Thursday, 30 May 2013

Little men growing up

We've reached another milestone in Coel's life - one that i must say is not my favorite time of Toddlerhood.

Potty training, Coel at 22 Months has a much better understanding of things that Calum did at 32 Months. Maybe its because he has a big brother to copy, or its because he started school earlier, either way he's a bit more advanced. about 2 months ago he started coming to call you to change his nappy when he makes a poo, or if he accidentally leaks.

So we decided to start the potty training thing earlier with him than we did with Calum. Basically at school it means, keeping a nppy on and going to the toilet once an hour, then putting a nappy back on. (if th original nappy is still clean - it goes back on).  This creates an awareness of what the toilet is for - if he wee's or poo's in the toilet he gets great applause and maybe a little sweetie for effort. Unfortunately this gets to a point where the child becomes lazy so you have to switch to underpants.

My problem comes in when we have to start with underpants, cleaning a wee oops isnt so bad  guess, if you can handle wet wee on your hands. Cleaning a pooh oops is sooooooo yuck. It has a way of getting in everywhere and smudging. I remember Calum tyring to clean his mess once and I had pooh all over the toilet, the bathroom walls and the passage - yucky yuck yuck.

Cant kids just have a - I now use the toilet switch?

Well we've started the first stage with Coel - here's to easy potty training - I hope...

Cheers vir Eers

- Toppie se Vrou

#1for1blankets

So we reached our target for the first charity 54 blankets, and already have donated 4 blankets to a family who's house burned down, one to a homeless man and a few others here and there..


The project has been a huge success and the orders keep coming in...

To Recap

If you order a blanket, I will make a second one to donate to the amazing grace children's home. Or if you order pet size one's the donation will be sent to the SPCA. I must also mention I won't be making anything out of doing this, I'm just covering costs.

Blanket sizes:

Large: R220 each (ex delivery) [2m x 1.5m]
Medium: R 180 each (ex delivery) [1.5m x 1.5m]
Small: R 130 Each (ex delivery) [1m x 1.5m]
Baby blankets: R 80 each (ex delivery) [75cm x 1m]
Pet size: R 80 each (ex delivery) [75cm x 1m]

(The above price includes the donation blanket)

I would send them counter to counter so that would be an additional cost. Delivery would take about. Week from receipt of payment. If you want to collect thats also fine.

If you're interested leave a comment or pop me a mail at info@toppiesevrou.co.za or contact us on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OneForOneBlankets?ref=hl

We can do Spider-Man, cars, angry birds, Dora, Winnie the pooh, Hello kitty, Toy story, Minnie Mouse, we also do special order bllankets - but these will be quoted accordingly.

Also plain colors, or pattern on top, plain underneath.

If you simply only want to make a donation, you are welcome to do that as well.

Please spread the word its a very good cause..

- Toppie se Vrou












There's something about Cloe

When Calum started school about two years ago, we had a lot of problems with this little girl he used to bully. There were incidents of him pushing her off the toilet, throwing sand in her eyes, grabbing toys away from her etc. One day she got so annoyed she scratched him in the face, he looked like he'd been attacked by a cat.

Now, they are the best of friends, they hold hands, talk about "My best friend Cloe" or " My best friend Calum". Sometimes Calum will come home in tears if he didn't get a hug goodbye from Cloe, as she doesn't love him anymore, its heartbreaking. She apparently also calls him love at school - too cayoote.... He often wakes up at night and asks for Cloe. They are simply inseparable. A budding little romance.

In January another little Cloe started school and we're having the same bully tactics between her and Coel.... This time Coel clawed little Cloe. They fight like cat and dog, but i can see this turning into the same love hate relationship that Calum and Cloe used to have.

There's just something about Cloe....


Cheers vir Eers

- Toppie se Vrou

Lost in Translation

I don't know what to do, I'm struggling. It's very frustrating actually.

My almost 4 year old, has decided to make up his own language. I never know what he's trying to tell me and he seems to think I will eventually magically understand what he's telling me. Our conversations lately sound like this.
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Me: Calum what would you like to watch?
Calum: Nikki pokki, loeki, makki harry housen
Me: Whats that?
Calum: You know, Nikki pokki, loeki, makki harry housen...
Me: "Puts on the first movie I think he'll like"
Calum: No Mommy, thats not, Nikki pokki, loeki, makki harry housen
___________________________________________________________

Calum: Mommy i want to eat a snopi mopi doci slaki too
Me: What is that?
Calum: snopi mopi doci slaki too
Me: "Gives him a sandwich"
Calum: Thats not, snopi mopi doci slaki too

__________________________________________________________

Tloki, moki, blocki, fropi, ploom, nolli, ga

IE: I'm lost in translation and have no idea what to do....

Help

Cheers vir Eers

- Toppie se Vrou


Monday, 27 May 2013

TV games

So this weekend, Toppie got a bee in his bonnet and decided he had to had to had to have an Xbox360. Its a pretty nifty toy, the fact that it connects to our home network, has netflix capabilities and the games, all in one devie is pretty awesome.

Well it came with this little camera thing, a Kinect, basically you are the controller, and you can play games, using your whole body, not sitting on the couch being a couch potatoe.

Calum just loves it, but the Kinect camera is difficult to pick up small bodies, and since Calum cant read yet I have to be available all the time so that he knows where to touch to carry on playing. Its not very kiddy friendly.  Then i remembered, when I was younger we had a similar game on the PS2 - EyeToy, and the games were far easier to control, and they were more kiddy friendly. I phoned up my dad and well since the EyeToy still works, but is lying in a box somewhere it was donated to the grandkids. Luckily Toppie's old PS2 was there ready and waiting to be set up in the toyroom.

Calum has spent the last 3 hours playing Kung fu, boxing and and and and he's been able to start games all by himself, after me showing him how only once. Now since its a new toy i know it will be over used to begin with, but as with all things time will be limited.

My little Kung fu man... 



 
I was going to insert some music, but his noises are just to cute.

 
Sometimes new isnt always better.
 
Cheers vir Eers
 
- Toppie se Vrou

My weird dreams continued

So last night I had a pretty restless night, i didn't sleep well at all. I'm starting to think my dreams have something to do with it.

Last night I dreamt that this woman with the biggest weave I've ever seen just stepped in front of my car while I was driving 120km down the highway. All I remember was her looking like a rag doll and doing double flips and landing behind my car with feathers flying everywhere. The next thing I was in the back of a police van and going to jail for purposefully knocking down a pedestrian.

I just wanted someone to listen to me, that I didnt hit her intentionally I wasn't driving irresponsibly, she really did just step out in front of me. Nobody would listen, nobody cared. They were going to lock me up, take me away from my kids and throw away the keys.

I spent the whole dream praying morning would come so I could wake up from this horrendous dream. Funny how sometimes you just know that its really really a dream.

For the record I drive really well.

Cheer vir Eers

- Toppie se Vrou

Friday, 24 May 2013

How he became Toppie...

When Etienne and I started dating, I was only 23. I was too emotional, too excited, too enthusiastic, young. I always felt out of place though, like I was older, wiser, more mature.

I'd dated young guys, guys my own age, but I was always more committed, more ready to settle down, more ready for the next stage in life, the family, marriage, kids. I was always more independent, grown up. I had to start working earlier, pay for my own things earlier. I've always said I wanted to be married, to have kids before I turned 30, never wanted to be too old before I had kids. 

Well Etienne and I started dating and there's a substantial age gap between us. Etienne is 9 years older than me. When we first started dating I used to joke with him that he was "so old". An old man, "n Ou Toppie" and it stuck, he's my Toppie. My husband, my partner, my right hand man. My soulmate, the person who makes me so angry I can cry  and the person I want to cuddle up to every night. 

Who am I?

I'm - Toppie se Vrou 


Some more swimming photo's

So before swimming closed this season we had some more photo's done

i love to see the photo's and the progress Calum and Coel are making

Calum has been able to swim the length of a pool unassisted since the age of 3. its such great peace of mind knowing he can.

Here goes....








 
 
Cheers vir Eers
 
- Toppie se Vrou

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Around and around and around.

So our kitchen has 2 entrances, one from the dining room and one from the passage. The kitchen also has an island in the middle, more round and round.

Coel's new favorite game is to chase me in circles, through one door, through the kitchen, down the passage, back in the kitchen and again. And again, and again. Every so often he stops and changes direction and gets very excited at the fact that he caught me out. Sometimes just for an instant to take a breath I hide behind the island and he calls, "Mommy, wherd he go?", then When I jump out and surprise him he screams out, smiles and gives me the biggest hugs ever,"Mommy, I got you".

I love p,aging with my boy this way, it's kind of me and Coel time, just me and Coel time, only we understand the game, only we get it. 

So as I type, completely out of breath from a round of round and around, I'm rushing to go back and play some more. 

Cheers vir Eers

 - Toppie se Vrou



Thursday, 16 May 2013

Mugg and Tree

After hearing about this charity, i must say i honestly havent been able to sleep soundly.

When i think of my own home and my children, i know they are warm and have full tummies and are not suffering.

I spoke to Trudie from the soup kitchen and she said one of the biggest things they need right now is blankets, shoes, winter clothing and believe it or not matresses for these kids to sleep on at home.

It makes my heart so sore when i think of the little things we take for granted. like having a bed, with a clean sheet and a matress.

We collected enough money to go and buy 60 Mattresses for the kids there, so that not a single one of them will be sleeping on the floor anymore.

 
The kids were all so happy, one little guy shyly came to ask, please can he have a mattress because he sleeps on the floor, we told him one was for him, he could pick one and he wouldnt leave the mattresses till he got to take his home. One of the little girls aged 2, wouldnt even let us help her carry her mattress it was hers and nobody is going to take it away from her.




 

We also got this little guy some school clothes, he was ever so grateful. he couldnt stop coming to give me hugs. Can you believe these kids are made to sit in detention on fridays if they have no pencils at school, their parents cant even afford to buy a loaf of bread.



I cant put more details up as, my heart cant handle it.


A very big thank you to the following people for helping make this happen

Monique from DB Installations
Kevin and Shawn from BSK Prints
Nicki from One of the Boys
Jess and Lois from Eleventh hour
Meghann from Hygiene Queen
Mauro, Elena and Andrew from Hydro
Andy from Cupra
Smart-choice Accounting


I will be running this fund raiser in conjuction to the One for One blanket drive, i would like to make a special blanket for each child, one thats just for them. If anyone is able to make a contribution, please contact me info@toppiesevrou.co.za, we're still collecting as there is still a big need for everthing.

I've also secured a sponsorship of tracksuits for each child, these we'll be delivering next week.


Cheers vir Eers

- Toppie se Vrou







Sunday, 12 May 2013

I'm your mom





My dear babies, Calum, Coel, Codi-Beth. I'm your mommy, and so proud to be. It's not always easy, but the love you've shown me is greater than any love I've ever known.I love you with all my heart. 



Happy Mother's Day to all the mommies

Dear Mom

I have too many words and don't quite know how to say it all, so here goes




I love you mom. Happy Mother's Day ...








Wednesday, 1 May 2013

One for one blankets

I started this off just thinking I would be making blankets for my kids, for the house. They turned out so well, and I really enjoyed doing them.

I've decided to do a charity drive with them. #1for1blankets

Basically if you order a blanket, I will make a second medium size one to donate to the amazing grace children's home. Or if you order pet size one's the donation will be sent to the SPCA. I must also mention I won't be making anything out of doing this, I'm just covering costs.

Blanket sizes:

Large: R220 each (ex delivery) [2m x 1.5m]
Medium: R 180 each (ex delivery) [1.5m x 1.5m]
Small: R 130 Each (ex delivery) [1m x 1.5m]
Baby blankets: R 80 each (ex delivery) [75cm x 1m]
Pet size: R 80 each (ex delivery) [75cm x 1m]

(The above price includes the donation blanket)

I would send them counter to counter so that would be an additional cost. Delivery would take about. Week from receipt of payment.

If you're interested leave a comment or pop me a mail at info@toppiesevrou.co.za


We can do Spider-Man, cars, angry birds, Dora, Winnie the pooh, Hello kitty, Toy story, Minnie Mouse

Also plain colors, or pattern on top, plain underneath.

Here are some pictures, the kids love them, so do the fur kids.


- Toppie se Vrou


Donation count : 58