Man in Uniform

My brother sent us some pictures of his new uniform.

Usually he would be clean shaven but it is the Omer, a time of mourning, so he cant shave at the moment.

In the army now…

This week my brother Matthew started his basic training in the IDF (Israeli Defense Force).  He has been living in Israel for over three years and has been waiting for his army duty to start.  I am so proud of him.  Not only for doing his duty as an Israeli citizen and a Zionist but for making the move to Israel, for growing up and taking responsibility for himself (he is only 23).

I love him so much and miss him terribly and now add worry about him to the list.

I really do have two very special and amazing brothers, a soldier and a police reservist.

Matt and Cliff at my wedding, Feb 2006
Matt and Cliff at my wedding, Feb 2006

*jumps up and down in excitement*

I am so so so excited.  The fridge/freezers were delivered today.  They look so good in my moms kitchen.  We decided against getting the side by side model as it was very narrow and we had reservations about the height.  Instead we got two fridge/freezer combos.  They fit perfectly.

Here are some before and after shots…

Freeze!

A little while ago, my brothers and I received an inheritance from our grandfather who passed away last year.  The brothers and I decided that we wanted to get something for my mom, something big, something that she would not necessarily get for herself.

Last year she renovated her kitchen and in the proccess got swindled by an unscrupulous contractor.  Eventually she had the kitchen completed by a new contractor but she had already lost a bit of money to the first guy.  So she has a beautiful kitchen and the old, fugly fridge and freezer she has had for the last 20 years.

The freezer no longer has a handle and when you close the top door on the fridge the bottom door opens and vice versa. Not good.

This weekend I am taking my mom shopping for a new fridge and a new freezer.  Its our little way of saying thank you to an amazing woman for everything she has done for us.  It is by no means nearly enough to express how much we love her and appreciate her but its a start.

Proud

I am so proud of my baby brother.  Yesterday he became a police reservist.  A Constable. Yesterday was his Passing Out Parade.  He was one of four Constables in his group to be awarded the Top Shot.  He is an excellent shot and I for one certainly feel safer knowing he will be on patrol!

Constable Clifford Seth Hoffmann
Constable Clifford Seth Hoffmann

Ongoing…

Aaron has had a cough now for over four weeks.  It started with a 3 am trip to the ER for croup.  A nebulizer and some cough mixture later the barking cough was gone.  But… he has had a persistent cough since then.  Mostly at night but during the day sometimes too, especially if he has been very active.  We went to our pediatrician two weeks ago and he gave us a new cough mixture and a nasal spray.  It helped some but not all the way.  Aaron has still been coughing.

I called the pead on tuesday and he prescribed a cortisone based syrup.  Bad idea…  Aaron woke up that night and for three hours spoke to the walls, fed his bottle to the rocking horse, emptied and filled up his toy box, walked in circles and generally had a nice high going on.  At 1 am he finally fell asleep and I poured the cortisone down the sink!

Last night he coughed so badly that he threw up, everywhere, even on the poor dog.  So today we went to see the pead again.  We have a new cough mixture, stronger nasal spray and a tablet that will open his chest a bit.  Hopefully this breaks the cough.  I feel so bad for the little guy, he always looks so miserable when he is coughing and even more so when he has vomited.

Hold thumbs for us that tonight he has a full nights sleep, uninterrupted by coughing or vomiting!

Made my mark!

Today I voted.  Paul got up ridiculously early and got to the voting station at 6:45.  The queue was already round the conrer.  At 8am Aletta came in to look after Aaron (she is going this afternoon) and I left to join Paul in the line.  I got there at about 8:15 and we had another 40 min wait until we reached the front.

Everyone was in a good mood despite the freezing cold weather.  Paul took some photos, you can see one or two of them here and here.

I am proud to have voted.  So, all South Africans, get out there and make your mark!!

Picnic

On Sunday we went for a picnic at Gillooly’s Farm with some friends.

Aaron had a fantastic time and kept Daddy and me running.

Lazy Saturday afternoon

I took Aaron to my mom this afternoon, she has been away for two weeks and was missing him so much.  I then spent a lovely hour and a half with my friend Shirley whom I haven’t seen in ages.  We went to Woolies Cafe, had tea and cake and just chatted.  It was something I haven’t done in ages and was just what the doctor ordered.

Tomorrow is picnic time!  Cant wait!

Up-size me!

When I was pregnant with Aaron I went from a nondescript (almost) B cup to a respectable C cup.  After I stopped breast-feeding a returned to my B cup.  I enjoyed having a fuller bust.  I filled out my shirts and I felt feminine and womanly.  Dont get me wrong, I am perfectly happy with my  B cups, I dont feel less of a woman because I have small breasts but I really enjoyed the fullness of my baby boobs and also having a cleavage!

I asked Paul if he would be upset if I had a breast enlargement.  His response: “How can I ask a man a question like that”?

I have always said that if I am going to do it then I would wait until after we had decided that our family was complete.  I live in hope that when we one day fall pregnant again my breasts will stay larger even after Im done breast-feeding.  It would save me a ton of cash for one thing.

If, more likely when, I have it done, I will probably stick with a C cup.  More research is called for and a savings plan would probably be a good idea too!

Any thoughts on the topic?  Anyone done it and not been happy with the results?  Anyone so happy with the results they accost random stranger and urge them to have it done too?