Move over Michael Schumacher… Karin’s on the loose!

Move over Michael Schumacher… Karin’s on the loose!

Yeah yeah, I know I’m 32 years old already, but on 22 January 2010 I passed my learner’s license test and I am going to learn to drive this year. 🙂

I have delayed it for a long time as I have such a fear of driving, but it’s time I face the fear head-on and deal with it.

Riaan takes me for a lesson once a weekend and some mornings I drive a little piece of road. I’m learning the gears and clutch slowly but surely and absolutely LOVING every minute of it! I drive around with a huge grin on my face – lol I must look like such a village idiot!
As soon as I can afford it, I’m going to go for professional driving lessons and then when they say I’m ready I am going to book my driver’s license test. I’m already super nervous about it but excited too.

I get so nervous just before I must drive, but when I’m driving then I feel so comfortable and really love it. I keep telling Riaan that I’m finding the gears and clutch/accelerator so daunting and I wonder how really stupid weirdoes seem to learn to drive so easily and here I am, nervous as heck and terrified of other cars on the road.

Hopefully I’ll get past all of this soon as I really want to drive, I’m hungry to learn. So anyone out there who has spare time on their hands and wants to teach me? I’m ready and available!!!

Fun sunny Sunday

Fun sunny Sunday

We visited the Mitchell Park Zoo yesterday with the boys for a picnic. It was a gorgeously sticky hot day but we were determined to get out and have a fun family outing.

Inside Mitchell Park we saw different kids of birds, ducks, swans, monkeys, raccoons, tortoises, turtles, mongoose, flamingos, buck, fowls, peacocks and a wallaby.

Out in the gardens near the play area we picnicked on sandwiches, boiled eggs, salad, chips and juice. Yum yum were we hungry after all that walking. The boys were especially tired because they were riding their little black bikes up and down the zoo and park.

Matthew and Joshua had tremendous fun and were so excited. I, of course, was doused in sand as usual… not from the boys throwing sand on me, but from them being in the sand and giving me hugs and squishes in between their playing. I NEVER turn down a hug from Matthew and Joshua, no matter what they’re covered in. 😉

Introducing… POOCASSO!

Introducing… POOCASSO!

I’m sure you can see where this is going already?!

We are in the process of toilet-training Joshua, however he is really digging his heels in and wants to poo in HIS own space in HIS own time. So we have to keep a close eye on him and watch for when he goes and hides behind a chair, peeking over the top at me. Then I know, his lordship is taking a dump and I have to run and whisk him off to the toilet.

If, however, we don’t spot him in time, he makes a poo in his underpants, sticks his hand in and starts mushing and squelching it around with his hands. He takes his poo hands out and starts painting… yes painting with poo… all over the walls, carpet, Thomas the Tank Engine train tracks – which Thomas then gets forced to ride on, etc. Thomas regularly trundles through shit tracks, and mom here regularly scrubs Thomas with his own designated poo/nail brush now. Something that mom here just doesn’t relish! Lightning McQueen has had his own fair share of driving through the man-made “mud” too.
My own little artist… my own little Picasso… Joshua… but instead of using paint to make art, he uses his own POO! Yes, pretty gross isn’t it? *gag*

Recently, Joshua, aka Poocasso, decided to poo-paint my television. He rubbed his poo into the speaker holes of the television and over the buttons. I was at work, so granny had to scrub the poo out the speaker holes of the television with the nail (now poo) brush. Granny was not impressed. All I can say is… Joshua is lucky he’s so darn cute, or else we’d be a lot more angrier with him a lot more of the time!

We have spoken to Joshua about this unsavoury form of art, and still try, however he is very stubborn and refuses to see our way. I am not quite sure when Poocasso will cease to be inspired by shit but I hope it is very damn soon! It’s not like he doesn’t have crayons!?!
If he doesn’t stop soon, I’m going to sell some of Poocasso’s “artwork” on E-bay… perhaps Joshua has found his niche already. I’ll keep you all posted. 😉

Joshie got admitted to hospital with broncho-pneumonia

Joshie got admitted to hospital with broncho-pneumonia

On the Sunday morning of 7 February 2010, Joshua awoke with his eyes glued shut and he was feeling really miserable. We gave him some medicine but by afternoon was coughing so much that we nebulised him at home by 5pm. By 7:30pm he was clearly having a lot of trouble breathing, so Riaan and I rushed Joshua to the hospital ER where they nebulised him again and checked his SATS. The ER doctor on duty was not happy with Joshua’s breathing, it was at 84% which is not good at all for a little child, let alone an adult.

Joshua was admitted to the paediatric ward straight away and put onto permanent oxygen to try get his O2 levels up. I stayed over with Joshua and it was a rough night. The next morning he was pale and was clearly irritated with the oxygen pipes that were attached to his face however I distracted him with toys and books. We moved him over to the bed by the window so that he could look out over the ocean and see the ships sailing past. He could also look down onto the carpark and see when family were coming to visit him.

Slowly his appetite came back and so did his colour and spark. By Wednesday we were allowed to take Joshua home, only because we have a nebulizer at home and can nebulise him ourselves, otherwise they would have kept him in hospital.

I’m thrilled that he recovered well, having been diagnosed with broncho-pneumonia. He has to see the paediatrician for a follow-up appointment as the paed wants to see if Joshua perhaps has asthma. Hopefully not, but if he has, then we’ll deal with it. It’s a very common condition and there are good meds out there. 🙂

Twilight Funnies

Twilight Funnies

As you must know by now, I am a huge Twilight saga fan. I absolutely love love love Twilight. I also however, love the Twilight jokes, even though they rip my fave books to pieces, they’re absolutely hilarious. Here are a few that are rippers. You may have to click on them to read them though.

Want Want Must Have!

Want Want Must Have!

*insert heavy darth breathing here*
I saw the cutest bear at the Build-A-Bear Workshop the other day. It was in the window staring right at me… a Darth Vadar Build-A-Bear!

Now, I’ve always wanted my very own Build-A-Bear… a pretty pink one with tons of frills and tulle… just to rebel against the boy stuff I am constantly buying for my 2 boys. But then I laid my eyes on ‘ol Darth-boytjie here and I’m smitten.

I took Matthew and Joshua a while back to get their own Build-A-Bear’s done, we all had so much fun. Matthew decided on a Fireman bear and Joshua wanted a Safari bear. We had a good time building our bear and dressing it. The boys wanted undies and shoes for their bears too but I could see the dollar bills flying out the window already so I had to put my paw down somewhere. Oh and they each loaded a sound into their bears’ paw – a huge deep ROAWRRRR! They’re too adorable! (The bears and my boys that is).

I hope they have some heavy breathing sounds for my Darth bear…

The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries

So the first episode of TVD aired on SA television on 1 February. I have been waiting for months for it to air so you can imagine how friggin excited I was on Monday night when it started!

I read the books a year ago and loved loved loved them. Seeing the first episode, I can honestly say that I am so impressed. They have stuck to the story so well! I also think they chose the actors very well. Paul Wesley is great as Stefan Salvatore, they chose him well, as did they chose his brother Damon well. Elena is cast very well too, they all are.

TVD airs every Monday at 8:30pm here by us, so I absolutely cannot wait to see the next episode. Any other TVD fans out there? 🙂