Thursday, June 10, 2010

Today we got some decent pool time...yayness! And I delved in too, and was pleasantly surprised by how warm the water was.

AND....we browsed in my most favourite of all shops...the art & craft store 'Michaels'. Such bliss, I tell ya! I could seriously blow a small fortune in there! We came away with some glossy paper, to try our hands at corn syrup paintings (doesn't that sound intriguing, we'll keep you posted on that one), and our white Tee's to make our South African World Cup shirts. Which, alas, we didn't get round to, due to the fact we were too busy watching the World Cup Kick-off Celebration Concert. It was so great to see so many SA flags flying in the stadium.

I just thought I'd post the official World cup anthem, which is sung by Shakira, and a proudly South African band called 'Freshly Ground'. It was nicer seeing it live on TV today, but I couldn't find the video on the web yet.

Tomorrow's game is South Africa vs. Mexico, so if y'all try call me in the morning, I won't answer the phone!!
Just warning you!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Summer Holidays...part 1

Well, every day since the summer holiday has begun, the weather has been overcast, with thunderstorms every now and then. So our plan of spending as much time in the pools as we could has ended up with us doing this......

That's the kids, and the dog, laying "in bed" at 10 am in the morning, while it storms outside!

So it's down to plan B...which has included some of this.....

....a bit of this.......

....a whole lot of this.....

...even more of these......

....which in turn led to this.......

Tomorrow however, it's off to buy some white Tee's, so we can decorate them South African style, just in time for the Soccer World Cup on Friday. 

So be sure to check back here, so we can show y'all our art work.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

One of my many "not so smart" moments....

How do I know I'm spending way too much time on the computer?

I just tried to change the TV channel, by pointing my computer mouse at the TV screen, and clicking the left button......

Enough said!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

I wanna feel what music tastes like

For those of you who don't know this about me, let me tell ya. Two things have the power to deeply move me, music and dance.

I find that God speaks to me through both, sometimes quietly and sometimes loudly.

Music that inspires me, challenges me, grips me, pulls me in, and plants itself inside of me, to push it's way through my hard, barren heart. That's the kind of music I surround myself with.

Last night, while watching the new season of So You Think You Can Dance, I was deeply moved and astounded by an amazing young man by the name of Jarrell Robinson. Who loves to dance, and loves to feel the music.

He is deaf.

He made a great statement that struck a cord within me, and I just loved. He said, "I wanna feel what music tastes like..."

I can hear music, I can feel it too, but what does it taste like?  Interesting got me thinking. It depends alot on the mood that the music draws out of me. When I'm in church, worshipping God, it tastes like warm waffles on a cold day, dripping with butter and sticky, sweet syrup.

What does it taste like to you?

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Humidity, spiders and flies.....oh my!

It's hotting up around here.

The summer is here, and hurricane season officially starts June 1st. But that's not all that's starting to rear it's ugly head! Along with the heat & rising humidity comes the bugs. In particular, the flies, persistently irritating!

And horror of horrors, the spiders!

Every night for the last week I have had to resort to the Raid and broom. Those nasty, little critters are blatant enough to walk right through the front door, as hubby goes out to put the cars away. Did I say every night? For the whole week?

And yes, the mozzies are bigger in Texas! So big in fact, that I'm convinced I've seen their Stetson hats, as they fly past and land on my legs. And they don't just emerge at night to wreak their havoc, but are equally potent during the day. I've never known mozzies to come out during the day, but here in Texas, that's their M.O.

Nasty, I tell ya!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Inside my head

My pastor has this knack of getting into my head.
Like. All. The. Time!

Hubby and I have joked before that we are convinced he spends time in our home, without us knowing about it. He just seems to be speaking directly to us every Sunday morning at church. About 2 to 3 times during the service, we will glance at each other, with a look that says, "Guess, who's been listening in on our conversations again!"

Oh, I know that he's not psychic or anything, and he's definately not a stalker! He's just a man who loves God, and is faithful to wait on Him week after week, in order to bring us a message from the throne room of heaven. It's encouraging, challenging and emotional, all rolled into one!

I love that it gives me a lifeline, a rope to cling onto when I feel that I'm sinking. It helps me keep my head above water. I cannot walk away from the service unchanged, or untouched. I like that. I really do.

(Image by aftab on Flickr)

I am thankful for my pastor, and his heart after God. I am thankful that he takes the time to crawl into my head every now & then, and remind me that God loves spite of myself!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Soccer Fever

While America gears up for the Summer holidays, South Africa is going World Cup crazy! I cannot wait for the games to start, and it's  20 days till the opening ceremony.

Enjoy this Fifa World Cup promo's one of my favourites!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Summer Holidays....yay!

smil's summer breakImage by 'smil via Flickr

Just over 10 days of school left for this year. I'm looking forward to sleeping a little later, no morning breakfast rush, no homework (awesomeness!!), no packed lunches to get the picture!

Coming from South Africa, where the longest school vacation we had was around 6 weeks, I am totally un-used to a 3 month summer holiday. I was at first dreading such a long break, wondering how I would keep my boys occupied without them sitting in front of the TV all day. Now, I am looking forward to making use of all 13 pools we have here in The Woodlands, doing some more exploring, and taking a trip down to the beach now and then. I have a few summer day camps lined up for the kids, which should be interesting for us all, as we don't have those much in SA either. And my mother is coming to visit from the UK for 2 months. There are also some great family summer movies coming out, which we are all looking forward to: Shrek; Furry Vengeance; Despicable Me; and Karate Kid.

So all in all, I think we'll be alright. We have Memorial day weekend coming up, and some friends are finally making the big move from the UK to Houston, and will be flying in next we are looking forward to their arrival, and showing them around the city! Good times!

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to sing me some Cliff Richard's 'Summer Holiday'......

Monday, May 17, 2010

She will stay with me forever.....

Lately my 6 year old has been telling me he wants me to stay with him forever.
I know....words that a mother Always.Wants.To. Hear.

On a few occasions he has come up to me, draped his little arm around me, or cuddled really, really close to me, and whispered those few precious words. My heart melts, but also breaks in knowing that I won't always be with him forever.

I tell him that one day he'll get married and live with his wife, and not his Mommy. He thinks a while. Then very seriously says, Mommy, you'll be going on the honeymoon with me!

I don't know what scared me more.....the fact that he's talking about a honeymoon, or that he wants me to go along with him :)

Anyway, this is what he brought home from school the other day, I just had to share it with y'all ....

What he wrote....

My Mom is speshale bicose. (My Mom is special because)
She feds me owase    (she feeds me always)
She prextrt me!!!!!!!!  (she protects me)
She Love me.
She halps me.
She plas withe me. (She plays with me)
She halps gordning. (She helps gardening...which simply means I help him water his bean sprouts!!)
She wile stae with me forever......

She will stay with me forever!

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Proud to be an African

I have been watching some DVD's I stumbled upon at our local library. As soon as I saw them lying on the shelf, I knew I  had to watch them again. They are from a TV series that came out in the early 80's. And they bring such a flood of wonderful childhood memories back to me, and also a yearning for my home country - Africa!

The TV series was called "The Flame Trees Of Thika", and if any of you have seen them, you will understand why they make me so homesick. Even though it was filmed in Kenya, it reminds me of the bushveld in South Africa that I have grown to love and appreciate.

So in my state of longing of all things African, I decided to share this little clip with you. It is a speech from the former South African president Thabo Mbeki, that he recited in parliament. The South African Tourism Board have made a video around the speech, and I just love to watch it over & over (it's on my YouTube playlist).

The country is far from perfect, like any country I guess. But once you have spent a fair amount of time there, it simply gets in your blood, and beats in rhythm with your own heart. It is a beautiful land......

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Some fun in San Antonio

Well I still haven't gotten around to sharing some stories from our San Antonio weekend. So I thought we's chat about that today.                    
It was a busy weekend indeed, as we had planned a whole day at Sea World, and I had insisted that I had to go to at least one of the Missions too, mainly because I love anything history related, and I knew I could go crazy with the camera.
We did however, make a stop at the Guiness World Records Museum, and discovered some interesting facts indeed......

This was the biggest man....and the 'boys' all had to have a go behind the statue..... 

Some other interesting facts....

             First Space funeral.

 Most clothes pins on a face - 160?????

                Longest time in an elevator - 6 days

                Largest twister game

The next two records, just creeped me out....

           Smallest waist - 15 inches     

        Largest collection of navel fluff

The kids really enjoyed these two....

                        Tallest man                                       

               Shortest woman

And lastly, my favourite.....

Most official languages - goes to South Africa, for 11 languages in all.

So there you have it, if you didn't know, now you know!

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Why Moms Matter

Forget not my heart...Image by dawnzy58 via Flickr
Was visiting one of my favourite blogs this morning, and got challenged to link to her post about Why Moms Matter. Do pay a visit to her blog, she's a fellow South African, also now living in the States, she's a great writer. You'll find her at The Gypsy Mama.
Obviously with it being Mother's Day here on Sunday, there's no better time.

Moms matter because, they love us at our unloveliest.
I can count many times in my life whereby I acted disgracefully, but my mom kept on loving me regardless. How was that possible, I often wondered? What causes that unbreakable bond between mother and child?

Moms can be your biggest cheerleader, have unshakeable faith in you, and believe you can do the impossible. Speak to successful people in all walks of life and alot of them will say how their mothers contributed to their success.

Now that I'm a mother myself, I can see how easy it is to believe that my children really can be anything they want to be. I always tell them that. And no matter how angry they get at my discipline, or decisions, and end up saying things like, "Mommy, I don't like you very much anymore". My heart will ache for a little while, but I know my love for them is no less. Because that's just what Moms do.

I think the truth is, that God gave mothers a little piece of His own heart. Because that's exactly how He is with His children. He is our biggest cheerleader, has unshakeable faith in us, and believes we can do the impossible. He truly loves us at our unloveliest. And He just transplanted a little of that into the heart of the mother. It was the first Mother's Day gift ever!
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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Introducing Mark Twain.....

Just lately I seem to be really laughing with my kids. Seeing how their sense of humour is developing, and how they are starting to catch silly jokes. We laugh alot, and I'm really enjoying it. To hear Kellan try to copy the Texan accent, by saying the local TV ads.With Connor trying to copy his big brother, and constantly pulling funny faces, it cracks me up all the time.

 Kellan is the real little entertainer, he loves to make people laugh and act silly. He copies the contestants on American Idols, and the judges on Dancing with the Stars. He recently had a Living Museum at school, whereby the kids had to be a famous American in history.They had to research the character, dress up like them, and write and memorise a speech about them. The parents got to walk through the class & "press" the button on the table to get them to 'start talking'. It was very well done, with all the kids going to great effort to "become" their character.

So of course, Kellan had a lot of fun with this! We made him up in the morning, which took handfulls of hair mousse, hair spray and finally white hair dye, to get him to look his part. He was Mark Twain, the American writer of 'Huckleberry Finn' and 'Tom Sawyer'. This is a portrait of the "real" Mark Twain -

This is Kellan's version of Mark Twain......

Mom and son definately had fun with that project!

And finally, I'll give Connor the last word, with this photo that is SO Connor! Always kidding around, and always has evidence of the last chocolate cookie he has eaten, all over his mouth!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My gift that keeps on giving.

It's our 14th wedding anniversary.

And today, I have discovered that I am giving my hubby a gift that just keeps on giving! It is incredible, amazing really.....I am keeping him healthy!

Awesomeness indeed!!

You wanna know how I do it? I'll let y'all in on the secret....

I read an article this morning in the website that explains it all:
Beautiful women can be bad for your health, according to scientists.
Actress Angelina Jolie is regularly voted world's most beautiful woman. Meeting a beautiful woman can be bad for your health, scientists have found. Just five minutes alone with an attractive female raise the levels of cortisol, the body's stress hormone, according to a study from the University of Valencia.

The effects are heightened in men who believe that the woman in question is "out of their league".
Cortisol is produced by the body under physical or psychological stress and has been linked to heart disease. Cortisol can have a positive effect in small doses, improving alertness and well-being. However, chronically elevated cortisol levels can worsen medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and impotency.
You can read the full article here.

Isn't that just grand! I can now be thankful that I look nothing like Angelina Jolie, or Halle Berry. And keep my hubby's stress levels down in the process - bonus!

Don't ya just love these obscure, random scientific research tests they keep on doing? I've some how never paid much attention to them before, but this one certainly got my attention!

So, I had to just share it all with're welcome!!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Breakfast anyone?

We don't mess around here in the Hersey household. When we order breakfast cereal, WE ORDER BREAKFAST CEREAL!!

TEN packets of chocolate Pronutro to be exact. It arrived here from Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday last week, and we are already on our second packet. And it's only my two boys that eat it, so go figure!

You cannot find any cereal like Pronutro here, everything is like Cornflakes, Rice Crispies, Cheerios, and Oats. There are literally over a hundred different types of cereal to be found here.
But. No. Pronutro.

This is a horrifying situation for our household. Kellan in particular, loves Pronutro. And mainly the chocolate flavour. He can eat it at 6 in the morning and 8 in the evening. If all else fails, give Kellan a bowl of Pronutro. Happy Days!!

So we decided if we were going to order Pronutro from The South African Shop, we'd have to do in style. So ten boxes it had to be. I had to rearrange my pantry in order to fit the boxes in.

But, at least I have peace in my home every morning come breakfast time. And I'm not throwing half eaten bowls of Coco Puffs down the garbage disposal! And at least I can sleep at night knowing we're doing our part to help with the recession, there's NO WAY the Pronutro factory will close down with the Hersey's around.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

American history....through the eyes of my nine year old!

Every week, Kellan comes home from school with test and assignments that he's completed. Yesterday he came home with a few more. As I usually do upon receiving these tests, I scanned through them. I either congratulate him on tests that he scored well on, or leave out the ones where he didn't do so well, in order to work through them with him, during that week.

I noticed a test that didn't have such a great mark, and proceeded to look through it.

These are two questions he got wrong......

The first involved a time line showing some important events in American History.

This was the question & his answer....

Yeah...that's my son!!!  And the piece de resistance was the next question.....

By this time, I was trying not to crack up laughing, while maintaining the stoic, poker-face of a mother who is about to give the serious 'benefits-of-getting-good-grades' lecture!

In the end, AFTER I had given the good grade lecture and we had corrected the questions, we both proceeded to have a good giggle at the silly answers he had given. After've gotta keep your sense of humour, right?
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010


It's celebration time in the Hersey household again. This time in the form of Kellan's 9th birthday. Due to his birthday falling on a week day, we decided to celebrate on Sunday.

He chose to go to Incredible Pizza, we all had a great time. And today I made Chocolate Chip cookie dough cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache icing (yeah, I know it sounds fancy schmancy and all, but it was easy peasy!), and dropped them off at school. I had planned to join Kellan at school for lunch, with a surprise of Chick-Fil-A, but was told when I got there that parents weren't allowed to do that today due to certain Grades writing TAKS tests. I was a bit dissappointed, but managed to get Kellan's food to him anyway.
Tonight we have a small Baskin Robbins ice-cream cake for dessert.

Here are a few pics of the celebrations so far.....

As you can see, Star Wars seems to be a recurring theme here!!

Assembling all the Lego models was quite the task, and warm memories kept coming back to me about my own childhood, building houses with some friends' Lego sets.
Only the Lego sets nowadays are HUGELY high-tech!! One needs a degree in engineering to cope with some of these toys, I'll tell ya!

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough cupcakes..........


And lastly, we sang and blew out the candles. All nine of them!! Happy Birthday my boy!!