2015 Reading List

Updated on 28 March 2015

Juice In My Wine Glass

We’re on day 7 of the year, and I’m onto my 3rd book 😀 I’m going to try and read as much as possible again this year, and hopefully keep my list as updated as possible.  The first couple of books I’ve read I got off of The Blessed Barrenness blog post, and housemate has posted a whole bunch of book reviews so I’m going to be sneaky and read all those too!

This is my list so far for 2015:

1) Ugly Love – Colleen Hoover

2) Maybe Someday – Colleen Hoover (by far one of my favourite authors)

3) The Sweet Gum Tree – Katherine Allred (I enjoyed this book so much I looked for her other books)

4) Never Never – Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher (ok, WTH???  Where is the rest of this story? Talk about a cliffhanger!!!!)

5) Second Time Around – Katherine Allred

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A Day at Kirstenbosch Gardens

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We had a seriously amazing day yesterday at the Kirstenbosch Gardens. I don’t think our girls have ever walked that far without complaining ever.

We took a stroll along the ‘Boomslang’, picnicked under the trees, smelled the flowers, found butterfly wings, analysed intricate spiderwebs and explored the forest floor. The girls were fascinated with the tadpoles and tiny frogs, and the ones inbetween.

We were just about to head home when my cousin let me know she had 4 tickets for Beatenberg and Gangs of Ballet that she couldn’t make it to, so we ended up staying for that too.

Kirstenbosch is such a beautiful place and such a treasure in South Africa. I definitely need to visit much more often.

I think the next challenge will be a hike up Skeleton Gorge 🙂

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A trip down memory lane

I found these old videos of Aurora and I on my hard drive – from nearly 4 years ago…  got a tear in my eye – she’s always been so absolutely freaking cute and amazing and gorgeous and I cannot even begin to tell you all the reasons why I love her! I think the biggest reason is though – she’s mine… I created her… I love her with every fibre of my being…

Small pleasures…

Aurora’s dad is out tonight so he asked if I could take her instead of her being with a babysitter, and she’s been missing me and asking when she’s coming home all week.

She’s definitely taking strain with the huge amount of change in school and daily activities in general. She seems to be a bit more attached to me than normal, and most of last week when dropping her at school I had tears and arms wrapped around me so tight it took a good few minutes before I could leave her classroom. It’s hard seeing her being so overwhelmed. But I have to be firm and push her to do what needs to be done when all I really want to do is bring her home and cuddle on the couch all day.

Like this…. 🙂

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Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and I’m definitely not expecting any declarations of love, but Aurora and I got ourselves some delicious cupcakes and heart shaped cookies and she’s going to try make me coffee and bring me a cupcake in bed.

I couldn’t think of a more perfect Valentine’s morning than that 🙂

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And the bakery we got the cupcakes from let Aurora ice the pink one herself… ❤

The Liebster Awards – I got nominated Wooooohooo!!!!

So I got a pingback this morning from the gorgeous Maz at Caffeine and Fairy Dust about the Liebster awards, and I’m game for any kind of awards, especially the ones that will link me up with other bloggers and give me a good giggle during the course of the day.

Thanks for the awesome questions, here are my answers:

1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

Is this how old I would be or how old I think I am? Sometimes I think I’m still 28, but then I go and do something arb that makes me think “whoa, I’m becoming my mom.. “

2. Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?

The only time I take the elevator is when I go to my office once a week. I’m usually too impatient to wait for the elevator to arrive to take me to the 2nd floor so I take the stairs instead, but yet, I am one of those that will press the button more than once.

3. Would you rather want to be able to speak any language or play any instrument?

Speak any language. I appreciate music, everyone understands music. But language is so incredibly important for understanding the world. My daughter has just started grade 1 at the German School and I’m already struggling with homework. I have enrolled in a Beginners class for adults starting next month

4. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?

Joyful simpleton. At the end of the day, life is about the memories made, not about how much you know

5. Sam or Dean? (Supernatural)

DAMON 😛

6. Would you rather be a dragon or have a dragon?

HAVE a dragon! Fly over traffic and incinerate anyone who pisses me off. Perfect!

7. Always be slightly over-dressed or always be slightly under-dressed?

Over dressed is always better I think. Can’t dress up sneakers and jeans but can definitely downplay a little black number

8. What is your greatest fear?

That I will fail my daughter in some way 

9. What is the funniest thing you have ever heard?

If I was watching/listening to #SONA then I suppose that would be it, but I would have to say a lot of things my daughter says has me in hysterics… kids are so much more entertaining than adults.

10. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?

Pre-conceived ideas about superiority, beauty, intelligence, priorities. Expectations placed on individuals based on gender, race, nationality, education, wealth

11. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?

Probably. We all have a voice, but sometimes we get drowned out by the voices surrounding us.

The Liebster Awards go as follows:

  • Thank and link the person who nominated you.
  • Answer the questions given by the nominator.
  • Nominate 11 other bloggers, who have less than 200 followers and link them. (I have a few more than that, but like I said, I’m not one to stick my nose up at an award so…)
  • Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer
  • Notify all nominees via social media/blogs.

I’m going to nominate the following 11 bloggers:

1) High Heels And Fairy Tales

2) For the Love of Nail Art

3) Chipped Nailpolish

4) What Happened to My Body

5) An Unkept Mind

6) It Just Dawned On Me

7) My Home Life Blog

8) A Little Big Adventure

9) Tails From Paris

10) Jess Obese

11) Anniemation Floe

Here’s my 11 questions for you guys:

1) Oceans or mountains?

2) If you could live anywhere in the world you would choose…

3) Books or movies?

4) Could you live without the internet?

5) Could you live a life full of travelling?

6) Do you believe that everything happens for a reason?

7) When you’re home alone, what song do you play full volume and dance around to (maybe naked!!! hahah)?

8) Do you believe in Karma?

9)  Regardless of future plans, what would you rather be doing right now?

10) You have a secret hideout – what can one find you doing there?

11) Do you turn down the volume on the radio when you’re driving and looking for an address?

Ok, I think I met the requirements! Shew! Looking forward to the responses 😀

Kidisms

You know what that is? Stuff only kids can come up with? Like this just happened:

Aurora says to the dog: Biggles, get off my wienie

Me: it’s not a wienie it’s a cookie

Aurora: oh my friend calls it a pajima.

*crickets*

The Homework Fight

A week into Grade 1 and we’re already fighting about homework. 

Yesterday afternoon I had to check that Aurora had completed her homework at aftercare  (they have minimum of 45 minutes allocated to homework everyday). She hadn’t completed everything at school and when I checked it, I was told that she got tired and didn’t finish. Fair enough, it is a long day for a little one and they are so busy learning that I’m pretty sure it’s bloody exhausting!

But then the fight to finish the homework started… my word! Is this what I’m in for for the next 12 years? I’m going to run out of bribes before the first term is up! It all comes down to discipline, and self discipline  (following through and finishing assigned tasks no matter how mundane or difficult) is critical to becoming a responsible,  self sufficient adult…

Aurora is generally pretty good and finishing tasks. As a parent now it’s definitely up to me to focus on her school work as much as possible to ensure she succeeds.

Growing up I never did homework because it wasn’t checked at home. I never handed in projects, studied for exams, nothing, because I wasn’t pushed to do it. Today I regret it.

It is definitely a parents responsibility to help their child perform to the best of their abilities, encouraging and helping them grow into the kind of men and women that will be respected and successful and admired.

Now I need to work on my patience to ensure that I provide one of these women to the world.