We’re off to Cape Town tomorrow morning and I really can’t wait!!! This time tomorrow, we’ll be in the mother city 🙂 Come rain or shine, the Howe’s are going on a holiday y’all. It really would be nice if Cape Town gave us good weather though, just saying…
So we have a jam packed schedule ahead and my brain is of course already on leave. Only a few hours of the working day left and then it’s holiday time. I have the following ready for our trip;-
- Itinerary (most important for me…although I’m happy to chop and change, I do think it’s important to have some sort of guideline around holiday plans so as not to waste the time twiddling thumbs and being indecisive!!)
- Boarding passes
- Air BnB receipts for our accomodation
- Car hire booking confirmation
- Car parking booking arrangement for the airport
All I have to do is pack our bags and then we’re A-for-away!!!
Then tonight we get to spend the evening with my brother-in-law from PE which we’re really looking forward to. The perfect start to what promises to be a fantastic week ahead.
The kids, for a change, have been sick BEFORE our holiday. Every.single.time we go on holiday, both our kids get sick. In fact, both usually have to go on antibiotics and at different times of the holiday. Can you believe it! After Ethan’s accident just over a week ago, Riley started with a fever at midnight on the same night which ended up being an ear infection. Then Ethan started a croup-ey cough with fevers mid-week as well which turned out to be a virus. Riley is well on the mend and Ethan is almost there. So I just know that they’re going to be healthy for our holiday this time – yay!!! As a side note, a clear indication that the kids’ health has been really good this year…we still have medical aid savings…yes, in September!!!!
And then the cutest thing ever – last week Friday, I fetched Ethan from school to take him to the doctor and then I dropped him at home where he spent the afternoon under the watchful eye of our nanny resting and trying to recover. Riley had no idea that he had left as when I got to school, Riley was sleeping, and nobody told him that Ethan had left for the day. When it was movie time that afternoon, Riley went to the class where movies are played and of course, Ethan wasn’t there. I wondered all afternoon how he would react to this. When I got to school, he came running and he shouted: “Mum, I’ve lost my brother”… ❤
Anyway, Ethan is super excited about the trip and has been counting down. Riley is rather confused – where is this Cape Town place, why are there so many sleeps, what does 5sleeps mean…is it tomorrow, hehe. I know they’re going to have the time of their lives and I cannot wait to make memories on our first official holiday together as a family of 4!!
So today, Ethan had to prepare for an oral at school, his second one this year. Yes, they now do orals in grade R…since when?! The last few days have been quite tough with Ethan being sick, knowing that he needs to prepare for an oral – an oral which teacher kindly moved forward because on the day that Ethan is scheduled to present his oral to the class, he’ll be galavanting away on the other side of the country 🙂 So we couldn’t quite miss today as the date. The other alternative was for him to present when we get back from our trip, the day that he returns to school, but I figured this wouldn’t be good as it would mean that he had to practise all holiday which isn’t ideal and so well, we made sure we were ready for today. His topic was his favourite sea creature. He chose…A SWORDFISH…all I can saying is thank goodness for Google!
The thing that I’m battling with is that Ethan just can’t see the importance of homework and the need to ensure that homework is done before “funtime”. I’m not sure when or how the other kids do their homework so quickly, but most days when we get home, the other kids are running around the complex and mister has to knuckle down and work shame. It’s only 10minutes a day (they get homework on a Monday to hand in on a Friday and I split it up over each day because I figured he’d get into the habit of doing homework daily this way). When it’s something he enjoys doing, no problem. But if it’s anything that remotely doesn’t interest him, problem. Fighting, tears, sulking! Practising for this oral resulted in all of those and a lot of reprimanding from mummy. Let’s just say, I’m glad that today is over but I have a feeling that homework is going to continue to be the enemy for years to come 😦
I am currently reading a book called One Thousand Gifts. I came across this per chance and when I asked my cousin whether she’s read books by this author, she said she loved her and so she bought this book on her Kindle which, because we have set up a family libray on Amazon (try it, it’s totally worth it!!!) I now have access to. I must admit that I thought that this was a story instead of non-fiction which I very rarely read, and so I’m struggling with it a bit. The content is very deep and I often have to read sentences or passages over and over again just to absorb it you know. But I’ve read quite a few interesting things already. The book I read previously was After You Left and I thoroughly enjoyed this story! Totally worth the read 🙂 🙂 🙂
Yes, I am already looking at next year things although not just 2018 in general, more specifically, BIG SCHOOL – grade 1 – and what we’re going to do regarding transport for Ethan 😦 Yes, there’s after care but with after care comes costs right?! And then there’s my very real want to be with my kids, spend time with my kids and just be that mum you know. There when school ends. Help with homework. Spend the afternoons playing with them. But then I have a full time job. So I’ve been toying with different options in my mind over the last few weeks and then…my neighbour mentioned that I need to make a decision about after care very soon ‘cos apparently she’s already registered for next year and there’s limited spaces and the spaces are filling quickly. I keep thinking to myself that we stressed so much about grade R and whether we should move Ethan or not and then once we decided, I handed that decision over to God and tried not to let it bother me anymore. Same as when we handed in the grade 1 school applications – it was hard to let go once everything had been handed in, but I let go and let GOD 🙂 And now I’m going to let go of this. In the next few months, I’ll obviously have to decide but whatever’s meant to be will be!! At least he’s IN a school next year. Anything can change between now and then, who knows…
Anyway, that’s us in a nutshell 🙂 I shall be quiet for at least the next week and I will give a lo down of the holiday when we’re back. On the plus side, I’ve managed to take an extra days leave in for next week Thursday, the day after we get back from our holiday. The kids will be back at school, the hubster will be back at work (unfortunately, he doesn’t have a choice, has to go back 😦 ) and that day will be for ME…to recover from our holiday, hahahahaha.
Ciao ciao xxx