Monday, September 29, 2014

Interview with 4-year old Mia

I started this tradition last year - can read that interview here.  It was so much fun to do this questionnaire with her again, she sits with me seriously, and answers the questions with the first thing that pops into her mind.  I'm putting these, along with a photo of her, in a file to keep for her. Love doing this!

2014 Yearly Interview with Mia Jill Viljoen – 4 years old

What is your favourite colour? Purple and blue, like you and pappa

What is your favourite toy? This green motorbike

What is your favourite game to play? Barbie

What is your favourite fruit? A banana

What’s your favourite tv program or movie? Barbie movies. And Tarzan.

What’s your favourite thing to eat for lunch? Just a marmite sandwich

What is your favourite outfit? Ballerina rokkie

What makes you happy? You, Mommy

What is your favourite snack? Chippies and chocolate and juice

What’s your favourite animal? Zebra and bokkie. Bokkies are very cute

Where is your favourite place to go? Spur. I like the people at Spur!

What’s your favourite song? Ek’s ‘n Blou Bul. Also, “Here I Am” from Barbie and the Popstar!

What is your favourite book? Room on the Broom

Who is your best friend? Milla

What do you like to do with mommy? Jump on the trampoline and play in the garden

What do you like to do with pappa? I like to kiss him

Favourite thing to do outside? Pick flowers

Favourite drink? Cream Soda

Where is your favourite holiday place? Sun City.  I love to go there.  There’s monkeys and swimming places!

What do you like for breakfast? Bacon. Just bacon.

What do you want to be when you grow up? A mommy

What did you do on your birthday? A blue Cinderella party, with a blue Cinderella cake! I got a queen Elsa and princess Anna doll.  Everyone came to visit, we played with balloons!


Friday, September 26, 2014

Mia's Cinderella Party

Mia enjoyed her party so much.  She chose the theme a while ago - and even though I checked a couple of times to make sure she didn't change her mind - she was quite set on a Cinderella party.  With a Cinderella dress and all!  It was quite fun to do a "blue" party!

The venue is a little tea garden nearby here - it was definitely very convenient, the way everything was set up for us, we just took the few extra Cinderella décor items and balloons.  The snack platters, drinks and party packs were all done by the venue too.  Easy!

I designed the invitation myself this year, was quite happy with how it came out!

Pretty blue princess décor

Birthday Girl! ♥
Beautiful cake done by Rox, who is not officially doing cakes again but I'm just super lucky!  This cake was just princess-beautiful with the pretty ombre rosette-icing, and blue vanilla cake inside.  Of course - totally delicious too!

Mia was the cutest little hostess at her party.  She welcomed her little friends, took them by the hand to show them the play area, accepted her prezzies with a "thank you!", and was just too cute for words.

Birthday prezzie stash, lucky girl! 

On the jumping castle, princess rokkie and all!

Thank you piccie to send to everyone.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy 4th Birthday, Mia Mooi!

Happy 4th Birthday, my beautiful girl!

You are such a happy, energetic, bubbly, funny, precious little girl.  You make me laugh, you make me happy, you make me proud.  My heart could just burst. I love to watch you in awe, I love to be with you and talk to you and do things with you.

This past year was a big year for you: you became a big sister, and you started going to school.  You are being such a fabulous, special big sister to baby Ella, and you enjoy your school and your friends so much.  Well done my darling, I'm so proud of you!

I hope your year ahead is filled with princess fun, sparkly fairies and everything that is pink and shiny.  I hope all your dreams come true.

Love you with my whole heart, forever and ever

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Spring time, solids and swimming lessons!

Each day I open up this page to write a blog post, and at the end of each day I close the blank page again.  Just not enough hours in a day!!

I am so behind in everything I want to blog about, moments I want to remember...

I am so happy it's September! I rejoice in the beautiful green leaves growing on the trees, and love how my excitement is infectious - Mia points out flowers to me all the time.  We take a walk often to a beautiful cherry blossom tree to see how many flowers are growing - just the other day there were no flowers, only buds - yesterday it was in full bloom! Beautiful, special and symbolic.

I'm feeling a great need to do a bit of a "spring cleaning" around the house - time is an issue, but I've decided to make a list of everything I want to do, break it up into smaller bits, so that I can tackle it one half-hour at a time!

Ella is almost 20 weeks old, and we starting giving her solids last weekend! We started with baby cereal - she wasn't super impressed - then mashed up some papaya, and she loved it! Since then she's started eating the cereal very nicely now, and I made a pot of butternut for her, added about 3 chopped up apples, and a small teaspoon of cinnamon.  I wasn't expecting much, I remember Mia refusing my homemade butternut meal - but Ella loves it!

I'm taking a relaxed approach to feeding Ella solids.  We'll get into more of a routine in a few weeks, but for now I just want to introduce her to the concept of eating and as far as possible I want to only give her homemade foodies - Mia was much too much of a "Purity-baby" and I'm convinced that's where her fussy eating stems from!!

Ella has had a post-nasal infection for a month now! So over it. Been nebulising her and using saline spray and using the NoseFrida and the snottiness is just not clearing up! Finally phoned the paed's office and spoke to a nurse there, who said I can give her Celestamine.  So irritated that they didn't recommend this, and I've been to the paed with her twice!!  Hopefully it works to clear her sinuses up now.

Mia started swimming lessons last week!  At the gym.  Twice a week, for twenty minutes. She swims with the instructor and then one other little girl of the same age and same swimming ability.  The first lesson went really well and she loved it.  The second lesson, aw shame, there was some tears - there were other people in the pool, plus another instructor with two kids also swimming in the same area, and when Mia had to stay on the step while the instructor took the other little girl around the pool, it was just a bit overwhelming for her.  But she recovered quickly and did enjoy the rest of it. 

My 360XBT challenge is going well - still not exercising quite as much as I would like to, but the eating plan is going well.  I'm 5kg down and we're just past halfway through the challenge.  So need to up my game to reach my goal of losing 10kg, but I know I can do it, there is room for improvement.  I'm at a horrible in-between stage where my clothes fit terribly - half are too big and baggy and other half too tight and squishy.  Looking forward to tossing the big baggy ones out soon!!

Wyn has been overseas for work again this week - he gets back tomorrow.  We've coped quite fine, supper time and bed time is a little bit of a challenge but not impossible - no meltdowns, from either the kiddies or me! ;-)

Mia's 4th birthday celebrations are coming up in two weeks' time! Lots of excitement and preparation for the Cinderella themed party and all the family that will be coming to visit.  Added motivation to spring clean the house, indeed!

Okay, this was about 3 blog posts rolled into one, but at least I got around to it!  Will post piccies soon.