Something my mother definitely does NOT approve of…

Jared, Shirley and I went to Jaded Ink this morning to discuss and choose our various tattoos.

Jaded Ink is owned and run by an old school friend, Jade.  I was so excited to see that he had opened his own shop and to see that he is doing so well.

Jared and Shirley have both decided on what they want and now have to decide when they are going to do it.  I have decided to fix up and add to my original tattoo and to keep the ink to my lower back.  I have made my appointment for Friday 29th so stay tuned, I will definitely be putting pics up!

Here is a shot of my current tat, it is on my lower back to the right and is slightly larger than a R5 coin.

Tattoo

The new section will run across my lower back towards the left and slightly lower and will have space to add more later on.  I want to add some twirly stems and two more ‘flowers’ to represent Paul and Aaron and our connections to each other, the space will hopefully be taken up by any more children we have.

Baby day…

Two significant baby things happened today.

1. Tertia gave birth to baby Max this morning at 7:45 weighing in at a cool 3.515 kg.

2. I got to hold and feed my friend Eli’s one month old baby girl, Mia.

I am so so so excited for Tertia, what an amazing journey she has had so far and may little Max bring only joy and love to her and her family.

Little Princess Mia is the cutest, sweetest, most delicious baba.  She is so cute and cuddly and made me extra broody.  I am offering my baby sitting services Eli, I expect you to take me up on my offer!

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.