Monday, 29 April 2013

The weirdest dreams (Nightmares)

Lately I find myself having crazy dreams...

One morning I phoned my friend Paul to tell him he must stop dancing in my dreams, I dreamt he and a bunch of guys I remember from varsity broke out in a flash mob at a wedding reception. Was a pretty cool dream.

I've also dreamt that my friend who recently got married was upset that her husband took her to Mphumalanga for their honeymoon and she was terribly angry that she only got to spend one day on a beach when they went on a boat trip to a Mozambican island. (They went to Zanzibar)

My worst nightmare was that I fell pregnant with baby 4, and somehow when I ended up at the hospital to give birth, someone decided I was giving my child up for adoption and my baby disappeared. I remember reading Sharon's one post about a 60 day waiting period in her blog. I remember roping her in to help me get my baby back and then waking up before the end of the fight. I just wanted to close my eyes go back to sleep and see the end.

I'm not crazy, I apparently just have an over active imagination.

Cheers vir Eers

- Toppie se Vrou

A diet update.

Its been nearly 3 weeks since I started the will I am challenge. My goal in the beginning was to lose 8-10 kg (pre first baby weight is what I want).

I'm honestly struggling, my biggest problem is I don't eat. Now I'm supposed to schedule meals, and eat at least 5 times a day. It's so hard...

I don't weigh out my food, but I've tried to cut out margarine and sugar, my 2 biggest offenders. I can't stand the taste of sweetener though so I have started by going halfies - one sugar one pilletjie. And I think I'm ready to go all sweetener (aspartame free of course). I do find that since I'm eating more frequently I'm eating smaller portions at night as well.

So to date I have lost 3.6kg and 3 cm around my waist. My BMI has dropped from 24.3 to 23.

Think I'm doing ok as I'm almost 40% of the way there and 10 weeks still to go :).

That's my update.

- Toppie se Vrou

The popcorn trick

Any mom will appreciate this quick easy way of making popcorn. No oil, no cleaning pots or bowls, best way to make a quick snack for the kids.

1. Fill the bottom of a brown paper bag with popcorn seeds.
2. Fold the top of the bag over
3. Place in microwave for +/- 1.5minutes (the first time you make you'll have to listen, when the popping gets 3-4 seconds apart its time to stop) my Microwave is about 1.25min
4. Take out and enjoy

Quick easy healthy, the kids love that they get their own little bag of popcorn

Guard your heart.

A few months ago I was approached by a twitter acquaintance who needed some adult conversation in a friendly manner. I was soooo happy to have a "friend" who was going through what i was and who seemed to get me in a way only another mommy could. We spent quite a bit of time together, and I mistakenly thought this would be a lasting friendship. Boy was I wrong, something - goodness knows what - because I was never told, caused her to do a wheel spin reverse and run for the hills screaming.

I was very hurt by this whole situation, spent alot of time in tears over it, and couldn't really understand what I had done. Was it me, did I say something, did I do something, am I that horrible a person that people could just do that. It's taken me a couple of months to realise that it wasnt me...

All I can tell my dear little babies is that you must be careful who you trust and who you let in. If it seems to good to be true, it probably is. The people who deserve to be in your life will work hard to stay there because they'll want you around to. you will get hurt by people oneday, people will let you down, but the true friends will always work hard to make it up to you, they wont just walk away without a word.

Always remember toppie se kinders - mommy will always be there for you, a shoulder to cry on. i will support you always and i will be there to pick up the pieces when other people break your heart.

I cant promise i wont hurt you, but i can promise i will always work hard to fix things.

I love you...

- Mommy

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Uncle Mickey Baroo

A few months ago, driving home from school one day I asked Calum what his name was, he jokingly replied "My name is Calum uncle Mickey Baroo" so I said oh, not Calum Daniel Le Roux, and he agreed not Calum Daniel Le Roux.

It's gotten so bad that he has the older kids at school in tears when they try to tell him his name is definitely definitely Calum Daniel Le Roux. He insists his name is Calum uncle Mickey Baroo. He's convinced that's his name and nothing will change his mind.

I think I may have to change his birth certificate :)

Cheers vir Eers

- Toppie se Vrou

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Diets - Bleh

I've never really been interested in dieting, never really had the need to. But since Codi-Beth has come along I'm finding myself more and more self-conscious. I'm worried about how i look and I'm worried about the extra 8 kg's I'm carrying.

Last night i saw friends on twitter talking about the Well i Am challenge. So i took a peek and decided this was the way for me to go. Go take a look at

You pay the registration fee, collect your box at dischem, collect your blender or juicer and well, you start loosing weight - I hope.

For now we need to do before and after pic's, toppie will handle those for me.

It's a 13 week challenge. i went and did a free screening at dischem today and here are my results.

Cholesterol : 4.9
Sugar: 6.4
BMI: 24.3
Weight : 62.6
Height: 160mm

I'll try do a bi-weekly update of my progress.

Cheers vir Eers

- Toppie se Vrou

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Toppie turns 37

I always say it, but it still amazes me, how many wonderful people we have in our lives.

Toppie didn't want a big thing for his birthday, since its on a sunday this year. So I didn't plan anything, not till friday morning, when i decided we had to do something, even if it was short notice. All birthdays should be celebrated. So i messaged all our closest friends and family and for a last minute surprise breakfast party.

I ended up booking a table for 20 at Piatto Alberton, such a lovely spot. We had a table on the deck right by the jungle gym and jumping castle. Kids had a great time too.

We are loved and special to so many special people. Thank you guys for making Toppie's birthday so wonderful.

Happy birthday my Toppie. I love you very much my old man.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Who's Who

I've done these photo's of Toppie se Kinders when each of them was about 5.5 months old. They hang on the wall in my dining room. Everyone always debates which picture is of which child.

I do know the difference :)...
Cheers vir Eers
- Toppie se Vrou

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Daai Mangels....

So Calum has been a chronic tonsillitis child, and eventually in December we got our GP to refer us to an ENT. The ENT took one look at Calum's throat and we had a surgery date to have these dreaded things removed.

On the 14th of December we arrived at the hospital to wait for little Mr's turn to have the tonsils out.

The Doctor's secretary came around to tell us about the procedure, give Calum a teddy bear (He insisted on one for Codi-Beth too), the Anaesthetist was also very helpful and friendly. The hospital staff were very good with the kids, Dad took Calum in to theatre till he fell asleep and as soon as he woke up they brought him straight to us, he was a bit unhappy and sore ("my voice is sore mommy), but he wasn't traumatised.

He was given a packet of Lay's chips and a Coke to drink, and after that we were given ascript and told we can go home. It's been almost 4 months since they've been taken out and we haven't had a trip to the doctor yet for Calum this year. It's awesome.

To this day Calum asks if I can take him to the hospital if he's grumpy or bumped his leg, or just because. Reason being - he enjoyed having his tonsils out, obviously doesn't remember the pain or the scary part of waking up around a bunch of strangers, and best of all, he got a Helicopter toy, Chips, Coke and Jelly Sweeties.

It seems Mr Coel is going to have the same sort of treatment when he's 3, since he also has Tonsilitis regularly. I only hope his experience is also one he doesn't view as traumatic.


- Toppie se Vrou

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

The Easter Bunny came to visit

My favorite time of the year is all special holidays, Christmas, Easter etc are the best. Its a time when we get to remember God and all his love and share that with our families.

This year for Easter my boys were spoilt. The bunny came and left a letter for Calum, he was so excited and proud to help his brother find eggs in the garden. After a lot of, i wonder whats in this tree, and oh look over there's, they found a whole bunch of eggs and we enjoyed (Sheepish grin) the sugar rush that came with it. We also had a big family lunch with all the toppings, roast pork, roast veg, potatoe bake, malva pudding - yummy.... Can we have easter again next weekend?

Cheers vir eers

- Toppie se Vrou


Elf yourself....

Over December Kerry found this cool app called Elf yourself. We made the cutest video's.

Browsing through my iPad this morning I happened across it. Had to share...

The truth about working for yourself...

Everybody always tells me that I'm lucky, "You work from home, you don't answer to anyone, you don't sit in traffic, you obviously make a lot of money, you can take leave whenever you like". Yes I work from home; No, I answer to every single one of my clients; Yes, I don't sit in traffic; No, I don't always make a lot of money; Yes, but when I go on leave I take my laptop and 3G along and work.

When you work from home, it's a lot harder to manage your time, you don't get to go to work from 8-5, with a lunch hour and 2 coffee breaks. You answer client calls at 8 in the evening, or at 6:30 in the morning. You work for every single penny you can possibly bring in, since if you don't make money, there's no salary that appears in your bank account on the 25th. If you didn't get work in, you don't pay the bills.

As a mom, working from home, you try your utmost best to put the children first, to spend extra time with them, to be there whenever they need you. To be able to take them to the doctor immediately if they need. This poses a problem as even though you're always there for them, it breaks your concentration and it makes it difficult to be productive at work. There are a lot more calls for "Mommy" when you work at home and a lot less places to hide.

When you work from home, your family sometimes take the approach that you have more hours in a day than them, so you obviously have more time to do admin, household chores, quick trips to the shop. This causes a lot of conflict at home, as no matter how you try to explain that 24 hours is still just 24 hours, it doesn't always make sense. You end up taking on a lot more of the day to day tasks, dropping kids off, picking them up, checking that the creepy is running, quickly measuring the wall for the shelving. There are many more distractions when you work from home. It's much harder to set a disciplined schedule, to prioritize. Even though I don't mind doing the extra tasks (most of the time) it does take up time.

When you work for yourself, your holidays are work days to, as if you have access to email and internet, you can always just quickly send a letter, make a call etc. You never stop working. Even when on sick leave, or lying in hospital, you WORK.

The hardest part of working for yourself is probably the money thing, if clients don't pay on time, you may end up struggling to pay your bills. You often have to max out the credit cards in order to manage your finances. Its not always easy.

A friend of mine that also works for herself said the truest thing the other day.

" I'm always doing something and never seem to get anything done"

- Toppie se Vrou