At the beginning of May I read an article over at Hands Free Momma on How to Miss a Childhood. In this world full of smart phones, laptops, iPads and 400 TV channels, most of us are missing out on our children’s childhoods.
That’s me. I am guilty, guilty as charged. I have been addicted to the internet since our first introduction in the early 90s and my Blackberry and iPad only add fuel to the fire. I keep my phone with me 24/7. I couldn’t even imagine a life without an iPad in it. Every second I am zoned in on something else, I am missing the life going on around me.
So, I decided to make a change. I took Hands Free Momma’s advice and during the past two months, I left my computer at work, put down my phone and left the iPad beside my bed. Well, at least until Ava was asleep.
Did it happen every day? No, but I’ve tried my very best to be present. And you know what? I didn’t miss being sooo connected all the time. I felt like I got to know Ava a little more, talked to Johan more and just enjoyed our little family, a whole lot more.
However, I did miss Blairadise and capturing our stories to share with you and for us to read in the years to come. So here I am, back at it, after both Johan and Ava are asleep of course…
Here’s a bit of what we’ve been up to lately.
In the last two months Johan turned a year older. Little Ava is now, closer to two than one.
And in a month, I’ll be thirty…
In less than nine months, our little family of three will become four!!
That’s right, I’m pregnant and we couldn’t be happier. Our first doctor’s appointment is in the beginning of August, and then we’ll get a due date. Right now, we are guessing 4-5 weeks. So stay tuned.
It’s winter in South Africa, and the winter here does strange things to me. Considering, they (South Africans) all believe that winter only last three months, when in reality, it lasts five. Five cold months, April thru August, with no central heating, cool wind blowing and ice cold tile floors.
It is actually five months of torture, and it sends my body and mind into hibernation mode. Nights in front of the TV sharing our stories with you, has evolved into snuggling up on the couch in front of the heater, with a blanket almost covering my face, trying to stay warm. Have you ever tried typing with frozen hands? It’s not nice, not nice at all. Thankfully the end is near!
We’ve been cooking and baking up a storm to keep the house warm.
My parents have moved to a macadamia nut farm. It’s absolutely gorgeous there. A perfect Grandma’s house.
Last weekend we went up for Amanda’s birthday and Johan’s parents came with. It’s also the weekend we found out I was pregnant. I never get car sick, but I did and when I still felt sick on Saturday, I knew something was up. Off to the pharmacy we went.
On weekends we like to get out of the house and do a little exploring in our garden, not too exciting in winter, until the day we found a frog…
Too cute not to include…
It’s been an eventful two months. There’s lots I’ve left out, but will catch you up eventually.
Count down to America, 5 months. Rough countdown to new baby, 8 months. YAY!