April 24, 2011

Easter baskets

Last year I got the babies Easter bunnies at Clicks (which, in fact, are still in pristine condition seeing as I only let them have it for about two weeks around Easter).

This year we weren't going to do anything until Granny Nova sent me some money and told me to get the kids something, so I bought pajamas.

From us they got their first chocolates and some of the cutest baskets I've ever seen. Love these - got them from Pep.


April 20, 2011


When Connor first started intentionally calling for me instead of just the babbling, he said Mama, Mammy, Mimi, and then Mama for the longest time.

I joked that he was an Irish boy when he called me Mammy :)

My best was Mama and I loved it because I thought it was the cutest thing ever.

Babyish but yet not.

I should have learned this lesson already but sadly, I didn't.

On exactly 1 April, I got home from work and suddenly he was saying Mummy beautifully.

I said to V, "when did this happen?"

She said, "today he suddenly started saying Mummy".

They talk about us when we're not at home - "where's Mummy?" and so on.

I thought he'd revert back and forth for a couple of days, maybe even a week, but no.

Perfectly saying Mummy with not a lapse, even in his sleepy states.

My babies are growing up.

PS Kendra was saying Mummy for months before. She had a few days of Mommy/ Mummy but quickly settled on Mummy.

April 06, 2011

How to make a handbag - for the sewing challenged

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love handbags.

Kendra is already the same.

She loves dragging my handbag around (I only sometimes let her) but basically any bag is fair game.

When I exit my bedroom in the mornings ready to go to work, I have my handbag over my shoulder so they know when they see the handbag, it's time to say "bye".

So if they find any handbag around, they pick it up and start saying, "bye". We then ask if they're going to work and they nod while they walk off.

When I recently cut a pair of their jeans into shorts, I was about to toss the ends into the bin when I thought, "hmmm".

This is what happened:

and here is Kendra modeling her bag. As you can see, she wouldn't even take it off her arm to build her puzzle.

P.S. She keeps that cap on as much as she can. She absolutely LOVES it and even wants to nap with it.

April 02, 2011

This is a boy who has no problem sharing

Over the last couple of months, Connor has showed us so many times that he likes to share.

A couple of things come to mind:

1. They were sick the second week of March and when I took them to the doctor we had to wait while she finished up with another patient.

Kendra went to sit at a table and Connor headed to the toy box.

He picked up a toy and first brought it to Kendra, and then went back to get something else to play with.

So sweet!

2. At home we leave their water bottles (have to start them early) on the corner of the kitchen table.

I often find Connor taking both bottles because he goes to give Kendra's one to her first before drinking from his one.

Very cute and considerate.

3. They have a bottle of milk before prayers and bedtime at night.

I usually get the bottles ready a bit earlier and leave them on the corner of the kitchen counter.

Last night Kendra told me she wanted her milk and so I asked her if she was ready for bed.

We have a rule that they're not allowed to run around the house with their milk bottles because 1) I hate the idea of big kids running around with bottles and 2) I don't want that milk spilling on my new-ish carpets (now two years old).

The kids know this and know that if they want their milk, no more running around - they have to go to bed.

So Kendra said no, she was not ready for bed and carried on running around (they literally RUN around the house).

I moved the bottles to the top of the change mat in their bedroom because that switch is sudden - one minute they're playing happily and the next minute they want their bottles NOW and start wailing if I'm seconds too slow for their liking.

Connor says, "now-now" like a good South African boy. (now-now is South African slang for now).

I busied myself with something else in the bedroom for literally seconds and the next thing I see Connor whizzing by, clutching two bottles, both his and Kendra's.

He hands it to her where she was standing right outside the bedroom and they both take off running down our open plan entrance-way/ sunroom, laughing like crazy kids, almost as if they were in cahoots.

It was so cute I also started laughing and so much so that I couldn't even chase them to catch them.

Funny kids but even in the naughtiness, there's the sharing.

4. Here's a collage where Connor took the packet of bread off the table and shared with Kendra. See how he's feeding her in two of the pics. Naughty but cute.