Hello chickens, miss me? Apologies for being so scarce but there is no peace for the wicked. Can you believe I am only blogging about once a week now, atrocious. And to think for 4-5 years I blogged nearly every day. Can't think where I found the time. Just shows you how much time my business takes up, I don't have five minutes spare.
Speaking of blogging - you know how when you are single, you can't find a boyfriend for love or money and yet as soon as you are taken, there are a million guys interested in you? Well, the same thing seems to apply to my blog lately. Most people when they start out blogging are very keen on driving traffic to their blog and would do anything for some free publicity, high profile links etc. Now when I don't have the time to focus any energy on my blog, I am suddenly inundated with offers of free publicity - TV interviews, radio interviews, magazine articles etc. I had a TV show beg and plead for me to do an interview, they would fly me up to Joburg for the day, in and out, promise etc but I had to say no. I have been working so hard, and travelling so much that I don't want to be away from my family for even one day extra. I felt bad because they were so sweet about it, but I just can't. I missed my family terribly on my last trip away. And I am going away AGAIN next weekend for a conference, and then again two weeks later to London and Vienna for more conferences. Wonderful opportunities and I am really grateful for them, but oh my goodness, I miss my family terribly when I am away. I am such a wuss.
Moving on, yesterday was supposed to be our first school outing - a trip to the beach. The kids were SO excited, we have been counting the sleeps to the big day. All the kids were going to go in a bus and the parents were allowed to join the kids at the beach. Which is a nice idea as I can't imagine sending my kids on a school trip WITHOUT ME!
Cleverly I had arranged for my laptop to go in for some maintenance on Wed night / Thurs morning which meant I wasn't missing any work time. Unfuckingfortunately my laptop decided to break down completely and the effing thing is in for repairs UNTIL MONDAY!! I am without my work email for SIX EFFING DAYS. I didn't even take six days maternity leave and now I am expected to survive for six days without my business email? I am devastated. Anyhooooo...
Well, we woke up yesterday morning to rain but it was still warm and the forecast suggested that the rain would burn away. Alas, the school had to make a decision and they decided to cancel the trip. The children were SO disappointed. They have not been clingy at all at their new school but on hearing the trip was cancelled, they wrapped themselves around my legs and just about climbed up my bum. I felt so bad for them that I said I would take them out of school for the day and take them to the beach myself. GREAT excitement. Or as Adam would say "I am so incited Mom".
We had such a nice time there. I am afraid to say that I so seldom do things like that. I always have so much work to do that I seldom get the opportunity to devote 100% of my attention to them. Bad, I know.
We had a fab time, we walked along the beach, (they) swam in the rock pools, (Kate) collected rocks, (Adam) pulled along big pieces of seaweed. Lots of fun.
We then went do collect the air tickets etc and had a walk around the mall. Where there was a kids party expo happening, with lots of jumping castles, rides etc everywhere. GREAT excitement. The kids had so much fun and I was a lovely mom, waiting patiently for them to go on everything.
Then we came to the coolest thing ever - those big see-through plastic balls that you climb inside and roll around in the water. The reaction of the twins was so typical - Kate immediately ran forward and started yelling "I want to do it, I want to do it" and Adam ran backwards saying "I am scared, noooooo..." Then he started crying for Kate out of worry for her. Very different, my two children.
Kate was excellent in that ball. It is actually exhausting doing it and you keep falling over but she carried on and on. I was laughing so much my throat was sore. Everyone was looking at this little five year old rolling around in this huge ball.
I then bought them biltong, juice and a blow up dog. BEST mother in the world.
Except for the part where they decided to disobey me by (Adam) not coming out the jumping castle and by (Kate) hiding away from me and I shouted at them in front of all the staff inside Incredible Connection. But that incident only lasted a few minutes so on a percentage basis, it was a fantastic day and I was the best mother ever.
To end, you know how you sometimes have those moments where you look at your life as if from the outside - taking a mental snapshot of the moment and you think "wow, I can't believe this is my life". I had a moment like that this morning. I was walking the kids to their classroom and they were skipping ahead of me with their blow-up balloon dogs on a ribbon, backpacks on their back. I had Max on my hip and in the other hand I was carrying a cake (store bought (Woollies) not home baked, obviously.) I thought 'wow, here I am - mother to three children. With a cake. And lucky enough to be able to work from home allowing me to drop my kids off at school myself and fetch them at midday'. I am so so so lucky. I am lucky and so filled with gratitude that this is my life. Quite sappy I know.
Speaking of sappy, I did a terrible thing the other day. My husband was being really nice to me, saying the most wonderful things about how much he loved and missed me while I was away. Which is a big thing for him as he is not the biggest chatter in the world. And then he paused and said "I really mean that, I know it sounds quite......" and then he paused again, and assuming that he was struggling for the right word, I offered up "Sappy?" He was horrified! He said that he was trying to be loving and romantic and I called it sappy! But I thought that is what he was going to say! I didn't think it was sappy, I thought it was sweet and lovely and I was really touched. I don't think he has quite forgiven me yet.
Well, that's enough for now. In the absence of my work laptop (sob), I have decided to tidy up my study and do other general admin chores. Best I move my ass. Later dudes xx