So far the brownies have enjoyed a rather hectic weekend….note I say enjoyed. It really has been wonderful. With yesterday being Good Friday we went to church in the morning and listened to a wonderful sermon from a visiting pastor from Sydney, Australia. Of course it was also Pinky Friday so Ty came over in the afternoon for his regular slot of fun!! He and I had some great fun choosing subjects and taking pictures for the Side View Weekend Challenge. I still have one more picture that I will submit for that this weekend. We did not bake as I was going to bake this morning for Easter so we chose to do other things and he also spent quite a bit of time playing with his toys on the floor with my stepson (home for Easter) who is mentally challenged and, although an adult, he loves getting down on the floor and playing cars etc… So he and Ty had quite a little city built there and the two of them played happily until it was Ty’s bedtime. I had a real feeling of déjà vu as I watched them…..my mind backpedalled 20 or so years and I saw J my SS and, instead of Tyler, my sweet little GITS sitting there on the floor playing cars and lego with SS….it is very interesting to see how he interacts with the smallies as they grow to an age where he can communicate and identify with them.
This morning Ty & Papa woke early and snuck out of the house to go and watch the Two Oceans race. They have quite a happy raucous, lively crowd on Fish Hoek’s main road to cheer and encourage the runners on their way as they pass through. They had great fun doing that for awhile and then returned with Tyler very animatedly telling me a story about a man who’s arm was off and the ambulances were flying through and helicopters flying etc, etc….my eyes got larger and rounder as I imagined this poor soul with the arm ripped off, blood pouring out and my 5 year old grandson watching all this with great interest……brownieboy then pacified me by saying they saw an AMPUTEE running the race and there just happened to be an emergency vehicle passing in a hurry to get somewhere else……AAAAH!! Much better story ) They then had their cappuccinos and cookies before breakfast….all these kind of things happen at grandparents homes….did some cleaning at the poolside and then they pushed off on their little outing. Today they climbed the mountain above Simonstown and climbed up to the old Naval Observation Post. Tyler adores the massive guns up there and the wonderful view of the harbour & yacht basin. He saw the water taxi from up there and has asked his papa if he will take him in it to Kalk Bay one of these days. So another outing will be planned.
While I had the house to myself I quickly baked my Easter Cake. Fortunately this cake is big and makes 3 layers. I therefore iced one layer separately as we had very dear family friends, down from Pretoria, coming to tea. The other two layers I filled and frosted and then proceeded to decorate…
It was wonderful catching up with old friends, seeing how their two kids have grown into adults and just chatting the hours away this afternoon. The cake was delicious and all gobbled up. While we were sitting chatting we suddenly started hearing sounds in the kitchen so SD leaned back and said Tyler what you doing? His answer? Im just quickly washing up for Nan………..our friends almost slid out their chairs when they heard it and could not believe that they were hearing right. All had to peek around the corner and there was Ty, on his stairs, washing the dishes just like his nan had taught him……they were very, very impressed!!
Once everyone had left brownieboy, SS and myself had a lovely little braai. The weather was so lovely today and we just had to take advantage of it. In between that I spent a lot of time (too much actually) playing word games over at Game On…what fun!!!
Right now I have just made my marinade for my Easter Lamb that will hopefully be roasted on the weber tomorrow. It is smelling divine and I know that once cooked it is going to be fall apart tender and so tasty. I was in two minds whether to do the mechoui lamb that I have read about over at Tagine & Teas but my old faithful recipe won the day. I thought I would do the mechoui one of these days when its just my brownieboy and me….just cos I don’t know what it tastes like yet and I know I have some fussy eaters )
So then, this is what I spent a lot of time working on today. I am really happy with how it turned out……..it’s just so great to be able to do things like this again for little children…
Oh and talking of children………guess who started walking on his own this week????
Baby Jay aged 13 months
He is thrilled to bits and gets quite a speed wobble going hehe..too cute!!
That’s it from me for now…….tomorrow (oops today, I see it is after midnight) is Easter, I need to see what I can think about to say about Easter for you lot to read.
I am off to bed……..early rising for Easter Bunny patrol…
Have delicious dreams and don’t eat too much chocolate………