31 December 2015

Remainder of 2015 ... events

My work colleagues and I travelled to head office in Jhb for a meeting
A rare moment ... all 6 of our kids together in one place!
And dearest hubby turned 60!
Jade and Raphael were engaged
The backyard garden received a revamp

Grandkids Kirsty and Jesse started cubs and Jesse started soccer at Tramway club.  I completed a short course in Training and Development management at UCT. Sarah attended a Youth Camp in Namibia.  Matt moved back to Cape Town in June and we treated him to a CTICC talk for his 30th birthday.  There was much electricity load-shedding during this year.  Jade and Raphael got engaged.

Hubby's 60th birthday was held at the scout hall.  Family provided potjies and brought desserts.  Carmy baked a beautiful 'garden' theme cake (can't find a pic right now). Gerald was the MC and my brother Peter arranged for a scottish bagpipe player to arrive and play amazing grace!  I made a slideshow of pics of his life set to the music of TEA singers.  Lucy made the crudites and fruit platters.  Sarah and Janine decorated the tables. Everyone helped so willingly and did it with love. Thank you!

I enjoyed watching The Truth about Cancer docu-series, and discovered One Yard Revolution.  

We finally finished our en-suite bathroom and at the very end of the work-year, I received notice that I had been promoted!

Thanksgiving was a picnic on a farm in Paarl.  It was so incredibly hot that day, that all we could do was lie in the shade of the trees.

That's some of the highlights from 2015.
Mom xx

26 September 2015

2015... a round-up so far, first 6 months

A very trim hubby at Suikerbossie for my birthday lunch in March.  The restaurant is on top of  a mountain, overlooking 2 oceans... quite stunning!

My beautiful birthday roses... gift from hubby.
Sarah passed her Drivers licence test in May!

Dear Layton (2nd from right) passed away on 4 April from heart attack
David and his Scouts team at Kontiki 2015, Wizard of Oz theme

Sarah 'manning' a Soil for Life stall at Kirstenbosch Plant Fair

Our dear uncle Joe passed away in May

05 January 2015

A time to ... catch up!

So much has happened since my last post in Jan 2014 that I don't quite know where to begin.  But begin I must!

After paging through my 2014 diary, I was reminded of these moments....

Connor was born to Lucy & Layton
David completed the Scouts PLTU leadership training course in April
Marlon graduated from CPUT in April
Did the 'Raw till 4' program for a while
Sarah joined the Eric Whittaker virtual choir for the opening of the Commonwealth Games
Sarah turned 18, and we hosted a special,vegan tea party for her 21 friends
Sarah and I on a date at 'Organic at Heart'

Jade and Raphael
Started the '100 days to health' program and facebook page with Sarah and began making it into a book
David's 16th birthday at 'Lucky Fish' and his indoor soccer party at Action Soccer studio
Sarah auditioned for the Cape Town Youth Choir in September, and started working part-time at Soil For Life as shop assistant
Jade and Raphael toured Thailand
Ivan started the Tramore Road Community Garden project (see facebook page)
One year anniversary of new house in October
Discovered Forks over Knives
Decided to try out eating a plant-based diet for the month of October, and both hubby and I felt so much better, that we decided to continue with it...
Raised funds (with work colleagues) for Bonga (a cleaner at work) to complete her school career
Finished knitting Ivan's jersey... too big!
Took a lovely trip to the country village of Napier for our anniversary weekend away, with a view to retiring there one day
Arrived home to find that our dogs had eaten all our chickens!
Pauline and friends on her last day in SA
Ivan's brother, Henry passed away on 3 November
Lovely breakfast at Buitenverwachting with Pauline and Matt
Ivan's brother-in-law, Norman passed away in December
Matt & I took a load of groceries to Aunty Mary in Steenberg
Helped Pauline to pack-down, bought her bookshelf and a few other furniture items
Pauline emigrated to the UK on 31 December
Thanksgiving was a Mexican theme, and everyone was given a small booklet in which to record their goals for the coming year (can't wait to read what I wrote :-)

Well that's it, in a nutshell.