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did you survive the holidays?

And just like that the winter school holidays are done and dusted. What did you get up to? Although it was a bit of a whirlwind – I’m such a stickler for routine and holidays are not about routine – it was all great fun. Bailey had to have grommets put in, and she was so brave. She said afterwards that her ears felt very ‘sensible’. I took the littles to spend a week with my sister and her great, big crazy family in Durban. We had no agenda and just decided each day what we felt like doing. Highlights included hiking in Krantzkloof, spending the morning on the beach skipping through rock pools when it was pouring with rain back home, visiting Mini Town (especially for Robert), riding the cableway over the promenade (terrifying!), playing racket ball and running with my nephews and brother-in-law (thanks sis for babysitting!), visiting my niece at her waitressing job and having her serve us (how to make me feel old) and just hanging out with my special family.

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Here’s a video that my clever niece made of our one morning in Durban. It captures the fun perfectly!

And last week, back home, we spent a lovely rainy Friday afternoon at Cafe Paradiso. The mamas drank wine and managed to actually have a conversation, while all the kids were whisked off to the kitchen to make their own pizzas. Such a great idea and the kids loved it. And if they’re not in the mood for pizza they can also do biscuits or gingerbread men.

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— Liza

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how are the holidays going?

We’re about halfway through the winter holidays in Cape Town, and so far it hasn’t been too bad. Juggling work and a fun itinerary for the littles is no mean feat but we seem to have survived so far. This is what we’ve been up to…

  • Watching Noddy and Fantastic Mr Fox at the Artscape – their shows are always brilliant
  • Lots and lots of playdates 🙂
  • The Two Oceans Aquarium – always a winner
  • Snow White at Canal Walk
  • Disney on Ice
  • Holiday club at Virgin Active
  • Just chilling out at home!

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Other activities on the agenda include the Cape Wheel at V&A Waterfront as well as the Watershed Play Pad, maybe the Ice Slide at Cape Gate, a Table Mountain cable car ride, The Three Little Pigs at the Baxter Theatre, perhaps a movie or two or a picnic at Kirstenbosch Gardens? There’s lots to do! Let us know what you’ve been up to, so we can have some more ideas!

 

 

— Liza

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taking it slow with kids (and a few monkeys)

Compliments of the season and a happy 2015!

Back at the grindstone after a summer staycation. There are worse ways to spend two weeks than perambulating leisurely around Cape Town taking in the sights. You can’t do much more than move at a leisurely pace when (it’s 30 degrees) and you have two small children in tow.

We learnt this lesson the hard way after a particularly exhausting excursion to the World of Birds last week. My sweet babes were so taken with a random neighbourhood cat sunning itself in the car park that it took considerable persuasion to get them through the gates and into the bird sanctuary at all. They asked continuously about this cat once inside and no enthusiastic diversion with Emu or albino pigeon could make them forget it. We saw again how utterly single-minded a 3-year-old can be.

W: “But I but I but I luf the kitty….”
Me: “Yes I know, but look at that beautiful, colourful parrot up there”
W: “Can’t like the carrot. I luf the kitty”

Etc.

In hindsight we should have purchased a map and planned our day strategically. Our little ones were hot and exhausted after the first enclosure (which was probably the least exciting) but we stubbornly pressed on. After a morning taking in what we could with two increasingly fractious toddlers we ended up at the monkey interaction enclosure.

The rules read (put everything away, zip up your bag, don’t shout, cry or yell, don’t touch, tease, squeeze the monkeys etc) we cautiously stepped inside. J immediately demanded his dummy/bunny combo and for the sake of peace I got it out my handbag (breaking rule number 1). No sooner had I handed it over when a tiny yellow monkey leapt off an overhead branch, grabbed it and shoved it into its tiny monkey mouth. Ryan launched himself heroically after the retreating primate as J fell dramatically to the floor and started to scream (breaking another rule) and W (in sympathy) followed suit. There was some fuss, but the bunny/dummy was eventually retrieved from the monkey without harm befalling either, but the most distressing part came when in all the excitement, J shoved his dummy back in his mouth. I hadn’t even wiped it (anyone remember Outbreak?) My mother’s Whatsapp message which just shouted “RABIES!!!” almost sent me scurrying to the ER, and we hurriedly left before we could annoy the monkeys and the tourists any further.

This day, as well as every other, taught me many new things about being a mum to toddlers. You can’t expect to do things at your pace. This is a frustrating lesson, but when we slowed right down and let them lead the way the excitement at new discoveries came naturally. You might not feel that you “got your moneys worth” when you only manage half an outing, but if they had a great time and left with memories and new experiences then you did good.

At bedtime, W tells me her interpretation of an experience we might have had days ago. She takes it all in and processes it at her own speed and the outcome is always delightful and surprising. It’s an amazing privilege to be a mum to these two fascinating little humans. All their quirks and habits that make them uniquely themselves. I have a feeling this year is going to be the funnest, silliest (most challenging?) one so far. Bring it on!

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— Emily

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december was good

We’re back from a well deserved, much needed holiday!

Christmas with littles in the house is too much fun. The excitement around Santa and presents and all the festivities is 100 times more fun when there are children around.

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We took Bailey to Uncle Paul’s Christmas Party at Groot Constantia – such memories of my childhood and so special to share it with her. There were loads of classic ‘Bailey-isms’ this holiday, at Uncle Paul’s when the fairy was ‘flying’ through the trees (it’s just a light on a string), she said to me, ‘Mama, where’s her body?!’

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Christmas Eve dinner at ours with family. Quite a spread hey?

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Christmas morning. Present mayhem. We spent a good part of the day on the beach, Robert crawled all the way to the water, no fear.

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On Boxing Day we headed up to the Klein Karoo to visit our farm at Moose Valley, we don’t have a house yet so we stayed at Rooiberg Lodge nearby. It’s heaven there – blankets of stars at night, deafening silence (except for our kids and dogs). The first thing Bailey said when we walked into our chalet, with a very perplexed look on her face, was: ‘Where’s the TV?!’ (city kid this one).

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Then we headed down to Swellendam to stay in a cottage at Wildebraam Berry Estate for a few days. More rustic than we’re used to, but it was good for us to get back to basics. John-Louis knows how to make any place in the world cosy, thank God.

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Rustic meant horses literally five steps from our front door. We fed them carrots and petted them every day.

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Outdoor baths are awesome. He also had his first shower and loved it.

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Splashing all afternoon. The only way to survive the heat.

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Breakfast at Oppi Stoep Cafe. The high chair only came in one colour…

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Family selfie on the two-hour tractor ride. Although it was sweltering hot and a bit long for the littles, it was worth the experience. We picked blueberries and blackberries (and someone ate them too), got to see beautiful views of the Hermitage Valley and spent the rest of the day swimming in the pool. We thought Bailey would crash into bed that night but instead she said, ‘Do you want to know a sad story? The birds are too loud and they won’t let me sleep!’ (Like I said, city kid this one).

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The best part of our holiday was that Summer was still around to experience it with us. When we found out in September that Summer has lymphatic cancer we certainly didn’t think she’d make it this far. Right now we’re calling every day we get to spend with her a ‘bonus’ day.

All in all, the perfect way to end an insanely hectic year!

— Liza

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