It’s all fun and games until you have to wake up at 6am and be a parent

Taking off across the world for the winter does have a downside: we can’t pack our friends in our suitcases. The Internet certainly makes it easier to keep in contact with loved ones, but there is no online equivalent to a day spent running around at the beach, having a picnic or playing hide-and-seek in the yard. There’s nothing like a good gab with a girlfriend. And cooking alone? Booooooring.

We had a break from our existence as a small family unit (minus daddy) this weekend, when friends came up to visit from Cape Town.

A few reflections from the weekend:

  • Four kids and a dog make one hell of a mess.
  • Little boys can be mind-bogglingly loud (says the mother or two little girls).
  • There is nothing like other kids to encourage a timid four-year-old to explore the garden or run into the ocean.
  • Having a drink at lunch can lead to a lot more drinking.
  • Putting kids to bed late in hopes that they’ll let you sleep in is utter foolishness.
  • Red nail polish and lipstick can make a mom feel exponentially prettier regardless of when last she took a shower.

I am definitely even more exhausted today than I was on Friday, but hey, isn’t that what normal people’s lives are like?

 

There's nothing like friends to get April into the water
There’s nothing like friends to get April into the water
Yeaaahhhhh!
Yeaaahhhhh!
Is it windy or is Charlie about to break into dance?
Is it windy or is Charlie about to break into dance?
The Down Wind Dash -- a kite surfing race -- was held in the Langebaan lagoon this weekend. Pretty awesome seeing all of those kites in the air at once!
The Down Wind Dash — a kite surfing race — was held in the Langebaan lagoon this weekend. Pretty awesome seeing all of those kites in the air at once!
There's nothing quite like a fire.
There’s nothing quite like a fire.
Silly faces
Silly faces
Monster faces!
Monster faces!
I might be tired and bit intoxicated, but, oh my gosh, did I ever enjoy wearing that lipstick.
I might be tired and bit intoxicated, but, oh my gosh, did I ever enjoy wearing that lipstick.
The kids chasing after Maxi on the beach.
The kids chasing after Maxi on the beach.

2 Comment

  1. Love the lipstick! Beauty! xx

  2. Thanks lovely. I miss you! xoxo

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