I love living my life in an organized, efficient, simple manner. I also love it when I see my family happily running around in the space we have created together, each one fulfilled and carefree. I am often asked by my friends and family to share some tips on décor ideas, organization and planning tasks, and home/room make overs. So I have decided to blog about our family home, the way in which we live, and hopefully brighten someone’s day along the way by sharing of tips, advice, life lessons and laughs. So come along and take a peek.
Mi Casa Si Casa!
Welcome to my latest Blog....
My mum remarried this past weekend. After 23 years of being on her own, devoting her life to her career and her 3 kids she found her happily ever after with her Prince Charming. To say that it was emotional seems an understatement to me. You see, this lady is the bravest, most determined, (or stubborn, depends on your point of view ☺) most hard working person I know. She decided long ago that education was the key to ensuring that my younger sister and brother and I rose above our circumstances. She drilled us! She berated us! She loved us. She was as strict as anything, man she could give you a good spanking back in the day, and those looks!
Above all, she taught us how to be thankful, ever faithful, and God-fearing. So as I said before, it was an emotional day. To see her find her happy ending, to see the love between her and her husband, was truly amazing. It was not easy to let her go, of course. After 23 years of having her all to ourselves, it was more than a little hard. But we were ready, and yes, all three her kids could not wait for her to ride off into the sunset. She had the most stunning wedding in the forest on a wine estate in Stellenbosch, and she was as beautiful as a bride could be. Our 3 children were super excited to be part of their Grandma’s big day, and these memories we will treasure forever! Oh yes, did I mention she is turning 60 in less than a month? (I hope those good genes follow me! ☺)
I don’t think as kids we will ever forget the memories she created for us as a little family. The once a month Friday Wimpy visits after school, the Christmas Eve Gatherings at our house in Filda Makriel, the laughter and joy when she was cooking for us in her little kitchen. My sister said in her speech at the wedding that we were the 4 musketeers. And yes we were. I can tell you, it was not always easy for my mum to raise us on her own, but she did it, and she can be proud of what she accomplished.
So mum, here is to you finding your happily ever after. And for those that don’t believe, I can tell you this… Somewhere over the Rainbow, dreams do come true.
Love you mum with all our hearts.
Dad, welcome to the family!
Our girls love going to the beach (just like their mom of course!) and Saturday was no exception. With long summer days and the beach about a mere 20 minute drive from where we stay, it is always a sure way to keep the kids occupied and have some physical activity as well instead of watching endless TV (which we try and limit as much as possible).
Isabella and Daniella both received their first body surfing boards over Christmas, and loved it. As I watched them heading into the waves with pure excitement, I marveled at how fearless they were in their first couple of attempts. At that moment I experienced immense pride, and thought how amazing it would be if we as adults also retained that fearlessness – despite what life has thrown at us over the years.
Life has a way of knocking us around, and humbling us on a regular basis. I know, I have been there countless times. It is tough to go running towards those waves knowing you might get knocked down again, but man should we run none the less! The excitement and pride on my girls’ faces when they caught their first wave was immense! It reminded me that we should always go for that wave, despite our fears, and inherent insecurities. Who knows, we might just catch it and ride it all the way!
Happy beach days!
I love date nights. I loved it when we were young and carefree and just started dating. I loved the excitement and the newness of it all. With 3 little cherubs all under the age of 7, we treasure our time that we spent together as a couple on our own and we try and do it at least once a week, even if it is for an hour. It is in these moments, whether over a glass of wine, taking a stroll on the beach, or having a good dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, that we re-discover “us”. That we re-connect as a couple, not just mom and dad. Do we talk about the kids? Yes of course, but we try and limit it. We often talk about the time when we were dating, reminiscing on old memories and secret laughs, we people watch and make jokes. Many people underestimate the importance of laughing together, but oh boy, does it create sunshine in your soul. And if you can laugh with someone you love, even better!
So treat your husband or wife to a date if it’s been a while. It does not have to be fancy, just make sure that you can really connect with each other, that you listen to what the other one is saying and that you see your partner in front of you, and I mean really see them. You will be surprised at how quality time with your other half can add to the depth of your relationship, improve communication and overall happiness and satisfaction.
It is my favorite time of the year. Our 3 little cherubs are still very young, and with that comes the excitement, innocence and wonder of Christmas. Some of our favorite traditions that we enjoy as a family include leaving milk and cookies for Santa, decorating the Christmas tree, singing carols and making a gingerbread house, and playing our annual Christmas Jenga game with the kids! What are some of your Christmas traditions? Have you started any new ones in your family? We found that traditions become the golden thread that gives us a sense of belonging, that precious stuff that memories are made of.
We also love visiting Christmas Markets, and this year we were at the Blaauwklippen Market in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The atmosphere was festive, there were loads of activities for young and old, and we picked up some great Christmas gifts along the way.
Of course the most important part of Christmas is our Saviors birthday. The nativity play and retelling the story of the birth of Jesus remains a special part of how our family reflects on God’s unconditional love for us. So from our house to yours, Merry Christmas. May blessings be upon you and your loved ones over this festive season.