and silly festive season and all, I've had to answer the "So what can I get for the kids." Question a lot. My kids have too many toys, so here are my ideas of gifts in no particular order.

1. Clothes - a size bigger than they are now
2. Books 
3. Puzzles
4. Cookie cutters, a sturdy rolling pin and a baking sheet
5. A Zoku quick pop maker
6. A kids music CD 
7. Coloring in book, pencils, crayons etc
8. A new school bag 
9. An iStore voucher for some games on the iPad
10. New bedding

I must add, I never expect anyone to buy gifts for my kids. It's not about that. 

- Toppie se Vrou

Monday, 9 September 2013

Are you still in there?

Hi friends in my PC

I've been really bad lately, I haven't made time to blog in ages. Actually, I decided, that the time I spend with my kids and what they remember about the time I spend with them, is a lot more important than documenting it. 

We've taken to spending time together, baking, cooking dinner in the evenings, dancing, singing etc.
Yes cooking dinner takes a whole lot longer, but it's worth it, and my kids actually eat their dinner, especially when they've made it themselves. 

People in the PC, I'll try make some more time for you. But honestly I'm enjoying this time with the kids far too much to give it up.

 Chat soon

- Toppie se Vrou 

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Home-made ice-cream, in 5 minutes, maybe 10.

So I decided I wanted a ice-cream machine. But they are sooooo expensive and I can think of a lot better ways to spend R800. 

So I did a little research and found the easiest recipe ever. And guess what, it works. 

You will need,

2 x zip lock bags of different sizes. (I used one ziplock sandwich size and a larger freezer bag with an elastic band)
1/2 cup milk
1tsp vanilla essence
1tbsp sugar
2 cups of ice
6 tbsp salt

Streps

1. Mix the milk, sugar and vanilla essence in the sandwich size ziplock bag and seal tight. (Make sure its closed properly) 

2. Put the ice, salt and ziplock bag with ingredients into the bigger bag and close properly to. 


3. Shake for 5-10 mins until mixture reaches ice-cream consistency. I find rollin the ice bag into a dish towel helps so that your hands don't freeze off. 

 

 I substituted the sugar and vanilla essence for 2tsp of nesquick for strawberry ice-cream. 


Needless to say the kids love it. 

Unfortunately I can now never say we cant have ice-cream.


The above is for one serving. You can double up for more. 

Also, its fun as the kids can make their own.

Cheers vir Eers

- Toppie se Vrou

Monday, 19 August 2013

A birthday present like no other

So it's my birthday today - I'm 28, I feel so old (I know I'm not - just feels that way). I've read a lot of birth stories and decided that since today is my birthday and since I'm getting old and my memory may start to fail me, today is the best day to write the first birth story.

On 12 January 2009 I did one of the gossest things I've ever had to do (or so I thought) I pee'd in a cup and stuck a tiny little piece of paper in it and wait for 3 minutes to see if there was one or 2 lines. Well there was no waiting, there were 2 lines that never disappeared. I remember sitting there thinking, maybe one line will fade away, one minute - 2 lines. 2 Minutes - 2 lines. 3 Minutes - 2 lines. 30 Minutes - 2 lines. The next morning I went and had a blood test and it was confirmed. I was pregnant. I think about 6 weeks. I had known for a while that something was different, I'm never late - ever.

Me and Toppie had a rough relationship, it was love at first sight for me, although I tried very hard not to admit it, and for him, well I don't think so much. So the 2 lines meant well this is a relationship forever, be we married, or apart we were together.

At 7 weeks on a Saturday afternoon, I had a show, and we rushed off to the emergency rooms, I was about to miscarry. We had a scan and I was placed on strict bed rest, no unnecessary walking, moving, flat on back legs up. Doctors orders. I went to my gynae at the time the Monday morning, and was put on 2 weeks sick leave. Back at work for a week and another show with the worst stomach pains I have ever experienced. Booked into hospital for a week, another weeks sick leave after discharge. Back at work about 2 weeks and another show, with contractions. The 2nd time I was put on a drip to stop the contractions, this drip made my heart race like I was doing the most intense cardio workout of my life. I had what Doctors refer to as wrap around placenta, the start of a placenta previa and for the first 12 weeks, the placenta lay directly over the cervix and my body kept trying to reject the pregnancy, this grew out, luckily. Another 2 weeks bedrest, and again cramps, this time different, I was sent for a second opinion and told that basically, because I was so fit before the pregnancy, I had torn all my ab muscles and would have these cramps my entire pregnancy. Needless to say, I was not allowed to gym at all. Not even walk far for the entire pregnancy.

The second trimester was ok, except for the uncomfortable stomach pains and the horrible itch skin, that nothing helped for. Nothing, my skin was on fire for 6 months.

The third trimester was also ok, although I was ready to pop Mika (I was adamant I was having a girl, and that would have been her name) out. We had set a c-section date for the 15th of August, my Ouma's birthday, and we were ready to go, until the doctor magically changed her plans, and had to travel overseas and would only be back on the 17th, there was no other doctor to perform the C-section, and I was unable to have natural birth, because baby was posterior and with the damage to my muscles, and the low lying placenta, I would inevitable end up in theatre even if I tried natural.

I didn't want to know what I was having, I wanted my "It's a Girl" or "It's a boy" moment.

This didn't happen, the Doctor, after postponing the c-section for her own personal reasons, nothing medical was ever brought up, was late arriving back from her travels and nearly cancelled my appointment on the 17th, after much screaming and fighting, she, frazzled and flustered, walked into the room, without examining me, and said, "We can go in at 12" (this is why I know there were no medical reasons for the delay). I wasn't ready to go in at 12 - I wasn't planning on going in on the 17th. So we reluctantly decided well Wednesday, my Birthday, would be the day. We then ended up having a check up, to make sure Wednesday would be ok, and she promptly announced, "Have you considered Circumcision?", Now I don't know about you, but a circumcised girl, NO NO. That's how we found out it was a boy - my Surprise moment ruined!

On the morning of the 19th, my 24th birthday, I was ready at 8, we only had to leave for the hospital at 11, but I was ready. I was tearful, scared, anxious. It didn't feel like my birthday, there were no presents, just well wishes for the baby on the way.

At 2:05pm on the 19th of August 2009, my son Calum Daniel le Roux was born, the Doctor stuck this gooey, yucky, blue little thing in my face and I loudly proclaimed how ugly he looked.

He Weighed 2.96 kg, was 49cm tall and after they cleaned him up, he was the most beautiful thing in my world.

Happy birthday to me and my boy. I've left out a few details, but its in my mind, I'm not so old and forgetful after all.

Cheers vir Eers

- Toppie se Vrou

Monday, 12 August 2013

We bought a Caravan

As children, we always went camping in the caravan with my grandparents, its one of my fondest memories, staying in a little box house, playing with the other kids in the camp grounds, riding our bikes, having a general freedom we weren't allowed at home.

We went camping this weekend, and let me tell you, the kids loved it. Now i have 2 rules when i go camping, 1. Toppie will sleep in the same bed as me and 2. There must be decent ablutions. I don't rough it as such, we have a gas stove and and so its like home, just not. The place we went to has private ablutions, so we didn't share bathrooms with anyone this weekend....

We also got to play with 3 week old lion cubs. The kids have made us promise we'll go camping again soon.























Memories

I never have photo' of myself and my kids together, besides the odd selfie that i can guarantee isn't always nice. So this year for Mother's day - I told Toppie, that instead of the normal PJ's and slippers, i wanted to have something more meaningful. I booked a photo shoot and he paid :) We also booked for my Mom and Dad to join us for my Mom's gift.

Needless to say, our photographer messed us around, we ended up postponing, cancelling and then finding a new photographer. I didn't have to look far, my talented cousin Nick Lazarus came and did a shoot for us, and it was worth the wait.

He was very patient with the kids, and didn't make them annoyed, he spent time just taking pic's of them playing. He got some nice photo's of me and Toppie as well.

 









  




























You can get hold of Nick on his facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/LNL-Photography/381206311950111