A (quick) Letter for Caris at 17 Months

Dear sweetie pie

I really haven’t given enough attention to you, my sweet little girl, on this blog, have I? And it’s not because I do not think about it often. I do. It’s just that I am constantly running out of time to do anything these days. I feel like the proverbial mouse on the treadmill going round and round and round and I am always in a rush, but I never really seem to getting anywhere. (This blog, in fact,  is a perfect example, I have over five draft posts lurking around; all the start of great ideas, fleeting thoughts that I have had, but have just never found the time to finish them off.  And now the moments seem to be lost, so they will probably remain just fleeting thoughts. But that is a post for another time!)

You are growing up so fast, and I cannot believe that you are already 17 months old. You have quietly been going about your business with hardly any trouble, and its almost as if you have suddenly stopped being a baby and become a little girl overnight. You are the epitome of cute, and just when I think you cannot possibly get any cuter, you do! You continue to be the-easiest-baby-in-the-world, for which I am very grateful! (Although you are showing some signs of a few impending tantrums when you don’t get your own way, but for now it is still very cute.) I did a double take when you pointed at the garden the other day and said “outside” without even batting an eyelid, and although my heart swelled with pride, I immediately felt guilt ridden for not spending enough time with you.

The second child somehow always manages to pull the short straw when it comes to one-on-one in the attention stakes. And I am sorry that I cannot always give you my undivided attention. One of my favourite things at the moment, is when you fetch a book from the book basket, and bring it to me to read to you. You bundle yourself into the nook of my arm, and squeel with delight as we page through it. I love the way you miaow and woof, and roar like a lion.  You are becoming more independant by the minute, and I savour these quiet moments with you, because I know that they will be gone before I know it.

I love you so much my little girl xx

Photo Friday … The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades!

My online order for these cool shades by Babiators arrived yesterday, much to the delight of Alex and Caris. (Especially Alex, who LOVES it when parcels arrive at the house.)

I got them from Queck Baby …. who also have a lot of other cool stuff, be sure to check them out! (and their service is super efficient!)



Under the sea … Party time!

The brief, from my outspoken four-year old, for his fourth birthday this year was an Ocean Motion party with an Aquarium cake. My initial thought was “Holy cow, how the hell am I going to make an Aquarium cake, yet alone host an under the sea party!” Living in land-locked Jozi, means there aren’t any aquariums readily available, and my budget didn’t exactly extend to flying a whole lot of kids and their parents to Durban for the day!

I did not have the energy to do the party at home this year, so with the help of Google, I found a great venue in Linbro park called  kiddy-up , which provides jungle gyms, playhouses, a jumping castle, trampolines and plenty of space for the kids to run around. As an added bonus each child got to go for a ride on a horse. (Not exactly sea-creature related, but dolphin rides were proving a little tough to organise, of course! And besides, all kids seem to love riding horses) 🙂 They set up and provided the draping, chair tie backs and balloons for the kids table in my under the sea colours, and also provided on-site catering which made my life easier. All I had to do was arrive with drinks, sweets, the cake and party packs!

Which brings me to the cake. I frantically googled for some ideas, and after purchasing a few icing moulds of various sea creatures, my mom and I set about making a menagerie of tropical fish, crabs, sea horses, lobsters, octopi and dolphins, which were then painted with food colouring. I made a large chocolate cake, which was slathered in blue butter icing, and then adorned with our swimming creatures. The piece de resistance, alongside the pod of dolphins, was a breaching orca (made out of rice-krispie-treat, and covered in plastic icing). Alex was super chuffed with his cake, and his friends were all very impressed judging from the oohs and aahs when I brought in the cake! (and the fact that the cake and creatures were devoured hungrily!)

The weather on the day of the party was just perfect, flawless blue sky and not a breath of wind. (Despite the weather being rainy, cold and miserable for the two days prior). Girls arrived in their best party dresses, and the boys came dressed as, well, boys. Much cake was consumed (especially by my young daughter) and much fun was had. Everyone had a whale of a time!

{a few images from the party}

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