And with that some March Moments captured on camera.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
And with that some March Moments captured on camera.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
It belonged to this little boy's Daddy when he was a little boy.
Saturday afternoon was a buzz of activity:
With playing blocks,
and Niave's version of Hide and Seek- it goes like this: "Ouma, I'm going to hide behind the tree and then you find me"! It's basically all hide and no seek!!
Niave also likes to play this game:
It's called Ring-a-ring-a-rosies, some of you may know it but Niaves version goes like this: "Ring a ring a rosies, a pocket full of posies, atishoo, atishoo, I throw you on the ground"!
Well, after supper and baths it was time for bed, Marley and Niave slept in the spare room and Abigail and Willow got to "camp" in the lounge.
They all arrived for Sunday School this morning washed, fed, dressed and brushed! Niave was so tired she crashed at 5:15 p.m.!! I think my parents might also have been napping at that time!!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I live in a rock pool.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
She really has become quite the swimmer!! If I think back to a year ago and then look at her today the difference is amazing.
She clearly loves being in the water and enjoyed every minute of it.
and on backs
backstroke! (I love the expressions - so leisurely!)
and then it's the marathon, dive in and swim a length!
Frankly, I've never seen a girl sit so still next to a swimming pool!! (still clutching 3 Barney's of course!)
Monday, March 23, 2009
Guaranteed these are not all the Barney's we have in our house - oh no, we have at least 2 more but that's being conservative.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Then on Monday morning at assembly she was presented with the "student of the week" award for grade 2.
She really needed something to boost her confidence as she's been battling a bit especially with the maths. She sat down to have breakfast this morning and said with a sigh "I wish I didn't have to struggle at school"!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
In the past these discs would be stuck to the windscreen like a license disc but nowadays they make them "portable" with a hook to hang it over the review mirror so that the disabled person is not limited to one vehicle.
That makes sense, but we live in Cape Town i.e. gale force South Easter wind a lot of the time!
So the story goes like this: the disc was there one day and not the next! We turned the car upside down (not literally!!) and searched in amongst the toddler debris and came up with: 4 plastic fish, 2 plastic horses, 2 coke bottles, at least 1 pair of shoes, 1 blue matchbox car, a lot of papers and a number of other things but - no disc!
So, we were destined to visit the traffic department to acquire a replacement. Now a visit to the traffic department does not conjure up positive emotions for me! It has invariably been a place of intense frustration, complete disbelief at the level of incompetence and/or inefficiency and finally utter despair! I realize I am painting all employees with the same brush and that is probably unfair and inaccurate but I have never had a positive or even remotely pleasant experience at the traffic department!
Anyway, they only replace/issue discs on a Wednesday and we had to have 2 items in our possession before we could pluck up the courage to go: 1) a letter from the doctor to verify that Grant is disabled and 2) ID (passport) photo's.
Now I just have to say that this is a replacement and considering that a large percentage of people applying for /in possession of these discs are paralysed it seems strange to me that we have to present a letter from the doctor saying that he is (still) disabled.
The traffic department must know of some secret procedure that can reverse paralysis because surely if you are coming to replace an already existing disc it must have already been proven that you are disabled. Anyway, that's just my little rant!!
So, last Wednesday came and went without the letter or the photo's and it's only when you need something and don't have it that you realize how much you depend/ed on it so parking became a bit of an issue and we decided that today was going to have to be the day.
So by this morning I still did not have the letter (although it had been written) nor the photo's (which were on my computer and had to get to the printer at the pharmacy!) and I was running very late to fetch Grant and head off armed with all the necessary items to the traffic department!
When I finally got all my ducks in a row and headed out the door to the car I found a letter in the letterbox addressed to Grant with an unfamiliar name and address on the back of the envelope. I decided not to open it because it was not addressed to me and tossed it into the passenger seat and went on my way.
When I finally got to Grant an hour later, he found the envelope and opened it while I was packing the wheelchair into the boot.
What was inside? Our missing disabled disc!!!
Some kind soul had found it and taken the trouble to find out our address and send it back to us.
You cannot imagine my relief!!
I actually felt lighter!!
So, Thank you S. Kruse, whoever and wherever you are, for your honesty and for taking the time to mail it back to us. It's probably more than most people would have done.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Gotta love that cinnamon chin!
Now the best part about pancakes is the flipping! Abigail tried to take some pictures of me flipping the pancakes, she did pretty well seeing as they were action shots and we had to time it quite carefully.
and before we knew it we were all having a turn,
they didn't always land in the pan!!!
even Niave who has a blister on her hand as proof, poor thing.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
We were first to arrive, even before some of the teachers!! Talk about keen beans!
Fortunately the weather was kind to us and the temperature stayed under 32! It was a little overcast at first which was wonderful.
The children took part in all sorts of fun races on a completely voluntary basis, the morning was about having fun not about winning.
(here the teachers are in action)
It was a relaxed and fun morning, one which will hopefully become an annual event.