Currently…..Rebranding, Trippinig & Other Stuff

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Another week draws to a close so I thought I’d share some randomness with you….

Firstly…. thoughts on rebranding….  I know, I’m quite fickle, what I like one day, I hate the next and I have a really hard time making up my mind about what I like and want versus what’s just ok. This is never more apparent than with the look and feel of this little blog. I just can’t seem to find a theme I’m comfortable with. I want something sophisticated and pink, very important, but at the same time, simple and elegant. To be honest, I got tired of my old theme, it just started feeling like it was too damn busy and I really wanted something that would allow readers, you, not to be distracted by the busyness and of course that was easy to navigate. What to you think?

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This week, has also been a lesson in humility for me and a reminder of how much I value the quality of humbleness in others. I am still quite shocked over people’s reaction to the whole Harambe debacle. What I noticed most was how many people think they’re perfect parents and that this kind of thing could never happen to them. I must be a really bad mom then because I’ve lost my kids in the grocery store before and I thought I was watching them. There one minute, gone the next! But I can humbly say, along with many others, I’m not a perfect mom, I’m just a mom doing her best. I know I’m harping on, but I’m also really angry about the hatred that has been directed at the mother of this boy, let’s not forget his father was present to, why as a society is it always so easy for us to blame the mother? Why is the father not also receiving the same level of hatred and abuse as the mother is? I dunno guys…. the whole thing has really upset me and to be honest, I’ve been disappointed in some people’s reaction to the whole situation. 

Currently watching Bloodline on Netflix, just started it, but it looks pretty damn good. I just love Netflix created shows and documentaries, they’re generally very good and this one has a 4.5 our of 5 rating, so I reckon it’s going to be good! It also has a pretty fantastic cast, including Sissy Spacek & Sam Shepard.

Listening to…. my interview on SAFm radio earlier in May when I chatted to Khanyi Magubane where we talked about the modern challenges of mothering in the 21st century and all the challenges of parenting as a working mother in the modern era.

 

I just started reading a new book too. By local author Paula Gruben. She has kindly given me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Umbilicus is an autobiographical novel about Charlotte, an angst ridden adolescent, struggling with her inner turmoil as she forges her own path while struggling to find her identity as an adoptee. I’ve only just started the book, but yoh guys…. ALL the tears! I see so much of Ava in her character from the book. It both frightens and hurts me but at the same time I feel that knowledge is power and reading this book can only help better prepare us as adoptive parents, for the road of self discovery and identity that lies ahead for both our girls. 

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I’m really looking forward to this weekend. We’re going Zebula and I simply cannot wait. For the change of scenery, for the chance to be out doors and experience nature and wildlife in it’s natural habitat. My girls and I are going along with a friend of mine and we are all just so excited! We rarely get to go away for a weekend so this is such a treat. Of course, when Walter heard he was getting an entire weekend off, alone time for two whole days with no kids and no wife to nag on him, he practically packed out bags for us and booted us out the house. I had to ask him to chill and at least wait till Friday before he flops down on the couch, hand in his pants and stares, uninterrupted at the TV for two days! 

I’m also really looking forward to our July school holiday vacation, we’ll be visiting Cape Town spending time with family and friends. It’s been too long and I can’t wait. I haven’t been to Cape Town since March last year, so we have a lot of catching up to do. Speaking of holidays, have you all noticed how expensive everything has become? In years gone by, we used to go on two holidays a year, ja, not anymore, it’s just become too damn expensive, so this visit is long overdue and my children are beyond excited about 10 days with their Granny and Grandpa. 

There are a bunch of very exciting projects in the pipeline for The Blessed Barrenness currently and I really can’t wait to share it all with you.

Till then…

Have a fabulous weekend!

June 3, 2016
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23 Comments

  • Reply Laura

    I prefer this theme. I also struggle with this. But because my current theme is paid for I have a lot more freedom to do stuff so I am dealing with it until I can justify buying another one!

    I have stayed away from the gorilla thing – I did think about posting my parenting fails – I lost Cameron in PnP once, Kiara put her hand directly onto a hot stove plate while I was standing next to her, Jack fell off the bed when he was a few months old and I aided in Emma falling out the car door causing a rather nasty gash on the back of her head! (These are just what I remember). But I decided haters are going to hate and everyone is going to hurl abuse when these things happen!

    June 3, 2016 at 8:09 am
    • Reply Sharon

      I know you’re totally right. But you and I have discussed this before, we share a trait in common, fairly volatile personalities! 🙂 I just couldn’t let it go. I had to express my rage and frustration at the whole situation.

      June 3, 2016 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Wenchy

    I am reviewing the same book and have been thinking of you especially while reading it.

    Enjoy your weekend away!

    June 3, 2016 at 11:48 am
    • Reply Sharon

      It’s a very hard read for me. Especially because what I have read so far is only the birth mom and adoptee’s perspective, I feel almost defensive for her adoptive parents being one myself.

      June 3, 2016 at 12:29 pm
      • Reply Wenchy

        I know…. you are in my thoughts on every single page Sharon. xxx

        June 6, 2016 at 6:12 pm
  • Reply sizwile

    I am one of those overprotective mums who doesn’t even want her kids out of her sight. I border on crazy when it comes to my kids, yet I managed to lose Jayden at checkers once! My heart goes out to that mum, she obviously is traumatised by the whole incident, and now has to deal with the Judge Judys of this world! Hayi no!

    June 3, 2016 at 12:15 pm
    • Reply Sharon

      Exactly. I think we all like to think we can watch our kids 24/7 but if that were true accidents would never happen and they do!

      June 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm
  • Reply Jodie

    Things are super expensive. You are so fortunate that you can still afford to go on a holiday. I’m also planning CT some time toward the end of the year while the kids are both still not in school and we don’t have to go when it’s so busy and over the top expensive in school holidays. Next year, when Ethan starts grade R, things will be different!

    June 6, 2016 at 8:08 am
    • Reply Sharon

      Things have gotten so expensive. We’re actually using our savings to take our girls on this trip. Life is too short not to at least try and make plan and Hannah starts at private school next year, so then we’ll being private school rates for two kids and there will be very little left over, if at all.

      June 6, 2016 at 8:54 am

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