Twin kisses

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A  mother once said that she just has to stand exactly where she is to see how blessed she is. The love between these two is not always reciprocated. Anna's giant bear hugs are not always welcome and Florence's demands for kisses are not aways met. But when the affection coincides, it is ridiculously cute (and makes my heart melt over and over again).


A portrait of my babes once a week in 2015 (18 months), Cheska's babyshower

Here are all the women in your family: your great grandmother, Granny Nanny, your gran, Kimmy, your mama, your aunts, Cheska and Hugolyne, and your cousin, Honor. These portraits are usually just of you, but these women are so part of you and who you are and the world in which you exist so I wanted to include this. You can count yourself blessed because they are a pretty formidable, loving and special bunch of ladies which I am proud to call my own, my closest friends and my inspiration for what it is to be a woman and a mother. You are already so part of this womanhood, this sisterhood, this family of so many girls which gets more wonderful with every new addition.


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A portrait of my babes once a week in 2015 (18 months)

Florence you have always been about comfort. Making sure your feet are propped up, falling asleep with one arm out of the cot or legs straight up against the side, you lean back into whatever may be behind you - a wall, a person, a couch. You have recently added a large pillow from our bed to your collection of comfort which includes a dummy and a binky. You indicate for teh dummy by going "blabla bla" (tongue against lips), you call Binky BiBi and your refer to your pillow as Pi. In the morning you take all three around with you, putting the pillow on the floor to sit down. You have also been known to request the pillow behind your head while I am changing you, behind your back while you are in your high chair, and under your feet while you are in your car seat. You fall asleep feeling the pillow case between your fingers. You yourself are a little fluffy pillow and I think you have a good thing going baby girl.

home away from home

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Our little family of four recently went to Cape Town for a holiday. Renting a house or apartment makes more sense to us now that we have babes as it means more space and our own kitchen. Beside, it's fun to feel like a local when you are travelling. We stayed in a lovely home in Greenpoint which we found through Airbnb. I loved the little creative details, cool art and quirky objets found throughout the place.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A portrait of my babes once a week in 2015 (18 months)

The mornings take on their own rhythm. We wake up slowly, usually all in bed together by now, unwinding from sleep, squinting eyes to the sun streaming in from a crack between the curtains. Nappies are changed, and in amongst baby bodies organising toiletries on the bathroom floor, and requests for pillows and tooth brushes and stories, and games of peek-a-boo in our cupboard, grown up pyjamas are discarded, faces are washed, teeth are brushed and mama gets dressed. On the weekend you brew coffee with papa and read fairy tales about giants, still ruffled and crumpled and hair awry. Sometimes he plays guitar why you scurry around with your hand-me-down dolls or push each other in your wooden trolley. Water is put on to boil. Oats are poured. Breakfast begins. 


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A portrait of my babes once a week in 2015 (18 months)

Anna asks why at every possible occasion. I can't imagine you understand what it is you are asking, but it is always in context and you listen attentively to my explanations. Florence has starting imitating her, pronouncing the word with pursed lips. I think you like the way the word feels as it emerges from your fish-mouth. What curious minds you are - I am amazed by your learnings and wonderings. 

Happy New Year!

So my new year always begins in February. January arrives too quickly amidst holidays and after the festive season and I find it doesn't give me enough time to reflect, plan and prepare for the year ahead. Thus February is a much more sensible month to begin a new year. So, as one does in a new year, here are my resolutions for 2015:

- Learn a magic trick. When I was a child I fancied myself quite the magician, with a set of magic cards, magic tricks and a coerced audience of family members. But my skills have long since faded it is time to hone them once again. Because, you never know when you may need a trick up your sleeve or a little bit of magic.

- No technology in bed. With twin babes who are not winning any sleep awards, sleep is particularly precious to me and yet I often find myself checking my phone or browsing social media for another 10 minutes. I know there are a host of other scientific reasons why you shouldn't browse just before sleeping but for me this is mostly driven by the need to get to sleep as quickly as possible without wasting any time.

- Simplify. This is quite a sweeping statement which mainly has to do with tidying my house up and removing clutter. We live in an apartment and are sort of bursting at the seams so this is a necessity. But I also believe that decluttering your home has a positive impact on all areas of your life. I bought this book to aid and inspire me in this project and I can't wait to started.

- Drink a cup of warm water with fresh lemon every morning. Great way to wake up the body and easy too. Apparently there are numerous health benefits

- Make time for creativity. I do not have enough spare hours in my day to meet all the time needed to complete all the projects I want to do. But I am going to try and dedicate more time to these projects to keep those juices flowing: write, do a calligraphy course, sort out all my photographs, master photoshop.

Have a wonderful year!!!
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