an instant of life captured for eternity

img_4990new

^^ Our first package from amazon arrived! Before the stuff we ordered from South Africa… Pretty silly I think!

img_4998new

^^ Walks around Kalk bay, are always interesting.

img_5000new

^^ old signs.

img_5003new

I love this garden statue!

img_5011new

^^ Cacti in cute little cups.

img_5014new

^^ I’ve been missing Ireland like crazy lately, well I’ve been missing anywhere that’s not here, but Ireland will forever have my heart and these saints made my heart hurt a bit.

img_5015n-ew

^^ Pretty flowers on our walk, can you spot the bee fattening himself up?

img_5020new

^^ This place is apparently the best place to eat fish and chips.

img_5023new

^^ Really disgusting fish drying!

img_5024new

^^ Harbour boats.

img_5029new

^^ Everything is so colourful.

img_5033new

^^ I finally found a mango! My sister told me about a fruit stall selling mango and I couldn’t wait to get one!  The beach and a mango, seems almost too good to be true.

Hi friends! How was your weekend? is everyone ready for thanksgiving/ friendsgiving? We’ve still been on a mad rush trying to get everything done before the baby arrives and getting all the herbs I need for my confinement.  We want everything to be really well stocked so the confinement goes really smooth.  With the mad rushing to sort out everything before baby, confinement for a month, resting and bonding with baby seems like pure bliss!

Hope everyone has a great week!

an instant of life captured for eternity

img_4864new

^^ A daily walk that ended up at the beach…again…. We’re not even beach people, but when its cloudy we love it!  I also took my new diaper bag out for a spin.  It held everything! Even my camera!

img_4872new

^^ I accidentally painted my baby bump! Whoops

img_4880new

^^ Carl turns into a model on windy days.

img_4888new

^^ This seagull was walking so gently on the wet sand, it was like he really didn’t want to get dirty.  I feel you little guy.

img_4890new

^^ Every morning its cloudy, but by the afternoon the wind seems to have blown away all the clouds, come on clouds! We need rain! stand strong.

img_4897new

^^ I don’t know what was the deal with these geese, but Carl thought they wanted bread, I was convinced I saw murder in their eyes, while I ran away screaming this is the worst day!!!!

img_4902new

^^ Pretty memorial flowers left behind on a bench.

img_4912new

^^ Walking, walking, walking!

img_4918new

^^ Pretty flowers on the side of the road.  Nature is always trying to prettify ugly things up.

img_4923new

^^ Gluten free, Sugar free pumpkin bread.  This tasted delicious, but was a little bit too soft in the middle! Back to the drawing board!

dsc_2752new

^^ Enjoying a watermelon lunch, wondering when will mangoes be in season! My craving is killing me! I can’t even find one overly priced out of season imported from who knows where mango lying around somewhere!

dsc_2761new

^^ Always matching.  We found a baby pair! Soon baby will be matching to! Sorry baby.

dsc_2767new

^^ Beautiful light.

dsc_2784new

^^ Geese ignoring Carl.

Hi friends! How was your weekend? We’ve been busy, busy, busy! We’ve been in a slight panic mode, when we realised we basically have a month left before this baby arrives!  We still have so much to do and get, but Cape Town really does not make it easy for us. Everything closes before 2 on a Saturday or requires a long commute to get anything, and shopping on week days is just not an option for us, work keeps us busy!  Sundays we attend three hours of church that can sometimes feel like a million hours, and keeping the Sabbath day holy after that, doesn’t give us much time to sort out everything on our to do list!

We’ve started ordering stuff from amazon, just because delivery is faster than most of the South African online shopping experiences we’ve had! For all our organic needs we order from faithful to nature, they have been amazing and delivered within a day! Like it should be!  Stocking up on our biodegradable diapers has been easy with them by our side!

At my last midwife appointment, my midwife asked me if I’m ready for labour and I’m so ready, I don’t think she usually hears first time moms, being excited about labour. I feel like the pain we endure as expecting mothers in labour, prepares us, and shows us how strong we really are and that we can do this motherhood thing, but I’ll let you know how I feel when I’m actually in labour.   I’ve given Carl the heads up about the transitioning period and told him he should just remember I love him before I get mean, and he should just keep encouraging me if I feel like giving up.   I can’t wait to meet our little baby in a month, our midwife told us Baby A is thin and long, with a small head, after seeing Carl’s giant head as a baby and how he seemed to have grown into it as he got older, I’ve been really worried about what I’m in for, the head thing was a bit of a relief!

Happy Monday, Hope everyone has a lovely week and gets to everything they need to get done this week!.

 

an instant of life captured for eternity

dsc_2703new

^^ On one of our daily walks we saw this cute family of guinea fowl, just running around.  Can you spot them?

dsc_2704new

^^ After a rough night, that I’m blaming sugar on this view was wonderful!  I decided to make a batch of ghost brownies for Halloween and just eat one…. I don’t know if it was because I haven’t had sugar in so long, but I had a whole lot of nightmares, and I just couldn’t sleep at all.  Maybe the marshmallow ghost was just haunting me from the inside.

img_4660new

^^ Sugar free, gluten free witches fingers thanks to Food faith fit, is it weird to eat fingers after Halloween?

img_4685new

^^ on our way somewhere we happened to see all these kites! It was really a sight to behold!

img_4690new

^^ Pretty flowers everywhere.

img_4694new

^^ When pigs fly? Yes, it finally happened guys!

img_4696new

^^ My pretty new diaper bag,hung up and ready.  I just want to use it already!

img_4698new

^^ We started our maintenance weekends? and boy, has it been hard! I forgot to take a before photo of this area, but after the first mow it seems like we have to still trim this down AND we still have that entire upper area to go!

img_4704new

^^ Hocus Pocus and a delicious finger cookie for this pregnant lady.

Happy Halloween!  How was your weekend? did you guys get up to anything fun and halloweeny?  I made some ghost brownies and fingers, we had a rather relaxed weekend, kind of our first one since moving into our new place.  It felt so good to finally take a bit of a breather and just enjoy our new home.  The best medicine is just to lie in bed a little longer on the weekend, instead of just rushing around to get stuff done!

an instant of life captured for eternity

img_4438new

^^ Weekends are made for gluten free, sugar free graham crackers.  These were so yum!

img_4450new

^^ Our neighbourhood beach was way to bright for Carl.

img_4473new

^^ The sand was so difficult to walk on, but so worth it.

img_4483new

^^ Pretty mountains and such a blue ocean.  Wow.

 

img_4484new

^^ Pretty flowers on our evening walk.

img_4487new

^^ I love this little neighbourhood, it gives me such an old school European feel.  All the kids playing on the streets, people constantly walking around and just a wonderful sense of community, and the cutest little houses you’ve ever seen.

dsc_2440new

^^ A bit of a commotion on the beach thanks to a dog running after this train trying to bite at it.  I’ve never actually seen a train slow down for a dog before.  The dog survived the ordeal.

dsc_2451new

^^ Magical.

dsc_2454new

^^ Pretty flowers on the beach.

dsc_2467new

^^ A pretty sky right in front of our little house.

Hey friends! How was your weekend? Did you get up to anything interesting? We had a completely overwhelming weekend filled with all the house things we are still trying to get done.  I’ve painted baby A’s room, but have been confused about painting the wooden ceiling or not, I really think the roof needs to be painted white to open up and brighten up this space, but at the same time I’m wondering if the wooden ceiling will go more with the woodland theme we’ve got going on in there.   So far I’m 95% in favour of painting it white.  What do you think? Should I paint it?

We’ve had glorious cooler weather here, that we’ve just been loving!  It would have been even better if we had our couch by now.  Ordering stuff online in South Africa is such a pain, in America you’ve got drone deliveries here we have to wait an unnaturally long time for anything to arrive!  We’ve also been trying to get a telephone line installed for internet, but wow its turned into the biggest deal! We apparently have to wait 5 – 21 days.   What kind of timeline is that? It doesn’t even make sense to me! Oh well! Everything is a lesson, and right now I’m learning how to have patience.

Here’s to another week! I hope this one is just as great.

an instant of life captured for eternity

img_4360new

^^ Pretty flowers on our first walk around the new hood.

img_4362new

^^ Found this cute little conservation area close to our new house.  We also found a huge snake that made me almost poop my pants.

img_4363new

^^ Green grass and mountains.

img_4367new

^^ We were really exhausted from moving from a top floor apartment, but we still took the time to go for a walk and really relax.

img_4375new

^^ Shrubbery everywhere.

img_4377new

^^ The wind was really intense and it was so humid and hot in this little conservation area it was such a drastic change.

img_4383new

^^ The beach close to our house.

dsc_2392ew

^^ First selfie on the balcony.

Hello wonderful people! How are you all today? I hope you had a great weekend and your Monday goes by faster than it showed up!We finally moved into our new little house amongst the mountains, after a gruelling two days, thanks to the old tenants leaving this place in a horrid state and me going into must sanitise house completely for baby mode, we are finally a bit settled.  I always assumed its etiquette to clean a house before you leave it? Apparently not.  I’m usually 5 seconds away from leaving chocolates on the pillows for new tenants when I leave a place.  With all the chaos and our internet not being set up yet we haven’t watched general conference yet, but with instagram always showing us little snippets it seems like a good one! I can’t wait to watch it.

This pregnancy has brought out a horrible monster inside of me, I just can’t stop ignorance and silly comments to do with the fact that we don’t want to know the baby’s gender, that we want to keep things gender neutral even though we’ve been getting boy coloured outfits that just boggles my mind and the fact that I don’t want kitschy character printed outfits.  I never understand why people have to say obscene, hurtful, ignorant things and afterwards say they’re only joking, its like Freud says: There are no jokes.  Well not in circumstances like this most of the time people just say what they want not worrying how it comes across just so they can cover it up with saying its a joke. Why can’t we all just be respectful? Is it really that hard?  Pregnancy hormone rant over!

an instant of life captured for eternity

dsc_2367new

^^ Pretty clouds over lions head.

dsc_2360new

^^ Probably our last hike at lions head.

img_4319new

^^ Raw beetroot ravioli stuffed with sunflower cheese.

img_4313new

^^ Pretty succulents.

img_4292new

^^ Roses popping out.

img_4296new

^^ A walk on the promenade.

Hello friends! How are you doing? Did you get up to anything this weekend.  We had a horrible weekend where nothing wanted to work out, I almost got knocked off the trail on lions head thanks to the trail runners not worrying about anyone else, and to top it off it was such an insanely hot day before 10 that I started feeling like food in a microwave just slowly cooking away getting radiated.  I’m really not looking forward to Summer back in Africa, but I’m trying to survive by having my eye on the prize.

an instant of life captured for eternity

IMG_3861new

^^ Flower season is here!  During August and September the Western Cape is alive with the most beautiful flowers.  Fields of flowers!

IMG_3905new

^^ Traffic jam! All because of this little guy, who was surprisingly fast.

IMG_3920new

^^Happy to see all the flowers.

IMG_3953new

^^ Standing in a field of wild flowers is amazing! Hence, the excited look on my face.

IMG_4002new

^^ We decided to try the shipwreck hike….We never made it to the shipwreck..It started feeling horror movie-ish when we saw 3 dead seals, 1 dead penguin and a sand castle embellished with bones….

IMG_4009new

^^ When people say they like long walks on the beach, I guess they’ve never been surrounded by so much dead.  Carl still looks good on these sandy white beach.

IMG_4018new

^^ Baby skinny jeans, because if you’re not going to shove your baby into the cutest little skinny jeans ever created, what kind of parent are you? Baby skinnies from H&M.

DSC_2073new

^^ We got our first set of cloth diapers, I also realised that I might be a nightmare.  My sister asked me what if I have a boy and I responded by telling her color does not define gender and my child will not grow up in a hateful environment, where inappropriate comments create a confusing environment.  She stopped speaking to me after that.

DSC_2140new

^^ Walks on the beach.

Flower season has hit Cape town! This might be the most beautiful time to be in Cape town, all the wild flowers are popping out all over and we couldn’t wait to go check out the West coast nature reserve!  It was the most incredible experience ever being surrounded by so many colorful flowers, walking along deserted beaches and worrying that we were going to run out of petrol/gas! We forgot to fill the car up and the reserve was way bigger than we expected.  We started stocking up on baby things, like wet wipes, diaper liners, cloth diapers and all those wonderful things, we are starting to have quite a haul! 

This weekend was really exhausting and I feel like I’m still recovering from it, being out till 7 o clock at night is just crazy to us now! #oldpeopleproblems   How was your weekend?

Hunting for seashells

Happy Thursday guys! I can’t believe tomorrow is Friday already, where did the week go? Time seems to be flying by and I’m just trying to hold on and get all my stuff done.  The days don’t seem long enough anymore, but Spring seems to be right around the corner the sun is coming up earlier and setting later.  Winter has not stopped me from eating delicious frozen treats, all I’ve wanted to eat lately has been ice cream and milkshakes, but being the insane health freak I am I’ve been coming up with way yummier and so much better for you desserts.  I’m excited to share them with you guys, but that’s for another post.

On the weekends when we are stuck for something to do we usually end up walking to the bottom of our insanely steep hill to the beach.  I’ve been wanting to go get some broken seashells, but we always end up forgetting about it, or the fact that we’ve been avoiding going to the promenade, after seeing a naked man posing for photos, kids blowing up condoms like balloons and a dead seal.  To say we’ve been slightly traumatised would be an understatement, but this last time it was pure bliss.  Everyone seemed so happy playing pokemon go, riding bicycles and having picnics.

IMG_3649new

^^ Exploring rocks, finding the perfect seashells, we do dating differently from everyone else it seems.

IMG_3641mnew

^^ A whole lot of shells.  I felt so bad walking around on these.  I felt like I was destroying the secondhand housing section.

IMG_3639new

^^ Nature is full of beauty and treasures.

IMG_3629new

^^ happily looking for shells and stopping for a photo.

DSC_1804new

^^ Cloudy days on the promenade.

DSC_1808new

^^ Broken shells for a little project at home.

What kind of dates do you go on with your partner?

an instant of life captured for eternity

IMG_3500new

^^ Cookies and cream banana nice cream.  Way better for you than normal ice cram and just amazingly yum!

IMG_3534new

^^ Anniversary walks around Greyton

IMG_3541new

^^ This place has the cutest little streets, houses and flowers all over.

IMG_3556new

^^ Super smiley Carl

IMG_3599new

^^ The drive to Greyton is absolutely amazing, just look at that colour.

IMG_3615new

^^ It doesn’t even look real.

IMG_3624new

^^ Even on cloudy days he doesn’t want to keep his eyes open for photos.

IMG_3631new

^^ Sunday seashell hunting.

IMG_3648new

^^ He found a shell.  I was looking for medium sized shells and he kept giving me really big seashells, that looked like we could live in it.

IMG_3655new

^^ pretty yellow flowers for our anniversary.

IMG_3657new

^^ Ocean treasures.

DSC_1726new

Hello friends! How was your weekend? Can you believe its already August, I can’t believe how fast this year has just flown by.  We celebrated our first wedding anniversary by taking a drive into the countryside of Cape town, we found the sweetest little town to walk around in and feel all giddy, I was really surprised by all the restaurants serving vegan friendly meals, its something you don’t often see in small towns! We are still looking for a perfect print to order, so nothing on the first year wedding anniversary gift front yet, but we will find the perfect print eventually, I hope.