Merry Christmas!

Wishing all my blogging buddies a very Merry Christmas. I hope Santa brings you exactly what you are wishing for :-)


As you know, it was Rox's 18th birthday on Thursday. The poor girl had to work on the actual day, but we organised a family dinner at a local restaurant for her on Thursday evening and she honestly believed that, that was the sum total of her birthday celebrations.....

In her words, she was "very bleak" that she would not get to celebrate with her friends. Little did she know that for the last couple of weeks her best friend (thanks Carl!) and Grant and I had been organising a surprise party for her and her friends at an Italian restaurant.
How we managed to keep it a secret I will never know, but we did and she was SURPRISED!

What made it even more special was that she passed her driver's licence (you have to be 18 to get your licence in South Africa) that morning, so there was even more reason to celebrate. By all accounts she had a wonderful time. I love it when a plan comes together ;-)

She's all growed up!

My baby girl is 18 today! How did that happen???

I can't believe that my tiny, little premature baby is now a grown up 18 year old woman.

Having said that, I am so proud of the lovely young woman that Rox has grown into, she is a very special girl and has many amazing qualities.

I am truly blessed to be her mum.

Happy Birthday, Roxels! I love you!

A Christmas Meme

Hello to all of my Blogging Buddies!

In keeping with the general Holiday theme I want to know a little bit more about you and your Christmas habits! So I am passing along this cute, quick Christmas Meme that I found on Regina’s blog. So I am tagging EVERYBODY!! If you post on your blog drop me a comment so I can come by and check out your answers!

Here goes:
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping Paper
2. Real or artificial Tree? Artificial
3. When do you put Christmas tree up? First week in December - it used to be on the 16th, but I was accused of being a Grinch, so I have relented ;-)
4. When do you take the tree down? First week in January
5. Like egg nog? Never tried it!
6. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes
7. Favorite gift received as a child? A huge (I mean huge, it was bigger than me at the time... okay I was only five!) teddy bear
8. Hardest person to buy for? Men in general!
9. Easiest person to buy for? My youngest daughter
10. Worst Christmas gift? Don't think I ever had a bad one.
11. Mail or email a Christmas Card? Mail
12. Favorite Christmas movie? The Holiday
13. Favorite food to eat at Christmas? Everything!
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Once
16. Favorite lights? Multicoloured
17. Favorite Christmas Song? “Last Christmas” by Wham (I know, I’m lame that way!) 18. Travel during Christmas or Stay Home? Stay Home
19. Can you name Santa's reindeer? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen & Rudolph. (I now have a certain song on my brain......)
20. Angel or Star on Tree top? Star
21. Least favorite thing about this time of year? The holiday-makers – you have to live where I live to truly comprehend how bad they are, honestly – it’s BAD!
22. Which one person do you really want to see blessed this Christmas and why. My Uncle Ian. I have never known a couple as devoted to each other as my aunt and uncle. They were unable to have children and for so many years it was just the two of them. My aunt died a few years ago and my uncle is just lost without her. Christmas time is not easy for him, but we do what we can to make it as happy as possible

Ok, Tag you are it!!

25 Days to Make a Difference

25 Days to Make a Difference
Today while catching up on blog reading, I discovered this wonderful project - "25 Days to Make a Difference". A young girl by the name of Laura has put out a challenge to the world at large (in memory of her grandfather) to do something every day of December to make a small difference in your everyday world. Ideas given on the site include: volunteering at your local SPCA, donating books to a library and picking up litter.

Hop on over there and have a look and then let's all try to do our little bit to make the world a better place this December!

A Day to Read

While catching up on some blog reading, I came across this post at Something to Say: About Life in The Netherlands. What a simply brilliant idea! After the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, a day set aside for my very favourite thing.....reading!

To quote directly from Jenn's post:

The campaign is this:
January 10, 2008 has been designated as the DAY TO READ.On that day we join the collective challenge to spend some time with our noses stuck in it. A book that is. If you are a blogger, join us by stepping away from the keyboard for all or part of the day and spend that time reading something you enjoy.

Next, report to us and others what you've read. You can do this in a dedicated post or a comment at Allison's blog--Soccer Mom in Denial--after the DAY TO READ has passed.

If you are so inclined, please post the DAY TO READ button at your blog. Pass it on! The button, the news about the day, the challenge to others to read, read, read, read, read!

Not a blogger? Then you know just what I expect from you. Leave me a comment here with the results of your DAY TO READ experience.

That's it. No challenge could be easier to meet. Please join us. We can make DAY TO READ a Happily Ever After kind of event.

So, let's do it, people!! If you would like the text for the "Day to Read" button, leave me a comment or drop me an email and I will get it to you. Please also let Allison at "Soccer Mom in Denial" know that you are joining in, by commenting on this post. She is writing a weekly "Who is reading" post and would like to include the names of all bloggers who are participating.

A Day to Read

Happy reading :-)

I did it!

I really enjoyed doing NaBloPoMo. It was quite a stretch to post every single day as November was a particularly hectic month for my family.....Rox finished her matric, Paula had exams/prizegiving/end of school year madness, we had house guests a couple of times, my BFF Lisa came all the way from Surrey in the UK for a *quick* but lovely visit, work was crazy, my ADSL connection went AWOL etc etc. So I am proud of myself for doing NaBloPoMo, but less than proud of some of the lamer posts I created!

I really enjoyed connecting with a couple of my favourite bloggers and making some new blogging buddies. I wish I had, had the time to read more blogs and leave more comments, maybe next year.

I unfortunately didn't manage to complete the 30 Days of Thanks, which was a pity!

Thanks to Eden for running the whole NaBloPoMo show and to all my NaBloPoMo friends for their support and comments during the month. I am already looking forward to next year!

And now that NaBloPoMo is over I am going to do 31 Days of Nothing!

31 Days of Nothing

December is going to rival November for sheer family craziness in my home. The girls are on their long Summer break and we are gearing up for Christmas, as well as for Rox moving to Durban in the new year. So I will only be posting sporadically for the next few weeks and visiting blogs when I can grab a few moments of peace and quiet. But trust, in January I will be back with a vengeance!