*snip the ribbon* The December “Made It” Challenge is officially….OPEN!

wHOoo HOoo HOooo (that would be HO HO HO if you were paying attention!)

Yip, the “Made It” is back!

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Ahhhh it feels so great to be back! After a little time out  we are back and rearing to go again and are so excited to see what the Christmas “Made It” brings.

Well, the last few weeks have been tough, hence the little break.  My 6-year-old niece Amy has had her long-awaited kidney transplant which she is responding incredibly well to.

Just after her op

Just after her op

But it hasn’t been without a wild rollercoaster ride of emotions. Amy has FSGS which is an incurable kidney disease and has an 80ish% chance of reoccuring after transplant so naturally we were all incredibly tense leading up to the operation. But Amy, in true Amy-style,  was sitting up on Day 1 after the op, sitting in a chair on Day 2 and practically running around boisterously taking charge of her ward on Day 3 *roller coaster up up up*

 

Days 4/5 was terrifying as there were signs that the disease was returning due to high levels of protein in her blood *rollercoaster down down down* only to find out that the results were due to blood in her urine caused by a bleeding stent – phew, all OKAY *rollercoaster up up up* It’s been pretty much this kinda ride ever since but one thing remains constant is Amy’s spirit. She has boundless energy, a pure and positive outlook and a kick-ass attitude of note!

After being fluid deprived for almost 4 years, this drink is well deserved!

After being fluid deprived for almost 4 years, this drink is well deserved!

I am happy to say that despite the ups and downs, Amy – for the first time in 4 years – is not dependant on dialysis 3 times a week. She is also having the pipe through which she has been dialyised, surgically removed tomorrow morning. This means that for the first time in 4 years she can have an enormous BUBBLE BATH!!! And for us, the cherry on top is that we are all going to be together for Christmas!! My family arrives in the UK on Christmas day and will spend 3 long, glorious weeks together – for the first time in 3 and half years. My daughter Sisi and Amy are looking forward having their Big Swim..this will not only be their first swim together but will be Amy’s first proper swim EVER!

Thank you for all your kinds words and wishes for Amy – I’ll say one thing, the universe and all it’s angels were listening and have watched over her with great care 🙂

So I invite you all to celebrate this special time and take part in the last challenge of 2012!

  • enter the Made It challenge as many times as you wish
  • go with a Christmas theme if you can
  • reblog this post – get you friends to join in the fun
  • create & share your magic
  • ADD YOUR LINK
  • enjoy!

Hold on, something’s missing??? Ahhhh the PRIZE! Well, you will have to wait another day or so. But don’t worry, it will be worth it…

 ♥

All you have to do is click on FROGGY below and add your link to enter

Let’s KICK 2012’s BUTT!!!

Who’s first???


My fav pics of the week…

Hello all you lovely folk!

It’s Friday eve which means we are all happily exhausted…it’s been a week of:

“MOM…….!”

  • can I have? (x 10000)
  • LOOK!
  • what’s for lunch?
  • I don’t want to 😦
  • Look, look, LOOK!!!!
  • what’s for supper???
  • will you please get…
  • I have to go to…
  • I need…
  • LOOK here, look, look
  • I want…
  • Do I have to…

Now it’s my turn.

  • Yes, you do have to
  • Speak to Dad, I can’t hear you
  • I’ve LOOKED dammit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ahhh…So, no more words for me, just some pics to prove that there really WAS a past week 🙂

fish hoek beach, woolhogs

Early morning stroll on the beach

fish hoek beach, woolhogs

Hey Dad!

woolhogs, ceviche

Ceviche for supper, it must be summer

woolhogs, vinnis colours, cotton,

Another beach visit

vinnis colours, woolhogs, long beach, kommetjie

What’s the beach withour ice-lollies!

kommetjie lighthouse, woolhogs

LOOK Mom!!

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Dress shopping for Valedictory ceremony – fun in the changing rooms!

woolhogs, vinnis bambi cotton bamboo

I may or may not be crocheting Christamas gifts 🙂

elle premier cotton, woolhogs

New yarn delivery…..ENOUGH SAID!!!’

’til next time! xxx

Scary Mom

Friday 14h45

Hubby is on his way home from work. This is incredible  – I’d asked him so nicely to please be home at 14h30 so we can leave for my Dad and stepmom’s place for the weekend at 3pm (I mean it Dan, we are leaving at 3 o’clock on the dot!) It’s a long-awaited and long over due visit.

It’s 14h45 and I’m overjoyed. He is scared because he is ALWAYS late!

What he doesn’t realise is that we are only leaving at 3h30 – HA! – and instead of being 15 minutes late, he is 15 minutes early. Hooray, it’s working! Maybe we can actually leave on time – smiling, relaxed, not yelling, or dashing back in for last minute things after all.

Um, let’s see…

  • Bags are neatly packed. Excellent! I detest this part, trying to decided what each child will wear. It’s warm during the day but cold in the evening. What if they fall into the river or tear their jeans on a branch or what if they actually get dirty?!! Will this t-shirt go with these floral leggings. How many t-shirts will I need for two days? 4, maybe 5? Arrrgggg!! Slippers and dressing gowns…in or out? They never wear them at home so..um….maybe not. Finally, I am so happy that I managed to pack a small bag for each of us, all lined up neatly on the dining room table, ready to be packed into the car. Ahhhhh, bliss.
  • Little bits of shopping done and dusted including a little something for Dad & Lana and weekend treats for the kids. Made it to the dreaded mall and back with my sanity in tack, thank you very much!
  • Sickly eldest child been to the doc – she is flu-ish with a possible bladder infection but is happy to lie on Grandpa’s couch for the weekend. Got some special mooti (South African slang for meds) for her so she is good to go.
  • Middle and baba children also dosed up with some mooti – middle child a little off colour & red-eyed and baby child red-crusty-eyed but in a great mood.
  • 14h55. Hubby pulling up in the driveway and apart from the semi-sickie kiddies everything is on track and I AM IN A GOOD MOOD!

14h58

Ok, scrap that.

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Middle child has chicken pox. Unpack everyone!!

Saturday morning.

  • Eldest girl-child is feeling better (good ole mooti) but red-crusy-eyed and has sore throat
  • Middle “poxy” girl-child is happy-go-lucky and proud of her spots and wants to go swimming
  • Baba boy-child crusty eyed and clingy
  • Coffee machine has just flooded itself…according to my hubby.
  • We are not going anywhere

A little later….

  • Eldest-girl-who-is-almost-a-TEEN and I are sitting discussing her birthday party options. We are thinking about a fabulous African themed restaurant with a few of her close friends. We are imagining dressing up, dancing, pretty face paintings, yummy food, taking photos, catching a show……
  • Hubby, elbows deep in a coffee machine and yelling from the kitchen is imaging 100 friends @ R1000 a head is having a sense of humour failure.
  • Girly day-dreaming and beautiful musings unceremoniously dashed
  • Think hubby is being melodramatic
  • Also have sudden realisation that we are house bound for the entire weekend
  • I too now have a sense of humour failure
  • Stalk off into bedroom, close the door for a little cool-off
  • “Poxy” enters the room and taking a deep breath, I tell her in my nicest Mommy voice that “Mommy just needs a little, little time alone, ok my love…”. She looks at me with her sweet, knowing eyes…
  • She’s nobody’s fool

Woolhogs

Very hard not to laugh when trying to stay cross!

Monday morning 08h57

  • Eldest girl-child mostly better and gone to school for exams
  • Baby boy-child a lot less crusty-eyed and a little less clingy
  • Middle girl-child looking like a walking join-the-dots picture but enjoying a no-school day!
  • Hubby and baba-boy sharing some breako

And me?…..Well, I am getting the full advantage of the no-school day and LOVING IT!

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…and she only charged me a hundred bucks!