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Married to Nick for 13 years, with 2 children; Sabrina - 12 and Dominic - 11. I am a girlfriend through and through in that I love girly things and anything that celebrates the essence of being a woman. I love vintage, shabby chic, the country and try my best to do my bit for the environment. SO yes...we have 3 bins in our house and try our best to recycle! I believe that with everything in life, the closer we stick to nature, the better off we'll be. I would love to have a balance in life, but have learnt that balance is not always possible, so strive for significance instead, in the hopes that that will be just as meaningful, and the rest will hopefully follow.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Love and laughter...don't those two things make the world go around??? ...okay..and then there's money. But if you don't have the first 2, the last one don't matter anyways.

My mother was very blessed to come from a family of 10. I'm sure there have been times in her life when she's hasn't maybe felt that way - LOL!! - but for the most part, we revel in this large group of people we can call our own...warts and all! We are now, in the great grandchildren phase, and we could probably start a small country of our own, so just as keeping in touch and up to speed with a small circle of friends can be a challenge at the best of times, when you throw in THIS LOT, life can get VERY interesting. But love, and LAUGHTER have undoubtedly been the glue that binds us togther...always.

We share side splitting moments WHENEVER we're together, and I have no doubt that, it's those moments that keep most of us reaching out to each other whenever we possibly can. My Gran who is now in her 80's, is undoubtedly one of the most amazing people I will ever know in my lifetime, and she also happens to be one of my BEST friends. We LAUGH everytime we speak, and I love love love that about our relationship, but more so, I admire her for instilling that laughter and sense of fun in all of us. It has helped us all get through the not so fun times of life.

I have done some pretty outrageous/stupid stuff in my life - and sadly, due to the fact that I am not a drinker, those moments are all firmly etched in my mind, and crystal clear as it were. Nothing blurred, or softened, or smudged, or blotted out completely - all there. Heck, I've had some of the best fun ever whist stuck in traffic jams - too many times too count! That said, I don't think you've lived if you haven't made your name - as us South African's would say - "gat" at least ONCE!
The pics in this post are from our yearly FUN DO (read Fondue) get together. This tradition started 3 years ago on a trip to Clarins. Our two families decided to take advantage of the "Fondue" experience the restaurant advertised, which none of the children had experienced before. Well, the service was shocking, and the fondues not very well organised, and as BOREDOM often leads to other things - especially with kids, that's exactly what happened. We got stupid, put serviettes on our heads, made milk moustaches, and bent the cutlery (only a few!). Since then, this event has become a tradition. Every year, we get together, and reenact that night. Our kids love it, we all screech with laughter, and every year gets more interesting!
I loved loved loved my PLAITS this year! After being asked a number of times throughout the evening to please take them out, as no one could take me seriously (WELL EXACTLY!!!).....I gave in.....We all get stuck in....we prep, we cook, we eat, we have fun - the kids think their parents are holligans, PERFECT.


  1. Awesome - I can so relate to that. When my family get together they also do silly things that have us all in hysterics - like seeing if you put your hands behind your back, if you can then step over them!! lovely photos.

  2. Such fun...you all look like you had an absolute BLAST - I love traditions and they are even better when you get to share them with the people you really love.

  3. Definitely a fondue with a fun(ny) twist. Laughter is definitely soul nurturing.