Our family did a photo shoot with Belinda Botha Photography and the pictures came out perfectly. It’s really great how she was able to capture our family – I’m very happy with the results. I can’t stop beaming at all these shots. I’ve posted some of my favourites here.
Family photo shoots are fun. It’s great to dress up and strike a pose with your loved ones. You create memories that you can come back to over and over again. Once you have the photos there are so many things you can do with them. As a social media fanatic, I love sharing pictures of my family – my people are awesome. You can document how your children are growing.
I’m going to be creating a photo coffee table book out of all these images, like an annual family year book.
Yesterday I spoke about the happy vibes I’m feeling lately. Think my weekend contributed to this surge of happiness I’m feeling. I had the ladies from my church group over for lunch and drinks on Saturday, which turned out to be a great gathering. The thought of having people come over meant I cleaned the house more efficiently and put little welcoming touches. I would like to continue doing this even when I don’t have visitors because it puts a lovely atmosphere to our home. My nieces also came over which meant my kids had playmates for the whole weekend, a rare occurrence. It was great seeing them bond albeit the many squabbles we had to intervene in.
Sunday was mostly spent at church, at a fundraising conference. Nothing like praying ladies to get you uplifted. One of my sweet friends baked cookies for my family, which was a great treat after a busy weekend.
I realised I love having people over and playing hostess. I should do this more often.
I was feeling so weary before Mother’s Day, I guess the toll of waking up early and braving the cold were getting to me. However, my weekend restored me. I got in a little pampering to awaken my girly side – nothing like pink toe nails to get a girl smiling. I went to see my little sisters; one of them hadn’t been feeling well. My kids tagged along and put in some aunt time.
Mother’s Day was mostly spent at church, just what my mommy soul was looking for. It started off with Mr Man making breakfast 🙂 for Mother’s Day…then we had load shedding, mid-preparation of lunch. The sermon at church spoke to my heart, reminding me what a precious calling being a mother is. So I’ve resolved to get back on the mommy bandwagon and find ways to bring beauty in with mini-breaks along this journey so that I don’t find myself on the dark side too many times. We still have tantrums and run-ins with the divas but I’m praying for patience and appreciation for my family.
My two-year old got to bond with her cousin, giggling and fighting after weeks of not seeing each other. My oldest spent the night at her grams with her aunties. We were all reunited Sunday night with a movie. I finished the day off with some ironing done for the week.
I enjoyed our recent trip to the beach with my family so much, it was just what we needed. We retreated to a little seaside nook called AJ’s Guesthouse in Margate and enjoyed a spectacular time together. Getting there was a feat however because we opted to travel from Durban to Margate by local taxis…an adventure on its own but a truly South African experience.
Travelling with your family is an eye opener, it’s great to experience new things together and establishing ways to work together as a unit when presented with challenges. The kids are exposed to something new to the ordinary.
My highlights were waking up and knowing that the beach was nearby. Cooking meals for my family is always something I enjoy, we stayed in a self-catering cottage. The wild coast and its sandy beach was quite refreshing, although the water turned volatile at certain times of the day.