Thursday, August 6, 2009
Thank you to everybody for all the wishes for Safe Travel etc. My poor Mother-in-Law is absolutely terrified that our plane will crash, the thought naturally crosses my mind but its never gonna stop me from going anywhere, I won't live in fear and I won't let fear run my life. Just as I am nervous about flying for so long with a 13 month old , the reward of being with MY family , far outweighs any of that nonsense.
Quiet honestly I think it can't be worse than when I flew alone with him to Scotland in February. My very first leg of the journey was delayed by 2 hours, we sat on the runway for an extra 2 hours of an 18 hour flight. Of course my connection was about to leave without us, so we had to get escorted through Newark Airport, not on a cart, no, I had to run behind our escort guy with Elijah in the stroller and he had poop all up his back at the time- No, not the escort guy - Elijah! I didn't have the chance to stop and clean him until we were on the plane and the seatbelt light was turned off .
I will admit I sat and cried once it was all over. But seeing my sister, brother-in-law and niece made up for all of that within seconds.
We will arrive at about 5pm in Cape Town on Saturday and Sunday is Pop-Pops Birthday, for those who don't know, he is my Grandpa and therefore Elijahs Great-Grandpa and is turning 90! He does NOT know we are coming. I told him we would TRY and come at Christmas time and he said " I don't know if I can hold on that long my Girl... But I'll try just to meet my only Great Grandson ".
Here are 2 little movies I made of both his Great Grandkids and put them on a Dvd for him.
I didn't even realize I have already posted the Elijah movie... how dense am I? Just coz I am being lazy i will leave it on there...
I am not sure if I'll be able to Blog while in SA as my Moms internet has been really bad lately, but I will try to at least a couple of times. When I return I will have even more to say than usual and I may even type with a South African Accent. Lekker.
Check out my Weather widget for Cape Town . Average daily temps about 62 degrees ... its the middle of winter.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
OK so most of you know we are Cloth Diapering Elijah, I have a lot to say on this topic but try not to preach it too much for fear of scaring people off the whole idea by making it sound like a Tree Huggers dream come true... which it is , but you don't have to be a tree hugger to do it. Its so easy and so awesome. I plan on doing a proper post when I return from South Africa to celebrate our one year of Cloth Diapering anniversary! ha ha!!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
How did THAT happen?
July was a hectic month for us but a good one, August will certainly be even MORE hectic and REALLY GOOD. We leave on Friday at lunch time and fly from Charlotte to Atlanta and from there to Cape Town via Dakar Senegal ( just to re-fuel) so it will be about 11am EST when we land in CPT on Saturday but will be 5pm there. Its about 22 hours and hopefully it will be a decent 22hrs thats all I can ask for. ( South Africa is 6hours ahead of EST)This will be the first time Bubba has flown with us and so we are preparing ourselves and the house as much as possible to be gone for 2- 4 weeks. One of Bubbas jobs is to make sure all paperwork etc is in order and that his Mother knows where all our life insurance stuff etc etc is in case of the unthinkable- we do this every time we leave the country, its NOT just coz we are going to SA. This reminded us that we needed to update our wills and make sure Elijah is on them, not just Noah. Bubba was talking about how with us both being on the same plane going there we need to make sure E is "covered" should something happen ( which it's absolutely NOT going to
happen but thats what wills and insurance etc is all about right... insurance) then we both looked at each other and realized that Elijah will be with us on the plane... yuk thought. So we'll update everything but stopped thinking about that at that point!
Lately we have been having sleep battles with the lil man again. We thought we had paid our dues but alas there is more to be paid apparently. Just hope we can get it somwhat under control before we go. He seems to have forgotten how to fall asleep on his own and needs a hand or even just a finger tip on him to get to sleep, and if he wakes up in the night he needs that comfort to get back to sleep again. Silly boy.
We went last week and made his one year hand print tile. We did this with Noah from when he was about 2 ( when I entered the picture) till he was 7 , once a year we'd go have one made. So we are doing the same with Elijah and I am already amazed at how much that little hand and foot have grown, the first ones were made when he was 10days old!
Hopefully I will post before we leave again, I have so much to say ( whats new right?) for those of you who have not seen our "Elijahs First Year " video here it is > one year crammed into 10mins!