Thursday, December 31, 2015

A portrait of my babes once a week in 2015 (28 months), New Years eve day in our garden

We started the year with two toddlers and somewhere along the way we said goodbye to baby cheeks and leg rolls and unruly hair and watched two little girls emerge that never cease to amaze me, delight me, amuse me and full me with such wonder. I love this stage and age with you. Our year had its ups and downs, some scary times and a few tough days. But it was one the best years

Best of 2015
  1. TALKING Listening to your talking bloom from single words to full conversations, your names, English and Afrikaans, stories, secrets, songs and dreams and I love you's
  2. EXPLORING Travelling all over with you, to the beach and the bush, to the farm and to Cape Town, to Millstream, to the lakes and to London
  3. ADVENTURE Sleeping on the platform under the stars
  4. BONDING Watching you grow together and distinctly become yourselves
  5. DEVELOPMENT Witnessing your empathy develop with your big, golden hearts and your minds grow with your big, beautiful brains
  6. TOGETHERNESS Nursing you to sleep at night and morning snuggles with all of us in bed
  7. BIRTH Welcoming two new family members into our lives
  8. INDEPENDENCE Seeing you get excited for your birthday and Christmas and parties. And learning to swim. And riding a horse. And doing puzzles. And feeding yourselves. 
  9. GROWTH You continuously growing into two beautiful little beings
  10. LOVE Unconditional love


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A portrait of my babes once a week in 2015 (27 months), pre Christmas Eve sparklers at Cheska's home

Me: What do you want for Christmas?
A: (without hesitation) a star!
F: me also want a star!

Happy Christmas baby girls. You make it so special.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A portrait of my babes once a week in 2015 (27 months), Millstream

We went to a farm in Dullstroom for a week. I love that when you go away, normal routines slip away and the days seem to take on a rhythm of their own. I also love the way different family members just naturally take on different roles - bed time stories with Chessie, mealtimes with Francie Sugar, and driving with Human. k and we would start our mornings with you at the kitchen counter nibbling on rusks and helping prepare breakfast. After breakfast we would make our way to see the horses, which Anna named Angelpie Snowflake and Florence named Bow (as in take a bow) Snowflake. We would then go for a swim and meander back home for some home made apple pies (Anna with crea, Florence without). Our afternoon naps with us all on one bed would usually be accompanied by thunderstorms and incessant rain on the tin roof. Following a late lunch we would go for a walk in the hills, or around the dam, with you two snuggling up in the carriers.Evenings ran later as you helped papa with the fire, naps ran longer, and bathtime was an eventful affair joined by whoever was staying at that time (Kimmy, then granny nanny, and Chessie). In between you made mud pies and found fairies, you saw a rainbow and went on a row boat. It was a good week. 

A note on horse riding: Although you were nervous of patting the horses,  after the first day of visiting themAnna you said right away, and determinedly, that you were going to ride by yourself the next morning. Which you did. Florence, you started off riding with papa and the said half way through you would ride alone. Which you did. The pride in your faces made me beam as we walked along side you around the lawn. You then asked to go riding every morning! One morning papa and I went for a ride by ourselves while you stayed with Chessie and Human. I was misty and the horses were frisky and we galloped across the grasslands passed zebra and springbok and blesbok. It was magical and I cant wait until we can all go riding like that together. 


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A portrait of my babes once a week in 2015 (27 months)

Honor's fifth birthday party. Your perfect profiles, and pretty little bonnets made by Kimmy, watching the older girls jump on the trampoline. Watching, observing, taking it all in. You were very excited for this party because singing 'happy birthday' and blowing out candles is one of your favourite things to do. 


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

A portrait of my babes once a week in 2015 (27 months)

"Help each other.
Love everyone.
Love every weed.
Love every ray of light.

The Tree of Life


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A portrait of my babes once a week in 2015 (26 months)

I can't keep up with all the wonderful things you are saying right now. I love our conversations about your world, and listening to talk each other is one of the most wonderful things I will ever hear. The other day as we were driving to Kimmy and Bear's house I overheard this conversation:
A: And what shall we do in the morning? Play with fairies?
F: In our lovely nest?
A: No, in our cot.

Here are some other things you are saying right now...

"Anyfing" (for everything and nothing)
Whenever we get in the car or are heading somewhere you ask "Where's our going?" (We are we going)
"I think so" in answer to many of my questions, most of them rhetorical
You love time references. I remember when you discovered the word "later" you were so happy to have a term to describe some time other than now. "Yesterday" refers to any past day and "tomorrow" is a way to delay things to some time other than now. You also randomly throw in days of the week - Me: We should go out for lunch some time, F: Friday! Me: That's sounds good. F: I think so. 

When we sit down in the chair in the nursery as we are heading to sleep, before I nurse you, you always say, "I want HushNowBabyDon'tSayAWord, tell me about baby Jesus, and sing the song."
You love rhyming words and make up rhymes for everything - Francie Sugar wuga, Florence borence, on bon, etc.
You have a lot of empathy for some one so little. If you see some one upset you try and comfort them, "Don't wowee, me make it better."
You love fairies right now and refer everything back to them. "My fairies can't sit in this carseat", "These pants are for my fairies", "My fairies also like nectarines", "The fairies can't go there." "Eeyore" and "holiday" also feature strongly in your conversations.
"Oh boy... Oh girl" (Me say "Oh girl mama")
"That's so funny."
"So..." (When explaining things)


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A portrait of my babes once a week in 2015 (26 months)

"I feel like a part of my soul has loved you since the beginning of everything. Maybe we're from the same star." Emery Allen
I always tell you that you're both from the same star, whispering it sweetly in your ear before you drift off to sleep.
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