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Jenkins tradition 2013

A wonderful thing we do every year is make a short trip to Fishhoek to celebrate Michael Jenkins’ birthday. A great friend from Zimbabwe and an awesome family we enjoy seeing and spending time with (when we can) so we all know that when it’s his birthday, we will always be at their house -braaiing, catching up and making a trip to the beach. This year we weren’t able to go to the beach because it was a little colder than anticipated, but we absolutely enjoyed being together. Continue reading “Jenkins tradition 2013”

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Christmas Day 2013

Every Christmas Day since all four grand children have been in our “Smythe” clan, we have done one thing exactly the same every time. My dad puts on his Christmas cap and the kids out on reindeer antlers and listen to him telling the Christmas story. It’s such a special moment we share and I love that we get the same picture every year and can watch them grow up.
I don’t have any pics from previous years readily available, but this is what happened this year. I love their individuality and unique expressions.

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Holidays Begin 2013

What a way to start our Christmas break! Our swimming pool isn’t getting blue and it’s so hot outside. Our poor girls are so patient but getting to that point where it doesn’t make sense to them. The pool is there, yes it’s green, but “mommy why can’t we swim?”

Poor girls. So we hold thumbs and just hope it becomes blue before Christmas.

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Sisters 101 – October 2010

Iraina was still learning to sit. Aislyn is such a great big sister and making sure that her landing is soft and supported.;)






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Iraina’s hairstyle – July 2010

So cute!!! Iraina can now have her hair tied up. it’s so cute and she’s looking like a little girl now. her afro left her looking a little unisex, so now there’s no shadow of a doubt that she’s all female.

We’ve moved from the two ponies and now have just one (you’ll see in later blogs) and her nickname is “Pebbles” from the Flinstones. She’s a cutie 😉



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Moyo’s Blouberg – June 2010

Today we took the time to spend some time with Lindiwe (a lady from the HP N1 band) at Moyo’s. We were saying farewell to her as she is moving to Durban to be with her Fiancee and planning on staying there to get married.

It was great to have the girls with us and it turned out to be a lovely time with friends. Aislyn was thrilled to have her face painted and got a flower (her favourite) on her cheek. Iraina sat still for half of her flower and as you can see it’s a bit blurred on the bottom. Tim and I got paw prints on our cheeks.


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The food was great – can you believe it, you can get gormet boerewors rolls there. Tim had a crumbed mussel Gatsby – which he said wasn’t as great as the ones from Golden Dish.

Aislyn had a meal that was called Izinduku. It was two chicken drumsticks, a potato pattie and a mealie. For the first time in Aislyn’s whole life, she ate everything at this restaurant – normally, we would order safe things like chips or chicken wings, mac and cheese. But we’ve always taken a doggie bag for her. She polished everything – It great to see her enjoy it so much.



raina didn’t lose out either. She screamed for bread and so we let her gum a little piece and she thoroughly enjoyed it! We’ve got her this little gum sack thing that allows us to put food in a gauze sack (that has a handle) and she can gum at it without choking. So she had bread and ice.

I had just desert (as my mom would appreciate) It was the almond and nut ice cream topped with caramel sauce and the Koeksisters. Divine!

They’ve got the most amazing set up there. It’s on the big bay beach and is fully enclosed (especially in weather like we’re having). they’ve set up a deck with surf board benches at tables, over pools of water. I can’t wait until summer, because I am so going to go there and try that out.
[Iraina liked Stet’s head – so shiney ;)]

Lastly Tim was pulled into the festivities at Moyo. The staff danced to the world cup song by Shakira – Tim was pulled into dancing with them. I tried to get the video online but the format is out – Aislyn cried because it totally freaked her out that her dad left her alone.

After that we went home as Iraina was due to have supper and as it goes with littlies we had to go home.

It was a really great afternoon – hope to go there again sometime soon. (and it was affordable – we had small meals instead of the main courses, which were basically the same as big meals)