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?

SAHM – I wish!

I have been on leave since Wednesday last week as our office has closed for Pesach and all the public holidays.  Over the Easter weekend I got to spend all day with Aaron.  I love it!!  It makes me really want to be a stay at home mom (SAHM).  I enjoy having the time to myself when our nanny is here but I am loving being there for Aaron all day.

We have played soccer in the garden and emptied the dogs food dishes (and then fed the dogs food off the ground), we have watched CBeebies until I want cry from it, we have cuddled and tickled and chased each other, we bathed together, I got to watch him feed himself yogurt and then feed the dogs yogurt all by himself.  Did I mention I got lots and lots of cuddles?

I know I cant afford to be a full time SAHM but I am definitely going to ask my boss if we can work on a half day plan for me.  This will be the third time I request this so I am not that confident its going to happen, but, if I dont ask I cant get…

New Boots!

I haven’t bought new boots in forever!  At least 3 years.  Every year I just re-sole and re-heel my boots.  This year I splurged!

I LOVE my Truworths account!

Matza Lasagna Recipe

I got the original recipe from an acquaintance of Pauls.

I modified it out of neccesity.  Here goes…

Ingredients

  • 6 large squares  of matza
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tin tomato onion mix
  • 500gm mozzarella, grated
  • 1 tub cottage cheese
  • Any vegatables you like (I used baby marrow, butternut, pumpkin and patty pans)
  • Salt, pepper and italian spices

Method

Cook all vegatables (dont burn them!)  Soak the matza pieces in boiling water for 30 seconds. Beat the egg and mix in the salt, pepper and spices.  In a lasagna dish, cover the bottom with a third of the tomato onion mix.  Dip the matza pieces in the egg mixture to coat them and lay them two slices thick over the tomato mixture.  Layer a third of the veg and a third of each cheese.  Repeat until all ingredients are finished.  Pour the remaining egg mixture over the top.  Bake at 180 Celsius for about 30 min.  Enjoy!

Matza + Lasagna + TV = lots of scrubbing

It seems my domestic quota has run out.  I was cooking the pumpkin and butternut chunks for our Matza Lasagna.  I was watching TV.  All of a sudden we smell burning.  Lets just say I spent the last 15 minutes scrubbing burnt butternut and pumpkin off my ‘non-stick’ pot.

I managed to rescue some of the veg, lets just hope the lasagna turns out half way decent.

‘Matza’ and ‘Lasagna’ are not words one usually hears together so Im not entirely sure it would be my fault if this didn’t turn out ok…