Growing up :)

Sorry this is a few days late…Saturday and Sunday we were very busy!

Skye is growing up so fast at the moment. It feels like every week she has changed in some little way, on to becoming her own little person. She enjoys dressing herself, at the moment it’s almost the only way I can get clothes on her. She tells me ‘Skye, Skye’ when she knows she has to get dressed, she wants to do it al herself 🙂 She’s pretty good at it too. AND, it has encouraged the 3yr old at work to try start dressing herself too.

She’s also loving food, I think the cold is helping a bit. She LOVES mince and chicken ala king. All she ate last week was porridge in the mornings and mince for lunch and dinner! She loves rice (just like daddy) and I found some rice and corn pasta the other day which she likes too. She’s not a bit fan of ‘normal’ pasta.

3yr old, Skye and I went to Plantland after school one day. They were so excited to play in the sand and on the equipment. Skye was especially excited to be riding the ‘horse’ 🙂

I really need to get her a jungle gym. She loves climbing. On Monday, she was climbing on and off the couch and inevitably she fell off. Tuesday her arm was still very sore so it was off to x-rays which was a nightmare. X-ray showed no fractures.

We went shopping the other day and Skye loves pushing the trolley. This time, there were little trolleys which she LOVED!

She’s still so tiny!

We did puzzles on Saturday…Skye takes the circles out, then in again, counts them, then she turned the base over and put the circles on the bottom 🙂

Skye loves being ‘buite’ (outside!). She will fetch her chalk and tell me ‘buite’ and we go outside and draw all over the paving in the sun. It’s lovely and warm if the sun is shining!

Peek-a-boo!

I found a recipe online for ‘moon-dough’. Basically, it’s playdough with the texture of sand. Skye and I enjoyed playing with it. I enjoyed moulding it and Skye enjoyed letting it run through her fingers onto the floor 🙂

Recipe: 8 Cups flour, 1 Cup baby oil. Mix. Adjust ingredients as needed.

I used 2 cups of flour and a third of olive oil and 2 drop lavender essence because we don’t have baby oil. Worked just as well.

Her favourite place at the moment is the bed. She’s always asking to go to ‘bed’. I think it’s mostly because Tigger is there and she loves terrorising playing with him.

And of course, any box / drawer of ‘stuff’ is great fun. Skye spent about 45 minutes looking at everything in my drawer. She loves any sort of box filled with ‘treasures’ that she can explore.

On Sunday we were at the shops to get a few things for work. We popped in at the craft shop. Skye walked around looking at everything on offer. She takes things off the shelves, looks at them, handles them gently then put them away when she’s finished. Some times she takes a bit of reminding to put it away nicely. One of the things she loved was a big jar full of buttons. She spent age just running them through her fingers, pushing her hands right to the bottom, picking them up to inspect more closely. She was having such fun, I really didn’t want to disturb her. Then, a mom with a 3 or 4 yr old came past. The child was so excited to see the buttons too, but she wasn’t allowed to touch and I felt a bit bad that Skye was playing with them so we bought a few to bring home and play with. Skye loves packing them in and out of the little container and making little piles of them.

She’s talking so much now. She likes telling me things like ‘daddy work’ or ‘daddy home’ IN fact she tells me that ‘Skye work’ when we’re on our way to the girls 🙂 And she’s forever chatting to herself as she plays.

Things Skye says (this weeks new words in bold):

Signs: hello, bye, bird, cat, dog, bunny, elephant, giraffe, airplane, ‘I Love You’, more, please, food, fish, milk, wee, stir, sleep, gone, hot, cold, horse, kangaroo, salt, please, stir, ball, jump, heart, star, ball, bowl

Words:dog (wahwah), Skye, daddy, mommy, chair, no, up (upf), wee, wow (poo), woah (when she nearly falls), juice, there (dere), toes, ow, oh-oh, hauw (when something strange/funny happens), tato (potato), eyes, ear, hair, doe-does (sleep), nummy (dummy), ta-too (thank-you), pizza, away, mielie, sweetie (fweetie), stout (naughty), uit, buite, out, shoes, bed, perd (horse), away, beep beep (when she needs someone or something out of her way, myne (mine), hoed (hat) (usually in reference to a bicycle / horse riding helmet), bye, huis(house), yiyo(Milo). dankie (thank-you), Ria *Maria – domestic worker at work), play, pap, bowl, pasta, peas, fire, Tigger, “There you are”, out, star, cook, bag, spoon, eina (after her fall), dankie (thank-you), open, oop, work (she says ‘ork’), woof, bite, eat, eating, mama, papa,bowl, ball, bright, plate, wipe, wait, pants, panties, bone, home

Thanks for reading 🙂 See you next week!

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Circles and Spirals

This week, Moo has been very keen on drawing, especially circles and spirals. She has quite an impressive pencil grip (n my opinion of course!)

Skye’s appetite is quite something…she’s eating almost everything in sight…including the butter!

At work, there is a lovely housekeeper, Shokie, and Skye loves her because Shokie does anything Skye asks 🙂 Skye follows her around the house, helps her to make the beds and pick up clothes and then demands to be taken to see the “wah-wah’s” (dogs).

Every day after I’ve picked everyone up from school and we get home, I set up a little table with some snacks and a jug of juice and 2 little cups so Skye and 3yr old can help themselves whilst I do homework with 6yr old.
Skye is very adept with a jug and pouring and I’m quite impressed, that after only showing her once, the 3yr old has figured out how to pour neatly (no-one has ever let her pour anything on her own before)

This week, we explored outside a bit. Skye doesn’t go too far from me, but today she wanted to see what was around the other side of the house. I love letting her explore on her own time. Imagine her delight when she found a little playhouse tucked away in the corner of the garden.

She found little stove and invited me inside, and spent a while cooking with the little pots and pans we found.

On Thursday we made bolognaise for supper at work. Skye decided it tasted pretty good, and had 3 helpings!

Today we made a yummy sweetcorn dish for work supper. Moo helped me to break eggs and mix everything together. I showed her once how to crack the egg on the edge of the mug, break them open and empty them then discard the shell. She managed just fine 🙂

Moo asked to do drawing. She dragged out the little table and chair, asked for paper and crayons and spent a very happy half hour drawing 🙂



We also played with playdough a lot. Skye can now roll a snake and manages a rolling pin 🙂 We used all sorts of things to make different imprints in the playdough 🙂


Dinner tonight: toast (with butter of course!), butternut soup, frozen peas (and later some cheese)

Things Skye says (this weeks new words in bold):

Signs: hello, bye, bird, cat, dog, bunny, elephant, giraffe, airplane, ‘I Love You’, more, please, food, fish, milk, wee, stir, sleep, gone, hot, cold, horse, kangaroo, salt, please, stir, ball, jump, heart, star

Words:dog (wahwah), Skye, daddy, mommy, chair, no, up (upf), wee, wow (poo), woah (when she nearly falls), juice, there (dere), toes, ow, oh-oh, hauw (when something strange/funny happens), tato (potato), eyes, ear, hair, doe-does (sleep), nummy (dummy), ta-too (thank-you), pizza, away, mielie, sweetie (fweetie), stout (naughty), uit, buite, out, shoes, bed, perd (horse), away, beep beep (when she needs someone or something out of her way, myne (mine), hoed (hat) (usually in reference to a bicycle / horse riding helmet), bye, huis(house), yiyo(Milo). dankie (thank-you), Ria *Maria – domestic worker at work), play, bowl, pasta, peas, fire, Tigger, “There you are”, out, star, cook, bag,

Talking tot

Is it bad that I can’t actually remember what we did this week?! I hardly took any photo’s so can’t even look back to see what was going on!

Since it was the first full week of the new month, I had a big grocery shop to do for work so that took up most of our Monday morning.

Tuesday Skye helped me to make supper. We made a marinade for pork chops and she tasted the mustard. She pulled a funny face, but asked for more!

On Wednesday after fetch 6yr old from school, we went to the shops, only to be parked in. It was not easy getting kids in the car at all. I do sometimes wonder if people have any common sense?

Also on Wednesday, I took 6yr old to her extra lessons and whilst we waited the 3yr old and Skye ran around like lunatics and scared off a little boy who decided that 2 ‘dogtertjies’ was just too much too handle! They played in the dirt, ran around, played with the 3yr olds music box, drew in my diary.

And Skye signed ‘I Love You’ and I managed to get it on camera!

On Friday, Skye and I went to see a house that’s for sale. It’s in a Country Estate, but really is just a fancy name for a group of small holdings / plots fenced in together. It is how I imagined raising my child. The house itself is not fancy. It’s plain, simple, sturdy and functional, but the land! There’s a hectare (10 000 square meters) of land belonging to the house. About 1000 square meters is grassed with lawn grass and the rest is wild grass. There’s just space and more space. There’s dirt roads and the smell of outside. You can have chickens, horses, bunnies..anything except pigs! It’s a farm,but it’s not a farm. But, we cannot afford it. One day though!

As usual, Friday is horse-riding for the girls after school. This usually takes up the entire afternoon and we get home dirty and tired, but Skye does love the horses. My boss surprised me by giving me the afternoon off. So Skye and I headed home but on the way made a detour to buy crickets for the chickens and some frost cover for the veggies. Good thing too because it got down to below freezing on Friday night! Skye thought it hilarious that the plants went ‘do-does’ with their blankets!

When we got home, we swept and mopped the house 🙂

One thing I did notice is that Skye’s vocab has just suddenly taken off. She repeats everything we says regardless of language. Her first phrase this week was ‘wah-wah uit!’ (dogs out!)

Things Skye says (this weeks new words in bold):

Signs: hello, bye, bird, cat, dog, bunny, elephant, giraffe, airplane, ‘I Love You’, more, please, food, fish, milk, wee, stir, sleep, gone, hot, cold, horse, kangaroo, salt, please

Words:dog (wahwah), Skye, daddy, mommy, chair, no, up (upf), wee, wow (poo), woah (when she nearly falls), juice, there (dere), toes, ow, oh-oh, hauw (when something strange/funny happens), tato (potato), eyes, ear, hair, doe-does (sleep), nummy (dummy), ta-too (thank-you), pizza, away, mielie, sweetie (fweetie), stout (naughty), uit, buite, out, shoes, bed, perd (horse), away, beep beep (when she needs someone or something out of her way, myne (mine), hoed (hat) (usually in reference to a bicycle / horse riding helmet) (I’m sure there are more, I’ll update as I remember!)

Bug Hunt

This week, J(3yrs) has been home from school, sick again.  poor kid has so many ear infections.  I wish I could have her home permanently, but her parents don’t like that idea.  So, I take all opportunities with her at home and use them to my advantage to do lots of fun things  🙂  But that also means that I don’t have much time to do specific activities with Moo as J does not listen and uses the equipment incorrectly and I don’t want Moo learning to use them incorrectly.

Monday as usual was menu planning and grocery shopping day.  I am surprised at home many people think that grocery shopping with kids is difficult!  I will easily take all 3 girls with me – they’re very useful!  of course, Monday is my busiest day, and it would be Monday that J(6yr old) comes home from school that she needs picnic stuff for school the next day, so off to the shop we go again!  The car guards know me very well now!

Since 6yr old was having a picnic at school, we decided to have a picnic at home in the sun.  It was fun 🙂

We also went on  bug hunt.  I gave each girl a little see-through jar and we marched around staring intently at the floor.  All we could find was ants, and one shiny green bug, but he was ‘boring’ according to ‘J’ because it didn’t run around.

On Tuesday, whilst J was napping, Moo helped me to make chicken ala king  for supper.  It must have tasted good because she kept wanting to eat it!

My recipe:

Chicken meat cut into cubes. Roll in seasoned flour.  In some olive oil / butter, fry some onion and red/green peppers (and mushrooms if wanted) until soft.  Remove.  Add more oil/butter if needed and fry chicken until nicely browned.  Add onion mix to the meat.  Add chicken or veg stock and stir well to scrape all the yummy bits off the bottom of the pan. Stir occasionally whilst simmering until the sauce thickens a bit.  Add optional cream just before serving and stir in.

One of Moo’s favourite activities to do is to re-arrange the mugs in the kitchen cupboard.  She takes them all out, and puts them back in an order that she likes 🙂 Then she carries on with where ever she was on her way to 🙂

Thursdays we have to take J to ballet and that means a 45 minute wait for us.  I make sure to pack something to do.  This week was colouring.  Moo really enjoys colouring.  This is such a ‘big girl’ pose!

After an exhausting morning’s play, the girls usually fall asleep by 11 ish, but on Fridays, I have to try and get them asleep by 10:30am so I can wake them in time to go to horse-riding.  This Friday, the girls fell asleep late, but holding on to each-other – very cute 🙂

This Saturday, we organised the fridge and freezer and then Moo helped me to clean and re-organise the pantry cupboard.  Moo decided she wanted to play with the hanging cutlery and spent nearly half an hour taking everything off and putting them all back on again.  She learnt that if she puts everything on one side, it falls over so she needs to balance them on either side as she goes.  She’s not yet matching the cutlery together, I thought I would just see how she goes with getting them on and off the hanging thingy and she manages quite well and looks very pleased with herself when she gets them all on or off.

And when we were cleaning out the freezer, we found some frozen expressed breastmilk from when Moo was tiny which she thought tasted quite yummy frozen!

Today, we went to church this morning which was lovely even though everyone was commenting on the fact that Moo wasn’t wearing shoes!  I try, I do!  She pulls them off as soon as she has a chance!  And her feet are so fat that she has to wear shoes that go on and off easily 😀

Things Skye says (this weeks new words in bold):

Signs: hello, bye, bird, cat, dog, bunny, elephant, giraffe, airplane, ‘I Love You’, more, please, food, fish, milk, wee, stir, sleep, gone, hot, cold, horse, kangaroo, salt

Words:dog (wahwah), Skye, daddy, mommy, chair, no, up (upf), wee, wow (poo), woah (when she nearly falls), juice, there (dere), toes, ow, oh-oh, hauw (when something strange/funny happens), tato (potato), eyes, ear, hair, doe-does (sleep), nummy (dummy), ta-too (thank-you), pizza, away, mielie, sweetie (fweetie)

And that’s our week 🙂