Speak up…

I thought I would share a recent funny moment with you all.

Monday morning I woke up a little late and rushed the girls to get ready as I wanted to be at work early. Meagan asked if I can stop at the ATM so that she can withdraw some cash.

Feeling a little annoyed, knowing I won’t get to work when I wanted to, I reluctantly stopped. I checked with her that she knows how to withdraw money, she confirmed and popped out of the car to go to the ATM.

As I sit watching her, I see her lean closer to the screen…and then I hear her say “hello….hello….” I jumped out of the car and walked over, asking her what on earth she is doing.

“It said..your voice is your identity” she replied. At this point I was cracking up so much! So I told her it’s an add on the ATM screen for your phone banking.

Very calmly she replied; “well I thought I needed to speak to it before I got my money, so I just said hello”

Definitely made me chuckle 😂

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2018 Bring it..

As always … time to reflect. I haven’t blogged much this year. I have read only 2 books and both were online… and I only read it purely to make improvements for my career. Career.. another thing I started new this year. New job, new people.. I must admit it has been my best experience since our move to New Zealand. I have met a variety of people and they have been amazing, best off all I have a super nice boss. Nice.. hmmm .. a word I have always told my girls to avoid. “Use your words” my saying to them to use any other words to express an emotion or feeling other than “nice”. Have to work on avoiding that one. #1stnewyearsresolution

I still find the holidays challenging. I admit we spent this Christmas with some Kiwi’s and it was my favorite but still have to fight through the holidays. What can I say, I’m a little attached to the family back home in SA.

Friends.. well now, I don’t commit myself to relationships easily. With our residency pending I might explore this option in the New Year, for now I prefer to be guarded as not making friends mean not losing friends either.

I know,  I know…Such a Debbie Downer. But then I do have my moments of brilliance and extreme happiness. As I see it, until those dissapear, I’m still OK.

Things to be grateful for…
* Seriously amazing fur baby
* Husband, he is pretty cool.. might keep him
* Kids… let me think… hmmm… well … they   are sort of cute, might be successful… lol, no seriously, 4 Good kids, what more can I want.
* Wine on demand.. if “on demand” qualifies as me asking for it and my husband filling my glass

New Year’s resolutions;
1. I vow to drink no more wine for the rest of the year.. wink wink, nudge nudge

2. I will try to join the gym.. emphasis on “try”

3. I want to lose some weight, want to… but realise that being realistic is more achievable, so might not.

4. I will bake more, which means I might drink more left over wine..

5. On a serious note, I want to try and trust more people.

6. I want to learn something new. I feel I do this every year anyway, but want to learn something challenging.

7. I want to be more patient… not like mental patient, more “chilled and patient” patient

8. I want to work on forgiving more… still a struggle, still need to do more.

9. I will not have OCD and will end this list at number 9. (Even though I technically listed another resolhtion earlier)

Sigh.. so let the count down begin…

Mulled wine sorbet recipe ready for tomorrow’s celebrations. Bubbly ready for tonight.. kids all dressed up and ready to go see some fireworks from the Sky Tower.

Happy New Year everyone!!

Keep it safe, keep it real

xxx

Brace yourself…

I need an expert and perhaps a little luck.. Too much to ask for? With two kids waiting to get braces I need to win the lotto. I don’t need the big win, just a sub sub sub division win. 😊 
Curse those damn bad genetics lol.  Oh well, at least I won a bonus ticket. Who knows perhaps it will be the one. 

When people told us braces in NZ were expensive they were not joking. All my daughter wants for her birthday is a set of braces to get her pearly whites in line. Poor thing. June is looming and this mother is not much closer to getting it done with Murphy’s Law creeping in every single chance it gets.

Here’s hoping that bonus ticket will pan out… that with an amazing stroke of luck and I could have myself one very very happy girl.

Holding thumbs 😊

New Sunsets and Full moons

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We were sitting on our balcony staring at another absolutely amazing moon. For some unexplained reason the sunsets and rising full moons have been breathtakingly stunning lately.

We have had some lovely weather of late.. well according to us anyway. Some people think it is too humid, others don’t like the bits of rain, but we have enjoyed it.

Life is just so busy lately.  Our days start so late, but end just as late and by the time we have had dinner it is almost bed time for the girls.  We do however get chance to just sit and have a glass of wine and take in the silence surrounding us when the sun sets and the moon rises.  It is just so quiet where we stay, something we are definitely not used to.

Evenings you are lulled of to bed by silence and early morning you are woken by all the different sounds of birds that sound as if all they do is work hard at creating their amazing symphony of harmonic notes.

Weekends still seem like a blind rush with no rest, but with kids there are just always something that has to be done, something last minute needed 🙂

All in all it’s kinda nice.. definitely does not replace home in any which way or form, but it’s nice.