Story Time is taken very seriously in the Ordinary Life household!
I love that Little OL loves books.
3 is cute. I love that she is now talking and I get a glimpse into what she is thinking. It can however also be very frustrating when she thinks she knows everything and that she is right. Sometimes though, even that can be very funny.
On our drive into school/work each day we pass a Mac Donald’s and from the road you are able to see the outside of the kiddies play area and climbing stuff. A few times now Little OL has asked to go but I always so no. She has not yet been to a Mac Donald’s and I don’t want to start something. The conversation normally ends with me saying “We are NOT going to Mac Donald’s” Sometimes she insists a bit more, sometimes she leaves it.
On Saturday however the conversation went like this.
Little OL: “Mom, Donald’s”
Me: “We are not going to Mac Donald’s. It is not nice and we are not going” (truth be told I am a bit of a sucker for their Quarter Pounder with cheese but I am not getting her hooked just yet)
Little OL: “It is nice!”
Me: “How do you know, you have never been”
Little OL: “I have”
Me: “No, you have not, It’s not nice, we are not going”
Little OL: “But I want to go, it is nice! I want to see the animals”
Me: “What animals? There are no animals at Mac Donald’s?”
Little OL: “There are! At the back”
Me: “Little OL there are NO animals at Mac Donald’s”
Little OL: “There are” and then breaks into song “Old Mac Donald had a farm, ee-eye, ee-eye oh”
I probably should have pulled over, I was laughing so much.
I signed Little OL up for her first running race this Workers Day. It was part of the Spar Ladies Race – which is on Saturday. This was organised for the girls that are too young to take part in that and was called the Little Ladies. She loves running (see picture chasing bunnies HERE) and I figured she would easily manage 2 km. Maybe not run the whole way, but definitely walk and run. Quite often on a weekend, when I get back from a run, she insists that we go out for a run/walk around the block together.
She was super excited about it. I told her about it on Monday and it is all she has been talking about. She proclaimed she was going to be the winner…… We did realise though that she does not really understand what a winner is when she told us that I would also be a winner. We told her that everybody that does it will be a winner.
On Wednesday morning she was up and dressed by 5:30 – the race only started at 9:00….. She even wanted her hair in ponies (apparently that is what you do when you run). She knows what I wear when I go running, so my sister (who joined us) and I wore our normal running kit. She even made me phone my sister to make sure she was awake and getting ready too….. (although I managed to get her to wait till just after 7 to make that phone call)
The whole drive down there she was excited, the walk across the field to register she was excited…. And then the wheels fell off. I think the number of people was just a bit overwhelming. I ended up carrying her for the full 2km. She would not even walk 2 meters never mind 2 km….. Thanks to my sister for “running” with us, and my brother and his wife for supporting. Although they ended up walking the whole thing with us too.
I must say though that the whole thing was great, there were a lot more people than I expected and each little girl received a really nice medal – which later on in the day Little OL was showing off with great pride. I will try again at another race, but maybe one that is not quite as big.
Dear Monkey Land
Just a heads up…. The troop of baboons that hangs around the entrance to your sanctuary is not very good for business.
We spent the weekend in Plett.
On the way home we thought we might pop into Monkey Land so Little OL could see the monkeys. You know how it goes, trying to distract her while in the shops… “Do you want to see the monkeys, should we go see the monkeys, that’s a good idea isn’t it? If you are a good girl we will go to the monkeys.” Yay, excitement all round, until about 400m from the entrance where they have a huge sign board with the prices. Holy moly R240 per adult and well, I did not even read the kids prices….. (or the board properly it turns out)
Mr OL and I looked at each other; I asked if we really wanted to pay that much just to see some monkeys? We drove on slowly for another 50m or so trying to decide what to do, I mean we had promised to show her some monkeys and could not really back out of it. Then lo and behold a large troop of baboons! Big ones, small ones, some sitting on the posts next to the road, the babies playing and chasing each other. Some in the trees and, some even crossing the road right in front of the car. Ah… Monkey Land came to us… She will never know the difference, right?
“Look Little OL MONKEYS! See, we told you we’d take you to see the monkeys……”
We sat and watched them play for a while and then we went and fed some goats. Happiness all round.
The actual highlight of the weekend for Little OL – the Bunny Rabbits which provided lots of entertainment
PS: Just a side note to add, I have actually been to Monkey Land before, yes, paid and gone inside. It is fantastic. I actually have a HUGE phobia of monkeys and even I managed to walk through the whole sanctuary (quickly), I do believe it is worth it, however don’t think that Little OL would have appreciated it at this age. I do see however on their webiste that there are other cheaper options. I think the R240 must be a price for all 3 sanctuaries together.
“Daisy is my friend”. This was proclaimed by Little OL over the weekend, but I am not so sure how Daisy feels about this.
Daisy is our Border Collie. She has always been a loving and very gently little dog but when Little OL was born she went into a total sulk. She moved to the top of the garden, only coming down for food. After 2 weeks she ventured closer but would still not “talk” or come to me. For months after that if I was holding Little OL she would avoid me. For the first 2 years of Little OL’s life she would make sure they were not in the same room, and if they accidently were she would run away with this look of absolute terror on her face as soon as she realised. That was until she discovered that toddlers usually have something edible in their hands. Since that discovery they have been “bonding”. It has taken a while, but over the past year they have been getting closer and closer. Lately they have even been “hugging”. I think it is a bit one sided but at least Daisy is not running away in terror any longer. In fact I caught her sheepishly looking like she might even be enjoying some of the attention. Then this weekend Little OL proclaimed that they are “friends”. It is quite an honour – the German Shepard Duke has not earned it yet. He is not her friend. But Daisy is….
I hope Daisy knows what she has let herself in for…..
I love drawing! I like painting with oils too but I really love drawing, either with pen, pencil or charcoal.
I used to carry a sketch pad everywhere with me although I did not always use it as much as I would have liked. It was kind of like my running shoes, I had to have them close… just in case, but years could go by when I never used them. In fact when I moved to London in my early twenties there were 3 things that I made sure I had packed. My sleeping bag, my sketchpad and my running shoes (listed in order of most frequent use). My backpack only weighed 14 kgs and contained everything I thought was important!
A few years later I when left London to backpack around New Zealand, I once again packed those three items, (although by then my backpack had probably doubled in weight). This time however I actually used my sketchpad quite a bit. I found that I loved just sitting somewhere and sketching what I saw – I used pen. One of my favourite days was spent in Christchurch in front of the cathedral just drawing. After New Zealand I went to Australia for a year, followed by Sweden and I never really drew much while I was in either country. I don’t know why I stopped…
When I returned to South Africa I started art classes, painting and drawing, but always from photographs, never just sitting somewhere and sketching what I saw. I realised that I missed it, I want to be able to do those quick sketches that capture people as they go about their day to day business, I want to be able to catch a glimpse of a place, using my sketchpad, and not just a camera. At the moment though I am not quick enough, people move, I move, stuff happens. Although as with everything I am sure it is all about practise. So that is what I have decided to do. I want to try to do a sketch a day. Something small, something quick; I can’t promise that it will be good, or accurate or even decipherable but I am sure that they will get better. I found a website called Urban Sketchers and then bought their book The Art of Urban Sketching, it has really inspired me. So, to document my progress I have decided to start another blog, one just for my pictures and sketches. I am hoping to see some progress, some improvement and hopefully some frequency…. I have called it “A Sketched Life” Please click HERE if you are interested in seeing it.
Ok, a snap poll….
1. At what age do you start letting your kid decide on the theme of their own party….
(if you say anything younger than 13 I am not going to be happy)
That was question one, here is question 2 –
2. How soon is too soon to start planning their next party…….
I might have already started planning Little OL’s 4th Birthday party. Or at least – I think I have already decided on a theme for her 4th Birthday party and happily begun pinning away (and yes I know she has only just turned 3).
I did get her input – kind off… The conversation went something like this.
How about planes for your next party?………………… (blank stare)
You love planes right?……………………………………….. (non-committal nod)
Planes would be fantastic wouldn’t they?……………. (another non-committal nod)
Wow, that would be so cool – planes!………………… (another blank stare)
So… I am taking that as a “yes” to planes – and the brainwashing has already begun.
HERE is a link to the my Pinterest board.
I do however realise that it is a year away and that she might put her foot down about the theme (or I might be bored with it) so yes, it might change between now and February 2014.
How awesome is this party – found over here http://www.karaspartyideas.com/2013/03/girly-airline-themed-5th-birthday-party.html – go have a look.
February has been an odd month. It seems as if the highs have been pretty high but the lows very, very low.
The beginning of the month had me questioning my friendship skills. A lady that used to live next door to us committed suicide. She moved last year and had asked me a couple of times to come to her new place for a drink and a chat – I said I would be never “got round to it”. Something always seemed to come up. I know that my going round for a drink would probably not have changed the end result, but it still made me question a few things and she had two young sons that she left behind. I think you will always question “how could she” in those kinds of circumstances. I guess when you are at that stage you are not thinking logically. Then the death of a somebody else had me realise just how quickly life can change, how quickly it can end. You can seem healthy but you just never know.
Obviously the whole Oscar / Reeva episode has also affected the whole country in various ways. Once again, it made me think about how quickly life can change. How an action, by intent or by accident can affect and even devastate the lives of so many.
Those where the bad
The good – well, they kind of pale into insignificance when compared to the above, but they have made me feel better and in my life one of them at least is pretty huge – that is that Little OL turns 3 today. Most of the time I can’t believe that I have a daughter, never mind one that is 3.
Other positive news is that my blog was featured on an on-line newsletter for ex-pat’s in the UK. Click HERE to see it. I was very chuffed to get asked if they could feature it. Wow – it’s the first time anything like that has happened and it felt good. It was the start of what felt like a very positive and lucky week for me. First I received that email, and then I received 3 more emails on the same day saying I had won different things on various blogs or Facebook pages! Followed by another email 2 days later saying I had won a CD. I could not stop smiling and after the start to the month I felt like I needed it.
Then, to make my February even more special two other bloggers have been exceptionally kind and thoughtful. I just want to say thank you – it really has meant a lot to me. It reinforced why I blog – you meet such wonderful people and make friends, even if only on-line, with people that you would never have the opportunity to meet in any other way due to circumstance or distance. And, if you actually get to meet those people IRL it is fantastic.
How has your February been? Good, bad or a combination?
I won items on the following blogs or FB pages – please go check them out.
Nicoletta - Cake decorating stuff.
The Mom City - a kiddies bath toy from Yookidoo
The Book Club Blog - a book, Shades by Marguerite Poland
And then a CD from a private blog of a special lady. Thank you.