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Friday, 30 September 2016

Five for Friday


It's pretty interesting to me that there are people who are able to very clear say what their favourite book/tv show/movie/song/game of all time. I can't nail down any of those for myself, what I love about something changes...especially so as I learn more, live more. So yes, there can be something that I love, love, love, but calling it a favourite is tough. Am I the only person who thinks like that?

We've started using a star chart for Keiden. So far, some mixed results. He loves the idea of getting a star, but doing something to get the star - packing away his toys - not really going to happen. Or he starts intending to, but then gets distracted.

Parenting in general, has lately just been extra grind moments and fewer awesome ones. The challenging twos is really pushing my mettle. Although, hugs, kisses, love you helps some.

All of the recent #feesmustfall stuff has been heartbreaking. The poor UL students who had to sleep on the street because the university closed indefinitely. Then there's also going to be the knock on affect on health services that rely on grads doing their community service year. It's terrifying thinking about what will happen to all the communities that won't be serviced properly due to a lack of people to do so.

And on a geeky note. Happy Luke Cage day folks :D


Thursday, 29 September 2016

Book Thursday

The Great Balloon Hullaballoo  words by Peter Bently and illustrations by  Mei Matsuoka  


If you’re looking to get your child interested in space, and help them imagine new and exciting places this book will go a long way to helping you do so. Simon the Squirrel is sent to the shop by his mum, he has a very clearly list, and is told not to forget the cheese because they’re having pizza for supper that evening.


Simon heads off with his friend Rodney Raccoon, they decide they should go to the moon, because everyone knows it’s made out of cheese. They jump into the lake, have Bethany Bear laughing at them, and figure out that they need to fly to the moon. They trio do just so, in Ol Uncle Somerset’s special balloon. At this point in the story, your child is mostly likely to start chanting balloon and pointing at it all the time - if not, you’re a lucky fish.


The trio fly off. A comet alters their path, and they find themselves shopping in outer space. Visiting various planets, meeting some aliens and stopping for snacks. In this book, Pluto is still a planet. They have a great time, head home and Simon discovers they forgot to buy something...the cheese. But his friends show up for dinner with some.


The illustrations are what really makes this story shine.  Each planet they go to, and each new species of aliens they meet are utterly distinctive. There are so many little details to pick out with each read. Which is very helpful when your toddler demands it five times in a row.

It’s another 5/5 from both Keiden and I.

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This review first appeared on tums2tots.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

The last of the Zombie Prompts



So the prompts have been great in keeping my Wednesday posts easier to do, it's time to let them go. Especially, as there are only two left that I was happy to do. Or that I haven't done one since August 0_o

What do you do when you are home all alone?

Besides the household chores that are easier to do when K isn't around, I tend to listen to music I enjoy loudly - so that I can sing-a-long. Watch me shows or read. It's wonderful to have those moments to myself.

What three things do you want your children to learn from you.

I want Keiden to learn how to be friendly, how to do the friendship thing and how to be empathetic from me. Granted two of them are aspects of empathy, but being able to use empathy goes a long way in helping you with people/the world in general. It's something that I think a lot of folks are choosing to not use in order to spare them from hurt. But without it, we're all just walking wounded anyway.

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Prompt from her, image from her.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The brain fog is thick

I'm sick again. Ugh. While chatting to a friend about it - I can't recall being this sick, this often ever - it clicked that K is in school now. Thus the sickness.

A horrid by-product of the sickness is the brain fog. Such fog, and lack of will to do anything. Although, I just clicked, that it could also just be a lack of rest in general at play here. Either way brain fog is the suck.

How do you deal with it? I'm looking for all the tips and tricks...I've got far too much to get done to just keep on hanging out in this fog.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Mondays have become...well Mondays

I hadn't really given into the Monday Blues thing, but lately things have gotten ugh. So here's a short, but not sweet post for you. Monday = ugh.

Hope yours goes better than mine.

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Oh in a not so bad note, I am to submit my proposal for department ethical approval. Which has its own set of headaches before I move onto the next step.

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Gratitude



Topping the list this week:

  • coffee
  • friends
  • good books
  • hugs
  • random moments of just hanging out
  • people who get you
  • therapy
  • cute K moments
  • watching K growing, learning, changing
  • antihistamines
  • finding just the right veg burger for a braai
  • watching J and K interact
What's topping your list this week?

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Friday, 23 September 2016

Five for Friday: Keiden Edition

Recently, Keiden learnt the "How much is the doggie in the window?" at school. It's resulted in us needing to sing it all the time. We've also had to include cats, fish, mommy, daddy, him,  and his friends in the song. I have though gotten him to say silly goose for all the people ;)

We've been having a lot of bedtime fights lately. The fights are then followed with many wakes...it has been horrid. We're just riding this wave, and hoping things settle down soon.

Fortunately, while that has been going on he has also become extra affectionate. There have been many requests for more hugs and kisses, lots of love yous happening. I'm loving all this affection, it's all kinds of heart filling stuff, and it goes a long way in keeping the grumps in check.

Keiden, and his wanting to cook all the time, is still going strong. He is loving it so much. I'm sure that a big part of it is that it's something he does with daddy. I'm told to go do something else, because he and daddy are cooking.

He is all kinds of stoic. I'm sure this is Jerall's genes influence. Last week he feel off a wall, he was walking on, he cried for a minute and then he was done. It was a bad fall, massive split list, scrapes on his chin, and bruises on his knees. There were no tears while cleaning the open cuts, and no moaning about them as they've been healing. He does though want lots of plasters - which he takes off and plays with.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Book Thursday

Max at Night by Ed Vere


Max at Night is the follow on of Max the Brave by Ed Vere. Sadly, we don’t have Max the Brave, but it is something we’ve added to our list of books to get. The list seems to have no end.


Max is a very tired kitten, he has already had his milk, brushed his teeth, cleaned his ears, and now he must say goodnight to everyone. And so he starts saying goodnight to everyone, but he can’t find Moon to say goodnight. The story follows him as he looks for Moon to say goodnight. He walks all over, and becomes a very tired kitten.


The illustrations are done in the shades of night, with the text fitting in either between parts of branches, buildings, and clouds or what would be the night sky.


This book is a definite read for the 18 months and up crowd - it’s very clear that Max has a bedtime routine, something which all toddlers will easily identify with. Keiden especially enjoys mentioning the milk, then teeth cleaning that Max does.


Another part that Keiden enjoys, and which I’m sure most littles would, is the calling out of “Moon. Moon, where are you?” that Max does while looking for Moon. As Keiden gets older he becomes more, and more involved with the book being read. So any book that gets him excited, and involved is a big plus for us.


On the Keiden rereading scale this gets a 5/5, and on the parent one it also gets a 5/5.


Have you read any of the Max books? What did you think?

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This review first appeared on tums2tots.


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The perfect storm of something right

I had a great therapy session this morning. It's the second time I didn't cry! But that's not what made it great. What made it really amazing was the realization that between therapy, antidepressants, a supportive academic environment and find my groove...I've reached that magical point people talk about. That one where in your 30s you let go of what others say and how it impacts you.

Remember this, and this? The aftermath from that was a big part of my realization that I reached that point. It's not that things don't matter, or I don't care. But only now, once I have done my best, and clearly seen where I fall on it, I'm done therewith. No more wasting time and energy on things that I can't control/change.

This space of resilience is new, and strange. And hopefully something that becomes more familiar to me. Just as the process of knowing myself, and standing up for myself becomes something I'm getting better at; so to should the process of knowing that I'm no longer the person who crumbles at emotional slights/digs/hurts become something ingrained.

So all in all, things are on the up and up. Here's hoping that perfect storm of good for me things keeps on keeping on.

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I'm a silly goose. A beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeg thank you to Cath and Sharon. Had those two not encouraged me as much as they did to get help, this point would have been a long, long way off.

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