Monday, April 27, 2009
Anyway, I (along with Abigail, Niave and my parents) spent yesterday and today collecting autumn things for art activities at school. Yesterday was Grant's step-mom, Poppie's birthday and as she lives close by we took a walk around the neighbourhood collecting leaves, pods, sticks and all things "autumny" on our way to see her for her birthday. It was quite a task keeping track of Niave and I was quite exhausted by the time we got home. I have resolved to dig out the reins for any future such outings!
Today we went to a park in Dreyersdal rd, Bergvliet to collect pine cones. I noticed when I was there a few weeks ago that it has loads of tiny pine cones all over the ground.
The visit to the park was not complete without a tantrum from Niave about sitting in a swing with a bar across it! She eventually gave up and went without a swing rather than sit in the one with a bar! She has a very strong will - now I wonder where she gets that from???
Then we decided to pop in to "Die Oog" (The Eye), a duck pond just down the road from the park. We stopped to buy half a loaf of bread to feed the ducks (Niave tends to throw in slices rather than chunks!)
and it seems that squirrels do not only eat nuts and acorns!
This one is snacking on a piece of "stolen" white bread!
They also like the guava's on our tree in winter which is just as well as nobody else eats them and they do help with the picking up of squishy guava's job that is mine!
Well, back to school tomorrow, but only for 3 days!! What a life!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
-The other day while the girls were playing dress-up, Abigail commented to Niave that she looked very pretty to which Niave replied: "*big sigh* No Abi, I am not pretty, I am perfect"!
Clearly we have some lessons in modesty to be learnt!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
A week which was part long-weekend, part holiday and part school.
And with all the public holidays and long-weekends/short weeks ahead it's probably not going to change any time soon!
Anyway, on Tuesday last week we went down to Hout Bay to the Riding Center to have pony rides. They were very accommodating, seeing as we arrived at the wrong time.
It was a good outing - sponsored by said visiting-horsemad-auntie! Thanks Bev!
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Abigail absolutely loves Tessa,
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
and the mountain.
(these pictures were both taken by Abigail)
We had a little picnic and then set off on a walk
and I discovered that sunset is a really beautiful time of the day to be there.
And now that the sun sets so much earlier it is more possible to be there at that time rather than in summer when the sun sets at 8 and we are at home trying to get little people to sleep in the broad daylight!!
and a few interesting creatures - not least of all this fellow:
There wasn't a lot of water around - being the end of summer, but Niave managed to find some and climbed right in!!
Glad I wasn't the next person to use that water fountain!!
We managed to fit in tea and scones (thanks Bev!) and then home for supper, bath and bed.
Not a bad end to a day that started out rather trying and frustrating.
Niave has been 95% potty trained since December/January but was having poo-refusal! i.e. refusing to poo on the loo. Her reason was always that she was "still little" and I'd say "when you are 3, you'll be big enough" well, true enough the day after her 3rd birthday it happened! And so now the only reason for a nappy is the bedtime milky bottle, as soon as we can chuck that we'll have about R200,00 extra each month!
This week also saw Niave gain control of another bodily function: blowing her nose! Something you probably take for granted but the delight on her face when she actually did it was priceless! So, it would seem that our little girl is growing up.
Monday, April 6, 2009
She has been with us for 3 years and has certainly lived up to the meaning of her name which is "brightness". She is a real cutie but keeps us on our toes as well!!
Saturday, April 4, 2009
The morning dawned ominously cloudy after a huge thunder storm over night and quite a lot of rain.
Jack and Jill's bucket race